According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, Apple is said to have ordered a small batch of micro LED screens from Taoyuan, Taiwan, in order to evaluate them for possible use in future Apple products.

The catalyst for the move is said to be Apple’s acquisition of LuxVue in May 2014, after which it gained personnel and technology from the company, which is thought to have been responsible for some Google Glass technology, as well as holding the patent for a touch display with embedded sensing technology, prior to it being transferred to Apple.

Even if this story proves to be accurate, there’s no way of knowing when we might see the results on an Apple product.

The main benefits of Micro LED screens are that they have better contrast, faster response times, and use less energy in comparison with LCD screens. They tend to be used for smartwatch displays and smartphones.

Source: Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing

AppleInsider reports that Benjamin Geskin has posted new 10.5-inch iPad Pro renders online that are said to be “100% confirmed” to be based on the dummy models of the type that are officially provided to case manufacturers in China prior to the launch of an Apple device in order to enable the manufacturers to make correctly sized cases.

Geskin’s renders actually have the home button added, as the dummy models do not include the home button, even though it will be included in the actual tablet when it is officially released. The same goes for the Smart Connector.

The renders show that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have a bezel that is 7mm at the side and 19mm at the top and bottom. The tablet itself is around 10.3 inches tall, 7.1 inches wide, and 0.25 inches thick, with three microphones, one in the upper middle and two on the top. It’s also expected that, as has been widely reported, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have four speakers.

Source: New renders of Apple's 10.5" iPad Pro demonstrate thin bezels, microphone placement
Microsoft is currently holding a special event in Shanghai, China, where Microsoft's corporate vice-president of Devices, Panos Panay, has just announced the completely redesigned new Surface Pro, which Microsoft says is “upgraded, versatile, and exceptionally powerful, with iconic Surface design.”

The “beautifully crafted” new device is “the lightest, the best sounding, the fastest…the quietest,” Surface Pro, according to the launch video from Microsoft. It has 13.5 hours of battery life, which is 50% more than a Surface Pro 4 and 35% more than an iPad Pro. LTE Advanced, Windows Hello, a “next generation” hinge, and Studio Mode. Microsoft says that the LTE Advanced will be available "in units shipping later this year," and according to The Verge, these models will support micro SIM and eSIM and will cost slightly more than the non-LTE models.

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Apple’s partnership with Nike continues today with the sports brand announcing four new Apple Watch bands that will be available on June 1 at Nike’s online and retail stores and also via Apple and resellers a few days afterwards. Nike says that the four colourways are inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection, which “celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colours is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear.”

The Sports Bands cost $49 as standard, and although made for the Apple Watch Nike+, they will fit any Apple Watch model.

This follows on from the launch of the Apple Watch NikeLab on April 27, and also Nike’s Rosche-and-Air-Force-1-branded iPhone 7 cases.

Sources: Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide with shoe launch

New Nike Sport Bands Go From Day to Night

MacRumors reports on new images that have been posted today by Benjamin Geskin of two cases for the forthcoming 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with Geskin noting that there will be “no new iPad mini this year.” as has been widely expected.

The cases reveal a couple of details about the forthcoming iPads. Firstly, the cutout for the microphone is on the top rear of both cases, just as it is with the recently released 9.7-inch iPad, and not on the right side of the iPad, just above the volume buttons, where it is located on the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Secondly, the cases also have several bigger cutouts that are presumably for four speakers: two on the top of the case and two on the bottom, either side of the Lightning port.

The cases also have inserts for stowing your Apple Pencil, as well as cutouts for the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is set to remain on the new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

Source: Cases for Upcoming 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Reveal Stereo Speakers, Centered Rear Microphone

Back in February news emerged of a new Pokémon game for iOS called Splash! Magikarp, featuring the endlessly flapping fish. After the initial news about the game broke, it all went a little quiet, but Nintendo Life reports today that the game is finally on its way, but with a new name, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, the same name as the popular mini game in Nintendo 64 Pokémon Stadium.

Magikarp’s faithful fans around the world will have to be patient a little longer before they get their fins on Magikarp Jump, however, as currently it is only available on soft launch in the Italian App Store, and there’s no news of an official release date in other territories as yet.

According to Serebii.Net, the simple gameplay sees you catching and raising Magikarp and then pitting them against others to see who can jump the highest. You can use various rods to catch Magikarp of different colours and sizes, all with their own abilities. Take your Magikarp through the leagues, feeding and training them to make them strong so that they can jump higher and higher. You’ll also get to use other Support Pokémon to help your Magikarp.

Clearly, the Pokémon Company is having a bit of a Magikarp moment, having also just released the Magikarp Song video on the Official Pokémon YouTube channel, which has already had almost 2 million views in just 8 days. The lyrics are, of course, flat out trolling the poor Magikarp, with lines like “so weak that it’s sad, really really sad.”

All this Magikarp madness is a very smart move from The Pokémon Company, coming up to what it hopes will be another massive summer for Pokémon Go. When Pokémon Go became a worldwide cultural phenomenon last year, some of the earliest tweets and Instagram pictures that kicked off the whole craze were of Magikarp in the wild, appearing in frying pans on people’s stoves, flailing around on the pavement, and so on.

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