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Rumor: Apple to include wireless charging feature in iPhone 7

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 09:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Because, hey, wireless charging is pretty darn cool.

The current batch of rumors regarding Apple’s next-gen iPhone/the iPhone 7 includes a wireless charging feature as well as a thinner, waterproof body and no headphone jack.

The rumor hails from within Apple’s supply chain and an anonymous source has stated that the iPhone 7 will not include a headphone jack in an effort to make the device even thinner than the iPhone 6s. The device will also “very likely” be waterproof and support some form of wireless charging.

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Apple retail chief Ahrendts snags $25.8 in salary, stock and bonuses for 2015 financial year

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:04
Category: Finance, News, retail

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If you ever doubted the power of corporate bonuses, keep in mind that Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts just made almost $25.8 million in compensation last year, according to a regulatory filing.

Ahrendts, who draws a $1 million base salary, has also been awarded a $20 million stock grant, a $4 million bonus and relocation expenses of $474,981.

This is down from $73.4 million in 2014, in which Ahrendts was offered $37 million to compensate her for the value of the Burberry stock that she walked away from in accepting the Apple job, plus a new-hire stock allocation valued at $33 million.

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Apple purchases Emotient, speculation rises as to facial analysis possibilities

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:12
Category: Finance, News, Software

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It’s hard to say what Apple plans to do with the small companies it invariably buys, but the speculation gets interesting.

Most recently, Apple has purchased Emotient Inc., A startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions.

Emotient itself has been sold to advertisers to help assess viewer reactions to their ads as well as tested by doctors to interpret signs of pain among patients unable to express themselves, and a retailer used it to monitor shoppers’ facial expressions in store aisles, the company had said.

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Apple pulls Vidyo screen recording utility from App Store

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 17:17
Category: App Store, iOS, News, Software

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If you were interested in the Vidyo screen recording utility, Apple’s yanked it from the App Store.

The app allowed users to record their device’s screen on iPhone and iPad, even when you weren’t using the app itself. That meant you could also record your homescreen. The app made this possible by simulating an AirPlay Mirroring connection – something that also likely violated Apple’s terms of service and contributed to its removal.

The device, which was tested by MacStories, recorded the iOS device’s audioor the microphone’s audio, video from the device screen or the cameras, and could output in resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps. The app also included other features that let you import your own audio files to combine with your screen recordings in order to make screencasts.

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Jeff Williams promoted to Apple Chief Operations Officer

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 08:31
Category: News

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The position that Apple CEO Tim Cook once held has been filled.

On December 17th, Apple announced that Jeff Williams was named the new Chief Operating Officer.

Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named vice president of Operations. Since 2010 he has overseen Apple’s entire supply chain, service and support, and the social responsibility initiatives.

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Apple posts record earnings of more than $1.1 billion in App Store sales over 2015 holiday season

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:48
Category: App Store, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, News

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The numbers are in and Apple had a killer 2015 holiday season on the App Store, customers spending over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over a two week period and $144 million in App Store spending on January 1st.

The total beat last year’s record in terms of gross purchases.

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Griffin announces Breaksafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable”, offers MagSafe’s advantages for USB-C connections

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Accessory, Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C

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This is why the accessory industry exists in the first place.

Apple accessory maker Griffin has recently announced a MagSafe power plug that’s compatible with the 12-inch MacBook notebook, which features a solitary USB-C port. One of the chief criticisms of the USB-C port is that it doesn’t use a magnetic connection and can damage the notebook if tripped over.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3D Touch, repositioned LCD flex cables

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Date: Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, 07:56
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like the iPhone 7 will feature a 3D Touch component as well as relocated LCD flex cables within its frame.

Taiwanese web site Apple.club.tw has leaked images of what are thought to be the 3D Touch chip and flex cables, the images also suggesting the backlight assembly is designed for larger than a 4-inch display.

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Fiat Chrysler announces CarPlay support for assorted Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler models later this year

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 08:26
Category: CarPlay, Google, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software

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A certain number of Fiat Chrysler models, including Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler models, will arrive will Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto support this year.

And that’s a nifty thing.

The automaker announced on Monday that a certain group of the three brands would feature CarPlay and Android Auto support, but didn’t say which exact models would gain the support in its official announcement. CarPlay will bridge with the company’s proprietary Uconnect dash system, which is also being upgraded with things like faster startup times, more responsive touchscreens, and better overall performance.

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Rumor: Apple to remove headphone jack from next-gen iPhone, will opt for Lightning connection

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Your next iPhone may not have a headphone jack at all.

The current rumor going through the supply chain is that Apple plans to remove the classic 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for both connectivity and audio output.

Multiple web sites, citing anonymous sources from within the suppliers, have stated that the unit will be without the headphone jack and that Apple is working on its own wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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