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by Maura at Apr 18, 2017
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According to a new note to investors from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, via MacRumors, Apple will continue to package a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with the three new iPhone models that it is expected to launch later this year.

“We believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model,” said Curtis.

This will be good news for Cirrus Logic, as it is thought that company manufactures some of the adapter’s components, in particular, the tiny audio components.

This news from Barclays is in contrast to another recent report from Japanese blog MacOtakara, which said that the adapter would not be included in Apple’s 2017 iPhone line-up.

Including the adapter would be a good customer-pleasing move to make for Apple, although it has to be said that the controversy around Apple’s removal of the 3.5mm jack has pretty much died down, and wireless earphones such as Apple AirPods and BeatsX are now available, making an adapter less of a necessity if and when Apple decide not to include it.

Source: Apple Will Still Include a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter With This Year's iPhones, Says Barclays
by Maura at Apr 18, 2017
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AppleInsider reports on a new article by Bloomberg that supports many of the recent rumours about the forthcoming high-end iPhone 8, such as that the phone will have cover glass on top of a steel frame, an edge-to-edge, Samsung-made OLED display, and new camera technology.

Bloomberg says that Apple is still testing various designs for the curved display, and will most likely opt for a gently curved version mainly due to suppliers having problems manufacturing large quantities of anything steeper. Among the prototypes that Apple is still testing there are those with glass backs, as well as one with an iPhone-7-type aluminum back and larger dimensions.

The detailed report also backs up other recent rumours that Apple is having trouble embedding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the edge-to-edge screen, and may even have to abandon plans to do so, and for this reason, the report also says that the iPhone 8 might launch a couple of months after Apple’s normal launch date in September.

As far as the camera is concerned, Bloomberg’s sources say that Apple is testing prototypes with a vertical dual-lens rear camera and/or a dual-lens front camera, with the latter possibly being integrated into the OLED display.

Source: Apple still experimenting with 'iPhone 8' tech including curved screens, new camera systems
by Maura at Apr 17, 2017
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Cult of Mac reports today that a serial phone thief who stole more than 100 phones at Coachella over the weekend has been traced via “Find My iPhone,” with police being able to arrest the man and return many of the stolen phones to their owners thanks to the iOS feature.

According to an Indio police department report, via the Los Angeles Times, Coachella attendees who’s iPhones had been stolen activated “Find My iPhone” and then followed New Yorker Reinaldo De Jesus Henao around the festival site until he was finally seized by festival security. Henao was found to have over 100 stolen phones, both Android and Apple, in his backpack when he was eventually arrested by police officers. Henao was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property by the Indio Police Department.

Many of the stolen phones have now been returned to their rightful owners, and unclaimed phones can be collected at the Lost and Found.

Photo source: Indio Police Department

Source: Coachella thief caught by 'Find My iPhone' after stealing 100 phones | Cult of Mac
by Maura at Apr 17, 2017
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MacRumors reports today on a new research note from Pacific Crest Securities equity research analyst Andy Hargreaves that says that problems with integrating the Touch ID fingerprint sensor underneath the iPhone 8 display could force Apple to remove Touch ID altogether from the new phone.

This ties in with an earlier report from JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall, who said back in February that Apple would be replacing Touch ID with facial recognition via a front-facing 3D laser scanner. At the time, Hall said that Apple would have to remove the home button in order to accommodate the iPhone 8’s edge-to-edge display.

However, MacRumors notes that it is unlikely that Apple would do away with Touch ID altogether as it is such an integral part of Apple Pay, and that it is therefore more likely that 3D facial recognition or iris recognition would be more of an accompaniment to fingerprint authentication than a total replacement for it.

However, it has to be said that Hargreaves sounds very impressed with Apple’s 3D recognition solution, saying that suppliers believe it to be “both fast and highly reliable, even in low-light scenarios or from odd angles.” Therefore, he says, relying entirely on “3D sensing for biometric login and verification could be a viable and innovative replacement for the highly popular fingerprint sensor.”

One thing’s for sure, Apple must start making some decisions on this matter very soon. With this in mind, Hargreaves also puts forward another possible solution for Apple in today’s report, which would be for the company to delay the start of iPhone 8 production until it has perfected the under-display Touch ID sensor. But this could cause significant delays, as Hargreaves adds that Apple has already evaluated and turned down Synaptic’s Touch ID sensor solution, and has yet to make any firm orders with any other manufacturer.

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by Maura at Apr 17, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that according to Business Korea, Apple wants LG Display to get involved with OLED display production as competition for Samsung, which is currently the biggest OLED manufacturer in the world and which will be supplying all OLED displays for the forthcoming iPhone 8.

LG Display officials are said to be currently evaluating Apple’s suggestion that the company gets involved in OLED display production, but are believed to be concerned that LG has no experience in mass producing small-to-medium-sized OLED screens. However, LG has been heavily investing in OLED technology for the past few years, including announcing back in July 2016 that it would be spending approximately $1.75 billion on a new flexible OLED display production line, with that investment set to pay off as OLED becomes the main technology for smartphone displays over the next few years.

LG Display, which is currently the exclusive provider of OLED displays for the Apple Watch, is set to decide whether it will take up Apple’s offer by the end of June, a decision that Samsung will doubtless be very interested to hear.

Source: Rumor: Apple pushing LG to get into smartphone OLED business for 2018 iPhone
by Maura at Apr 17, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today that new supposed schematics for the forthcoming iPhone 8 have emerged online. The new diagram, which first appeared on ifanr, is purported to show an iPhone 8 with a 5.7-inch diagonal screen with the whole screen usable. However, the article accompanying the schematics appears to contradict that information as it says that the screen is 5.5 inches.

The screen shown in the diagram has a 2.5mm bezel with the casing extending a further 1.5mm, making it not completely edge to edge. The schematics show the phone’s height to be 137.54mm.

As far as supporting other very recent rumours about the iPhone 8 is concerned, there is no sign of a Touch ID sensor on the rear of the phone, as was claimed last week.

The diagram also shows some interesting positioning for the sensors on the back of the phone, such as 3D camera, laser rangefinder, and an infrared transmitter and receiver.

Source: Alleged 'iPhone 8' diagrams show display dimensions, sensor array
by Maura at Apr 14, 2017
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Niantic has announced today that it has launched a special Easter “Eggstravaganza” event. The event is underway now, and will end on April 20, 2017. During this time, a greater variety of Pokémon will be found in 2 km Eggs. You’ll also earn more Candy for each Egg that you hatch.

Also during the event, trainers can level up faster than usual thanks to double XP. So that means, if you combine the double XP bonus with a Lucky Egg, you’ll earn four times the usual XP. And Niantic is even offering 50% off Lucky Eggs that you can buy from the in-game shop for the duration of the event.

Also reporting on the event, Forbes said that the number of Pokémon that can now be hatched from 2km eggs includes a big selection from the 5 km and 10 km lists, including the likes of Larvitar and Lapras. The three Generation 2 starters Cyndaquil, Chikorita, and Totodil, can also all now be found hatching in 5 km Eggs, when they were previously not available in any Eggs.

Sources: The Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza - Pokémon GO

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by Maura at Apr 14, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple has now officially registered with the state of California to enable it to test self-driving cars. Apple’s application for an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit has now been listed on the Department of Motor Vehicles website in California after 2 years of rumours about the company’s self-driving car program, after it was revealed in September 2015 that Apple was holding talks with the California DMV about self-driving car regulations.

This latest news therefore confirms that Apple is definitely involved in testing self-driving cars, even if there is no firm news about whether or not Apple is actually going to develop its own brand of electric vehicle. Tim Bradshaw from the Financial Times tweeted today that “Apple’s autonomous test vehicle, Lexus RX450h, is the same car Google/@waymo has used for a few years (including the one that hit a bus).”

Adding more fuel to the fire recently, one of Apple’s partners, Didi Chuxing, launched a self-driving vehicle lab close to Apple headquarters in California. Apple also recently added its support to a joint letter sent to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking that the department not restrict autonomous vehicle testing.

Back in fall 2016 KGI Securities reported that Apple would be applying its extensive augmented reality research to its autonomous driving program.

Lexus RX450h car picture: @Tim

Source: Report: Apple officially testing self-driving cars in California
by Maura at Apr 13, 2017
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BGR has a good piece today about some apparent iPhone 8 schematics that were posted today on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo. It was claimed that the photo was taken directly from a computer screen in a Foxconn factory, and that the 3D renders shown are of the iPhone 8, complete with length, width, and height dimensions.

Pretty much every media outlet that has posted about these schematics has argued that they are fake, but, as BGR says, “stranger things have happened,” so it’s always worth having a look at them anyway, just in case they do end up being the genuine article.

The schematics show that the Touch ID scanner has been moved to the back of the phone, and while some think this automatically marks the schematics as fake, it’s certainly true to say that there have been several recent rumours to the effect that Apple is thinking of moving the Touch ID scanner to the rear of the phone.

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The rear camera array also looks very strange, another reason why many think the schematics are fake, but just in case they are actually real, Benjamin Geskin has created a render of what an iPhone 8 might look like based on the schematics.

Source: This is what the iPhone 8 will look like if this morning’s leak was real
by Maura at Apr 13, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri has told investors that all three of Apple’s 2017 iPhone line-up will have 3GB of RAM.

This is in contrast to another recent report from Taiwan’s TrendForce, which said that only the 5.5-inch iPhone and the 5.8-inch iPhone will have 3GB of RAM, with the 4.7-inch iPhone only having 2GB of RAM, just as the current iPhone 7 does now.

Arcuri said that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will all have the same storage options as the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, i.e., 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and the 5.8-inch model will have just two options, 64GB and 256GB.

As far as the battery is concerned, Arcuri says that the 5.8-inch model will have longer battery life thanks to two battery packs.

Arcuri also agreed with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s report that said that all three of the new iPhones will still have Lightning connectors with faster charging via USB Type-C Power Delivery.

Both Arcuri and Kuo are well-sourced and highly respected analysts, so there is a very good chance that their reports are accurate.

Source: All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging