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9to5 Mac reports that iOS 11.2 will include support for 7.5 watt Qi faster wireless charging for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Currently, Apple’s three newest iPhone models are only able to charge up to 5 watts, but Apple has promised ever since those three phones were announced that they would soon be compatible with a higher charging speed, and is now making good on that promise.
As Apple’s own wireless charging mat, the AirPower, won’t be released until next year, only two third-party Qi charging mats are currently sold and sanctioned by Apple, namely those from Belkin and Mophie. Apparently only these two companies, and others who might partner with Apple in the future, will be certified by Apple as capable of being able to charge up to 7.5w.
One reason why Apple is being so strict about who is able to provide wireless charging capabilities for its devices could be the safety aspect, as Apple says that its officially certified products “use Qi wireless technology to deliver safe, quick-charging speeds.”
Source: iOS 11.2 enables 7.5W wireless charging for iPhone 8 and iPhone X
AppleInsider reports today that YouTube, which is owned by Google, has told customers that it is currently looking into a bug in its iOS app that is leading to very heavy battery drain on both iPads and iPhones, even when the app is running in the background.
YouTube announced that it is working on a fix in a post on Twitter. The company was first alerted to the problem by iOS users who complained about it on various social media platforms, including reddit. One user said that their iPhone X battery had drained by 20% in just 30 minutes. Aside from the battery drain issue, other users have also complained that the iPhone or iPad gets very hot when running the YouTube app.
Apparently the problem could have been caused by the recent iOS 11.1.x update, which YouTube says was possibly badly optimized.
One way of getting around the issue until YouTube works out a fix is to watch YouTube videos on your browser rather than via the app.
Source: YouTube promises fix for severe battery drain on iPhones & iPads
According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is set to launch three new iPhone models in 2018: 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD display model.
Bad news for notch-haters, though, as Kuo thinks that all three models will have a full-screen design, complete with notch, which is required to house the TrueDepth camera system that all three models are set to have.
Kuo says that the two OLED iPhones will both be aimed at the high-end market, while the LCD model will be targeted at the low- and middle-range markets. Kuo says that while the LCD model will be much lower-specced than the OLED models, it’s selling point will be its edge-to-edge display and facial recognition technology at a lower price point.
Kuo says that all three phones should be free from the manufacturing issues that plagued iPhone X production this year, as Apple has now fully ironed out any such issues.
Source: KGI: Apple to Launch 6.5-Inch 'iPhone X Plus' and Lower-Priced 6.1-Inch Full-Screen LCD Model Next Year
According to a report on MacRumors, some iPhone X owners have found a strange green line that has appeared on the side of the phone’s display.
Around 25 customers have been posting about the mysterious line on the Apple Support Communities, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and forums. This would indicate that the problem is not a particularly widespread one, but annoying all the same if your iPhone X is one of the ones that is afflicted.
Apparently, the green line is not visible on the display right out of the box, and only appears after the phone had been used for a short space of time. None of the devices were dropped.
“Day one and a bright green line has appeared down the right side of the iPhone X,” said benvolio1979 on the Apple Support Communities forum.
It seems that the green line is actually very stubborn and hard to get rid of once it appears, and even fully restoring your device does not do the trick.
Both the 64GB and 256GB iPhone X models, as well as both the Silver and Space Gray colour variants, are reportedly affected by the issue, with users in Canada, Poland and Australia all reporting the problem, as well as the United States.
Apple is already replacing free of charge any iPhone X units that are displaying the green line, and is collecting data in order to help its engineers get to the bottom of the issue.
Image source: Twitter users MACinCLE and Nate Heagy
Source: iPhone X Owners Encountering Green Line on Display Due to Potential Hardware Defect
AppleInsider reports today that Apple has said that it is aware of complaints from a number of iPhone X owners that started to appear on a thread on reddit after one user said that his iPhone X became unresponsive the minute he walked out into a cold weather environment. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the iPhone X doesn’t have a physical home button, and therefore you rely on touching the display rather than an actual physical button, so if the display is literally “frozen,” that can be a problem.
“We are aware of instances where the iPhone X screen will become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment,” an Apple spokesperson told The Loop. “After several seconds the screen will become fully responsive again. This will be addressed in an upcoming software update.”
Apple went on to say that iPhones, iPads, and the iPod touch are all designed to work in ambient temperatures between 32 and 95 Fahrenheit. Anything above or below that can lead a device to “change its behaviour to regulate its temperature,” said Apple, which can even mean the phone shutting down altogether, as can happen when you leave your iPhone in the sun on a very hot day, for example.
Source: Apple acknowledges iPhone X becoming unresponsive in cold weather, promises software fix
Niantic, the company behind the record-breaking Pokémon Go phenomenon, has announced that it has teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to develop Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite, an augmented reality game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The game will use similar state-of-the-art augmented reality technology such as that featured in Pokémon Go to enable fans to use magic just like the heroes of J.K. Rowling’s Potterverse.
Just as with Pokémon Go, players will be able to explore their real-world neighbourhoods and cities all over the world, going on adventures, learning how to cast spells, finding artefacts, and meeting legendary beasts and iconic characters.
The new game is the first to be developed under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s new Portkey Games, which is dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
MacRumors reports that according to Taiwanese market research company TrendForce, Apple is set to oust Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer in the fourth quarter of 2017.
TrendForce says that it expects Apple to post a 19.1% market share in that quarter, which takes in the holiday season, putting Apple ahead of Samsung’s expected 18.2% market share.
Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi, all from China, are set to take the remaining spots in the chart of the top five global smartphone brands by worldwide market share.
This would be a remarkable feat for Apple considering that it has very few smartphone models on the market, in comparison with Samsung, which has over 12 different smartphones on the market, including models that at $200 are much cheaper than what Apple has to offer.
TrendForce notes that Samsung’s smartphone sales are being “squeezed” thanks to the popularity of Apple’s latest offerings, and in particular, the iPhone X. So strong is the demand for Apple’s latest phone that the company is expected to report record-breaking revenue of $84-$87 billion for the holiday quarter, beating the previous record high of $78.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Source: iPhone X Should Push Apple Ahead of Samsung as World's Largest Smartphone Maker
Over the past week or so many people have been complaining about a strange auto-correct bug that has affected some iOS 11 users that sees QuickType and autocorrect replacing the letter i with a symbol that combines Unicode symbol 0049 and symbol FE0F. This ends up looking like a capital A with various symbols next to it, writes AppleInsider. The issue has been around for a while, but has garnered more attention, particularly on social media, over the past week, generating plenty of memes.
It looks like all that fun is finally coming to an end, however, as BGR writes that Apple has just now released iOS 11.1.1, which introduces various fixes, and, in particular, a fix for the strange bug, with the release notes stating that it “fixes an issue with keyboard auto-correct.”
Another issue fixed by the update is one where Hey Siri doesn’t work, also according to the release notes.
Sources: Apple just released iOS 11.1.1 to fix the iPhone bug that’s driving people insane
Origin of Apple's 'A ?' QuickType bug a mystery, but notoriety grows with spread of memes, tweets
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MacRumors writes that Apple Pay Cash has finally arrived via the newly released iOS 11.2 beta. This means that in the US, public beta testers and developers can now get hands-on experience with the peer-to-peer payment service, which was previously only available to Apple employees.
Apple Pay Cash is very easy to use. You simply have to access the Messages app on iPhone (or Apple Watch with watchOS 4.2), where you will find a new Apple Pay Cash app. Simply tap on the app to access the Apple Pay Cash page. You can then send money to, or request money from, one of your contacts directly via Messages.
When you send money to someone, they must tap the incoming message to accept the payment. The money will then be loaded onto an Apple Pay Cash card in your Wallet app. You can send money using your debit card, credit card, or Apple Pay Cash card, but any money that you receive can only be stored on your Apple Pay Cash card, not any of your other cards. Green Dot, the company behind prepaid discover cards, is responsible for providing the Apple Pay Cash card.
It’s free to send money via your debit card or Apple Pay Cash card, but it costs 3% of the total to send money using your credit card.
Source: Apple Pay Cash Preview: A Look at Apple's New Peer-to-Peer Payments Service
Bloomberg has yet another Apple scoop today, with Mark Gurman reporting that Apple’s work on its augmented reality headset project continues apace. So much so, in fact, that it is planning on having the technology completed by 2019, ready for launch in 2020.
Bloomberg’s source says that Apple is looking to launch “a breakthrough product to succeed the iPhone,” and it thinks that the AR headset could be the very product.
Bloomberg says that Apple’s AR headset will differ from the current crop of virtual reality (VR) headsets in that it will be a standalone device and will not require to be paired with a smartphone in order to work as it will have its own display. It will also have its own bespoke chip and operating system, which is referred to internally at Apple as “rOS.” Former games and graphics software manager at Apple, Geoff Stahl, is said to be one of the rOS software group directors.
Source: Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone
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