Apple puts Bob Mansfield in driving seat for secret car project

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This is what he looks like when he's driving it.
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Bob Mansfield has been chosen to head up Apple’s “secret” electric car project three years after stepping down from his executive role, according to a new report.

Mansfield was previously in charge of Mac hardware at Apple and led development of products like the MacBook Air, iMac and iPad.

New photos offer first glimpse at supposed iPad Pro 2

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Something's not quite right about this iPad Pro.
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If you’re sick of looking at photos of the iPhone 7, perhaps this apparent iPad Pro 2 leak will leave you satiated. The images purportedly give us our first glimpse at Apple’s early prototypes ahead of this fall’s iPad refresh — but can we trust them?

The photos, which were sent into AppleInsider, don’t give too much away. Don’t expect them to spoil Apple’s big press event this September, then. One thing they do tell us is that Apple still hasn’t fixed its big bezel problem.

Apple could confirm major iPhone milestone this week

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Apple may announce billionth iPhone sold during tomorrow's earnings call.
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Nobody’s expecting big things from Apple’s quarterly earnings call this Tuesday, but it is possible that we’ll hear one incredibly significant metric announced at the event: Apple’s sale of its billionth iPhone.

While it is likely that iPhone sales will continue to decline this quarter — with 40 million likely to be reported as the number for the past three months — the billionth sales mark would serve to underline once again just what an enormous success the iPhone has been for Apple.

iPhone 7 might not go by the name you’re expecting

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Is Apple's next iPhone going to be called the iPhone 6SE?
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A new rumor coming out of China suggests that September’s next-gen iPhone won’t be called the iPhone 7 as expected, but rather the iPhone 6SE — continuing the naming scheme Apple introduced for its 4-inch iPhone SE earlier this year.

A separate report, meanwhile, suggests that it’s likely to debut on Friday, September 16. That’s just two months’ away…

Apple opening an app development center in India

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Apple is continuing its Indian drive.
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Apple plans to open a new high-end app development center in Bengaluru, India, according to a new report, citing people familiar with the company’s plans.

The report claims that Apple has already come to terms concerning a 40,000 square foot office space, spread across two floors. It is likely that this space will house around 300 people, and will open in early 2017.

These steel Lightning cables are the Terminator of iPhone chargers [Deals]

Titan's steel-sheathed Lightning cables are tough and convenient.
Titan's steel-sheathed Lightning cables are tough and convenient.
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The Lightning cables we use to charge and back up our mobile devices are like lifelines, but they’re also prone to fraying and breaking. That’s why Titan has made their line of steel-sheathed MFi-Certified cables like tanks. They’re reliable and tough and pretty cool looking, too.