Apple beeïndigt AirPort-productlijn, stopt met verkoop van routers

Apple stopt met verkoop van routers, beeïndigt AirPort-productlijn

Apple stopt met verkoop van routers, beeïndigt AirPort-productlijn

Vanaf vandaag verkoopt Apple officieel geen draadloze routers meer. De productie van de AirPort is gestopt en alle producten verdwijnen spoedig uit de Apple Store.

Apple maakt AirPort verkoopstop officieel

Apple zet vandaag officieel een punt achter de volledige AirPort-productlijn. Deze bevat de AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme en de AirPort Time Capsule. Zolang de voorraad strekt zijn de producten nog te koop, maar daarna verdwijnen ze voorgoed uit het aanbod van Apple.

AirPort verkoopstopDe verkoopstop van de AirPort komt niet als een verrassing. Al sinds 2013 negeert Apple het product, en in november 2016 werd het team dat de producten overziet opgeheven. Toen het bedrijf daarna wifi-routers van Linksys ging verkopen in de Apple Store was het duidelijk dat de dagen van de AirPort geteld waren.

In een korte verklaring kondigt Apple de stop aan, maar zegt ook dat er in de toekomst een nieuw product verschijnt als het bedrijf ‘impact’ kan maken. Een anonieme bron stelde destijds dat Apple stopte met het verkopen van routers om meer te focussen op producten en diensten waar het bedrijf meer geld mee verdient.

Goed nieuws voor AirPort-bezitters

Heb je een AirPort thuis staan, dan betekent dit niet dat je deze meteen hoeft te gaan vervangen. De huidige AirPort-routers zullen nog steeds worden ondersteund door Apple, en ontvangen ook nog steeds software-updates.

Ook reparaties zouden de komende vijf jaar nog uitgevoerd worden. Nu er echter geen nieuwe exemplaren meer worden verkocht, zal ook deze ondersteuning vroeg of laat ook een keer stoppen.

Om gebruikers tegemoet te komen, heeft Apple een nieuw supportdocument op zijn website geplaatst. Hier staan een aantal praktische tips in die van pas komen als je op zoek gaat naar een nieuwe router.

Apple granted a patent for a wireless security camera system that involves an iPhone — Apple World Today

Apple granted a patent for a wireless security camera system that involves an iPhone

Apple has been granted a patent (number 10,152,861) for a wireless security camera system that utilizes an iPhone.

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The patent involves a security camera system with wireless communication components for communicating over first and second wireless communications, and a digital camera system. A data processing system implements a method for providing digital images to an image receiving system (the iPhone). The method includes establishing a first wireless connection between the security camera system and at the smartphone using the first wireless communication system. 

Instructions for configuring the security camera system to communicate using the second wireless communication system are set up and transmitted by the iPhone to the security camera system over the first wireless connection. Captured digital images are then transmitted to the Apple smartphone over the second wireless communication system.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.

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Apple hit with lawsuit over iPhone XS notch marketing – 9to5Mac

Lawsuit alleges Apple’s iPhone XS marketing images deceptively hide the notch

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple this week by a man and women claiming prominent iPhone XS and iPhone XS marketing photos on are overly deceptive in hiding the notch. The lawyer for the plaintiffs claims they pre-ordered an iPhone XS Max unaware there would be any “missing pixels,” bezel or notch of any sort.

In the 55-page lawsuit posted to Scribd (via Business Insider), the plaintiffs take particular issue with how marketing material promotes a “false pixel count” thanks to the notch and rounded corners exclusive to the XS and XS Max. In turn, this cuts out valuable screen real estate.

The lawsuit specifically takes issue with the pixel count and resolution of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. An excerpt from the suit can be read below.

Defendant’s website is designed to encourage comparisons between the Products and Defendant’s other phones. These comparisons are misleading because the Products have false screen pixel counts that dramatically overrepresent the number of subpixels in the phones

The iPhone X Product is advertised as having 2436×1125 pixels, but in fact does not use true pixels with red, green, and blue subpixels in each pixel. Instead, the Product has only false screen pixels, with just two subpixels per false pixel (2436×1125×2 = 5,481,000 subpixels), and it does not actually have any subpixels at all in the notch at the top of the screen or in the display-area corners. In contrast, the iPhone 8 Plus has a higher quality screen than the Product, with more subpixels than the Product (1920×1080 pixels×3 subpixels per pixel = 6,220,800 subpixels). In contrast to the Product, the iPhone 8 Plus does not have a notch at the top of the screen or rounded corners of the display area

The lawsuit further calls out the iPhone 8 Plus as being a superior device as compared to “cheaper phones” and the iPhone XS.

Consumers, including Plaintiffs Davis and Sponchiado, relied on Defendant’s [Apple] marketing campaign depicting the Products as having superior screens than cheaper phones, including the iPhone 8 Plus, which has genuine pixels on its screen, a larger rectangular surface area than the Products, and is sold for less than the price of the Products

Filed in the Northern District of California, the suit is pending class-action status, and while it remains to be seen whether anything comes to fruition or not, it doesn’t feel surprising to see Apple hit with a lawsuit over some recent marketing. The company was immediately hit with criticism on Twitter back in September when the marketing images we exclusively leaked of the iPhone XS showed the deceptive wallpaper.

5 More Mac Malware Myths and Misconceptions

There are plenty of myths about malware in general, but Macs especially seem to attract an extra dose of mythos due to a smug sense of invulnerability among the Mac community. We covered 10 malware myths that refuse to die for USA Today, but there are plenty more than 10 misconceptions being passed around. Of the many reasons to love Macs, immunity to danger is not one of them. For a while now, people have felt a sense of security because they’re on an operating system that doesn’t inspire hundreds of thousands of new malware a day. But the total number of malware crawling around the Internet waiting to infect your computer is less important than this simple fact: it only takes one to ruin your day. By going out on the Internet with a false sense of safety, you can leave yourself more open to that malware bullet with your name on it.

So what are some of the biggest Mac malware misconceptions that need to be cleared up? Here are five of the most prevalent ones:

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Setting Up a New Mac: Should You Migrate or Do a Clean Installation?

Migration Assistant iconIf you’ve just bought a new Mac, and you’re upgrading from an older computer, you want all of your files and data to be accessible on the new machine. But when setting up a new Mac, should you migrate or do a clean installation?When you buy a new Mac, it might be a good idea to do a clean installation; starting from scratch, with a brand-new operating system, and adding the files that you need manually. Here’s how to migrate your files to your new Mac, or do a clean installation, and the pros and cons of both methods.

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