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Rumor: Upcoming A9 processor could show 20-30% improvement over A8

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 13:33
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Processors, Rumor


If nothing else, the A9 processor will offer a nice speed boost over its predecessor.

That’s what a graph of the forthcoming processor’s performance seems to indicate, Apple’s upcoming A9 chip beating out Samsung’s 8-core chips with a single-core score of 2090 and a multi-core tally of 3569, compared to the respective averages of 1611 and 2892 shown by the A8 found in the iPhone 6 series. The A9X chalks up 2109 and 5101 in the same benchmarks, compared to 1808 and 4526 for the iPad Air 2’s A8X.


Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 05:59
Category: Hardware, Review

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

There aren’t many products that I can unequivocally recommend, but the Mophie Juice Pack Air is one of them. It’s a battery case for the iPhone 6 that gives you a charge when you iPhone’s battery dies – which can be a real lifesaver.

If you’ve ever had an unexpected after work event, late evening activity, or woke up after forgetting to charge your iPhone overnight, an extra battery is practically essential. Even if you don’t regularly run out of battery in a normal day, a charged Mophie juice pack is a great thing to keep in your gear bag just in case, mine has saved my bacon or more than occasion.


Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV to arrive this fall, streaming TV service pushed back to 2016 as negotiations encounter hurdles

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Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


If you were hoping for a next-gen Apple TV device, it looks like it will be out this fall.

If you were looking for Apple’s TV streaming service, you might have to wait until next year.

Sources close to the story have stated that while Apple originally wanted to announce a live streaming service at this year’s iPhone event, those plans were put on ice as deals with major networks like CBS, 21st Century Fox and NBC have yet to be brokered.


Apple quietly recalling some Apple TV units, cites Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News


This is why recall programs exist.

Apparently, a few Apple TV units have been quietly recalled due to Wi-Fi-related problems. In one case, a user received an email from Apple Apple informing him that his device has a faulty part.

Apple is offering affected customers the opportunity to exchange their faulty Apple TV unit for a functional one. The company is reaching out to each affected customer individually and has not updated its website to acknowledge the recall, suggesting that only a few users received Apple TVs with the faulty part.


Leaked 3D CAD images, video, show thinner iPad mini 4

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Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015, 07:41
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Rumor


It’s a leak.

But it’s a pretty specific leak.

A series of 3D CAD images from @OnLeaks show that Apple’s upcoming iPad mini 4 tablet might be as thin as the current iPad Air 2, boasting a revised thickness of 6.1mm. A leaked video supports this claim as well.


Leaked video purportedly shows upcoming “iPhone 6s” display, offers new details as to design

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Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


It’s the leaks that make things interesting.

A video released by European Mac repair firm MacManiack purportedly shows the iPhone 6s display as compared to the current iPhone 6 display. The firm claimed it obtained the parts from a Chinese supplier and the dimensions are identical to the iPhone 6 version.

The locations of the FaceTime camera and proximity sensor also mirror the current model, but the ribbon connectors have been slightly altered. Additionally, the shielding on the back of the LCD is glued into place, another variation from the iPhone 6.


Leaked images show purported “iPhone 6s” display components

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Pictures, Uncategorized


You can’t say image leaks of forthcoming Apple products don’t answer a few questions.

A set of photos leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar show the supposed front and back views of an “iPhone 6s” handset. The photos highlight a Force Touch implementation and appear to incorporate the same rounded glass edges and general shape, with no change to ear speaker or camera positioning. On the back, the LCD module and other internals are obscured by the usual protective metal shielding, though a few differences stand out.


Intel, Micron announce 3D XPoint memory project, cite speeds of 1,000x faster than NAND memory

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Hardware, News


If you thought your NAND Flash-based solid state drive was fast, this will blow you away.

Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint memory on Tuesday. The project looks into a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

3D XPoint is said to be up to 1,000 times faster than NAND with up to 1,000 times greater endurance, while packing in 10 times the density of conventional DRAM components.


Rumor: Supply chain evidence of purported “iPhone 6c” disappears, device not likely to debut this fall

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Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, 07:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The “iPhone 6c” may never come to pass.

A new industry report from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, revealed in a recent note to investors that he can no longer find evidence that Apple is working on such a device for 2015.

The note has Arcuri nixing the idea of the smaller handset so as not to cannibalize sales of refreshed 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models widely expected to launch this fall.


Rumor: Apple to introduce notebooks with Intel’s next-generation Skylake processors in Q4 2015

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor


There’s some cool stuff to be had in Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor family.

A leaked article that hit prior to the Gamescom trade show in Germany shows that the processors are expected to offer a 10 to 20 percent CPU performance boost in single and multi-threaded applications, with lower power consumption, and 30 percent faster Intel HD integrated graphics performance on average compared to current-generation Broadwell processors. The improved energy efficiency will also result in up to 30 percent longer battery life.