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Apple patent application highlights active shutter system to protect devices from spills, contaminants

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Patents


Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from damaging physical contaminants, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in repair costs.


Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to OLED displays in 2018

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:07
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables


Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED displays hold up over time versus LCD displays before committing to the switch. Both Samsung and LG, which currently produce OLED panels, are expected to be primary suppliers of OLEDs for iPhones, which would negatively impact current LDC display partners Sharp and Japan Display.


Happy Thanksgiving from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 07:51
Category: Announcement


It’s Thanksgiving in the United States. With that in mind, the staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off and wishing you the very best.

So, sit back, get together with friends and family and some amazing food, put the devices away for a while, enjoy each other’s company and we’ll be back with more Mac and iOS mobile news starting tomorrow.

Have a happy Turkey Day and we’ll see you soon!!!

Apple acquires real-time capture firm Faceshift, intended purposes unknown

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Date: Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 07:11
Category: Finance, News, Software


It’s hard to say what Apple will do with its new toy, but it’s been confirmed that it just bought a real-time motion capture firm.

The company apparently acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based capture firm, which has worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.


iFixit posts teardown of Smart Keyboard, finds interesting switches, conductive fabric among components

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Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 07:33
Category: Accessory, Hardware, MacBook, News


The extremely cool cats at iFixit tore into Apple’s new Smart Keyboard recently and found some interesting stuff inside.

The teardown, which was published today, reports that Apple used a conductive fabric as well as a key design borrowed from the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The device uses multiple layers of fabric and plastic to keep it water and stain-resistant, repair firm iFixit noted. This includes microfiber, plastic, and what iFixit calls a nylon layer — in marketing, Apple refers to it simply as polyurethane.


Rumor: Apple looking to bring Apple Pay to Chinese marketplace in 2016

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Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, Rumor


It looks like Apple Pay could be in China as early as next year.

Back in September, Apple created a company in the Shanghai free-trade zone, hinting at its plans to launch Apple Pay in the country. It’s since been reported that Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Apple has reportedly secured agreements with the four largest banks in China to support the platform.


Rumor: Apple working on Genius Bar to help troubleshooting process, alleviate lines

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 14:41
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Software, Wearables


With any luck, this could save some time.

And sanity.

A series of leaked screenshots shows that Apple is apparently working on an app to help iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch users troubleshoot their devices without having to journey out to the Genius Bar.

The pictures, which were leaked to uSwitch.com, indicate that users will be able to report a problem and coordinate support through a live chat feature and by sending a device in to be repaired.


Square launches NFC reader compatible with Apple Pay for small businesses

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 08:10
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail


This could come in handy.

Mobile payments company Square today announced the launch of its new NFC reader within 100 small businesses around the country, letting stores who previously were unable to accept Apple Pay due to the lack of a required contactless reader, to begin supporting the service. The reader will act like all other Apple Pay-accepting terminals, letting users wave an iPhone or Apple Watch near the device to complete a purchase.


LG cancels LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE project, cites unspecified hardware issue

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 07:06
Category: Android, Hardware, News, Wearables, wireless


It looks like LG’s upcoming smartwatch, the Urbane Second Edition LTE, won’t come to fruition. Citing an unspecified hardware issue, the project has been canceled. There is no word at this time if the device will be released at a later date, but for now, LG is calling this a full-on cancellation of the launch.

The company had the following comment to offer:

We understand that you are currently reviewing our latest smartwatch; however, late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.

Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.


Apple addresses charging issue requiring hard restart with iPad Pro

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Date: Friday, November 20th, 2015, 07:11
Category: iOS, iPad Pro, News


This may be the first fix Apple has to address with the iPad Pro.

Only days after buying theirs, some customers began complaining about an issue that caused the iPad Pro to become unresponsive after charging, requiring a hard restart to restore functionality.

Apple has issued a support document letting customers know it’s looking into the problem and recommending the aforementioned hard restart as an interim fix.