Matias offers wired Mac keyboard following Apple’s discontinuation of product

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 03:53
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

Much to a number of users’ chagrin, Apple discontinued its wired keyboard last June, introducing a new version of the Magic Keyboard with a number pad to take its place. Where Apple left its market open, Matias has introduced a wired keyboard similar to Apple’s discontinued model with RGB backlighting.

Matias’ keyboards feature an extremely similar look and feel to Apple’s designs, the keys and materials all near-replicas of Apple’s keyboard. The only notable addition is a slider on the back that allows users to rotate through a variety of colors, and a function key that lets you adjust brightness by holding it down and pressing a number on the keypad.

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Zurich Apple Store location evacuated after iPhone battery overheats

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Date: Wednesday, January 10th, 2018, 03:53
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, retail

Not every iPhone battery is going to behave perfectly.

An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone’s battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.

The incident caused the technician to burn his hand and a total of seven people received medical attention. Local police evacuated roughly 50 customers and employees from the Apple Store location.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone SE to incorporate glass back, wireless charging feature

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Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, 03:46
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, Rumor

Given that wireless charging is pretty hip these days, it comes as no surprise that this is a rumored feature for the next-gen iPhone SE.

“A very reliable source” has stated that the iPhone SE 2 will feature an all-glass back. That’s a change from the current iPhone SE which has glass panels along the top and bottom rear but is mostly aluminum. The handset is also expected to undergo a speed boost.

Recently, Apple adopted glass backs to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X to support wireless charging.

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Intel states forthcoming software and firmware updates will help make computers “immune” to Spectre, Meltdown vulnerabilities

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Date: Friday, January 5th, 2018, 03:55
Category: Hardware, High Sierra, Intel, macOS, News, Processors, Software

Where the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are now affecting billions of processors around the world, Intel has not stated that forthcoming firmware updates and software patches will render Intel-based computer systems “immune” to these issues.

The company has stated that updates have been issued for the majority of Intel processor products introduced within the past five years, and by the end of next week, more than 90 percent of processor products from the last five years will be patched.

For Mac users, Apple has already addressed some of the vulnerabilities in the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update, and will cover any further vulnerabilities in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. As always, make sure to install the latest operating system update and firmware patches and avoid suspicious programs, websites, and links.

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Some Apple Watch Series 3 users reporting unexpected reboots in hospital ICU environments

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Date: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 03:02
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

If you’re an Apple Watch Series 3 owner, you might want to keep it out of certain hospital environments.

A number of users have commented that their Apple Watch Series 3 have undergone unexpected reboots in the intensive care units of some hospitals. This suggests there may be specific ICU-related equipment used in hospitals that could be interfering with Apple Watch Series 3 with or without cellular functionality.

In the case of one user, an Apple Watch Series 3 unit he’d bought for his wife regularly experienced reboots every 60-90 minutes when wearing Apple Watch in the ICU setting. Even though the Apple Watch was replaced with a new unit, the issue persisted.

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iFixit releases 5K iMac Pro teardown

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Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018, 03:51
Category: Hardware, iMac Pro, News, Processors

The cool cats at iFixit have completed and posted their full teardown of the long-awaited 5K iMac Pro and discovered the following nifty features and components:

– The iMac Pro features a massive dual fan cooler to help keep the CPU and GPU cool. The computer is also notably quiet, even when performing intensive operations that would send a standard cooling fan into overdrive.

– The lack of a full sized desktop hard drive allows for additional space inside the iMac pro for additional components.

– The 5K iMac lacks an external RAM door, which made for easy RAM upgrades on previous model iMacs.

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iFixit matches Apple’s $29 replacement iPhone battery price in wake of slowdown controversy

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Date: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, 03:35
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

iFixit has now matched Apple’s $29 price for battery replacement kits for older iPhones.

The change follows up on Apple’s consolation for its iPhone slowdown policies. Apple itself got in trouble when it fessed up to slowing down iPhones with older batteries and apologized for not being more transparent.

“About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE,” the company wrote in a rare open letter apology. “While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.”

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Apple now involved in eight U.S.-based lawsuits, one Israel lawsuit following iPhone battery slowdown scandal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:59
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

When it rains it pours.

Apple is presently facing no less than eight individual lawsuits over claims it artificially slowed down iPhones with aging batteries. The cases were filed in U.S. Federal Courts in California, Illinois, and New York.

Each of these cases is pushing for class action status.

The first cases were filed in California and Illinois just after Apple confirmed the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all experience slower performance as their batteries age.

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Apple Watch glucose sensor could still be years away from introduction according to industry experts

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Wearables

Apple’s efforts to develop a non-invasive glucose monitoring system using the Apple Watch may still be a few years away.

Per two sources close to the story, Apple is continuing research on a noninvasive continuous glucose reader, but the technology is still considered to be years away according to industry experts.

The story comes a few months after CNBC reported that Apple had devoted a team of experts to developing an Apple Watch technology that could monitor blood sugar levels throughout the day. It was later reported that Tim Cook has actively tested glucose monitors on Apple’s campus which he has since acknowledged.

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Rumor: Apple could look to MediaTek for iPhone modem components as legal dispute with Qualcomm drags on

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, Rumor

Amidst the ongoing legal kerfuffle between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple may be eyeing a partnership with Taiwan’s MediaTek, which could supply baseband modem chipsets for iPhones beginning in 2018.

The story was first broken by DigiTimes, which has a hit-or-miss track record on stories such as these, but has landed some good scoops where iPhone components are concerned.

An anonymous source stated that MediaTek “has a chance” to secure modem orders from Apple. As of now, Apple has already transferred half of its iPhone modem chipsets from Qualcomm to Intel, following Apple’s lawsuit filed earlier this year, accusing Qualcomm of withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates.

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