Hardware

Departure of Scott Forstall from Apple reportedly played a roll in luring Bob Mansfield back into the fold

Many people speculate that the primary reason that newly appointed Senior Vice President of Technology, Bob Mansfield ,returned to Apple full time has to do with the departure of Scott Forstall, who is said to have been asked to leave Apple. Forstall is said to have not gotten along with other members of the executive team, including Bob Mansfield.

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Retina MacBook Pro torn down, shows little upgradeability

The Retina display-packing MacBook Pro that was announced at WWDC has been meticulously disassembled, as you might expect, everything is glued or soldered in place, including RAM, battery packs, and the display.

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iPhone 4S faces off against Samsung Galaxy S3 in drop test

Is your inner gadget sadist just dying to see an iPhone 4S pitted against the brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 in a drop test? If so, you're in luck -- and the two phones, decidedly, are not. SquareTrade, a third-party electronics warranty provider, did the deed and here are the results.

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New iPad torn apart, yes, it's still mostly battery

While most of us are waiting for tomorrow to arrive like a bunch of chumps, the iFixit guys have cheated time itself by flying to Australia to get their hands on the new iPad in the first country to publicly launch it, solely so they could rip it apart like a bunch of savages.

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iPhone 4S has special noise reduction hardware for SIRI, makes official iPhone 4 Siri port unlikely

It turns out that Apple's Siri voice assistant is enabled by special noise reduction hardware called earSmart, wired right into the Apple A5 processor. The technology is made by Audience, which has an earSmart-less chip in the iPhone 4. The difference is, the iPhone 4 chip was designed to reduce noise when speaking directly into the microphone (like when you're on a phone call), while the chip in the iPhone 4S is designed for a wider field of sound, so you could talk to your phone at arm's-length (as one tends to with Siri) and still benefit from noise cancellation. The bundling of earSmart with the processor explains why the A5 chip was so much bigger than expected, even after taking into account the second core. It also means that, if you're still desperately clinging to the hope that Apple will someday update the iPhone 4 with Siri functionality, now's the time to let go.

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iConvert hardware scanner for iPad coming in February

Brookstone is set to launch an iPad specific hardware scanner in February. The scanner has been designed for the road warrior that no longer wants or needs to carry around a laptop, but needs to regularly scan documents on the go .

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iPhone 4S has extra infrared sensor for Siri raise-to-speak

If you have been wondering how Siri reacts so quickly when you "raise to speak", the answer is a tiny infrared LED that's added into the proximity sensor in the iPhone 4S. iFixIt discovered the sensor after a second look, determining that it shines brightly whenever the screen is activated. The light isn't visible to the human eye but it's there. And it's constantly letting Siri know how close your face is to your iPhone 4S.

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iPhone 4S unboxing and hardware tour

Here it is, the 2011 Apple iPhone 4S, and we're not only unboxing it, we're giving you the complete tour of all the hardware features, buttons, ports, and peripherals.

It's pure gadget porn, so watch along!

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iPhone holds highest retention rate over competing smartphone makers

A new UBS survey suggests Apple currently holds the top spot in smartphone retention rates by a long shot, holding a strong 89% rating over the nearest hardware competitor HTC at just 39%. Apple also had no trouble beating out the Android platform in general, although being a platform gave Google an added "stickiness" of around 60% retention among consumers.

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Are Apple's hardware releases increasingly tied to software?

We've known for a while now that iPhone 5 won't be coming out this month, as it has for the last four years, but this fall, when iOS 5 is also scheduled to ship. Whether one delayed the other, or factors such as Verizon contracts, component shortages, engineering hours, or some combination of factors we may never know, but now rumors suggest new Macs are similarly on hold, this time waiting on OS X Lion before they ship.

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