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Tech Giant Apple Recalling MacBook Pro Laptops for Fire Risks

According to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the tech giant would release an ‘all-new’ 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

A week after Apple announced a voluntary recall on its MacBook Pro laptops, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for the 15-inch MacBook Pro against fire risks.

According to the CPSC, there’s a chance that the devices sold between September 2015 and February 2017 could overheat and potentially cause fires.

The Cupertino-based company also received 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property, the CBS News reported on Thursday.

The iPhone maker has reportedly said, “it had received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, with as many as five consumers reporting minor burns and one suffering from smoke inhalation.”

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FILE – Apple’s App Store app is seen in Baltimore, MD., March 19, 2018. VOA

About 432,000 potentially affected MacBook Pro units were sold in the US and 26,000 more in Canada, according to a joint recall announcement from the CPSC and Health Canada.

As of June 4, 2019, Apple has received one report of a consumer incident and no reports of injuries in Canada, according to a report in the MacRumors.

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Apple issued a similar replacement programme last year for the latest 13-inch Pros over issues related to battery expansion.

According to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the tech giant would release an ‘all-new’ 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year. (IANS)

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Apple Introducing Disability-Themed Emojis for its Keyboard

The new emojis would be made available this fall with a free software update on Apple devices

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FILE - Emoji characters are shown on the screens of two mobile phones in Paris, Aug. 6, 2015. VOA

In a bid to bring more diversity to its keyboards, Apple is rolling out 59 new emojis to its keyboard for iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches this fall.

In a major update to the “couples holding hands” emoji, users would now be able to select any combination of skin tone, to personalise the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations, the iPhone-maker wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

Furthermore, introducing more disability-themed emojis, Apple keyboards would now have a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg as well.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

“Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard,” the post said.

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Other new emojis making way into Apple keyboard includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, new food items including a waffle, falafel, butter and garlic as well as new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk. The new emojis would be made available this fall with a free software update on Apple devices. (IANS)