Quanta Computer to kick off mass production of Apple Watch in January 2015

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As Apple shoots to bring its smartwatch to market in early-2015, news reports Tuesday asserted that the Cupertino firm has commissioned contract manufacturer Quanta Computer to start mass producing Apple Watches in January 2015, citing supply chain rumors first mentioned by Apple Daily [Google Translate] and reposted by GforGames.

Apparently Taiwan-based Quanta is the only manufacturer tasked with building the device, the story goes, contradicting earlier rumors that mentioned both Quanta and Inventec, an iPad supplier, as Apple Watch manufacturers.

The Apple Daily report gives hope that the fashionable smartwatch could hit store shelves in time for Valentine’s Day 2015. For what it’s worth, a recent article by The Information alleged that “Apple would be lucky” to ship the device by Valentine’s Day.... Read the rest of this post here


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This might be Apple’s most incredible iPhone invention yet

Apple 3D Holographic Display

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview that the company is working on products that haven’t been covered in rumors yet, and a patent recently awarded to the company serves as a great reminder. Called Interactive holographic display device, the patent describes ways to show interactive holograms using an advanced touchscreen display on certain devices, a technology that could someday be included in future iPhone, iPad or Mac products.

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Video: How to fix a bent iPhone 6 Plus (seriously, DO NOT try this at home)

iPhone 6 Plus Bending

When Apple first unveiled the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this month, people knew right away that they were two of the most beautiful smartphones the world had ever seen. At the same time, however, there were a few curious design decisions that raised some eyebrows. One in particular is the protruding camera lens on both phones, which one critic even referred to as "appalling."

YouTube users PeripateticPandas took the opportunity to release a funny (and frightening) video that shows us one way to fix the iPhone 6's protruding camera, and now the team is back with a unique solution for "Bendgate."

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O2 now lets you charge iTunes credit to your phone bill

O2 already has a number of deals in place that allow its customers to buy digital wares and charge the cost straight to their phone bill. It now has a new partner in Apple, as the carrier's "Charge to Mobile" program has been expanded to include iTunes vouchers this week. Direct-carrier billing is supposed to be about convenience, but O2 contract and pay-as-you-go customers need to jump through a few hoops to take advantage of this new way to pay. It's handled through an O2 subsite -- o2vouchers.co.uk -- where you select an iTunes voucher of up to £30 that'll be emailed to you when the payment goes through. You then volunteer your mobile number, and you'll be sent a text you must reply to in order to approve the transaction. When the code eventually hits your inbox, you can use the credit in iTunes, iBooks and the iOS/Mac App Stores. A slightly more convoluted process than you were hoping for, we imagine, but at least you can get a fiver off a £25 voucher from now until this introductory promotion closes at the end of next week.

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Apple’s Irish tax woes deepen as European watchdog finds ‘illegal state aid’ unacceptable

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The European Commission publicized its ruling that Apple benefited from a favorable Irish tax rate, arguing that Apple’s funneling of revenues and earnings to Ireland, where the Cupertino firm cut a favorable tax deal with the Irish government in the late 1980s and early 1990s, constitutes illegal state aid, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Responding to these accusations, Apple issued a written statement denying it’s received preferential treatment from the government of Ireland. Apple is urging the need for corporate tax reform, insisting its tax arrangements in Ireland are perfectly legal.... Read the rest of this post here


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LIMITED-TIME SALE: $47 worth of awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free

Best Free iPhone Apps

Yesterday's batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free had a few solid options on it, and some of them are still available for free if you hurry. Today, however, we have a fresh batch of nifty apps — six in total — that are normally worth a combined $47 but are all free downloads for a limited time.

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Apple pushing Foxconn to hire aggressively to cope with strong iPhone 6 demand

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As Apple’s recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to face strong demand from fans around the world, the Cupertino firm has reacted by pushing its favorite contract manufacturer, Foxconn, to hire more workers to help assemble the handsets, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday.

A large-scale aggressive hiring for Foxconn facilities in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou is currently underway, with sources noting that working on assembly lines is no longer as attractive as before for workers in China.... Read the rest of this post here


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Samsung rumored to supply screens for iPad Air 2 and 12.9? iPad Pro

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Samsung Display, Samsung’s display unit and part of the company’s component-making arm, will supply Apple with high-resolution panels for an upcoming second-generation iPad Air and a rumored “iPad Pro”which is understood to feature a 12.9-inch screen, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday morning citing Korean-news outlet inews24.

Although the Cupertino firm’s been distancing itself from the South Korean conglomerate amid ad wars and legal spats, the Galaxy maker is still an important supplier for Apple. And with its leading position in mobile screen production, Samsung is best poised to ensure that Apple has ample supply of high-resolution panels for the iPad Air 2 and the rumored iPad Pro.... Read the rest of this post here


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The Apple Watch makes a surprising first public appearance

Apple Watch Photos

Apple's first smartwatch won't hit store shelves until sometime early next year but in something of an uncharacteristic move for Apple, the device is making its first public appearance on Tuesday. For one day only in celebration of Paris Fashion Week, multiple Apple Watch models making appearances at a well-known shop in Paris, France.

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The iPhone 6 is ready for its biggest challenge yet

iPhone 6 Release Date

Apple on Tuesday confirmed what various reports suggested in preceding days, launching its biggest iPhones yet in the biggest smartphone market in the world. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will start selling in China on October 17, both in local Apple retail stores and from the country’s main mobile operators. Just like in other markets, buyers will be able to preorder their chosen iPhone 6 model a week in advanced (on October 10), and reserve the device for in-store pick-up beginning with October 14.

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