Apple announces updated iPad Air, iPad mini units, will go on sale this Friday

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors, retail

The new iPads were announced today.

And it looks like there’s some good stuff coming your way at a decent price.

Apple has bolstered the low end of its iPad lineup and discontinued the iPad Air 2. In its place is a new model that looks exactly the same, with a 9.7-inch retina screen, Touch ID, 32GB or 128GB of storage, and the same color choices (silver, gold, and space gray). The tablet sports an A9 processor identical to the one found in the iPhone 6s and the usual 10-hour battery. That’s a relatively small upgrade over the 8X chip that was in the iPad Air 2, but the price for the entry-level iPad has dropped from $399 to $299, which was once the price of the iPad mini.

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Apple announces red iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

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Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail, Uncategorized

The red iPhone 7 arrived today.

For the first time, the handset is now available in red. The new Product (RED) iPhone features a red aluminum finish, and is launching as part of Apple’s partnership with (RED).

Apple’s partnership with (RED) involves highlighting the AIDS fundraising campaign with red-themed designs for products and apps. Apple recently turned its App Store and associated top apps the color red for the world AIDS day.

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Technologist Lou Miranda points out new golden age of Apple’s device hardware and operating systems

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:15
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Processors, watchOS

It’s an article that ran roughly nine months ago, prior to the release of iOS 10, but it makes some good points.

In the article, technologist and author Lou Miranda points out that the iPad Pro was handicapped by the software available at the time, namely iOS 9. Upon its initial introduction, the original iPhone had great software, but was handicapped by slow hardware.

Miranda then offers the following very relevant points:

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The fatal flaw in Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 05:25
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, News, Peripheral
Apple's Magic keyboard and mouse don't support multiple Macs.

Apple’s Magic keyboard and mouse don’t support multiple Macs.

Like many of you, I have a home office setup with a monitor, speakers keyboard and mouse. When I need to get some work done, I plug my MacBook into power, monitor, speakers and I’m off the races. I prefer wireless peripherals because it’s two less cables to plug in.

The problem is that Apple’s latest keyboard (MLA22LL/A) and mouse (MLA02LL/A) took a huge step backwards in functionality because they don’t support multiple Macs. That’s right, you can’t switch between Macs without have to re-pair Apple’s “Magic” peripherals – every time. This defeats the purpose of having wireless peripherals!

I’ve used every incarnation of the Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and every one remembered it’s previous pairing and easily switched from Mac A to Mac B without issue. But not Apple’s 2016 “Magic” keyboard and “Magic” Mouse 2. I know this because it grinds my gears every time I switch between Macs in my home office.

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Apple quietly extends AppleCare+ policies from 60 days to one year for iPhone purchases

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Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 05:12
Category: Apple TV, AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Modern mobile smartphone with broken screen isolated on white background.

If you have an AppleCare+ policy, you’re going to like this.

Apple has quietly updated its AppleCare+ policy, extending the purchase window for iPhones from 60 days to one year. The change has been confirmed with a support rep, but is not yet showing up on Apple’s official product page for AppleCare+.

If you go to Apple’s eligibility tool and input your serial number from the iPhone’s settings panel, you should be able to see a new purchase option so long as you purchased the device within the last year.

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Rumor: Signs of fifth-gen Apple TV noted in developer logs, new unit thought to feature faster processor, 4K streaming support

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Date: Friday, March 17th, 2017, 05:31
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

The first network traffic from what seems to be a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K video has been captured in developer logs. The device is said to be codenamed “J105” and could launch as soon as this year.

Firi Games, the developers behind arcade games Phoenix HD and Phoenix II, stated they have seen a single device identified as “AppleTV6,2” and running “tvOS 11.0” connect to Phoenix HD for Apple TV from the United States in its logs. The IP address falls within a range linked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The current Apple TV has a model identifier of AppleTV5,3, and Apple TV6,2 does not correspond with any released model.

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LG uses third-party fixes to provide shielding, seems to have resolved interference issue in UltraFine 5K monitors

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Hardware, News, retail

It looks like the interference issue on the LG UltraFine 5K displays available through Apple have been resolved.

Following continued testing, the new monitors are apparently very slightly sensitive to high-powered RF emissions like from a very close cell tower or military radar like any monitor, the interference problems are rectified, with older monitors retrofitted by authorized third parties even less sensitive to the same emissions.

The new units, which have a slightly different shielding plate than the first run of fixed units. While the vast majority of users won’t see a problem, users within about 50 feet of an active cell tower, or a civil or military radar installation are experiencing the disconnect issues.

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Mazda confirms CarPlay functionality on several upcoming models, states that updates will allow CarPlay to be installed on older models

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 05:15
Category: Android, CarPlay, Hardware, News

It looks like CarPlay will be coming to a number of Mazda vehicles in the near term.

Mazda this week confirmed that it will incorporate CarPlay, including updating older models through software and possibly hardware updates.

According to Cars.com, Mazda made the announcement during the launch of its new 2017 CX-5 model, and the publication also cites a spokesperson that confirmed all of the company’s vehicles using its Mazda Connect in-dash system will be eligible to update.

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Fiksu’s Bay Area usage data points to new iPad models currently in testing

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Date: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, 05:09
Category: Hardware, iPad, News

The new iPads are en route.

Or at least they’re apparently being tested in the Bay Area.

Per mobile marketing firm Fiksu, a number of new iPad models are being tested in the region. This jibes with rumors and a leaked investor note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that indicated that Apple is expected to update its 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, as well as introduce a new 10-inch or 10.5-inch model with a narrower bezel along with a 9.7-inch option.

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Conan makes fun of Chaffetz’s iPhone/health care comment in “Apple Health Care” send up video

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

If nothing else, you can definitely laugh at Representative Jason Chaffetz’s comment this week about how lower income Americans would have to choose between health care and snagging the latest iPhone.

The guys at “Conan” took this as a challenge and released the following satirical video demonstrating how Apple products could be used for health care…

Chaffetz later walked his comment back a bit, but the satirical video is here to stay…

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