February 2017

Monday Morning News

The latest on the iPhone front is that this year’s iPhone will not include a wireless charger, USB-C to Lightning, or headphone jack adapter in the box. The 5-inch model rumoured to be released alongside the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models will be the one with the OLED display and glass casing, with wireless charging coming as an optional extra.

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Friday Morning News

Everyone’s favourite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says all three new iPhones this year will feature wireless charging. As wireless charging will increase the internal temperature of the device, a special “graphite sheet lamination” will be used for 3D Touch, which is also expected to drive up the cost by about $5 per device, which will translate to a higher overall cost.

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Thursday Morning News

Fast Company speculates this year’s iPhone will be priced at over $1000. That’s might be a given for us Australians in our local currency, but when you realise that they’re talking about US dollars, that’s quite a few clams. An OLED display that stretches across the entire front of the phone, the back is supposedly going to be glass, and we’ll probably see some kind of refresh for the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones (the new iPhone is rumoured to have a 5.8-inch display).

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Wednesday Morning News

OK, first things first: Apple’s Ultra Accessory Connector, or UAC, wasn’t made by Apple, and it isn’t new. Although the UAC port is smaller than both Lightning and USB-C, it already exists on some digital cameras. Ars Technica says the UAC is just another regular connector for the USB spec, even though it isn’t as widely used as some alternatives. The reason it’s being added to the Made for iPhone program is because licensees want it, not because Apple wants to move away from Lightning or USB-C.

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Tuesday Morning News

The case of the State of Washington versus Trump wants to halt a recent executive order by US President Trump that imposes strict immigration restrictions on residents of several predominantly Muslim countries. Now, Apple along with 95 other tech companies have added their support to the lawsuit, saying that America is a nation of immigrants and that the executive order lacks any precedent.

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Monday Morning News

Bloomberg reports Apple is set to start making iPhones in India by the end of April. India is a large untapped market for Apple, and in partnership with Taiwanese company Wistron Corp, Apple will soon be manufacturing iPhones locally in Bangalore’s tech capital of Karnataka. It’s expected making iPhones locally will help with Apple’s plans to introduce Apple retail stores into India.

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Friday Morning News

Bloomberg tells us about the possibility of Apple using ARM chips in Macs, even though there’s already an ARM chip that powers the Touch Bar with Touch ID. It’s said this extra ARM chip will help with the low-power functionality of future Macs, working when features such as Power Nap are activated to perform backups or fetch data while the computer is sleeping.

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Thursday Morning News

If there was something wrong with Apple’s products, or how the company is perceived, you wouldn’t know it by looking at Apple’s financials. Apple reported record Q1 2017 financial results yesterday, with $78.4 billion in revenue and $17.9 billion in profit. Apple CEO Tim Cook says they sold more iPhones than ever before, with revenue records also being set for the iPhone, services, Mac, and the Apple Watch.

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Wednesday Morning News

For all of its pixels and the convenience of being able to connect it to your new MacBook Pro using a single USB-C cable, the LG UltraFine 5K display has a flaw where it can become unusable when placed within two metres of a wireless router. 9to5Mac says using the UltraFine 5K any closer to a Wi-Fi router can result in the display disconnecting from the laptop, and in some cases even freezing the laptop, requiring a reboot. LG has acknowledged the issue, and recommended that users position the display away from sources of interference.

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