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Rumor: Apple may switch away from Qualcomm for next-gen iPhone modems, could source from multiple vendors

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple may be switching away from Qualcomm modems for its next-gen iPhones.

During Wednesday’s conference call to analysts, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is “assuming” a major Qualcomm customer will be giving modem orders to another company. While Mollenkopf didn’t mention Apple by name, Apple and Samsung are Qualcomm’s largest clients, and Samsung is already known to use multiple suppliers.

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Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance, other changes in 2016 12-inch Retina MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 14:01
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.

Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

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Apple adds more than 50 new banks and credit unions within the United States

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 08:49
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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In addition to adding Apple Pay support to its sixth country, Singapore, recently, Apple added yet another crop of United States banks and credit unions that can add their credit and debit cards to Apple Pay.

The list goes as follows:

Access Federal Credit Union
Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union
Audubon Savings Bank
Bank of Stockton
Barrington Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Beverly Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Champlain National Bank
Community Trust Bank
Connected Credit Union

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Unlocked San Bernadino iPhone providing some leads in investigation

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 11:46
Category: iPhone, Legal, security

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In spite of all the controversy and kerfuffle surrounding the San Bernadino iPhone and the steps taken to unlock it, sources are indicating that the FBI is getting some useful information and leads from the device.

Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family.

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Apple releases updated 12-inch MacBooks, now with faster Skylake processors, boosted graphics and Rose Gold color option

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 08:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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It was a pretty quiet update, but the new MacBooks are out.

Apple on Tuesday announced its updated 12-inch MacBooks, complete with sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors with speeds up to 1.3 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics 515 system, PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life and 1866 MHz RAM.

The notebooks retain their two pound weight and 13.1 mm thickness as well as their Force Touch trackpad. The 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents to speak of.

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REVIEW: Peralta Scarlett Sleeve for iPad Pro 9.7-inch

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 05:45
Category: Accessory, Cases

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The Scarlett Sleeve for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro by Peralta is an essential accessory for traveling with an iPad. It’s a protective sleeve that comes in the perfect size to fit the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

Scarlett is a neoprene sleeve with a water-repellant nylon exterior and fleece liner to keep your iPad scratch-free. The velcro flap is gone, replaced with a slick, magnetic leather closure.

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Rumor: Apple looking to shift from aluminum to “all glass” enclosure with AMOLED screen for iPhone 7

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2016, 07:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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When KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers a research note, people tend to listen.

Recently, Kuo offered a report stating that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This corroborates a previous report offering hints of a fairly radical redesign to be seen in the near term.

Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.

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Reception buildings, snack areas begin to surface at Campus 2 construction site

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 10:46
Category: Apple, News

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Apple has begun building its reception buildings at its new Campus 2 headquarters.

While a fair number of images have surfaced from drone footage of the “ring” building, Apple is currently finishing up two reception buildings; one with glass walls topped by a simple roof and the other, seen above.

The two reception buildings will play a gatekeeper role for visitors; a couple of “outdoor food stations” inside the circular courtyard; and a decidedly modern maintenance shed. A city staff report includes some renderings of the proposed designs, which hadn’t been previously disclosed.

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Rumor: Apple, Samsung Display sign $2.59 billion deal to supply 100 million OLED units to Apple in 2017

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung, Wearables

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Past (and present) lawsuits aside, there’s plenty of money to be made when Apple and Samsung join forces to create something.

A new report has stated that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal to supply 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017.

The agreement between Apple and Samsung is reportedly worth around $2.59 billion and the two companies are expected to maintain the agreement for at least three years. Furthermore, the agreement is for 100 million 5.5-inch OLED displays. The report makes no mention of Samsung providing any 4.7-inch panels.

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Rumor: Apple looking to Amphenol for thinner, metal injection mold-made hinges for next-gen MacBook

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 07:52
Category: Hardware, MacBook, Rumor

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Following up on a rumor from November that Apple was working with suppliers to “fully redesign” many of the MacBook’s internal components to achieve a slimmer design, it appears that Apple might be making a move towards metal injection mold-made hinges.

Metal injection molding is a metalworking process that’s used to create very small metal pieces that are typically used by Apple for the internals of products like iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple is apparently looking to use the technology for its MacBook hinges to save space and achieve an “ultra-thin” design on its next generation of notebooks.

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