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by Maura at Apr 28, 2017
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Cult of Mac reports that another purported iPhone 8 schematic has leaked via Chinese microblogging site Weibo, and this latest drawing has much more detailed labelling than the two previously leaked schematics.

The drawing clearly shows a dual-lens front camera as well as a dual-lens rear camera, and what is referred to as a “Qi Wireless Charging Coil.” The labels were originally only in Chinese, but iClarified translated them into language. It also shows that the Touch ID is integrated into the OLED display.

If the schematic is genuine, then it actually marks the first time that we have seen proof that the next iPhone will have Qi-powered inductive charging. This follows on from Apple recently signing up to the Wireless Power Consortium, which deals with the adoption of Qi technology. Apple already uses a type of Qi charging for the Apple Watch. This may not be what some Apple users have been hoping for, however, after earlier rumours of distance wireless charging.

Source: Leaked iPhone 8 schematic reveals dual-lens front camera and more | Cult of Mac
by Maura at Apr 28, 2017
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9to5 Mac has today posted a picture of a case that is said to be for the forthcoming iPhone 8. The clear case, which was posted via KKSneakLeaks, has cutouts that actually tell us quite a lot about the forthcoming iPhone 8.

Both the vertical dual camera array and the elongated power button are two features that have been included in recent schematics of the iPhone 8, and they are also apparent here. There is no hole on the rear of the device for a Touch ID sensor, also supporting recent rumours that the sensor will not be sited on the rear of the phone and will, as planned, be embedded in the edge-to-edge OLED display.

The overall size of the case indicates that the iPhone 8 is similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. You can also see the slightly curved design clearly, supporting recent rumours that the phone would be only slightly curved.

9to5 Mac has very helpfully posted an image of the case next to the Venya Geskin iPhone 8 dummy that was posted last week, to give an even better idea of what the finished phone might look like.

Source: Purported iPhone 8 clear case lacks rear Touch ID hole, reaffirms vertical dual camera and elongated power button
by Maura at Apr 28, 2017
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Following on from yesterday’s news from noted Apple leaker Sonny Dickson that Apple could be working on its own version of Amazon’s Echo speaker, Cult of Mac reports today that Apple could be planning to launch its Siri speaker as soon as its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose this June.

While Dickson didn’t give much more away about Apple’s plans for a Siri speaker yesterday, today he told MacRumors that “someone inside Apple” said that the speaker was as “fat” as the Google Home speaker (pictured), with mesh fabric covering most of it, and a concave top similar to the Mac Pro.

Dickson’s sources also told him the added information about Apple showcasing the speaker at WWDC.

Dickson was previously known for leaking parts about forthcoming Apple products, and so it’s good to see that he has now branched out to getting apparent scoops about forthcoming Apple products from Apple sources.

Source: Apple's new Siri speaker could be revealed at WWDC
by Maura at Apr 27, 2017
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Recode reports today that according to a source familiar with Apple’s plans, the company has recently been in talks with payments industry partners about setting up its own version of money-transfer system Venmo. The service would enable iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone users.

The source said that it expects Apple to launch the service later in the year, with another source adding that the date of the announcement and of the launch had not yet been decided.

Apple actually held similar talks back in 2015, but nothing appeared to come of it at that time.

Recode says that Apple has also been in talks with Visa recently about its own pre-paid Visa debit cards that would also tie in with the new money-transfer service. You would be able to use the cards to access money sent to you via the money-transfer service without waiting for it to clear into your bank account.

Source: Apple is in talks to launch its own Venmo
by Maura at Apr 27, 2017
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According to a report on AppleInsider today, Apple is “currently finalizing” designs for its rival to Amazon’s Echo, which is set to include support for Siri and Apple AirPlay, as well as featuring Beats technology and running on a version of iOS.

The news comes via noted Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, who tweeted that the new device is “expected to be marketed as a Siri/AirPlay device.” If Dickson knows anything more than that about the new product then he’s still keeping his cards close to his chest, as so far these are all the details that he’s released so far.

As far as the story’s credibility is concerned, Dickson has a great track record when it comes to Apple scoops, such as the revamped iOS 10 lockscreen, to name but one.

However, should it turn out to be accurate, this news comes as somewhat of a surprise off the back of a report back in February that said that according to an anonymous Apple executive, Apple had “no apparent interest” in developing a rival device to Amazon’s Echo.

Source: Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri
by Maura at Apr 26, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that yet more supposed iPhone 8 schematics have emerged today, this time via a credible and accurate source, Steve Hemmerstoffer, a.k.a. @OnLeaks, who shared the pictures on Twitter, but did not reveal where he had obtained them from, simply saying, “This is a tipped leak what means I can’t confirm if legit or not but there you have it…#iPhone8”

It’s possible that the schematics were actually from Foxconn or parts manufacturer Catcher, but there’s really no way of knowing for sure.

The schematics show the rear of the phone, which features a vertical camera array, and no obvious signs of a Touch ID sensor. This contradicts another schematic that emerged last week that showed the iPhone 8 with a cutout on the rear that most assumed was for a Touch ID sensor. Instead of that, in this drawing we have a large pad that could well have something to do with wireless charging.

Source: Alleged 'iPhone 8' schematic shows wireless charging pad, no rear Touch ID
by Maura at Apr 26, 2017
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Recode reports today that both Instagram and Twitter have just reported very successful quarters as far as attracting millions of new users is concerned.

Facebook-owned Instagram now has 700 million monthly active users, after adding 100 million accounts in just 4 months, eclipsing the 6 months that it took to rise from 500 million to 600 million users, and the 9 months that it took to rise from 400 million to 500 million users.

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And Twitter is reporting similar good news, at least as far as new users is concerned, having added nine million new users in the last quarter, which is the highest number of new users since the beginning of 2015. And while Twitter did report a business decline of approximately 8%, representing the company’s first ever year-over-year decline, as Recode points out, this is still a lot better than the business decline of around 14% that Wall Street was predicting.

Sources: Instagram is growing faster than ever and now has 700 million users

Twitter added nine million new users last quarter, the most since early 2015
by Maura at Apr 26, 2017
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If you’re one of those people that frequently forget where you left your car when you’ve parked in a big parking garage or supermarket parking lot, for example, Google has today updated its Maps app with a very handy new feature, whereby it will remember where you’ve parked your car.

All you have to do to use the new feature is to tap the blue dot, then tap “Set as parking location” and this will add your parking spot to the map. Tap the parking label on the map to open your parking card, from where you can share your parking location with friends and also see pictures of where you’re parked.

Also, if your car is connected to your iOS device via USB audio or Bluetooth, automatic parking detection will already be enabled, meaning that your parking location will be automatically added to the map when you disengage your device and leave your vehicle.

Source: Remember where you parked with Google Maps
by Maura at Apr 25, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today on yet more rumours that production of Apple’s forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 has been delayed, with this latest report from Nikkei Asian Review saying that the current problems are due to issues with Samsung’s OLED display supply, rather than with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor yield as had been previously rumoured.

IHS Markit analyst Brian Huh told the Nikkei Asian Review that “there might be a one to two month delay in Samsung’s production of OLED panels for Apple. Samsung originally plans to begin churning out OLED panels in May but now the schedule will likely be pushed back to the end of June or sometime in July.” This means that the first OLED iPhone 8 models should be ready to ship to consumers in late October or early November.

The source also said that other issues that are causing production delays with the new phone include overheating problems in the wireless charging modules, low yield problems for the much smaller printed circuit board, and 3DNAND flash supply issues.

iPhone 8 concept image: Matteo Gentile Design Works.

Source: Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems
by Maura at Apr 24, 2017
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Phone Arena writes that in celebration of Chuck Norris’s 77th birthday, developer Sproing and producer flaregames have launched an iOS game all about the legendary martial artist, actor, and screenwriter, entitled Nonstop Chuck Norris.

The free-to-play game, which doesn’t require an Internet connection to play, has been authorised by Chuck Norris himself. Just like one of his movies, it features non-stop action where Chuck uses pretty much anything that he can get his hands on as a weapon to batter his foes as he attempts to save the multiverse.

During the game you’ll also get to collect Chuck Norris facts and develop signature abilities such as roundhouse kicks and push-up slams, as well as unlocking meme-inspired pet sidekicks for Chuck.
Click here to download for free: Nonstop Chuck Norris on the App Store

Sources: flaregames, The Chuck Norris mobile game is out on Android and iOS