Apple leaks next-gen MacBook Pro image with macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update, confirms OLED-based “Magic Touchbar”

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Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:31
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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Apple may have accidentally revealed some of the goods to be announced at the media event on October 27th via the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update.

The update apparently includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel.

This confirms that such a product is in the works and affirms that it will be on top of the keyboard where the function keys would normally be placed. It very clearly supports Touch ID, as it is seen used with Apple Pay.

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Apple releases iOS 10.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 05:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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If you were waiting for a hefty update to Apple’s recently-released iOS 10 operating system, it’s here.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.1, a new update which weighs in as a 300 megabyte download and incorporates the following extensive set of fixes and changes:

Camera and Photos:
Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)

People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups

Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app

Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users

Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update

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Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 05:37
Category: macOS, News, security, Sierra, Software

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On Monday, Apple released macOS 10.12.1, the first major update to its recently-released macOS 10.12 Sierra operating system.

The update, which weighs in around 584 megabytes, includes the following fixes and changes:

Fixes:
Adds an automatic smart album in Photos for Depth Effect images taken on iPhone 7 Plus.

Improves the compatibility of Microsoft Office when using iCloud Desktop and Documents.

Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from updating when using a Microsoft Exchange account.

Fixes an issue that caused text to sometimes paste incorrectly when using Universal Clipboard.

Improves reliability of Auto Unlock with Apple Watch.

Improves security and stability in Safari.

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Rumor: Apple’s October 27th media event to see new MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook, new iMac and 5K display still in development

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Date: Monday, October 24th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Touch ID, USB-C

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The rumor mill regarding Apple’s October 27th media event has gotten a bit more specific.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for next Thursday’s “Hello Again” event where Apple is expected to make a number of Mac-related announcements.

Kuo’s note states that Apple will release the next-gen MacBook Pro in both 13-inch and 15-inch sizes. The new notebooks will include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID sensor, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and the same butterfly keyboard design introduced on the MacBook in 2015.

Kuo added the following new tidbits to the rumor mix:

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Officials look into Friday’s Mirai-based DDoS, cite Apple’s HomeKit security protocol

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Date: Monday, October 24th, 2016, 05:02
Category: Hack, Hardware, HomeKit, News, security

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Following up on the large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Friday that temporarily took down large chunks of the Internet, it looks like Apple’s controversial “walled garden” approach to its HomeKit devices may have worked out.

As detailed in recent reports, the attack, which also targeted unprotected “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, focused on Dyn, an internet management company that provides DNS services to many major web entities.

A series of repeated attacks caused websites including The Verge, Imgur and Reddit, as well as services like HBO Now, and PayPal, to see slowdowns and extended downtimes. Follow-up waves played havoc with The New York Times, CNN, Netflix, Twitter and the PlayStation Network, among many others.

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Trademark filing points to MacBook OLED panel being named the “Magic Toolbar”

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:11
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Patents, Rumor, Touch ID

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Sometimes it’s the patent filings that inform you about the next cool thing around the corner.

With just a week before Apple’s October 27th media event, a newly discovered trademark filing has been unearthed online, suggesting a potential name for the OLED panel on the new MacBook Pro. According to information rounded up, a trademark filed by a company called “Presto Apps America LLC” for a device dubbed the “Magic Toolbar” could be Apple’s name for the touch bar panel on its new MacBook Pro line.

The digging unearthed a company known as “Presto Apps”, which was incorporated on January 22nd of this year and a filing for the trademark on February 5th. The cost of the trademark application was furthermore estimated to be around €16,000.

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China outpaces U.S. in iOS App Store revenue

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:48
Category: App Store, iOS, News, retail, Software

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The Chinese user base is apparently even more app-crazy than its U.S. counterpart.

According to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie, the country earned over $1.7 billion in Q3 2016, which puts it ahead of the U.S. by over 15 percent. The U.S. had been the number one iOS market since 2010.

Today, Chinese consumers spend more than 5 times the amount they were spending compared with just two years prior.

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Tech media godfather David Bunnell remembered

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 12:18
Category: Macworld Expo, Microsoft, News

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On Tuesday, October 18th, technology journalist David Bunnell, who also founded PC Magazine, PC World and Macworld, passed away in his home in Berkeley, California. He was 69 years old.

Bunnell, whose career included working at MITS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, worked alongside Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Bunnell attended the University of Nebraska from 1965 to 1969, graduating with a B.A. in history, was active in the anti-Vietnam war movement and was elected president of the Students for a Democratic Society.

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Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, makes reverting from iOS 10 to iOS 9 that much harder

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:59
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It just got that much harder to revert from iOS 10 to iOS 9.

Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.5, effectively preventing anyone already on iOS 10 from downgrading to iOS 9.

The company has stopped digital signing on iOS 10.0.1, making the latest versions of iOS —iOS 10.0.2, and 10.0.3 on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus the only releases anyone can install without unsupported workarounds.

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T-Mobile fined $48 million in wake of data throttling controversy on unlimited plans

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:25
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

Late Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has reached a $48 million settlement with T-Mobile, including a $7.5 million fine and $35.5 million in consumer benefits, following an investigation into whether the carrier adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its so-called “unlimited” data plan subscribers.

FCC investigators determined that ads and other disclosures from T-Mobile, and its prepaid brand MetroPCS, failed to adequately inform customers about its policy that de-prioritizes the top 3 percent of its heaviest data users during times of network contention or congestion, resulting in slower network speeds.

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