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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE chip, will boast potential download speeds up to 300 Mbps

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Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, 09:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


It came from the rumor mill and it’s pretty interesting.

An anonymous source leaked that Apple will be using a new LTE chip manufactured by Qualcomm in the next-gen iPhone. The MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform, promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds.


Apple allows for wider battery coverage in updated AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables


The AppleCare+ Protection Plan terms for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch just got a little better. Apple has now included language that would cover batteries with less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 9th, 2015 or later.

The new criteria will allow for the replacement of defective batteries that do not live up to the 80 percent specification free of charge as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. Otherwise, Apple charges US$79 for out-of-warranty battery service for all Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity per Apple’s diagnostic testing, plus a US$6.95 shipping charge if required.


Apple introduces iOS 9, outlines upcoming features and changes, multitasking for iPad

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:36
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software, WWDC


Apple introduced iOS 9 during the Worldwide Developers Conference with a copious number of new changes.

As the mighty Craig Federighi took the stage, he highlighted improvements for Siri, power management, extending battery life, etc.

Federighi cited that Siri is now 40 percent faster, and comes with a new interface that matches Apple Watch, and understands contextual statements like, “show me my WWDC photos from last year.”


Apple issues recall for Beats Pill XL speaker, cites possible overheating, fire risk

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Date: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 07:19
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News


This isn’t the most auspicious beginning to Apple’s partnership with Beats.

Also, if you bought a Beats Pill XL speaker at an Apple store, there’s a chance it could catch fire.

Apple has issued a rare recall notice on the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker sold in Apple Stores and various other retailers. The voluntary recall cites a situation in which the battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. Apple purchased Beats Electronics and Beats Music for some US$3 billion in 2014. The current Beats Pill XL hardware has remained the same since Apple purchased the speaker company.


This is Nifty: Volkswagen developing Car-Net app for iOS devices

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Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, 08:20
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables


German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service, which debuted in 2014, has offered services like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available for both the iOS and Android platforms.


iFixit posts Apple Watch repair guides, tools now available for sale

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2015, 08:45
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News


For the brave of heart, iFixit has the Apple Watch repair manuals you’ve been hankering for.

The tech outfit has posted manuals as to how to replace the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch’s OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing.


Apple Watch launches quiet, most inventory spoken for

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 10:15
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


It’s Friday, April 24th, the long-awaited day of the Apple Watch launch/the Watchening.

And it’s pretty quiet out there.

Unlike many of Apple’s product launches, there isn’t much inventory of the device in the stores, the lion’s share of the inventory has been spoken for via massive pre-order sales numbers and the few stores that have units in stock are apparently experiencing long lines from customers eager to get their hands on the item.


iFixit begins teardown, analysis of Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 07:47
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables


It’s the teardown you’ve been waiting for.

The coolest of felines over at iFixit finally got their mitts on an Apple Watch and a full teardown reveals that the much-vaunted heart rate monitor is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This feature could become useful in future generations, but is not yet utilized in the first generation of the Apple Watch.

The teardown revealed that even the antenna connecting the Digital Crown to the rest of the watch is apparently made of gold, even on the low end models of the device.


iFixit posts teardown of 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News


The teardown you’ve been waiting for has been completed.

And it shows off some really nifty stuff.

The coolest of cats at iFixit have published a teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook. The feature shows just how tiny the notebook’s logic board is, coming in at 67 percent smaller than that of the MacBook Air. The piece also shows a new terraced battery design for the MacBook, allowing more batteries to be efficiently fit into a small space.


Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News


It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.