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Everything Apple Announced October 30: MacBook Air, iPad Pro, Mac Mini

Rejoice! New iPads, plus a much-needed refresh to the MacBook Air and Mac Mini.
Source: Wired

Apple’s new iPads delete the home button for good

Apple drove the final nails in the home button’s coffin on Tuesday, removing the once ubiquitous feature from its new line of iPad devices.

The new iPad Pro devices, revealed at Tuesday’s Apple event in New York, no longer have a home button. The design move, which is meant to make room for a bigger, more compelling display, follows the home button’s removal on the iPhone. Apple also dropped the Lightning port with the new iPad Pro and moved to the USB-C.

The new iPad Pro, which comes in two sizes, is now unlocked with face ID. It’s been redesigned to work in any direction too, so there’s no “wrong way” to unlock it.

Once the device is unlocked, users will be able to perform actions using on-screen gesture controls to access the feature they need. For instance, users can swipe down from the upper right hand corner to get to the control center, or swipe up from the bottom to access to the dock.  In short, it’s going to be the same kind of gestures used for the new iPhone 10.

Apple started phasing out the home button in 2017, beginning with its premium iPhone X handset. It kept the physical home buttons on cheaper iPhones. But we all knew their time would come.

That hammer dropped in 2018 and Apple cleared the home button from its new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR.


Source: TechCrunch

Apple ditches the headphone jack on latest iPad Pro models

The headphone jack is missing from the latest versions of the iPad Pro. It’s gone. Dead. Worse yet, the headphones that come with the iPhone will not work either. Apple ditched Lightning for USB-C. Instead, Apple is selling a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle for $9.

The latest iPad Pro models follows the trend lines set by the iPhone. Just like on the iPhone, the Home Button is missing, and the headphone jack is gone. It’s a concession some users might find surprising. On the iPhone, there’s obviously less real estate to integrate a large port but that’s, in theory, less of an issue in a large device like a tablet. But it makes sense. Apple tends to maximize margins by ensuring different products use a similar set of hardware. And since the iPhone hasn’t had a headphone port since 2016, it’s about time the trend hits Apple’s other mobile device.

Headphone users are not the only users left in the dark. The iPad has long been a great device for a stationary audio controller. Now, instead of simply connecting the tablet to a stereo with a 3.5mm cable, a $9 dongle is required. Want to use headphones? Apple would obviously prefer if owners use $159 AirPods though there are a handful of USB-C headphones including these from Google.

Apple Fall Event 2018


Source: TechCrunch

Freebird flies off with $8M to rescue passengers after flight cancellations

There are few things more irritating than a canceled flight, whether it’s on your way to a friend’s wedding, a conference or to celebrate a holiday back home. Wouldn’t it be nifty if technology could put an end to our travel woes? Freebird, a travel rebooking service, has raised an $8 million Series A to do just that.

The startup charges a minimum of $19 per flight — more depending on distance, time of year, location and more — to independent travelers and companies that partner with the service to help travelers rebook flights after cancellations or other “disruption events.” Most of the time, flights are on-time and without issue, which means that most of the time, Freebird pockets all of its customer’s cash. But if there is a disruption event, Freebird guarantees it will rebook you with just three taps of your phone and without any additional charge.

American Express Ventures has led the round, with support from Citi Ventures, PAR Capital Ventures, General Catalyst and Accomplice. Freebird is currently in discussions with Amex and Citi, as well as other banks, to roll its travel benefits into their corporate card services. To date, the startup works with 100 corporate clients and 10 corporate travel agency partners, including BCD Travel. Freebird says it expects to support 250,000 travelers this year.

Founded in 2015 by Ethan Bernstein, Cambridge, Mass.-based Freebird aggregates data on flight patterns to predict the probability of a flight disruption. If the probability is high, Freebird chargers more for access to its mobile rebooking tool.

“If you’re flying out of Buffalo in the winter, it’s going to be a higher risk flight,” Freebird chief executive officer Bernstein told TechCrunch. “If you’re flying out of Phoenix in the summer, you’re at a very low risk of being disrupted. We understand those risks and we are able to price our product differently based on those factors.”

Freebird has raised a total of $16.5 million in funding to date. It’s one of many travel technology startups to bring in venture capital this year. IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences, secured $20 million in April; luggage startup Away brought in a $50 million in June; and travel activities platform Klook raised $200 million in August, to name a few.

Freebird, though focused specifically on flights, says its experiences are at the forefront of its business model.

“There are a million different products that will help you automate your life but one of the things we are focused on is transforming personal experiences,” Bernstein said. “Do they go through these disruption events tearing their hair out or do they go through it knowing that they have control, agency, support and information? It’s funny what happens when people deal with uncertainty; uncertainty is the worst. As soon you give people information, human support and technology to help them solve their problems, they experience the event so much differently.”


Source: TechCrunch

Get your free tickets to Startup Battlefield Latin America 2018

We’re 10 short days away from making TechCrunch history, and we couldn’t be more excited. On 8 November, we kick off our first Startup Battlefield Latin America 2018 at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo, Brazil. We can’t wait to add up to 15 of the region’s exceptional early-stage startup founders to our Startup Battlefield alumni community.

The only thing more exciting than competing in the Battlefield is being there up-close and personal to watch and cheer as these startups go head-to-head for cash, serious bragging rights and potentially life-changing investor and media attention. We invite you to apply for a free spectator pass. Tickets are limited, and we’ll select people in the Latin American startup scene on a first-come-first-served basis.

In addition to witnessing an epic pitch competition, you’ll also enjoy presentations and panel discussions from our outstanding roster of speakers. More on that in a moment. First, here’s how Startup Battlefield works.

During three preliminary rounds, up to five startups per round will each have six minutes to pitch and present their demo before a panel of expert tech and VC judges. The judges have six minutes following each pitch to ask teams probing questions. Five of the competing startups will move on to the finals and pitch again to a new set of judges.

The judges confer and will ultimately name one startup to be Latin America’s first Startup Battlefield champion. The winning founders receive a $25,000 non-equity cash prize and a trip for two to the next Disrupt, where they can exhibit free of charge in the Startup Alley — and possibly qualify to participate in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt.

Now, about those presentations we mentioned. We’ve invited a range of experts familiar with the region to host a series of discussions between Battlefield rounds. Here’s a small sample of what to expect:

  • Keynote: Rodrigo Schmidt (Instagram) will talk about the popular photo-sharing app’s rapid growth and development.
  • Venture Investing in Latin America Today: Eric Acher (Monashees), Veronica Allende Serra (Innova Capital), Hernan Kazah (Kaszek) and Fernando Lelo de Larrea (ALLVP) will discuss the accelerating pace and scale of venture investing in Latin America. How will the ecosystem adapt?
  • 20 Years Ahead of the Curve: Fabricio Bloisi (Movile) will discuss the company’s journey from SMS and ringtones in 1998 to digital businesses on mobile platforms.

As we said, that’s just a taste of what’s in store. You can read the full agenda right here.

The epic event that is Startup Battlefield Latin America 2018 takes place 8 November in São Paulo, Brazil. Come join the startup community for an exciting, action-packed day of competition, collaboration and connection. Apply for your free spectator ticket today. We can’t wait to see you!


Source: TechCrunch

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio will make your new iPad a work station – CNET

You won’t need to pair or charge this Keyboard accessory for the new iPad.
Source: CNET

Apple's iPad and MacBook event from Brooklyn, in photos – CNET

In the heart of Brooklyn, New York, Apple held an event where it announced new iPads and computers. Relive the magic in photos.
Source: CNET

iPad Pro 2018: Feast your eyes on Apple's big iPad update – CNET

It’s a big one.
Source: CNET

The new iPad Pro can now charge your iPhone – CNET

Apple’s new tablet comes with charging capabilities, but you’ll need a USB-C cable.
Source: CNET

MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro 2018: Everything Apple just announced – CNET

The Apple hardware event was clearly targeted at creative pros.
Source: CNET

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