Pink MacBook Pro concept with thin and light design sports plenty of USB-C ports

If you can’t wait until the actual release of those products, concept artist Martin Hajek recently crafted concepts for the new MacBook Pros that might help tide you over.

You’ll see Hajek used designs inspired by the thin and light MacBook for his reimagined 15-inch MacBook Pro. The larger laptop looks kind of hideous, given that the keyboard looks far too small with the huge aluminum bezels running all around it. Apple has used those side bezels to provide stereo speakers in the past, though that seems unlikely to happen again in the future. We’re not quite sure what the company will do with that extra space and, it seems, neither does Hajek. Also, note the three USB-C ports, which would definitely be required in a “Pro” machine.

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Apple Plans to Release New Curved Glass iPhone Design

Apple authority Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is expecting the company to release an iPhone with a curved glass casing and a curved 5.8-inch AMOLED display in 2017. Moving away from metal casing designs, Apple will reportedly take the glass-backed design of iPhone 4/4s and improve it in building the 2017 iPhone.

“We expect the 2017 new iPhone model to adopt a structural design similar to that of iPhone 4/ 4s, meaning it will be equipped with glass on both the front and back sides, and a metal frame surrounded the edges,” Kuo told. “The difference is that the new model will likely come with a curved screen and curved glass casing, with other important features including a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, wireless charging, and more biometric recognitions (facial or iris). Given the curved design, the new model may look smaller than an existing 5.5-inch iPhone.”

Depending on AMOLED availability, Kuo believes Apple may also launch 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD-based iPhones alongside the new 5.8-inch AMOLED iPhone — making the AMOLED iPhone a high-end option.

Apple makes a lot more money when you upgrade to a 64GB iPhone

iPhone SE pricing

Upgrading to an iPhone with 64GB of storage will cost you an extra $100, but Apple actually only spends about a tenth of that to pay for the bigger memory chips.

With the iPhone 6s and new iPhone SE both starting with a paltry 16GB, shelling out the extra cash for more space is practically a no-brainer, and that plays right into Apple’s plan to milk the margins on its higher end models.

The latest data from IHS Technology reveals that Apple likely makes an $88 profit off each upgrade to 64GB of storage. IHS analyst Wayne Lam told TechInsider that it only costs Apple about $12 more to build the 64 gigabyte model than the 16 gigabyte model.

Last year the tech firm estimated that it only costs Apple $236 to make the iPhone 6s Plus but the company makes $513 off each handset thanks to the $749 price tag. The cost of components fails to take into account the engineering, software design, test, marketing, spaceships, and other costs that go into making the iPhone.

Tim Cook has criticized product cost breakdowns in the past, saying they’re far from reality. IHS Technology hasn’t done a component cost breakdown on the iPhone SE yet. The firm says Apple’s incurred costs for components changes over the production life of the iPhone’s life, with most components costing more the newer a device is.

Apple Pay’s mobile Web arrival could spell trouble for PayPal

Apple Pay is reportedly coming to the mobile Web

Apple Pay is reportedly coming to the mobile Web

Apple is reportedly planning to bring Apple Pay to the mobile Web before the year is out, a move that could reduce mcommerce friction and threaten PayPal’s dominant role.

Apple Pay has already made inroads in stores and applications thanks to its ease of use. As mobile shopping becomes more popular, bringing a similar experience to new customers visiting a merchant’s Web site could go a long way toward addressing lower mobile conversion rates.

“The introduction of Apple Pay to the mobile Web is a significant development,” said Jordan McKee, senior analyst of mobile payments at 451 Research, Boston. “While friction on the path to purchase is evident in native apps and in-store, it is most apparent on the mobile Web.

“Major pain points exist here for merchant and consumers, leading to poor conversion rates and a high frequency of abandoned carts,” he said.

“Apple Pay offers a strong solution by negating the need to enter payment credentials or a username and password. It boils the checkout process down to putting your finger on Touch ID, eliminating multiple steps.”

Quick and easy payments
The ability to pay with Apple Pay will reportedly be available to iPhone and iPad users on the Safari browser.

After years of very slow growth, mobile payment adoption began to pick up following the launch of Apple Pay, which leverages near-field communications technology and fingerprint authentication for a quick and easy payment process.

With bricks-and-mortar retailers still dragging their feet in making the transition to new point-of-sale systems that would support mobile payments, the stronger headwind behind Apple Pay seems to be in applications.

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Recently, Expedia and Overstock.com became the latest to adopt Apple Pay into their commerce applications, reflecting retailers’ enthusiasm for online payments.

Retails such as American Apparel and Rue La La also recently added Apple Pay to their mobile apps.

Acquiring new customers
Since apps are an important way for retailers to engage their most loyal customers, providing a streamlined payment method is important.

However, as mobile shopping becomes more popular, many merchants are also looking to acquire new customers via their mobile Web sites. As the checkout process is often cumbersome on these sites, conversion rates are typically lower than on desktop. Integrating Apple Pay could help merchants simplify checkout and thereby drive conversions.

PayPal is a leader in online checkout on the Web. Others have tried before to put a dent in PayPal’s leadership, with mixed results, including Google Checkout and Log In and Pay with Amazon.

However, because Apple Pay is already available across a number of channels, this could help drive adoption with both consumers and merchants.

“This is troubling news for dominant Web players such as PayPal who will be forced to contest with Apple on their home turf,” Mr. McKee said.

“Apple Pay’s growing availability across channels increases its utility for users and enhances its prospects for consumer and merchant adoption,” he said.

Entry-level iPhone SE will have premium battery life

iPhone SE pricing

Apple’s new iPhone might be tiny, but its battery packs a mighty punch.

Early stress tests on the iPhone SE have revealed that battery life on the Apple’s new 4-inch device is actually better than the iPhone 6s as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S7.

To see how well the new iPhone stacks up to its predecessors, Geoffrey Fowler at the Wall Street Journal put an iPhone SE review unit through a battery test and found that battery life has significantly improved from the previous model.

“In my lab stress test, which cycles through websites with uniform screen brightness, the SE lasted 10 hours—more than two hours longer than both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s, and nearly three hours longer than the Galaxy S7,” writes Fowler.

The iPhone SE’s simplified design is likely the reason why battery life is so good. The device’s 4-inch panel boasts an 1136×640 resolution which draws significantly less power than the 1334×750 screen found on the iPhone 6s. The lack of 3D Touch and other features also helps improve battery life, even though the iPhone SE has an A9 chip.

Pre-orders for the iPhone SE went up at 12:01AM this morning. Apple Stores will start selling the device on March 31st, with prices starting at $399 for the 32GB model and $499 for a 64GB unit.

iPhone 5 Cases Will Fit the New iPhone SE

iPhone 5 Cases Will Fit the New iPhone SE

Apple announced a slick little new iPhone model yesterday, the iPhone SE. It looks a heck of a lot like an iPhone 5 from the pictures we’ve seen but it’s hard to be certain of the exact dimensions from just a picture. iMore’s confirmed that it is indeed the same shape, which means it’ll fit inside iPhone 5 cases.

The iPhone SE is essentially the guts of an iPhone 6s jammed inside an iPhone 5 case. The SE comes with a 4-inch display, an A9 chip, and a 12MP camera. It’s comparatively cheap too, starting at $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 64GB model. If you’re the type of person who likes to use a case on your phone, you’ll have a massive selection of cheap cases to choose from for the SE.

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Now Available To Download

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan

As well as releasing the iOS 9.3 update Apple also released OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan, which brings a range of new features to Apple’s Mac’s.

The OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update is now available to download from the Mac App Store and the update also fixes a number of bugs and has a range of performance enhancements.

Here is what is included in the update:

  • Adds the ability to passcode-protect notes containing personal data in Notes
  • Adds the ability to sort notes alphabetically, by date created, or date modified in Notes
  • Adds the ability to import Evernote files into Notes
  • Adds support for sharing Live Photos between iOS and OS X via AirDrop and Messages
  • Addresses an issue that may cause RAW images to open slowly in Photos
  • Adds the ability for iBooks to store PDFs in iCloud, making them available across all your devices
  • Fixes an issue that prevented loading Twitter t.co links in Safari
  • Prevents JavaScript dialogs from blocking access to other webpages in Safari
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the VIPs mailbox from working with Gmail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that caused USB audio devices to disconnect
  • Improves the compatibility and reliability of Apple USB-C Multiport Adapters

The new OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan software update is now available to download from the Mac App Store, you can find out more details at the link below.