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Apple Plans Redesigned iMac, New Mac Pro, Smaller Mac Pro, Cheaper Monitor ➝

Mark Gurman, on the smaller Mac Pro:

The second version, however, will use Apple’s own processors and be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro. The design will feature a mostly aluminum exterior and could invoke nostalgia for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a short-lived smaller version of the Power Mac, an earlier iteration of the Mac Pro.

It’s just a rumor. And there isn’t much to go on aside from it being smaller than the current Mac Pro. But if it’s also lower cost — in the realm of the entry-level 2010-era Mac Pro — I’m going to be very interested.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Mark Gurman Shares List of Potential WWDC Announcements ➝

Amongst all of the other rumors in Mark Gurman’s latest piece for Bloomberg:

An upgraded Home app as part of the company’s smart home push will be more integrated with security cameras and have the ability to view past recordings.

The two biggest changes I’d like to see in the Home app:

  • Reduce the temperature range on thermostat controls: It’s far too difficult to make minor adjustments of just a degree or two.
  • The ability to name automations: I only have nine automations setup in the Home app and I already have a difficult time determining which is which. How do users manage with dozens of automations?

There’s plenty of other neat little features in Gurman’s list, but those two Home app features is really all I’m hoping for this year.

An Amazon Team Reviews Recordings From Echo Devices ➝

Matt Day, Giles Turner, and Natalia Drozdiak, reporting for Bloomberg:

Amazon.com Inc. employs thousands of people around the world to help improve the Alexa digital assistant powering its line of Echo speakers. The team listens to voice recordings captured in Echo owners’ homes and offices. The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.

I’m glad I bought HomePods.

Adobe to Launch Photoshop for iPad ➝

Mark Gurman and Nico Grant, reporting for Bloomberg:

Adobe Systems Inc., the maker of popular digital design programs for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple Inc.’s iPad as part of a new strategy to make its products compatible across multiple devices and boost subscription sales.

The software developer is planning to unveil the new app at its annual MAX creative conference in October, according to people with knowledge of the plan. The app is slated to hit the market in 2019, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private product plans. Engineering delays could still alter that timeline.

It’s increasingly clear that iOS is poised to become a serious competitor to traditional operating systems. There are geeks like myself that have used it as our primary platform for a few years already, but it will soon be common amongst average users as more professional applications like Photoshop become available.

Apple Planning to Use Their Own Chips for Macs ➝

Ian King and Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is planning to use its own chips in Mac computers beginning as early as 2020, replacing processors from Intel Corp., according to people familiar with the plans.

The initiative, code named Kalamata, is still in the early developmental stages, but comes as part of a larger strategy to make all of Apple’s devices — including Macs, iPhones, and iPads — work more similarly and seamlessly together, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The project, which executives have approved, will likely result in a multi-step transition.

Apple has already shown their prowess at developing powerful, energy-efficient processors with their A-series chips. And I can only imagine what they’ll be capable of when they’re design for Macs that will, presumably, feature larger batteries and a higher tolerance for heat.

Apple Is Developing an EKG Heart Monitor for Its Smartwatch ➝

Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is developing an advanced heart-monitoring feature for future versions of its smartwatch, part of a broader push by the company to turn what was once a luxury fashion accessory into a serious medical device, according to people familiar with the plan.

A version being tested requires users to squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device, one of the people said. It then passes an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.

The Apple Watch is poised to make a much larger impact on society than any of us could have imagined. Based on the progress it’s made since the device was first launched in 2015, I can’t wait to see what the Watch is capable after another few years.

Apple Begins Manufacturing Their Siri-Powered Smart Speaker ➝

Mark Gurman and Alex Webb, reporting for Bloomberg:

The iPhone-maker has started manufacturing a long-in-the-works Siri-controlled smart speaker, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple could debut the speaker as soon as its annual developer conference in June, but the device will not be ready to ship until later in the year, the people said.

The device will differ from Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Home speakers by offering virtual surround sound technology and deep integration with Apple’s product lineup, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss products that aren’t yet public.

I’m ecstatic at the idea of Apple announcing a new hardware product— it always makes for a great keynote. But unfortunately, their sources tell them that this smart speaker will not include a screen. Looks like my theory was wrong.

But the folks at Apple seem dismissive of voice-only devices. I expect this Siri-powered speaker to have tight integration with your iPhone and iPad — possibly displaying results on your lock screen when necessary.

Apple Is Working on a Dedicated Chip to Power AI on Devices ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company’s devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence — such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn’t been made public.

Looks like we might be seeing N-series chips in the not-too-distant future.