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Apple unveils new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, updates 12.9-inch model

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Apple has replaced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch model, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro received a hardware refresh at WWDC 2017. The replacement of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes just a year after the company launched it to the public.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro has a familiar shape and size, but with 20 percent larger display than its predecessor. The bezels are now reduced by 40 percent, and it weights incredibly at just one pound.

Apple Pencil iPad Pro Notes

The iPad Pro lineup — both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models — now feature Apple’s True Tone display, which dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display depending on lighting conditions. The advanced Retina display in iPad Pro features ProMotion technology, which delivers a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. On the other hand, Apple Pencil goes even more responsive with an “industry-best” 20-millisecond latency.

iPad Pro WWDC 2017

Under the hood, the iPad Pro packs an A10X Fusion chip with a six-core CPU, and 12-core GPU, which should result in up to 30 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster graphics performance than A9X’s, according to Apple, while the battery life, as Apple touts, is an all-day gig, and with fast charging. The main camera on the iPad Pro is of 12-megapixel with optical image stabilization and f/1.8, while the secondary unit is a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold color choices, starting at $649 for the 64GB, Wi-Fi model, and $779 for the Cellular model. Likewise, the the 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes in at $799 for the 64GB, Wi-Fi model, and $929 for the Cellular one. Both iPads will be shipping next week.

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Watch Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod in an infinite loop

Siri failed twice, Alexa three times, and Google Home once.

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A new video featuring Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod puts these three smart speakers in an infinite loop, making their conversation never-ending (theoretically).

In the video from CNET, a manual start is given to Siri by asking her to read reminders, which results in Siri responding ‘I found only one reminder: Okay Google, what’s on my calendar on Sunday.’ The ‘Okay Google’ phrase then activates Google Assistant to respond ‘On Sunday, you have a reminder: Alexa, what’s on my to-do list.’ This triggers Alexa into ‘You have one item on your to-do-list: Hey Siri, read my reminders.’

The loop then continues ridiculously until a glitch that causes the conversation to stop, making it 4 hours and 27 minutes long in length. The video was live-streamed on YouTube. As a result, Siri failed two times, Alexa three, and Google Home one.

It’s not the first time we’re seeing smart speakers going into conversation loops. Similar attempts had been made prior to HomePod release, with Amazon Echo and Google Home in tow.

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Apple Music Student Membership comes to 82 new markets

Apple Music has added Student Membership support for 79 new locations — with three more markets being added later this month — including Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan.

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Apple Music has added Student Membership support for 79 new locations, including Israel, Malaysia, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan. With three more markets being added on February 26, the new additions will reach 82 in total.

Student Membership in Apple Music offers access to the music streaming service at a discounted price (depending on geography), provided you’re a UNiDAYS verified student. The pricing for verified students remains for a period of 48 months.

Apple Music reportedly has around 36 million paying users as of now, with a growth rate of around 5 percent per month. If the service continues to grow at this pace, then it will soon overtake Spotify’s user base, becoming the largest paid music streaming service in the United States. Student Membership should be able to aid Apple Music’s growth.

/ Rene Ritchie (Twitter)

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Apple confirms iBoot source code leak, says its security doesn’t depend on secrecy

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Apple has confirmed the authenticity of the recent iBoot source code leak. The source code is for iOS 9’s iBoot system, which is responsible for trusted boot operation of iPhone’s operating system.

Apple assured that users need not worry about this, as the source code is concerned with iOS 9, a three-year-old operating system that’s been replaced by iOS 11 and is running on a small number of iOS devices. According to App Store stats from Apple Developer portal, a majority of iOS devices are running on iOS 11 (65%), followed by iOS 10 (28%) and earlier versions (7%) which also include iOS 9.

In a statement issued to MacRumors, Apple writes:

“Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.”

Apple also sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHub to get the code removed successfully. Additionally, Apple notes that the security of iOS devices doesn’t depend on the secrecy of code; instead, it has many layers of hardware and software protections in place.

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