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by Maura at Jan 9, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that after being acquired by Foxconn, Sharp looks set to be one of the manufacturers of OLED displays for forthcoming iPhones. According to a Nikkei report, Sharp is in the process of setting up an OLED production line at one of Foxconn’s iPhone assembly factories, with all of the OLED display production due to be carried out at the facility intended for future iPhones.

Nikkei says that Sharp intends to invest JPY100 billion ($864 million) in installing the OLED display production line at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou City plant in the north of China.

The OLED displays made by Sharp at this newly established production line will not be for the 2017 iPhone range, however, as trial production at this facility is not expected to start until 2018 or even 2019. Sharp may well be making OLED displays for this year’s iPhone at other factories, though, joining the likes of Samsung, LG Display, and Japan Display in making OLED displays for the iPhone 8.

Source: Sharp to make OLED displays for upcoming iPhones at Foxconn factory, says report
by Maura at Jan 9, 2017
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MacRumors reminds us that January 9, 2017, is the 10-year anniversary of the unveiling of the first iPhone by the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld in San Francisco.

In what has since become a legendary speech, Jobs talked about three separate products–iPod, mobile phone, and internet device–before making the shock announcement that this was just one product, the iPhone.

Six months after that, the iPhone went on sale for the first time. Since then, Apple has sold more than 1 billion phones worldwide, and the iPhone is Apple’s most successful product in its history, still making up 60% of Apple’s overall revenue in the last quarter.

Speaking about the anniversary, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live. iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”

“It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged,” added Philip Schiller, senior vice president of marketing at Apple. “For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it.”

He’s not wrong there!

Source: 10 Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone
by Maura at Jan 6, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that Largan Precision, the company that produced the iPhone 7 camera module, has just posted its best financial report for the last 14 months, and particularly references strong orders from Apple as the reason in the report.

The exact consolidated revenues reported by Largan Precision were NT$5.446 billion ($170 million) for December, which was the highest monthly level for the company since November 2015. These latest figures from Largan Precision show an increase of 4.58% from November and 36.87% year-over-year.

More than 70% of Largan’s orders were for the 10MP array and upwards. 20% were for the 8MP array, and less than 10% were for the 5MP lens array.

What’s notable about these figures in terms of how they relate to Apple is that they fly in the face of other recent reports of falling iPhone sales, although possibly those reports were unduly influence by season falls in demand.

Source: iOS 10 Now Installed on 76% of Active iOS Devices
by Maura at Jan 6, 2017
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According to new figures posted by Apple on its App Store support page, via MacRumors, four months on from the public release of iOS 10 it is already installed on 76% of active iOS devices.

As you might expect, iOS installation rates have risen sharply over the holiday period, up 13% from 63% on November 27 2016.

The release of iOS 10.2 on December 12 has also helped the increase in adoption rates, as it included some popular new features such as a new TV app, new emoji, and an update to Live Photos, as well as the obligatory bug fixes.

By the same point last year, iOS 9 was installed on 75% of active iOS devices, so iOS 10 adoption rates have already beaten that figure.

It’s widely thought that Apple will be releasing the first beta for the forthcoming iOS 10.3 on January 10, although Apple has yet to make an official announcement on the matter.

Source: iOS 10 Now Installed on 76% of Active iOS Devices
by Maura at Jan 6, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that a photo posted by Beats on Instagram features what looks like a Jet White iPhone 7 next to a pair of Beats Studio Wireless headphones. Could this actually be an accidental leak by Beats and Apple of the rumoured new phone colour? While neither Beats nor Apple have yet to make an official announcement on the matter, AppleInsider tweaked the picture in Photoshop and found that what looks to be a white phone is most likely a regular silver iPhone 7 that has been made to look white by the Instagram filter used.

Given how tightly both Apple and Beats control the images that they release to the public, it does make you wonder if they did this on purpose, knowing that by showing what looked like the fabled new Jet White iPhone, their photo would attract much more interest than a photo of a pair of Beats and a passport would ever do. And, if this tease was indeed intentional from Apple and Beats, could it mean that a Jet White iPhone really is on the way after all?

Source: Altered Beats photo ad with silver iPhone 7 sparks hopes of official 'Jet White' model
by Maura at Jan 5, 2017
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The new year just got a whole lot more creepy and scary with the long-awaited iOS release of Scott Cawthorn’s Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location. Set in Circus Baby’s Pizza World, the creepy toys have once more come to life and are trying to kill you, resulting in many, many jump scares! It’s up to you to try and survive 6 nights (including one secret night) and find the sister, as well as finding out her purpose in the storyline.

Touch Arcade writes that the full Sister Location game is included in the iOS version, including all 5 nights and the custom night, all of which are playable. In the custom night you can set the game’s difficulty level to suit your playing skill, as well as choosing what creatures will be part of the onslaught that you have to try and survive.

Also included is the Baby “death” mini-game, and all the extras menus from the PC game, and both endings, of course!

Click here to download for $2.99: Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location on the App Store

Source: 'Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location' Finally Available on iOS
by Maura at Jan 5, 2017
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Apple has today announce that, with nearly $240 million in customer purchases, January 1, 2017, was the App Store’s busiest day ever. This was the crowning achievement at the end of a year when app developers earned $20 billion, an increase in earnings of 40% from 2015.
Apple said that the top grossing apps included Monster Strike, Fantasy Westward, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go. Super Mario Run was also one of 2015’s top 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, which is very impressive when you think it was only released right at the very end of the year. It was also the number 1 downloaded app globally on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Pokémon Go was the most downloaded app of the year overall.

Apple also announced that its two major campaigns—Apps for Earth and Games for (RED), which involved helping to protect life on planet earth and joining the fight against AIDS, respectively, and which featured custom-created content from participating developers, raised more than $17 million for the two organizations together.

Source: Apple
by Maura at Jan 4, 2017
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With fitness tracking being one of the major selling points for Apple Watch, Twelve South has realized that there is a gap in the market for an accessory that keeps your precious watch safe during more vigorous types of exercise, such as kickboxing, weightlifting, and crossfit. The result is its new ActionSleeve armband, which Twelve South announced today.

Available in either red or black, the ActionSleeve straps your Apple Watch to your upper arm or bicep, keeping your wrist free. The ActionSleeve’s silicone bumper is designed to protect your watch from bangs and scrapes during the most energetic of sports. It can also improve heart rate monitoring, thanks to its tighter and more consistent skin contact. Yet while protected, your Apple Watch is also always reachable and accessible.

The sleeve is also useful for people with disabilities, such as Cameron Massengale, a Senior at The Citadel military college in South Carolina and member of the Summerall Guards precision drill platoon, and also a competitive athlete, and also an amputee.
The ActionSleeve comes in three sizes (38mm, 42mm, and 42 slim), and costs $29.99.

Source: ActionSleeve Armband for Apple Watch - Thinking beyond the wrist.
by Maura at Jan 4, 2017
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With its Video Doorbell product range already a huge success, Ring is now branching out into other ways to increase the ring of security around your home, including its latest product, the Floodlight Cam, which it announced today.

Ring says that its Floodlight Cam is “the world’s first and only motion-activated HD security camera with built-in floodlights, two-way audio and a siren alarm.”

One big advantage that the Floodlight Cam has over regular security floodlights is that you need to be home to notice when they turn on, or even when home, you need to be in the right position to be able to see them. But with the Floodlight Cam, you don’t even have to be home to be able to take action to defend your property.

The device has a wide-angle lens that shoots 1080 HD footage, and also has a built-in speaker and microphone to enable you to speak to the person that has triggered the floodlight via your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

As soon as the Floodlight Cam’s ultra-wide 270-degree-field-of-view sensors detect motion the 3K lumens LEDs will turn on, or they can be manually controlled with the free Ring app. As an added deterrent, Floodlight Cam has the loudest speaker of any outdoor security camera, with a built-in 110 decibel siren alarm.

The two-tier detection system has facial as well as object detection, and fully customizable motion zones.

When motion is detected you’ll be instantly alerted on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and the camera will immediately begin to record, with footage saved to the cloud. You can then watch the live feed and speak via the microphone if you want. If you see something worrying, you can use the app to flash the lights, sound the alarm, or immediately share the video with neighbours. There’s also infrared night vision.

Ring says that the Floodlight Cam connects to any standard junction box and can be easily installed. They’ll even throw in a free toolkit to help you get started.

The Floodlight Cam is available to...
by Maura at Jan 4, 2017
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Business Insider reports that Apple is being sued by a Texas family whose daughter was killed in a car crash caused by a driver who was using FaceTime on his iPhone 6 Plus at the same time as driving his car.

The driver crashed his car at 65 mph into the back of a stationary vehicle, tragically killing little Moriah Modisette, who was in the car with her sister Isabella and her parents, Bethany and James.

Now, in a lawsuit filed in California, the Modisettes’ lawyers say that they are suing Apple for failing to implement a technology that would have prevented the driver from using FaceTime at the wheel of his car.

The court papers refer to a patent application that was granted to Apple in 2014 for a FaceTime lock that would prevent a driver from using FaceTime, or other features such as texting, while driving. You can see a diagram from the patent application at the top of this post.

The lawyers for the family argue that Apple contributed to Moriah’s death and the other family members’ injuries by failing to implement this technology.

Source: Massive iPhone 8 Leak Reveals Essential Upgrades

Thanks to @KevinJS for the heads-up on this story.