Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms company’s efforts towards autonomous car systems

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 05:28
Category: Apple, CarPlay, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Following years of Apple being characteristically tight-lipped as to whether it’s been working on an autonomous car project, CEO Tim Cook is finally ready to admit to the world that yes, Apple is working on a self-driving car system.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television following the WWDC keynote, Cook described the autonomous driving system as “a core technology that we view as very important,” but stopped well short of saying Apple was actually building its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” he said.

The project, which is said to have been dubbed “Project Titan”, shows that Apple seems to be serious about its effort in this field.

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Apple’s 2017 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets now available at Apple Store, other retail locations

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors

You can now snag Apple’s new iPad Pro models in an Apple Store retail location near you.

The new 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have gone live and customers can check stock at local Apple Stores.

Apple began accepting iPad Pro orders just after the WWDC keynote event, and the first iPad Pro models began shipping out over the weekend with most offering June 13 delivery dates.

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Leaked component images hint at next-gen iPhone features

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

The world may have gotten a glimpse of the next-gen iPhone’s components.

A redditor who shared some images from “a friend in the industry” has posted what appear to be assorted components and glass back panels for the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and iPhone 8 designs.

The iPhone 8 front panel features top-to-bottom glass for the display, with a cut-out near the top for the camera and earpiece. The rear glass panel includes a vertical dual-camera cutout with what appears to be the camera’s external component nearby. The camera component includes a top and bottom camera with spacing in the middle for what has been rumored to be the camera’s flash.

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Apple now offering the largest dividends of any corporation in the world, possesses $257 billion in cash reserves

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Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Apple, Finance, Microsoft, News

It looks like Apple is now paying the largest dividends of any company in the world.

Apple is now the world’s largest payer of dividends after increasing its quarterly payout by 10.5% to 63 cents a share, according to data compiled by Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. Now boasting $13.2 billion in annual distributions, Apple has dethroned Exxon Mobil, the previous global dividend king.

At present, Apple is now distributing more in quarterly dividends than the entire market cap of US Steel, Silverblatt points out.

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iFixit offers 32GB RAM upgrade kit for Apple’s 2017 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

This will definitely come in handy.

iFixit recently noticed that the RAM in Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display was upgradable and is already offering a kit to take advantage of this fact.

It’s been noted that the base 3.0 GHz model tops out at 16GB of RAM and that the only way to jump to 32GB of RAM is to purchase the pricier 3.4 GHz model. In order the snag the 32GB configuration, you’d have to pay an extra $200 for the faster model, plus another $600 to scale up to 32GB of RAM.

iFixit’s 32GB RAM kit is available for $299.95 before delivery and includes the following items:

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Rumor: Samsung currently manufacturing 80 million OLED screens for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, June 12th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung

In spite of past arguments and legal troubles between Apple and Samsung, it’s estimated that Samsung will deliver around 80 million OLED screens suitable for the next-gen iPhone before the end of 2017 —but a later than expected date for mass shipments for the phone is still expected.

Per DigiTimes, which cited “sources from the upstream supply chain”, Samsung and other component manufacturers have geared up for supplying components for not just the “iPhone 8,” but the “iPhone 7s” family as well.

Apple’s order of roughly 80 million OLED screens will occupy about half of Smasung’s manufacturing capacity for the final six months of 2017. The rest of the capacity will meet Samsung’s own needs, although it’s thought that some units will remain in reserve should Apple need them.

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Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMacs now in stock at most U.S. Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, retail

You can snag Apple’s newest MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac iron at almost all of the Apple Store locations within the United States.

Apple began accepting online orders for the new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iMac models on Monday, but delivery estimates currently range between June 12 and June 22 in the United States, so customers looking to purchase a new Mac earlier than next week may have better luck visiting an Apple Store.

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iFixit posts teardown of 2017 21.5-inch iMac, finds user-upgradable RAM, modular CPU

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors

The pork has soared and it looks like Apple has finally released an iMac with a user-upgradable CPU as well as RAM.

The cool cats at iFixit have just completed a full teardown of Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display. The unit features both removable RAM and a modular CPU, although Apple has yet to say if these components are user-replaceable. Accessing and replacing these components isn’t exactly easy, but it’s still possible.

This is the first time Apple has had a 21.5-inch iMac with expandable RAM since 2013, and the first modular CPU since 2012.

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Amazon executive extends invitation for Siri on Echo speakers

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Google, Hardware, Microsoft, News, Uncategorized, WWDC

It looks like Amazon is open to supporting third-party voice assistants such as Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant on its Echo speakers.

“If Apple or Google want to come call, my phone number is out there. They can call,” David Limp remarked to CNBC. “I hope there is a day when that happens. I don’t know if I can envision it, but I hope it happens, on behalf of customers.”

The Echo currently uses Amazon’s Alexa assistant, which has also been used on other devices, including third-party offerings like phones and thermostats. It in fact spawned the entire “smartspeaker” product category —Amazon’s main competition being the Google Home, and Apple’s newly-announced HomePod, coming in December. Microsoft is meanwhile working with partners on Cortana-enabled speakers.

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Rumor: Apple could incorporate microLED displays in devices as soon as 2018

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Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 05:06
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Apple could be planning to implement a microLED screen in its next-gen Apple Watch as early as 2018.

A report from Nikkei explains that Apple hopes to be ahead of the curve when it comes to microLED production. Currently, the company relies heavily on Samsung for the upcoming iPhone 8 with OLED displays, but that’s a practice it hopes to avoid with future display technology.

Per the report, Apple is thought to be be the only company currently able to roll out microLED technology, although this currently shows a very low yield rate as well as a high-cost manufacturing process.

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