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iFixit tears down Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard, posts results

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral


The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.

The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.


Facebook iOS app draining inordinate amounts of battery life, Facebook says it’s aware of the issue

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:02
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’ll probably get a fix soon, but in the meantime, the Facebook app for iOS appears to be draining an inordinate amount of battery life as it runs. In a recent interview, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the company’s awareness of the bug and promised a fix would be in place “soon.”

“We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon,” the spokesperson said.


iFixit posts teardown of 2015 21.5-inch iMac, finds redesigned antenna system, other changes

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


The coolest of felines over at iFixit have just completed and posted their teardown of Apple’s new 21.5-inch 2015 iMac desktop, revealing a 4K Retina display manufactured by LG display and slightly redesigned Wi-Fi antenna system.

The model, identified as the A1418, also goes by the EMC number of 2889.

Inside, the 21.5-inch iMac looks largely identical to its predecessor, but there are a handful of noteworthy changes. For instance, the hybrid Fusion Drive has a significantly smaller flash partition than the previous generation, iFixit found.


2015 27-inch iMac RAM can be doubled to 64GB, OWC now offering upgrade kits

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 08:12
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


This just came in and it offers some additional clarification.

Following up on yesterday’s story, it appears that the 2015 27-inch iMac still uses plug-in RAM, so you’re free to upgrade it on your own after purchase. And while Apple limits you to a maximum of 32GB, OWC has just announced that it will shortly offer upgrade kits for 48GB and 64GB of RAM.


CBS CEO says Apple and network will “probably” reach a network streaming deal

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Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 07:45
Category: Apple TV, News


It looks like Apple and CBS are getting closer to a deal in the negotiations in Apple’s upcoming streaming service.

Per a recent interview, CBS CEO Les Moonves offered the following:

“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said in an interview Wednesday “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.”


Apple posts support document to address iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist complaints

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 13:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software


In the wake of complaints about iOS 9’s new Wi-Fi Assist feature and the fact that it can add to a monthly cellular bill, Apple has posted a support document to help deal with the issue.

“Because you’ll stay connected to the Internet over cellular when you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might use more cellular data,” Apple cautions in one part of the document. “For most users, this should only be a small percentage higher than previous usage.”

Wi-Fi Assist is turned on by default, and is meant to ensure a smooth Internet experience. Because it switches over to cellular whenever it decides that a Wi-Fi signal is weak and not simply absent, however, this can potentially cause people to exceed carrier data caps without realizing.


New 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac supports up to 64GB of RAM, chips soldered in

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Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 08:32
Category: Hardware, iMac, News


There’s good news and there’s somewhat annoying news.

The good news is that the new 2015 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac supports up to 64GB of Ram, an impressive jump from the previous model’s cap of 32GB of RAM.

The bad news is that this RAM is soldered into the logic board and that 64GB of RAM will have to be built to order from Apple.


Apple supplier advantage studied, analyzed

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 14:00
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


There’s been some astonishment as to the new iPhone and its A9 processor that people are trying to get to the bottom of.

Namely, the iPhone 6s and its 3D Touch screen, which has been commented as feeling “like magic” and outsiders realizing that Apple as a platform company is so far above the competition it’s hard to fully grasp.

That being said, one wonders why pushing down on a 3D Touch screen feels so responsive and whether the hardware or the software is to credit for this? Following up on this is the question as to how Samsung and TSMC, which both produce A9 processor variants for Apple, were able to optimize the chip using a different process and library, were able to get this exactly right?

Just as there are many misunderstood reasons for Apple’s overall success, justification as to how Apple produces superior products isn’t superficially visible.


Apple debuts 4K, 5K iMacs, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:13
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iMac, News, retail


These could smack of the nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its 2015 iMacs, including a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

The new desktops feature faster processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and up to 2TB of Fusion Drive storage for stock configurations. The 4K 21.5-inch iMac has a 3.1GHz Core i7 Broadwell processor and integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, while the 5K 27-inch iMacs have 3.2GHz to 3.3GHz Core i5 and i7 Skylake processors and dedicated AMD Radeon R9 GPUs.


Ars Technica puts iPhone 6s units through their paces to test battery life differences between Samsung, TSMC models

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Date: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 08:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


In the wake of the controversy surrounding the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ battery life and how this might change depending on whether the battery was sourced from Samsung or TSMC, some research has been done that has discovered the battery life difference in “real-world usage” to be about 2 to 3 percent.

The cool cats at Ars Technica ran two iPhone 6s models, one with a Samsung chip and one with a TSMC chip, through their paces, to find the following results: