USB Promoter Group announces USB 3.2 protocol, cites improved data transfer speeds via existing cables

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, News, USB-C

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release.

While the increase is relatively incremental, the group stated that the USB 3.2 protocol will allow for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.

With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance is essentially doubled over existing USB-C cables.

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Apple offering newer MacBook Pro models as replacements for some 2012, 2013 MacBook Pro models requiring battery replacement

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Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, retail

This could be pretty nifty.

In the wake of what appears to be a severe constraint of top case assemblies with integrated batteries, Apple has informed its Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers it is currently unable to service the batteries of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display models released in Mid 2012 and Early 2013.

The battery replacement is typically free of charge with an AppleCare+ plan, but can retail for $199 in the United States, £199 in the UK, or $259 in Canada for out-of-warranty replacements.

According to Apple’s internal directive, top case assemblies with batteries for the aforementioned MacBook Pro models will remain severely constrained until September 15, 2017. The directive does not identify a reason for the shortage, which has been ongoing since at least March.

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iOS 10.3.3 update resolves Wi-Fi exploit that allowed for complete outside control of devices

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Even if you’re generally a bit hesitant to accept iOS updates until they’ve been out for a while, it might be a good idea to accept the new iOS 10.3.3 update, which was released on Wednesday.

Per Apple’s security document, the update includes the following major fix:

Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

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Rumor: Apple working with Contemporary Amperex Technology to develop car battery for automotive project

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2017, 05:44
Category: Hardware, Rumor

Another piece of the Apple Car project may have fallen into place.

Apple is said to secretly be working with a Chinese firm on research and development of auto batteries, suggesting it may be interested in more than just software for self-driving cars, according to Yicai Global on Thursday.

It’s rumored that Contemporary Amperex Technology has signed a confidentiality agreement with Apple. Few other details were available, and CATL has officially refused to comment.

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J.P. Morgan analyst predicts September launch for next-gen iPhone, units to be available in lower quantities

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Date: Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 05:18
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor, Touch ID

He’s straying from the pack a bit, but analyst Rod Hall of J.P. Morgan has offered a statement predicting that Apple will continue to support the concept of a “super cycle” after the “iPhone 7s” family and “iPhone 8” launch. However, because of possible OLED screen issues related to Touch ID, launch quantities will likely be constrained.

The original J.P. Morgan estimates had predicted that Apple would have 9 million “iPhone 8” units available for launch and for sale before the end of September. Instead, Hall has predicted that the actual number is now closer to 2 million because of unspecified production problems, and has shifted quarterly unit forecasts accordingly.

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YouTuber demonstrates how to upgrade base-model 5K iMac into top of the line powerhouse

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors

If you’re looking to upgrade your new iMac, this is for you.

YouTuber Quinn Nelson, also known as “SnazzyQ”, upgrades his $1,799 base-model Mid-2017 5K iMac into a machine that performs better in many respects than Apple’s most expensive iMac configuration, which comes to $5,299 before tax.

While this WILL void your warranty, there’s something to be said for it. Granted upgrading the CPU involves removing the display, removing the speakers, logic board, and more. Still, once the computer has been stripped down, CPU installation is literally just a matter of swapping out the old CPU with the new one.

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Rumor: Apple’s suppliers may not reach mass-production of some next-gen iPhone models until November

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

Apple may not start mass production of its next-gen iPhone for a bit.

According to the Economic Daily News, the typical production schedule for the iPhone lineup is not happening this year.

The report says that the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones are expected to ramp up in August, a month behind the normal new iPhone production timelines. Moreover, the OLED 5.8-inch iPhone (with bezel-less screen and all-new chassis design) may not be available until November.

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Rumor: Apple looking to alternate suppliers for rigid flexible printed circuit boards for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 17th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

Apple looks to be planning ahead for the production of its next-gen iPhone.

The company recently bought production equipment for rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) and is now leasing it to suppliers, hoping to secure a stable flow of parts for this fall’s “iPhone 8,” according to the Korea Herald and ET News.

The equipment is apparently worth “tens of millions of dollars” per one of three RFPCB suppliers. In an unexpected change, one of the three suppliers, a Taiwanese company, decided to back out of the chain, forcing Apple to assist the two South Korean firms still onboard. Sources have suggested that the Taiwanese company may have been upset by complicated production, tough quality requirements, and low profits.

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Apple AirPods now available through Verizon Wireless with 2-day ship time

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Date: Friday, July 14th, 2017, 05:25
Category: AirPods, Hardware, News, retail

If you’re hankering for a pair of Apple AirPods and are sick of Apple being sold out of them, Verizon Wireless has them.

After selling out numerous times, Verizon Wireless now has inventory of Apple AirPods with free 2-day shipping, beating Apple’s 6-week wait.

The AirPods are available while supplies last and are available for $159.97 with free 2-day shipping. This beats Apple’s current 6-week wait and puts the hard to find accessory in your hands the fastest without paying more than MSRP.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use specialized laser with rear-facing camera

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s a rumor, so part of it must be true…

Apple is said to be working on implementing a specialized rear-facing laser system in its upcoming “iPhone 8” that will facilitate augmented reality applications, like those produced with ARKit, as well as faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities.

Per a source close to the story, Apple will apply VSCEL technology to the rear-facing camera. This system, in turn, calculates distance to a target using light pulses and time of flight (TOF) measurements, would allow for extremely accurate depth mapping, a plus for AR applications.

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