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“Chipgate” scandal erupts for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus owners, Samsung A9 processor may lead to 20% shorter battery life

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 12:15
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


Well, you can’t release a new iPhone without at least some scandal.

This year it may come down to the processor inside your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

In the new “Chipgate” controversy, Apple may have shipped a series of processors that could affect battery life with the handset.

Apple, which used two suppliers (Samsung and TSMC) to build the chip, is facing feedback in which users are reporting that those with the Samsung chip could have up to 20 percent less battery life. Apple has yet to respond to the controversy.


Rumor: Apple to release fourth-gen Apple TV, iPad Pro in early November,

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 09:32
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, iPad, Rumor


There might be a more detailed timeline for Apple’s release of the fourth-gen Apple TV as well as the iPad Pro.

A new rumor has the devices appearing in Apple Retail Stores for sale during the first week of November after going on sale via Appleā€™s website in late October. It is also likely that the first online orders of both products will reach customers in early November.


Disney animators test out iPad Pro, comment on “textured” surface

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 10:01
Category: Hardware, iPad, News


This is pretty interesting.

Apple apparently allowed Pixar’s staff to play around with the upcoming iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. A week later, Apple let Disney’s Feature Animation studio take a crack at it.

The animators commented that the device’s screen surface has “tooth,” or textured roughness, to augment drawing feel.


Rumor: Apple to debut 4K iMac in mid-October, will launch iPad Pro in early November

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 09:33
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, Rumor


Current rumors are pointing towards new iMacs and the unicorn of current technology, the iPad Pro, over the next week and next month.

Recent reports indicate that Apple will be introducing an updated 2015 iMac next week. The models could arrive in the stores as early as October 13th, albeit supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November.

The 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 – M395X discrete graphics for the new iMacs.


Microsoft debuts Surface Book hybrid, could give the MacBook notebooks a run for their money

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Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Hardware, News


Microsoft has come a long way with its Surface tablet.

The Surface Book, which debuted earlier this week, is built more like a traditional notebook and a recent New York press event showed the unit appearing like a variant of the classic 13-inch white MacBook made of metal, not polycarbonate plastic.

The hinge is unique in that it’s based around a “dynamic fulcrum” design that moves smoothly without much effort.

The Surface Book features a glass touchpad with multitouch as well as backlit keys that are quiet and comfortable.


Philips announces Hue Bridge 2.0 lights with HomeKit compatibility

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Date: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, HomeKit, iOS, News


This definitely smacks of the nifty.

Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an entire household of lights with a single command.


iFixit digs into iPhone 6s, 6s Plus handsets, finds reason for nearly waterproof test results

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 15:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


The reports have come in praising the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ nigh-waterproof nature and while the handsets aren’t completely waterproof, they appear to be a huge step in the right direction.

With that in mind, the cool cats at iFixit began looking at the construction used in the units. The engineers found that while Apple hadn’t surrounded the iPhone’s logic board in water-resistant materials, but had essentially made the logic board itself more waterproof.


Some early iPhone 6s, 6s Plus adopters reporting Touch ID, speaker, power, 3D Touch issues

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 08:10
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software


There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.

Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.

The problems include the following:


iFixit app pulled from App Store following fourth-gen Apple TV teardown

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Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 07:36
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Legal, News


This kind of falls under the category of “Invoking the Wrath of Apple”.

Or at least its legal department.

The coolest of cats over at iFixit, famous for providing amazing hardware teardown and repair guides for assorted gadgets, had their developer account canceled after publishing a teardown of the new Apple TV developer unit in violation of Apple’s terms and conditions.

As such, iFixit’s app has been pulled from the App Store.


Video tests show iPhone 6s, 6s Plus relatively water resistant, not waterproof

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Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are pretty water resistant.

The bad news is that they’re not waterproof and it’s a bad idea to go swimming with them.

A group of YouTube users have put together some videos showcasing the results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, although the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.

The first video has both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy S6 Edge being submerged in a few inches of water. The two handsets survived being submerged for 30 minutes and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after a brief minute facing the same test.