The FCC has approved an application from Elon Musk's SpaceX to deploy 7,000 satellites into space that would offer global broadband internet access. Elon Musk wants a total of 12,000 satellites around the earth in Low Earth Orbit to provide internet to every square inch of the planet's surface. One of the problems with satellite internet is that there's a lot of latency, but Musk says they can get it down to 25 milliseconds, which could be faster than the internet many of us have at home.
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Leo says that with its 8 core A12x Bionic Processor and 7 core GPU, the iPad Pro is indeed the computer of the future. It's more powerful than 92% of all laptops sold this year. But iOS is simply too underwhelming to take advantage of all that power. Things you should be able to do, like add an external hard drive or keyboard, you still can't. Sure, some creatives will be able to harness the power, but for most, you'll end up paying a ton of money for what amounts to an overpriced Netflix machine.
Leo got a 256GB iPad Pro this week, and Leo says the iPad Pro is a sexy piece of technology. It's so thin, they couldn't even put a headphone jack in it! But he also says that after buying the keyboard folio, the magnetic Apple Pencil 2, and the iPad itself, he was into it for over $1600. He also says it far surpasses a comparable laptop in many ways. It has the True Tone display, an adaptive Liquid Retina display, an eight core A12x Bionic chip which is 7nm small, the smallest processor ever, and 7 GPUs. It's incredibly fast. Faster than 92% of all laptops sold, according to Apple.
Apple announced an updated MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and a far more powerful iPad Pro with an 11" screen, that is faster than not only most MacBook Pros but just about every laptop on the market. This is thanks to the A12x Bionic designed by Apple. Leo says that Apple is signaling that desktops and laptops are on the way out, and iPads are here to stay. Apple is also planning to dump Intel in favor of their own chips in the future.
Apple announced this week that it would stop reporting quarterly sales reports during their earnings calls. They will cease letting investors know how many iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, etc. leaving them to simply guess. Leo says that how well a business is doing is directly tied to their sales report, and it may be that since the iPhone grew 0% this quarter, that Apple is concerned how reporting sales affects their stock prices. But Apple also derives a great percentage of their incoming from services.
At this week's Apple Event in New York, Apple announced a new iPad Pro, which is faster than most MacBook Pros, and just about any laptop on the market. Leo says that proves that the future of computing for Apple is the mobile iOS platform. They're reluctantly updating Macs, and Leo thinks that Apple will not only abandon Intel entirely in favor of their own chips, but they will continue to be mobile centric. The Desktop is not long for this world. And Apple showed that both AutoCad and Photoshop can run on it with no trouble.
Citing the trend in Silicon Valley, where computer executives won't allow their kids and loved ones to use mobile devices, the NY Times came out with an article stating that using mobile phones can basically turn you into a zombie. Leo says that while there is indeed a dark and seedy side to the use of mobile devices, is it any different a concern from the wide spread adoption of books in the 1700s, or even the TV in the 1950s? For good or bad, this is the world they are growing up on, but it's important to teach them how to navigate through the connected universe.
The scuttlebutt is, that on Oct. 30th, Apple will be announcing two new iPadPros, one 11", both bezeless, with FaceID. They will essentially be large versions of the iPhone X. But there's also a belief that Apple will make a slightly smaller 12" model, with a larger screen. There may also be no lightning port, but instead, a TypeC charger port. Leo also hopes that Apple introduces a new MacBook Air with a hi resolution screen. The rumor that Leo finds hard to believe is a new Mac Mini. He hopes so, it hasn't been updated in forever.
Apple will be having an event this Tuesday, October 30th in New York and Leo expects we'll see new MacBooks, and definitely a new iPad that will basically be a large iPhone XS. Tune in at live.twit.tv for our exclusive coverage!
Leo got the iPhone XR and he says it could be Apple's most popular iPhone, in spite of the LCD screen, rather than the OLED screen. For $750 for the 64GB, which Leo says is plenty for anyone, you get all the functionality of the iPhone Xs, but with a choice of colors. What are you giving up? The OLED LED screen, and the dual camera on the back. But even that isn't bad because Apple has managed to create a version of Portrait mode that isn't that bad. Leo says that anyone coming from an older iPhone should be very happy with it.