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September 30, 2016

Apple Building $45 Million Hardware Development Facility in China

In a new report from the WSJ, Apple is planning to build a new $45 million research facility in Beijing, China’s new science park in the city’s Wangjing area. The new research facility, which will be Apple’s first in the country, will focus primarily on the development of hardware.

According to the state owned Zhongguancun Science Park Administrative Committee, the new research facility will help boost the Chinese economy and help Apple better compete against Chinese phone makers who have significantly reduced Apple’s dominating smartphone marketshare in recent years. The new research facility is expected to employ 500 [...]

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September 28, 2016

Apple, Deloitte Form Partnership to Help Businesses Adopt iPhone, iPad

Electronics giant Apple and premier consulting firm Deloitte recently entered into a partnership to help businesses “quickly and easily change the way they work”.

As a part of the new partnership, Apple and Deloitte will develop EnterpriseNext, a new program designed to help companies take full advantage of the iOS ecosystem of hardware, software and services. As a part of this program, Deloitte will create its first ever Apple practice with over 5,000 strategic advisors who will help companies redesign their technology infrastructure from retail to recruiting to R&D to inventory management and everything in-between.

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September 27, 2016

IHS Analyst Predicts New Apple MacBook Pro, MacBook Air Coming October 2016

Last month, we heard rumblings in the industry that Apple may be launching a complete redesign of the MacBook Pro for the first time in 4 years. Since then we haven’t heard much about the rumored notebook launch despite Apple launching the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus earlier this month.

That said, in a recent interview by Forbes, Director of Tablet and Notebook PCs at IHS Market Technology, Rhonda Alexander believes that not only will a there be a refresh of the 13.3″ and 15.3″ MacBook Pro, but the 13.3″ MacBook Air will be refreshed as well. According to Alexander, production of these laptops already started in calendar 2Q2016 and the products are [...]

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August 11, 2016

Apple Rumored to Overhaul MacBook Pro for the First Time in 4 Years

Bloomberg recently reported that Apple may be completely redesigning the MacBook Pro for the first time in 4 years.

According to Bloomberg sources familiar with the matter, the new MacBook Pro will be thinner, include a new touch screen strip for function keys, USB Type-C ports, fingerprint scanner, and a more powerful graphics card likely based on AMD’s latest Polaris GPU.  Apple is redesigning their MacBook Pros at a time when iPad and iPhone sales are down as consumers are waiting longer to upgrade devices.

Apple is also expected launching their new Mac OS Sierra operating system this fall, which may coincide with the MacBook Pro launch. The [...]

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July 14, 2016

Razer Launches Ultra Low Profile Mechanical Switches in iPad Pro Case

Several years ago, Razer developed and adopted their own mechanical keyboard switches for their mechanical keyboard lineup. While Razer switches gave Razer far more control over their product and likely helped reduce costs in the process, Razer’s switches still largely imitated the designs of Cherry MX switches and aside from the switches being called Razer switches, it didn’t offer much benefit for the consumer.

Capitalizing on their switch development experience however, Razer recently introduced their new ultra-low profile switch which is designed to carry the same click and tactile feel of a Razer Green switch, but comes in [...]

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January 29, 2014

Apple Could Face Fines for 4G LTE Blocking on iPhone

According to a new proposal in Belgium, Apple may have to stop blocking 4G on certain carriers in the country. The new proposal, recently approved by the Belgium Council of Ministers, requires phone makers to allow their phones to work on all “suitable” 4G networks, not just on “preferred” carriers. Despite this new proposal applying to all phone makers in general, it’s targeted at Apple who currently only allows the use of 4G on the Mobistar network.

While Apple giving exclusivity to certain companies isn’t a new thing, the problem lies in the fact that Mobistar doesn’t actually have a working 4G network. Other networks such [...]

 
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June 11, 2012

Next-Gen MacBook Pro Gets Retina Display, Nvidia Graphics, Ivy Bridge

 

Today, Apple announced a refresh of current generation MacBook Pros with the Retina Display, Ivy Bridge processors, and Nvidia Graphics.

In addition to a redesigned body, the main feature to the next generation MacBook Pro 15″ is the inclusion of the hugely popular Retina Display which has the highest pixel density of screens available on the market today. Previously only available on the iPhone 4 and iPad, it’s finally found its way onto the MacBook Pro 15″. According to Apple, the Retina Display on the new MacBook Pro 15″ will feature a pixel density of 220 ppi , a resolution of 2880×1800, a viewing angle of [...]

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June 11, 2012

2012 Macbook Pro Update Rumor – Same Design, Nvidia Kepler Graphics

Those of you looking forward to the Ivy Bridge MacBook Pros, WWDC is going to happen in a couple hours and it’s expected that Apple is going to be announcing the updated and/or refreshed 15″ MacBook Pro. Current rumors are still suggesting that Apple is only refreshing/updating the 15″ MacBook Pro with the 13″ and the 17″ to follow in the next couple months. For those of you guys who can’t wait to know what other hardware it’ll be sporting, here’s a quick glimpse at a couple photos leaked off Chinese forum WeiPhone.

As you can see, the graphics part is showing a flashy Nvidia logo (Most likely the GeForce GT 650M) [...]

 
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April 11, 2012

Rumor: Apple’s Updated 15″ MacBook Pro Coming this Month

The refreshed MacBook Pro 15″ notebook carrying Intel’s new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors may arrive as early as this month with the 13″ and 17″ models following shortly. According to Apple Insider, Apple’s order of 200,000 15″ MacBook Pros are being produced this month. The refreshed 15″ MacBook Pros are rumored to be carrying Intel’s new Core i7 3820QM and Core i7 3720QM, which feature Intel’s new HD 4000 graphics. Considering Intel’s main focus with Ivy Bridge is to increase integrated graphics performance while lowering TDP, the 2012 15″ MacBook Pro carrying the [...]

 
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February 24, 2012

Apple’s iPad Legal Woes Grow

Proview Electronics Co., Ltd., a small, failing Chinese tech firm is currently filing a lawsuit on Apple in Apple’s home turf in Santa Clara County, California. They’ve already been successful in banning sales of the iPad in a several Chinese cities such as Shijiazhuang and Hiuzhou and are currently filing lawsuits in many different Chinese jurisdictions, attempting to ban sales of iPads in China, and now the United States.

Their lawsuit hinges on a trademark dispute on the “iPad” trademark which Proview sold to Apple in 2009. Proview claims that Apple deliberately defrauded Proview during the 2009 deal when [...]

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