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Tesla now accepting Apple Pay for Model 3 reservations along with Model S and X down payments

Tesla now accepts Apple Pay payments from customers reserving the new Model 3 electric vehicle. As the company ramps up production of its most affordable EV yet, supporting Apple’s payment platform makes reservations easier and faster than ever.


Comment: The three reasons I think Apple has created its microLED manufacturing facility

OLED superseded LCD because it’s brighter, has better color saturation, and is more power-efficient. microLED is expected to replace OLED within the next few years for the same reasons – it improves on all three of those factors.

I don’t believe that Apple’s ‘secret manufacturing facility‘ for microLED screens indicates any desire or plan on Apple’s part to move into large-scale component manufacturing, but I do think it’s a very smart move.

I suspect there are three reasons Apple has established the facility …


This could be our first look at Apple’s new color for its 2018 iPhone X sequels

iPhone X Plus Rumors

Since Apple has taken to reusing the same iPhone designs multiple times, the company has begun to use colors as yet another way to help distinguish new iPhone generations from their predecessors. For example, Apple added a new Rose Gold color to the iPhone lineup when it reused the iPhone 6 design on 2015's iPhone 6s. Then it added new Black and Jet Black colors when it reused the iPhone 6 design again on the iPhone 7 in 2016. Then it ditched all three of those colors and added a new Space Gray hue when it reused the iPhone 6 design yet again on 2017's iPhone 8. You get the idea.

In 2018, Apple will reportedly reveal three new iPhone models when it announces it new lineup this coming September. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the world's top Apple insider, we can expect an iPhone X sequel as well as a larger iPhone X Plus — though that won't be the phone's name when it debuts — and Apple will also release a lower-cost iPhone model with an LCD screen instead of an OLED panel. All three of these new 2018 iPhones are expected to feature a design just like the current iPhone X, so Apple is reportedly readying a new color to spice things up. Now, a new leak might have given us our first ever look at Apple's new color for its iPhone X successors.

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Low-power microLED display tech could power future Apple Watches

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Apple is reportedly taking a big step into making its own displays, and it isn't using the technology you may be most familiar with. According to a Bloomberg report, a secret facility in California close to Apple Park houses engineers developing microLED displays for Apple mobile devices. While Apple has been making its own chips for its mobile devices for a few years, this would be the first time the company has attempted build its own displays.

MicroLED technology is still in its infancy, particularly in its application in consumer electronics. We last saw microLEDs show up in Samsung's gigantic, 146-inch TV dubbed "The Wall," which it debuted at CES in January. Making microLED displays is no easy task since the panels are made up of individual pixels that need to be individually calibrated. Each pixel is self-emitting as well, meaning microLED displays do not require individual backlights. But, microLEDs produce displays that are incredibly bright, with deep blacks and high contrast ratios, and that are slimmer and don't require as much power as their LCD counterparts.

Due to the complexity of microLED display development and application, Apple is reportedly still in the experimental phases when it comes to these panels. The company reportedly has about 300 engineers working on the initiative, reportedly code-named "T159n" which is being overseen by Lynn Youngs, who helped develop touchscreen display technology for the original iPhone and iPad. Apple also gleaned some intellectual property about microLED development when it acquired the screen-tech startup LuxVue back in 2014.

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Rocket for Mac lets you quickly enter emoji by typing rather than scrolling through a list

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