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Apple, FBI director James Comey to testify before Congress on March 1st

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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016, 14:49
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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This is going to get even more interesting.

It’s been announced that both FBI Director James Comey and Apple Inc Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell will testify at a March 1 congressional hearing on encryption issues, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said in a statement on Thursday.

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Rumor: Apple to release “iPhone 5se” under “iPhone SE” product name

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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016, 09:24
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Rumor

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Never doubt the words “Special Edition” when it comes to marketing.

A current rumor has it that Apple’s “iPhone 5se” will simple be offered as the “iPhone SE’, making this the first iPhone upgrade without a number in its name and would logically remove it from a yearly update cycle.

This makes sense, as Apple would have been moving backwards to having the number “5” in the product’s name at a time when the company is in the “6” lifecycle. The iPhone SE will replace the existing iPhone 5s and will take its price points.

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DisplayMate posts results of Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge shootout

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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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It’s a little off topic here at the PowerPage, but the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature some of the best OLED displays on the market. Samsung, which has been alternately releasing one of these models every six months, has created a situation wherein there are two OLED generations per year. Each new generation has provided significant enhancements and improvements, so they leapfrog each other in display performance, resulting in a new best performing display with each new generation. As a result, OLEDs have developed into excellent high performance displays.

The guys at DisplayMate have done an extremely in depth analysis and review of the displays and has tracked the OLED market from its inception to 2010. This is important, as it’s that that Apple will be switching the iPhone to OLED displays in 2018, or possibly 2017 for premium models.

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Leaked schematics shows similarities, differences between iPhone 5s and iPhone 5se models

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Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 08:51
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Sometimes it’s the accessory and case makers that can tell you the most about an upcoming product.

The iPhone 5se, according to an unnamed case maker who offered schematics, seems to line up almost exactly with the dimensions used in the iPhone 5s.

The case maker stated that the product’s dimensions are indistinguishable from the iPhone 5s, meaning that the new device will fit inside of existing iPhone 5s cases. There are a couple of changes, however. First, these schematics indicate that the sleep/wake/power button has been relocated to the side.

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Apple looking to incorporate Siri into OS X 10.12 this fall

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Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 11:28
Category: News, OS X, Siri, Software

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At long last, Siri is coming to OS X.

The current word has it that Apple is looking to include Siri into OS X 10.12 this fall.

The feature is almost ready to go, and will be announced at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference as part of OS X 10.12 in June. The next version of the Mac operating system is likely to get a public release this fall.

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Apple releases Smart Keyboard software update, seeks to resolve connectivity issues

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Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 07:13
Category: Accessory, iOS, iPad Pro, News, Software

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Following complaints from a number of users that the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard loses connectivity on occasion, Apple has released a software update to address the issue.

The description goes as follows:

If your iPad Pro wakes up from time to time when it’s connected to a Smart Keyboard, here’s what to do. To solve this issue, disconnect the Smart Keyboard from your iPad Pro, and then connect it again. When iOS asks if you want to update the Smart Keyboard, tap Update.

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Justice Department looking to have Apple help extract data from 12 additional iPhones

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Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 07:12
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The plot thickens.

In the midst of the controversy between Apple and the Department of Justice regarding the unlocking of the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, the U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing additional court orders that would force Apple to help federal investigators extract data from twelve other encrypted iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence.

The revelation comes nearly one week after a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to assist the FBI with unlocking an iPhone belonging to suspected San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple strongly opposed the court order last week in an open letter to customers.

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Apple TV gains access to Disney Channel, Disney XD and Watch ABC

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Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple TV, News, Siri

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Not that additional Apple TV channels are a bad thing.

Apple quietly added several new channels and cable internet services onto the new Apple TV universal search and Siri search on Monday, following the addition of Fox and National Geographic earlier in the month. The new options bring Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Disney X.D into the mix

Unfortunately, international Apple TV users continue to be left in the dark regarding ‘universal’ search. Outside of the US, a handful of countries get iTunes + Netflix integration in search results … the remainder only get iTunes.

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Apple working with FBI on San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, still refusing to create backdoor to allow entry

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Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 07:20
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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Following up on last week’s coverage of Apple, the FBI, the Department of Justice, Donald Trump screaming about things and the San Bernadino shooter’s locked iPhone, it turns out that Apple has apparently offered the FBI four different options for recovering data on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook. None of those methods involved Apple creating a backdoor into iOS as ordered by a federal court this week, and at least one of those methods might have been thwarted because a San Bernardino Health Department employee changed the password on the iTunes account tied to the iPhone.

According to unnamed company executives, Apple has been working with the FBI since “early January” to access data on the device. One of the methods proposed involved allowing the device to auto-connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network, where Apple hoped the device would auto-backup to iCloud. Apple would then be able to copy the data on iCloud for controlled retrieval.

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Apple grants press access to processor development plants

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Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

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For all its secrecy, Apple can’t help showing off a little bit.

This was seen recently when Bloomberg Businessweek got rare access inside the undisclosed locations where Apple develops its processor chips. Brad Stone, Adam Satariano and Gwen Ackerman interviewed Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president for hardware technologies, over three days, and got guided tours of unmarked Apple chip facilities in Cupertino, Calif., and Herzliya, Israel.

The piece covers Apple’s processor development, which began during Steve Jobs’ time as CEO, and dives in to the sites and everything that goes into processor research and development.

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