Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium, strengthening rumors of wireless charging feature in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, wireless

When Apple joins a product group, it might be looking into developing units embracing that technology.

Apple is now listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium. It was not present in a cached version of the page from a week ago.

Previous rumors had indicated that Apple was planning to incorporate a wireless charging technology in its next-gen iPhone, but had been holding out for a long-range charging solution that didn’t require a charging pad. It was also thought that Apple might opt for simple inductive charging for the device.

One of those reports even indicated that Apple will not include a charger in the box with the iPhone, instead offering it as an optional accessory at extra cost.

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Rumor: Apple to release 5-inch iPhone 8 model, may sell wireless charging technology separately

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

It’s a rumor, but there may be some truth to it.

Japanese web blog Macotakara has a new rumor in that Apple will introduce a 5-inch iPhone model this year.

The site also state that “reliable sources in Taiwan” have stated that only the all-glass model of the iPhone will support wireless charging this year, while Apple will also stop including the headphone jack adapter.

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Some iPhone 7 matte black owners complain of paint chipping

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

You waited weeks for the ultra-cool iPhone 7 in a matte black color and this begins to happen.

According to a growing number of users on Apple’s Support forums, some iPhone 7 matte black units are suffering from paint chips. The issue seems to be occurring even with the use of a case, wherein, the paint chips around the edges of the device as well as on the back.

The issue is similar to one that plagued the black iPhone 5 when it was first released. While the issue appears to be rather limited in scope as of right now, the Apple Support forum has reached multiple pages in length and continues to grow

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Apple delays shipments for LG UltraFine 5K Display units, allows time for shielding repairs to take place

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2017, 05:09
Category: Hardware, News

While LG works on a fix for the Wi-Fi router/shielding conflict on its UltraFine 5K Display, Apple has delayed shipments for the unit and removed in store pickup options.

New orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display will now ship out in five to six weeks, ensuring buyers will get a display with updated hardware that fixes the Wi-Fi interference problem.

Before the issue had been made public, the displays were set to ship out in a few weeks’ time. For a time in January, shipping estimates ranged from three to five days.

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New experiments harness satellite communications for wireless networks, show fiber-class speeds in results

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Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

Wireless speeds could advance to new levels, complete with a terahertz transmitter that can send data at 100 gigabits a second over a single channel in the 300GHz band. A group of Japanese researchers have begun experiments that show that satellite links like the ones planned by Elon Musk’s Space X could deliver fiber speeds.

Developed by researchers at Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and Panasonic, the technology is being shown this week at the IEEE’s International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

The project taps into effort by researchers wherein terahertz radio networks could help meet growing demand for higher speeds and higher bandwidths in wireless networks, which would operate at far higher frequencies than today’s 5GHz or below wireless technologies.

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Rumor: Apple could start production of iPhone 8 earlier than expected

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 05:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

Apple could start production of its next-gen iPhone earlier than expected.

Per BlueFin Research Partners, there’s “some indication” from the supply chain that Apple will ramp up production of the iPhone 8 starting in June, but that doesn’t necessarily point towards an earlier non-September release date.

The report offers the following quote:

The most intriguing data points that we have uncovered suggests that AAPL is ramping the next generation iPhones earlier than historical norms, although we have no indication that there has been any change in release plans for the iPhone 8/X.[…]

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How-To: How to clean your Mac’s keyboard keys

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, How-To, News

This is one of the handiest things I’ve run across in a long time.

As much as I love my Apple keyboard, it builds up dirt over time. A cool instructional video from 2015 by an author going under the name “Gumballer9”, shows you how, quickly and cheaply, take a paper towel, wrap it around your index finger, spray the paper towel with Windex or a similar cleaner, then use a circular motion to dramatically clean each key.

It works.

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LG to offer fixes for UltraFine 5K monitors, will work to remove wireless router proximity issue

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, News

Following the revelation that LG’s 5K UltraFine monitor, which rolled out in late 2016, experiences proximity problems when placed within 6.5 meters of a Wi-Fi router, the company has stated that it will be adding extra shielding to units manufactured in the future.

The extra shielding will be present in units manufactured after February 2017.

As for existing monitors, it appears those can also be retrofitted against signal interference, as well. The report didn’t mention how existing monitor owners can have their displays repaired if necessary. LG’s 5K monitor comes with a one year warranty that covers labor and parts, so it may be as simple as submitting a repair request on LG’s site.

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LG UltraFine 5K monitors experiencing errors within two meters of wireless routers

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, wireless

Well, this is kind of a mess.

LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor, which has become something of a spiritual successor to Apple’s Thunderbolt display and began shipping out from the Apple online store this week, appears to be suffering from a major fault wherein it will begin flickering when places within two meters (6.5 feet) of a wireless router. Once the flickering has begun, the monitor will go black and become unusable.

An LG Electronics support person confirmed the issue, saying it “only happens for the 5K monitors we have, not other LG monitors.”

It’s also been noted that, if plugged into a MacBook Pro, the failure can lead to being forced to reboot the notebook to bring it back. The failure does not occur when the monitor is out of a two meter range of a wireless router.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate next-gen ARM-based processor into future Macs to handle low-power functions

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, 05:46
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch Bar, Touch ID

This is pretty nifty.

Apple is apparently developing an ARM-based chip for its Mac products that would “take on more of the functionality” handled by Intel processors.

In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It’s built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling “Power Nap” low-power mode functionality.

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