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TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer for iPhone 7’s A10 processor, will begin full production in June

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

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It looks like TSMC will be taking on the full manufacturing load for the iPhone 7’s processor.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced that they’ve reached a deal to produce the A10 processor and will most likely use a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. Full production is slated to begin in June.

Along with the 10-nanometer production process, TSMC is said to have beaten out rival Samsung for the contract given its better power performance and efficiency.

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Sonos to officially support Apple Music starting today

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple Music, Hardware, News, Retail Store

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Following its public beta last December, Sonos has announced that it will officially add support for Apple Music to its connected speaker lineup tomorrow, February 10th.

“We’re big fans of Sonos,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said to BuzzFeed. “We’ve been looking forward to this.” When asked why Sonos didn’t support Apple Music from the start, especially considering it supported Beats Music, Cue explained that it took some time to get it right. “It’s important to get the integration right the first time out,” Cue said. “Apple has a high bar for this stuff; So does Sonos. Apple Music isn’t even 6 months old yet, so this really did not take much time at all.”

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Apple launches iPhone screen protector program in assorted Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 08:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

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Apple’s new screen protector program is coming to Apple Store locations in the United States and other countries today. The program was first mentioned and rolled out to Japanese Apple Store locations last week and allows customers to get a Belkin screen protector carefully applied to their iPhone in store. At Apple Stores across America, customers can purchase a Belkin screen protector and have it applied in store by an Apple Store employee. The program supports only Apple’s latest iPhone models in both 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The service looks to apply screen protectors to the iPhone, eliminating common errors like air bubbles. For the official experience, Apple employees will use a cloth to remove any dust from the iPhone before applying the protector with the mechanical system. As a guarantee, after application, unsatisfied customers can ask the Apple employee to repeat the process with a new cover to get the fit just right. The service is free with the purchase of the appropriate Belkin screen protector for your iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple quietly launches Mac Pro Repair Extension Program for certain Mac Pro models

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Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, Rumor

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If you have a 2013 or later Mac Pro, it looks like Apple will be launching a Mac Pro Repair Extension Program to address complaints of video related issues with select models of the desktop.

Apple recently sent out a notice to its authorized service providers detailing the new program and those eligible for repairs or replacements.

In the notice, Apple notes that Mac Pros manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015 are eligible for repairs due to issues with the machine’s graphics cards that “may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up.”

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iPhone 6 users cite “Error 53” issue, Apple cracking down on third-party repairs

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Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016, 11:25
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

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Well, this is a royal mess.

A large number of iPhone 6 users are claiming that Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.

The issue, an “Error 53”, appears when the Touch ID button has been replaced by a “non-official” outfit or technician. The error, according to at least one report, “will kill your iPhone”.

The issue only comes to light when the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 9, is installed. Indeed, the phone may have been working perfectly for weeks or months since a repair or being damaged.

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Leaked iPad Air 3 casing images hint at Smart Connector, new camera layout, additional speakers

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 08:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Asian Mac site Macotakara recently found an image of what could be the iPad Air 3 casing. The leaked case design suggests some of the potential new design changes that the iPad Air 3 could feature when it launches to the public.

The leaked image shows what appears to be a cutout for the Smart Connector. Apple first introduced this connection with the iPad Pro, using it for a more stable and reliable connection for things like keyboards. This case leak suggests that Apple plans to add the Smart Connector to the iPad Air lineup with the March revision.

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Rumor: Apple working with partners to develop wireless charging feature for next-gen iOS devices

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 11:42
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Rumor

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It’s about time for wireless charging to come to your iOS devices.

That being said, Apple is rumored to be working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to sources close to the story.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the sources said, asking to remain anonymous. Apple is apparently looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed.

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Rumor: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, building Apple Pay support into ATMs

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 08:48
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple Pay is coming to assorted Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATMS.

An anonymous source close to the story has stated that Bank of America and Wells Fargo are working on implementing Apple Pay into their ATMs. Both companies are said to have engineers working on the technology that would likely allow Apple Pay to be used at an ATM in place of a physical debit card.

When questioned about the possibility of Apple Pay at ATMs, Wells Fargo head of ATMs Jonathan Velline suggested the information was accurate and that Wells Fargo was working on adding support for mobile wallets that would meet all of its customers needs.

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Cirrus Logic CEO offers hints as to possible audio technologies for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Following up on the rumor that the iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, Jason Rhode, the CEO of known audio supplier Cirrus Logic, made a few interesting comments that only add to the flames:

There are definitely people considering putting [it] in box … any time somebody talks about adding content inside a box, inside the box it ships with the phone, you can imagine the agonizing that goes into any additional micro-penny that gets added to the box.

Noise-canceling headphone technology has also been rumored for the next-gen iPhone headphones.

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Rumor: iPad Air 3 to incorporate “4K” display, improved battery life, will enter mass production in second quarter

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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They’re just rumors at this point, but they point to some fairly cool stuff about the iPad Air 3.

As of now, it’s been said that Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation “4K” iPad Air set to debut in March.

The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple’s new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

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