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Next-gen Apple TV won’t surface at WWDC, not ready for prime time

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News

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It looks like Apple won’t be unveiling a next-gen Apple TV at WWDC this year.

In spite of copious rumors that Apple would introduce an updated set-top box, it seems as if the device isn’t ready yet. The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen writes that Apple has postponed its plans because the product is “not ready for prime time.”

The event was rumored to show off new Apple TV hardware, including an improved remote control and a tool kit for developers to use to make apps with. But those plans were postponed partly because the product was not ready for prime time, according to two people briefed on the product.

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Apple issues recall for Beats Pill XL speaker, cites possible overheating, fire risk

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This isn’t the most auspicious beginning to Apple’s partnership with Beats.

Also, if you bought a Beats Pill XL speaker at an Apple store, there’s a chance it could catch fire.

Apple has issued a rare recall notice on the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker sold in Apple Stores and various other retailers. The voluntary recall cites a situation in which the battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for some US$3 billion in 2014. The current Beats Pill XL hardware has remained the same since Apple purchased the speaker company.

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Recently published support guide shows how Apple TV can control HomeKit devices

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:24
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News, Software

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Apple has found a new use for the Apple TV: Controlling every HomeKit-based device in your home.

A recently published support page explains how to set up and use HomeKit and how the Apple TV is used as a hub for remotely controlling HomeKit accessories while on the go.

The guide explains how HomeKit will work with any iOS device running iOS 8.1 or later, how to pair an accessory and how to find and enter a seven-digit setup code and enter it into the gear maker’s custom iOS app. Some apps should allow accessories to be grouped together into homes, rooms, or scenes.

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Thunderbolt 3 specification announced, will be housed within USB-C cabling

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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, News

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The Thunderbolt 3 specification has been announced by Intel.

And it’ll be housed within the new USB-C cabling.

The next generation of the high-speed Thunderbolt specification was announced on Tuesday, effectively replacing the legacy Mini DisplayPort connector for the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard, and offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with high-end cables.

Thunderbolt 3 will be a “superset” for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps.

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Woman donates rare Apple I computer worth $200,000 to recycling center, effort begins to locate her to provide resale payment

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Date: Monday, June 1st, 2015, 07:44
Category: Fun, Hardware, News

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Ok, this is why you check before you hurl something in the trash.

A Bay Area recycling center in Milpitas, California is attempting to track down an unidentified woman who dropped off a 1976-model Apple I in April, after the computer sold to a private collector for US$200,000 this month.

The Apple I was one of the first batch of 200 hand-assembled by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne in the company’s first year of operation. The woman is being sought because it is the center’s policy to split sale proceeds with donors.

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Apple confirms support for 5K displays on 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 09:48
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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Hook the new 15-inch MacBook Pro up to an impressive 4K TV and it will rock.

Apple officially confirmed that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro can support a 4K display at a full resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz and is also the first to support 5K displays.

The support for higher resolutions appears to be related to the switch to AMD graphics in the new machine. Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2015) comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M370X that is reportedly up to 80 percent faster than previous generations. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released earlier in the year come with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.

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GM announces additional CarPlay support for 14 Chevrolet models in 2016

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Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015, 07:29
Category: Hardware, iOS, News

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CarPlay could be gaining some significant ground.

General Motors announced that its Chevrolet brand will add support for both CarPlay and Android Auto to fourteen vehicle models for the 2016 model year. The first Chevy vehicles with CarPlay support will be the Tahoe, Suburban, and Volt, all of which are scheduled to enter production in July, with the remainder of the CarPlay lineup rolling out as the new models launch in subsequent months.

Among the 14 models, CarPlay and Android Auto will be supported on all vehicles with 7-inch or 8-inch MyLink screens. CarPlay support will be available as all of these new models hit the dealerships, while Android Auto support will initially be limited to those with 7-inch screens while 8-inch screen support is planned for later in the model year.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 12-megapixel Sony sensor with RGBW support

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that could point towards an really nifty camera for the next-gen iPhone.

A recent report states that the next-gen iPhone will arrive with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm’s RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

Sources downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but noted that RGBW means an alleged switch to smaller pixels won’t come at the expense of low-light imaging.

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Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac offerings

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News

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The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.

The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new notebook as well as the new iMac. In the case of the new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as the new 27-inch iMac, the machines still ship with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processors as opposed to Broadwell or next-generation Skylake processors and a fair number of Mac users have expressed disappointment with these configurations.

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Apple may have inadvertently outed upcoming iPhone 5c with Touch ID sensor

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:58
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

An inadvertent promotional photo may have just outed an iPhone 5c with a Touch ID sensor.

A new promotional photo posted to Apple’s online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the iPhone 5c, complete with a Touch ID embedded in its home button.


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The photo was part of a promotion for Apple’s recently-announced Lightning dock. Aside from the Touch ID home button, the pictured device looks much the same. The FaceTime camera remains above the earpiece, while the lock button is on the top right and distinct, pill-shaped buttons control the volume.

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