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Apple may bring its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to Mac laptops and desktops in the future, according to a new rumour from Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw, as reported by 9to5Mac.

The website claims Apple might integrate the fingerprint scanner in the trackpad of its rumoured 12-inch MacBook Air and next-generation MacBook Pro.

For desktop computers like the iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini, Apple is likely to put Touch ID in its Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

There’s also a chance we’ll see new colour options for the purported 12-inch MacBook Air, according to the report. This could include silver, space grey, and gold just like Apple’s more recent iPhones.

It’s unclear whether or not the blog’s sources are legitimate. But, as 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman pointed out, Apple.club.tw did publish early photos of the iPad Air 2′s Touch ID and the A8X chip that powers Apple’s latest iPads in the fall.

If Apple does bring Touch ID to the Mac, it’s probably part of a push to further promote Apple Pay. And as Gurman also notes, Apple will have to make sure it’s just as secure as it is on the iPhone. Touch ID’s functionality is based on a secure element within Apple’s A-series chips that power its iPhones and iPads, which keep financial transactions safe. Apple will have to create the same experience on the Mac.

We’re expecting to learn more about Apple’s future additions to the Mac line later this year. The company has been rumoured to be working on a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina display and an even thinner design than the current model.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/apple-touch-id-coming-to-macbook-air-rumor-2015-2

The Apple Watch is coming very soon, with a launch date of April offered by none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook, so understandably, the supply chain is moving to meet initial demand. Apple has ordered between five and six million devices to be produced in preparation for the kick-off of sales, the Wall Street Journal reports today, a figure which puts Apple’s expected demand for its first wearable somewhere close to initial expectations for the original iPad.

Apple’s smartwatch is expected by many to obliterate the existing appetite for wearables from other manufacturers, and an initial order of 5 million would indeed reveal anticipated sales far above the estimated 720,000 devices across all Android Wear manufacturers the occurred during the entirety of 2014. But Apple is also nimble with its order and supply chain structure, so this could change quickly depending on whether we see far more or far fewer shoppers flock to the Apple Watch upon its release.

Apple’s distribution of sales is another factor that separates this launch from others, in addition to the brand new product category. The Apple Watch is being sold in three lines, with an Apple Watch Sport occupying the entry-level, the Apple Watch taking up the middle ground and the Apple Watch Edition occupying a potentially stratospheric upper price range. The WSJ report says that half of initial production is geared at the Sport, which will be priced starting at $349, with one-third dedicated to the Apple Watch and the remaining orders dedicated to the expensive Edition models, the cases of which include solid 18-karat gold construction.

The Apple Watch is a brand new category for Apple, and it also requires that users already own an iPhone in order to use the device, so initial sales are unlikely to anywhere close to the level of an iPhone launch. Still, Apple is entering a market where the high bar of success for any individual manufacturer thus far has been Pebble, which shipped 1 million devices between its launch in 2013 and the beginning of this year. That means Apple is almost guaranteed to obliterate any previous wearable records, leaving how far beyond the competition it can truly go as the only remaining question. Apple declined to comment on rumor or speculation.

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/17/initial-apple-watch-orders-pegged-at-between-5-and-6-million/

 

Iphone/Ipad and Ipod touch's battery problems have become particularly noticeable with IOS 7.1, in fact battery technology has not advanced as the other features, rather its overall performance is even worsened,.

So let’s have a look to a couple of tips to keep our battery running for as long as possible.Many of these tips are going to be common sense but still valid for the less technology savvy people.

  • Deselect Airdrop. The application allows you to share files and photos with other people in close proximity. Unfortunately this tool can suck a big part of your battery so is better to go to the CONTROL CENTER, Select AIRDROP and then OFF.
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  • Restore your device as new. Is usually the best way to fix any battery issue, even though is a pain.. You will need to reinstall everything, and all your saved will be lost, but in most cases your battery life will be better than ever.
  • Keep you device out of sun. In fact the sun rays kill battery faster than any other factor.
  •  Disable location services.  When you don’t really need it, and you are running out of battery is better to disable this function.
  • Eliminate Push Notification. You can turn these off one-by-one, or turn off Push entirely by heading into Settings -> Notifications, and save a bit of extra battery life since your device won’t be pulling in data for those applications anymore.
  • Reduce the brightness.  Keepingthe screen constantly at maximum brightness consumes a lot of battery life, is better to keep the screen at 30% of their brightness most of time. 

Yesterday morning a number of people across Australia woke up with an unpleasant message on their Iphones.

The typical message read like this: “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device, you need send voucher code by 100 usd/eur (Moneypack/Ukash/PaySafeCard) to email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for unlock.”

The hacker who calls himself "Oleg Pliss" systematically froze iPhone, iPad and Mac users out of their own devices, holding them hostage until payments of between $50 and $100 were received.

The hack was conducted by exploiting a weakness in Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature. In fact the victims who had set a password on their device were able to unlock them without paying the ransom. However, most people without passwords set up prior to the attack were not able to regain access to their device.

As if that was not enough PayPal told the Sydney Morning Herald that the email address in the message is not linked to any account and so anyone who had paid the ransom can be refunded.

To keep your devices from being attacked is simple and involves two steps.

  • Step 1. Change you Apple ID password
  • Step 2. Make sure that you have a two factor authentication enabled.

In this way even if the hacker discovers you password he cannot do any changes without having in his hands your Apple device to access your account. 

 

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