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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.


iFixit tears down Apple Pencil, posts findings

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Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2015, 08:44
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News


The coolest of felines at iFixit have torn down the Apple Pencil and found some amazing stuff inside.

The crew, which had to resort to opening the device with a small circular saw and breaking a flex cable in the process, found that the plastic outer casing reveals a metal inner one. The tip contains two separate emitters, used to determine both the angle and orientation of the Pencil in order to adjust the width of the pen stroke.


Early Apple Pencil orders in the U.S. move closer to shipment

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:26
Category: Accessory, News, retail


If you ordered an Apple Pencil last week, there’s a good chance it’s getting ready to ship.

Since the launch if the iPad Pro, supplies of the Apple Pencil have been constrained. At launch, there were no Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards available for purchase in the U.S. with in-store pickup, and the first online orders listed delivery dates of November 19 at the earliest, more than a week after the iPad Pro became available.

On Tuesday, a number of pre-order customers are seeing some movement with their orders, receiving notifications that their Apple Pencils are now preparing for shipment. Current estimates from some customers have the Apple Pencil arriving between November 20 to November 24.


Recent Tim Cook comments state that Apple won’t combine MacBook and iPad

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Date: Monday, November 16th, 2015, 07:45
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, MacBook, News


The iPad Pro won’t combine a MacBook with an iPad.

So sayeth the Tim over at 1 Infinite Loop.

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared that the iPad Pro “is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop” for many users. Apple’s iPad Pro mixes together a tablet, keyboard, and stylus like Microsoft’s Surface lineup, but Cook labelled the Surface Book a “diluted” product for “trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither.”

In a recent interview, Cook defended his comments about Apple’s new iPad Pro tablet, stating he was referring to Windows-based notebooks and desktops, not Apple’s own notebook lineup.

“We don’t regard Macs and PCs to be the same,” says Cook. “What we’ve tried to do is to recognize that people use both iOS and Mac devices.” So it appears that in the eyes of Tim Cook, an iPad Pro will replace a Windows PC, but not a Mac. Cook didn’t elaborate on the comments.


Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short supply following iPad Pro launch

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Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015, 09:25
Category: Accessory, iPad Pro, News, retail


The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:


Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.


iFixit tears down Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard, posts results

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral


The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.


Apple debuts 4K, 5K iMacs, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:13
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iMac, News, retail


These could smack of the nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its 2015 iMacs, including a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

The new desktops feature faster processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and up to 2TB of Fusion Drive storage for stock configurations. The 4K 21.5-inch iMac has a 3.1GHz Core i7 Broadwell processor and integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, while the 5K 27-inch iMacs have 3.2GHz to 3.3GHz Core i5 and i7 Skylake processors and dedicated AMD Radeon R9 GPUs.


DxO One camera for iPhone now available for pre-order

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Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 08:14
Category: Accessory, iPhone, News, photos, Uncategorized


This is pretty nifty.

DxO Labs now has the DxO One camera for iPhone available for pre-order. The camera, which features 1080p video capture, 20.2 megapixel resolution, f/1.8 maximum aperture and 1-inch camera sensor has gotten a fair amount of attention of late and can connect to your iPhone’s Lightning connector port.


Apple apparently co-designing third-party accessory packaging for Apple Store locations

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:52
Category: Accessory, battery, Cases, retail


Your product’s packaging has to look pretty enough to be on an Apple Store shelf.

And Apple will help you with that.

A series of redesigned packages for several Mophie battery packs were recently spotted at an Apple Store in Japan. The boxes match the style used for Apple’s own products, with large images and minimalist text against a stark white background. It’s unknown how many other companies may have updated boxes on shelves.