Friday Morning News

Apple’s new iPad how-to page tells you how to do even more with iPad. It’s the new home of a bunch of iPad how-to videos, including such classics as “how to use two apps at once”, “how to work with the powerful new Dock”, as well as new favourites like “how to mark stuff up with Apple Pencil” and “how to edit a photo and erase a stranger”.

The modular Mac Pro that Apple has been working on will be released in 2019. Senior director of Mac Hardware Product Marketing Tom Boger confirmed the news to TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, who recently joined Apple SVPs and a handful of other journalists to find out what was taking so long. While the news will come as a blow to those waiting for Apple’s Xeon in a box, it’s good that Apple are at least giving pros this much information so they can decide if the iMac Pro is right for them.

Apple has announced an upcoming update to Final Cut Pro X. The two major features appear to be support for a new video called ProRes RAW, which combines the performance of ProRes with the quality benefits of RAW video. The FCP X update slated to be released on April 9 also includes an improved Closed Captioning tool, which will make it easier to share pre-captioned videos to YouTube and Vimeo.

Vogue has an interview with Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive. Naomi Campbell travelled to Apple Park to talk with Ive, where the pair discussed topics such as the creative process, Ive’s poor work/life balance, and other aspects of design.

Apple has shared photos of its Shunjuku store, which opens on Saturday. Apple’s return to the country where it opened its first international store features an all-glass storefront and the refreshed Apple Store design, which includes a 6K video wall that makes for a seriously distracting part of the store, but at least one that looks good in photos.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to provide testimony in the ongoing Qualcomm vs Apple lawsuit, although the deposition isn’t scheduled to occur until June 27. That’s about all we know, but MacRumors has a summary of the events so far, which mostly involve Qualcomm and Apple suing and counter-suing each other.

Tim Cook recently travelled to Alabama to talk about Martin Luther King’s legacy, on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. Speaking to students at the Birmingham Metro Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Cook said MLK’s teachings were timeless and could be applied to today, reminding them of the importance of both seeing how far we’ve come as a society as well as how much more work there is to do.

Apple’s efforts to clean up the App Store and remove thousands of clone and spam applications resulted in the App Store shrinking for the first time ever. A report from Appfigures claims 2.1 million apps were available at the end of 2017, compared to 2.2 million apps available at the beginning of the year. Developers also released fewer apps in 2017 compared to previous years, according to the figures.

A patent application from Apple hints at what the company could be working on. An AR display for the passengers of a self-driving car doesn’t seem too outlandish, and could work well enough provided the technology is there to support it. Displaying things outside of driver vision but visible to sensors would be particularly handy, but I guess once we start putting displays across the entire windshield, that opens up a wide range of possibilities.

The Verge says Apple accessories have gone too far. Their provided example is the leather HomePod travel case, just in case you want to take your HomePod on a trip with you. Other than that, I’m not sure what this accessory is for, but over-the-top Apple accessories is nothing new.

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