Apple axes beloved 2015 MacBook Pro

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The 2015 MacBook Pro is dead.
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MacBook Pro fans that want a variety of port connections are officially out of options.

Along with releasing new MacBook Pro models this morning, Apple discontinued the 2015 MacBook Pro which was the last notebook to offer more than just expandable Thunderbolt 3 ports.

2018 iPhone lineup to come in gorgeous new color options

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The 2018 iPhone lineup could be prettier than ever.
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Apple will offer the 2018 iPhone lineup in a range of stunning new color options, according to one reliable analyst.

Grey, blue, red, and orange will be some of the shades available when the new devices go on sale this fall. The largest of the three, dubbed iPhone XI Plus in some reports, will be offered in gold.

Facebook’s scary plan to record your conversations while you watch TV

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Facebook’s new patent is as worrying as it sounds.
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Some believe Facebook is already using our smartphones to hear our private conversations. That’s not true, but the social network is certainly considering it.

Facebook has applied for a new patent that describes a method of tapping into our microphones to listen to our reactions to TV ads. It’s just as invasive as it sounds.

AirPower to arrive in September after design problems are solved

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The AirPods Wireless Charging Case could have a secret trick up its sleeve.
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Apple will finally deliver its AirPower charger in September after solving “a series of technical hurdles,” according to a new report.

Overheating is one problem company engineers have had to contend with. Another is AirPower’s complex circuitry, which is necessary to allow compatible devices to be placed anywhere on the mat for charging.

Next-gen Apple Watch could use solid-state haptic buttons

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Wave goodbye to physical buttons!
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The next-gen Apple Watches have so far avoided physical redesigns in favor of under-the-hood improvements. That could change this year, however, according to a new report.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that the Apple Watch Series 4 will replace the current physical buttons on the device for solid state buttons with haptic feedback. While the device will retain the same button configuration as existing Apple Watches, these buttons won’t physically click as before.

Why Apple’s low-energy WWDC is actually totally exciting

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Apple's focus this year is on performance improvements in iOS 12, as well as improvements in macOS Mojave, not new features. And that's a good thing.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of MacApple put on a good show for its WWDC keynote, but realistically it was a lot of hype without much substance. Dark Mode for macOS Mojave and Memojis for iOS 12 was about as exciting as it got. And you know what, that’s a good thing.

Both these operating systems have serious problems, and it’s far more important for Apple to spend a few months fixing them than adding new bells and whistles.

Alleged prototypes show colorful 2018 iPhone refresh

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Will iPhones go colorful again this year?
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The 2018-era iPhone refresh could be a bit more colorful than recent years if two new images are to believed.

Supposedly leaked from one of the iPhone manufacturing plants in India, the pictures show two alleged iPhone prototypes, complete with “rich gold stainless steel frame” and violet and green color glass backs.

Silly App Store bans have gone too far with Steam Link

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Apple says no to Steam Link and we all suffer.
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Court documents reveal Apple knew iPhone 6 was bendy

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Tests prior to launch showed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could have bending issues.
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Bendgate is back in the news and this time, court documents show Apple knew about structural problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prior to release.

Apple’s own tests revealed the handsets might have a bending problem but publicly defended the structural soundness despite widespread customer complaints of frozen or unresponsive touchscreens. As the complaints piled up, Apple quietly corrected the defect, the documents show.

Alligator leather makes Hadoro AirPods more luxurious and expensive

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These are just some of the color options for Hadoro AirPods.
These are just some of the color options for Hadoro AirPods.
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Apple’s AirPods are more than wireless headphones; they’re fashion accessories. Hadoro AirPods take that to the next level by using alligator leather to make something any starlet or internet billionaire could be proud to be seen carrying.

The French company produces these cases in seven different colors. A black version includes a pair of matching black AirPods.