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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Apple Warning About Webcam Covers

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This week Djuro Sen spoke with Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition about Apple’s warning to consumers using webcam covers on their notebooks.

Users risk damaging their laptops if they close them with covers over their built-in cameras.

We discuss Apple’s security measures to ensure the camera on light is always on when active to combat hackers.

We included Huawei’s solution to this issue.We also cover GoPro’s update to make the Hero 8 Black a webcam, Canon’s new 8K beast the R5, Panasonic’s CX10 awesome 4K news gathering/streaming camera, the Samsung S20 8K results, LG 8K TV in studio and a couple secrets how I broadcast live from my home studio.

It’s a big show so dig in!

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WWDC 2024: Apple Intelligence

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is underway in California and yes, AI is the feature item. ChatGPT is part of the package but not all of it. Apple has been using a types of AI to perform tasks like photography for some time but now the tech giant is all in with generative AI.

AI NOW MEANS

“APPLE INTELLIGENCE”

Apple Intelligence will be available later this year when integrated into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia. Private Cloud Compute adds computational capacity between on-device processing and larger, server-based models that run on dedicated Apple silicon servers.

“Our unique approach combines generative AI with a user’s personal context to deliver truly helpful intelligence,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

SIRI

Siri gets a badly needed overhaul thanks to Apple Intelligence. One of the main issues with Siri has been the lack of integration with the iPhone’s features and lack of understanding of context. That’s all changing with AI. We can look forward to more intelligent language capabilities, plus more natural and more effective communication.

If you hesitate or stumble, Siri can follow your conversation while maintaining context from one request to the next. Impressively, users can type to Siri, and switch between text and voice – nice. It can even give tech support by answering questions about how to do something on the iPhone or iPad.

Siri also looks different. It will light up around the display edges when active, giving a clear indication that it is listening.

Siri will be much more useful thanks to AI. If a friend texts a user their new address in Messages, the receiver can say, “Add this address to his contact card.” Siri will work across apps too.

I often run into trouble trying to play a podcast via Siri I’ve been listening to since 2006. Now I can say things like, “Play that podcast that Mick recommended,” and Siri will locate and play the episode, without the user having to remember whether it was mentioned in a text or an email. Or, “When is Mum’s flight landing?” and Siri will find the flight details and cross-reference them with real-time flight tracking to give an arrival time.

If Siri delivers on all these changes in real life, while I’m driving my car, I’ll be doing cartwheels to celebrate.

CHATGPT

Later this year ChatGPT access will be integrated into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia but Apple’s put a deliberate roadblock in place. Users will be asked before any questions are sent to ChatGPT, along with any documents or photos, and Siri then presents the answer directly.

Privacy protections when using ChatGPT include the obscuring of IP addresses and OpenAI won’t store requests. ChatGPT’s data-use policies will apply when users connect their account. Apple users can access it for free without creating an account, and ChatGPT subscribers can connect their accounts and access paid features right from these experiences.

ChatGPT will be accessible from Apple’s Writing Tools ecosystem and through Compose, users can also access ChatGPT image tools.

PRIVACY

Apple has always been big on privacy. Sometimes it’s held the company back while others have made profitable use of our previous personal data. To make AI work on a device it needs to get to know us. Know our habits and preferences.

This requires trust.

On-device processing is a big part of that for Apple and the iPhone for example is a very secure device to run AI. To run more complex requests that require more processing power, Private Cloud Compute extends the privacy and security of Apple devices into the cloud to unlock even more intelligence.

With Private Cloud Compute, Apple Intelligence can flex and scale its computational capacity and draw on larger, server-based models for more complex requests. These models run on servers powered by Apple silicon, so that only data relevant to the user’s task is processed on Apple servers, but never stored or made accessible to Apple.

PHOTOS

You’ll be able to search through your photo library using natural language. Using Apple Intelligence anyone can search for “Dick surfing in a red shirt,” or “Jessie with ink on her face.”

A really handy feature will be searching within videos. You’ll be able to find specific moments without having to scroll through hundreds of minutes of video.

Just like Android AI devices, iOS users can use the new Clean Up tool to identify and remove distracting objects in the background.

Memories allows users to create a story by just typing a description. Apple Intelligence will choose the photos and videos, create a storyline and arrange them into a movie. AI will offer song suggestions to match from Apple Music.

During this process all photos and videos are kept private on device.

WRITING

Users can rewrite, proofread, and summarise text they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps. AI will allow users to choose from different versions of their written content.

MAIL

In Mail there’s a new Priority Messages section at the top of the inbox. Instead of previewing the first few lines of each email, users can see summaries without needing to open a message. When it comes to long threads, key details can be selected and Smart Reply gives suggestions for a quick response, while AI identifies questions in an email.

NOTIFICATIONS

Priority Notifications appear at the top of the stack to show what’s most important. Summaries help users scan long or stacked notifications to show key details right on the Lock Screen. To stop notifications from being a distraction – Reduce Interruptions – will only show notifications that might need immediate action, like an urgent medical call.

TRANSCRIPTION

In the Notes and Phone apps, users can now record, transcribe, and summarise audio. When a recording is initiated while on a call, participants are automatically notified, and once the call ends, Apple Intelligence generates a summary to help recall key points.

IMAGE PLAYGROUND

Image Playground allows users to create images in three styles: Animation, Illustration, or Sketch. It’s a dedicated app which also operates within apps like Messages. In Notes, users can access Image Playground through the new Image Wand in the Apple Pencil tool palette. You will also find it in Keynote, Freeform, and Pages plus third-party apps.

GENMOJI

Something I’ve always wanted to do on the fly is create my own emoji. Now we can. Users can create an original ‘Genmoji’ just by typing a description or based on their photos of friends and family. As with emojis, Genmoji can be added inline to messages, or shared as a sticker or reaction in a Tapback.

AVAILABILITY

Apple Intelligence is free for Apple device users, and will be available in beta as part of iOS 18iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia later this year in U.S. English.

Some features, software platforms, and additional languages will arrive next year. Apple Intelligence will be available on iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and iPad and Mac with M1 and later, with Siri and device language set to U.S. English.

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New iPad Pro Just Jumped the Queue with M4 Chip

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We knew the iPad Pro was going to get a processor bump, but this is ridiculous. Apple has given the new iPad Pro the M4 chip, making it the most advanced device in the company’s lineup. Sounds crazy but it’s true.

The second-generation 3-nanometer M4 features a new display engine to drive a radical new OLED display. More on that in a moment. The new CPU has up to 10 cores, while the new 10-core GPU builds on the M3 by bringing Dynamic Caching, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and hardware-accelerated mesh shading to iPad for the first time.

The M4 has Apple’s fastest Neural Engine ever, capable of up to 38 trillion operations per second. Apple says that’s faster than the neural processing unit of any AI PC today.

“The new iPad Pro with M4 is a great example of how building best-in-class custom silicon enables breakthrough products,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

“The power-efficient performance of M4, along with its new display engine, makes the thin design and game-changing display of iPad Pro possible, while fundamental improvements to the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and memory system make M4 extremely well suited for the latest applications leveraging AI. Altogether, this new chip makes iPad Pro the most powerful device of its kind.”

Despite all this horsepower, the new iPad Pro is the thinnest product Apple has ever made with the 13-inch model just 5.1mm thin while the 11-inch model is just 5.3mm thin.

Now to the display. Apple calls it the Ultra Retina XDR display.

It features tandem OLED technology that uses two OLED panels, combining the light from both to provide extra brightness. The new iPad Pro supports 1000 nits of full-screen brightness for SDR and HDR content, and 1600 nits peak for HDR. Tandem OLED technology enables sub-millisecond control over the colour and luminance of each pixel.

Apple says highlights appear brighter and there’s more detail in shadows. A new nano-texture glass option is now available to cut down on glare.

The tandem OLED technology is very interesting. It’s also available on both pro models.

Apple’s also updated the cameras on the new iPad Pro. The 12MP back camera has improved colour capture, improved textures, and detail in low light. It also now features a new adaptive True Tone flash that improves document scanning.

The front TrueDepth camera system moves to the landscape location. The Ultra Wide 12MP camera with Center Stage improves video conferencing in landscape orientation.

iPad Pro supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4, giving up to 40Gb/s connectivity. Thunderbolt supports external displays like the Pro Display XDR at 6K and external storage.

iPad Pro supports Wi-Fi 6E connection and there’s a new Apple Pencil Pro.

But one of the really interesting accouncements was about software. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2, will be released soon and it promises a lot. Live Multicam is a new feature that allows your iPad to view and control up to four connected iPhone and iPad devices wirelessly.

Backing up Live Multicam is a new capture app for iPad and iPhone. Final Cut Camera gives users control over options like white balance, ISO, and shutter speed, along with monitoring tools like overexposure indicators and focus peaking. Final Cut Camera works as a standalone capture app or with Live Multicam. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 also allows users to create or open projects from external storage.

I’ve become a regular user of Blackmagic Camera App, but it’s great Apple is bringing us a native app with ‘professional’ controls but please note, it’s not free.

In fact if you watch the keynote, in the end credits you’ll notice that Apple again shot the whole event on iPhone and edited it on iPad. Another big production statement from Apple.

Logic Pro for iPad 2 is available on 14 May.

We’ll have more coverage from today’s keynote shortly on Image Matrix Tech and Sky News Australia Weekend Edition this Sunday.

Pricing and Availability

  • Customers can order the new iPad Pro with M4 starting today, 8 May, at apple.com/au/store, and in the Apple Store app in 29 countries and regions, including Australia, with availability in stores beginning Wednesday 15 May.
  • The new 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space black finishes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.
  • The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,699 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model, and RRP A$2,049 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 13-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$2,199 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model, and RRP A$2,549 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Additional technical specifications, including nano-texture glass options, are available at apple.com/au/store.
  • For education, the new 11-inch iPad Pro is available for RRP A$1,529 inc. GST  and the 13-inch iPad Pro is RRP A$2,029 inc. GST. Education pricing is available to current and newly accepted university students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and home-school teachers of all levels. For more information, visit apple.com/au-hed/shop.
  • The new Apple Pencil Pro is compatible with the new iPad Pro. It is available for RRP A$219 inc. GST. For education, Apple Pencil Pro is available for RRP A$199 inc. GST.
  • Apple Pencil (USB-C) is compatible with the new iPad Pro. It is available for RRP A$139 inc. GST and RRP A$119 inc. GST for education.
  • The new Magic Keyboard is compatible with the new iPad Pro. It is available in black and white finishes. The new 11-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$499 inc. GST and the new 13-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$579 inc. GST, with layouts for over 30 languages. For education, the 11-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$469 inc. GST and the 13-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$549 inc. GST.
  • The new Smart Folio is available for RRP A$129 inc. GST in black, white, and denim finishes for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$159 inc. GST for the new 13-inch iPad Pro.
  • Logic Pro for iPad 2 is available on 14 May as a free update for existing users, and for new users, it is available on the App Store for RRP A$7.99 inc. GST per month, or RRP A$59 inc. GST per year, with a one-month free trial. Logic Pro for iPad 2 requires iPadOS 17.4 or later. For more information, visit apple.com/au/logic-pro-for-ipad.
  • Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 is coming soon to the App Store for RRP A$7.99 inc. GST per month, or RRP A$59 inc. GST per year, with a one-month free trial.
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You can Already Order Apple’s New MacBook Air with M3 Chip

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Apple is rolling out new models of its wildly popular MacBook Air with M3 Chip in 13-inch and 15-inch versions. These laptops are powerful enough for most people on the planet, with the looks and battery life to match.

“MacBook Air is our most popular and loved Mac, with more customers choosing it over any other laptop. And today it gets even better with the M3 chip and new capabilities,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“From college students pursuing their degrees, to business users who need powerful productivity, or anyone who simply wants the unmatched combination of performance, portability, and industry-leading battery life, all in a fanless design, the new MacBook Air continues to be the world’s best thin and light laptop.”

13-inch MacBook Air with M3 next to 15-inch version

You’ll obviously get far better performance than the M1 model (60 per cent faster), faster Wi-Fi 6E, and support for two external displays but there’s a catch. You can only use two external displays when the laptop lid is closed. This won’t be a problem for most people using it in a dual-display office setup. But if you were hoping to operate three screens, including the laptop display, you’re out of luck.

The new MacBook Air M3 models support two external displays when lid is closed

All Macs, even the ‘entry level’ models can do what equivalent PCs can’t. And that’s edit video competently. Video editing in Final Cut Pro is up to 60 per cent faster than the 13-inch model with the M1 chip, and up to 13x faster for those still using Intel chips.

No problem editing 4K video with the MacBook Air with M3

The 8-core CPU, up to a 10-core GPU, and support for up to 24GB of unified memory is built to handle the demands of AI. M3 includes a faster and more efficient 16-core Neural Engine, along with accelerators in the CPU and GPU to boost on-device machine learning, making it AI ready.

The MacBook Air features a 13.6 or 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display with up to 500 nits of brightness and support for 1 billion colours.

The 2024 MacBook Air models are ready to order

Pricing and Availability

  • Customers can order the new MacBook Air with M3 starting Tuesday, 5 March, on apple.com/au/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including Australia. It will begin arriving to customers, and will be in Apple Store locations and Apple Authorised Resellers, starting Friday, 8 March.
  • The 13-inch MacBook Air with M3 starts at RRP A$1,799 inc. GST and RRP A$1,649 inc. GST for education, and the 15‑inch MacBook Air with M3 starts at RRP A$2,199 inc. GST and RRP A$1,999 inc. GST for education. Both are available in midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey.
  • The 13-inch MacBook Air with M2, available in midnight, starlight, silver, and space grey, now starts at RRP A$1,599 inc. GST and RRP A$1,439 inc. GST for education.
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