Apple Support Forums Down, Possibly for Update

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We'll be back.

Apple’s support forums are down. The company didn’t specify what it was doing, but the graphic put in place of the forums says, “We are busy updating Apple Support Communities for you and will be back shortly.” [Update: the forums are back up.]

Apple Already Patched Most CIA Hacks From Wikileaks Report

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According to the Wikileaks Vault 7 information dump, the CIA has been hard at work developing hacks to get into the data on our iPhones. Most of the exploits listed in the report, however, are already patched and Apple is working on taking care of the remaining few.

Here’s Your Chance to Buy a Steve Jobs Autographed NexTWORLD Poster

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Steve Jobs Autographed NeXTWORLD Poster

Here’s your chance to get something autographed by Steve Jobs, but you’ll need to bring your wallet. An auction for a NeXTWORLD poster autographed by Steve Jobs currently has 31 bids and stands at US$11,000. The poster, which was autographed by Steve Jobs in 1992, is part of an online auction by RR Auction. Bidding ends on March 8th.

WWDC 2017 Student Scholarships Open on March 27

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Worldwide Developer Conference 2017 is June 5 through June 9 at San Jose's McEnery Convention Center

Applications for 2017’s Worldwide Developer Conference student scholarships opens on Monday, March 27th. Apple offers WWDC scholarships for students coding apps for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and travel assistance is available for qualifying applicants, too.

Get Ready for Faster Charging, Longer Life iPhone Batteries

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Li-on battery inventor has new tech in store

Lithium-ion batter co-inventor John Goodenough just invented what could be the next generation in mobile device batteries. His new solid state battery design can hold three times as much power compared to current li-on batteries, charges faster, and doesn’t pose any risk of exploding—a problem Samsung is all too familiar with.

New Report Backs Up 5.8-inch iPhone 8

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2017 iPhone may ship with a 5.8-inch display

Apple’s iPhone 8 may sport a 5.8-inch OLED display, according to a new report. Just like other reports, this one says Apple plans to release two LED screen iPhones.

No, Apple Isn't Dropping Lighting for USB-C on the iPhone 8

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Apple sticking with Lighting instead of switching to USB-C for new iPhones

A report from earlier this week said Apple is abandoning the iPhone’s Lightning port in favor of USB-C, and now we’re hearing that’s not the case. Instead, Apple will stick with the Lightning conector and add support for USB Type-C power delivery for faster charging.

New Touch ID Tech Pushing iPhone 8 Production to September

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iPhone 8 to get bigger battery and wireless charging

Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint technology is getting a major revamp in the iPhone 8, and that’s pushing the start of production out to September. The later production date means Apple won’t hit the usual September shipping window for its flagship model.

Kelly Guimont Talks IoT and More on MacVoices

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Chuck Joiner asks Kelly Guimont about Internet of Things on MacVoices

The Mac Observer’s Kelly Guimont, who you can hear regularly on TMO’s Daily Observations podcast, joined Chuck Joiner this week on MacVoices. Chuck quizzed her about Internet of Things, backup strategies, upgrading your tech gear, favorite iOS apps, and more. MacVoices is a video podcast, but there’s an audio version available, too. You can check out Chuck’s interview with Kelly at the MacVoices website, or on Apple’s iTunes Store as audio or video.

Apple Updates HomeKit Automation Webpage

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Apple updated its HomeKit page with a fresh, new look. It includes a brief video that shows the power of HomeKit automation with iOS 10. Examples in the video include lights, window shades, coffee makers, door locks and thermostats. Apple also has several sections that give details of different areas of the Home app.