Tim Cook Says He Expects AirPods to Ship Over ‘Next Few Weeks’ in Email to Customer

airpods-duoMany customers are anxiously anticipating the release of Apple’s wireless AirPods, originally slated to launch in October but later delayed. Fortunately, the wait may soon be over.

MacRumors has been forwarded an email in which Apple CEO Tim Cook, responding to a customer, allegedly said he anticipates AirPods to begin shipping “over the next few weeks.”

Customer’s comment: “Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”

Tim Cook’s response: “Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay—we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks.”

MacRumors has verified the email’s full headers appear to originate from Apple’s corporate servers, while Apple executives are known to respond to customers on occasion, but as a boilerplate disclaimer, it should be noted these emails can of course be faked. Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Apple has so far only said it needed “a little more time” before AirPods are ready for customers, while conflicting rumors have pointed towards release dates between Decemberand January, offering little clarity. AirPods remain listed as both “coming soon” and “currently unavailable” on different sections of Apple’s website.

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Second Source Claims Apple Will Launch 10.5-inch iPad in 2017

A report from the Taiwanese supply chain emerged overnight claiming Apple will release a 10.5-inch “education and enterprise” tablet as part of its iPad line-up next year (via DigiTimes). The 10.5-inch iPad is said to be equipped with Apple’s A10X processor, also expected in next year’s refreshed line-up, with production slated to begin next month.

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Apple is launching the 10.5-inch iPad mainly because 10-inch and larger tablets have been popular among enterprises and the education sector in the US, the sources said. Its existing 9.7-inch iPad may be too small and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too expensive for such procurement, the sources indicated.

A number of claims have emerged recently suggesting Apple plans to extend its iPad line-up with a new tablet dimension in the 10-inch range. Earlier this month, Barclays analysts claimed Apple will release a bezel-free 10.9-inch model alongside refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPads, citing its own supply chain sources, while in October Japanese website Mac Otakara said a new 10.1-inch iPad Pro would launch in early 2017.

However, today’s report marks the second independent source to suggest Apple plans to introduce a 10.5-inch mid-tier iPad. In August, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the same thing and earmarked the same A10X processor for the tablet, suggesting there may be more substance to this particular rumor.

In addition, Kuo claimed Apple will also launch lower-price versions of the 9.7-inch iPad. Today’s sources corroborate that claim also, citing Apple’s apparent intention “to compete with Android models”.

Shipments of the rumored 10.5-inch iPad are expected to reach two million units in the first quarter of 2017 and may reach 5 to 6 million units in the year, DigiTimes sources said.

More “revolutionary” changes to iPads, including a switch to OLED displays, are expected in 2018, according to Kuo’s earlier report.

How to network two MacBook Pros together via Thunderbolt 3

Instead of using Target Disk Mode, there is another way to quickly transfer files between two MacBook Pro machines using Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt networking provides a peer-to-peer connection at 10 GbE speeds for super fast local transfers. In the following brief step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you how.

Step 1: Connect both Thunderbolt 3-enabled Macs together with a Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Step 2: Open System Preferences →  Network on the Mac you wish to connect to, and you should see a Thunderbolt Bridge with a Self-Assigned IP. If you don’t see the Thunderbolt Bridge, simply click the + button to add one, and note the IP address.

Step 3: Ensure that the Thunderbolt Bridge is enabled on the second Mac that you’re connecting from.

Step 4: On the Mac that you’re connecting to, open System Preferences → Sharing, and enable File Sharing.

Step 5: On the Mac that you’re connecting from, open Finder → Go → Connect to Server.

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Step 6: In the Server Address box, type the IP that you noted in Step 2, and click Connect.

Step 7: On the dialogue box that appears, enter your login credentials for the machine that you wish to connect to and click Connect.

Step 8: Select the volumes that you wish to mount and click OK.

Step 9: Once connected, the volumes that you selected will show up as shared drives. You can now utilize Thunderbolt 3 to transfer files between both machines much faster than using something like AirDrop.

Step 10: Once finished, eject the drive and disconnect the Thunderbolt cable.

If you’d prefer not to fool with network settings, you can use Target Disk Mode along with a Thunderbolt 3 cable to transfer files quickly between two MacBook Pros. I personally prefer to use the Thunderbolt Bridge method, because it allows me to keep both machines booted into macOS while performing the file transfer.

Wallpapers of the week: minimal scenery

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Every Sunday, we strive to bring you excellent photo quality images from around the ‘Net. Wallpapers of the Week is the best way to deck out your devices with a fresh set of images every seven days. We cover a lot of different genres, but a continual favorite is the minimalist category. Whether it is minimal CGI designs to drawings, we receive a lot of feedback and hits.

Consequently, today, we present another set of minimalist wallpapers, this time with ‘landscape’ as the primary focal topic. Inside, download our latest offering. 

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Fully-functioning apple mirror concept is the stuff of sci-fi

New york-based web developer and graphic designer rafael dymek has created a fully functioning smart touchscreen based on apple’s iOS 10. adapting the qualities of a traditional mirror with an apple interface, users are able to access their apps, email and siri from a huge reflective surface mounted on the wall.

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dymek’s design is even fully-functional, with a demonstration video illustrating the device in action. the ‘apple mirror’ concept includes the date and time in its upper right hand corner, with the weather app situated in the top left. all of the apps can be easily moved around the screen and positioned anywhere on the mirror. dymek has designed the product to go to sleep autonomously after 45 seconds of inactivity, and reverts to the appearance of ordinary mirror. users are able to request an uber, watch a movie on netflix, read the news, talk to siri, control smart thermostats, speakers and more.

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dymek adds: this mirror was created as a personal project and is in no way being used for commercial reasons. I admire apple’s vision and approach to creating revolutionary products. my only goal for this project was to create something useful that I could see myself using.

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iFixit Launches New $20 Essential Electronics Toolkit for iPhone Repairs

iFixit today announced the release of its redesigned Essential Electronics Toolkit, a magnetized case equipped with a variety of tools and screwdriver bits for repairing iPhones and other electronics at home.

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Many of the tools are featured in iFixit’s iPhone repair guides, including the iFixit Opening Tool, iFixit Opening Picks, and Suction Handle, providing the essentials for do-it-yourself screen repairs and battery swaps.

The toolkit includes:

  • Magnetized Driver Handle
  • Angled ESD-safe Precision Tweezers
  • Spudger
  • Jimmy
  • iFixit Opening Tool
  • iFixit Opening Picks set of 6
  • Suction Handle
  • Easy-to-Open Magnetized Case
  • Lid with Built-in Sorting Tray
  • Sixteen 4 mm Precision Screwdriver Bits
    • Phillips – 000, 00, 0, 1, 2
    • Pentalobe – P2, P5
    • Flathead – 1, 2.5, 4 mm
    • Torx – T4, T5
    • Torx Security – TR6, TR8, TR10
    • SIM Eject Bit

The Essential Electronics Toolkit — a good stocking stuffer — is $19.95 on iFixit’s website.

Rumored 5.8″ OLED iPhone Said to Have 5.1″ to 5.2″ Active Display Area

Apple is widely rumored to release its first iPhone with an OLED display next year, but reports have been conflicting about its potential screen size.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year, while Barclays analysts recently called for a 5-inch iPhone with a curved, bezel-free OLED display. Japanese website Nikkei also expects a new glass-backed 5-inch iPhone.

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Now, in a new research note, Kuo said the much-rumored premium iPhone model will indeed have a 5.8-inch OLED panel, but with a smaller actual active display area of between 5.1 and 5.2 inches. Kuo said this is for “specific design purposes,” which likely points towards a wraparound or curved display of some sort.

We predict OLED iPhone will be 5.1-5.2”, despite various market speculation. In terms of the display size of the OLED iPhone, current information from the upstream points to 5.8”, while that from the downstream points to 5”, which does not conflict, in our view. We predict OLED iPhone will adopt a 5.7-5.8” flexible OLED panel (with Samsung (KR) as the exclusive supplier). Nonetheless, for ‘specific design purposes’, the actual active area may be around 5.1-5.2”. Other than the OLED model, we expect Apple to launch new 4.7” and 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone models.

Kuo reiterated the all-new OLED-based iPhone will be accompanied by new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones with traditional LCD displays.