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Apple patent application highlights active shutter system to protect devices from spills, contaminants

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Patents


Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from damaging physical contaminants, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in repair costs.


Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to OLED displays in 2018

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:07
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables


Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED displays hold up over time versus LCD displays before committing to the switch. Both Samsung and LG, which currently produce OLED panels, are expected to be primary suppliers of OLEDs for iPhones, which would negatively impact current LDC display partners Sharp and Japan Display.


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.


LG cancels LG Watch Urbane Second Edition LTE project, cites unspecified hardware issue

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Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 07:06
Category: Android, Hardware, News, Wearables, wireless


It looks like LG’s upcoming smartwatch, the Urbane Second Edition LTE, won’t come to fruition. Citing an unspecified hardware issue, the project has been canceled. There is no word at this time if the device will be released at a later date, but for now, LG is calling this a full-on cancellation of the launch.

The company had the following comment to offer:

We understand that you are currently reviewing our latest smartwatch; however, late in the quality assurance process for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, our engineers were made aware of a hardware issue which affects the day-to-day functionality of the device. After further investigation, the decision was made to cancel the rollout of the Urbane 2nd Edition LTE due to the complicated nature of the issue.

Whether the device will be available in the future will be decided at a later time. For now, our top priority is to ensure that only products that meet our very specific quality standards are available for purchase.


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.


Google adds cellular support to assorted Android Wear devices

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Android, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables


Cellular support just hit for Google’s Android Wear line.

Google has announced that its Android Wear watches, which already feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, now feature cellular support.

The company has announced that the first Android Wear watch with cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.


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.


iFixit completes teardown of iPad Air, posts findings

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News


Without question or delay, the coolest of felines over at iFixit tore the new iPad Pro down and posted the results.

And there’s some pretty cool stuff in there.

The teardown process found the following components within the unit:

– A 38.8 watt-hour battery split into two cells.

– Four self-balancing speakers with accompanying enclosures.


Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order with Synaptics for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.

Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.


Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3 GB of RAM, A10 processor

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Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor


Now that you’ve gotten used to your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, why not begin talking about the iPhone 7?

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has stated that the next-gen iPhone 7 will be boosted to 3 gigabytes of RAM as well as an A10 processor.

Kuo’s latest details from Apple suppliers were published in a research note Tuesday evening. In it, he revealed that while the 4.7-inch “iPhone 7” is expected to have the same 2 gigabytes of RAM as the iPhone 6s, the larger “iPhone 7 Plus” will add another gigabyte for even greater performance.