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Apple to start selling iPhone and Mac DIY parts and tools to consumers



Apple today announced that it will begin selling parts and tools to the general public for the first time so that consumers can repair some iPhones and Macs themselves.

The self-repair program came about after years of pressure from consumer groups, Apple made available broader access to repair manuals and Genuine Parts.

In 2019, Apple launched a program where independent repair shops can purchase original parts, tools and manuals. Apple estimates that 2,800 independent repair shops are already participating in the program, adding 5,000 authorized repair providers.

Through the self-service program, Apple customers will be able to purchase parts directly for self-repair after reading the manual. The company said it will begin with about 200 parts and tools on its online store to address the most common display, battery, and camera issues on iPhone 12 and 13 smartphones.

The program will then expand to repair Mac computers on the Apple M1 SoC, and then to less common repairs. Customers will be offered the same parts and tool prices as independent repair shops. In addition, customers will be able to return old parts to Apple after the repair is complete for a discount.

The program will begin early next year in the United States and expand to other countries later that year, Apple said.

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Computer in “credit card” format. Qualcomm develops Qompute Card concept despite Intel’s failure



Qualcomm is reportedly developing a concept called the Qompute Card.

It involves placing all the basic elements of a PC on one small board. This will allow you to easily and quickly update the configuration of such a PC or use such cards by one user in different places on different PCs. Also, a similar solution can find application in household appliances.

The concept is not new at all. Back in 2017, a similar idea for the Intel Compute Card was presented, but the company abandoned it two years later, since it did not receive any distribution in the market.

Qualcomm as a whole makes a very similar decision, except that the heart of such cards will be SoCs based on the Arm architecture. The Qompute Card will also contain the motherboard, RAM and flash memory. That is, all the main elements of the finished device. At the same time, Qualcomm cards may well be significantly smaller than Intel Compute Card, if only because of the different power consumption of SoC Snapdragon and conventional Intel CPUs.

Qompute Card are aimed specifically at computers and laptops. At least the SoC Snapdragon 7c + Gen 3 presented the other day will also be offered as part of the cards. The source adds that Qualcomm is testing configurations for both Windows Arm and Chrome OS. How successful this version will turn out to be, time will tell. So far, all such modularity initiatives have not met with success.

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Nvidia, HP and Zotac Ask US Administration to Remove Duties on Computer Components to Make Graphics Cards and Motherboards More Affordable to Consumers



The industry of components for PCs, laptops, household appliances, cars has been living in a deficit for more than a year, and, naturally, this negatively affects the price: everything has risen in price, especially video cards. At Nvidia, one of the ways to reduce the cost of 3D cards, at least in the United States, sees the abolition of duties on computer components manufactured in China. In this, Nvidia was supported by Zotac and HP. The companies have made a joint inquiry to the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), which is deciding whether it is possible to exclude a particular product made in China from the Trump Tariff List.

In its statement, Nvidia focuses on the fact that video cards are mostly made only in China. “Products are not manufactured in the USA and in limited quantities in Taiwan“- said Nvidia. “Attempts to create new facilities in countries that do not currently manufacture such products (such as the United States and Vietnam) have failed and have been severely thwarted by the effects of COVID-19.“.

The Trump Tariff List, which took effect in January this year, includes a variety of Chinese-made computer components, including video cards and motherboards. And all of them in the United States are subject to a duty of 25%. As a result, many manufacturers, including Asus, EVGA, and Zotac, have yet another reason to increase the price of their products – in addition to the general scarcity of components in the industry.

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App Store Awards 2021 – Best iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV Apps and Games Named



Apple has announced the winners of the annual App Store Awards, which have identified the best apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. As usual, the App of the Year and Best Game categories are categorized by device. Apple has added a new Trends of the Year category this year.

The App of the Year for the iPhone is Toca Life World, a colorful game for kids by Toca Boca. LumaFusion video editing app was voted the best iPad app. The app has established itself as one of the most trusted content creator tools in Apple’s mobile ecosystem. Co-founder Terry Morgan said daily user activity doubled during the pandemic.

Craft named Mac App of the Year. It is an office application built natively for macOS (there are also versions for iOS and iPadOS) that allows you to create and edit documents and notes with images, videos and PDF attachments in a structured and visually appealing way. Carrot Weather is the Apple Watch App of the Year. It offers detailed meteorological readings, and you can choose how much to show different information. The best app for Apple TV is Dazn (streaming service).

Best games:

  • For iPhone – League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • For iPad – MARVEL Future Revolution
  • For Mac – Myst
  • For Apple TV – Space Marshals 3
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year – Fantasian

Trends of the year:

  • Among Us!
  • Bumble
  • Canva
  • EatOkra
  • Peanut

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