Items tagged with Apple

Wake up sheeple! Merriam-Webster recently added “sheeple” to its online dictionary, and a quote regarding Apple fans was used a prime example of the word. According to Merriam-Webster, the word is naturally a blend of “sheep” and “people”. “Sheeple” are defined as “ people who are docile, compliant, or easily influenced: people likened to sheep”. Sheeple was first used in 1945, but has gained popularity over the last few years on websites like reddit, 4Chan, and Tumblr. Merriam-Webster provides two examples of sheeple. The example from CNN’s Digital Trending News Writer Doug Criss stated, “Apple's... Read more...
As you read this, you're more than likely surrounded by wireless signals. However, wouldn't it be great if those waves of energy could be utilized for purposes other than just delivering data? Apple sure thinks so, as its latest patent application thoroughly highlights. The proposed patent is titled "Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas", and refers to using wireless routers and other wireless hardware to keep devices - such as an iPhone or iPad - charged. Imagine never having to worry about the charge of your phone as long as you're inside yor home... Read more...
Venmo and PayPal may soon have some serious competition, as Apple, Inc. is reportedly developing its own person-to-person payment service. Rumor has it that Apple recently held meetings with other payment industry companies. The service would allow iPhone users to digitally send money to one another, and it is also rumored that Apple would partner with Visa in order to provide digital prepaid cards. These cards would utilize Visa’s network and be directly linked to Apple’s service. Users would be able to send “Apple Cash” to one another and use the Visa card and Apple Pay to spend the money online... Read more...
The iPhone 8 is likely to be the most dramatic update to Apple’s winning smartphone formula since its inception. Each iPhone generation that has come after the original, which launched in 2007, has seen steady progressions in design and performance. Apple's iPhone 8 expected to usher in a number of new [for an iPhone] technologies like an edge-to-edge display, through-the-display Touch ID, a next generation 10nm A11 processor and vibrant OLED technology. That’s a lot of new tech to introduce at once, and reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that iPhone 8 supplies will be severely... Read more...
It does not matter where your allegiance lies in the Mac versus PC (as in, Windows PC) debate, one thing most people can agree on is that Apple's all-in-one iMac computers are nice looking systems. However, looks will only get you so far. The iMac is need of an upgrade, and word on the web is that it's getting one in the second half of the year. Additionally, rumor has it Apple will also release a server-grade iMac by the end of the year. Citing sources from Apple's supply chain in Taiwan, Digitimes says the new server-grade iMac will feature Intel's Xeon E3-1285 v6 processor paired with 16GB to... Read more...
Apple faced some criticism over the release of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets for not doing enough to separate the newest flagships from the previous generation models. Fair enough, but with the 10th anniversary of the iPhone coming up and Apple planning to release the iPhone 8 to coincide with it, there is a reasonable expectation that it will not be just another incremental upgrade, a notion that is backed up by leaked renderings.Twitter user KK Sneak Leaks, a frequent resident of China's Weibo social network, posted some renderings of what he claims is the iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition,... Read more...
It came as quite the surprise when Apple recently introduced a new generation 9.7-inch iPad model at a lower price point than previous generation models, and with more onboard storage to boot. Does Apple just not care about the tablet market as much anymore? That might be the case, as also surprising is a new report that Apple is instructing employees to replace faulty 4th generation iPad models with iPad Air 2 tablets.An internal memo obtained by 9To5Mac reads, "Starting March 30th, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2." The memo also instructs Apple employees... Read more...
Apple’s rumored self-driving car technology may soon be a reality. Forgive us for burying the lede bit with a wonderful old time Steve Jobs reference, but regardless, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted the company permission to test self-driving vehicles on public roads. Apple joins a list of twenty-nine other companies, such as Google, NVIDIA and Tesla, that have been granted testing permits. A DMV spokeswoman noted, “Today, April 14, 2017, California Department of Motor Vehicles issued Apple, Inc. an autonomous vehicle test permit. The permit covers three vehicles, all... Read more...
It looks as though another Apple supplier might need to find an additional large customer or start thinking about a “Plan B”. Last week, it was reported that Imagination Technologies GPUs won’t be used in future iPhones (likely 2018 onwards), which sent shares in the company plunging by more than 70 percent. Today, it is Dialog Semiconductor’s time to face the music according to Bloomberg. The publication is reporting that in its effort to bring more chip design in-house, Apple will drop Dialog as a supplier of the power management integrated circuits (PMIC) that go into every iPhone it sells.... Read more...
Apple leveled some pretty serious allegations against Qualcomm earlier this year, citing anticompetitive licensing practices (among other things). The Cupertino, California-based company likened Qualcomm’s practices to extortion and asked for $1 billion in payments that were allegedly withheld. “Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties,” said Apple back in late January. “We are extremely disappointed in the way Qualcomm is conducting its business with us and unfortunately after years of disagreement... Read more...
Apparently Apple was not bluffing last week when it told longtime partner Imagination Technologies that it was parting ways and planning to build its own graphics processors for use in iPhone and iPad devices. While that could have been a negotiating tactic (and still might be), Apple has posted job listings looking for help in developing home grown GPUs for mobile products. Imagination Technologies has been licensing its graphics technology to Apple for many years, dating back to the iPod era. Its graphics IP is found in several of Apple's products, including its iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even Apple... Read more...
As if we needed more examples to demonstrate how outdated Apple’s current Mac Pro line is, a $1500 USD AMD Ryzen R7 1700 powered PC recently smoked a loaded $5500 Mac Pro in a Photoshop benchmark. Tech Guy posted the showdown to his YouTube channel recently as part of a series for content creators to understand the differences between different systems. Mac Pros have maintained a strong reputation among creative professionals despite lacking any revisions since 2013. The two computers tested have more or less analogous CPUs on the surface, each housing 8-cores clocked at 3.0GHz. Both systems are... Read more...
The iPhone 8 is expected to be the most significant upgrade to Apple’s flagship smartphone range to date. The iPhone 8 will likely usher in an all-new premium design with an OLED display, and demand is expected to initially far outpace supply. The iPhone 8 will likely be unveiled alongside both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus — both of which will be slight refreshes of the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These “lesser” iPhones are expected to be available shortly after their official September announcement. However, Apple analyst Brian White says that the iPhone 8 will... Read more...
Shrimp on the barbie? Try Apple on the barbie. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Apple over “Error 53”, which bricked iPhones and iPads last year that were repaired by third-parties. The ACCC claims that the forced software bricking violated Australian consumer law. Last February, several iPhone 6 users received the “Error 53” message after trying to upgrade to iOS 9. The message effectively bricked the phones. It turns out that these users had repaired their screens and other components through "unauthorized" third-party service centers. iPhone 6 screen replacements... Read more...
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