Lack of iPad Pro Smart Connector Accessories Blamed on Long Wait Times for Components


Fast Company published a report this week exploring why third-party accessories that make use of Apple’s Smart Connector remain few and far between, almost two years after the connector first debuted on the iPad Pro. The magnetic Smart Connector allows the iPad Pro to communicate with and power compatible accessories, like the company’s own Smart Keyboard, without the hassle of wires.

The first supporting third-party accessory, Logitech’s Create Smart Connector keyboard, launched the same day as the iPad Pro in late 2015, shortly followed by the Logitech charging base, and more recently a Logitech keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. However, this close partnership bet…
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Apple Leasing Equipment to Suppliers to Make Sure Key iPhone 8 Components Get Made


Apple recently purchased expensive production equipment to produce the rigid flexible printed circuit board for the iPhone 8, reports The Korea Herald. Apple doesn’t plan to use the equipment itself, but is instead leasing it to suppliers to ensure it can get the components it needs for the iPhone 8 amid rumors of production difficulties.

The equipment cost Apple “tens of millions of dollars” and will be used to create the aforementioned circuit boards, which are a key component that connect parts like the iPhone’s display and camera. A rigid flexible printed circuit board (or RFPCB), which combines both flexible and rigid technologies in a single board to conserve spac…
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Gigabyte AMD A8-5557M CPU Radeon HD 8550G Mini PC Barebone Components GB-BXA8-5557

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Gigabyte AMD A8-5557M CPU Radeon HD 8550G Mini PC Barebone Components GB-BXA8-5557

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  • HDMI Resolution (Max.) 1920 x 1080 at60Hz
  • Mini DP Resolution (Max.) 4096 x 2160 at30Hz
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