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Quick Takes: WebKit Team Teases 'Cool New Apple Products' as Rumors Persist About Red iPhones

In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.


Monday, April 2

  • WebKit's verified Twitter account teases "cool new Apple products" in the pipeline: WebKit is the open source web browser engine used by Safari on macOS and iOS, so the tweet from the Apple-owned account could be referring to a wide range of different products.
  • What Apple's education announcements mean for accessibility: Accessibility expert and former special educator Steven Aquino believes that an iPad is far superior to a Chromebook in many levels of special education. Nevertheless, he feels there is enormous potential for Apple to go further. For example, he says Apple could broaden its new Schoolwork app to incorporate Individualized Education Programs.
  • Red-colored iPhones may still be coming: On March 21, 2017, Apple unveiled a special (PRODUCT)RED edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Rumor has it Apple may do so again this year with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and/or iPhone X at some point this month.
  • macOS 10.13.4 and external displays with DisplayLink software aren't playing friendly: In the meantime, DisplayLink has released a new version 4.3 driver that will enable clone mode, but not mirror or extended mode displays on macOS 10.13.4. The notice from DisplayLink's website:
    We have become aware that installing macOS release version 10.13.4 will cause DisplayLink connected displays to go blank after the OS upgrade, with the current DisplayLink driver [4.1] installed. Functionality such as Ethernet and audio, where implemented, is unaffected. We have alerted Apple to this issue and are working hard to find a resolution. These features continue to work as expected in macOS 10.13.3.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop and Hotels.com apps optimized for iPhone X display: The updates are available from the App Store. The wait continues for a handful of other popular apps, including Inbox by Gmail, Google Authenticator, iMovie, and Amazon Alexa.
For more coverage of Apple, visit our Front Page, Mac Blog, and iOS Blog. Also head to our forums to join in the discussion.



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16 weeks ago

Don't see what the obsession is with red since it's associated with communism. Prefer something that mimics nature like this beetle color transition which is currently the best looking on the market.

Wow and here I thought everyone understood what Project (Red) was all about.
Rating: 13 Votes
16 weeks ago
Christmas and love= communist according to this guy lol
Rating: 12 Votes
16 weeks ago

To each thier own. I think purple is hideous on a phone and is pretty feminine.

Purple is often associated with royalty...
But what is the problem? You are not man enough to have a purple phone? Someone would think you are woman just because you have a purple phone?
Rating: 9 Votes
16 weeks ago

Don't see what the obsession is with red since it's associated with communism.


I Don’t think every consumer shares your view about communism when They think of a Product Red iPhone, that said, the Product Red iPhone is an extremely popular color in China because red is equivalent to good luck. Personally, if it was made with a black bezel in the front, that would be more aesthetically pleasing for me.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 weeks ago
Don't see what the obsession is with red since it's associated with communism. Prefer something that mimics nature like this beetle color transition which is currently the best looking on the market.

Rating: 5 Votes
16 weeks ago
Painting an iphone a different color isn't what I consider a 'cool new product.' This company has lost its ability to excite me about their products.

When the company that created the Mac, iPod and iPhone spend 10 or more minutes trying to convince me that a watch band is revolutionary, that's when I have to stop drinking the Kool Aid.
Rating: 4 Votes
16 weeks ago
That WebKit tweet looks like the biggest non-story I've ever seen, even for a Quick Takes article.

To me, clearly just reads as an advert for their job listings. The 'cool new products' part means absolutely nothing, and the '[Redacted]' only confirms it was light hearted.

The bigger story would be if Apple weren't working on new things!
Rating: 4 Votes
16 weeks ago

Don't see what the obsession is with red since it's associated with communism.

...or with blood, or rage, or warmth, or passion, or love...

Communism is probably the last thing someone would think of in connection with the colour red, unless he‘s stuck in the 1950s.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago

Don't see what the obsession is with red since it's associated with communism. Prefer something that mimics nature like this beetle color transition which is currently the best looking on the market.

So "red states" are communist? Didn't know.

Agree on that phone's finish, though.
Rating: 3 Votes
16 weeks ago

Don't see what the obsession is with red since it's associated with communism. Prefer something that mimics nature like this beetle color transition which is currently the best looking on the market.


Does anyone under 50 and not american even use the word Communism anymore, let alone associate it with a colour ? If anything in western culture red is the colour of sports cars and I dont see Ferrari dropping their classic red sports car anytime soon...

From a non-Western point of view -

"Red is the most powerful of all colors in Indian culture and holds many important meanings. Among them are fear and fire, wealth and power, purity, fertility, seduction, love, and beauty. Red is also representative of a certain time and place in one’s personal life, including when a woman gets married. A married woman can be identified by the red henna on her hands and the red powder, known as sindoor, worn along her hairline.

In South Africa, red is associated with mourning, and the section of red in the country’s flag symbolizes violence and sacrifices that were made during the struggle for independence.

In Thai tradition, each day of the week is assigned a specific color and is linked with a particular God. Red is the color for Sundays, and it’s associated with Surya, a solar God, who was born on this day. Many Thai people pay their respects to Surya by wearing red on his birthday each year.

In Chinese culture, red is traditionally worn on the New Year, as well as during funerals and weddings. It represents celebration and is meant to bring luck, prosperity, happiness, and a long life to the people."

So not a bad colour to be using.
Rating: 3 Votes

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