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Apple Wins a Patent for Displays with Multiple Refresh Rates

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for displays with multiple refresh rate modes. It was spotted by Patently Apple.

Apple notes that displays may be operable at a native refresh rate that is equal to the highest refresh rate at which the display has full resolution. When operating at the native refresh rate, each row of pixels may be scanned sequentially. Displays may also be operable in a high refresh rate mode with a high refresh rate. In the high refresh rate mode, the display may operate at a refresh rate that is twice the native refresh rate, three times the native refresh rate, or four times the native refresh rate (as examples). The native refresh rate may be 120 Hz and the high refresh rate may be 240 Hz, as one example. The native refresh rate may be 60 Hz and the high refresh rate may be 120 Hz, 180 Hz, or 240 Hz, as another example.

The World of Apple Leaks and Measuring Apple's Success, with Ken Ray - ACM 543

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and Mac OS Ken (Ken Ray) discuss the really weird world of Apple leaks and rumors, including how to navigate them and how they try to cover them as journalists. They also talk about how to measure Apple’s success, or more specifically, how a lot of folks outside the Apple world seem to measure Apple’s success.

A Cappella Group Recreate iPhone Sound Effects Perfectly

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

South Korean a cappella group Maytree have recreated a variety of well-known iPhone sound effects in a new video. It’s seriously impressive! The Verge said they’ve previously done the same for Windows sounds too.

Save us From a Portless iPhone

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Rumors are swirling that future iPhones may not have any ports. Ed Hardy at Cult of Mac explains why a portless iPhone would be a horrible idea.

First off, there’s iPhone recovery. If something goes seriously wrong with your iOS handset, the cure is to hook it to a Mac or PC and use recovery mode. The need for this is rare, but occasionally crops up when operating system updates go horribly wrong. Without a Lightning port, this is impossible. The only option would be to send the iPhone to Apple or an authorized repair tech. A minor hassle suddenly becomes a major one. Next, even assuming the future portless iPhone comes with MagSafe, wireless charging will still be slower than wired. And the handset itself will cost more to make because Apple will (probably) put a MagSafe charger in the box. And they’ll cost users extra because most people will want to buy extras to have additional chargers at work, in the car, etc. Plus, you can say goodbye to some great accessories…

UV Light Sterilizer with Built-in Portable Battery: $59.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeySmart CleanTray ToGo Rechargeable UV Light Sterilizer

We have a deal on the KeySmart CleanTray ToGo rechargeable UV light sterilizer. This device will sterilize your iPhone and other small items, and it features built-in wireless charging, too. You charge the sterilizer through USB-C, and it fits smartphones up to 7-inches. It’s $59.99 through our deal.