Rumor: Apple to release three updated iPads in 2017

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Processors, Rumor

The rumor mill has kicked in and KGI Securities analyst Ming0Chi Kuo has released a note stated that Apple will launch three new iPad models in 2017. The new iPad models coming out this year include the second-generation update to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that was first introduced in 2015, a brand-new 10- or 10.5-inch model with a narrow bezel design, as well as a budget-friendly 9.7-inch option.

The larger, high-end iPads will feature an A10X chip, while the lower-end iPad will arrive with an A9 processor. The A10X chip is a pumped-up version of the A10 chip currently powering the iPhone 7. The A10X will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and the A9 chip, which powers the iPhone 6s, will continue to be made by Samsung.

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USB-C cables & chargers reviewed by Google engineer Benson Leung

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Date: Monday, January 9th, 2017, 05:37
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, USB-C

In the wake of a fair number of questionable USB-C adapters (you get what you pay for when purchasing accessories at a gas station, and Amazon), Benson Leung tests USB-C cables and accessories and posts his findings on Google+.

Leung, a Google Chromebook engineer, has spent a fair amount of time buying batches of USB Type-C cables from Amazon and testing them to see if they perform or are just cheap knock-offs.

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HDMI 2.1 specification notes released, could bring impressive new features to your Mac

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News

The HDMI standard is about to get that much niftier.

Version 2.1 of the HDMI specification has been released. The new version of the standard includes eARC support for object-based audio and advanced audio signal control, wider dynamic HDR, and “Game Mode VRR” allowing a GPU to change the refresh rate of the image on the fly.

The standard was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

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AT&T announces global 5G modem, cites “5G Evolution” plans

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

AT&T is looking towards the world’s first global 5G modem.

The company announced plans to test the world’s first global 5G modem to help test initial 5G spectrum deployments across the world. AT&T also announced their “5G Evolution” plans for 2017.

The global 5G modem announced by Intel today reportedly achieves speeds “exceeding 5 Gbps” while maintaining ultra-low latency connections. Intel’s 5G modem is already compliant to multiple industry 5G specifications, along with being able to provide fallback to a 4G connection when needed. It can even interwork 4G/5G connections. Intel says they should begin testing the 5G modem in the second half of 2017, before going into production.

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Intel announces new Kaby Lake processors, upgraded Macs likely in 2017

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iMac, Intel, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

Over at CES, Intel formally announced its full lineup of 7th-generation Intel Core processors, known as Kaby Lake. Kaby Lake low-power Y-Series and U-Series processors were announced in late August, but today’s unveiling covers notebook and desktop chips that could be destined for many future Apple Macs.

The new processors are built using the “14nm+” process and introduce new optimizations as compared to the previous 14nm Broadwell and Skylake chips.

The company has cited that “Kaby Lake” will bring “double digit productivity performance increases” of up to 20 percent for gaming notebooks and 25 percent for desktops, compared to 2013 Haswell chips from Intel’s prior release cycle. With 4K and 360 degree content, customers can expect up to 65 percent faster performance on notebooks. Enhanced security, a new media engine, and improvements in VR and gaming are all advertised features.

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Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 to see improvements in battery life, performance, no radical overhauls in the works

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, 05:05
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

The rumor mill has spoken and the third-gen Apple Watch won’t see a radical revision, but will apparently focus on battery life and performance.

The reports surfaced from anonymous contacts along the supply line and were reported by the Economic Daily News.

Apple unveiled the second generation of Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7 in September. Dubbed Series 2, the device features a brighter display, a better processor in the S2 chip, and water resistance, but kept the same design as its predecessor. After testing, it was noted that the battery lasted much longer than the original model, pushing into a third day on a single charge.

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Apple to give away Product (RED) Beats Solo3 headphones in select Asian markets as part of Chinese New Year promotion

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, News, retail

If you’re in the Asian markets, this could be nifty.

As part of upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, Apple on Monday announced customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will receive a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac and iPhone products as part of a one-day sale.

The sale offers a Product (RED) variety of the headphones, the color red specializing good luck and prosperity in many Asian cultures, and is a common sight around the new year.

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Samsung to release findings of Galaxy Note7 probe later this month

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, 05:47
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

Samsung will offer a full explanation of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone fires sometime later this month according to South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.

The device, which launched in late August, began experiencing instances in which the devices exploded or caught fire when charging. At the time, the company said the underlying issue was “problematic” batteries installed in a very limited number of the smartphones sold.

The rumor mill has indicated that Samsung may have pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines in order to make an earlier launch. This, in turn, may have lead to technical oversights that allowed for some of the batteries to catch fire. In October, Samsung stated that it was examining all aspects of the device but had been unable to replicate the problem.

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Rumor: Apple supplier Inventec expanding AirPods manufacturing capability

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Date: Monday, January 2nd, 2017, 05:46
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

If you’re hankering for a pair of AirPods but supplies have been out of stock, things might be about to change for the better.

Apple supplier Inventec, who appears to be the sole provider of Apple’s AirPods at this time, has started expanding capacity at its plants to satisfy worldwide demand for the wireless devices.

A current report via the Economic Daily New indicates that Inventec has brought on extra shifts and is expanding manufacturing capacity and working hours for assembly staff building the device.

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Some AirPods users cite issues with AirPods charging case, exact cause currently unknown

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Date: Friday, December 30th, 2016, 05:58
Category: AirPods, battery, Hardware, News

Apple’s AirPods have roared out the door and are getting good reviews, but there may be some battery issues to contend with for some users.

A number of users have reported that the charging case that comes with the headphones isn’t holding Apple’s advertised 24 hours of charge. In theory, the charging case should only lose noticeable amounts of charge when the AirPods are low on battery and recharging within the case, and when users flip the pack open to check battery levels or otherwise activate Bluetooth with a connected Apple device.

Users who’ve reported issues have stated that the AirPods case drains more than 40 percent of available capacity in only a few hours, with the AirPods at 100 percent inside and minimal Bluetooth activation.

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