Apple shuts down Repair Extension Program for 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks with GPU-based issues

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

The bad news: Apple is no longer offering extended support for its 2011 MacBook Pro notebooks via its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues.

A group of updated support documents point out that Apple is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago. The program was slated to end on December 31st, 2016, although Apple has kept it in effect for users within a four-year window.

Apple first launched the Repair Extension Program for Video Issues in February of 2015. The program addressed what the company claimed was a “small percentage” of Pros with absent or distorted video, or prone to sudden reboots. Problems came to light as far back as 2013, however.

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Rumor: Apple CEO Tim Cook spotted wearing glucose sensor designed for next-gen Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

If The Timster is doing it, that tends to indicate where Apple’s upcoming products might be going.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is said to have been spotted on his company’s corporate headquarters wearing a new, unannounced Apple Watch accessory that could be used to measure a user’s blood sugar levels in an non-intrusive fashion.

CNBC has reported that Tim Cook has been spotted wearing the prototype sense. It’s unknown as to whether this is an Apple-made device or peripheral created by an outside medical company.

The report also said that Cook even publicly discussed the device during an appearance at the University of Glasgow back in February. He said the device helped him understand how his body reacted to the foods he eats, and allowed him to keep his blood sugar more constant.

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Tablet, notebook ban reportedly off the table for flights between US and Europe

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, News, security

The proposed ban on tablets and notebooks from cabin baggage on flights between Europe and the USA have reportedly been shelved …

The ban, which proposed preventing electronic devices larger than a smartphone on inbound flights to the USA from 10 airports located mostly in the Middle East and Northern Africa was offered in response to intelligence from terrorist threats.

It was later suggested that the ban might be extended to flights from the UK and other European countries, with a further report earlier this month suggesting that the idea was ‘under active consideration.’

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Rumor: Apple to announce refreshed notebooks at WWDC

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, WWDC

It’s a rumor, but it could be pretty nifty if it’s true.

Apple is thought to be planning refreshes of its notebook lineup at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference set to take place in June. New versions of the MacBook and MacBook Pro are expected to be announced, and Apple is also considering updating the MacBook Air, its most affordable notebook.

The MacBook Pro, which was updated back in October with the inclusion of a slimmer design and a Touch Bar, will be upgraded with a faster Kaby Lake processor, an improvement from the Skylake processors in the current machines. The upgraded MacBook Pro will look the same as the current model, adopting only internal updates.

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Rumor: Apple looking to incorporate diabetes detection system via next-gen Apple Watch’s “smart bands”

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

A rumor about the next-gen Apple Watch may have just gained some steam today.

Boy Genius Report has offered the following regarding a rumor that Apple is working on diabetes treatment technology for an upcoming future version of the Apple Watch:

According to our source, Apple’s sights are now set on the epidemic of diabetes, and the company plans to introduce a game-changing glucose monitoring feature in an upcoming Apple Watch… Our source indicates that Apple has hired 200 PhDs in the past year as part of the company’s laser lock on improving and innovating in the health space with Apple Watch.

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Rumor: Apple to announce Siri-connected speaker system, 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, iPad, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

It’s a rumor, but there might be some truth to it.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that there is a more than 50% chance of Apple releasing a Siri Speaker, an all-new category for the company, at the Worldwide Developers Conference starting June 5th. In addition, he says that there is more than 70% chance of an all-new design 10.5-inch iPad Pro to be announced at the keynote.

Along with this, Apple is expected to make inevitable operating system announcements in the form of iOS 11, macOS 10.13, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4. KGI has not offered insight into what functionality or changes the new software will bring but it does include some notes about the predicted hardware unveilings.

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Apple invests $200 million in Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky plant

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017, 05:25
Category: Finance, Hardware, Hardware, iPhone, News

The glass on your Apple devices could be on the verge of becoming that much stronger.

Apple announced that the company has put $200 million of its $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund into Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky glass-making plant.

Corning has manufactured the glass that Apple has used in iPhones and iPads since day one.

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Rumor: Apple buying up large quantities of 3D camera components from LG Innotek for use with next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

Apple is apparently buying up all the 3D camera component components it can for its next-gen iPhone.

The current rumor has it that the upcoming handset will feature a 3D camera with facial recognition capabilities and that LG Innotek has been acting as the supplier of these parts.

The rumor also coincides with a report that LG Innotek has invested $238.5 million in a facility just for Apple’s orders. Apple’s initial order is worth about $177 million.

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Apple Watch could help detect signs of atrial fibrillation, a leading cause of strokes

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Date: Friday, May 12th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Wearables

This could be helpful, if not potentially life-saving.

A team of researchers just proved that the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor can actually detect an early sign of heart disease without any symptoms at all, a development that could change how people use their Apple Watches.

The sensor can accurately detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rate that can lead to stroke or heart disease. While atrial fibrillation can be caused by a variety of factors, including high blood pressure, this doesn’t qualify the Apple Watch as a diagnostic device. Still, its accurate heart rate sensor shows there is potential for the watch as a health and fitness tool beyond its basic fitness-tracking features.

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In-cabin notebook ban may soon apply to flights from Europe to U.S.

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 05:25
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

The Department of Homeland Security may be expanding its notebook ban, forbidding notebooks in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States. News of the expanded ban, which could be announced as soon as Thursday, came from European security officials.

Passengers flying from Europe to the United States may need to store their computers in their checked luggage. The Department of Homeland Security has yet to announce a final decision on this matter, with Security Secretary John Kelly planning to discuss the matter with senators in a classified briefing on Thursday.

The DHS offered the following comment:

“No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”

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