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by Maura at Aug 16, 2017
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LTE Apple Watch to focus on data rather than cellular voice calls.JPG

AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, in which he says that the forthcoming Apple Watch with LTE will not support traditional cellular calls, contrary to other recent rumours.

Kuo says that Apple will most likely add support for such calls in a subsequent software update, but in the meantime, various apps such as FaceTime and third-party apps such as Skype will provide the voice call service.

“Technologically, while it’s feasible for LTE Apple Watch to support voice service & replace iPhones’ phone function,” said Kuo, “we think it must first improve the user experience of data transmission (not via iPhone).”

Kuo goes on to say that not adding call support to the new Apple Watch will help Apple when it is negotiating with carriers, making things a lot simpler. It will also let Apple completely scrap 3G connectivity and focus on LTE.

Source: Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data
by Maura at Aug 16, 2017
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Are these images of an Apple OLED TV.JPG

BGR reports today on new images that have leaked that are claimed to be the first ever seen of an Apple OLED TV being built. The photos initially appeared on Chinese microblogging website Weibo, and if genuine, they could vindicate long-time expert Apple analyst Gene Munster’s long-held belief that Apple would eventually release its own branded “iTV.” For years, Munster predicted that Apple would eventually release its own flat-screen TV line-up, so could these images actually show this?

As often with leaked images, it’s not at all easy to tell what they actually show, but it looks a lot like an Apple-branded OLED TV undergoing some sort of lab testing. The silver metal and overall design do look very Apple-like. However, the source has very little additional information about the images, other than to say that the screen pictured is approximately 60 inches, and that the TV has two front-facing cameras.

Some websites think that these images are dubious at best, but BGR seems less sceptical, so it will be interesting to see if we start seeing more leaks about a possible Apple OLED TV very soon.

Source: Photos of an Apple OLED TV may have just been exposed in the biggest Apple leak in years
by Maura at Aug 16, 2017
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Mewtwo arrives in Pokemon Go.JPG

The Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo has finally arrived in Pokémon Go, with Niantic announcing Mewtwo’s appearance at the Pokémon Go Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan, where thousands of Trainers had the chance to capture it. Following this appearance, Trainers worldwide will also be able to battle and catch Mewtwo as part of the new Exclusive Raid Battle feature.

Exclusive Raid Battles differ from regular Raid Battles in that Trainers have to be invited to join them. In order to be invited to an Exclusive Raid Battle, you must first have successfully completed a recent raid, defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle is being held. The invites will also alert Trainers in advance to when the Exclusive Raid will be talking place, so that they can plan to take down the Raid Boss with other Trainers.

Mewtwo will be the first Pokémon to star in the Exclusive Raid Battles, and then other powerful Pokémon will start to hatch from the Raid Eggs that you can find at Exclusive Raid Battles.

Niantic also announced that from August 14 until August 31, Legendary Pokémon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia will all be appearing in Raid Battles.

Source: Mewtwo Coming to Exclusive Raid Battles Soon! - Pokémon GO
by Maura at Aug 15, 2017
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Apple HomePod to be in limited supply at launch.JPG

According to a new report from Nikkei, via MacRumors, the rumoured supplier for Apple’s forthcoming HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, has hinted during an earnings press conference that the HomePod might be in short supply at launch.

While Inventec Appliances president David Ho did not mention the HomePod by name during his address at the press conference, the clues are all there, from the timeframe of late in 2017 to the description of the “smart home device.”

In his speech, Ho said that the device’s contribution to Inventec’s revenue would be “fairly limited,” but “hopefully that will improve next year,” he added.

Arthur Liao, an analyst at Taipei’s Fubon Securities, said that Inventec will only ship around 500,000 HomePod units this year, making its contribution to Inventec’s revenue less than 1%.

Further to that, Nikkei was told by one of its sources that Apple will be adding Foxconn to its HomePod supply chain next year, with HomePod orders then being split between Foxconn and Inventec.

Source: HomePod Supplies Limited at Launch, but Foxconn Coming on Board in 2018 to Increase Production
by Maura at Aug 14, 2017
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New videos claim to show iPhone 8 production line.JPG

9to5 Mac reports on a couple of videos that have leaked that are claimed to have been shot behind the scenes at Foxconn’s iPhone 8 production line. 9to5 Mac is sceptical about whether or not the videos are genuine, and there certainly do seem to be several things wrong with them, aside from the fact that they would represent a very serious security breach for Apple if they were genuine.

The first video, from TechTastic, is 10 seconds long, and appears to show assembled iPhones being hand-polished. As 9to5 Mac says, the polishing doesn’t look to be up to what you'd expect to be Apple levels of professionalism.

The second video is just 8 seconds long and shows iPhones hanging on some sort of storage display. Once again, the footage is not particularly convincing, and as 9to5 Mac’s Ben Lovejoy points out, the videos are much more likely to show dummy units being produced rather than actual genuine iPhones.

Source: Unlikely low-quality videos claim to give a look at the iPhone 8 production line
by Maura at Aug 14, 2017
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A11 chip enters mass production at TSMC.JPG

According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, the iPhone 8 10nm A11 chip has entered mass production at TSMC. Apparently, TSMC is using the same 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing technique that is also being used to make the A10X chips for the current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The A10X is thought to be the first chip to be produced using the technique.

In comparison, the A10 that is used in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models uses a 16-nanometer design. The new version should have better performance and power efficiency in a very similar-sized package.

The new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models are also expected to have the A11 chip, as well as wireless charging. Unlike the iPhone 8, however, the two LCD models are expected to still have physical home buttons and Touch ID, while the iPhone 8 is expected to have a virtual home button and 3D facial recognition.

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Source: TSMC in mass production of 10nm 'A11' chips for Apple's 'iPhone 8'
by Maura at Aug 14, 2017
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Copper iPhone 8 is actually Blush Gold.JPG

Last week we saw several leaked images emerge of what was claimed to be a new iPhone colour option, which at the time everyone said was “Copper-like,” simply because that was what it looked like.

Now, MacRumors reports that leaker Benjamin Geskin has said on Twitter that he has heard from a Foxconn insider that the official internal name for the new iPhone 8 colour is “Blush Gold.” He added that the phone’s barcode says that it only comes in 64GB and 128GB versions. However, it seems unlikely to think that Apple wouldn’t offer a 256GB version.

Last week the always very well sourced KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple would only be offering the iPhone 8 in three colour options: black, silver, and gold, and did not mention the copper-type colour. However, the news from Geskin could explain why. MacRumors adds that while the black iPhone 8 version seems to be popular, due to the seamless blending of the notorious notch, bezel, and OLED display, the Blush Gold version has had some criticism, even being referred to as the “Zune option.” I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the actual phone looks like with the screen turned on, which will give a much better idea than a dummy, however accurate it is.

Image: @VenyaGeskin1

Source: Alleged Foxconn Insider Claims Copper-Like iPhone 8 Color is Officially Called 'Blush Gold'
by Maura at Aug 13, 2017
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Why 10 minutes of silence is a hit on iTunes.JPG

MacRumors reports that a new “song,” created by Samir Mezrahi, has taken the iTunes singles chart by storm. No surprise in that, you might say, but what is surprising is that the song is one big load of nothing, and that’s not just me being rude, it actually is just 10 minutes of total silence!

Entitled “A a a a a Very Good Song,” the track is actually a very clever way of getting over the problem that people have when they connect their iOS device to their car’s USB port, whereby playback always starts automatically, and always in alphabetical order at the top of your iTunes library, so you always have to hear the same song, usually one that starts with an “A,” over and over and over.

Mezrahi’s track gets around this by providing a blissful 9 minutes and 58 seconds of total quiet after you connect your iOS device to your car USB, when you can find the song that you actually want to hear, not just the one that happens to be at the top of the alphabet. The track is free to Apple Music subscribers, and $0.99 to download otherwise.

Source: A Ten-Minute Silent Song Is Soaring Up the iTunes Charts
by Maura at Aug 13, 2017
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Apple Watch App Cardiogram Measures Game of Thrones Viewers Heart Rates.JPG

AppleInsider writes that heart-monitoring Apple Watch app Cardiogram has found a novel way of publicising what the app can do by creating a user challenge designed to monitor the heart rates of Game of Thrones fans when they are watching the show.

A total of 300 people enrolled in the Cardiogram Habits “What Game of Thrones Does to Your Heart Rate” test. The app then prompted users to turn on continuous heart rate recording on their Apple Watch at 8:45 p.m. on Sundays, which is when the show airs in the US.

Around 2.3 million measurements were recorded during the first four episodes of the seventh season, which gave the app developers plenty of data to work with in terms of noting heart rate trends.

According to Cardiogram’s figures, the scene that recorded the highest pulse rate was Jamie Lannister’s charge against Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon, with an average heart rate of 91 beats per minute recorded. This was higher by 8 beats per minute than the scene that came in second, which was the opening scene of the seventh season, where Arya Stark impersonates Walder Frey. This scene recorded an average heart rate of 83.2 beats per minute, which was the highest average rate of any scene that did not feature major action.

Cardiogram’s co-founders, Brandon Ballinger and Johnson Hsieh, said that the app is designed to provide details about your heart rate throughout the day. In May, Cardiogram and the University of California’s research found that the Apple Watch heart rate sensor could detect atrial fibrillation with 97% accuracy.

Source: Apple Watch Cardiogram Measures Game of Thrones Viewers Heart Rate
by Maura at Aug 13, 2017
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iOS 11 code shows possible way to disable 3D Facial Recognition.JPG

The anticipation for Apple’s new iPhone 8 is extremely high, especially with its 3D facial recognition system that will be used to unlock the phone. However, not everyone likes change, and not everyone is happy with the idea of unlocking their phone or using Apple Pay by the facial recognition method. Thankfully, as iDB reports, it looks like Apple is taking those people into consideration, and just as with Touch ID, such users will be able to turn off the feature if they so desire, and most likely be able to choose to use a passcode to unlock their phone.

The news comes via iOS developer Danial Niyazov (@r_idn), who tweeted last week, “for those concerned about iOS 11’s face/attention detection, looks like there will be a way to disable it.” He also tweeted, “There’s actually a Private AttentionAwareness framework, as well as a AttentionAwarenessLibrary framework (likely also private).” This indicates that at first, third-party developers won’t have the ability to know when you are looking at the screen. This is, of course, again very similar to how Touch ID launched, first only having limited function availability to third-party developers before Apple eventually allowed much wider access to it.

Source: Looks like there'll be a way to disable iPhone 8's face detection & attention