A Mac and iOS Update

1)   Minor macOS (version 10.13.5) and iOS (11.4) updates came out a few weeks ago.  You should have them installed on your respective devices.  I think you know how to grab the updates, but if you didn’t accept the automatic push here is what you need to do.    Mac:  Apple menu (top left) App Store (or open the Mac App Store).  iOS:  Settings > General.

2)  Apple’s big June 4th event:  It was all about software this time, unlike previous years.  No new Macs 😦 There will be new versions of the mac OS and iOS coming later this year, macOS 10.14 and iOS 12.  I expect a release window of September – November.  You can install these upgrades yourself, but as always I will make myself available to do it for you.  I always make sure my clients have a full backup before major software changes.   The new version of the macOS will be compatible with all 2012 and later models.  The new version of iOS will be compatible with the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPad Mini 2 and later.

My buying advice remains the same as a few weeks ago.  Desktop:  iMac (2017) with the SSD hard drive (custom order) is a go.  Laptop:  Mac Book Air, 13 inch (2017) is my pick right now.  If you are looking for a newer design and faster parts, lets see if they refresh the Mac Book Pros with a better keyboard in the fall.

3) New iPhones:  I’m careful not to give too much attention to speculation.  After all, Apple rumors are a business for some in the technology media.  However, I’ve come across multiple reports from various sources over the past few months concerning the size of the 2018 crop of iPhones.  It seems like they are getting bigger. We could see 5.8 inch, 6.1 inch and even 6.5 inch iPhones.   FYI, the iPhone X has a 5.8 inch screen but looks smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 inch screen) because of the slimmer bezel.  I have not seen any reports about new models of the iPhone SE (4 inch last  updated in 2016) and the iPhone 8 (4.7 inch – released in 2017).  Could you get used to a larger phone?

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