Rumor: Apple working on “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks for second quarter

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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It wasn’t mentioned in the press event yesterday, but Apple may have some “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks en route.

According to the sometimes-very-accurate DigiTimes, Apple may have the new notebooks ready for the end of the second quarter.

The second calendar quarter ends on June 30, meaning that new Macs could feasibly be introduced by WWDC 2016, which will likely take place between June 13-17 based on scheduling information available from the Moscone Center.

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iPhone 7 Plus leaked images go live, point towards hardware changes

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 16:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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This may just be the iPhone 7 Plus.

A leaked photo of the upcoming handset has leaked onto Chinese website Bastille Post.

The centerpiece of the photo is what appears to be a dual-lens camera as well as a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure for it, which breaks from the two separate circular openings that were rumored for the component.

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Hardware hack for San Bernadino iPhone 5c possible but risky

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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The data onboard the iPhone 5c at the heart of the decryption/unlocking scandal could be accessible via a hardware technique.

This hardware technique, apparently, isn’t for the faint of heart.

In recent days, the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology fellow and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have suggested a method that would let investigators repeatedly guess the iPhone’s password.

Federal investigators fear San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have configured his work phone to use an Apple security feature that erases a key for decrypting data after 10 incorrect guesses of the phone’s password.

The forensic technique to get at the data, known as “chip off,” involves removing a NAND flash memory chip and copying its data. If successful, this would yield a decryption key that can be restored if it is erased after incorrect guesses.

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Samsung announces 256GB flash chips, could point the way towards increased storage for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 13:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could turn into something really cool.

Samsung announced on Thursday that it’s now mass producing 256GB embedded flash memory chips for smartphones and other devices. The new memory chips are smaller than a microSD card and can pack up to 256GB thanks to Samsung’s V-Nand technology.

Based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 specification, the new memory is almost twice as fast as SATA-based solid state storage drives on PCS, Samsung says. The new memory uses two lanes of data transfer to reach speeds of up to 850 megabytes per second (MB/s).

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Leaked iPad Air 3 casing images hint at Smart Connector, new camera layout, additional speakers

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 08:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Asian Mac site Macotakara recently found an image of what could be the iPad Air 3 casing. The leaked case design suggests some of the potential new design changes that the iPad Air 3 could feature when it launches to the public.

The leaked image shows what appears to be a cutout for the Smart Connector. Apple first introduced this connection with the iPad Pro, using it for a more stable and reliable connection for things like keyboards. This case leak suggests that Apple plans to add the Smart Connector to the iPad Air lineup with the March revision.

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Adobe renames “Flash Professional CC” to “Animate CC”, begins to veer away from Flash towards HTML5

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:24
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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One of Steve Jobs’ wishes finally came true as Adobe begins to veer away from Flash and adopt HTML5.

Adobe has announced plans to rebrand its Flash Professional CC software as Animate CC to acknowledge a growing shift away from Flash.

The company explained than a third of content created in Flash Pro CC uses HTML5, leading the company to rename the software to “accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond.”

As such, the name of Flash Professional CC has been changed to Animate CC, which Adobe said will feature updates for the software, including improved drawing, illustration, and authoring support and integration with Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries.

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iFixit completes teardown of iPad Air, posts findings

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News

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Without question or delay, the coolest of felines over at iFixit tore the new iPad Pro down and posted the results.

And there’s some pretty cool stuff in there.

The teardown process found the following components within the unit:

– A 38.8 watt-hour battery split into two cells.

– Four self-balancing speakers with accompanying enclosures.

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Researchers demonstrate proof of concept for firmware worm that can directly target Macs

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Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015, 16:00
Category: Hack, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security, Software

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It’s generally been accepted that Apple’s computers are much more secure than their Windows PC counterparts.

This isn’t entirely true, as a part of researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs. The researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

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Intel, Micron announce 3D XPoint memory project, cite speeds of 1,000x faster than NAND memory

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Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Hardware, News

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If you thought your NAND Flash-based solid state drive was fast, this will blow you away.

Intel and Micron announced 3D XPoint memory on Tuesday. The project looks into a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

3D XPoint is said to be up to 1,000 times faster than NAND with up to 1,000 times greater endurance, while packing in 10 times the density of conventional DRAM components.

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Apple releases MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0 for mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pro units

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Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, 05:19
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software

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If you were having problems with the flash storage on your swanky new 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro, this might be the solution.

Apple has issued the first firmware update for the 2015 Retina MacBook Pro notebooks. The update, labeled “MacBook Pro Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.0”, is intended for the new MacBook Pros with Force Touch trackpads and is intended to fix an issue with flash storage and prevent potential data corruption.

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