In this week’s top stories: A new keyboard design for the MacBook, iOS 13 beta 3, more details on Jony Ive’s departure, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest Apple news.
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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a new investor note this week in which he said that Apple will include a new scissor switch keyboard in future MacBooks. The change will start with the 2019 MacBook Air, according to Kuo. The new keyboard will reportedly come to the MacBook Pro in 2020.
According to Kuo, the butterfly keyboard used in MacBooks since 2015 has been expensive for Apple to manufacture due to low yields. The new scissor switch design should be more durable and offer more key travel.
Apple this week released iOS 13 beta 3 to developers. Most interestingly, the new beta includes something called FaceTime Attention Correction. This feature makes real-time adjustments to the image of your eyes so that you appear to be looking at the camera rather than the screen. This means you’ll appear to be making eye contact.
Other changes in iOS 13 beta 3 include a new active window indicator for Split View, redesigned action buttons, mouse cursor configuration options, and more. Watch our full video roundup for all of the changes.
Last but not least, The Wall Street Journal this week published an interesting deep dive into Jony Ive’s role at Apple. The report described how Ive’s involvement has waned over recent years, as he grew frustrated by an operations-focused Apple. Uncharacteristically, Tim Cook responded to the report in an email. Cook called the claims made by The WSJ “absurd” and said the report paints an unrealistic report of Apple.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
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