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This week in Apple: iPad 7 production, AirPods 3 this year, and Jobs/Cook drama
Apple news this week had some news about upcoming products which will likely get launched by the end of the year, including the new iPad and the third-generation of Apple’s AirPods. We also saw a MacBook get discontinued as well as an in-development AR/VR headset. There was also a bit of drama related to the late Steve Jobs and his comments about current Apple CEO Tim Cook.
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest!
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- The iPad 7 is supposedly entering mass production this month: The 2019 iteration of the iPad — known for now as the iPad 7 — is allegedly entering mass production this month towards a planned release this Fall. The new iPad will be the direct successor to the 2018 9.7-inch low-cost iPad, although this new version could be 10.2-inches.
- Water-resistant AirPods 3 could launch this year: According to analyst predictions, Apple could launch this year a third-generation of AirPods that would be water-resistant. There also could be a slight design refresh, which is notable considering the AirPods haven’t changed design-wise since they first landed in 2016.
- See you later 12-inch MacBook, you won’t be missed: The 12-inch MacBook was sort of an experiment by Apple. The device was a little lighter and smaller than a MacBook Air but it was underpowered and more expensive. The item is no longer available from Apple and their MacBook lineup makes more sense.
- Apple temporarily disbands team building AR/VR headsets: According to industry sources, Apple has temporarily stopped all development of AR/VR headwear. Previously, rumors circulated that Apple would release some sort of AR or VR headset in 2020, but those plans look to be over for now.
- Steve Jobs thought of Tim Cook as ‘not a product person’: Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson admits he “softened” some of the more contentious quotes and details he found while writing his book, appropriately titled Steve Jobs. One of those quotes was Jobs allegedly criticizing future Apple CEO Tim Cook as being “not a product person,” insinuating Cook doesn’t care much about the product development process. Ouch. This ties in well though with rumors surrounding the departure of Jony Ive.
- ‘Extremely rare’ Apple I manual from 1976 goes for nearly $10,000: Speaking of Jobs, he and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak produced about 200 Apple I computers and sold about 175 of them. A working version of the Apple I will get you nearly $1 million, and even the manual alone is going for nearly $10,000.
Thinking about making the switch?
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The best place to start would be our guide on how to switch from iPhone to Android, which goes over all the basics. We also have more specific guides, such as how to transfer your calendar from iPhone to Android. We also have app guides that will give you the best alternatives to iOS staples, such as our list of best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.
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