Apple offering iPad Air 2 units to some customers looking to repair their iPad fourth-gen units, dwindling stock cited

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Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Air, News, retail

If you’re looking for a replacement fourth-gen iPad, Apple may send you a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorized service providers. The company is apparently implementing the new policy, allowing its repair staff to ship an iPad Air 2 for a unit replacement when stock of the aging and now discontinued 4th gen iPad isn’t available.

A leaked company memo offered the following information:

Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2.

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Apple posts positions for GPU-based jobs in London following break with Imagination Technologies

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Processors

Following the breakup of U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, Apple seems to be ramping up its own GPU division as well as hiring a number of engineers within the London region.

Appearing on the United Kingdom version of Apple’s jobs board over the last month, the company has listed 12 “Hardware Engineering” job postings in London, located within Hanover Street. Spotted by The Telegraph, the listings are for Apple’s “UK Design Centre,” with 11 out of the 12 openings having some connection to GPU design.

A listing for an “Engineering Program Manager” position posted on March 29th mentions a “newly formed graphics design team” that would work on the “definition of the architecture, spec, design, and verification of graphics IP from concept through to silicon.”

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Apple patent application hints at waterproof next-gen AirPods case capable of charging assorted devices

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2017, 05:50
Category: AirPods, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, MacBook, Rumor

Sometimes it’s the patent applications that offer the most insight.

A recently published patent application from Apple highlights the notion of a future AirPods case that could also serve as a wireless charging dock for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

The patent application depicts the AirPods charging case doubling as a charger for a variety of products, including the Apple Watch, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 update, offers bug fixes, security fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, 05:36
Category: Hack, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

After a major OS update come the fixes.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3.1, an update available for its iOS devices available as an over-the-air update or when connected to iTunes via a Mac or Windows PC.

The update, which weighs in at just under 30 megabytes as an OTA download, resolves issues such as a hardware-specific problem wherein iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c handsets had trouble updating over the air.

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Apple repairs iOS 10.3 vulnerability that caused iOS devices to repeatedly dial 911

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017, 05:28
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Following the release of iOS 10.3 earlier this week, a number of users reported that their iOS devices were repeatedly attempting to call 911.

The flaw was discovered by an 18-year old who found a way to use Javascript to remotely cause iOS devices to open popup alerts, open apps, and make phone calls. In an effort to show the severity of the problem, he created a code that caused iPhones to dial 911 repeatedly. All in all, he ended up being arrested and charged with four counts of computer tampering after causing thousands of accidental 911 calls.

It appears that Apple has worked with app developers to examine the issue and close the loophole.

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iFixit tears down 9.7-inch iPad, finds similar components to original iPad Air

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017, 05:01
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors, Take Apart, Touch ID

The new 9.7-inch iPad is built on a pretty familiar framework.

Last week, Apple unveiled its 9.7-inch iPad. According to the teardown performed by the coolest of felines at iFixit, the new iPad is essentially a spruced-up version of the original iPad Air released in 2013. They share the same battery and the same display. There are some minor tweaks, too, including the integration of the third-generation A9 chip and Touch ID capabilities.

The new model is a minor upgrade, but arrives at a nice price point wherein the 32GB model is $329, compared to the previous entry-level iPad Air 2 that went for $399.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3 update

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Date: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 05:08
Category: CarPlay, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Siri, Software, Touch ID

iOS 10.3 is out and ready to go.

Apple on Monday released iOS 10.3, the latest version of its mobile operating system for its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

The update, which weighs in at about a 2.4 gigabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Find My iPhone:
– View the current or last known location of your AirPods.

– Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them.

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9.7-inch iPad, (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus now available to order online

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Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

The new iPad and (PRODUCT)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is now available for order online.

Apple has added the products to its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores as of Friday.

The 9.7-inch iPad features a faster A9 processor and a brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has now been discontinued. The tablet is a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 given that it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.

The tablet also features a display resolution of 2,048‑by‑1,536 at 264 PPI, an 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.

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Apple’s upcoming 9.7-inch iPad will arrive “next week” in Apple Store, other retail locations

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, retail

Albeit you’ll be able to snag the newly-announced 9.7-inch iPad on Friday, Apple has stated that customers who want to buy it in Apple Store and other retail locations will need to wait until “next week,” according to Apple.

Apple has provided a bit more information on the new iPad shopping situation. Orders placed on Friday, the first day of availability, will arrive the following week at some point, with no specific day given.

Other retailers, such as Target and Best Buy, have stated that they are expecting stock of the new 9.7-inch tablet around the beginning of April with orders starting on Friday, the same as the Apple online store.

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Trump administration looks to carry out electronics travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, security

The travel ban now applies to some devices coming into the U.S. from some flights.

The Trump administration has banned devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin of flights coming to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, notebooks, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.

The policy was announced earlier this week and covers direct flights to the U.S. from Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Specific airlines includes in the ban include Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

At present, the airlines have until Friday to comply with the electronics ban.

No specific terrorist threat has been cited by the Trump administration, although it’s been thought that militants may want to disguise bombs in electronic devices. Representatives from the administration have stated that the electronics ban isn’t related to the controversial travel ban being pushed forward regarding the six nations with Muslim-majority populations. These countries presently include Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

It’s also been noted that a similar electronics ban being carried out in the U.K. was triggered from intelligence gathered during a U.S. raid in Yemen earlier this year.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and Reuters