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Tech Giant Apple to Change Antenna Structure in 2019 iPhones

The production issues affecting the RF performance of LCP antennas are expected to be resolved meanwhile

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

The 2019 line-up of iPhones is expected to come with a changed antenna structure, according to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

As part of the upcoming iPhones, Apple plans on using modified-PI Magnetic particle Inspection (MPI) material instead of using the Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) material which was used in the antennas of iPhones XS, XS Max and XR.

According to Kuo, the LCP limits the Radio Frequency (RF) performance of the handsets due to technology limitations and production issues, CNET reported on Sunday.

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An Apple iPhone X, left, and a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mobile phone are displayed during a preview in New York, Feb. 21, 2018. VOA

However, Kuo believes that the Cupertino, California-based company could still use LCP as the primary material for 5G antennas in 2020 iPhones.

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The production issues affecting the RF performance of LCP antennas are expected to be resolved meanwhile, the report added.

With its 2019 line-up, Apple is expected to introduce the much awaited USB-C cables for the devices and bring improvements in iPhone’s camera performance. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Releases System Updates for iPhones, MacBooks

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Just weeks after releasing the iOS 12.3 update globally, Apple is rolling out a minor iOS 12.3.1 update with bug fixes along with a supplemental update for macOS 10.14.5.

The iOS update addresses a bug that prevented the “report junk” option from appearing on applicable threads and another one that made unknown senders appear in your main inbox when they should not, web portal Ars Technica reported on Friday.

Additionally, it addresses an issue that affected connectivity in VoLTE calls.

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The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter and has the highest pixel density of any iPad. Pixabay

For the macOS, the update focuses on fixing an issue related to the T2 chip in newer MacBook Pro computers, the report said.

A minority of members of various communities of MacBook Pro users have blamed the T2 chip for  a few issues, most notably sound problems with certain pro audio devices, however, the exact issue remains unclear.

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The iPhone-maker is expected to reveal details about much bigger changes coming in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) “special event” in San Jose on June 3, the report added. (IANS)