iFixit matches Apple’s $29 replacement iPhone battery price in wake of slowdown controversy

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Date: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018, 03:35
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

iFixit has now matched Apple’s $29 price for battery replacement kits for older iPhones.

The change follows up on Apple’s consolation for its iPhone slowdown policies. Apple itself got in trouble when it fessed up to slowing down iPhones with older batteries and apologized for not being more transparent.

“About a year ago in iOS 10.2.1, we delivered a software update that improves power management during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE,” the company wrote in a rare open letter apology. “While these changes may go unnoticed, in some cases users may experience longer launch times for apps and other reductions in performance.”

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Apple now involved in eight U.S.-based lawsuits, one Israel lawsuit following iPhone battery slowdown scandal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:59
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

When it rains it pours.

Apple is presently facing no less than eight individual lawsuits over claims it artificially slowed down iPhones with aging batteries. The cases were filed in U.S. Federal Courts in California, Illinois, and New York.

Each of these cases is pushing for class action status.

The first cases were filed in California and Illinois just after Apple confirmed the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all experience slower performance as their batteries age.

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Apple Watch glucose sensor could still be years away from introduction according to industry experts

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Wearables

Apple’s efforts to develop a non-invasive glucose monitoring system using the Apple Watch may still be a few years away.

Per two sources close to the story, Apple is continuing research on a noninvasive continuous glucose reader, but the technology is still considered to be years away according to industry experts.

The story comes a few months after CNBC reported that Apple had devoted a team of experts to developing an Apple Watch technology that could monitor blood sugar levels throughout the day. It was later reported that Tim Cook has actively tested glucose monitors on Apple’s campus which he has since acknowledged.

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Rumor: Apple could look to MediaTek for iPhone modem components as legal dispute with Qualcomm drags on

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, Rumor

Amidst the ongoing legal kerfuffle between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple may be eyeing a partnership with Taiwan’s MediaTek, which could supply baseband modem chipsets for iPhones beginning in 2018.

The story was first broken by DigiTimes, which has a hit-or-miss track record on stories such as these, but has landed some good scoops where iPhone components are concerned.

An anonymous source stated that MediaTek “has a chance” to secure modem orders from Apple. As of now, Apple has already transferred half of its iPhone modem chipsets from Qualcomm to Intel, following Apple’s lawsuit filed earlier this year, accusing Qualcomm of withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature upgraded TrueDepth camera system, larger-capacity batteries

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

It’s thought that an upgraded TrueDepth camera system in a next-gen iPhone, while spiffy, will require larger-capacity batteries.

Per KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries.

The analyst offered the following quote regarding the topic:

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Rumor: Apple developing next-gen Apple Watch with built-in EKG reader

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Date: Friday, December 22nd, 2017, 03:01
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, Rumor, Wearables

It’s a rumor, but it’s an interesting rumor.

Apple is thought to be building an EKG heart monitor into the next generation of its Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 3 already features an all-day heart rate monitor that tracks beats per minute while wearing, but third-party accessories are needed to add EKG functionality.

It’s thought that the version being tested will have the user squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device according to one of the sources. The Apple Watch will then pass an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.

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Apple admits to throttling iOS performance on older iPhone models since 2016, cites battery-related/altruistic reasons for practice

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:45
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Well, this isn’t good.

Following years of suspicion from critics, Apple may have admitted to secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

After years of anecdotal evidence that the company was purposely slowing performance to compel users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, offering the following comments as to the practice:

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Analyst predicts second-get AirPods due in second half of 2018

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Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, 03:47
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

Apple seems likely to release an upgraded version of the AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Per Kuo’s latest research note:

Media reports over the past few days on brisk AirPods demand and Apple struggling to keep up with holiday season demand align with our findings and positive predictions on AirPods in several previous reports. […]

In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq.

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Apple launches iMac Pro, 8-core, 10-core, 14-core and 18-core models available for order and pre-order

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2017, 03:20
Category: Hardware, iMac Pro, News, retail, Thunderbolt

The all-powerful iMac Pro you’ve been hankering for is now available.

Apple has announced that its 8-core and 10-core iMac Pro models start at $4,999 and $5,799 respectively and currently ship by late December in the United States, while 14-core and 18-core models starting at $6,599 and $7,399 can also be ordered today, but aren’t estimated to ship for 6-8 weeks, which pushes deliveries into February.

Each iMac Pro configuration has optional upgrades for storage, memory, and graphics, the ultimate, maxed-out, high-end 18-core unit with 4TB of SSD, 128GB of ECC RAM and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory retailing for $13,199.

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8 and 10-core iMac Pros to ship this week, 14 and 18-core units to ship in early 2018

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2017, 03:26
Category: Hardware, iMac, iMac Pro, News, Processors, retail

There’s a timeline for the release of the iMac Pro you might be hankering for.

The iMac Pro’s 8 and 10-core models will be available this week while the high-end 18-core iMac Pro will ship early next year, alongside an unannounced 14-core model that will apparently be added to the lineup for a total of four Intel Xeon processor configurations.

In early testing, the 10-core iMac Pro clocked in at 3.0GHz with a Geekbench score just over 37,400. This puts the computer at 93 percent faster than the latest 27-inch 5K iMac and up to 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro.

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