Apple World Today News Update: January 9, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 9, 2018

In the news today on the podcast -- Apple's ITP is choking online advertising firms, an overheated battery causes an evacuation at a Swiss Apple store, WPA3 is announced and may force Apple AirPort users to go elsewhere for Wi-Fi router equipment, and a tiny USB-C flash drive with a big capacity is displayed at CES:

  • "Hundreds of millions of dollars" are being lost by online advertising firms due to Apple's ITP feature in Safari
  • A Zurich, Switzerland Apple retail store was evacuated after an iPhone battery overheated and started filling the back of the store with smoke
  • WPA3 is announced, and will require hardware certification on new Wi-Fi routers -- most likely meaning that Apple AirPort routers will be left out
  • SanDisk shows off a tiny 1TB USB-C flash drive
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Wi-Fi Alliance announces expanded 802.11ac standard

Wi-Fi Alliance announces expanded 802.11ac standard

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the expansion of the 802.11ac standard to include new features that provide a higher-performance connectivity experience. Most Apple products offer 802.11ac compatibility, including Macs, the AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule. The expanded 802.11ac could see implementation in future versions of the latter two devices, which are overdue for an upgrade.

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Wi-Fi HaLow products could benefit Apple’s HomeKit

Wi-Fi HaLow products could benefit Apple’s HomeKit

The Wi-Fi Alliance, a network of companies (including Apple) that promote wireless networking technologies, have announced the Wi-Fi HaLow designation for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology. It operates in frequency bands below one gigahertz, offering longer range, lower power connectivity to Wi-Fi Certified products. 

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