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John Brownlee John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Steve Jobs rolls over in his grave: iPad Pro could have a stylus

Could the iPad Pro come with a stylus. Photo: Xstylus

Could the iPad Pro come with a stylus. Photo: Xstylus

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is usually dead right with his predictions on upcoming Apple products. But lately, his predictions have been whoppers. First, Kuo predicted that Apple would ditch Intel chips in the Mac for ARM by 2016, and now, he’s predicting that the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be the first to ship with a stylus. If true, Steve Jobs might just roll over in his grave.

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Intel CEO says he’s not worried about Apple ditching them for ARM

Intel CEO says he’s not worried about Apple ditching them for ARM

Rumors that Apple might ditch Intel chips in the Mac for ARM-based chips of their own design are nothing new. Back in 2012, we reported that Apple would soon be dropping Intel chips from all their Macs. And earlier this year, ex-Apple-executive Jean-Louis Gassée claimed that he thought Apple would soon ditch Intel too. Heck, even Intel has said in the past it considered Apple switching to ARM on the desktop to be a very real and scary threat. Yet it still hasn’t happened. So far, it’s the rumor equivalent of the Apple HDTV: even though it endlessly comes up in the news cycle, it still hasn’t happened.

Even so, when usually accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities issued a note last week saying that Apple would fully switch from Intel to ARM by 2016, it caused a ruckus. People took the rumor more seriously than most, just based on Kuo’s amazing track record. But according to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, he’s not worried. But he’s also not denying it’s a possibility.

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The (refurbished) Retina iMac is now available at a killer price!

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

The Retina iMac is a sweet, sweet machine, but starting at $2,499, it’s one of the most expensive Macs you can buy, short of the new Mac Pro. But if you’re tempted to buy one, here’s a cheaper way to do so: the Retina iMac has finally been added to Apple’s online Refurbished store.

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The official Facebook app for iOS will now provide AMBER Alerts

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

The AMBER Alert network in your area is about to get more effective.

Social networking giant Facebook announced today that it would be teaming up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide AMBER Alerts through its official iOS app, as well as through its official website.

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Apple proposes a new settlement to anti-poaching lawsuit

(Credit: Benjamin Feenstra)

(Credit: Benjamin Feenstra)

After almost four years of fighting a court case, Apple and three other large tech companies have finally reached a deal to end the class action lawsuit against them for the anti-poaching agreements that established with one another.

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Could Apple have already lined up the sapphire supplier for the iPhone 6s?

Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s's sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Could this be our first look at the iPhone 6s’s sapphire display? Photo: Desay

Due to its failed relationship with GT Advanced, Apple missed out on releasing the iPhone 6 with the rock hard, all sapphire display that was initially rumored.

But what about the iPhone 6s? It’s still unknown, but an Apple supplier, Desay, has just announced their own smartphone with an “unbreakable” sapphire display.

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Apple approves ‘Je Suis Charlie’ app just an hour after devs email Tim Cook

Photo: Global News

Photo: Global News

Apple has been feeling the #jesuischarlie solidarity lately. After publicly supporting the movement protesting the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices last week, Apple has approved a Je Suis Charlie app for sale on the App Store, just anhour after the developers emailed CEO Tim Cook.

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If U.K. prime minister has his way, Apple will stop encrypting iMessage and FaceTime

Photo: Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

One of the great things about iMessage and FaceTime is that it encrypts your messages automatically, making it very, very difficult for hackers to spy on the messages you send.

But guess what? If U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron gets his way, iMessage and FaceTime encryption might soon be a thing of the past.

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Google Chrome can now remotely control your Mac from your iPhone

Chrome can now control your Mac from your iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

Chrome can now control your Mac from your iPhone. Photo: Cult of Mac

If you’ve always wanted a way to control your desktop from your iPhone or iPad, but didn’t want to lay out, good news: Google’s now got you covered for free.

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Play with an Apple Watch online with this cool website

Play with an Apple Watch ahead of release with this emulator! Photo: Cult of Mac

Play with an Apple Watch ahead of release with this emulator! Photo: Cult of Mac

Can’t wait to get your hands on the Apple Watch? Well, tough, you’ll have to. But if you’d just like to play around with the interface, we can help you out, thanks to this new online Apple Watch simulator.

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