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by Maura at Feb 10, 2017
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9to5 Mac has a report today about a growing number of matte black iPhone 7 owners who are complaining that their phones are becoming chipped, particularly on the back and sides.

In the various posts about the issue on multiple pages on the Apple Support forums, people are saying that even when they use a case, the phones are still getting chipped on their edges and on their backs. And it seems that the iPhone 7 Plus is particularly affected, more so than the standard version. Something very similar happened to the black iPhone 5 when it first launched.

At the moment, it seems that not much is being done about the problem, with users complaining that Apple Support has not been very helpful and has not been willing to repair or replace any of the chipped phones, claiming that the damage is due to a cosmetic flaw.

“I have contacted Apple care and they asked to send a few images of the problem and after 12 days they told me it is not covered under warranty since it is under cosmetic damage,” said one disgruntled owner.

“The paint is starting to chip at the speaker grille and it is very disappointing from Apple,” said another. “I have never dropped or knocked the phone against anything.”

Some of the owners said that the problem began immediately after they purchased their new phones.

Source: Growing number of matte black iPhone 7 users report chipped paint on edges & back of device
by Maura at Feb 10, 2017
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MacRumors reports today on a new rumour from DigiTimes in Taiwan that says that according to “industry sources,” the forthcoming high-end OLED iPhone 8 will have iris-scanning technology that would be used to authenticate transactions via Apple Pay, or to unlock your phone, in the same way in which Touch ID is used now.

It's hard to tell just how much credence to give this latest rumour, as DigiTimes is not always accurate when it comes to Apple reports, although it does also have some very accurate reporting as well. DigiTimes has previously stated iPhones would not feature iris scanning until 2018.

Elsewhere, well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that he thinks Apple favours facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition, basing his opinion on the various bio-recognition patents that Apple has filed. However, back in March 2016 Kuo did say that the iPhone 8 would have either facial recognition or iris recognition.

In the same report, DigiTimes also said that the iPhone 8 will enter production earlier than other iPhones have in previous years, which supports a report earlier this week that said the same thing. DigiTimes sources said that the early start to production is to facilitate trials of the various new technologies used in the phone, with the new phones still on course for the usual September release date.

Source: iPhone 8 Said to Feature Iris Scanner to Authenticate With Your Eyes
by Maura at Feb 9, 2017
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Sniper Ghost Warrior developer CI Games’ iOS version of Lords of the Fallen has finally arrived in the App Store. The original console version was first launched in 2014 to great critical acclaim, as well as receiving several nominations for German Computer Game Awards in 2015. This new mobile version is set in the same universe and comes complete with epic battles, big monsters, and gameplay that has been tailored to suit touchscreen devices.

The 1-on-1 combat mechanics are swipe-based, with each character having their own combat style, all of which can be customized and trained to improve various skills. Players can use materials that they find in the game to craft weapons, armor, and amulets.

The action takes place across 12 locations, featuring 30 monster types and 12 bosses, with 60 weapons, 15 amulets, and 80 combat encounters.

The storyline sees three brave heroes—a warrior, a cleric, and a rogue—embarking on an epic quest into Keystone, the forsaken monastery of Demon Queen Akasha, in a bid to kill the queen and crush the curse that has brought nothing but chaos to the kingdom.

Click here to download for $9.99: Lords of the Fallen on the App Store

Source: CI Games
by Maura at Feb 9, 2017
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According to highly credible KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, via 9to5 Mac, all new iPhone models that will be launched in 2017 will have wireless charging, including not only the high-end OLED iPhone 8, but also the two iPhone 7s devices.

Kuo says that he expects production costs for the new phones to be higher than previously because of the addition of wireless charging. Along with the fact that the glass casing used in the new phones does not dissipate heat as well as aluminum does, the fact that the wireless charging components themselves produce more heat means that each phone will require a new graphite layer to protect the 3D Touch sensor. The graphite layer will be laminated to the heat-sensitive film sensor.

All this means that the part will be more expensive for Apple’s supplier to make, with Kuo saying that it could cost between 30% to 50% more, which could explain why the high-end model in particular is expected to cost more than $1,000.

Source: KGI predicts wireless charging for all three new iPhones, iPhone 8 requires higher cost 3D Touch sensor
by Maura at Feb 9, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that Kawasaki has been showcasing a new industrial robot called “duAro,” which appears to have discovered the secret of how to apply a screen protector to your iPhone without leaving any trapped air bubbles underneath.

In a demonstration of its skills at Pepper World in Tokyo, Japan, this week, the duAro was shown peeling the film off the protectors and then applying them very neatly without a trace of bubbling.

The duAro has two arms that work in tandem and that need very little space to operate in. The duAro works in conjunction with Aldebaran and SoftBank’s humanoid robot called the Pepper, which is able to accept tasks and pass them on to the duAro unit.

The Pepper robot can react to a person’s emotions and expressions.

It’s possible that the duAro, or a similar machine, could be used by Apple to apply screen protectors in Apple retail stores. Apple does already have some machines provided by Belkin that are used for this purpose, but the duAro robots might well be even better than the current method, possibly even enabling customers to operate the robot themselves.

Source: Screen protector bubbles on your iPhone could be a thing of the past with Kawasaki's new robot
by Maura at Feb 8, 2017
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According to a new report from Fast Company, via MacRumors, the forthcoming high-end iPhone 8 could cost more than $1,000. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans who revealed the information to Fast Company also backed up some of the many rumours about the forthcoming iPhone 8, stating that the phone looks “something like a smooth black monolith, with few visual interruptions to its sleek design. This would seem to support persistent rumours that the high-end iPhone 8 would be 5.8 inches, and would resemble a single sheet of glass, with the Touch ID sensor and Home button positioned discreetly underneath the glass.

The Fast Company source says that the Home button technology is “still evolving,” and that Apple hopes to have it ready soon enough to include in the iPhone 8.

The report does have one particularly interesting nugget of fresh information, namely that the phone might not have any physical buttons at all, completely doing away with the volume buttons, power button, and mute switch. The phone is also said to have a “far bigger battery.”

Another new piece of information from the Fast Company source is that Apple is working with Lumentum on developing 3D sensing technology to be used in the iPhone 8, although the source said that it was “unclear” how the technology would be used, with speculation that it could be for facial recognition or to improve the camera resolution, or even for an augmented reality app, which Apple is very keen on.

iPhone 8 concept: Thadeu Brandao

Source: The 2017 iPhone Could Cost Upwards of $1,000
by Maura at Feb 8, 2017
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Following on from its Christmas and Halloween special events, Niantic has announced its brand new Valentine’s Day Pokémon Go event, which kicks off today and runs through until 11:00 a.m. PST on February 15, 2017.

Candy is pretty much a given on a holiday such as Valentine’s Day, and that’s exactly what Niantic has done, giving Trainers double Candy for every Pokémon they catch, hatch, or transfer. Your trusty buddy Pokémon will also find Candy twice as fast as usual.

But perhaps best of all, the special Valentine’s event sees an influx of pink Pokémon, which will be appearing more frequently than usual in the wild. This includes the likes of Chansey, Clefable, and even the not-so-cute-but-still-pink Lickitung. Also, cute baby Pokémon such as Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will be more likely to hatch from Eggs.

Finally, Lure Modules will last for 6 hours during the event.

Source: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Us! - Pokémon GO
by Maura at Feb 7, 2017
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Beats By Dre has officially announced via Twitter that BeatsX earphones will be available to buy from this Friday, February 10, according to MacRumors. This follows on from yesterday’s reports of BeatsX earphones appearing in stock lists in some Apple retail and Best Buy stores.

Elsewhere, CNET has reported that aside from the already announced white and black colour options, the earphones will also be available in gray and blue versions. However, don’t expect to treat your ears to these new colours at launch, as for now it will be only the white and black versions available, with the new colours simply said to be “coming soon.”

CNET says that it has been lucky enough to have some hands-on quality time with the BeatsX earphones, noting that they are a “slightly cheaper, better alternative to Apple’s AirPods” that “sound better, with substantially more bass response.”

The $150/£130 earphones were designed by Beats by Dre (which is owned by Apple) in collaboration with Apple engineers.

Source: BeatsX Officially Launching February 10, Two New Colors Coming After Launch
by Maura at Feb 7, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today on two conflicting reports from Apple’s iPhone supply chain about the forthcoming iPhone 8. The first report, from Win Semiconductors, is the one that gives credence to Apple following its traditional September release cycle for the iPhone 8. Sources familiar with Win say that the company is expecting a revenue rise in the second quarter of 2017, due to needing components for a September iPhone. So far, so good.

However, BlueFin Research Partners’ John Donovan and Steve Mullane said on Monday that their sources tell them that the iPhone 8 is actually coming to manufacturers sooner than expected. They say that builds will start in June for the phone, and will be 300% greater than last year’s iPhone 7.

If true, this early start to the full volume build could be significant, as usually it doesn’t get into gear until the beginning of September. Yet despite noting the significantly early start, BlueFin also says that a release earlier than September for the new iPhone is not expected.

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by Maura at Feb 6, 2017
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According to 9to5 Mac, it looks as though stock of BeatsX earphones is slowly arriving in Apple retail stores in the United States. Apple’s online store tracker reveals that the earphones are shown as being in stock in certain US retail stores for a very short time, before disappearing from sale again. Best Buy has also just altered its previous “out of stock” notice for BeatsX to “check stores.”

So basically, everything points to BeatsX earphones becoming available sometime this week.

The BeatsX headphones are the latest in the new range of W1 products that are arriving on the market, along with the PowerBeats3, Beats Solo3 headphones, and Apple AirPods.

BeatsX headphones were first launched last September. They were expected to be available to buy before the end of last year, but were then delayed without explanation.

Unlike AirPods, the BeatsX earbuds are tethered by a cord, so will hang down around your neck when you’re not using them. They can connect wirelessly to Bluetooth devices and, thanks to the Apple W1 chip, have one-step pairing with iPhones, and then onwards to Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad devices.

BeatsX earphones boast a full 8 hours of battery life, as well as a 5-minue Fast Fuel charge good for 2 hours of playback. At $149, they are also $10 cheaper than Apple AirPods.

Source: BeatsX earphones sporadically appearing in stock for pickup at Apple Stores ahead of launch, still unavailable to purchase