The coronavirus is everywhere, new Apple mini-LED products, the iPad trackpad, and more

What is the effect of the coronavirus on Apple? Will that stop Apple from making new mini-LED based products? And is an iPad with trackpad support a bad idea? All this and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 688 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

Listen to episode 688

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  • Tim Cook and Apple Bet Everything on China. Then Coronavirus Hit. (Wall Street Journal)

  • Apple iPads, Facebook VR Headsets in Short Supply as Virus Spreads

  • Report: Apple to feature six products with mini-LEDs, including a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro

  • If you have an iPhone 6 or 7, Apple owes you some cash

Feature discussion: iPad trackpad

Rumor has it that Apple is working on a Smart Keyboard Folio with a trackpad for the iPad. Is this a good idea, and why would Apple even consider such an accessory for the iPad? We’ll talk about the pros and cons of such a product on the show.

Own our Michael Simon thinks it’s a bad idea. Read the article below to find out why.

  • An iPad with trackpad support is the worst idea since the puck mouse

Your hot takes

We love to read your comments and questions. Let us know what you’re thinking on Twitter (@macworld), or on the Macworld Facebook page.

Here are comments that caught our eye this week.

An iPad with trackpad support is the worst idea since the puck mouse

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Two-minute tip

Now it’s time for the Two-minute tip, where a Macworld staffer will present a quick tip for your Apple device. In this tip, we’ll show you how to remove the drop shadow from Mac screenshots.