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Apple's Recruiting Engineers in Taiwan





According to the latest news, Apple’s looking for hardware engineers in Taipei, Taiwan. This week the company has posted several job postings on its official website. What is the reason for such a strong demand for new people? Here’s what Digitimes thinks:


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Written by NickTarasenko

Sunday, August 18th, 2013. 18:53

Apple Expands USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to 30 Countries



Apple's USB Power Adapter Takeback Program has been expanded to 30 countries and the prices of the adapters for each region have been revealed.

According to recent report, some unofficial adapters  do not correspond to the safety requirements due to improper design. As not all such adapters have an issue, Apple has decided to launch a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program so that customers could buy official adapters.

Apple is  customer-oriented company, the safety of its users being the priority issue. This is the reason for severe testing our products are subject to. So the items, including the USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod are certified to correspond to safety standards around the world.

 
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Sunday, August 18th, 2013. 2:11

Apple Asks Developers to Classify Their Apps by Age Range



Apple has reportedly asked the developers that are working on the applications for children under 11 years of age to classify their products in one of three age ranges: ages 5 and under, ages 6-8 and ages 9-11. Such classification will surely help parents to choose the appropriate content for their children after the special "Kids" category appears on App Store this fall.


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Saturday, August 17th, 2013. 19:41

Apple's in Search of Workers in China



Apple is currently in search of workers in China, reports the WSJ. The company needs something about 200 specialists for senior roles as well as many lower-rank employees. The highest position a candidate can currently apply for is environmental affairs program manager.


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Saturday, August 17th, 2013. 2:19

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The new Apple TV to launch in November?



According to venture capitalist and former TechCrunch reporter MG Siegler, Apple is likely to be planning a television product for launch in November. He made the following comments on John Gruber's podcast, "Mule Radio".

Not to go into rumor central here but the latest things like I've heard are some sort of television product — not necessarily a television screen but something — could be coming as soon as this November. And I think there's some surprises there about what it could actually be and I don't for sure what it could actually be but there's been whispers about, so I'm not going to write anything about it, but there's whispers out there that the interaction with it could be the interesting thing. People have talked about voice, but I think that's out the window and there might be some new way to interact with whatever this thing is.

 
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Saturday, August 17th, 2013. 2:14

'Jobs' Director Joshua Michael Stern Talks about the Film



The ‘Jobs’ movie release is just around the corner and since the big event is said to take place this very week, lots of new details about the movie itself, about the actors, about the plot and whatever else leak online. Some of these details - if not most - are simply rumors and nothing more, so if you want to be aware of what we’ll actually see on August 16th - watch the video below. This is the interview with a ‘Jobs’ director Joshua Michael Stern and he talks about the making of the film.


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Thursday, August 15th, 2013. 2:11

Foxconn profits raise by 41% due to high iPhone sales



According to The Wall Street Journal, Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, widely recognized as  Foxconn, has experienced an abrupt upsurge of 41% of the second quarter profits. Foxconn is Apple's leading iPhone and iPad assembler, and the increase in revenue is accounte to by high iPhone sales rates.

The report notes that 40% of Foxconn's profits come from Apple.  In the second quarter of 2013 the figure of net profit of Hon Hai Precision Industry reached the top point of NT$16.98 billion (USD $566.7 Million) as compared NT$12.06 billion (USD $402 million) from the same period in 2012.


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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013. 15:55

Apple to Release Its New iPad 5 and iPad Mini in Last Three Months of 2013



According to the latest Bloomberg report, Apple will release its new iPad and iPad mini in the final three months of this year. What that means is that at the media event, which is to take place on September 10th, we shall see only the next generation iPhone.


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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013. 17:05

Norwegian Government Blocks Apple from Capturing a 3D Map of Oslo



Norwegian government blocks Apple from capturing its capital - Oslo - in 3D for the iOS and Mac Maps apps, reports 9to5mac with reference to Aftenposten, a Norwegian newspaper. The reason for such a decision is that the Norway’s National Security Authority doesn’t want Apple to mark the confidential buildings and areas situated in the capital on its Maps application.


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Monday, August 12th, 2013. 18:07

Delays in supply chain to slow iPhone 5S release



According to Digitimes, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is delaying with components supply. Therefore, the launch of the iPhone 5S may be put off and Apple might ship “only 3-4 million units in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 10 million units as originally planned”. It should be noted that a similar report, only lacking exact figures and specifics, was published on July 15th. Besides it is not the first time  Apple CEO Tim Cook admits that the plans of Cupertino company may be put off due to delays in supply-chains.

Mass production of the fingerprint sensors was originally scheduled to begin in May at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and then to be packaged at Xintec, a TSMC subsidiary, the sources indicated. However, the production of the sensors has been delayed due to issues related to integration between iOS 7 and fingerprint chips, as well as a low yield rate at packaging firm Xintec, the sources revealed.

An engineering team composed of engineers from Apple and TSMC has been dispatched to Xintec recently to help ramp up the yield rate for the packaging of fingerprint sensors, revealed the sources, adding that the supply chain will be able to start volume production of fingerprint chips at the end of August.


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Monday, August 12th, 2013. 16:19

iPhone 5 explosion nearly cost a woman her eyesight



According to ZDNet, an explosion of iPhone 5 caused an injury.  A Chinese woman nearly lost her eyesight when the explosed smartphone sent debris into her eye.

According to a report published by Da Lian Evening News on Friday, the injured woman whose family name is Li arrived at her workplace and was on the phone with her friend when she felt the screen growing very warm against her cheek. At that time, she had been on the phone for 40 minutes. When she looked at the device to check it, Li then discovered the touchscreen was not responding when she tried to end the call. After a few more tries, the screen exploded. Li said she felt some debris shooting into her eyes. "I could not open my eyes," she recalled. Her colleagues rushed her to the hospital where the doctor found her eyeball red and inflamed, and identified a scratch mark which suggested an object had scratched it.

According to the information, Li had previously dropped her iPhone on the top right corner leaving a small notch. In this very corner the explosion  happened.

Da Lian Evening News was informed by Apple customer service that this incident will be investigated to find out whether it covers with warranty or not.




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Monday, August 12th, 2013. 15:40

The Images of a would-be iPad Featuring a 13-inch Display



The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has asked its suppliers to provide the company with a 13-inch iPad screen. Soon after such rumors, CiccareseDesign has made some renderings to show how this new tablet may look like. You may look at these images below.


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Monday, August 12th, 2013. 1:19

iPhone 5S Will Get a Sapphire-Covered Convex Home Button and a Fingerprint Sensor?



KGI Securities expert Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the new iPhone 5S may be equipped with a  sapphire-covered convex home button with a fingerprint sensor. As you know, this analyst is famous for his precise predictions concerning Apple’s product release plans, so this is a trusted source. Anyway, why would the company from Cupertino alter the iPhone’s concave home button, which remained unchanged for so many years? Here’s why.


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Sunday, August 11th, 2013. 16:41

Apple Will Show Us Its Next iPhone on September 10th



Apple will show us its new iPhone on September 10th, AllThingsD reports. As to the iPad and iPad mini release dates, they’re still under the question. Anyway, here’s what the source says about the smartphone:


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Sunday, August 11th, 2013. 16:26

Apple to open a new R&D center in Taiwan



It is believed that Apple is in the process of recruiting members to construct a new research and development center in Taiwan. The center will specialize on production of next generation iPhone devices.

Sources close to Apple's internal communications claim that the team will be responsible for creating new products. It will be accounted to Apple's headquarters in California. The center will open soon after  September, when the hiring begins.

Apple is currently recruiting the following positions in Taiwan: Hardware Development Engineers (areas of expertise: audio, camera, sensors, power, analog, touch, RF, antenna, battery), Panel Process & Optics Engineers, Product Development Engineers, Product Development Engineer, Mechanical Engineers – Product Displays, Materials Technical Program Managers, Test Engineers, Software QA, Reliability Engineers, Product Safety Engineer – PD, Firmware Engineers, Engineering Program Managers.


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Friday, August 9th, 2013. 0:05