Disney creates prototype living room with ubiquitous wireless power delivery

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

While speculation keeps mounting that iPhone 8 might come outfitted with some kind of wireless charging technology, a research arm of the entertainment conglomerate Disney has engineered and shown off a prototype living room capable of ubiquitous power delivery over-the-air without requiring any cables, wires or charging pads.

The solution is based on aluminum panels, which cover the walls, ceiling and floor, a single generator located just outside the room and a copper pipe containing more than a dozen capacitors which are capable of setting the electromagnetic frequency of the structure and finding the electric fields. Read More

 

Apple submits third FCC filing for its mystery Bluetooth and NFC device

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple has submitted its third filing for a mystery Bluetooth and NFC device with the US Federal Communications Commission (FTC). The original “Wireless Device” was first uncovered in an FCC filing back in September 2016, with a second appearance last month.

The latest update concerns a device with the model number A1845 and is generally similar to Apple’s prior submissions. The filing doesn’t seem to be for Apple’s rumored Siri-powered appliance akin to Amazon Echo wireless speakers because it lacks built-in Wi-Fi. Read More

 

Apple has joined Wireless Power Consortium, giving credence to rumors of wireless charging in iPhone 8

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple has officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a multinational technology consortium which creates and promotes market adoption of its ubiquitous interface standard Qi (pronounced chee) that’s being used for wireless charging across a number of consumer electronics devices.

The move could be interpreted as another sign that Apple’s rumored iPhone 8 might come with wireless charging capabilities, as rumored. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 8 won’t ship with wireless charger, USB-C cable or headphone jack adapter

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2017

Japanese blog Mac Otakara claimed Saturday that iPhone 8’s rumored wireless charging feature may require a dedicated wireless charger accessory that customers would need to purchase separately. Citing reliable sources within Apple’s supply chain, the story goes on to say that iPhone 8 also won’t ship with the 3.5mm headphone jack adapter found in the iPhone 7 box nor will it come with a Lightning to USB-C cable as some have hoped. Read More

 

iPhone 8 again rumored to sport iris scanning and wireless charging

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2017

Apple’s iPhone 8 is (again) rumored to feature wireless charging and iris scanning to permit users to authenticate themselves securely with their eyes, DigiTimes reported Friday. The report, citing sources from Apple’s supply chain, adds that the Cupertino company has moved up iPhone 8 production earlier than the schedule in previous years.

According to the report, suppliers are scheduled to begin delivering parts and components for Apple’s tenth anniversary handset later in the first quarter of this year. Read More

 

Following delay, Apple’s W1-equipped BeatsX are now available for purchase

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2017

Following an extended delay, Apple’s BeatsX earphones are now available for purchase from Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and other retailers. The $150 earphones file as Apple’s most affordable audio product powered by the in-house designed W1 wireless chip, also found in the $160 AirPods, $200 PowerBeats3 and $300 Beats Solo3 headphones. The W1 chip enables seamless iCloud pairing with Apple devices and reliable wireless audio connection. BeatsX also work on non-Apple hardware as standard Bluetooth headsets.

The earbuds sport 8-hour battery life and come with a Siri-compatible RemoteTalk with built-in playback controls that let you control your music without using Siri. Read More

 

KGI: all 2017 iPhones to have wireless charging, iPhone 8’s 3D Touch pricier to build

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a new note to clients, obtained by MacRumors, that all new models of iPhone introduced this year would feature wireless charging. In addition, the report cautions that production costs of iPhone 8’s enhanced 3D Touch module might rise between 30 and 50 percent.

A report yesterday by FastCo stated Apple would pass any increased production costs stemming from iPhone 8’s OLED screen and other hardware advances onto the consumer, speculating that the final sale price of iPhone 8 could pass $1,000 in US. Read More

 

BeatsX earphones will be available to buy this Friday, two new colors added

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017

Corroborating yesterday’s report, CNET today said that the upcoming BeatsX earphones with the Apple W1 wireless chip and a new neckband design will be launching this Friday, February 10, in the United States. The earbuds will be available to purchase from Apple.com and company-owned retail stores. Aside from the existing Black and White color options, CNET has learned that the $150 accessory will be available in two additional finishes, Gray and Blue, following this Friday’s launch. Read More

 

BeatsX earphones briefly showed as in stock in select Apple Stores ahead of launch

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

Following a recent delay of Beats X Bluetooth earphones with Apple-designed W1 wireless chip, they briefly showed as in stock in select Apple Stores this morning suggesting either an imminent launch (not very likely) or limited availability later this week (more likely). The earbuds use a flexible cord that lets them hang around your neck when not in use. Announced at the September 2016 iPhone 7 event, the accessory sports 8-hour battery life, a Siri-compatible RemoteTalk with built-in playback controls and a Lightning port for charging.

And with Fast Fuel technology, BeatsX customers will be able to get approximately two hours of playback time with a quick five-minute charge. Read More

 

How to check for software updates for your Beats audio accessories

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 4, 2017

If you have Beats-branded audio devices, then they might have a firmware installed on it that sometimes need to be updated.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to check for updates for any of your supported Beats devices. Keep in mind that some Beats audio devices do not need to be updated. Read More

 
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