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13. April 2017

This Functional iPhone 6s Was Built Entirely From Spare Parts Bought in China

Former software engineer Scotty Allen wanted to find out if it was possible to build an iPhone entirely from spare parts, so he decided to visit Shenzhen, China to see if he could collect all the requisite pieces.

As it turns out, it is indeed possible to build an iPhone from scratch using a hodgepodge of parts, as Allen demonstrates in the video below.

He built a like-new 16GB iPhone 6s using components that were purchased in the cell phone parts markets of Huaqiangbei, China. The finished iPhone 6s is fully functional and comes complete with a working Touch ID Home button because the logic board and the Home button were purchased together.

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17. Februar 2017

FCC Chairman Encourages Activation of the FM Radio Chip Built Into Your iPhone

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has advocated for the activation of FM radio receivers built into nearly every smartphone, as part of opening remarks he made at the Future of Radio and Audio Symposium in Washington D.C. yesterday.

Many smartphones sold today, including iPhones, have an FM receiver built into the LTE modem that would allow people to listen to FM radio over the air; however, many carriers and phone makers have not enabled the functionality, forcing users to use an app to stream FM radio over Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Pai cited a NAB study that found only 44% of the top-selling smartphones in the United States had activated FM receivers as of last year. The vast [...]

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14. Februar 2017

Apple Almost Built a Futuristic Cybercafe in 1997 With Computers at Every Table

Around the time former Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, the company considered building an „Apple Cafe,“ a fanciful, futuristic cybercafe where people could gather to eat, do business, and use Apple computers. The idea was created in partnership with Mega Bytes, with Apple planning to license its name and brand.

Former Disney Imagineer and Landmark Entertainment Group founder Tony Christopher was tasked with coming up with a design for the concept, and in a new interview with Fast Company, he shared images of what the cafe might have looked like and the story behind its conceptualization.

Jobs was reportedly involved in the design [...]

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9. August 2016

Next-Generation MacBook Pro’s Touch ID Feature Likely Built Into the Power Button

Back in May, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the next-generation MacBook Pro will include an OLED „touch bar“ above the keyboard and Touch ID support, with a subsequent part leak of the machine’s chassis supporting the idea of this touch bar replacing the current row of function keys.

Leaked MacBook Pro top case showing space for touch bar in place of function keys Kuo did not address exactly how Touch ID would be integrated into the new MacBook Pro, but a new report from 9to5Mac claims the technology will be built into the device’s power button. The MacBook Pro’s power button currently resides in the row of function keys, so it is a [...]

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