Apple international regulatory filings hint at two upcoming iPad models

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:18
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Patents, Touch ID

It’s the regulatory applications that sometimes tell you when the really cool stuff is coming.

Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

Per Consomac, the Eurasian Economic Commission, which oversees Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, this week approved “A1893” and “A1954” models. Those model numbers don’t correspond to any existing iPads or current Apple products.

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AT&T announces 5G to arrive in 12 U.S. cities in 2018

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:52
Category: Android, Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

AT&T’s 5G network is coming to 12 American cities this year.

The wireless carrier announced that Dallas, Waco, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia will roll out 5G service before the end of the year, and announcements for nine more cities will follow.

As of now, wireless carriers have stated that 5G will means faster wireless data speeds, albeit they aren’t completely on the same page.

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TechInsights estimates HomePod manufacturing costs around $216 per unit, Apple aiming for lower profit margin than found on iPhone line

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 03:38
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

The guesstimates are in and it looks like Apple shells out $216 to build each HomePod unit, meaning margins from the tech giant’s first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

If the estimate is correct, this means Apple generates a profit margin around 38 percent with each $349 HomePod sold. This stands as lower than competing smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, which boast margins of 56 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

The component breakdown found that the HomePod’s microphones, tweeters, single woofer and power management hardware add up to $58, while other miscellaneous parts like the OLED panel come out to another $60, the report said. TechInsights pegs Apple’s A8 chip at $25.50, as the housing and other unmentioned components run another $25. Manufacturing, testing and packaging tack on $17.50 to the final cost according to the firm’s estimates.

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Apple confirms that HomePod may leave white rings on wooden surfaces with oil or wax finish

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Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 03:28
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

As nifty as the HomePod may be, it can possibly leave white rings on wood surfaces with an oil or wax finish.

The discovery was noted in reviews by Wirecutter and Pocket-lint as well as highlighted by VentureBeat, with at least one user sharing the problem on Twitter.

Pocket-lint’s Stuart Miles offered the following statement about the issue in his review:

“For our tests we placed the speaker on a solid oak kitchen worktop treated with Danish oil.

Within 20 minutes the HomePod had caused a white discoloured ring to appear on the wood that some days later has faded, although still hasn’t completely disappeared.

We subsequently tested the HomePod on other materials: the same wood that hadn’t been treated with Danish oil and a regular lacquered desk and haven’t seen the same issues.”

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AppleCare+ for HomePod priced at $39, covers two accidental damage incidents

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:31
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, HomePod, iOS, MacBook Pro, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag AppleCare+ for your new HomePod, it’ll run you $39.

The extended warranty and accidental damage repair program offers two out-of-warranty repairs like accidental damage from a drop.

Without AppleCare+, the repair will run $279.

The checkout process for a HomePod has said since the pre-order process that AppleCare+ coverage extending the warranty to two years, granting a longer customer support window, and providing for reduced-cost out-of-warranty repairs would cost $39. However, a new support document published on Friday breaks down the HomePod repair process, as well as costs associated with the repair.

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iFixit completes teardown of HomePod, posts findings

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Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 03:37
Category: Hardware, HomePod, News

When in doubt, use a hacksaw.

The cool cats at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to crack into the newly-released HomePod to find out what’s inside.

The outfit, which used an actual hacksaw to crack the smart speaker open, discovered an A8 processor, seven tweeters, six far-field microphones, and a high excursion woofer. The speaker dynamically adapts to its placement in a room to improve audio output and to create a stereo-like sound from a single unit.

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Apple may be considering full rebates for full-priced iPhone battery repairs following speed throttling controversy

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Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, 03:44
Category: AppleCare, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple may be looking to offer rebates to customers who purchased a full-cost replacement iPhone battery only to get around throttled performance.

One of the questions submitted in January by Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, was whether Apple was exploring the possibility of rebates. Apple’s response was released on Tuesday.

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Patent application highlights ideas for next-gen Apple Pencil, including ability to write on almost any surface

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 03:33
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

The next-gen Apple Pencil could be capable of writing on any flat surface or in the air.

A recently-published patent application, numbered 62/363,172 and titled “Content Creation Using Electronic Input Device on Non-Electronic Surfaces” describes the use of an Apple Pencil-like device, in conjunction with some form of motion or orientation sensor external to the stylus on any surface, like a desktop.

The documentation associated with the patent is intentionally vague as to how this will be executed. Still, it highlights how the stylus’s movement can be tracked by “a motion and orientation sensor, a camera, or an electromagnetic- or sound-based triangulation scheme.”

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Apple offering 32GB replacement units to some customers bringing 16GB iPhone 5c units in for repair

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Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, 03:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

If your 16GB iPhone 5c is headed into the shop, Apple might be replacing it with a 32GB model instead.

A new directive sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers this morning offered the following guidance:

“Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice.”

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Apple launches repair program for iPhone 7 units affected by the “No Service” bug

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Date: Monday, February 5th, 2018, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

This might help you out.

Apple on Friday launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that are impacted by an ongoing bug that causes them to have no available service even when cellular coverage is available. Apple says the problem is caused by a component that has failed on the main logic board.

The company has stated that the issue affects “a small percentage” of iPhone 7 devices and causes them to display a “No Service” message instead of properly connecting to an available cellular network.

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