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Apple’s A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can reportedly handle 4K video playback

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When Apple debuted the A8 processor that would be used in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it appears the company decided to omit one big detail: the chip, according to a new discovery by the developers behind the app WALTR. Using that app, they found that it was possible to load 4K videos onto an iPhone 6. Not only that, but the device managed to play it back without any issues.

Of course, there’s not much of a reason to actually load such high-res video onto an iOS device at this time. Neither iPhone 6 has a high enough resolution to actually display the full quality image, and the files are so huge that it would be impractical to keep them stored on the phone without any discernible quality increase.

Still, if you’d like to put some 4K video onto your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you can use the free WALTR app to do just that.

And more importantly, it shows that if Apple wanted to create a 4K Apple TV, it could. Easily.


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Here’s a look at the earliest version of the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown… from IBM

If I told you about a touchscreen smartwatch with a crown-driven interface and a UI based on circles (despite the square display) that can allow you to view your contacts, calendars, and more, you’d probably have a pretty good idea what I was referring to: the upcoming Apple Watch.

But actually, you’d be wrong. I’m really referring to the 2001 WatchPad from IBM, seen in the video above. It seems Apple’s latest creation isn’t nearly as original as they’d hoped.

Maybe IBM should take out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal saying “Welcome, Apple. seriously.”


Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, IBM, smartwatch, watchpad

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Moleskine CEO: our retail stores do better when they’re closer to Apple Stores

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Here’s an interesting tidbit that comes from a Fortune interview with Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni: apparently the company’s physical retail stores do a lot better when they’re in close proximity to an Apple Store.

“Interestingly, we find that we do better whenever we are closest to an Apple retail store. This may come as a surprise, but it makes perfect sense when one considers that the profile of a Moleskine user is very similar to that of an Apple user.”

It seems Microsoft isn’t the only one who wants to put its stores near Apple’s.


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Moleskine CEO: our retail stores do better when they’re closer to Apple Stores

moleskine-smart-notebook-creative-cloud

Here’s an interesting tidbit that comes from a Fortune interview with Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni: apparently the company’s physical retail stores do a lot better when they’re in close proximity to an Apple Store.

“Interestingly, we find that we do better whenever we are closest to an Apple retail store. This may come as a surprise, but it makes perfect sense when one considers that the profile of a Moleskine user is very similar to that of an Apple user.”

It seems Microsoft isn’t the only one who wants to put its stores near Apple’s.


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Apple pushes Flash Player update to address security issues

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Apple has issued a new update for Adobe’s Flash Player browser plugin. The update fixes “a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability,” according to Apple’s website. Users will be automatically prompted to install the update when visiting a page that uses Flash Player.

The prompt in Safari will take users to the Flash Player download page on Adobe’s website. Users who haven’t yet seen the prompt can also go there to download the update now.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: Flash Player, OS X, Security, update, yosemite

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Many iPhone 6 models see shipping times improved as the holiday season approaches

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Apple has improved shipping times on several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models ahead of the holidays, especially in the 16 GB range. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 previously required 7 to 10 days to ship after being ordered, but that number has now dropped to just 5 to 7 days. Shipping times for the 64 and 128 GB models remains unchanged, however.

The 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus also saw an improvement, with the larger model now shipping in just 7 to 10 days. Unlike the smaller handset, the 64 and 128 GB versions of the 6 Plus are also getting reduced shipping times at 2 to 3 weeks (down from 3 to 4 weeks before that).

This is especially good news for those trying to get their hands on the Plus model, which has been facing constrained supplies for some time now. A few weeks ago T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that it will still be a little while longer before we see supply finally catch up with the demand for the two new smartphones. He also noted that around half of the orders T-Mobile got for new iPhones was for the larger model.


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Many iPhone 6 models see shipping times improved as the holiday season approaches

shipping

Apple has improved shipping times on several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models ahead of the holidays, especially in the 16 GB range. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 previously required 7 to 10 days to ship after being ordered, but that number has now dropped to just 5 to 7 days. Shipping times for the 64 and 128 GB models remains unchanged, however.

The 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus also saw an improvement, with the larger model now shipping in just 7 to 10 days. Unlike the smaller handset, the 64 and 128 GB versions of the 6 Plus are also getting reduced shipping times at 2 to 3 weeks (down from 3 to 4 weeks before that).

This is especially good news for those trying to get their hands on the Plus model, which has been facing constrained supplies for some time now. A few weeks ago T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that it will still be a little while longer before we see supply finally catch up with the demand for the two new smartphones. He also noted that around half of the orders T-Mobile got for new iPhones was for the larger model.


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