Rumor: Samsung currently manufacturing 80 million OLED screens for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung

In spite of past arguments and legal troubles between Apple and Samsung, it’s estimated that Samsung will deliver around 80 million OLED screens suitable for the next-gen iPhone before the end of 2017 —but a later than expected date for mass shipments for the phone is still expected.

Per DigiTimes, which cited “sources from the upstream supply chain”, Samsung and other component manufacturers have geared up for supplying components for not just the “iPhone 8,” but the “iPhone 7s” family as well.

Apple’s order of roughly 80 million OLED screens will occupy about half of Smasung’s manufacturing capacity for the final six months of 2017. The rest of the capacity will meet Samsung’s own needs, although it’s thought that some units will remain in reserve should Apple need them.

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Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMacs now in stock at most U.S. Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, retail

You can snag Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac iron at almost all of the Apple Store locations within the United States.

Apple began accepting online orders for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac models on Monday, but delivery estimates currently range between June 12 and June 22 in the United States, so customers looking to purchase a new Mac earlier than next week may have better luck visiting an Apple Store.

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iFixit posts teardown of 2017 21.5-inch iMac, finds user-upgradable RAM, modular CPU

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors

The pork has soared and it looks like Apple has finally released an iMac with a user-upgradable CPU as well as RAM.

The cool cats at iFixit have just completed a full teardown of Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display. The unit features both removable RAM and a modular CPU, although Apple has yet to say if these components are user-replaceable. Accessing and replacing these components isn’t exactly easy, but it’s still possible.

This is the first time Apple has had a 21.5-inch iMac with expandable RAM since 2013, and the first modular CPU since 2012.

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Amazon executive extends invitation for Siri on Echo speakers

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Uncategorized, WWDC

It looks like Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers.

“If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there. They can call,” David Limp remarked to CNBC. “I hope there is a day when that happens. I don’t know if I can envision it, but I hope it happens, on behalf of customers.”

The Echo currently uses Amazon’s Alexa assistant, which has also been used on other devices, including third-party offerings like phones and thermostats. It in fact spawned the entire “smartspeaker” product category —Amazon’s main competition being the Google Home, and Apple’s newly-announced HomePod, coming in December. Microsoft is meanwhile working with partners on Cortana-enabled speakers.

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Rumor: Apple could incorporate microLED displays in devices as soon as 2018

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Apple could be planning to implement a microLED screen in its next-gen Apple Watch as early as 2018.

A report from Nikkei explains that Apple hopes to be ahead of the curve when it comes to microLED production. Currently, the company relies heavily on Samsung for the upcoming iPhone 8 with OLED displays, but that’s a practice it hopes to avoid with future display technology.

Per the report, Apple is thought to be be the only company currently able to roll out microLED technology, although this currently shows a very low yield rate as well as a high-cost manufacturing process.

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Older iPhones, iPads equipped with A6 processor will be unable to run iOS 11 this fall

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Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

Apple may be pushing owners of the iPhone 5 to obsolescence with their forthcoming iOS 11 update.

This fall’s forthcoming iOS 11 update will mark the end of support for not only 32-bit apps, but also legacy 32-bit devices. That means owners still clinging to their iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and fourth-generation iPad will be left behind or forced to upgrade.

The trio of devices, which still run on Apple’s A6 CPU, are the final units Apple made with a 32-bit architecture. This architecture, in turn, cannot run iOS 11.

The move isn’t a surprise, as Apple’s recently released Clips video app only supports 64-bit hardware, meaning it cannot run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, fourth-generation iPad, or any devices older than those.

iOS 11 itself marks the end of 32-bit apps and developers have been notified that they’ll need to update their apps to the 64-bit architecture prior to iOS 11’s release this fall.

Of course, the iPhone 5 and other legacy devices will still function properly with iOS 10.3.2 and earlier if users choose to continue to stick on legacy platforms. But the outdated hardware and software will become increasingly obsolete over time, and there is no guarantee that functions or apps will continue to work as expected.

Last year, Apple phased out the iPhone 4s, which did not make the cut for iOS 10. The handset, as such, cannot be updated past iOS 9.3.5.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via AppleInsider

Apple releases wireless keyboard with numeric keypad

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Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, 05:11
Category: battery, Bluetooth, Hardware, Lightning, News

At long last, Apple has released a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad.

Apple’s new Bluetooth keyboard with numerical keypad was released today, retails for $129 and uses the following specs:

Height: 0.16-0.43 inches
Width: 16.48 inches
Depth: 4.52 inches
Weight: 0.86 pounds

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AppleCare+ terms quietly updated, now include coverage two accidental damage incidents, on-site repairs for desktop Macs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 17:04
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

AppleCare+ just got a bit more lenient.

Following Apple’s quiet expansion of AppleCare+’s warranty period from two to three years a while back, as well as covering accidental damage to the company’s desktop and MacBook product families, Apple has brought the AppleCare+ package in line with services provided for its mobile devices.

The new coverage allows for repairs for up to two accidents, with each subject to a service fee of $99 for damage to the screen or the external enclosure, plus tax, while other types of damage will cost $299 per incident.

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Apple announces HomePod speaker at WWDC, will ship device in December

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 14:34
Category: Hardware, News, Siri, WWDC

Apple’s much-rumored speaker is en route.

Apple today announced its speaker, the HomePod a wireless speaker powered by Apple’s A8 chip with Siri integration that’s just under 7 inches tall.

Phil Schiller, the company’s VP of Worldwide Marketing, offered the following comment:

“HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”

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Apple announces updated MacBooks, offers improved processors, GPUs, SSDs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:14
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Touch Bar

The new MacBooks are en route.

And they offer some spiffy new updates.

Apple has incorporated seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processors in all upgraded 12-inch MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The 12-inch MacBook now supports up to 1.4 GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz, and can be purchased with up to 16GB of RAM.

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