Hands-On With Cases Designed for 2020 iPad Pro Models

Apple is working on updated 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that are set to be released in the first half of 2020, perhaps as soon as March if rumors of a March 31 event are accurate.

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Prior to the release of new devices, case makers often scramble to be the first to have cases ready, and there are already ‌iPad Pro‌ cases designed for new models available from Amazon. We picked up a couple of the cases and thought we’d check them out to see what they reveal about the upcoming ‌iPad Pro‌ refresh.


The cases are from Amazon seller Dux Ducis, with options available for both the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, both of which are expected to be refreshed this year.

Size wise, these cases fit the current 11 and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models, because we’re not expecting any changes to the general design of the ‌iPad Pro‌. Dimensions and thickness are expected to remain the same with the new models.

There is, however, a square-shaped camera cutout that is meant to accommodate the triple-lens camera that’s rumored for the updated ‌iPad Pro‌ models. Triple-lens cameras were first introduced in the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and are also rumored for Apple’s refreshed ‌iPad Pro‌ lineup.


Most people aren’t using their iPads for serious photography so we have seen questions about why a tablet would need a triple-lens camera system, but rumors suggest this is a 3D time-of-flight camera system that uses a laser to capture depth information about the world around you.

A time-of-flight camera system measures the time it takes for a laser to get from the camera to the subject in each point of an image, creating a 3D map of the surrounding area. This has interesting implications for augmented reality capabilities, and in a past note, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested the ‌iPad Pro‌ would be able to capture 3D models that could then be edited with the Apple Pencil for an “all-new productivity experience.”


This technology is also expected to be introduced in the 2020 iPhones, and it’s interesting that rumors indicate new camera functionality is coming to the iPad ahead of when it comes to the iPhone.

Aside from the square-shaped camera cutout, the ‌iPad Pro‌ cases are pretty much identical to cases you can get for current ‌iPad Pro‌ models. A dummy model of the new ‌iPad Pro‌ that we got last year does fit into the new case perfectly.


Along with these cases from Amazon, major manufacturers like Pad & Quill have also started offering cases for the 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models, which is a hint that a device launch is likely coming quite soon.

Other than the new camera system, updated ‌iPad Pro‌ models are also expected to feature upgraded processors, and later this year, additional high-end models could come out with features like a mini-LED display and 5G connectivity.

Current rumors suggest that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 31, but it is unclear if coronavirus concerns might impact Apple’s plans as there are rumors of production delays and potential issues with large gatherings as many companies have been canceling events in recent weeks.

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Apple is working on updated 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that are set to be released in the first half of 2020, perhaps as soon as March if rumors of a March 31 event are accurate.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Prior to the release of new devices, case makers often scramble to be the first to have cases ready, and there are already ‌iPad Pro‌ cases designed for new models available from Amazon. We picked up a couple of the cases and thought we'd check them out to see what they reveal about the upcoming ‌iPad Pro‌ refresh.


The cases are from Amazon seller Dux Ducis, with options available for both the 11-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, both of which are expected to be refreshed this year.

Size wise, these cases fit the current 11 and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models, because we're not expecting any changes to the general design of the ‌iPad Pro‌. Dimensions and thickness are expected to remain the same with the new models.

There is, however, a square-shaped camera cutout that is meant to accommodate the triple-lens camera that's rumored for the updated ‌iPad Pro‌ models. Triple-lens cameras were first introduced in the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and are also rumored for Apple's refreshed ‌iPad Pro‌ lineup.


Most people aren't using their iPads for serious photography so we have seen questions about why a tablet would need a triple-lens camera system, but rumors suggest this is a 3D time-of-flight camera system that uses a laser to capture depth information about the world around you.

A time-of-flight camera system measures the time it takes for a laser to get from the camera to the subject in each point of an image, creating a 3D map of the surrounding area. This has interesting implications for augmented reality capabilities, and in a past note, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested the ‌iPad Pro‌ would be able to capture 3D models that could then be edited with the Apple Pencil for an "all-new productivity experience."


This technology is also expected to be introduced in the 2020 iPhones, and it's interesting that rumors indicate new camera functionality is coming to the iPad ahead of when it comes to the iPhone.

Aside from the square-shaped camera cutout, the ‌iPad Pro‌ cases are pretty much identical to cases you can get for current ‌iPad Pro‌ models. A dummy model of the new ‌iPad Pro‌ that we got last year does fit into the new case perfectly.


Along with these cases from Amazon, major manufacturers like Pad & Quill have also started offering cases for the 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models, which is a hint that a device launch is likely coming quite soon.

Other than the new camera system, updated ‌iPad Pro‌ models are also expected to feature upgraded processors, and later this year, additional high-end models could come out with features like a mini-LED display and 5G connectivity.

Current rumors suggest that Apple is planning to hold an event on March 31, but it is unclear if coronavirus concerns might impact Apple's plans as there are rumors of production delays and potential issues with large gatherings as many companies have been canceling events in recent weeks.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Leather Folio or Sleeve for the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro From Woolnut

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Woolnut to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win either a Leather Folio or Leather Sleeve designed to fit the 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.


Priced at 112.50 euros, the Leather Folio for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook options is made from a soft, rich full-grain leather sourced from Scandinavia. As with all quality leather, over time, the Folio will develop a unique patina. Woolnut says that it sources REACH-approved leather that is chosen for its protective softness.


The minimalist Leather Folio from Woolnut is available in green, black, or cognac, and while Woolnut is a Swedish company, its products ship out worldwide.


Inside the Leather Folio, there is a soft 100 percent natural wool felt sourced from Germany that’s designed to protect the laptop from minor drops and dings, plus there are also leather pockets inside to house necessities like an iPhone, passport, and credit cards.


The design allows the MacBook to be placed inside vertically, leaving the charging port at one of the sides accessible for charging purposes. A premium zipper along the side and the top of the Folio closes to protect the MacBook when traveling, and makes it easy to get to the MacBook when you need to use it. When not in use for travel purposes, the Leather Sleeve can be used as a pad underneath a MacBook.


Woolnut’s Leather Sleeve for the ‌MacBook Air‌ and ‌MacBook Pro‌ is similar to the Leather Folio, but it features a simpler design with a single opening at the top and no zipper.


Priced at 72.50 euros, the Leather Sleeve can also be purchased in green, cognac, or black, and it uses the same high-quality leather as the Folio. Inside, there’s a 100 percent natural gray wool felt that offers protection and padding, and the design is thin enough that it’s ideal for slipping into a bag or backpack.

Three winners will receive a 13-inch Folio for the ‌MacBook Air‌ or ‌MacBook Pro‌, while two winners will receive a 13-inch Leather Sleeve also able to accommodate a 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or ‌MacBook Air‌. Winners will be able to pick the Folio or Sleeve color of their choice.

To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (February 28) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 6. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 6 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Woolnut to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win either a Leather Folio or Leather Sleeve designed to fit the 13-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.


Priced at 112.50 euros, the Leather Folio for Apple's 13-inch MacBook options is made from a soft, rich full-grain leather sourced from Scandinavia. As with all quality leather, over time, the Folio will develop a unique patina. Woolnut says that it sources REACH-approved leather that is chosen for its protective softness.


The minimalist Leather Folio from Woolnut is available in green, black, or cognac, and while Woolnut is a Swedish company, its products ship out worldwide.


Inside the Leather Folio, there is a soft 100 percent natural wool felt sourced from Germany that's designed to protect the laptop from minor drops and dings, plus there are also leather pockets inside to house necessities like an iPhone, passport, and credit cards.


The design allows the MacBook to be placed inside vertically, leaving the charging port at one of the sides accessible for charging purposes. A premium zipper along the side and the top of the Folio closes to protect the MacBook when traveling, and makes it easy to get to the MacBook when you need to use it. When not in use for travel purposes, the Leather Sleeve can be used as a pad underneath a MacBook.


Woolnut's Leather Sleeve for the ‌MacBook Air‌ and ‌MacBook Pro‌ is similar to the Leather Folio, but it features a simpler design with a single opening at the top and no zipper.


Priced at 72.50 euros, the Leather Sleeve can also be purchased in green, cognac, or black, and it uses the same high-quality leather as the Folio. Inside, there's a 100 percent natural gray wool felt that offers protection and padding, and the design is thin enough that it's ideal for slipping into a bag or backpack.


Three winners will receive a 13-inch Folio for the ‌MacBook Air‌ or ‌MacBook Pro‌, while two winners will receive a 13-inch Leather Sleeve also able to accommodate a 13-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or ‌MacBook Air‌. Winners will be able to pick the Folio or Sleeve color of their choice.

To enter to win our ‌giveaway‌, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the ‌giveaway‌ restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

Woolnut
The contest will run from today (February 28) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 6. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 6 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Long-Term Coronavirus Impact in New Interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Birmingham, Alabama yesterday, and while there, he did an interview with Fox Business. Portions of the interview where Cook discussed the coronavirus were shared yesterday, but now the entire 10 minute interview has been released.


Expanding on his comments about the coronavirus, Cook says that things are progressing as expected in terms of “bringing things back,” but it will take some time. “By and large, I think this is a temporary condition, not a long-term kind of thing. Apple is fundamentally strong, and that’s how I see it,” Cook said.

Cook said that he’s not sure whether the coronavirus will continue to have an impact on Apple’s sales beyond the March quarter. “We’re still in February and there’s reason for optimism, but we’ll see,” he said. Focus has shifted from China to South Korea and Italy, and Cook said he believes it’s important to see “what happens there and whether something new comes out of that.”

On the topic of stock fluctuations due to the coronavirus, Cook had this to say:

I don’t really focus on the short term in relation to the market. I think for me, and the way we run the company, we work towards the long-term and I see no long-term difference between what was happening four weeks ago versus what’s happening today.

The market takes time to recognize that and so forth. It’s going to do what it’s going to do, and I’m the last person to be able to predict it. For me, yeah, I look through that. Look through the noise and concentrate on the future. And the future looks very bright.

Cook was asked whether Apple is working to move more of its supply chain outside of China, and Cook said, as he often does, that Apple devices have components from around the world. In China specifically, Cook said Apple focuses on the resilience of the supply chain, not the disaster itself.

The question for us after we get on the other side will be ‘Was the resilience there or not, and do we need to make some changes?’ My perspective sitting here today is that if there are changes, you’re talking about adjusting some knobs, not some kind of wholesale fundamental change.

Cook also talked about how he manages his relationship with Donald Trump and whether his efforts to engage with the Trump campaign have caused employee backlash.

I try to do what I say and say what I do. My perspective is engagement is always best because just standing on the sideline and yelling doesn’t accomplish anything but polarization.

I want to suit up and play a role, and if I disagree on something I want to try and influence it. If I agree on something, I want to try to amplify and figure out some way I can be a great citizen of the country. That is my perspective on things and the way we try to lead the company.

Cook touched on a few other topics of discussion, such as Apple’s plans to open retail stores in India and Apple’s focus on policy. The full interview can be watched over on Fox Business.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Birmingham, Alabama yesterday, and while there, he did an interview with Fox Business. Portions of the interview where Cook discussed the coronavirus were shared yesterday, but now the entire 10 minute interview has been released.


Expanding on his comments about the coronavirus, Cook says that things are progressing as expected in terms of "bringing things back," but it will take some time. "By and large, I think this is a temporary condition, not a long-term kind of thing. Apple is fundamentally strong, and that's how I see it," Cook said.

Cook said that he's not sure whether the coronavirus will continue to have an impact on Apple's sales beyond the March quarter. "We're still in February and there's reason for optimism, but we'll see," he said. Focus has shifted from China to South Korea and Italy, and Cook said he believes it's important to see "what happens there and whether something new comes out of that."

On the topic of stock fluctuations due to the coronavirus, Cook had this to say:
I don't really focus on the short term in relation to the market. I think for me, and the way we run the company, we work towards the long-term and I see no long-term difference between what was happening four weeks ago versus what's happening today.

The market takes time to recognize that and so forth. It's going to do what it's going to do, and I'm the last person to be able to predict it. For me, yeah, I look through that. Look through the noise and concentrate on the future. And the future looks very bright.

Cook was asked whether Apple is working to move more of its supply chain outside of China, and Cook said, as he often does, that Apple devices have components from around the world. In China specifically, Cook said Apple focuses on the resilience of the supply chain, not the disaster itself.
The question for us after we get on the other side will be 'Was the resilience there or not, and do we need to make some changes?' My perspective sitting here today is that if there are changes, you're talking about adjusting some knobs, not some kind of wholesale fundamental change.
Cook also talked about how he manages his relationship with Donald Trump and whether his efforts to engage with the Trump campaign have caused employee backlash.
I try to do what I say and say what I do. My perspective is engagement is always best because just standing on the sideline and yelling doesn't accomplish anything but polarization.

I want to suit up and play a role, and if I disagree on something I want to try and influence it. If I agree on something, I want to try to amplify and figure out some way I can be a great citizen of the country. That is my perspective on things and the way we try to lead the company.
Cook touched on a few other topics of discussion, such as Apple's plans to open retail stores in India and Apple's focus on policy. The full interview can be watched over on Fox Business.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


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Apple Japan Shares Anime-Themed ‘Behind the Mac’ Video

Apple on its YouTube channel in Japan has shared a new animated “Behind the Mac” video that features various anime characters using Macs set to music from Japanese artist Yoshiho Nakamura.

Behind the Mac, new stories are born one after another. A story that is not yet in this world. Come on, you too.

Featured characters are shown from animated movies and shows that include “Weathering With You,” “The Wonderland,” “Gridman,” “Your Name,” “Yama No Susume,” and more.

Apple has shared several other “Behind the Mac” ads that focus on creators who use the Mac to make art, to code, to make music, and more.

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Apple on its YouTube channel in Japan has shared a new animated "Behind the Mac" video that features various anime characters using Macs set to music from Japanese artist Yoshiho Nakamura.

Behind the Mac, new stories are born one after another. A story that is not yet in this world. Come on, you too.
Featured characters are shown from animated movies and shows that include "Weathering With You," "The Wonderland," "Gridman," "Your Name," "Yama No Susume," and more.

Apple has shared several other "Behind the Mac" ads that focus on creators who use the Mac to make art, to code, to make music, and more.


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Lady Gaga’s New ‘Stupid Love’ Music Video Shot Entirely on iPhone 11 Pro

Lady Gaga this evening released her latest single, “Stupid Love,” with a music video to go along with it. The video was shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro.

Prior to the video’s release, Lady Gaga shared a series of teaser trailers featuring the new song, and Apple has also highlighted the video on its own YouTube channel in a shorter one minute clip.

There have been other high-profile Shot on iPhone music videos, including the video for Selena Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me” single, also shot on an ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌.

Lady Gaga’s new single, which is available on Apple Music, is the first new song she’s released since creating songs for “A Star is Born.” Apple previously partnered with Lady Gaga when she performed at Apple Park in May 2019 for the formal opening of Apple’s new campus.

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Lady Gaga this evening released her latest single, "Stupid Love," with a music video to go along with it. The video was shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro.


Prior to the video's release, Lady Gaga shared a series of teaser trailers featuring the new song, and Apple has also highlighted the video on its own YouTube channel in a shorter one minute clip.


There have been other high-profile Shot on iPhone music videos, including the video for Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" single, also shot on an ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌.

Lady Gaga's new single, which is available on Apple Music, is the first new song she's released since creating songs for "A Star is Born." Apple previously partnered with Lady Gaga when she performed at Apple Park in May 2019 for the formal opening of Apple's new campus.


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‘Crossy Road Castle’ Now Available on Apple Arcade

Apple regularly adds new games to Apple Arcade, and this week’s addition is Crossy Road Castle, made by Hipster Whale, the developer behind the popular Crossy Road game.

Crossy Road is an endless Frogger-style game where the goal is to get various animals and characters across the road, but Crossy Road Castle, which was announced back in October, is a cross between an endless runner and a platformer.

Crossy Road Castle uses a similar art style as Crossy Road, with players guiding characters through a castle that’s rife with enemies and obstacles to overcome. The goal of the game is to climb as high into the castle as possible.

Crossy Road Castle can be played solo, but there’s also a cooperative mode that allows multiple players to brave the castle using several game controllers or multiple iOS devices.


As with Crossy Road, gameplay will unlock new characters to play. Hipster Whale says that new towers and characters will be introduced regularly.

‌Apple Arcade‌ subscribers can download Crossy Road Castle from the App Store as of today. ‌Apple Arcade‌ is priced at $4.99 per month and provides users with access to more than 100 games with no additional fees or in-app purchases. Crossy Road Castle can be played on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.

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Apple regularly adds new games to Apple Arcade, and this week's addition is Crossy Road Castle, made by Hipster Whale, the developer behind the popular Crossy Road game.


Crossy Road is an endless Frogger-style game where the goal is to get various animals and characters across the road, but Crossy Road Castle, which was announced back in October, is a cross between an endless runner and a platformer.

Crossy Road Castle uses a similar art style as Crossy Road, with players guiding characters through a castle that's rife with enemies and obstacles to overcome. The goal of the game is to climb as high into the castle as possible.

Crossy Road Castle can be played solo, but there's also a cooperative mode that allows multiple players to brave the castle using several game controllers or multiple iOS devices.


As with Crossy Road, gameplay will unlock new characters to play. Hipster Whale says that new towers and characters will be introduced regularly.

‌Apple Arcade‌ subscribers can download Crossy Road Castle from the App Store as of today. ‌Apple Arcade‌ is priced at $4.99 per month and provides users with access to more than 100 games with no additional fees or in-app purchases. Crossy Road Castle can be played on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.


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Limited Series Based on Downfall of WeWork Coming to Apple TV+

Apple has picked up a limited series based on the story of WeWork for Apple TV+, according to a new report from Variety. The upcoming show is based on the six-part Wondery podcast called “WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork.”


WeWork in early 2019 was valued at close to $50 billion as it prepared for an IPO, but the company crashed and burned after a series of articles highlighted mismanagement and odd behavior from CEO Adam Neumann, who was quickly ousted. WeWork’s IPO was canceled and the company’s valuation plunged to $5 billion.

From the podcast that the show is based on:

The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought it was going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world’s savviest investors — but did his vision ever match the company’s reality? Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars, WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase “unicorns.”

Lee Eisenberg, known for ‌Apple TV‌+ show “Little America,” is co-writing and executive producing the series alongside former Warner Bros. executive Drew Crevello, who has produced films like “The Grudge 2.”

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Apple has picked up a limited series based on the story of WeWork for Apple TV+, according to a new report from Variety. The upcoming show is based on the six-part Wondery podcast called "WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork."


WeWork in early 2019 was valued at close to $50 billion as it prepared for an IPO, but the company crashed and burned after a series of articles highlighted mismanagement and odd behavior from CEO Adam Neumann, who was quickly ousted. WeWork's IPO was canceled and the company's valuation plunged to $5 billion.

From the podcast that the show is based on:
The founders of WeWork thought they were on the brink of making history. The company was valued at $47 billion dollars, it was ready for a huge IPO, and its charismatic CEO Adam Neumann thought it was going to change the world. Adam had a prophet-like vision for WeWork that he sold to some of the world's savviest investors -- but did his vision ever match the company's reality? Hosted by David Brown of the hit podcast Business Wars, WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It's a story of hope and hubris, big money and bigger screwups, and the lengths people will go to chase "unicorns."
Lee Eisenberg, known for ‌Apple TV‌+ show "Little America," is co-writing and executive producing the series alongside former Warner Bros. executive Drew Crevello, who has produced films like "The Grudge 2."


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FCC to Propose Fining AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile $200M for Sharing Customer Location Data

The United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to propose fining AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint $200 million in total for improperly disclosing real-time customer location data, reports Reuters.


Proposed fines for the four major carriers in the United States could be announced as soon as tomorrow, and the carriers would have the chance to challenge the fines before they become final. The precise amount each company is fined could change, and could possibly increase.

The FCC in January confirmed that several wireless carriers in the U.S. violated federal law by failing to protect sensitive customer data that included real-time location information.

Carrier location selling practices were uncovered last year when Motherboard reported that Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile had been selling subscriber geolocation data to third-party companies like LocationSmart and Zumigo, with those companies passing the data along to bounty hunters, bail bondsmen, and more.

The FCC launched an investigation into the practices after the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce in November 2019 accused the FCC of “failing in its duty to to enforce the laws Congress passed to protect consumers’ privacy.”

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The United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to propose fining AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint $200 million in total for improperly disclosing real-time customer location data, reports Reuters.


Proposed fines for the four major carriers in the United States could be announced as soon as tomorrow, and the carriers would have the chance to challenge the fines before they become final. The precise amount each company is fined could change, and could possibly increase.

The FCC in January confirmed that several wireless carriers in the U.S. violated federal law by failing to protect sensitive customer data that included real-time location information.

Carrier location selling practices were uncovered last year when Motherboard reported that Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile had been selling subscriber geolocation data to third-party companies like LocationSmart and Zumigo, with those companies passing the data along to bounty hunters, bail bondsmen, and more.

The FCC launched an investigation into the practices after the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce in November 2019 accused the FCC of "failing in its duty to to enforce the laws Congress passed to protect consumers' privacy."


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Apple to Release iPad Pro Smart Keyboard With Trackpad in 2020

Apple is working on an iPad keyboard that includes a built-in trackpad, reports The Information, citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans.


Apple has reportedly been experimenting with trackpads for the ‌iPad‌ for a “number of years.” Some of the prototypes have featured capacitive keys, though it is not known if this feature is in the finished product. The Information‘s source says that the keyboard will be made from materials similar to those in Apple’s current Smart Keyboard Folio designed for the iPad Pro.

Apple is preparing the keyboard for mass production at the current time, and is expected to release the new accessory alongside the next version of the ‌iPad Pro‌. Current rumors suggest the ‌iPad Pro‌ could be refreshed as soon as March, and Apple is expected to hold a March event (perhaps on March 31) to announce new devices.

If Apple does indeed unveil a new ‌iPad Pro‌ in March, we could see the rumored keyboard released at the same time. Up until now, all of Apple’s Smart Keyboards designed for use with iPads have only featured standard keyboard keys. A version with a trackpad would need to be significantly overhauled to make space for the trackpad design.

Back in January, Taiwanese site DigiTimes said that Apple is working on a ‌Smart Keyboard‌ with backlit keys and scissor switches, so it’s possible that the upcoming ‌Smart Keyboard‌ with trackpad will also have these features.

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Apple is working on an iPad keyboard that includes a built-in trackpad, reports The Information, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans.


Apple has reportedly been experimenting with trackpads for the ‌iPad‌ for a "number of years." Some of the prototypes have featured capacitive keys, though it is not known if this feature is in the finished product. The Information's source says that the keyboard will be made from materials similar to those in Apple's current Smart Keyboard Folio designed for the iPad Pro.

Apple is preparing the keyboard for mass production at the current time, and is expected to release the new accessory alongside the next version of the ‌iPad Pro‌. Current rumors suggest the ‌iPad Pro‌ could be refreshed as soon as March, and Apple is expected to hold a March event (perhaps on March 31) to announce new devices.

If Apple does indeed unveil a new ‌iPad Pro‌ in March, we could see the rumored keyboard released at the same time. Up until now, all of Apple's Smart Keyboards designed for use with iPads have only featured standard keyboard keys. A version with a trackpad would need to be significantly overhauled to make space for the trackpad design.

Back in January, Taiwanese site DigiTimes said that Apple is working on a ‌Smart Keyboard‌ with backlit keys and scissor switches, so it's possible that the upcoming ‌Smart Keyboard‌ with trackpad will also have these features.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘It Feels to Me China is Getting Coronavirus Under Control’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Birmingham, Alabama today, where he spoke at an event for EdFarm, which will offer Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum alongside civil rights education conducted through augmented reality.


Following his EdFarm speech, Cook did an interview with Fox Business. The interview is set to air in full on Friday, but in a clip shared today, Cook spoke about the impact of the coronavirus on Apple’s business.

According to Cook, he believes that China is starting to get the coronavirus under control, and that he is optimistic about things returning to normal.

It feels to me that China is getting the coronavirus under control. When you look at the numbers, they’re coming down day by day by day. And so I’m very optimistic there.

Cook says that Apple’s suppliers in China are getting back to work and that production is ramping up.

On the supplier side, we have suppliers, you know, iPhone is built everywhere in the world. We have key components coming from the United States, we have key parts that are in China, and so on and so forth. When you look at the parts that are done in China, we have reopened factories, so the factories were able to work through the conditions of opening. They’re also in ramp, so I think of this as sort of the third phase of getting back to normal and we’re in phase three of the ramp mode.

In the full interview set air on Friday, Cook will comment on the possibility of the coronavirus disruptions continuing past the second quarter of the year.

Cook’s comments come two weeks after Apple announced that it would not meet its revenue goals for the March quarter due to store closures in China and supply issues. Apple is expected to share more information in its next earnings call, which is scheduled for April.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Birmingham, Alabama today, where he spoke at an event for EdFarm, which will offer Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum alongside civil rights education conducted through augmented reality.


Following his EdFarm speech, Cook did an interview with Fox Business. The interview is set to air in full on Friday, but in a clip shared today, Cook spoke about the impact of the coronavirus on Apple's business.

According to Cook, he believes that China is starting to get the coronavirus under control, and that he is optimistic about things returning to normal.
It feels to me that China is getting the coronavirus under control. When you look at the numbers, they're coming down day by day by day. And so I'm very optimistic there.
Cook says that Apple's suppliers in China are getting back to work and that production is ramping up.
On the supplier side, we have suppliers, you know, iPhone is built everywhere in the world. We have key components coming from the United States, we have key parts that are in China, and so on and so forth. When you look at the parts that are done in China, we have reopened factories, so the factories were able to work through the conditions of opening. They're also in ramp, so I think of this as sort of the third phase of getting back to normal and we're in phase three of the ramp mode.
In the full interview set air on Friday, Cook will comment on the possibility of the coronavirus disruptions continuing past the second quarter of the year.

Cook's comments come two weeks after Apple announced that it would not meet its revenue goals for the March quarter due to store closures in China and supply issues. Apple is expected to share more information in its next earnings call, which is scheduled for April.


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