Apple adds second-generation Apple TV to “vintage” and “obsolete” lists, halts support for the device in most areas of the world

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 05:33
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

As much as you may love your second-generation Apple TV, it’s now on Apple’s “vintage” and “obsolete”products list, thereby rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

With the new change, the only places where service and parts may still be available are in Turkey and California, where the device is still classified as “vintage” according to an Apple support document. Vintage devices are defined as being made over 5 but less than 7 years ago, and the category typically excludes products from support except where required by law.

For all other places, the second-generation Apple TV has been declared “obsolete”, which generally refers to products discontinued more than seven years ago.

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Rumor: All three 2017 iPhone models to feature Lightning port with USB-C fast charging

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Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

It’s thought that all three upcoming iPhones will both retain the Lightning connectors but add USB-C Power Delivery for faster charging. The rumors currently state that Apple will release an all-new OLED model with a larger L-shaped battery and updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo offered the following comment in his most recent note:

New 2H17 models may all support fast charging. We believe all three new iPhones launching in 2H17 will support fast charging by the adoption of Type-C Power Delivery technology (while still retaining the Lightning port). A key technical challenge lies with ensuring product safety and stable data transmission during a fast charge. In order to achieve that goal, we think Apple will adopt TI’s power management and Cypress’s Power Delivery chip solutions for the new iPhone models. We note the OLED version may have a faster charging speed thanks to a 2-cell L shaped battery pack design.

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Rumor: Apple may release 128-gigabyte iPhone SE model, asks Target to send back assorted iPhone SE units

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, Rumor

The iPhone SE could be upgraded to a 128-gigabyte model.

An internal memo circulating through U.S. retailer Target has indicated that some Target stores are being told to return certain iPhone SE units to Apple.

The memo requests that stores return six unlocked 16- and 64-gigabyte models —in all four colors —as well as two Sprint configurations. An anonymous worker meanwhile stated that her shop hasn’t received any iPhone SE shipments since before the iPhone 7 was announced in September.

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Yahoo discloses third data breach in six months

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Date: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hack, News, security

The hits just keep on coming.

Yahoo today revealed a third major hack, wherein some 32 million accounts have been accessed by intruders over the past two years. These accounts are in addition to the accounts affected by the two data breaches the company had previously disclosed.

The accounts were apparently compromised via forged cookie files. Yahoo has stated that the accounts were accessed by the “same state-sponsored actor beloved to be responsible for the 2014 hack.” The 2014 hack was the one that affected at least 500 million accounts.

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Rumor: Apple tasking 1,000+ engineers on augmented reality project that could launch with iPhone 8

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 05:10
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

When you task more than 1,000 engineers towards something, odds are it’ll get done.

A UBS research note states that Apple is believed to have more than 1,000 engineers working on an augmented reality project, and that the company’s first AR offering may be seen in the iPhone 8.

A group of sources has stated that Apple may over over 1,000 engineers working on an AR-related project in Israel. The project may include “moderate 3D mapping … and possibly an AR software development kit,” according to the note.

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LG UltraFine 5K display available to order again through Apple

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Date: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017, 05:43
Category: Hardware, News

You can now snag the LG UltraFine 5K Display via the Apple Store.

The display, developed in collaboration with Apple and LG, was plagued by both connection and interference issues upon launch. Placing the unit within six feet of a Wi-Fi router caused interference, resulting in continued disconnections and even the MacBook Pro freezing up. LG confirmed that these issues stem from “poor shielding.”

As of early February, Apple pushed back the delivery date for online shipments of the UltraFine 5K from 2-3 weeks to 5-6 weeks. The display is currently on sale for $974 until March 31, when the price will go up to $1299.

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Rumor: 10.5-inch iPad Pro to feature 2,224 x 1,668 pixels resolution at 264 PPI

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, Rumor

Even if it’s a rumor, there’s generally some truth to it.

It’s been said that Apple’s rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro tablet will feature a higher resolution of 2,224 × 1,668 pixels, while maintaining the same pixel density as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The rumor hails from IHS Markit director of tablets and PCs Rhoda Alexander.

Alexander, in an interview with Forbes, stated that the upcoming tablet will have a resolution of 2,224 × 1,668 pixels with a 264 PPI, equal to the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro at 2,048×1,536.

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1Password for Mac updated to 6.6.1, includes improved Touch Bar support, new subscription model

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Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 05:28
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security, Software, Touch Bar

It’s a nifty program and it just got a little bit better.

1Password for Mac has just been updated to version 6.1.1. The new version includes enhanced Touch Bar support for the MacBook Pro as well as a new payment model that centers around subscriptions.

The software, which generally listed around $65, is being priced towards a more affordable number and now features free trials via the Mac App Store.

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Apple extends MacBook/MacBook Pro Retina anti-reflective coating repair program

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Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017, 05:25
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

For users who snagged a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro with Retina display notebook and noticed the anti-relective coating wearing off or delaminating, there’s help on the way.

Apple will replace Retina displays on eligible models purchased as far back as June 2012 until October 16, 2017, or within three years of the original date of purchase, whichever is longer. The program was extended to provide affected customers with a longer window of time to get their notebook serviced.

While the program was never publicly announced, Apple confirmed that repairs will be handled internally through AppleCare. Apple has stated that it does not plan to publicly announce the program at this time.

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Apple relaxes policy, now allows for third-party iPhone display repair without violating warranty

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Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017, 05:05
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News

It looks like you’ll be able to have your iPhone screen replaced via a third-party without violating your warranty in the near future.

Apple is apparently changing its long-standing policy regarding third-party iPhone screen repairs. A new memo sent to Apple retail employees states that a customer having their device’s screen repaired by a third-party source no longer voids their warranty like it once did…

The memo says that retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers should inspect the device in question for things such as fraud or tampering, but then proceed as normal with the repair. This, of course, assumes that what needs to be repaired doesn’t relate to the display.

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