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Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature
Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

This screenshot shows an as-yet unreleased version of Logic Pro X.
Photo: Apple

Sometime before this past weekend, Apple posted a screenshot of what is presumably an upcoming new version of Logic Pro X, its pro music-creation app, onto its education page. It shows a brand new feature, previously only seen in the iOS version of GarageBand: Live Loops. Live Loops is a way to trigger music clips live, on-the-fly, so you can create music like a DJ.

And the Logic version looks great. And more importantly, it finally adds Apple’s take on the Session View from Logic’s biggest rival, Ableton Live.

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The leak

The screenshot seen here was noticed on Apple’s Education site over the weekend by Reddit user logic-thrw-1892. It has since been replaced by Apple.

 

Logic Pro X Live Loops

Like GarageBand’s Live Loops, the Logic Pro X version presents a grid of audio clips. You can drop in drum loops, music loops, and one-shot clips (a vocal sample, for example). Then, you trigger these clips by clicking on them (or tapping them, in GarageBand for iPad). All clips are launched so they play in time with the song, and you can record the performance, which adds those clips to a familiar timeline version of the song.

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete
Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete
As we noted earlier this month, one of Apple’s earliest tablets is now officially classified “obsolete” by the company.

Apple’s iPad 2, released in 2011, packed a dual-core A5 processor, thinner form factor, and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras. However, what was state-of-the-art almost a decade is ago is now considered so old that Apple Stores will no longer service it.

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This applies to all versions of the iPad 2, including Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and cellular versions.

The only exception to this rule is Apple’s home state of California and Turkey. Both of these markets have consumer protection laws that mean that Apple will have to continue supporting the iPad 2 until March 2021.

Vintage and obsolete
Apple classes vintage products as ones which were discontinued five years ago. Obsolete products, meanwhile, are those discontinued more than seven years back. It means that Apple users are unable to obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers.

While it’s now reached the end of its life, the iPad 2 hung around for an impressively long period. It outlasted both the iPad 3 and iPad 4. Apple sold the iPad 2 until 2014. The last operating system upgrade compatible with it was iOS 9.x.

You can check out a list of all Apple’s vintage and obsolete products (at least, going back to Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the late 1990s) here.

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more
Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more
The iPhone 5 may be 6 years old at this point, but for many Apple fans this remains one of the greatest iPhone models ever built, and a genuine classic.

Sadly, there’s a bit of bad (if predictable) news from Apple: According to the company’s latest update of “vintage” and “obsolete” devices, the iPhone 5 is now considered too old for Apple repairs.

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No more repairs

The official difference between “vintage” and “obsolete” largely comes down to differing legal requirements around the world, where laws require differing levels of support for older products. For most places, however, these terms are largely interchangeable in terms of what it actually means for customers.

As Apple notes on its official website, “Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured — or longer where required by law … Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.”

The iPhone 5 was officially discontinued on September 10, 2013 after the announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c. The iPhone 5c did feature virtually the same internal hardware as the iPhone 5, but — if we’re reading the rules correctly — it seems that the iPhone 5 is unlikely to be eligible for repairs in most places.

Unfortunately, with the abandonment of the iPhone SE, this has been a bit of a sad year for fans of the iPhone 5 form factor. While the iPhone 5s, 5c and iPhone SE will be supported for repairs for a bit longer, this is one more step toward the end of the road for one of the greatest ever iPhone designs.

Of course, there are always independent third-party repair shops you could try like PC Expert Services. We repair iPhones and iPads here in Irvine.

Source: Apple

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models that launched in 2013 and 2014 will reportedly be placed on Apple’s list of “vintage and obsolete products” at the end of April.

Despite what the name implies, this doesn’t mean these devices just became useless. Instead, it’s going to be harder to get them serviced.

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Apple promises that iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac products can get repaired by Apple Stores or authorized service providers for five years after the product is no longer manufactured. According to an Apple internal memo leaked to MacRumors, the products passing the five-year mark at the end of April 2020 are:

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2014)

All these models will be listed as vintage, not obsolete.

Some Apple products are vintage, others are obsolete

macOS and iOS computers and peripherals are considered vintage five years after they were last manufactured. With this designation, they can still get serviced by Apple and authorized service providers, but that’s “subject to availability of inventory,” according to Apple.

Vintage Macs can even get operating system upgrades. The 2012 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models classified as vintage are also on Apple’s list of computers compatible with macOS Catalina, the latest version.

After two more years, products are labeled obsolete, which is the end of the line for authorized repairs. “Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products,” notes the Mac maker.

While this sounds harsh, the “newer” MacBooks currently classified as obsolete were made in 2011.

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