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George Lucas Explains Why You’ll Never See a 4K Restoration of ‘A New Hope’

The ones who were there 47 years ago remember it clearly: Han shot first. But in nearly every version of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope that you can find today, Harrison Ford’s charming smuggler was a little slow to the trigger in his face-off against Greedo — one of the many changes that director George Lucas made to the three original Star Wars movies in their home video releases over the past four decades.

Lucas has been criticized for his tendency to fiddle with his original Star Wars trilogy in these re-releases; adding scenes, changing pivotal moments, and punching up the practical effects with new digital innovations. The new versions have become so controversial that fans have launched whole projects to restore the original theatrical versions. But if Lucas had his way, no one would see those versions again.

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Apple Previewed the Future of the iPad and Nobody Noticed

The new iPad Pros are still the best tablets for all your basic stuff like reading, watching videos, and playing games, but accessories like the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil Pro, and performance from the M4 chip, allow them to perform even more like a laptop or drawing tablet than ever before.

But is that it? Is the iPad’s future only incremental updates that inch it closer to laptop functionality, but never morphs it fully into a MacBook with a Surface Pro-like form factor because of various software limitations (iPadOS vs. macOS) and input differences (touchscreen vs. mouse and keyboard)?

That’s the concern, but Apple might have more in store for its magical sheet of glass. As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple previewed eye tracking control on the iPad. While announced as an accessibility feature for iPhones and iPads, coming later this year (presumably in iOS 18), eye tracking is one of the flagship features of the Vision Pro (enabled by a multitude of cameras and sensors placed inside of the headset). Apple’s new accessibility-focused eye tracking brings similar granular control to the two-dimensional interfaces of the iPads and iPhone.

Multi-touch transformed Apple into a $3 trillion global powerhouse. Could eye tracking reinvent the iPad or pave the way for smart home devices such as the long-rumored HomePod with a built-in display?

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