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Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in June, refutes reports of delays

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 08:31
Category: Developer, iPad, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”

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Rumor: 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times slip, refreshed units rumored around WWDC

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Date: Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 07:20
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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It’s the shipping times that tend to give away when a new product is in the works.

Over the past several weeks, the shipping times for Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro have increased, jumping from one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks.

With the Worldwide Developers Conference taking place next month and Apple typically announcing new products at this event, Intel’s current Broadwell chip is rumored to be in short supply. As a result, it’s unknown as to whether Apple will refresh the 15-inch notebook, which was last updated in the summer of 2014.

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Apple begins to ship space gray, space black Apple Watch units with link bracelet, modern buckles

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 07:53
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

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If you ordered a space gray or space black Apple Watch with a link bracelet or modern buckle, it might be on its way.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a number of customers who ordered this model have recently received shipment notifications that the units had been shipped. The units feature an additional anodizing step, while the link bracelet is an intricate design — indicates that Apple could be on the verge of catching up with initial demand.

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Rumor: Rose gold color, 12MP camera, additional RAM, other features planned for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, 07:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is humming about the next-gen iPhone for 2015. So far, there are rumors of a rose gold casing color similar to the Apple Watch Edition, a 12-megapixel camera and 2-gigabytes of RAM and other changes.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a new research note on Tuesday, in which he revealed a number of changes planned for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6s.” Specifically, he said that Apple will offer a new rose gold option, though he didn’t indicate how much the high-end luxury model might cost.

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Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1,200 meter swim test, other challenges

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly unharmed by even the most daunting submerged water tests.

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Rumor: Apple exploring silver nanowire technology for 12.9-inch iPad

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 07:39
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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I’m not entirely sure what nanowire is, but it sounds pretty cool.

A new report claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12.9-inch iPad.

The quote reads as follows:

“Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.”

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Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/GPU manufactured via Samsung’s 28-Nanometer process

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Processors, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus used 20-nanometer A8 processors.

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Apple’s iOS devices, ResearchKit being incorporated into DNA studies

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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The iOS is being used for some pretty neat DNA studies.

A series of five new apps based on Apple’s ResearchKit, including one called ‘mPower”, has allowed researchers to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as help recruit thousands of study participants in a few days.

“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

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Apple edges closer to offering in-store pickup for Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 07:54
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You might be able to pick up an Apple Watch from an Apple Store location in the relatively near future.

Following a change to its web site, Apple is apparently preparing to have the Apple Watch available as an in-store item that can be picked up in the United States and other launch countries. The option has been revamped to “available soon” on the Apple Online Store and within the Apple Store app. The news is mixed, as the option remains grayed out on Apple’s website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple’s Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live.

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Apple confirms existence of “Applebot” web crawler, says program indexes the Web for Siri, Spotlight

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 07:30
Category: News, Software

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Sometimes it’s the Web traffic logs that really let you know what Apple is up to.

Last fall, a number of webmasters began seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17, an IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called “Applebot”.

As of now, Applebot is the web crawler utilized by Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The program respects the customary robots.txt and robots meta tags used by most crawler programs.

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