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OS X 10.10.2 update to resolve ongoing Thunderbolt vulnerability

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Date: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, 11:06
Category: Hardware, News, security, Software

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If you were looking forward to the next heft Yosemite update, there’s something else to look forward to that will finally secure a vulnerability on the Thunderbolt port.

Per AppleInsider and iMore, a Mac hardware vulnerability that has yet to be exploited on a wide scale will reportedly be fixed with Apple’s forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update for Yosemite, preventing any future attacks.

The so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit was publicized late last year, but the hack takes advantage of a flaw in the Thunderbolt Option ROM first disclosed in 2012. Until now, that flaw hasn’t been patched, but according to iMore, the latest beta of Apple’s OS X 10.10.2 update fixes the problem.

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Rumor: Samsung snags 75% of Apple’s A9 processor orders

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 10:05
Category: Hardware, Processors, Rumor

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Apple and Samsung may have their ongoing legal squabbles, but that doesn’t stop them from making el dinero.

Per AppleInsider and the Maeil Business Insider, Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple’s next-generation “A9″ system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year’s iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

Citing industry sources, the South Korean publication reported on Sunday that Samsung’s Austin, Texas fab is responsible for a 75 percent slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming SoC, presumably dubbed “A9″ if the company’s A-series naming convention is followed.

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Purported photos of 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air lid surface

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 09:13
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, photos, Rumor

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This could be the lid to a 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air.

Per 9to5Mac, iFanr has published a full gallery of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by Japanese web site iFanr.

The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks.

The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still a mystery. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of the bottom case for this machine just yet, so the rumored single-port configuration will remain just that for the time being.

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Apple Watch battery life, CPU specs leaked

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Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, 18:59
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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Some Apple Watch battery specs may have just surfaced.

Per 9to5Mac, sources with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have stated the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.

According to sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch, while the Retina-class color display is capable of updating at a fluid 60 frames per second.

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Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate stylus for user input

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Date: Monday, January 19th, 2015, 04:01
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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The rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” could be getting a stylus to go along with it.

Per AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro.”

“Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases,” Kuo wrote. “Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”

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2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam, accuses Apple of hiding defects

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 12:47
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause the GPUs to effectively self destruct,” the note reads.

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Apple panics GoPro stock price with recently-released wearable camera patent

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Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 15:06
Category: Hardware, News, Patents, Wearables

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Wearable camera maker GoPro’s stocks took a 12 percent dive yesterday as a result of Apple expressing an interest in its market.

Per Macworld and PatentlyApple, an Apple patent application for a wearable camera was approved, the end result sending GoPro’s stock price tumbling. The application itself details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

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Details surface about Apple Watch companion app, features

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Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 10:27
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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It never hurts to have a companion.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple is currently developing an application called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the Apple Watch.

Users will be able to manage and organize applications on the Apple Watch Home Screen via a virtual view on the iPhone Companion application.

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Rumor: Apple to begin manufacturing 12-inch MacBook Air in Q1 of 2015

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Date: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 11:46
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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There might be a kernel of truth here.

Per 9to5Mac and DigiTimes, Apple will begin production of its 12-inch MacBook Air in the first quarter of 2015, as production ramps at manufacturer Quanta. The device is expected to be razor-thin with just one USB Type C port doubling as both power and connectivity.

The price point of this device is not yet known. Interestingly, Digitimes reports that the device will usurp the 11-inch Air in the lineup, perhaps suggesting that the 12-inch Air will be in the same ballpark as far as price is concerned.

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2016 Chevy Volt to feature CarPlay support

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Date: Monday, January 12th, 2015, 10:34
Category: Hardware, iOS, News

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This could be nifty if you’re in the market for a new car in the coming year.

Per AppleInsider and The Verge, Chevrolet took the wraps off its new 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, revealing that the next-generation electric vehicle will feature support for Apple’s CarPlay in its infotainment system.

The new 2016 Volt was on display on the show floor and reporters spotted mention of CarPlay in the vehicle’s dash. Support for general Bluetooth and MirrorLink was also featured, albeit an Android Auto feature was found to be missing.

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