Apple allows for wider battery coverage in updated AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables

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The AppleCare+ Protection Plan terms for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch just got a little better. Apple has now included language that would cover batteries with less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 9th, 2015 or later.

The new criteria will allow for the replacement of defective batteries that do not live up to the 80 percent specification free of charge as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. Otherwise, Apple charges US$79 for out-of-warranty battery service for all Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity per Apple’s diagnostic testing, plus a US$6.95 shipping charge if required.

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Apple quietly pulls first-gen iPad mini from its online store

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Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015, 07:12
Category: iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, retail

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The original iPad mini has disappeared into the night from the Apple online store.

Early Friday, Apple unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

The company offered no explanation as to why it was pulled and it’s presumed that this cleared out unsold inventory after sales of the tablet tapered off. The first-generation iPad mini is now largely outdated, sporting a 32-bit A5 processor and a non-Retina display.

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iOS 9 beta code references suggest larger 2,732 x 2,048 iPad Pro pixel resolution

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Date: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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This could point the way towards something pretty cool.

Reference code buried in the iOS 9 developer beta suggests Apple’s 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” is poised to use a high-resolution 2,732-by-2,048-pixel display, with a pixel density of about 263 pixels per inch.

The code is tied to the new keyboard size discovered in iOS 9 earlier on Monday, and was highlighted by developers Hiraku Wang and Steve Troughton-Smith. Although the actual code refers to a resolution of 1,366 by 1,024 pixels, Retina scaling implies a real hardware resolution of 2,732 by 2,048 pixels.

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iOS 9 beta code finds references to Apple TV apps, larger iPad keyboard, new features for Photos

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Date: Monday, June 15th, 2015, 09:28
Category: Apple TV, Developer, iOS, iPad, News, Software

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It’s the beta code that also gives away some nifty hints as to what’s coming down the road.

According to noted iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith who made the discovery, the current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the “iPad Pro,” and new options in Photos.

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Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features and changes, multitasking for iPad

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:36
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, WWDC

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Apple introduced iOS 9 during the Worldwide Developers Conference with a copious number of new changes.

As the mighty Craig Federighi took the stage, he highlighted improvements for Siri, power management, extending battery life, etc.

Federighi cited that Siri is now 40 percent faster, and comes with a new interface that matches Apple Watch, and understands contextual statements like, “show me my WWDC photos from last year.”

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Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS, Android devices, cites release date for later this year

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 07:39
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, Uncategorized

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If you were thinking of dropping Siri for another personal assistant, Microsoft has something on the way.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iOS and Android devices later this year. Windows 10 will also feature a new “Phone Companion” app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps, including NavAds and Gas Buddy

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 14:47
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

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Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available for purchase

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Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 07:11
Category: iPad, News, retail

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There’s generally some good savings in Apple’s refurbished section.

And you can now count the iPad Air 2 as part of this inventory.

Apple on Wednesday added several configurations of the iPad Air to to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase.

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Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in June, refutes reports of delays

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”

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Rumor: Apple exploring silver nanowire technology for 12.9-inch iPad

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 07:39
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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I’m not entirely sure what nanowire is, but it sounds pretty cool.

A new report claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12.9-inch iPad.

The quote reads as follows:

“Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.”

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