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by Maura at Apr 16, 2018
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Samsung to begin production of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus OLED displays in May.JPG

According to a new report from Economic Daily News, via MacRumors, Samsung will begin production of OLED displays for this year’s iPhone X as well as the new iPhone X Plus in May. If everything goes to plan, once production lines are rolling in May, Samsung will double its production capacity in June.

If this report is accurate, it means that iPhone X and iPhone X Plus production is ahead of schedule this year, as it was not originally thought that Samsung would start production until the end of June. This should also hopefully mean that all three of this year’s iPhones will all be released at the same time, unlike last year.

Apple is not likely to announce the new iPhone line-up until early September, so we can’t know for sure until then exactly what to expect,...
by Maura at Apr 16, 2018
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New FCC filings show Apple was working on gold iPhone X last year.JPG

MacRumors reports today that according to documents that were filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apple was at some point working on a gold iPhone X colour option.

The news was revealed in a document that Apple sent to the FCC about the iPhone X back in September 2017, which, among other images, included several images of a gold-coloured iPhone X that were sent to the FCC in order to illustrate various features of the iPhone X, including its dimensions.

Going by these images, the gold colouring used for this iPhone X prototype looked very much like that of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

According to other documents also sent to the FCC about the iPhone X, the filing was prepared by Apple back in July 2017, so it would seem...
by Maura at Apr 16, 2018
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AppleInsider reports that Apple has launched a new program that offers free, out-of-warranty repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 battery issues. The news came via a note that was sent to Apple stores and Authorised Repair Providers via Apple’s internal GSX portal.

The document refers to the fact that “some” Apple Watch Series 2 models will not power on, or have swollen batteries “under certain conditions.” While the memo did not go into detail about minimum eligibility requirements for free repairs, whether or not the watch is deemed eligible will depend on a physical examination.

Only the 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 models are involved in the program, so it looks like the 38mm models are not affected. You will be able to claim your free repair for your watch for up to...
by Maura at Apr 13, 2018
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Apple has issued a memo to its employees in which it warns them about leaking confidential information to the media, writes Bloomberg, via AppleInsider. The leaked memo also says that Apple is still trying to find all the people who are leaking within its organisation.

The memo, which was posted to the company’s internal blog, stated that Apple “caught 29 leakers” last year, and that 12 former employees had been arrested for leaking. “These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere,” warned Apple.

Just to ram the point home to employees even more emphatically, the memo also gave an in-depth account of a particular case where an Apple employee was fired for leaking the contents of an internal and confidential...
by Maura at Apr 12, 2018
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Engadget reports today that following on from this week’s earlier news story about iOS 11.3 affecting displays of iPhones that have been repaired at third-party shops, third-party repairers are now reporting that when they install genuine Apple replacement display units into an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, it’s then no longer possible to adjust the phone’s brightness automatically. However, should either Apple, or an official authorised repair partner, attempt the same installation, the issue does not occur.

Apparently, the situation has been reported in territories all over the world, from the US to Australia, and is said to affect iPhones running iOS 11.1, 11.2, and 11.3, which has prompted sources to say that it could be an issue that affects the most...
by Maura at Apr 12, 2018
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According to a new report from Bloomberg Technology today, Apple’s HomePod has not sold anything like as well as Apple would have hoped.

HomePod arrived in stores in January 2018, but by late March, Bloomberg’s sources say, Apple had already lowered sales forecasts and cut its orders with Inventec, one of the companies that makes HomePod.

HomePod started well, with impressive pre-orders, but according to Slice Intelligence analyst Ken Cassar, when HomePod actually arrived in stores, sales started falling. “Even when people had the ability to hear these things, it still didn’t give Apple another spike,” he said.

Slice Intelligence’s figures show that in the first 10 weeks that HomePod was on sale it had 10% of the smart speaker market, while Amazon’s Echo had...
by Maura at Apr 12, 2018
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TechCrunch reports that in the light of its recent article about Instagram’s lack of anything similar to Facebook’s Download Your Information tool, an Instagram spokesperson has told TechCrunch that “We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.”

Provided this new feature is released before May 25th, it will ensure that Instagram complies with the forthcoming European GDPR privacy law that requires such data to be portable.

As TechCrunch notes, Instagram is not a particularly data-portable platform as it is, as you can’t easily save images by dragging them or tapping and holding them. You also can’t download images that you’ve posted.

by Maura at Apr 12, 2018
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AppleInsider reports that Apple has snapped up a new television series based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ novels.

Currently in production at Skydance Television, the show is being executive produced by showrunners David Goyer and Josh Friedman, who have such credits as The Dark Knight, Ghost Rider, Blade, War of the Worlds, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles between them. Friedman is also currently working on the sequel to Avatar.

The Foundation series is set in a Galactic Empire of the future, with the main protagonist being a “psycho-historian” who can predict the future, and who is able to foresee the collapse of the Empire.

According to the original report from Deadline, there have been many efforts to bring the Foundation novels to both big and small screen, with...
by Maura at Apr 11, 2018
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MacRumors reports that a new survey from investment company Piper Jaffray has found that Apple’s iPhone is more popular than ever, with 82% of the teens surveyed owning an iPhone, an increase of 4% from 78% of those polled in fall 2017. Also, 84% of those teens polled said that they expect their next phone will be an iPhone, up from 82% in fall last year. The data shows that teen interest in iPhone has increased at a steady pace over the past few years.

Piper Jaffray also compiled a list of the top watch brands among teens in spring 2018, and found that 12% of upper income teens picked Apple Watch as their preferred watch brand, up from 7% in fall 2017, placing it in second place, just behind Rolex, and ahead of Michael Kors, Fossil, and Gucci, among others.

by Maura at Apr 10, 2018
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iPhone 8 issues for third party display repairs after iOS 11.3.JPG

A new report from Motherboard, via AppleInsider, reveals that the release of iOS 11.3 has bricked the touch function of “thousands” of iPhone 8 units that have previously had their screens repaired by non-Apple repair facilities. According to one repair shop that spoke to Motherboard, the problem has resulted in “over 2,000 reshipments” in under two weeks since iOS 11.3 was released.

Addressing the possible cause of the issue, Ohio repair shop tech Michael Oberdick told Motherboard that repair shops have worked out how to fix faulty iPhone 8 displays by “upgrading” a certain chip that they have found to be powering the display.

Apple has yet to make any statement on the issue, so there’s no way of knowing as yet if it can be solved in a future software update. Of...