Apple Pay expands to 13 additional U.S. banks and credit unions

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 05:29
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, News, watchOS

It may not be as exciting as a new hardware announcement, but it could come in handy.

Apple has added 13 new banks and credit unions in the United States to its list of participating partners as part of the first expansion of Apple Pay in September.

The institutions are as follows:

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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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Steve Jobs Theater construction photos leaked

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Date: Monday, September 4th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Pictures

If you’re hankering to see what the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus looks like but don’t know when you’ll be invited/get to take a tour/have a chance to pass by, you might like this.

iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has posted several nifty pictures of the site under construction. The theater itself looks pretty breathtaking as they put on the finishing touches.

A picture’s worth a thousand words, so please take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 9 to developer community

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Date: Friday, September 1st, 2017, 04:15
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, photos, Siri, Software

Only three days after its last release, Apple has made the ninth beta version of iOS 11 available to the developer community to test and provide feedback on.

The timing suggests that a release is imminent in conjunction with new products that need the operating systems to function.

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Apple confirms September 12th media event, sends out official invitations

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Date: Friday, September 1st, 2017, 04:22
Category: Announcement, News

The picture says it all.

Apple has sent out the long-awaited official invitations for its media event on Tuesday, September 12th.

The invitations confirm the rumor that Apple will hold the event in the just-completed Steve Jobs Theater on the company’s new campus in Cupertino, California. The event is slated to begin at 10 AM Pacific time.

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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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Apple raises more than $3 million in aid for Hurricane Harvey relief

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Date: Thursday, August 31st, 2017, 05:35
Category: iPad, News

Apple was able to raise more than $3 million in aid for Hurricane Harvey via its employees and iTunes donations which opened on Sunday.

On the ground, Apple dispatched its global crisis management team to help Texas based employees impacted by ongoing flooding, according to company CEO Tim Cook. Apple currently employs more than 8,700 in Texas, most of whom work at the state’s 18 Apple stores and a large headquarters in Austin. According to Apple’s website, stores in the Houston region are currently closed due to the storm, but Cook says the company is working to get “as many as possible” open by tomorrow.

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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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