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Rumor: Apple to release iPad Pro on November 11th

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Date: Friday, October 30th, 2015, 14:47
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, Rumor


November looks to be the month where Apple releases its big gun.

Apple has been teasing the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and sources have indicated that the tablet will launch on November 11th, or Veterans Day. There’s no word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.


Rumor: Apple to begin selling fourth-gen Apple TV in Apple Store retail locations this Friday

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Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 08:09
Category: Apple TV, Review, Rumor


You’ll be able to snag the fourth-generation Apple TV from Apple Store locations as early as tomorrow.

While priority deliveries will arrive tomorrow and next weekend, it’s been discovered that Apple is planning to begin selling the new set-top-box at its retail stores this Friday.


Waterfield Dash: MacBook sleeve of the Gods

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Date: Monday, October 26th, 2015, 05:11
Category: Accessory, Cases, MacBook, Review

Waterfield Dash SleeveCase for MacBook by Jason O'Grady

As long as I’ve used MacBooks (and PowerBooks before them) I’ve kept them in a padded sleeve. Notebooks contain delicate electronics, they store our most import data, and they shouldn’t be bouncing around inside a bag, purse or suitcase without protection. Rather than trying to find a bag to fit my MacBook, I prefer to keep it in a quality sleeve and put that into any bag  I want.

I’ve been recommending Waterfield notebook sleeves since 1999 because of their high quality materials and stylish designs. Their new Dash MacBook Sleeve ($59) is built with a combination of ballistic nylon, impact-resistant compression foam, and a plush liner, and it fits Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook like a glove.


Apple releases 27-inch 5K iMac, high-res iMac screens becoming the standard

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Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


Ultra high-res screens are pretty much becoming standard across the iMac line.

Apple recently released a 27-inch iMac, complete with a 5K screen, leaving only the two lower-cost 21.5-inch iMacs as the only models available with 1920×1080 screens


Apple quietly introduces Quality Program to deal with “Staingate”-affected MacBook, MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2015, 08:43
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News


Well, this is decent news in spite of an unfortunate circumstance.

Apple has issued an internal notice about an upcoming Quality Program that addresses an issue in which the anti-reflective coating on Retina Display-equipped MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks has been peeling. According to various sources, these issues include the anti-reflective coating on displays wearing off or delaminating under certain circumstances.

Apple will replace Retina displays on affected MacBook or MacBook Pro models for free within three years from the date of original purchase, or one year from October 16, 2015, whichever is longer. Affected customers that have already incurred out-of-warranty costs may be eligible for a refund through AppleCare support.


iFixit tears down Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard, posts results

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral


The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.


iFixit posts teardown of 2015 21.5-inch iMac, finds redesigned antenna system, other changes

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


The coolest of felines over at iFixit have just completed and posted their teardown of Apple’s new 21.5-inch 2015 iMac desktop, revealing a 4K Retina display manufactured by LG display and slightly redesigned Wi-Fi antenna system.

The model, identified as the A1418, also goes by the EMC number of 2889.

Inside, the 21.5-inch iMac looks largely identical to its predecessor, but there are a handful of noteworthy changes. For instance, the hybrid Fusion Drive has a significantly smaller flash partition than the previous generation, iFixit found.


2015 27-inch iMac RAM can be doubled to 64GB, OWC now offering upgrade kits

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


This just came in and it offers some additional clarification.

Following up on yesterday’s story, it appears that the 2015 27-inch iMac still uses plug-in RAM, so you’re free to upgrade it on your own after purchase. And while Apple limits you to a maximum of 32GB, OWC has just announced that it will shortly offer upgrade kits for 48GB and 64GB of RAM.


New 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac supports up to 64GB of RAM, chips soldered in

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 08:32
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


There’s good news and there’s somewhat annoying news.

The good news is that the new 2015 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac supports up to 64GB of Ram, an impressive jump from the previous model’s cap of 32GB of RAM.

The bad news is that this RAM is soldered into the logic board and that 64GB of RAM will have to be built to order from Apple.


Apple supplier advantage studied, analyzed

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 14:00
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


There’s been some astonishment as to the new iPhone and its A9 processor that people are trying to get to the bottom of.

Namely, the iPhone 6s and its 3D Touch screen, which has been commented as feeling “like magic” and outsiders realizing that Apple as a platform company is so far above the competition it’s hard to fully grasp.

That being said, one wonders why pushing down on a 3D Touch screen feels so responsive and whether the hardware or the software is to credit for this? Following up on this is the question as to how Samsung and TSMC, which both produce A9 processor variants for Apple, were able to optimize the chip using a different process and library, were able to get this exactly right?

Just as there are many misunderstood reasons for Apple’s overall success, justification as to how Apple produces superior products isn’t superficially visible.