Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at Mar 6, 2018
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New survey finds out why people didn't upgrade to iPhone X.JPG

MacRumors reports today on a new survey from Piper Jaffray’s Michael Olson, via Philip Elmer-DeWitt, who polled 1,500 iPhone owners to find out why they didn’t upgrade to the iPhone X.

The biggest percentage, 44%, said that they hadn’t upgraded because “my iPhone works fine.” The second biggest group, 31%, said the iPhone X was “too expensive.” Third placed, with 17%, were those iPhone owners who said that they hadn’t upgraded “for another reason,” and lastly there were 8% who said that they hadn’t upgraded because “I prefer larger screen.”

As Olson notes, it looks as though Apple’s rumoured 2018 iPhone line-up will, in theory, address each of these factors, with a larger, 6.5-inch OLED iPhone on the way, as well as a cheaper (relatively speaking) 6.1-inch iPhone...
by Maura at Mar 5, 2018
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Apple's rumoured over ear headphones could rival noise cancelling headphones.JPG

Bloomberg has some new information today on the new over-ear headphones that Apple is said to be working on.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple was prompted to develop the over-ear headphones after the huge success of its AirPods in-ear headphones. The source says that the headphones will have noise-cancelling features that are high-end enough to rival market leaders such as Bose, and also possibly Beats by Dre, which is one of Apple’s own brands.

While Apple wants to release the over-ear headphones by the end of this year, Bloomberg’s sources say that development has hit some problems that might mean that the release date slips to 2019. This is very similar to what happened with AirPods, when Apple had some challenges during production and had to push the...
by Maura at Mar 5, 2018
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Apple to launch cheaper MacBook Air in Q2 2018.JPG

MacRumors reports today on a new research report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that Apple will be launching a “more affordable MacBook Air” in Q2 this year, which means anytime between April and June, and possible at Apple’s WWDC in June. With the launch of this cheaper MacBook Air, Kuo predicts that total shipments of MacBooks will increase 10-15% year on year, increasing to 16 million units up from 15.5 million units last year. This would be in contrast to a 0-5% year on year decline for the notebook industry.

Kuo does not elaborate any further on the specs of the new MacBook Air, but it’s certainly fair to say that Apple’s ever-popular laptop is long overdue an update, especially as far as the display is concerned. The current 13-inch...
by Maura at Mar 3, 2018
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Decoys and undercover cops used to try to foil Apple and Google bus shooters in California.JPG

For the past couple of months you might have spotted reports online about mysterious pellet-gun attacks on the shuttle buses that are used to ferry Apple and Google employees and other workers to their campuses in San Francisco, California.

According to a report from AppleInsider, since the shootings first started in January, there have been over 20 instances of charter buses in the San Francisco Bay Area, including five carrying Apple and Google employees, being shot at. So far, the pellets have only managed to shatter the windows and dent the paintwork, and thankfully no-one has been injured, but Apple was concerned enough about the incidents that it changed the routes of its shuttles.

Both the FBI and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are now involved in...
by Maura at Mar 3, 2018
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Snap working on two new pairs of Spectacles.JPG

Engadget reports today that despite the fact that Snap’s Spectacles-with-camera gadget did not sell as well as the company had hoped, causing it to lose a rumoured $40 million due to over-estimating demand, the company is ready to give Spectacles another try.

According to the original report from Cheddar, Snap will release the first of the two pairs that it is working on as soon as this fall (although it also says that they might be delayed until next year), approximately two years since the first generation Spectacles were released. Cheddar’s source says that the new glasses will have improved performance, and the addition of waterproofing, but will otherwise not differ too much from the original version. There will, however, be several new colour options.

by Maura at Mar 2, 2018
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iPhone X outperforms Samsung's new Galaxy S9 in early benchmarks.JPG

While initial reports have said that the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a better display and camera than the iPhone X, MacRumors reports that according to early benchmark tests from AnandTech, the iPhone X’s A11 chip is still outperforming the Samsung S9’s new Exynos 9810 chip. In fact, in some of the tests, the Galaxy S9 was even beaten by the iPhone 7’s A10 chip.

Of the two chips that Samsung is using in its new Galaxy phones, the Exynos 9810 outperforms that Snapdragon 845, but neither of them can beat the iPhone X’s A11 Bionic chip.

For example, in one single-core GeekBench 4 test, the Exynos 9810 had integer and floating point scores of 3,724 and 3,440 respectively, whereas the A11 recorded scores of 4,630 and 3,958 respectively, and even the A10 had an...
by Maura at Mar 2, 2018
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Apple sold more watches than all its rivals combined.JPG

According to newly released figures from IDC, via MacRumors, Apple Watch is still the most popular smartwatch in the world, by a very big margin. IDC says that Apple Watch shipments exceeded 8 million units worldwide in the last quarter, also earning it the accolade of best-selling wearable device overall in the last quarter.

Apparently, one in every five wearables that shipped last quarter was an Apple Watch, with the Series 3 clearly being incredibly popular since it was released last September.

To put those figures in perspective, in the same quarter, Apple’s nearest rival, Fitbit, shipped 5.4 million wearables, and second closest rival Xiaomi shipped 4.9 million units in the same period. Forty-one percent of smartwatch shipments fell into the Other category,...
by Maura at Mar 1, 2018
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Tamagotchi digital pets that were a huge craze 20 years ago are about to make a big comeback on iOS with the forthcoming “My Tamagotchi Forever” free-to-play game, which will be released on March 15, according to AppleInsider.

The game already had a soft launch in several countries at the end of last year, but on March 15 it will be available to everyone worldwide. If you sign up for updates at My Tamagotchi Forever, you’ll be entered in a draw to win the chance to be the inspiration for a new Tamagotchi character that will be added to the game.

Tamagotchi digital pets first appeared in Japan in 1996 in pocket electronic devices. You had to feed the pets and look after them to keep them alive. They became a...
by Maura at Mar 1, 2018
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Consumer report says tha the iPhone X has the best smartphone camera ever.JPG

Consumer Report is not always particularly fair to Apple products, but MacRumors reports that the organisation has today published new figures that ranks the iPhone X as the best smartphone camera available on the market today. Even better than that, Consumer Reports’ top 10 smartphone cameras list features 6 Apple phones in total, including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus. The highest placed non-Apple phone in the list is the Samsung Galaxy S8+ at number 4.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to see where Samsung’s newest devices, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ rank alongside the iPhone X in Consumer Reports’ chart, as it is too soon for those figures. However, a separate report on MacRumors says that DxO has today announced that...
by Maura at Mar 1, 2018
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AT and T, Verizon, Sprint, and T Mobile launch authentication task force program.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, comprising AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, has today announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona its “next-generation mobile authentication platform.”

The Mobile Authentication Taskforce was created last year to develop a mobile authentication system in order to help protect businesses and consumers from identity theft, bank fraud, fraudulent purchases, and data theft.