Mashable has a great story today about an 81-year-old Japanese woman, Masako Wakamiya, who has just launched her first ever iPhone app, having only started using computers when she was 60 years old. Wakamiya worked at a big Japanese bank for 43 years before retiring, but clearly she is just as busy with her new after-retirement career.

Wakamiya’s app is designed to show people how to place their traditional Japanese doll displays during Japan’s Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) festival. The app, Hinadin, teaches the user exactly where to place 12 dolls on a four-tiered display. When you succeed, a pop up will congratulate you.

Wakamiya has a blog that teaches people how to create Excel art, and she also vlogs about her trips to far flung locations, including the Mediterranean and New Zealand. And as if she didn’t have enough to do with all that going on, this amazing octogenarian runs an active-aging club for retirees called “Mellow Club,” and has even given a TEDx talk about active aging in the digital age, called “Now is the time to get your own wings,” which you can view below.

Source: 81-year-old woman makes iPhone app after only starting to use computers at 60

MacRumors reports that according to Rhoda Alexander, director of tablets and PCs at IHS Markit the rumoured forthcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have the same pixel density as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but with a higher resolution of 2,224x1,668 pixels.

Alexander told Forbes that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro would have 264 PPI at 2,224x1,668, the same PPI as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s, although the latter has 2,048x1,536.

Alexander also said that the forthcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have a slimmer bezel than previous iPad Pros, enabling it to have the same footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, as has been recently rumoured elsewhere. As far as a release window for the new tablets is concerned, Alexander said that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in particular will launch in the “March-April timeframe.” This ties in with other recent rumours that have stated that Apple will be holding a special event in March to launch several new products, including the new iPad Pro range.

Regarding the rumoured 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the supposedly low-cost option, Alexander expects pricing to start at $299, which is $100 less than the iPad Air 2, and which could see the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro replacing the current iPad mini 4, which Alexander says might not be updated.

Source: 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Said to Have 2,224×1,668 Display With Same Pixel Density as 9.7-Inch Model

AppleInsider writes that current Apple CEO Tim Cook has today tweeted in honour of the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who would have been 62 today.

“Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us. ‘There is no reason not to follow your heart,’” tweeted Cook.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, creating the Apple II and Macintosh. He resigned from Apple in 1985 due to internal politics within the company, but eventually returned triumphant in 1997.The rest, as they say, is history, with Jobs going on to turn Apple into one of the biggest companies in the world with visionary products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Cook took over as CEO in August 2011 when Jobs resigned, and Jobs died 6 months later in September 2011 from pancreatic cancer.

Earlier this week Apple also made the following announcement in a press release about the new Apple Park campus:

“Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.”

Source: Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd birthday on Twitter

According to a new report in DigiTimes via MacRumors, supply chain sources are saying that the forthcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads that Apple is rumoured to be announcing at a special event in March will not be shipping until May or June. Just one of the three new iPads, the 9.7-inch model will be shipping near to the March event.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a possible explanation for the delay during Apple’s most recent earnings call when he said that Apple had underestimated the strength of demand for the iPad in the previous quarter, which had led to an issue with a supplier that would not be resolved until the next quarter. Cook said that the issue would lead to a shortage of stock of the current 12.9-inch iPad, so it’s likely that the new 12.9-inch iPad would also be affected.

There’s no word in this latest DigiTimes report about the 7.9-inch iPad that Mac Otakara recently reported Apple would be announced along with the 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch, and 9.7-inch iPads.

Source: 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPads May Not Ship Until May or June

With AirPods still in short supply (I’ve just checked and there’s currently a wait of 6 weeks in the UK, for example), MacRumors has a possible solution if you really need to get your hands on a pair sooner, but you’ll have to pay a premium price of $289 for the privilege.

Known for its custom paint jobs for Apple products, ColorWare has today announced that it has Apple AirPods in 58 different designs available to order. Costing $130 more than the Apple list price, you can choose to buy AirPods in many different shades, including solid colours and metallics. A glossy jet black option is also available.

You can also choose to have one AirPod in a different colour or design than the other, and if you throw in an extra $30 you can also have the AirPod charging case painted. Matt and gloss finishes are both available, as are custom colours.

Tweeting about its new custom AirPod range, ColorWare said that coming up with the right process for the customized AirPods was “FAR from easy,” which is not surprising, considering the fact that ColorWare painstakingly disassembles each AirPod and custom paints each individual component.

Source: ColorWare is Now Selling Apple's AirPods in 58 Colors if You're Willing to Pay $289

Apple has today announced the name of its spaceship-shaped campus, which is nearing completion in Cupertino, California. The new 175-acre campus, which will be open for employees to start using in April, will be called Apple Park. Over a period of 6 months, more than 12,000 people will be moved into the campus, with building work still set to continue throughout the summer.

Apple says that Apple Park was “envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration,” and in honour of Jobs’s vision, Apple also revealed that the new theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. The theater sits on top of a hill that is actually one of the highest points in Apple Park. It’s entrance is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder.

Apple Park’s famous ring-shaped, 2.8-million-square-foot main building is covered by the world’s largest panels of curved glass.



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