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Rumor: 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times slip, refreshed units rumored around WWDC

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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It’s the shipping times that tend to give away when a new product is in the works.

Over the past several weeks, the shipping times for Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro have increased, jumping from one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks.

With the Worldwide Developers Conference taking place next month and Apple typically announcing new products at this event, Intel’s current Broadwell chip is rumored to be in short supply. As a result, it’s unknown as to whether Apple will refresh the 15-inch notebook, which was last updated in the summer of 2014.

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Apple Watch open to Activation Lock bypass, can be paired with other iPhones

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.

A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.

iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it.

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Apple begins to ship space gray, space black Apple Watch units with link bracelet, modern buckles

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 07:53
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

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If you ordered a space gray or space black Apple Watch with a link bracelet or modern buckle, it might be on its way.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a number of customers who ordered this model have recently received shipment notifications that the units had been shipped. The units feature an additional anodizing step, while the link bracelet is an intricate design — indicates that Apple could be on the verge of catching up with initial demand.

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Rumor: Rose gold color, 12MP camera, additional RAM, other features planned for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 07:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is humming about the next-gen iPhone for 2015. So far, there are rumors of a rose gold casing color similar to the Apple Watch Edition, a 12-megapixel camera and 2-gigabytes of RAM and other changes.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a new research note on Tuesday, in which he revealed a number of changes planned for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6s.” Specifically, he said that Apple will offer a new rose gold option, though he didn’t indicate how much the high-end luxury model might cost.

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E-Kaia power adapter extracts energy from plants, can charge mobile devices

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 13:38
Category: battery, Hardware, News

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You’ve always known that nearby plants were hoarding the power you needed to charge your iOS device.

Now it’s time to get that power back.

A new device called “E-Kaia”, developed by researchers in Chile, allows users to collect leftover energy created by photosynthesis to charge small devices, like mobile phones or LED lights, using a single healthy plant. As noted by the Manquehue Institute, the E-Kaia team says its invention can output as much as 5 volts at 0.6 amps.

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Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1,200 meter swim test, other challenges

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly unharmed by even the most daunting submerged water tests.

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Rumor: Apple exploring silver nanowire technology for 12.9-inch iPad

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 07:39
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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I’m not entirely sure what nanowire is, but it sounds pretty cool.

A new report claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12.9-inch iPad.

The quote reads as follows:

“Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.”

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Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/GPU manufactured via Samsung’s 28-Nanometer process

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Processors, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus used 20-nanometer A8 processors.

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Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be nearly on par with Mio’s Alpha unit

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

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My MacBook runs a little toasty… 109 degrees to be exact

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 20:19
Category: Hardware, MacBook

I was using my new 2015 MacBook (the 12-inch model) for about 30 minutes tonight when it got uncomfortably hot on my lap. Instead of reaching for a laptop riser/cooling stand I grabbed my favorite tool – an IR thermometer (a Fluke 561).

Here’s what I found:

My MacBook is a little toasty... 109 degrees - Jason O'Grady

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