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Anyone who isn't familiar with the business relationship that the two companies actually share will probably assume that Apple and Samsung are the worst of enemies. Although that statement wouldn't really be off by much, the truth is that the two giants have had multiple business relationships for years now, in spite of all the controversies and lawsuits in-between them. For example, the rigid OLED panel used in making the innovative touch bar for the new range of Apple MacBook Pros is a product supplied from the A2 line of Samsung Displays.


The reason as to why Apple chose OLED over LCD for making the touch bar lies in the fact that OLED panels are considerably slimmer than LCD panels (three times approximately). Another report indicates that even the Driver IC used to bond the touch bar to the MacBook was supplied by System LSI division of the Korean tech giant. There is no doubt that OLED is the next step in terms of display evolution as they consume less power, produce better colors and have a lower response time than LCD. In fact, most smartphones have been predicted to switch over to OLED panels by 2018. Once you consider that Samsung is the largest OLED panel manufacturer in the world, the future does seem bright for them.


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The Apple event this Thursday revealed a piece of software and a new series of upgraded laptops to us. Unfortunately, the TV app designed for Apple TV and all iOS devices won't be available for us to check out till December. The other announcement or the main focus of the event was the new line of MacBook Pro laptops that we knew were coming.


Touch ID and Touch Bar


Apple brings an OLED Touch Bar to the new MacBook Pro that will enable easily access to Photoshop shortcuts, emojis, FaceTime and any other third party app that will eventually begin to support it. Touch ID brings added security and Apple Pay to your laptop via a fingerprint scanner that's identical to what we are used to seeing on the iPhones.


Lighter, thinner and better


The new line is even thinner than the previous gen MacBook Pros, with the 15-inch model weighing in at just four pounds. It was good to see that a multitouch glass trackpad has been added which is more comfortable and easier to use, thanks to its significantly bigger size. In fact, even the backlit keyboard feels better to type on, due to of larger keys and a new design.


Connectivity and dongles


Connectivity is limited to four Thunderbolt 3 ports and surprisingly, a 3.5mm audio jack. What this means is that it is impossible to plug in even the new iPhones or the new EarPods into the laptop without using a dongle. You will need a separate dongle for pretty much everything else as well unfortunately.


Underneath the hood


The new Pros are powerful machines, designed to handle any tasks hat you might be throwing at them, thanks to the latest i5/i7 processors, separate GPUs, 16GB of RAM (maximum), flash storage with 3.1GBps/2.2GBps read/write speeds and a display that offers better colors at higher brightness levels than the previous gen MacBooks.


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Many fans were disappointed and may be even annoyed when Apple revealed this year's iPhones without the headphone jack or any significant new innovations, but a man in Dijon, France has taken his resentment to another level! As you can see in the video, the man enters the Apple Store without any prior signs of the imminent violence and simply proceeds to smash multiple iPhones with a metal ball that's used for a French game called Boules. Then he announces something to the camera and the people around in French, before finally proceeding to smash a MacBook.


According to 9to5mac, what the man proclaimed to the audience is the following, "... Apple refused to honour the EU requirement to provide warranty cover for two years after purchase." Now there is a law in certain parts of Europe which makes it necessary for the manufacturer to offer two years of warranty on all goods sold, including electronic devices. Although Apple did not initially adhere to the law, they were forced to offer the same two years of warranty on all their products after being fined $1.5 million by Italy in 2011. Therefore, it remains to be seen if there is any truth to what the man is proclaiming.


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