Microsoft Surface Pro 4 problems and how to fix them

Microsoft has done a great job in the development of their Windows tablet line, with every iteration going from strength to strength. Now in its fourth generation, Microsoft continues to further refine the device and include some interesting additions, such as the Surface Pen. Running the full version of Windows 10, the attachable keyboard also makes for a full laptop experience, which is fantastic for those for whom the primary purpose of picking up a tablet is productivity. If you’re looking for a single device to cover all your large display tablet and laptop requirements, you should certainly give the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 a chance.

However, as is the case with any modern smartphone, tablet, or laptop, the Surface Pro 4 is not without its issues. Which is why, we’ve rounded up some of the common issues that plague Surface Pro 4 owners, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them.

Disclaimer: Not every Microsoft Pro 4 will suffer from these issues, and in most cases, users will likely not face any of the problems listed below. 


Problem #1 – Issues with connecting to an external monitor

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A lot of people have faced issues with connecting their Surface Pro 4 to an external monitor, with the problems ranging from apps not scaling properly, text appearing blurry on the external monitor, and the monitor automatically and rapidly turning on and off, and acting up in other ways, when the tablet display turns off.

Potential solutions:

  • Quite a few users have found these issues to occur because of compatibility problems with either the monitor or the adapter. You can find a list of recommended monitors and adapters here, as well as those that aren’t compatible, and sticking to the fairly robust suggested list may be a good idea.
  •  This may be an issue related to the configuration of the external monitor, and is particularly seen with a few Dell monitors out there. To help resolve this issue, you can follow the steps outlined in the guide here.
  • The workaround with the scaling issue that has worked for people is simply rebooting the tablet. That isn’t a great solution of course, but hopefully, a fix will make its way over soon.

Problem #2 – Screen flashing/flickering, especially when watching videos using Edge

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Many users have noticed an incessant flashing or flickering of the screen, particularly when watching videos while using the Edge browser.

Potential solutions:

  • The flickering screen issue has been a problem since the launch of the Surface Pro 4, and Microsoft has sent out an official update to address this issue. However, quite a few users are still facing a problem even after the update, and in some odd cases, because of the update.
  • You can try disabling the Hyper-V visual feature. Open Command Prompt, and type exe /Online / Disable-Feature:Microsoft:Hyper-V , which should solve the problem.
  • In the case of the issue with watching videos while using Edge, go to Internet Properties – Advanced and select the first option, “User software rendering instead of GPU rendering.” You can find Internet Properties by typing inetcpl.cpl in the “search the web and Windows” bar next to the Start button.

Problem #3 – Issues with the Surface Pen

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While the Surface Pen does work well for the most part, many users have found the stylus to freeze completely, with no input being registered on the screen, for quite a few seconds. In more extreme cases, some users had found the problem to progress to a point where the Surface Pen would not be working at all with their devices.

Potential solutions:

  • This is another known issue, and is particularly prevalent with the i5/8GB/256GB version of the Surface Pro 4. A solution is in the works, and will be available to users via an official update.
  • Some users have found that when the Pen freezes, pressing the right-click button on the barrel of the Pen a few times makes it start functioning normally again. Others have found the switching apps, and switching back helps as well, while some solutions suggest moving the Pen away from the display by 1 foot or so, and move it back slowly towards the screen to have it re-engage.
  • Rebooting the device or un-pairing and pairing the Surface Pen again will also work.

Problem #4 – Windows Hello not working as expected

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Windows Hello is a facial recognition app that lets you log in to your device without the need for a PIN or password. Some users have found Windows Hello to stop working as expected after a while, failing to recognize the person.

Potential solutions:

  • Go to “sign-in options,” either by go to the Settings menu and Account settings, or by directly searching for sign-in options in the search bar. Here, you will find an option for improving recognition for Hello. All you have to do is choose the re-calibrate option, and follow the outlined steps.

Problem #5 – Touchscreen not responding

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Some users have found the touchscreen to not respond on occasion, while the attached keyboard continues to function normally. In other cases, the entire system seems to be frozen.

Potential solutions:

  • A reboot of the system usually helps. If the keyboard is working, use the Windows key to open the Start menu, and use the Tab button to get to Power. Either shut down the device, give it a few minutes, and then press the power button to start, or just Restart the device from the Power options itself. If the entire system is frozen, press and hold the power button until the device shuts off, and after a few seconds, press the power button to restart the system.
  • Use the search bar and type “calibrate.” Select the “calibrate the screen for touch or pen input” and check out the options available.

Problem #6 – Wi-Fi won’t connect

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As is true for most other smartphones, tablets, or laptops out there, you may face some trouble with getting connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Potential solutions:

  • Turn the device and the router off for at least ten seconds, then turn them back and retry the connection.
  • Download an app like “Wi-Fi Analyzer” from the Windows Store, to check how crowded your channel is, and switch to a better option.
  • Forget the Wi-Fi connection, and re-enter the details and try again. You can do so by going into Settings menu – Network & Internet – Wi-Fi – Manage Wi-Fi Settings, and at the bottom of the page is where you will find a list of known networks. Tap on the relevant name, and click on “Forget.”
  • Make sure the router firmware is up to date.
  • In the Wi-Fi settings page, go to “Advanced Wi-Fi options,” and make a note of your device MAC address, then make sure that it is allowed access in the router’s MAC filter.

So there you have it for this roundup of some of the common problems faced by Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners, and some potential solutions on how to fix them! We will continue to keep this updated, so do let us know in the comments section below if you run across any other issues.

In the meantime, don’t let these problems put you off from picking up the Surface Pro 4. In all likelihood, you won’t com across any of them, and most of them can be fixed with software updates. Windows 10 is admittedly quite buggy, but Microsoft is working towards addressing all the problems, and the experience on this fantastic tablet-laptop hybrid is only bound to get better.

Next: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro 4

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Huawei announces three new MateBooks

Huawei has just announced three new MateBooks at a global launch event in Berlin, including the 2-in-1 MateBook E, the 15.6-inch MateBook D and the 13-inch MateBook X. All three will begin shipping over the summer and all three feature Dolby audio – the two laptops being the first to pack a Dolby Atmos Sound System, while the hybrid ships with Dolby Audio Premium.

MateBook X

The MateBook X is a premium looking 13-inch laptop with a fancy new cooling technology that promises better heat dissipation even without a fan. Borrowed from the aerospace industry, Microencapsulated Phase Change Material is the key ingredient behind what Huawei is calling its Space Cooling Technology, allowing the MateBook X to be both silent and super thin. It shifts states between a solid and a liquid in order to better distribute heat away from the processor and battery.

At just 12.5 mm, it’s one and a half millimeters thinner than the new Macbook which replaced the old Macbook Air. The MateBook X’s metal housing comes in Prestige Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold color options. Huawei has also added a fingerprint scanner to the laptop, which, if you’ve ever used a Huawei smartphone, you’d know is super fast and reliable. There’s two USB Type-C ports and a headphone port.

The MateBook X’s 2K display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and is coated in Corning Gorilla Glass, surrounded by 4.4 mm bezels (at least on the sides). It packs either a seventh generation Intel processor – either the i7 or the i5 – and is backed up by Intel HD Graphics 620, 8 GB RAM (4 GB is also available, but 8 GB is standard in the U.S.) and either a 256 GB or 512 GB SSD and a 41.4 Wh battery. It weighs in at 1.05 kg (2.31 pounds).

MateBook E

If a hybrid 2-in-1 is more your style, the MateBook E is a 12-inch 2K touch display paired with a removable folding cover that incorporates a folio keyboard. With the full chicklet keyboard attached the MateBook E weighs 1.1 kg while the tablet alone is 640 grams. It comes in three color combos: Titanium Gray with a blue keyboard and Champagne Gold with either a brown or pink keyboard.

You have options for an Intel i5-7Y54 processor or m3-7Y30, both with Intel HD Graphics 615. The MateBook E is powered by a 33.7 Wh battery, with 8 GB of RAM (with a 4 GB version available outside the U.S.) and storage options including 128 GB, 256 GB or a 512 GB SSD.

 

It has a single USB Type-C port and retains the headphone port, but adds more magnets to the keyboard for a more secure fit, featuring seven compared to last year’s MateBook which only had three.

Like the MateBook X, the MateBook E is bundled with the new MateDock 2.0 adapter – a thinner, lighter version of the previous generation hub with support for HDMI, VGA, USB-C and USB-A 3.0 connections. The MateBook E also ships with the new MatePen and includes the keyboard cover. It also packs Dolby audio software, but it features Dolby Audio Premium as opposed to the Dolby Atmos Sound System included on both the MateBook X and MateBook D.

MateBook D

The MateBook D isn’t super thin at 16.9 mm thick and isn’t super lightweight at 1.9 kg (4.19 lbs) – and it isn’t a convertible, but if portability isn’t your primary concern, it packs vaguely similar specs to the MateBook X. The MateBook D has a 15.6-inch IPS Full HD display, Intel i7 or i5 processor and either an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 or a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU.

There’s a range of storage configurations: 4 GB of RAM with a 500 GB HDD, or an 8 GB of RAM model with either a 1 TB HDD or a 256 GB SSD. There’s also versions with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM with a 128 GB SSD and 500 GB HDD and another 8 GB version with 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. At the top of the line there’s a model with 16 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. The MateBook D comes in Space Gray, Champagne Gold and Aurora Blue, with a 43.3 Wh battery.

Specs and features

  Huawei Matebook X Huawei Matebook E Huawei Matebook D
Appearance Dimensions (H × W × D): 12.5 mm x 286 mm ×211 mm

Weight: approximately 1.05 kg (2.31 lb)

Color: Space Gray, Prestige Gold, and Rose Gold

Dimensions (H × W × D): 6.9 mm x 278.8 mm ×194.1 mm

Weight: approximately 640 g (without keyboard), 1100 g (with keyboard)

Titanium Gray + Blue Folio Keyboard

Champagne Gold + Brown Folio Keyboard

Champagne Gold + Pink Folio Keyboard

Dimensions (H × W × D): 16.9 mm x 358 mm × 239 mm

Weight: approximately 1.9 Kg (4.19 lb)

Color: Space Gray, Champagne Gold, Aurora Blue

Processor WT-W09:7th Generation Intel®

CoreTM i5-7200U processor

WT-W19:7th Generation Intel®

CoreTM i7-7500U processor

BL-W09: 7th Generation Intel®

CoreTM m3-7Y30 processor

BL-W19: 7th Generation Intel®

CoreTM i5-7Y54 processor

7th Generation Intel®

CoreTM i5 Processor

7th Generation Intel®

CoreTM i7 Processor

GPU Intel® HD Graphics 620 Intel® HD Graphics 615 PL-W09, PL-W19, PL-W29 integrated graphics: HD Graphics 620

PL-W19, PL-W29 discrete graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX

Storage 256 GB/512 GB SSD
4 GB/8 GB LPDDR3
128 GB/256 GB/512 GB SSD

4 GB/8 GB LPDDR3

4G+500G HDD; 8G+1TB HDD; 8G+256G SSD

4G/8G+128G SSD+500G HDD

8G+128G SSD+1TB HDD; 16G+128G SSD+1TB HDD

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2×2 MIMO IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2×2 MIMO IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR) BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR) BT 4.1 (compatible with 3.0 and 2.1+EDR)
Battery Material: lithium polymer

41.4 Wh (5449mAh@7.6V)

Local video playback time: approximately 10 hours

Material: lithium polymer

33.7Wh (4430mAh@7.6V)

Local video playback time: approximately 9 hours

Material: lithium polymer

43.3Wh(3800mAh@11.4V)

Local video playback time: approximately 8.5 hours

Audio configuration Dual digital
microphones

Dual speakers

Dolby Audio Premium Dolby ATMOS Sound System
Screen Size: 13 inches

Type: IPS, Corning® Gorilla® glass

Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels, 200 pixels per inch (PPI)

Viewing angle: 178 degrees

Colors: sRGB 100% color gamut

Contrast: 1000:1

Brightness: 350 nits

Size: 12 inches

Type: IPS

Resolution: 2160 x 1440 pixels, 216 pixels per inch (PPI)

Viewing angle: 160 degrees

Colors: NTSC 85% color gamut

Contrast: 1000:1

Brightness: 400 nits

Size: 15.6 inches

Type: IPS

Resolution: 1920 x 108 pixels, 142 pixels per inch (PPI)

Viewing angle: 178 degrees

Colors: NTSC 45% color gamut

Contrast: 800:1

Brightness: 250 nits

Huawei MateBook E, D, and X pricing

Prices for the new Huawei MateBook E, MateBook D, and MateBook X start from 799 euro for the cheapest MateBook D version and reach 1699 euro for the top of the line MateBook X.

Here’s the breakdown:

Huawei MateBook D

  • i5/8GB/1TB HDD/Nvidia 940MX: €799
  • i5/8GB/128GB SSD+1TB HDD/Nvidia 940MX: €899
  • i7/8GB/128GB SSD+1TB HDD/Nvidia 940MX: €999

Huawei MateBook E

  • m3/4GB/128 GB SSD: €999
  • i5/4GB/256 GB SSD: €1199
  • i5/8GB/256 GB SSD: €1299

Huawei MateBook X

  • i5/8GB/256 GB SSD: €1399
  • i5/8GB/512 GB SSD: €1599
  • i7/8GB/512 GB SSD: €1699

The new trio of MateBooks will begin shipping over summer 2016.

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MateBook X: Can Huawei deliver beauty without compromising power?

The man is sitting at the end of the table dressed in a well-fitted gray suit, highly polished shoes, and a pink shirt, with matching pink handkerchief in his upper left-hand pocket. He’s here to discuss Huawei’s brand new lineup of notebook products in a pre-conference group interview in Berlin.

The man is Wan Biao, President of Mobile Broadband and Home Product of Huawei. He looks fierce and breathes heavily.

Biao asks if anyone has any questions to get things started. Nobody does. I decide to ask something lighthearted about how things are at Huawei right now, just an ice-breaker. His response comes back moments later through his stone-faced translator:

“Are you referring to Huawei Group or Huawei Consumer Business Group?”

It appears the question is going to be taken very seriously. We’re probably here to talk very seriously about the new notebook family.

“In developing our MateBook series, we have a few core ideas,” says Biao. “We want to develop very beautiful products, we don’t want this to be just an industrial product, we want it to be a fashionable product.”

Biao adds: “Considering that businessmen usually travel a lot, [we] want this product to be light, thin [and] at the same time very beautiful.”

The gold MateBook X in Biao’s hand looks immaculate, but Huawei didn’t want beauty to compromise the hardware. Biao assures that it can still deliver in power.

“You may worry about performance, but it carries a seventh generation Intel processor,” he said, of the notebook. Huawei is able to house the high-performance chip inside a 12.5 mm-thick laptop thanks to its “unique heat dissipation technology,” which means the notebook can operate without a fan.

Biao reels off a number of other impressive details about the laptop, including that it’s the smallest 13-inch notebook,” (though I believe this actually refers to its thin bezels, not the device body), it’s the first of its kind to use the Dolby Atmos Sound System, and it’s quiet, thanks to the aforementioned fanless design.

The MateBook X is trendy. Perhaps elegant. It’s notebook for those who don’t want to be seen outside with a noisy, mid-tier Acer device with large bezels and a matte black finish — and can afford to do something about it. I am not in Huawei’s target market.

The MateBook X is launching for €1399 up to €1699 in Europe, though US price details are yet to be announced. You can look forward to it from summer 2017 in both regions.

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Hello to Windows 10 Creators Update, and goodbye to Windows Vista

Today marks a beginning, as well as an end, for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. On the one hand, the company has officially begun rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update for free to all users of the PC OS. On the other hand, the company’s official support for the 10-year old Windows Vista ends today as well.

As noted by Microsoft in a blog post, today’s release of the Windows 10 Creators Update will bring a host of new features and improvements to the OS. That includes the new Paint 3D app that will allow anyone to quickly create or modify 3D models. It will also add Game Mode, which is designed to make any PC game run and perform faster by allocating more of a PC’s hardware resources to those titles. The update also includes a number of improvements to the Microsoft Edge web browser, a “night light” mode for reading on Windows 10 devices after dark and much more.

While Microsoft is celebrating the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update, it is silently ending support today for Windows Vista. Microsoft had issues with Vista, also known by its codename Longhorn, even before it officially launched in January 2007. The original plan to introduce a new file system in Vista was canceled, and caused the OS itself to be delayed. When it finally was released, users immediately ran into issues with its high system requirements, along with missing or incomplete drivers on many PCs and third-party hardware. Those issues caused many users and businesses to keep the older Windows XP installed on their PCs for far longer than what Microsoft planned.

Today’s milestone for Windows Vista means that Microsoft will no longer offer any security or software patches for the OS. That should not affect too many people. According to the most recent PC OS market share numbers from Net Applications, Vista is still installed and working on less than one percent of all PCs worldwide.

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iPhone 8 expected to ship several weeks after launch in September

As soon as a new device is launched the next inevitable question is when can you get your hands on it. It seems that there will be a longer than usual wait when it comes to the new iPhone 8.

Apple are expected to announce three new handsets in September but it’s not likely that the newest model will be delivered until weeks later. The 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch are expected to ship as usual but the all new 5.8-inch iPhone with OLED display is expected to see significant delays according to Apple analyst Brian White.

An excerpt from White’s research note with investment banking firm Drexel Hamilton, obtained by MacRumors:

Our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3D sensing technology, but still in time for the December holidays. This is not the first time that we’ve heard about a potential delay with a new iPhone; however, our contact was so emphatic about the delay that we are taking this data point more seriously. Since it is only April, this situation could improve. Essentially, our contact believes customers will be able to pre-order the new 5.8-inch iPhone 8 along with the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones in September; however, the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will not be available for delivery until several weeks later.

White, who is currently in Taiwan to garner information from Apple’s supply chain, cited a “smartphone contact” who is “diligently following the supply chain data points” who cites just a product named the iPhone 8 as the source of information.

It has been widely speculated that Apple is experiencing supply chain issues to fulfill the new OLED display on the upcoming larger iPhone 8 model and was expected that this would translate into a delay at launch. Despite the device launching alongside the other models, sources expect stock to not be available until within quarter 4 of 2017.

Anticipated delays could see the larger iPhone 8 slip several weeks just like the iPhone 7 jet black model earlier this year shortly after going on pre-order due to increased demand and limited stock. Other sources peg that Apple could delay the launch of the larger iPhone 8 entirely to allow extra stock to be produced to avoid the delay.

Whichever option, it seems Apple faces multiple challenges to achieve whatever technological advancements they are integrating into the iPhone 8. I would hope to preserve user experience, that Apple ensure enough stock is made available to satisfy pre-orders immediately, else it should consider delaying the pre-order phase to avoid customer disappointment.

Let us know your comments below – would you rather see a delay in delivery but have secured your pre-order, or have Apple delay the release of the device to ensure immediate dispatch?

What’s Next?

New claims suggest Touch ID sensor could move to iPhone 8 rear

iPhone 8 will have lightning connection with USB Type-C fast charging

iOS 10.3 officially rolls out, along with tvOS, watchOS and MacOS Sierra updates

iPhone 8 rumored to ditch Touch ID for laser-based facial recognition scanner

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Apple issues second betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1

Apple are on a roll with software releases as this week sees the second beta of iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5. The company also released the second betas of watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1 to round off a series of updates that bring a number of minor bug fixes and security improvements.

One of the most notable fixes included in iOS 10.3.2 is the issue experienced with third-party VPN apps but Apple also warn that with this release Siri text responses may be incomplete. Apple is yet to indicate just what features iOS 10.3.2 may bring but given the small release number it is likely a maintenance fix.

It also seems that iOS 10.3.2 removes support for 32-bit devices such as the iPhone 5 and 5C and only includes support for 64-bit mobile processors.

As for the remaining software updates, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 appear to lack any release notes and appear to be just maintenance releases to fix under-the-hood bugs rather than any major feature releases.

Registered developers can download the second iOS 10.3.2 beta from the Apple Developer Center or can grab it over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed. These releases are intended for developers to ready their apps before the software update is released to the general public so expect various bugs and instability with these releases. You can always downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 to iOS 10.3.1 if you got curious but decided against it.

What’s Next?

New rumors claim iPhone 8 may be called iPhone Edition may not have OLED display

iPhone 8 expected to ship several weeks after launch in September

iOS 10.3 officially rolls out, along with tvOS, watchOS and MacOS Sierra updates

Best iPad – an Apple tablet shootout

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Microsoft to hold press event on May 2, may reveal low-cost tablet running Windows Cloud

After weeks of rumors, Microsoft has finally confirmed it will hold a press event on May 2 in New York City. Invites for the event went out today to select members of the media, and it hints that it will center on new products for the education market.

While the invite itself doesn’t reveal much about what might be shown off in a few weeks, a new story from ZDNet claims that it will center on Windows Cloud, a new version of Windows 10. According to the story, Windows Cloud will only run Universal Windows Platform and Windows Store apps, and not legacy desktop apps.

Windows Cloud, in that respect, is similar to Microsoft’s failed Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 which also could not run older desktop apps. The big difference is that customers will have the option to upgrade Windows Cloud to Windows 10 Pro, which can run older apps in addition to ones from the Windows Store.

ZDNet also claims the May 2 press event will show Windows Cloud running on a new low-cost tablet made by Microsoft. It’s unknown if this product will have a “Surface” name or branding. The article hints that this could be part of a new push by Microsoft to sell its hardware and software to schools, where Chromebooks that use Google’s Chrome OS have been highly successful.

The same report claims Microsoft will likely not reveal the successors to the Surface Book notebook or Surface Pro 4 tablet at this event. Both of those older products were announced over a year ago, although Microsoft did start selling the Surface Book Performance Base edition, with higher end hardware inside, in late 2016.

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Apple having trouble integrating Touch ID into iPhone 8 display

How can you make the iPhone any better? There are plenty of improvements that could be adopted, but I have always complained about the big ugly button taking over a huge portion of the phone’s front. Rumors suggest removing the now-iconic button is a step Apple is to take with the iPhone 8, allowing the manufacturer to reduce bezel space.

Accomplishing this may get a little tricky; there are two main rumors revolving this topic. One suggests the Touch ID sensor might be moved to the back (a la LG). The second murmur claims the fingerprint reader will be integrated into the screen itself, a process that seems to be running into yield issues, according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company:

For the 5.8-inch OLED version, the biggest bottleneck remains integrating an under-glass fingerprint sensor into the display— the current yield rate of Apple’s in-house AuthenTec solution remains low and AAPL seems unwilling to use other vendors’ products.

There is still some time before an announcement, but Apple does have to get things done relatively quickly. If these issues aren’t resolved soon, the company may be forced to go another route. Arcuri believes Apple could simply go with facial recognition, move the fingerprint reader to the back or delay production.

More news and rumors will definitely emerge, so let’s keep it tuned to TabTimes for more to come. What do you guys think, though? Which route would you like to see Apple taking?

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Toshiba may reject $27 billion bid from Foxconn

Foxconn recently submitted a massive $ 27 billion bid for Japanese memory manufacturer Toshiba, but sources are saying the company may have to reject this offer due to opposition from both the U.S. and Japanese governments. Chinese ties to Foxconn are reportedly keeping Toshiba from jumping headfirst into the deal as well as a lengthy period of regulatory approval. Toshiba is left considering a number of other offers from manufacturers like America’s Broadcom, who is pitching a much lower $ 18 billion metric, and Western Digital.

Toshiba is currently facing more than $ 9 billion in losses from its U.S. nuclear division facing bankruptcy, so any offer more than that is likely looking pretty enticing. Another option for the company is to sell various levels of stock to multiple Japanese companies which would give it just $ 4.6 billion to work with, but would also allow it to retain control of operations for the future.

Much of the resistance to Foxconn is related to its recent acquisition of Sharp in 2016, who also supplied parts to Apple. Narrowing down suppliers of one company to two or even one entities can be a pretty dangerous practice, as it means that that supplier has almost total control of what components cost in the market.

Who do you think will ultimately end up purchasing the company? Will they take the $ 4.6 billion deal and retain control while trying to dig their way out of debt?

Let us know your thoughts below.

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Apple is reportedly working on a new way to treat and monitor diabetes

It’s not a secret that Apple has been working to expand how its products like the iPhone and the Apple Watch could be used in medical, health and fitness programs. However, a new report claims Apple has even more ambitious plans for those areas. The story says the company has been working for the past five years on new technology that could be a revolution for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.

According to CNBC, this effort actually began under the leadership of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. The story claims, via unnamed sources, that a small team of biomedical engineers have been working in Palo Alto, California for the past five years to develop sensors that will be able to continually monitor blood sugar levels, without the need to pierce the skin of a diabetes patient.

The story says the devices use optical sensors to shine a light through a person’s skin, which can then be used to monitor glucose levels. It adds that feasibility trials for this technology are already underway at clinical sites in the San Francisco Bay area. Officially, Apple has not confirmed it is working on such a project.

If this report is accurate, it could be a huge boost for sales of the Apple Watch, which would almost certainly add these kinds of sensors in future editions. In theory, such a smartwatch could replace painful and expensive blood monitoring devices and provide more accurate information so that diabetes patients could get better treatments. However, there’s no indication of when these new sensors would become available to the general public if indeed the story is true.

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