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Hold Onto Your Hats! Apple’s Next iPad Mini To Get Retina Display [Rumor]

Hold Onto Your Hats! Apple’s Next iPad Mini To Get Retina Display [Rumor]

You new iPad mini’s display could look ancient in 12 months.

Yeah, this is one of the least surprising rumors you’ll hear all day. But it’s sure to delight those who are holding out for an iPad mini with a Retina display. According to industry sources in Taiwan, Apple will indeed be “enhancing” the display resolution of its second-generation iPad mini, introducing a 2058×1536 panel with 326 pixels-per-inch.

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iPad Mini Production To Reach 4 Million Units Per Month In September [Rumor]

iPad Mini Production To Reach 4 Million Units Per Month In September [Rumor]

Will we see more iPad mini components as production ramps up?

Production of the 7.85-inch “iPad mini” is expected to ramp up next month, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain, reaching a target of 4 million units per month. Apple hopes to build enough units to launch the device before the end of the year and serve with busy holiday season.

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Retina iMacs Coming In October [Rumor]

Retina iMacs Coming In October [Rumor]

The world’s most popular all-in-one is expected to get a Retina display this October.

Based on its less than reliable track record, we always take DigiTimes reports with a hefty helping of salt. We wouldn’t advise you to read too much into this one, then, but it’ll certainly be interesting to those of you who are awaiting the new iMac refresh.

According to sources in Apple’s “upstream supply chain,” the Cupertino company’s new all-in-one desktop will enter production this month, ready for its debut “possibly around October.” Despite recent reports, the sources also claim that there is a “high chance” the machine will follow the new MacBook Pro and ship with a high-resolution Retina display.

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Apple’s Massive MacBook Pro Orders Are Causing Havoc For Suppliers [Rumor]

Apple’s Massive MacBook Pro Orders Are Causing Havoc For Suppliers [Rumor]

Apple clearly believes its next MacBook Pro is going to be huge.

Apple’s massive orders for its next-generation MacBook Pros are causing havoc for its supply chain, with many facing labor shortages as they struggle to meet its demands. Others have been forced to outsource their business as a desperate attempt to complete orders before they start shipping.

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Latest Wacky Rumor Says iPhone 5 In August, Two New iPads By Year’s End

Latest Wacky Rumor Says iPhone 5 In August, Two New iPads By Year’s End

You'd better start saving, because Apple has another three iOS devices planned for 2012... apparently.

Before we read any further into these claims, let me just reveal where they came from: DigiTimes. While the site has published a few accurate reports on upcoming Apple products in the past, most of its rumors are worryingly farfetched.

The latest claims sources in Apple’s supply chain have detailed the Cupertino company’s launch plans for 2012, promising three new iOS devices between now and the end of the year. One of those will, as you’d expect, be the sixth-generation iPhone, but before that, we will see a new, 7-inch iPad.

What’s more, that new iPad you just bought will apparently be replaced by an even newer one during the fourth quarter.

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Apple Planning To Kill Intel’s Ultrabook Adoption Push With $799 MacBook Air [Rumor]

Apple Planning To Kill Intel’s Ultrabook Adoption Push With $799 MacBook Air [Rumor]

Sources claim you'll be able to pick up a MacBook Air for just $799 by Christmas.

Sources in Apple’s Taiwanese supply chain claim that the Cupertino company is gearing up to launch a cheaper $799 MacBook Air later this year that will decrease the price gap between the next-generation of Windows-powered ultrabooks. Although specifications are not mentioned in the report, sources say the notebook will make its debut during the third quarter.

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Apple Will Team Up With Environmental Group To Audit Chinese Supply Chain For Pollution

Apple Will Team Up With Environmental Group To Audit Chinese Supply Chain For Pollution

Pollution is a big issue in China, but Apple is doing its bit to help.

Apple is set to expand its environmental concern by teaming up with China’s Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs to audit its Chinese supply chain for pollution. Joint investigations are expected to start “in the next few weeks,” according to one report, with “a maker of printed circuit boards” the first of Apple’s suppliers to enter the spotlight.

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Apple Will Ramp Up Production Of Next-Gen MacBook Pros in April [Report]

Apple Will Ramp Up Production Of Next-Gen MacBook Pros in April [Report]

Apple's next-generation of MacBook Pros are expected to be thinner and lighter just like the MacBook Air.

Apple is set to begin mass producing its next-generation MacBook Pros next month, according to sources in its supply chain — just in time to receive Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors. The 15-inch model will be first to hit the production line in April, with the 13-inch model, which is claimed to be the most popular, following in June.

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Former Exec: Apple’s Commitment To Secrecy “Conflicts” With Humane Factory Working Conditions

Former Exec: Apple’s Commitment To Secrecy “Conflicts” With Humane Factory Working Conditions

While Apple has been actively seeking to improve the working conditions for employees at the Chinese factories manufacturing its products, a former executive for the Cupertino company believes it could do more. The trouble is, Apple’s infamous secrecy is getting in the way.

“We’re trying really hard to make things better,” said one former Apple executive. “But most people would still be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.”

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Apple Joins The Fair Labor Association To Help Improve Factory Working Conditions Overseas

Apple Joins The Fair Labor Association To Help Improve Factory Working Conditions Overseas

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights and living conditions of factory workers around the world. Following the string of scandals and suicides throughout Apple’s supply chain, the Cupertino company has joined the FLA as a Participating Company.

Apple is the first technology company to join the FLA, and this will hopefully prompt many other industry leaders to do the same. The FLA will closely monitor Apple’s supply chain environments and help protect the rights of the workers that make the products we use every day.

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