The AirPower charger is also more advanced than the current competition because it includes a custom Apple chip running a stripped down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices. Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar. They asked not to be identified discussing a product that hasn’t been released yet.
The company plans to produce the charger with Pegatron Corp., which also builds some iPhones, according to a person familiar with the arrangement.
Apple didn’t say when in 2018 it would release AirPower, but engineers hoped to launch the charger by June. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people. In recent months, some Apple engineers have ramped up testing of the device by using it as their charger at the office, another person said.
“Hopefully, Apple learns a lesson to only announce products that are for sure shipping soon or immediately after announcing,” said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at research firm Creative Strategies. Still, he sees little impact in the long-term because the AirPower product is part of a much larger strategy that will develop over years, not months or quarters.
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If you’re in need of a new computer (especially students), summer can be a great time to load up on technology deals, before heading back to campus especially in the fall. Via Amazon, for today only, the site’s clearance retailer, Woot, is selling a 2015 iMac for $1500. The offer expires just before midnight Pacific on Tuesday.
Apple is finally getting a bit more friendly with third party music-streaming apps when it comes to Siri. Music-streaming companies like Spotify will soon be able to let users utilize Siri controls to play music through their apps thanks to Apple’s newly-anno…
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When Apple introduced the HomePod, the hope was that the Cupertino company could make inroads into a market primarily dominated by Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo products, and Google Home. However, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the question is arising wondering if Apple was too late to the game, or is it just a matter of needing to improve Siri?
Apple has just hired John Giannandrea, one of Google’s top AI executives. Giannandrea, was previously Google’s Head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports. According to a statement from Apple, Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” leading many to believe that the company may finally be upping its efforts to improve on Siri. He will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.
Phone cases can come in all shapes and sizes, and certainly prices, especially when it comes to cases for the iPhone. Apple’s own offerings generally are more on the premium side, particularly their leather cases, but can also offer great protection. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting to change cases, or perhaps just a different color for your iPhone X, Amazon is running a great sale on various leather cases. Read on for more!
The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company. The site will also let customers correct personal information, temporarily deactivate their account, and completely delete it. The new privacy controls are designed to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which kicks in May 25, the Cupertino, California-based company said.
While Apple may get chided at times for the lack of features on Siri, or other issues related to their focus on privacy, it seems like with the recent Facebook debacle, their efforts may be paying off. Or as Tim Cook put it:
The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.
In light of the recent Facebook events, what steps have you taken readers to strengthen up your privacy? Feel free to discuss below!