Rumor: Apple could start production of iPhone 8 earlier than expected

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 05:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

Apple could start production of its next-gen iPhone earlier than expected.

Per BlueFin Research Partners, there’s “some indication” from the supply chain that Apple will ramp up production of the iPhone 8 starting in June, but that doesn’t necessarily point towards an earlier non-September release date.

The report offers the following quote:

The most intriguing data points that we have uncovered suggests that AAPL is ramping the next generation iPhones earlier than historical norms, although we have no indication that there has been any change in release plans for the iPhone 8/X.[…]

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Apple joins coalition of 97 companies filing amicus brief against Trump immigration ban

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Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Google, Legal, Microsoft, News

When 97 companies come pounding on your door, it may be time to listen.

Apple, along with 96 other companies, including Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Google and Facebook, filed an amicus brief late on Sunday to oppose the immigration order introduced by US President Donald Trump. An amicus brief is a legal filing that allows parties not directly involved in a lawsuit to offer their opinions to the court.

The brief says an open-ended ban does not aid America’s national security and instead undermines its interests. It notes that 200 of the companies in the Fortune 500 list were founded by immigrants or their children.

Other backers include Alphabet (via Google), Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter and Uber. Amazon is not listed but this is because Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, is already backing the original lawsuit. The amicus brief legally supports the cases filed in Washington and Minnesota.

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Apple Watch Series 1 goes on sale at Target, matches pre-Christmas pricing

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:42
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

It looks like the Series 1 version of the Apple Watch is on sale again.

A quick notice over at Reddit pointed out that the 38 millimeter version is on sale for $199 and the 42 millimeter version is on sale for $229, respectively.

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How-To: How to clean your Mac’s keyboard keys

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, How-To, News

This is one of the handiest things I’ve run across in a long time.

As much as I love my Apple keyboard, it builds up dirt over time. A cool instructional video from 2015 by an author going under the name “Gumballer9”, shows you how, quickly and cheaply, take a paper towel, wrap it around your index finger, spray the paper towel with Windex or a similar cleaner, then use a circular motion to dramatically clean each key.

It works.

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LG to offer fixes for UltraFine 5K monitors, will work to remove wireless router proximity issue

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Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 05:22
Category: Hardware, News

Following the revelation that LG’s 5K UltraFine monitor, which rolled out in late 2016, experiences proximity problems when placed within 6.5 meters of a Wi-Fi router, the company has stated that it will be adding extra shielding to units manufactured in the future.

The extra shielding will be present in units manufactured after February 2017.

As for existing monitors, it appears those can also be retrofitted against signal interference, as well. The report didn’t mention how existing monitor owners can have their displays repaired if necessary. LG’s 5K monitor comes with a one year warranty that covers labor and parts, so it may be as simple as submitting a repair request on LG’s site.

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LG UltraFine 5K monitors experiencing errors within two meters of wireless routers

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, wireless

Well, this is kind of a mess.

LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor, which has become something of a spiritual successor to Apple’s Thunderbolt display and began shipping out from the Apple online store this week, appears to be suffering from a major fault wherein it will begin flickering when places within two meters (6.5 feet) of a wireless router. Once the flickering has begun, the monitor will go black and become unusable.

An LG Electronics support person confirmed the issue, saying it “only happens for the 5K monitors we have, not other LG monitors.”

It’s also been noted that, if plugged into a MacBook Pro, the failure can lead to being forced to reboot the notebook to bring it back. The failure does not occur when the monitor is out of a two meter range of a wireless router.

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Apple, other tech firms pen open letter to Trump administration voicing opposition to immigration ban

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Date: Friday, February 3rd, 2017, 05:25
Category: Apple, Google, News

On Wednesday night, a story broke that the heads of several major technology firms, including Apple, were prepping an open letter to United States President Donald Trump as a means to voice opposition to the immigration executive order that he signed last Friday.

On Thursday, a draft of the full letter was shared online. The letter detailed the importance of immigrants in the U.S., shared concerns as to how the Trump administration’s immigration ban will affect employees with visas and explains that the companies are prepared to lend a hand to help the Trump administration make logical and necessary changes if and when it is ready to accept the help.

The companies involved with the creation of the open letter are said to include Facebook, Google, Uber, Microsoft, Stripe, and more. The technology companies drafting the letter are reportedly working to include non-tech companies as well, but as yet none have joined.

The letter currently reads as follows:

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate next-gen ARM-based processor into future Macs to handle low-power functions

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, 05:46
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch Bar, Touch ID

This is pretty nifty.

Apple is apparently developing an ARM-based chip for its Mac products that would “take on more of the functionality” handled by Intel processors.

In development since last year, the chip, codenamed T310, is said to be similar to the chip used to power the Touch Bar in the new 2016 Macbook Pro. It’s built using ARM technology and will work with the standard Intel processor, handling “Power Nap” low-power mode functionality.

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Rumor: Prince’s catalog may be en route to Apple Music and Spotify

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Date: Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Music, iTunes, Rumor

Prince may be coming to both Apple Music and Spotify.

The legendary musician, who spent a fair amount of his career fighting for artist rights and equal royalties, famously pulled his music from all streaming services but Tidal, the artist-owned, Jay Z-led app for audiophiles. But now it seems Prince’s hits are finally set to stream everywhere else, from Apple Music and Spotify to Google Play and Pandora.

The story hails from an anonymous source and according to the New York Post, Prince’s Warner Music Group records will hit streaming services outside of Tidal on Feb. 12, the night of the Grammys. This is also the evening that the award show’s organizers are expected to honor Prince with a musical tribute that night.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks banned from some state bar exams, security concern cited

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Date: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 05:53
Category: Legal, MacBook Pro, News, security, Touch Bar

If you have a new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebook and are looking to take the bar exam, you might need to leave the notebook behind.

According to an announcement from testing software company ExamSoft, the Touch Bar’s predictive text feature could compromise “exam integrity.”

For law students looking to take the North Carolina bar exam, test proctors have been instructed to keep a look out for models with the Touch Bar and technicians will be on hand to ensure the feature is disabled. Test takers will be approved to use the laptops provided they followed ExamSoft’s helpful instructions for reverting the Touch Bar back to a row of standard function keys.

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