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Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone jack, towards Bluetooth or Lightning connector, for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.

A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new feature set

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Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

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Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more prevalent on high-end PCs

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

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Rumor: Apple to include wireless charging feature in iPhone 7

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 09:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Because, hey, wireless charging is pretty darn cool.

The current batch of rumors regarding Apple’s next-gen iPhone/the iPhone 7 includes a wireless charging feature as well as a thinner, waterproof body and no headphone jack.

The rumor hails from within Apple’s supply chain and an anonymous source has stated that the iPhone 7 will not include a headphone jack in an effort to make the device even thinner than the iPhone 6s. The device will also “very likely” be waterproof and support some form of wireless charging.

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Apple retail chief Ahrendts snags $25.8 in salary, stock and bonuses for 2015 financial year

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:04
Category: Finance, News, retail

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If you ever doubted the power of corporate bonuses, keep in mind that Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts just made almost $25.8 million in compensation last year, according to a regulatory filing.

Ahrendts, who draws a $1 million base salary, has also been awarded a $20 million stock grant, a $4 million bonus and relocation expenses of $474,981.

This is down from $73.4 million in 2014, in which Ahrendts was offered $37 million to compensate her for the value of the Burberry stock that she walked away from in accepting the Apple job, plus a new-hire stock allocation valued at $33 million.

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Apple purchases Emotient, speculation rises as to facial analysis possibilities

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Date: Friday, January 8th, 2016, 08:12
Category: Finance, News, Software

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It’s hard to say what Apple plans to do with the small companies it invariably buys, but the speculation gets interesting.

Most recently, Apple has purchased Emotient Inc., A startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions.

Emotient itself has been sold to advertisers to help assess viewer reactions to their ads as well as tested by doctors to interpret signs of pain among patients unable to express themselves, and a retailer used it to monitor shoppers’ facial expressions in store aisles, the company had said.

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Jeff Williams promoted to Apple Chief Operations Officer

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 08:31
Category: News

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The position that Apple CEO Tim Cook once held has been filled.

On December 17th, Apple announced that Jeff Williams was named the new Chief Operating Officer.

Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named vice president of Operations. Since 2010 he has overseen Apple’s entire supply chain, service and support, and the social responsibility initiatives.

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Apple posts record earnings of more than $1.1 billion in App Store sales over 2015 holiday season

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:48
Category: App Store, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, News

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The numbers are in and Apple had a killer 2015 holiday season on the App Store, customers spending over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over a two week period and $144 million in App Store spending on January 1st.

The total beat last year’s record in terms of gross purchases.

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Griffin announces Breaksafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable”, offers MagSafe’s advantages for USB-C connections

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Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Accessory, Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C

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This is why the accessory industry exists in the first place.

Apple accessory maker Griffin has recently announced a MagSafe power plug that’s compatible with the 12-inch MacBook notebook, which features a solitary USB-C port. One of the chief criticisms of the USB-C port is that it doesn’t use a magnetic connection and can damage the notebook if tripped over.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature 3D Touch, repositioned LCD flex cables

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Date: Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, 07:56
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like the iPhone 7 will feature a 3D Touch component as well as relocated LCD flex cables within its frame.

Taiwanese web site Apple.club.tw has leaked images of what are thought to be the 3D Touch chip and flex cables, the images also suggesting the backlight assembly is designed for larger than a 4-inch display.

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