Rumor: Apple to boost Touch ID component production, improve durability of units

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 11:37
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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The Touch ID sensor in the upcoming iOS devices (including the iPad) will be both more plentiful and more durable.

Per an article in the China Times, manufacturer TSMC will boost its Touch ID production 233 percent to 120 million units. The component will also purportedly become more durable in the process.

It’s been thought that Apple will incorporate the Touch ID sensor in both the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone handsets as well as the forthcoming iPad Air and iPad mini generations. Until now Touch ID has been limited to the iPhone 5s, in part because of the limited amount of sapphire available for cover glass. Apple has partnered with GT Advanced on at least one sapphire plant, however, which should make widespread use cost-effective.

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Rumor: iOS 7.1.2 update to include fixes to Mail, security issues, iBeacon support

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 10:46
Category: iOS, Rumor, security, Software

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Apple’s forthcoming iOS 7.1.2 update may fix an email attachment encryption issue, a lock screen vulnerability and improve iBeacon support along with other minor bug fixes.

Per MacRumors and AppleInsider, an anonymous source has claimed that Apple has distributed iOS 7.1.2 to carrier partners for testing ahead of a release sometime within the next two weeks.

The update supposedly contains a number of bug fixes and security patches, including a resolution to an email encryption issue discovered in April. Security researchers proved the flaw, which prevents email attachments to be saved with proper encryption protection, exists in recent iOS releases as far back as iOS 7.0.4.

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Sources cite 2.5-inch curved display, October ship date for upcoming iWatch

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 12:25
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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The iWatch you might or might not be hankering for will begin production in July and ship in October.

Or at least that’s how the current rumors and leaks have it.

According to Reuters, anonymous sources have states that the iWatch will be manufactured in July, ship in October and feature a 2.5-inch display as well as a curved surface.

The report has it that manufacturer Quanta will be involved in most elements of the production with one source citing that the unit will feature wireless a touch interface and charging capabilities.

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British iOS device repair firm finds connection between third-party USB adapters and damage to iPhone 5 power management components

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

You know those nice, cheap third-party iPhone cables you can buy for dirt cheap at the check out line at the convenience store? They might be capable of damaging a power management component in the iPhone 5 handset.

Per iOS device repair firm mendmyl, a series of damaged power management components in Apple’s iPhone 5 handset has been traced back to unofficial USB adapters as well as USB-to-Lightning cables.

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The working theory, though not officially confirmed, is that the third-party charging accessories do not properly regulate electrical current as it flows into the handset, which will then either burn out or render a power distribution component labeled “U2″, which is located just beneath the A6 processor on the iPhone’s logic board. The U2 component routes power to the iPhone 5′s battery and integrated charging controller as well as the sleep/wake button and controls certain USB functions for the handset.

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Apple seeds updated OS X 10.9.4 beta to developer community

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 11:12
Category: Mavericks, News, Software

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It’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s a step closer to OS X 10.9.4.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Thursday seeded a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks maintenance update, with the latest version coming with minor bug fixes and minor tweaks.

The latest OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks build 13E19 marks the return to Apple’s usual one-week build release interval, coming eight days after the second beta was issued earlier in June. The initial seed was issued at the end of May following the public release of OS X 10.9.3.

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Teardown of low-end 21.5-inch iMac finds RAM soldered to the motherboard

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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You won’t be able to upgrade the RAM on the new, low-end 21.5-inch iMac.

Per MacRumors, the cool cats at Other World Computing have performed a full teardown and discovered that the 8 GB of RAM that the iMac ships with is permanently soldered to the motherboard.

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Apple rolls out new low-end 1.4 GHz, 21.5-inch iMac for $1,099

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Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 11:46
Category: iMac, News

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The new low end iMac just arrived, complete with a bit of a price break.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday formally launched its anticipated new low-end 21.5-inch iMac with a lower entry price of US$1,099. The new machine, which is now US$200 cheaper than the 21.5-inch 2.7 GHz previous low-end model, boasts a 1.4-gigahertz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU, a 500 gigabyte hard drive, and 8 gigabytes of RAM.

With the new model, users will downgrade from a faster quad-core chip to a dual-core CPU. RAM stays the same, but hard drive space is cut in half from 1-terabyte on the US$1,299 model. Graphics are also downgraded from Intel’s Iris Pro integrated solution to Intel HD Graphics 5000.

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Will Siri have to answer to Samsung?

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Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Apple, Business, iPhone, Mac, News, Samsung, Siri, Software

siri-icon-ios7According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the voice-recognition tech company behind Apple’s Siri assistant may be in talks with Samsung to sell its technology to Apple’s most notorious competitor. Nuance has reportedly been in talks with several potential buyers as the company seeks to sell off its highly sought after voice-to-text translation software. According to some sources familiar with one of the companies involved, Samsung and other private-equity firms have been part of discussions surrounding a possible sale of the company. In addition to Siri, Nuance provides the technology behind Dragon Naturally Speaking software for both Mac and PC, as well as Samsung’s own phones, tablets, and wearable devices.

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2nd Gen Apple TV support is dropped in iOS 8

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Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 08:18
Category: Apple, Apple TV, Hardware, iOS, News

2ndgenappletvBeing an owner of said version of the Apple TV (also formerly of the 1st gen), I find this very disappointing, but not altogether unexpected. The second beta of iOS 8 dropped on Tuesday and according to those who like to dig out any hints of the future that new code may reveal, there is no sign of the 2nd generation Apple TV. For those of you who didn’t know, starting with the release of the first black, hockey puck sized Apple TV, Apple started using the same A4 chip (or a version of it) that was used in the iPhone 4.

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iPad Air 2 dummy mockup photos show possible recessed volume buttons, other changes

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Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 12:13
Category: iPad Air, News, Pictures

There may be some changes to this year’s iPad Air.

Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, pictures of a nonfunctioning dummy model iPad Air shows an indented space for two elongated volume buttons, representing a change from the current iPad Air where the buttons protrude. The mockup was first spotlighted on Tuesday by Nowhereelse.fr.

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Strangely, the dummy device also lacks a mute/orientation lock switch above the volume buttons, and instead has just a small circular hole. To date, all iPad models have featured a toggle switch above the volume controls, just like every iPhone.

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