Leaked internal Tim Cook memo hints at additional desktops in Apple’s roadmap

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Date: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016, 05:02
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, Rumor

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Sometimes the internal leaked documents offer a pretty interesting look ahead.

In an internal post leaked to an employee message board, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured employees that the company is still committed to the Mac and that “great desktops” are coming. Apple’s desktop computers haven’t seen an upgrade in at least 433 days.

Within the message, Cook offered the following reassurance:

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Rumor: Apple to begin selling AirPods in its Apple Store retail locations on Monday, December 19th

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Date: Monday, December 19th, 2016, 05:22
Category: AirPods, Hardware, retail, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that Apple will begin selling the long-awaited AirPods wireless headphones in its retail locations starting Monday, December 19th.

An anonymous retail source has offered this information and has stated that Apple is currently informing stores about the imminent launch and shipping product to retail locations.

Apple previously announced that AirPods would be in stores this coming week, but did not give specific information on when the in-store launch would take place. In addition to retail stores, carrier stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will also be receiving stock.

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Rumor: AirPod delay might be attributed to technical/channeling issue, other causes

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2016, 05:05
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

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There may be a specific reason for the delay of the AirPods wireless earphones.

The AirPods, which were slated to launch in December and delayed with Apple stating it needed “a little more time”, were left without a specific reason for the delay.

A source close to the story has told the Wall Street Journal that the trouble appears to stem from Apple’s effort to chart a new path for wireless headphones. In most other wireless headphones, only one earpiece receives a signal from the phone via wireless Bluetooth technology; it then transmits the signal to the other earpiece.

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Rumor: Apple in negotiations with movie studios to offer in-theater movies for rental via iTunes

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Date: Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Apple TV, iTunes, iTunes Store, Rumor, Software

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You might be able to snag movies that are currently in theaters as well as pre-order them months ahead of time via iTunes.

Apple is apparently in negotiations with movie studios to allow customer to rent movies at home for a premium shortly after they hit theaters.

The deal is apparently focused on allowing Apple to offer home rentals for new movies two weeks after they’re released in theaters. Currently, most new movies are available for renting on iTunes after a short period of only being available for purchase.

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Rumor: Apple to use drones, indoor navigation to help round out Maps data

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Date: Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 05:29
Category: Google, iOS, Rumor

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Everyone’s starting to use drones for mapping these days and Apple is apparently no exception.

The company plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to sources close to the story.

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the sources said.

Apple seems to want to fly things around to map things like street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the source said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added.

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Apparent email from Tim Cook to customer points AirPods release over “the next few weeks”

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Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016, 05:31
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

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This one’s from the big man himself.

As many customers anxiously await the release of Apple’s wireless AirPods, which were originally slated to launch in October but later delayed, an email from CEO Tim Cook to a customer may provide the most insight as to when to expect the product.

The customer offered the following comment in his email to Cook:

“Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I’m stuck waiting with my EarPods but can’t charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it’s a month or 6 months, because then I’ll just buy some other wireless headphones.”

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Rumor: Apple to see its best iPhone sales in 2017, will include wireless charging, glass chassis across entire range of new models

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Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 05:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new report from analytical firm KGI has Apple as having its biggest iPhone sales ever come 2017. The new estimates, which cover three anticipated new models, will empower Apple growth with ‘unprecedented’ demand. KGI expects the new phones may sell between 120-150 million units in the second half of next year, eclipsing the previous sales record set by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The firm believes that the new form-factor premium OLED iPhone model will encourage high-end customers to upgrades their devices while the low-end 4.7-inch model will feature wireless charging, a glass chassis and attract the lower-end of the market.

KGI reiterates what the firm has said before, in that Apple will debut three new iPhones in 2017: one major redesign (colloquially dubbed ‘iPhone 8’) and two iterative updates to the existing 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple testing out more than 10 different iPhone prototypes, focusing on OLED displays for the future

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Date: Monday, November 28th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone prototypes are here.

And they are both varied.

A number of sources have claimed Apple will launch its first iPhone with a curved OLED display next year.

A new report claims an OLED version could be introduced as one of several new iPhone models unveiled next year, but it would have a higher price tag than current iPhone models.

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Rumor: Apple developing a 10.5-inch iPad for release in 2017

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Date: Friday, November 25th, 2016, 04:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, Processors, Rumor

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There may be quite a bit happening to the iPad come 2017.

Apple is now rumored to be developing products in the form of a 7.9-inch iPad mini, a 9.7-inch iPad Air and iPad Pro, and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The 10.5-inch would apparently slot in between those tiers targeting enterprise, education and other sectors. iPad updates are ‘due’ with all models being more than a year old by next March.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate wireless charging feature in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 24th, 2016, 05:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s a rumor, but it’s an interesting one.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report stating that the 2017 iPhone will feature wireless charging for the first time ever. Instead of plugging in a cable, iPhone 8 owners will be able to charge their batteries using an inductive pad similar to how the Apple Watch charges. While many Android phones support wireless charging with plastic and metal chassis, the report says Apple’s switch to a glass casing for iPhone 8 will enable wireless charging at fast speeds with minimum disruption from frequency interference.

The report also stated that Apple may not bundle a wireless charger with every new model and that these may be limited to the more-expensive, higher-capacity units. Apple is though to be aggressively pursuing wireless charging through 2018 and buyers of base end models may have to buy an additional accessory for this feature.

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