Rumor: Apple to begin manufacturing 12-inch MacBook Air in Q1 of 2015

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Date: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, 11:46
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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There might be a kernel of truth here.

Per 9to5Mac and DigiTimes, Apple will begin production of its 12-inch MacBook Air in the first quarter of 2015, as production ramps at manufacturer Quanta. The device is expected to be razor-thin with just one USB Type C port doubling as both power and connectivity.

The price point of this device is not yet known. Interestingly, Digitimes reports that the device will usurp the 11-inch Air in the lineup, perhaps suggesting that the 12-inch Air will be in the same ballpark as far as price is concerned.

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Rumor: 2015 12-inch MacBook Air to undergo radical case, design changes

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Date: Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, 10:48
Category: MacBook Air, Rumor, Uncategorized

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If the rumors are true, the body for the 2015 MacBook Air is about to go through a radical change. Per 9to5Mac, sources within Apple have stated that the new design will change standards such as full-sized USB ports, MagSafe connectors, and SD card slots in favor of a markedly thinner and lighter body with a higher-resolution display.

The 12-inch MacBook Air will be considerably smaller than the current 13-inch version, yet also slightly narrower than the 11-inch model. The new 12-inch version is approximately a quarter-of-an-inch narrower than the 11-inch version, yet it is also a quarter-of-an-inch taller in order to accommodate the slightly larger display. In order to fit the larger screen into a footprint about the size of the current 11-inch model, the bezels on the display have been reduced on all sides.

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Rumor: Samsung fanless notebook hints at upcoming fanless 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air

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Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:38
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air may be fanless thanks to Samsung.

Per 9to5Mac and The Verge, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9 ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. Interestingly, this notebook features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as ‘Retina’. For comparison, the ‘Retina’ 15 inch MacBook Pro has 216 pixels-per-inch. The Book 9 is powered by a next-generation Broadwell CPU, which has drastically lower power consumption and heat dissipation enabling the product to be fanless.

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WireLurker security paper released, discusses potential next generation of OS X, iOS malware

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Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014, 02:30
Category: iOS, News, security

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Not that you should be entirely paranoid about malware on your OS X and iOS devices, but a little caution couldn’t hurt.

Per Palo Alto Networks, a new paper has been published on WireLurker, a family of malware targeting both Mac OS and iOS systems for the past six months. It’s believed that WireLurker could herald in a new generation of malware on Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms given the following characteristics:
- It is only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB.

- It is the first malware to automate generation of malicious iOS applications, through binary file replacement.

- It is the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.

- It is the first in-the-wild malware to install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise provisioning.

WireLurker was used to trojanize 467 OS X applications on the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party Mac application store in China. In the past six months, these 467 infected applications were downloaded over 356,104 times and may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users.

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Feature list surfaces for USB Type 3 protocol, cables to carry audio, video, power

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Date: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 10:16
Category: Hardware, News

There’s a lot to be said for a reversible cable.

And if it carries different kinds of data, that’s even better.

Per Macworld, industry groups VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group outlined some of the specs of the upcoming, reversible Type-C USB cable. The cable, which is said to offer USB 3.1′s 10Gbps of data transfer speed, will also carry up to 100 watts of power and be able to deliver audio and video signals via DisplayPort technology.

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These features come courtesy of the “Alternate Mode” technology introduced in the recent USB Power Delivery specification—the one that enables 100W power delivery. Alternate Mode essentially lets Type-C be used for more than mere data transfer by allowing “Structured Vendor Defined Messages” to repurpose the pins in the cable for alternative uses. VESA’s “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” announced today leverages those capabilities.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks update

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Date: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 11:49
Category: Mavericks, News, security, Software

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In the midst of the iPhone 6 hype and hoopla, a major operating system update just hit.

Late Wednesday, Apple released OS X 10.9.5, which includes the following fixes and changes:

- Safari version 7.0.6.

- Fix for VPN-related vulnerability.

- Fix for file access from SMB servers.

- Fix for the reliability of virtual private network connections that use USB Smart Cards as IDs.

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Video shows new, reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 16:54
Category: Accessory, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, Lightning, Patents, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Last week presented us with a look at a new cable rumored to be coming from Apple with the iPhone 6. This new USB to Lightning cable has a reversible USB connector, meaning you can insert it into an ordinary USB port in both orientations just like the Lightning end. Now MacRumors points us toward a video, posted by the same person as earlier photos, showing the cable being plugged in both ways.

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Apple releases first OS X 10.9.5 beta, Safari seeds, to developer community

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Date: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 10:04
Category: News, Software

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The first beta for OS X 10.9.5 as well as the new Safari builds are out the door.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday pushed out to developers the first beta of the upcoming OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks maintenance update alongside new builds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.0.6.

The new OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks seed, build number 13F7, comes one month to the day after Apple released OS X 10.9.4 to the public in June, which brought fixes for Wi-Fi connectivity and wake-from-sleep bugs.

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Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences shows backdoors on every iOS device, questionable services being run

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 16:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

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There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including “Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.”

In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed DROPOUTJEEP was reveled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly gave the agency almost complete access to the iPhone.

The leaked document, dated 2008, noted that the malware required “implant via close access methods” (presumably physical access to the iPhone) but ominously noted that “a remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.”

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British iOS device repair firm finds connection between third-party USB adapters and damage to iPhone 5 power management components

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

You know those nice, cheap third-party iPhone cables you can buy for dirt cheap at the check out line at the convenience store? They might be capable of damaging a power management component in the iPhone 5 handset.

Per iOS device repair firm mendmyl, a series of damaged power management components in Apple’s iPhone 5 handset has been traced back to unofficial USB adapters as well as USB-to-Lightning cables.

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The working theory, though not officially confirmed, is that the third-party charging accessories do not properly regulate electrical current as it flows into the handset, which will then either burn out or render a power distribution component labeled “U2″, which is located just beneath the A6 processor on the iPhone’s logic board. The U2 component routes power to the iPhone 5′s battery and integrated charging controller as well as the sleep/wake button and controls certain USB functions for the handset.

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