The other big topic this week was Apple’s Developer Transition Kit, a Mac mini with the iPad Pro’s A12Z Bionic chip. Application developers subscribed to the kits to help them migrate their applications to Apple Silicon for future Macs, and we got a first glimpse of the performance of these machines, even if they will be greatly upgraded by the machines that will be ultimately delivered to consumers.
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IPhone 12 models would not include charger in box, 20W AC adapter will be sold separately
Following a similar report last week, a reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also weighed in to say that Apple had no plans to include an AC adapter in the box with its iPhone 12 models launched later this year. Apple would also eliminate the EarPods that were traditionally included with new iPhone purchases.
Apple will apparently offer a new 20-watt fast-charge power adapter as a separate accessory, and removing the current adapter from the iPhone box will save Apple money, reduce electronic waste and allow greater shipping efficiency through smaller boxes. Apple is even asking recent iPhone buyers in Brazil what they did with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones, so the company definitely seems to be researching the subject.
In other news for the iPhone 12, rumors continue to divide whether or not certain models will include ProMotion 120 Hz displays for a smoother screen experience. And finally, the high-end models of the iPhone 12 Pro would be able to shoot 4K videos at 120 and 240 frames per second, which would allow superb sequences in slow motion.
Mac Mini Surface Rosetta 2 Benchmarks with A12Z Chip
Apple’s developer transition kits to help application creators prepare for the Mac’s transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon have begun to arrive in the hands of developers, and while Apple’s conditions limit the sharing information on these mini-Macs equipped with A12Z Bionic chips of the iPad Pro, this did not prevent some people from sharing performance criteria.
The Mac mini based on A12Z runs programs designed for Intel Macs using a Rosetta 2 translation layer which has an impact on performance, but the Geekbench benchmarks still offer an interesting insight into the performance of these systems. In fact, these systems run Geekbench via Rosetta 2 faster than Microsoft’s Arm-based Surface Pro X runs a native version of Geekbench.
Of course, these developer transition kits hardly look like what Apple will ultimately deliver to consumers, as these future machines will be equipped with much faster chips based on the A14 chip that will arrive on iPhones this year, and when developers update their apps to support Apple Silicon natively, fewer apps will be submitted at the speed of Rosetta 2 translation.
New iMac with 10-core Comet Lake-S chip and Radeon Pro 5300 GPU appears in Geekbench
Although we did not receive an expected update from iMac at WWDC last week, we continue to see evidence that an update is underway.
The last proof comes from a Geekbench benchmark which seems to come from a new iMac. In particular, the machine appears to be equipped with a Comet Lake-S 10-core processor from Intel and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics processor, which have not yet been officially released.
Rumor has it that the iMac is one of the first machines to switch to Apple Silicon, but it looks like we could get one more generation on Intel chips, and that could include a major overhaul.
Apple officially obsolete the first MacBook Pro with a Retina display
It’s been eight years since Apple introduced the MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and Apple has finally officially declared this model obsolete.
Owners of the historic 15-inch laptop will find that Apple no longer provides service on the machines for any reason, so if you need a new battery or other repair, you will need to research an unofficial repair option or opt for DIY.
Kuo: Apple to launch 10.8-inch iPad later this year, 8.5-inch iPad Mini in 2021
In addition to his predictions for the iPhone 12, Ming-Chi Kuo also shared this week a little more information on his predictions for the Apple iPad range.
Kuo says Apple plans to launch a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, followed by a new 8.5-inch iPad in the first half of 2021. He previously reported that the new 8.5 model inch would be larger iPad mini, while there has been some confusion as to whether the 10.8 inch model will replace the entry-level 10.2 inch iPad or the iPad Air 10.5 inches.
New Mac Ransomware Found in Hacked Mac Applications
According to a report shared this week by Malwarebytes, there is a new variant of Mac ransomware “OSX.ThiefQuest” that spreads through pirated Mac applications. The new ransomware was found in pirated downloads for the Little Snitch application found on a Russian forum.
In addition to the ransom activity, malware can also install a keylogger to monitor keystrokes, but what the malware does with the functionality is unknown. Malware in general and ransomware in particular is relatively rare on the Mac platform, so it’s interesting to see this surface example and better understand what it does.
The New York Times ends its partnership with Apple News and withdraws all articles
Le New York Times this week announced that it is withdrawing from Apple News because the service “does not match its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers.”
While Le New York Times has never been part of the Apple News + subscription program, newspaper articles will no longer appear in the Apple News app. The news site claims that Apple has given it “few direct relationships with readers” and “little control over the business.” Rather than authorizing articles on “Apple News”, Le New York Times wants to lead readers to their own website and app.
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