Today's summary, we read Apple's latest patent application, revealing new details about a newly created Touch ID that can come to the next generation of iPhones. We also break down all the important changes in the new MacBook pros, including what the company does about the keyboard. And if that wasn't enough, Apple also sent out the WWDC invite this week and revealed some potential clues about what it will announce at the next developer's conference.
Apple could bring Touch ID back to the next iPhone
There has been plenty of rumors about athat goes back to pre-Face ID days. But Apple's latest patent all but confirms the company's plans to develop Touch ID in the future. Just maybe not all that soon.
The latest patent, published in Patently Apple, shows how the company plans to embed pinhole cameras behind the phone's screen, which could create a 3D map of your fingerprint, no matter where you place your finger.
Apple would probably not replace Face ID anytime soon, but the new Touch ID on the screen can be used as a complementary form of biometric identification to make your iPhone even more secure.
What is exciting about this patent is that it shows pictures of a working prototype, which means that Apple is quite far in the development process. The bad news is that it would probably not be ready to enter mass production until the 2020 cycle. This is also the year Apple is rumored to beafter reaching a solution with Qualcomm to use they are 5G chips. And 2020 can't come soon enough.
This year's iPhone 11 is rumored to have some great changes, in addition to a three-camera array on the back and reverse wireless charging. A fingerprint scanner on the screen may have helped attract users to upgrade with the next iPhone release.
Apple's new MacBook Pros get a boost
Apple announced itsthis week with important but virtually impossible upgrades. Outside, they can easily be confused with last year's models, but are now powered by Intel's ninth-generation Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs, in both core and eight core versions, making them the first eight-processor MacBooks, the most powerful ever .
As for the keyboard of the new machines, they still have the traditional butterfly switching mechanism that has caused so many keyboard issues for Apple in previous models, but this time using a new material, Apple says to help solve its sticky key problem.
Apple was vaguely aware of material changes, but a few days later, the repair siteby the machine describing the changes. According to the report, Apple seems to have replaced the silicone membrane underneath each key that protects against dust and other "contaminants". iFixit also said that "the metal dome" – what is pushed down when you press a key, pops up when you release – it may also have changed, but it is less secure about that switch.
But even with the full teardown, it's hard to know how these subtle changes affect the performance of these new keyboards and the jury is still out on Apple's latest fix.
Apple's plan to fix its keyboard problem too well
The new material was not Apple's only attempt to fix its keyboard problems. On the same day, the company launched the new MacBook Pros, it also announcedto replace all MacBook's erroneous keyboards as of 2015, and the repair program would be deployed to get Users backed up faster.
In 2015, Apple switched from the traditional scissor mechanism to a butterfly switch keyboard. This new solution debuted on the 12-inch Retina Macbook and gave Apple the opportunity to build a thinner machine. Soon after, users began to complain about non-responding or sticky keys and letters or characters that would be repeated unexpectedly when they wrote or would just flatten refuse write.
After years of brushing out the problem, Apple finally approved last June that "a very small percentage of keyboards" experienced problems and offered free repairs.
But the fix covered only first generation and second generation keyboards, and repairs can take over a week. The news now extends the repair program to all models, including third generation keyboards as well as those in the newest MacBooks. And those who have already paid for repairs can contact Apple for a refund.
Apple sends out official WWDC 2019 invitations
We've known the dates of Apple's next development conference for some time now: the first week of June, just like every other year. But this week, the company sent out the official invitations to its initial keynote, which will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose on June 3 at 10:00 PM.
Here, the company usually publishes its new software updates for iOS MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS, and this year will not be an exception. But the details of each update are still vague, which is why the invitation is important. Apple often likes to hide clues as Easter eggs that suggest what it will announce in the invitation. And if you like teasers, CNET editor Patrick Holland discusses what to the next iOS and MacOS in this article.
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