Grovemade releases new HomePod stands made from aluminum, wood, and cork to keep away white rings

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Grovemade has today announced its latest Apple accessory, the HomePod Stand. The new hand-finished stands offer a clean, minimal aesthetic to prop up your HomePod and prevent the speaker from damaging wood tops.

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Unlikely scenario suggests aluminum import tariff could add (insignificantly) to Apple pricing

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Trump’s Planned Tariffs on Imported Steel and Aluminum Would Likely Apply to Apple Products

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he plans to impose tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum to protect domestic producers. Trump is expected to sign the formal order next week, and he promised that it will remain in effect for a “long period of time.”


The controversial plan would almost certainly apply to Apple products like iPhones, iPads, and Macs, which contain a significant amount of the metals. The latest 15-inch MacBook Pro contains 740 grams of aluminum, for example, while the iPhone X contains 58 grams of stainless steel for its frame.

The details of Trump’s plan aren’t fully clear yet, however, according to Bloomberg News. If the tariffs only apply to raw materials, for instance, then Apple would be largely unaffected since the majority of its devices are assembled in Asia and shipped to the United States as finished products.

If the duties do apply to finished products, analyst Gene Munster speculated Apple’s costs to make Macs and iPhones could rise as much as 0.2 percent, assuming the tax is a percentage of the steel and aluminum used in the devices.

Apple’s domestic manufacturing is limited to the Mac Pro, assembled in Austin, Texas. The high-end computer contains 3,660 grams of aluminum and steel imported from outside of the United States, making it subject to the proposed tariffs. However, the Mac Pro is only produced in limited quantities.

The biggest question is whether the impact on Apple’s profit margins would lead the company to raise the prices of Macs and iPhones, but given the company’s costs are only estimated see a marginal increase, it would seem unlikely.

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Will Trump’s Proposed Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Raise the Cost of Apple Products?

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In a bid to protect the financial interests of U.S.-based metal producers, Donald Trump and his administration this week announced plans to impose as much as 10 and 25 percent tariffs on all imported aluminum and steel products, respectively. While the President is expected to sign the executive order any day now, promising it will […]
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President Donald Trump on Thursday said he plans to impose stringent tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, a move that could prompt companies like Apple, which rely heavily on those materials in product manufacturing, to raise pricing.
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Review: Satechi’s high-end aluminum wireless charger

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KGI: 6.1-Inch iPhone to Have Single-Lens Rear Camera, Aluminum Frame, 3GB RAM, and No 3D Touch, Cost $700-$800

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today shared additional details about the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that he expects to launch in the second half of 2018.

Note: KGI’s image has a slight error. iPhone 8 Plus has 3GB of RAM.

We already know the device is said to have some iPhone X features, including Face ID, but with some design compromises to achieve a cheaper price point. That will include an LCD screen, as known, and now Kuo says the device will have an aluminum frame, single-lens rear camera, and no 3D Touch.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors on Tuesday, Kuo added that the 6.1-inch iPhone also won’t adopt the iPhone X’s stacked logic board and L-shaped battery pack. Instead, he said the device will have a standard non-stacked logic board and rectangular battery pack like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Kuo believes the 6.1-inch iPhone will be a mid-range device priced between $700 and $800 in the United States, up from his previous $650 to $750 estimate. The device is expected to be announced around September-October as usual alongside a new 5.8-inch iPhone X and a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus.

The research note reads in part:

Development schedule of new 6.1″ LCD iPhone slightly behind 6.5″ and 5.8″ OLED models, but it may enjoy extended longevity into 1H19F, boosting slow season outlook: We predict the 6.1″ LCD iPhone will differ from the 6.5″ and 5.8″ OLED models in terms of certain specs, for reasons of cost/price and product segmentation. However, this shouldn’t have any effect on key user experience. We revise up our price projection for the 6.1″ model from $650-$750 to $700-$800, and remain positive on shipments momentum.

KGI Securities expects the 6.1-inch iPhone to account for around 50 percent of the new iPhone lineup’s shipments, with sales remaining strong into 2019.

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Nokia 6 (2018) official with aluminum body and 4GB of RAM

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Well, that didn’t take long. Hours after the new Nokia 6 was leaked, HMD Global has made the device official.

The Nokia 6 (2018) may look similar to last year’s model, but there are a few changes worth knowing about. The first is that the new Nokia 6 has ditched the capacitive buttons found on last year’s version, meaning that you’re getting on-screen navigation buttons here.

The second big change is the fingerprint reader. With the capacitive buttons gone, that means that the front fingerprint reader has been moved. It’s now a rear fingerprint reader, placed directly below the rear camera setup.

Also of note is that the Nokia 6 (2018) packs an upgraded processor over its predecessor. While last year’s Nokia 6 had a Snapdragon 430 chipset, the new Nokia 6 is rocking a Snapdragon 630 processor.

Other features of the Nokia 6 (2018) include a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, and a microSD slot for adding more storage. There’s a 3,000mAh battery powering the whole package and a USB-C port for recharging that battery. And yes, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on there, too.

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The rear camera of the new Nokia 6 features a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, while the front camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and wide angle lens. Also included is a dual-view mode that’ll let you use the front and rear cameras simultaneously when capturing photos and videos.

On the software side, the Nokia 6 (2018) runs Android 7.1.1, but it’s upgradeable to Android 8.0 Oreo.

The new Nokia 6 will go on sale in China on January 10th. Pricing will start at CNY1499 ($ 231 USD) for the 4GB/32GB model and go up to CNY1699 ($ 262 USD) for the 4GB/64GB model. There’s no word on when or if the Nokia 6 will expand to other markets.

This updated Nokia 6 looks like a solid Android offering. It retained the aluminum unibody design of its predecessor while upgrading the RAM and processor, and it’s got a price tag that’s pretty nice for what you’re getting. Hopefully we’ll see two things for this new Nokia 6 in the near future: an Oreo update and wider availability.

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