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Rumor: Apple said to be “close to agreement” with OLED suppliers for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is acting up with new claims that next-gen iPhones will switch over to OLED displays.

The current word around the camp fire is that LG and Samsung Display are close to a final agreement with Apple for the screens, adding the two Korean firms plan a combined 15 trillion won ($12.8 billion) in capital expenditure to build up OLED production capacity over the next two to three years.

Last month’s claims stated that Apple planned to switch over to OLED screens for the iPhone beginning in 2018, a move that suggests that Apple would stick with LCD units for the iPhone 7 model.

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Rumor: Apple looking into waterproof materials, antenna-concealing design for iPhone 7

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Date: Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 08:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If this is true, it could definitely help where your next-gen iPhone is concerned.

A new rumor has it that Catcher Technologies will help supply chassis components for upcoming iPhones said to be both waterproof and use “new compound materials” to conceal their antennas, according to a new rumor.

Catcher is said to be likely to supply 30 to 50 percent chassis shipments for the new hardware, thereby placing the company as Apple’s largest chassis partner.

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Pay Finders app uses crowd sourcing, allows users to find more than 12,000 Apple Pay vendors in the U.S.

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 11:17
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This could be pretty useful.

Brian Roemmele’s PayFinder app works via crowdsourcing to report over 12,000 merchants in North America that accept Apple Pay, 95 percent of them being small businesses. In parallel, its developer reported that the new app’s users have increased an incredible 750 percent over the past two days, indicating a lot of interest in Apple Pay.

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Hyundai to bring CarPlay features to select models in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 10:31
Category: CarPlay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It looks like CarPlay-based niftiness will be coming to assorted Hyundai models in 2016.

While Hyundai was among the first car makers to promise CarPlay in its vehicles as a selling point nearly two years ago, the automaker so far hasn’t actually shipped the update to add the feature it promised to customers.

This may change come the new year, as it’s been reported that Hyundai is committing to rolling out an update to add the feature early next year.

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Merry Christmas from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Friday, December 25th, 2015, 05:15
Category: Announcement

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s December 25th and we here at O’Grady’s PowerPage would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday. We’ll be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family and we hope you do the same. We’ll see you on Monday, December 28th, and until then, have a safe and happy holiday, thanks for reading the PowerPage and be excellent to each other!

Apple adds 2008-2009 Macs, other hardware to “vintage and obsolete” list

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Date: Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Time Capsule, Uncategorized

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It’s not the easiest news to hear, especially if your product is in the list, but Apple on Tuesday updated its official list of “vintage and obsolete” hardware. This list is used to determine whether or not the company will repair or otherwise support any hardware problems.

Under Apple definitions, “vintage” products have been out of production for more than five and less than seven years, meaning that limited support may be available in some regions. In California, for instance, Apple is legally required to provide support for Macs, iPhones, and iPods.

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Beatles catalog to be available on Apple Music on December 24th

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Date: Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, 06:14
Category: Apple Music, News

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It’s official.

Apple will be releasing The Beatles catalog on Apple Music on Thursday, December 24th.

The current report says that The Beatles’ music will be available on nearly every streaming service beginning December 24th. That includes Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Tidal, and Amazon Prime Music.

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Rumor: China Mobile product roadmap indicates 4-inch “iPhone 7c” for 2016

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Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 10:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Sometimes it’s the cell phone carriers that give away what’s coming down the road.

Wireless carrier China Mobile has apparently laid out its product roadmap for 2016, the roadmap itself mentioning a new Apple product. In April of 2016, China Mobile is expecting to launch the ‘iPhone 7c’. This seems to be the 4-inch iPhone device that has been rumored for several months, although the rumor mill moniker has generally settled on it being called the iPhone 6c. It’s also been reported that Apple might dub the handset the “iPhone 7c”.

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Nielsen ratings show more than 54.5 monthly Apple Music app users in 2015

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Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 04:56
Category: Android, Apple Music, Google, News, Software

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While specific Apple Music user numbers have yet to be released, the early estimates are looking good.

A year end report from consumer research firm Nielsen states that Apple Music was one of the most popular smartphone apps of 2015, and with more than 54.5 million monthly users ranked among offerings from Facebook and Google.

Apple’s streaming music service came in at No. 9 on Nielsen’s Top Smartphone Apps of 2015 chart, notching over 54.5 million average monthly users in the U.S. from January to October. That number is up 26 percent compared to the same time last year, a growth rate second only to Facebook Messenger.

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Rumor: Apple developing higher-quality audio file format for use in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2015, 11:46
Category: Apple Music, iOS, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, News, Rumor, Software

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You can’t knock an upgraded sound file.

Apple is rumored to be working on a higher-quality audio streaming file format for use in 2016 and beyond. Anonymous sources at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo cited that the company has been developing Hi-Res Audio streaming up to 96kHz/24bit in 2016.

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