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Rumor: Apple quietly launches Mac Pro Repair Extension Program for certain Mac Pro models

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Date: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, Rumor

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If you have a 2013 or later Mac Pro, it looks like Apple will be launching a Mac Pro Repair Extension Program to address complaints of video related issues with select models of the desktop.

Apple recently sent out a notice to its authorized service providers detailing the new program and those eligible for repairs or replacements.

In the notice, Apple notes that Mac Pros manufactured between February 8, 2015 and April 11, 2015 are eligible for repairs due to issues with the machine’s graphics cards that “may cause distorted video, no video, system instability, freezing, restarts, shut downs, or may prevent system start up.”

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iPhone 6 users cite “Error 53” issue, Apple cracking down on third-party repairs

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Date: Friday, February 5th, 2016, 11:25
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

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Well, this is a royal mess.

A large number of iPhone 6 users are claiming that Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.

The issue, an “Error 53”, appears when the Touch ID button has been replaced by a “non-official” outfit or technician. The error, according to at least one report, “will kill your iPhone”.

The issue only comes to light when the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 9, is installed. Indeed, the phone may have been working perfectly for weeks or months since a repair or being damaged.

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Leaked iPad Air 3 casing images hint at Smart Connector, new camera layout, additional speakers

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 08:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Asian Mac site Macotakara recently found an image of what could be the iPad Air 3 casing. The leaked case design suggests some of the potential new design changes that the iPad Air 3 could feature when it launches to the public.

The leaked image shows what appears to be a cutout for the Smart Connector. Apple first introduced this connection with the iPad Pro, using it for a more stable and reliable connection for things like keyboards. This case leak suggests that Apple plans to add the Smart Connector to the iPad Air lineup with the March revision.

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Rumor: Apple working with partners to develop wireless charging feature for next-gen iOS devices

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 11:42
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Rumor

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It’s about time for wireless charging to come to your iOS devices.

That being said, Apple is rumored to be working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to sources close to the story.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the sources said, asking to remain anonymous. Apple is apparently looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed.

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Rumor: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, building Apple Pay support into ATMs

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 08:48
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple Pay is coming to assorted Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATMS.

An anonymous source close to the story has stated that Bank of America and Wells Fargo are working on implementing Apple Pay into their ATMs. Both companies are said to have engineers working on the technology that would likely allow Apple Pay to be used at an ATM in place of a physical debit card.

When questioned about the possibility of Apple Pay at ATMs, Wells Fargo head of ATMs Jonathan Velline suggested the information was accurate and that Wells Fargo was working on adding support for mobile wallets that would meet all of its customers needs.

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Cirrus Logic CEO offers hints as to possible audio technologies for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Following up on the rumor that the iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, Jason Rhode, the CEO of known audio supplier Cirrus Logic, made a few interesting comments that only add to the flames:

There are definitely people considering putting [it] in box … any time somebody talks about adding content inside a box, inside the box it ships with the phone, you can imagine the agonizing that goes into any additional micro-penny that gets added to the box.

Noise-canceling headphone technology has also been rumored for the next-gen iPhone headphones.

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Rumor: iPad Air 3 to incorporate “4K” display, improved battery life, will enter mass production in second quarter

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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They’re just rumors at this point, but they point to some fairly cool stuff about the iPad Air 3.

As of now, it’s been said that Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation “4K” iPad Air set to debut in March.

The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple’s new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

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Voluntary Apple AC Wall Adapter Exchange program begins, seeks to address possible electrical issue

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:47
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News

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This is why recall programs exist in the first place.

Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall and exchange program for a select number of AC wall plug adapters used in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. America is not included in the recall. Apple says that in “very rare cases” the two-pronged Apple wall adapters could break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched.

The company stated that the affected wall adapters shipped between 2003 and 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, the adapters were included in the Apple World Travel Kit and that the company says that it is aware 12 issues worldwide.

The recall does not affect any of Apple’s USB power adapters or customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The recall is voluntary and customers can visit the new support page for details as well as exchange their wall adapters for new, redesigned units.

Last year, Apple issued a recall for the Beats Pill XL citing instances in which the speaker could overheat and create a fire risk. Also last year the company launched a camera replacement program for the rear camera on select iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac and Apple

Rumor: Apple to incorporate dual lens system in next-gen iPhone camera

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Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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

This is according to a research note published by noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that predicts that two 5.5-inch versions of the “iPhone 7 Plus” are in development, one with a single iSight rear-facing camera and another boasting a dual-camera design.

The rumored iPhone 7 Plus model with a dual-lens camera system would take advantage of imaging algorithms that Apple acquired through its purchase of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging last year.

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Rumor: iPhone 5se to incorporate rounded corners, always-on Siri, A8 and M8 processors, Apple Pay, other features

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Date: Monday, January 25th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

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When in doubt, continue the iPhone 5 line.

Following up on rumors that Apple will release an “iPhone 5se”, new reports indicate that the handset is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s with a faster processor, Apple Pay, new camera features, and curved glass edges instead of sharp chamfers.

It’s also been rumored that the handset will have both A8 and M8 chips to function as the core and graphics processors.

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