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by Maura at Mar 21, 2017
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Apple has today announced a new app for iPhone and iPad for creating video clips to share through the Messages app, Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks such as YouTube, Vimeo. Clips also includes Live Titles, a new feature that lets you create animated captions and titles using nothing but your voice, with the available effects including comic book filters, speech bubbles, shapes, and full-screen animated posters.

You can use Clips to create multi-clip videos on iPhone or iPad without timelines, tracks, or having to use editing tools. Simply touch and hold a single button to record live video and photos or to add them from the Photo Library. You can then add artistic filters, speech bubbles, shapes or emoji, as well as full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text. You can choose from dozens of music soundtracks for your mini masterpiece, and they all automatically adjust to fit the exact length of your video.

To make a Live Title in Clips, with animated captions and titles, simply speak into the phone to automatically generate the captions, which will then appear on screen in perfect sync with your voice. You can mix and match different styles, and tap the title to adjust text and punctuation, or even add inline emoji. Thirty-Six different languages will be supported by Live Title at launch.

Clips will be available in April and will be free to download.

Source: Apple
by Maura at Mar 21, 2017
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As expected, Apple has today unveiled several new products via press release, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a bright red aluminum finish, to recognize more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). Buying the phone means that aside from getting a really smart looking device, you also get to contribute to the Global Fund to help rid the world of AIDS.

Also somewhat hidden within the “Pricing & Availability” section of the press release for the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7s models, Apple revealed that it was launching 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE models that effectively double the current capacity, replacing the 16GB and 64GB versions. The starting price remains the same at $399.

The Special Edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available to order online worldwide and in stores from Friday, March 24 in the US and...
by Maura at Mar 20, 2017
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According to a new rumour from Korea’s ET News, via 9to5 Mac, the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 will have a “water drop design” with curves that are a homage to the first iPhone 10 years on from its release. The translated text says that according to the industry source for the report, “Apple’s next iPhone will have a rear case made of glass,” adding that “This glass case is a curved wall surrounded by four sides.”

While the iPhone 4s was once rumoured to have a “tear drop design” prior to its launch, 9to5 Mac says that this does not sound similar.

As far as more specific details are concerned, the report also refers to the phone having 3D glass with soft curves and a metal frame around the border. The source says that the phone’s back glass will be much more curved than the front glass, and this ties in with a previous report from KGI Securities that said that the front of the phone would have 2.5D glass.

iPhone 8 concept render: iPhone 8 Amazing Concept & 3D Rendering with Curved Display, Quad Speaker Surround Tech & Lot more | TECHCONFIGURATIONS

Source: Report: iPhone 8 to feature ‘water drop design’, curves like original model
by Maura at Mar 20, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Apple has just updated the System Status page to show that its online store will be undergoing maintenance tomorrow, between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. This has led to speculation that Apple could be about to launch new products, as has been rumoured recently, particularly as the maintenance occurs at a time when Apple always traditionally issues press releases. Could it be that when the store comes back online tomorrow, we’ll have some new products to order?

While we won’t know for sure until tomorrow, it’s certainly sounding very likely that we will. MacRumors says that it was told by a well-known research firm last week that it expects Apple to release new products this week. The firm in question did not give specific information about which products it believes Apple will announce this week, but it’s thought that the company will be launching as many as three new iPad models, as well as possibly a new 128GB iPhone SE model. However, there have also been several recent rumours that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has been delayed and won’t be announced this week but at a special event in April.

Source: Apple Online Store Going Down for 'Maintenance' Tomorrow Morning Ahead of Rumored Product Updates
by Maura at Mar 20, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that according to sources that have been speaking exclusively to Bloomberg, Apple has “hundreds of engineers” who are “devoted to the cause” of introducing augmented reality (AR) features to Apple devices.

According to Bloomberg’s source, some of the engineers on the iPhone camera team are working on AR features for iPhone. The source also told Bloomberg about some of the specific AR features that Apple is working on, including the ability to take a photo and then later edit the depth of the photograph or the depth of certain objects in the picture. Also currently being worked on by Apple’s engineers are a feature whereby you could isolate an object in the image, such as a person’s head, for example, and tilt it 180 degrees. Another feature that Apple is also said to be working on is using AR to put virtual effects and objects onto a picture, similar to Snapchat’s filters.

Bloomberg also said that Apple is developing AR glasses, backing up other previous rumours on that matter, but their sources say that AR glasses are “further down the road.”

Speaking about the team of top experts that Apple has assembled to work on AR features, the source says that it comprises “engineers who worked on the Oculus and HoloLens virtual reality headsets sold by Facebook and Microsoft as well as digital effects wizards from Hollywood.”

Source: Apple’s AR features will debut first in iPhone, later in glasses, reports Bloomberg
by Maura at Mar 17, 2017
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Philips has today announced its new Hue E14 candle/chandelier bulb, writes AppleInsider. With the launch of the new 40-watt equivalent, 470 lumen at 4,000 kelvin bulb, Philips now supports more than 80% of household light fittings for Hue.

The new E14 bulbs are available in multi-color and white ambiance versions, and, as with other Hue bulbs, are compatible with the iOS HomeKit smart home platform. They can also be used with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Next, and Samsung SmartThings. The open Hue platforms means that the bulbs can work with over 600 apps, devices, and platforms.

The new E14 bulbs are set to launch in Europe by the end of April, costing €34.95 for the ambient white version. They will also be available in North America later in the year, pricing as yet to be determined. No pricing details have been revealed yet for the multi-colour versions.
Source: Philips expands iOS-connected Hue smart bulbs with chandelier E14 light socket sizes
by Maura at Mar 17, 2017
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MacRumors reports today that Netflix has announced that it is to replace its familiar star viewer ratings with simple thumbs up and thumbs down ratings.

In the original source report, Variety said that while the star ratings previously given to content on Netflix will still be used on viewers’ personal Netflix profiles, being able to give content a star rating out of 5 will no longer be possible, and instead viewers will only be able to mark the content thumbs up or thumbs down.

Netflix VP of Product Todd Yellin told journalists at a press conference at Netflix’s offices in Los Gatos, California, that the company had trialed the thumbs up and thumbs down ratings system with hundreds of thousands of members last year. “We are addicted to the methodology of A/B testing,” he told the journalists, adding that the thumbs up and thumbs down system got 200% more ratings than the old star system. “We made ratings less important because the implicit signal of your behavior is more important.”

Expect the new ratings system to roll out worldwide over the next month.

Sources: Netflix to Replace Star Ratings With Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down

Netflix Replacing Star Ratings With Thumbs Ups and Thumbs Downs
by Maura at Mar 16, 2017
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MacRumors writes that it has today confirmed reports that first surfaced yesterday that the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 will be slightly curved. According to MacRumors sources, the OLED display will be flat across the front of the phone and slightly curved along the left and right edges in order to fit with the layer of 2.5D glass that will be covering the display. This means that while the edges below the cover glass will be curved, the display itself is not.

So with all the recent rumours floating around about the display, it looks like last week’s report from IHS Markit would appear to have come closest, with that particular report claiming that Apple would “adopt a flat implementation of OLED design on their special iPhone model, which is analogous to the current 2.5D glass design.” The same report also referred to the display as “mostly flat.”

This would also appear to confirm another recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said that Apple was unlikely to adopt a fully curved display due to the production challenges involved.

iPhone concept: Gabor Balogh

Source: 5.8-Inch iPhone Affirmed to Have Mostly Flat Display With Slightly Curved Edges
by Maura at Mar 15, 2017
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Pegatron says it can build the iPhone in the US if Apple shoulders the extra cost.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that Pegatron CEO Liao Syh-jang told Focus Taiwan at an investor’s conference that Pegatron would be willing to manufacture iPhones in the US provided Apple meets the necessary costs.

“As long as there is demand, whether the clients are American or Chinese, Pegatron already has its production lines in place,” said Syh-jang. “If Trump institutes his Made in America proposal, it will be fine for Pegatron as long [as] the client is willing to absorb the costs.”

This follows on from similar comments made by Pegatron chairman T.H. Tung back in January, when he said that manufacturing capacity in Pegatron’s U.S. facilities could be increased three- to five-fold, but that would still have very little impact on the workforce or on Apple’s supply demands.

Pegatron’s California and Indiana factories currently manufacture products for companies such as Dell and HP, but not for Apple.

“To make iPhones, there will need to be a cluster of suppliers in the same place, which the U.S. does not have at the moment,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview back in December 2015. “Even if Trump imposes a 45 percent tariff, it is still possible that manufacturers will decide to continue production overseas as long as the costs together with the tariffs are lower than the amount they need to spend on building and running production lines in the U.S.”

Source: Pegatron confirms it can build the iPhone in the US, assuming Apple picks up all the costs
by Maura at Mar 15, 2017
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MacRumors reports today on a story from Nikkei Asian Review that says that the forthcoming 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 will in fact have a curved display, although it won't be as curved as Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge.

“This is partly due to the challenge of making curved glass covers to match screens,” said Nikkei Asian Review’s source of the reason why the display will be only slightly curved.

The source also said that Apple “would not be using OLED optimally” if it used it with a flat display. The source also said that the design is still not final (which ties in with other recent rumours that said exactly that), and therefore still might be changed by Apple.

The source said that the curved display would provide “a viewable area of about 5.2 inches,” but will not have any significant new functions.

As far as the accuracy of the report is concerned, both KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Chinese research company TrendForce have said previously that the iPhone 8 will have a curved display.

iPhone X concept by Gabor Balogh.

Source: 5.8-Inch iPhone Said to Have Curved Display, But Not as Curved as Galaxy S7 Edge