Rumor: iPhone 8 could be in rare supply until early 2018 following manufacturing difficulties

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Apple’s “iPhone 8”, complete with an edge-to-edge OLED display and facial recognition, may be a bit hard to get a hold of for a while following “extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The production problems have led to a setback of “about a month” in Apple’s manufacturing timetable, but Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up development and working to hire new employees.

The report supports a statement made months ago by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that iPhone 8 units would be in rare supply until early 2018. Other rumors have pointed towards problems with the display lamination process and other high-tech components like the 3D sensor embedded at the front of the device.

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Rumor: Apple working with Largan Precision to source “above 12-megapixel” lens modules for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s a rumor, but it’s a nifty rumor.

A series of new reports from Apple’s supply chain suggests that the company has turned to its lens supplier for the next generation already in search of camera sensors in excess of 12 megapixels.

The rumor states that Large Precision was the only company to meet Apple’s yield rate requirements and that one of their factories in Taichung has been sourced for “above 12-megapixel lens modules.”

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Apple recategorizes sixth-gen iPod nano as obsolete, discontinues obligatory repairs and service for device

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, iPod Nano, News

As neat as the sixth-generation iPod nano is, it’s now officially obsolete.

Apple has updated its web site, stating that the device is no longer supported by Apple customer service for repair or servicing.

The move comes after Apple discontinued the entire iPad nano and iPod shuffle brands earlier this year. Now that the sixth-generation iPod nano is formally obsolete, Apple is not obligated to provide support except in California where state law requires extended coverage.

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Rumor: Siri could be activated via sleep/wake button given lack of physical Home button in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 05:18
Category: Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Rumor

If you were worried as to how to activate Siri on a next-gen iPhone, which may or may not feature a physical Home button, you might just be about to hold down the sleep/wake button to trigger the virtual assistant.

The option was allegedly uncovered in source code by Brazilian iOS developer Guilherme Rambo. He didn’t say immediately identify which code, but Rambo was previously responsible for uncovering secrets from leaked Apple HomePod firmware, including the “iPhone 8’s” apparent “SmartCam” feature as well as leaking pictures of the Steve Jobs Theater as it enters its end stages of construction.

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Apple adds June 2017 21.5-inch Retina iMac to refurbished store selection

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2017, 05:04
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, iMac, News, retail

A good deal’s a good deal.

Apple on Wednesday updated its refurbished products web site, adding the new 21.5-inch iMac models that were initially released in June of 2017.

The refurbished iMacs feature Kaby Lake processors, upgraded displays, faster solid state storage, and discrete graphics.

At present, the refurbished selection only includes the 4K models with Retina display and there are no offerings for the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac models for purchase.

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Intel announces Xeon W processors, hints at possible hardware for next-gen Mac Pro

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Hardware, Intel, Mac Pro, News, Processors

Intel today announced the workstation class Xeon W processors that could find their way into the next generation of Mac Pro.

The new processors, which will replace the E5 and E7 series, range from Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum for professional/enterprise use. They will replace the E5-1600 series that Apple has used in its Mac Pro and use Intel’s Skylake architecture.

Per the announcement, the Xeon W processors will feature up to 18 cores, offer up to 512GB of ECC RDIMM/LRDIMM memory and can be clocked up to 4.5 GHz via Intel’s new Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. The new processors will also carry hefty price tags. While the 14 and 18 core models have a TBD price, the 10 core Xeon W processor comes in at $1,440.

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Purported photos of iPhone 7s components, including logic board and A11 processor, leaked

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

A series of leaked photos has shown what might be iPhone 7s components.

The photos, tweeted by Benjamin Geskin, show what is purported to be an A11 processor, a logic board and other components.

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Apple confirms plans for $1.3 billion Iowa data center, looks to begin construction in 2018

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News

Apple on Thursday confirmed plans that the company plans to create a new data center in Waukee, Iowa. The project, which will cost $1.3 billion, is also expected to provide up to $100 million more for a “Public Improvement Fund.”

The complex, near Des Moines, will span 400,000 square feet, and handle services like Siri, iMessage, and the App Store, Apple said. Power will stem entirely from renewable energy, including “wind and other sources.”

The $100 million Public Improvement Fund will be managed by the City of Waukee and provide support for “community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs.” The first major project financed by this fund will feature construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus, which will include fields, a greenhouse, a playground, and even a fishing pier.

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Newly published patent applications note possible Apple Pencil support on next-gen iPhones

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Pencil, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Rumor

Roughly a year ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that he had used an Apple Pencil on an iPhone.

On Thursday, Patently Apple noted a series of patents describing this, publishing two of them in the process:

Today two more patent applications from Apple about Apple pencil working with a smartphone have surfaced. For the first time, Apple’s patent verbiage actually listed the ‘iPhone’ as a target product for Apple Pencil.

In patent application 20170242499 titled “Noise Correction for a Stylus Touch Device,” Apple notes that their patent figure 1 shows a touch screen such as a ‘smartphone or tablet.’ The patent later specifically clarifies that the smartphone and tablet are indeed an iPhone and iPad.

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Rumor: Apple could be slating September 12th for next-gen iPhone announcement, wireless carriers to focus on date

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

It looks like Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 12th.

Citing a number of wireless carrier sources, Mac news site Mac4Ever says that mobile phone operators have already been told when to expect the Apple announcement as they have to prepare inventory and marketing for the imminent new devices.

While Apple has yet to release an official statement, the likely dates in the past have put the event between September 6th and the 12th.

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