Rumor: Apple to opt for glass front and back with next-gen iPhone, perhaps use iPhone 4-style stainless steel frame

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 05:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, Rumor, Touch ID

It’s the supply chain rumors that make things interesting.

In the latest supply chain report, Apple is thought to be abandoning aluminum in favor of glass for the next-gen iPhone’s back and front. It’s thought that the company will use a stainless steel frame to hold together glass panels along the lines of the iPhone 4 design.

The next-generation iPhone is expected to abandon its conventional aluminum back cover design and will adopt a new design using two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle. The metal bezel will be made of stainless steel using a forging process to enhance its sturdiness and reduce costs and manufacturing time.

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Apple, Consumer Reports find smoking gun that caused variable life in initial review

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Developer, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

Apple and Consumer Reports may have figured out what caused the poor battery test results that Consumer Reports highlighted during its review.

On Tuesday, both companies released reports stating that a developer setting had been activated that typical users don’t use during testing, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.

In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from 4 hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its notebook battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different notebook for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’ battery tests uses Safari in Developer mode, which is not the default setting.

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Rumor: Apple to release three updated iPads in 2017

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Date: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, Processors, Rumor

The rumor mill has kicked in and KGI Securities analyst Ming0Chi Kuo has released a note stated that Apple will launch three new iPad models in 2017. The new iPad models coming out this year include the second-generation update to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that was first introduced in 2015, a brand-new 10- or 10.5-inch model with a narrow bezel design, as well as a budget-friendly 9.7-inch option.

The larger, high-end iPads will feature an A10X chip, while the lower-end iPad will arrive with an A9 processor. The A10X chip is a pumped-up version of the A10 chip currently powering the iPhone 7. The A10X will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and the A9 chip, which powers the iPhone 6s, will continue to be made by Samsung.

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HDMI 2.1 specification notes released, could bring impressive new features to your Mac

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News

The HDMI standard is about to get that much niftier.

Version 2.1 of the HDMI specification has been released. The new version of the standard includes eARC support for object-based audio and advanced audio signal control, wider dynamic HDR, and “Game Mode VRR” allowing a GPU to change the refresh rate of the image on the fly.

The standard was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

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Apple Pay to gain support, integration at more than 300,000 MORE loyalty card-based vending machines

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Date: Friday, January 6th, 2017, 05:16
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

You’ll soon be able to use Apple Pay to buy additional snacks.

Vending company USA Technologies announced today that Apple Pay is getting support for its MORE loyalty card and payroll deduct program that is accepted at more than 300,000 vending machines across the US.

Following the integration, customers will be able to take advantage of offers, promotions and discounts at the self-serve machines.

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Apple to release Q1 2017 financial results on January 31st

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, retail

Come January 31st, you’ll find out how profitable Apple’s last three months have been.

The company announced that come January 31st, it will announce its quarterly earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, revealing performance metrics for the new iPhone 7 series and the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Announced through the company’s Investor Relations webpage, the upcoming results will be followed by a conference call live stream is set to take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern. Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to attend the conference call.

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AT&T announces global 5G modem, cites “5G Evolution” plans

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

AT&T is looking towards the world’s first global 5G modem.

The company announced plans to test the world’s first global 5G modem to help test initial 5G spectrum deployments across the world. AT&T also announced their “5G Evolution” plans for 2017.

The global 5G modem announced by Intel today reportedly achieves speeds “exceeding 5 Gbps” while maintaining ultra-low latency connections. Intel’s 5G modem is already compliant to multiple industry 5G specifications, along with being able to provide fallback to a 4G connection when needed. It can even interwork 4G/5G connections. Intel says they should begin testing the 5G modem in the second half of 2017, before going into production.

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Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 to see improvements in battery life, performance, no radical overhauls in the works

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, 05:05
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

The rumor mill has spoken and the third-gen Apple Watch won’t see a radical revision, but will apparently focus on battery life and performance.

The reports surfaced from anonymous contacts along the supply line and were reported by the Economic Daily News.

Apple unveiled the second generation of Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7 in September. Dubbed Series 2, the device features a brighter display, a better processor in the S2 chip, and water resistance, but kept the same design as its predecessor. After testing, it was noted that the battery lasted much longer than the original model, pushing into a third day on a single charge.

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Apple to give away Product (RED) Beats Solo3 headphones in select Asian markets as part of Chinese New Year promotion

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Date: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017, 05:19
Category: Hardware, News, retail

If you’re in the Asian markets, this could be nifty.

As part of upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations, Apple on Monday announced customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore will receive a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac and iPhone products as part of a one-day sale.

The sale offers a Product (RED) variety of the headphones, the color red specializing good luck and prosperity in many Asian cultures, and is a common sight around the new year.

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Rumor: Apple supplier Inventec expanding AirPods manufacturing capability

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Date: Monday, January 2nd, 2017, 05:46
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

If you’re hankering for a pair of AirPods but supplies have been out of stock, things might be about to change for the better.

Apple supplier Inventec, who appears to be the sole provider of Apple’s AirPods at this time, has started expanding capacity at its plants to satisfy worldwide demand for the wireless devices.

A current report via the Economic Daily New indicates that Inventec has brought on extra shifts and is expanding manufacturing capacity and working hours for assembly staff building the device.

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