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Apple releases 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors

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This could be interesting.

On Monday, Apple launched its long-awaited 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro, the tablet gaining the magnetic Smart Connector, A9X processor and four-speaker array found on its larger 12.9-inch version, as well as compatibility with the Apple Pencil and a new True Tone display, all for $599.

The 9.7-inch variant’s True Tone display features two new four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature to adjust the display accordingly, resulting in a “paper-white” viewing experience.

The display is also 40 percent less reflective and 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2. Apple says it’s the lowest reflectivity of any tablet available. Color reproduction also hits new heights with the same color gamut offered on the iMac with Retina 5K display, as well as 25 percent greater color saturation than iPad Air 2.

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Rumor: 9.7-inch iPad to begin at $499

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Date: Friday, March 18th, 2016, 08:21
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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With the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s announcement around the corner, a fairly grounded set of rumors pertaining to the price have surfaced.

The tablet will arrive at a starting price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and the high end will arrive with 128 GB of storage and Wi-Fi/LTE capability, albeit its final price is not yet known.

Apple is expected to announce the new iPad at its media event on Monday, March 21st.

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iPhone SE leak indicates 16GB base capacity, NFC chip for Apple Pay

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Well, this kind of thing happens sometimes.

Supply chain personnel in China have apparently snapped a specifications sticker for the upcoming iPhone SE.

According to the sticker, Apple will drop the “5” from the new handset’s name, sticking instead with “iPhone SE.” The device will be available in a 16-gigabyte capacity and carry an NFC chip for Apple Pay support.

The leaker also seemed to indicate that the iPhone SE will arrive in a 64-gigabyte configuration, with four color choices — presumably silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. The tipster also wrote that the overall design of the iPhone SE is similar to the iPhone 6s, which matches up with numerous previous predictions.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus could incorporate 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 09:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s been speculated that Apple could sell an iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage, the NAND flash memory chip hailing from SanDisk.

Italian website HDblog has shared pictures of a SanDisk 256GB NAND flash memory chip that could be appropriate for the next-generation smartphone.

Apple has used SanDisk flash memory chips in a number of previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, while other models have used NAND flash chips from Samsung, SK Hynix, and Toshiba.

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Evidence begins to point towards Energous’ development of long-range wireless charging technology for upcoming iPhone models

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 08:22
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There’s evidence that Apple is looking towards a wireless charging feature for its upcoming iPhone models, albeit it’s been a bit scattered.

It was reported in January that Apple has been working on a wireless-charging technology with partners that would allow its devices to siphon power from “further away from than the charging mats used with current smartphones.”

A Morgan Stanley analyst note from February says the same thing: It expects wireless charging to be added to the iPhone in the next year or two, based on industry experts.

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iPhone 7 Plus leaked images go live, point towards hardware changes

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 16:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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This may just be the iPhone 7 Plus.

A leaked photo of the upcoming handset has leaked onto Chinese website Bastille Post.

The centerpiece of the photo is what appears to be a dual-lens camera as well as a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure for it, which breaks from the two separate circular openings that were rumored for the component.

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Rumor: Possible dual-camera component images surface for iPhone 7 Plus handset

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 09:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone 7 could feature a dual-lens camera system.

A series of leaked images has indicated that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-camera component.

This morning, Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw shared images of a dual-camera module potentially destined for the iPhone 7 Plus, which matches earlier images of a dual-camera module shared in January by highlighted over the weekend by French website Nowhereelse.fr. Similar camera module photos have also been spotted on Chinese social networking site Weibo.

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Possible 4-inch iPhone SE – or detailed knockoff – seen in wild in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 09:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Just one week before the Apple media event, the staff members of Beeep caught what might have been the 4-inch iPhone SE – or a very detailed knockoff – in the wild over in Huaqiangbei Shenzhen China, the so-called “silicon valley of hardware”.

They sent along pictures and video.

Take a gander.

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Intel’s 3D Xpoint architecture could find its way into Mac notebooks fairly quickly, be significantly faster than NAND Flash storage

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 08:37
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This could lead to something really nifty for your Mac notebook.

Last summer, Intel announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory labeled as a “major breakthrough in memory process technology.” 3D Xpoint is 1,000 times faster and more durable than NAND Flash storage, as well as 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers.

The transistor-free cross point architecture essentially creates a three-dimensional checkerboard withers memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

Intel had stated that the first 3D Xpoint product would be solid in early 2016 and marketed under the product name of its “Octane solid state drives”. Interestingly enough, 3D Xpoint is compatible with NVM Express (NVMe), an SSD protocol that offers improved latency and performance over the older AHCI protocol.

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Hardware hack for San Bernadino iPhone 5c possible but risky

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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The data onboard the iPhone 5c at the heart of the decryption/unlocking scandal could be accessible via a hardware technique.

This hardware technique, apparently, isn’t for the faint of heart.

In recent days, the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology fellow and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have suggested a method that would let investigators repeatedly guess the iPhone’s password.

Federal investigators fear San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have configured his work phone to use an Apple security feature that erases a key for decrypting data after 10 incorrect guesses of the phone’s password.

The forensic technique to get at the data, known as “chip off,” involves removing a NAND flash memory chip and copying its data. If successful, this would yield a decryption key that can be restored if it is erased after incorrect guesses.

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