Rumor: Apple in talks with companies about charging technologies for Apple Car battery

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 08:46
Category: battery, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple is looking towards a means of charging its cars, whenever they may happen to debut.

The company is rumored to be in talks with several charging station companies about their underlying technologies.

The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.

The charging firms themselves are reportedly treading carefully and limiting they information with Apple, which may wind up being a competitor in the next decade.

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Apple releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule units

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 08:11
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s been a while since Apple released one of these.

On Wednesday, Apple released its AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.7 for its 802.11ac AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule units.

The update resolves the following security issues with the devices:

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Rumor: Apple working on Echo competitor, may release Siri SDK to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 07:50
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Rumor, Siri, Software

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When in doubt, you can compete with Amazon by building your own device.

And you can make Siri that much better by throwing the developer community at it.

An anonymous source has stated that Apple is looking to build a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo as well as open up Siri to outside developers. Apple is said to be preparing to release a Siri software development kit that would allow developers to make their apps and their app content accessible through Siri voice commands. Apple plans to require developers to use the tool responsibly.

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Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter MacBook with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID components

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Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 07:09
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.

A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, says fix is forthcoming

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Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 08:34
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Software

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Well, this is a bit of a mess.

As of Friday, Apple has effectively pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The company has promised that a fix is in the works, albeit some users complained that the update effectively “bricked” their tablets in some cases while others were able to install the update without issue.

Upon attempting to install the update, affected iPad Pro units displayed an “Error 56” message, which Apple identifies as a generic hardware effort. Early reports suggested there was no immediate workaround other than taking the tablet to an Apple Store for help or a replacement.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones could see antenna redesign, camera upgrades, 256GB storage modules

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Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 08:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like you might get the 256GB iPhone you’ve been hankering for.

Late last week, a leaked image corroborated a previous rumor that Apple may be offering a 256GB storage tier for the next-gen iPhone.

In addition to showing a dual-camera module, a series of Weibo images claim to show a 256GB memory chip, suggesting that Apple for the first time will introduce a higher storage variant with the iPhone 7 lineup. What’s notable, though, is that the images show 16GB, 64GB, and 256GB chips, perhaps implying that the 128GB model will be replaced all together with the new 256GB model. Judging by this leak, however, the 16GB model is here to stay.

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Rumor: Apple looking to Catcher to help provide glass-backed iPhone for 2017

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Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016, 08:43
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that Apple is looking towards a glass-backed iPhone for 2017.

This is according to Allen Horng, Chairman and Chief Executive of Catcher, a supplier that builds metal casings for Apple’s iPhone line.

Speaking at his company’s annual shareholder meeting, Horng said Apple plans to unveil an iPhone with a glass casing and a metal frame. He said the metal frame for the glass-exterior phone will require “advanced processing technology,” and that it won’t be cheap to manufacture.

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Rumor: Apple looking to incorporate Touch ID support into OS X 10.12

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Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016, 08:45
Category: Apple Pay, Bluetooth, iOS, Rumor, Software, Touch ID

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Siri isn’t the only thing that could come to OS X 10.12. A new report has indicated that Apple could add Touch ID support to OS X with 10.12 as well.

The rumor has it that Apple “could” be incorporating an auto-unlock feature into OS X 10.12 that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when the two are in close proximity of one another. Much like how Apple Watch can bypass its passcode when near an unlocked iPhone, the OS X and iPhone feature would also use Bluetooth LE.

In addition to an iPhone unlocking a Mac, the report claims that it’s also “possible” that when an Apple Watch is in close proximity to a Mac, it could also unlock the computer. This is similar to the functionality provided by the third-party app Knock.

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Rumor: Twitter looking to prevent web links, images, from eating into 140-character limit

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Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 10:38
Category: Rumor

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This might come in handy.

Twitter might be moving towards changes that allow you to tweet web links and images without it counting against the user’s 140-character limit.

In the past, Twitter reportedly toyed with this idea, but only made changes to direct message lengths. The current rumor is that the company is set to make the change, which would still allow just 140 characters but would no longer count images or links against that limit.

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Leaked icons show progress on Siri for Mac, Siri integration expected in OS X 10.12

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Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 09:31
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software

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There’s nothing like a leaked icon and menu bar to let you know about something in development.

While rumors have indicated that Apple is developing Siri as a key feature for OS X 10.12, a new screenshot of the Siri app icon and menu bar suggest that Siri is closer than expected.

In the menu bar, there’s a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word “Siri” surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS devices when the Home button is held down.

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