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by Maura at Jun 16, 2017
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Following the announcement of its partnership with Apple in 2014, 9to5 Mac reports that IBM has now launched what it is calling “Garages,” which is a way of creating dedicated physical spaces to help corporations develop MobileFirst iPhone and iPad apps.

"Four years ago, we made enterprise mobility a reality, and we've seen how transformative mobile can be," said Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, IBM Industry Platforms. "Today, companies are now reigning in mobile faster than ever, creating a critical need for powerful innovations that will reinvent how they do business. We're combining the power of mobile with cognitive and analytics to continue to push the market forward."

IBM’s first Garages for MobileFirst will be in Shanghai and Bucharest, joining the current Bangalore unit.

Since IBM first started the partnership with Apple 3 years ago, it has developed over 100 apps in the first year alone, representing a wide variety of subjects including retail, education, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications, insurance, to name but a few, generating “several billion dollars in signings from over 3,800 client engagements.” IBM also named some new high-profile clients that will soon be using MobileFirst apps, such as Lufthansa Group, City Furniture, Singapore Airlines, and Japan Airlines.

You can find out more about IBM’s industry apps here: IBM MobileFirst for iOS - Enterprise Apps

Source: IBM opening ‘Garages’ dedicated to Apple partnership for developing iOS enterprise apps
by Maura at Jun 15, 2017
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According to Nikkei, via AppleInsider, Wistron CEO Robert Hwang has revealed some details about the forthcoming iPhone 7s Plus following the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

In particular, Hwang referred to some “new features” for the iPhone 7s, including “waterproof and wireless charging,” stating that new testing methods are required for the new features, and that the waterproofing process will change the way in which the iPhone 7s Plus is assembled.

Wistron is known to be involved in manufacturing the iPhone Plus models, such as the current iPhone 7 Plus, so Hwang should certainly know what he’s talking about in this regard, even if Apple probably won’t be too happy that he’s disclosing such information.

For some time it was rumoured that only the OLED iPhone 8 would have wireless charging, but more recent rumours have pointed to all three of the forthcoming new iPhones having wireless charging capabilities.

Source: Apple partner Wistron says 'iPhone 7s Plus' will include wireless charging, improved waterproofing
by iDan at Jun 14, 2017
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Apple Inc customers will soon have more choices as the company looks to reduce long wait times for iPhone repairs at its retail stores. By the end of 2017, Apple will to put its proprietary machines for mending cracked iPhone glass in about 400 authorized third-party repair centers in 25 countries, company executives told Reuters.

Among the first recipients is Minneapolis-based Best Buy, which has long sold and serviced Apple products. The electronics retailer already has one of the screen-repair machines at a Miami-area store and one coming soon to an outlet in Sunnyvale, California.

Continue Reading @ Reuters
by Maura at Jun 13, 2017
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BGR writes today that according to a BlueFin Research Partners note that was seen by Barron’s, there is currently no delay in component ordering for the new iPhone line-up. However, what BlueFin refers to as “iPhone X,” or the iPhone 8, as many have been calling it until now, will only be available in limited quantities when it goes on sale in September as only 13 million units are being manufactured for launch, which is 5 million less than BlueFin’s original forecast in March. BlueFin adds that there will be “improved availability in October.”

BlueFin goes on to say that by the end of the year and on through to mid-2018, iPhone X will account for 55% of iPhone manufacturing. The analysts also state that in 2018 all iPhones will have OLED displays, and that Apple and its manufacturing partners are stockpiling OLED display parts “in order to satisfy what appears to be an insatiable demand for the OLED phone(s).”

Image: BlueFin Research Partners via Barron’s

Source: iPhone 8 production is on schedule, but you still won’t be able to get one at launch
by Maura at Jun 13, 2017
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Niantic announces Fire and Ice type Pokemon Go Solstices event.PNG

Niantic has announced a brand new Pokémon Go event that kicks off today to celebrate the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern hemisphere.

The event starts at 1 p.m. PT today and ends at 1 p.m. PDT on June 20, and has a Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon theme. That basically means that Trainers can expect to encounter more Charmander, Cyndaquil, Growlithe, Houndour, Ponyta, Swinub, Vulpix, and their Evolutions, as well as Sneasel, Magmar, Cloyster, and other Fire- and Ice-type Pokémon.

During the event, Trainers will get big XP bonuses for Nice, Great, and Excellent throws, as well as Curveballs and First throws. You’ll also earn more XP for hatching Eggs, and Lucky Eggs will be 50% off in the in-game store.

Following the Solstices Event, Niantic will be holding the first real-life Pokémon Go event on July 22 in Chicago, as well as other events in Europe, to celebrate the first anniversary of the game’s launch. Click here to find out more: Pokémon GO Fest - Pokémon GO

Source: Niantic
by Maura at Jun 12, 2017
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John Lewis offering free 3 year deals on iPad and Macs.JPG

MacRumors reports that UK retailer John Lewis is offering a free 3-year guarantee on certain Apple products including iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs for purchases via the online store until June 28.

The offer applies to all Macs and iPads available on the online store, which all come with a free 3-year guarantee, as well as the opportunity to purchase 3 more years Added Care with accidental damage at a discounted rate. How much the Added Care costs depends on the product.

Apple’s brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is included in the free 3-year guarantee deal, although currently the store doesn’t have any in stock, but hopefully should have them before the offer deadline expires on June 28, so be sure to check back.

iPhones are not left out from the deal, as John Lewis is also offering £50 off any iPhone when purchased with an Apple Watch, with a 2-year guarantee for both products included.

Source: U.K. Retailer John Lewis Offering Free Three-Year Guarantee on all Macs and iPads Until June 28
by Maura at Jun 12, 2017
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First supposed front and back iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus components leak.JPG

What are claimed to be the first images of actual iPhone 8 parts rather than mockups and dummies have been posted on Reddit today, according to MacRumors. The images were said to have been provided by a case manufacturer that obtained them from a glass supplier in China.

The first image shows what are claimed to be the front and back panel of the iPhone 8. The front panel clearly shows the extra thin bezel and the black bar at the top that houses the front-facing camera array, microphone, and speaker. The rear panel shows the vertical cut-out for the dual lens camera as well as a protruding lens housing. There is, happily, no rear Touch ID sensor.


The second image shows similar iPhone 8 front and back panels alongside back panels for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus. However, much of the panels are hidden in sleeves.

Source: First Alleged iPhone 8 Part Leaks Surface
by Maura at Jun 12, 2017
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Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has told Reuters, via AppleInsider, that Apple, Dell, and Kingston are among the many companies that are teaming up with Foxconn to bid for Toshiba’s memory unit. Gou said that Apple CEO and the Apple board of directors approved the bid.

According to Gou, Amazon is also close to joining the bid, and Cisco, Google, and Microsoft are all in talks about doing so as well.

Toshiba will be announcing its preferred bidder on June 15, provided the Japanese government doesn’t succeed in getting the announcement delayed while it works against the clock to finalise a bid from its own consortium.

Toshiba is said to favour the bid from American chipmaker Broadcom, in partnership with American equity company Silver Lake, which is said to be worth 2.2 trillion yen ($20 billion).

Many commentators do not expect Foxconn’s bid to succeed due to the fact that Taiwan-based Foxconn has close links with China, and the Japanese government has said that it would step in to prevent any deal that resulted in such vital chip technology being taken out of Japan. However, Gou today said that there is no Chinese capital involved in the Foxconn consortium, and that Foxconn’s own stake in Toshiba’s memory business would not exceed 40%.

Source: Foxconn head says Apple & Dell are key partners in joint bid for Toshiba's memory unit
by Maura at Jun 11, 2017
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Recode reports that Apple is about to make some big changes to its incredibly popular Podcasts app, many of which will be very welcome to podcasters.

First of all, the revamped version of the app will see Apple providing podcasters with basic analytics that will tell them when their listeners play individual episodes, what part of the episode they listen to, which parts they skip, and when they stop listening to the podcast.

What makes this so remarkable is that presently Apple gives virtually no information at all to podcast creators about their audience’s listening habits, only letting them know when someone has downloaded an episode.

So basically, all those amazing, and, in some cases, now very rich and famous, podcasters out there, as well as their advertisers, have had no information to guide them when they create, or finance, their podcasts. That makes the success of the medium all the more remarkable, when you think about it! As Recode points out, “this is a subtle but very big change.”

“It may look obscure, but this is the biggest thing to happen to the podcast business since Serial first when nuclear” tweeted Matthew Lieber, president of Gimlet Media, the podcast studio responsible for Startup and Crimetown.

While some critics of the move think that it might actually spoil the podcast format that has worked so well until now, it is generally an exciting prospect for podcasters.

Source: Apple is going to let podcast creators — and advertisers — see what listeners actually like
by Maura at Jun 11, 2017
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BGR writes that Apple’s determination not to source its components from a single manufacturer will most likely mean that the iPhone 8 will not have gigabit LTE support, unlike many Android phones.

The original report from Bloomberg says that while carriers have already started upgrading networks to enable the use of gigabit data speeds, the iPhone 8 will be unable to take advantage of this because Apple has chosen to source iPhone 8 components from Intel as well as Qualcomm; the latter’s LTE modems already support gigabit data speeds, but the former’s do not.

Bloomberg said that according to its sources, “until Intel is able to offer its chips with matching features, Apple won’t enable some of capabilities of the phones running with Qualcomm modems.”

Intel does have faster modems on the way, including the XMM 7650, but unfortunately Intel says that it won’t be available until 2018. and therefore not in time for the iPhone 8.

Source: Why the iPhone 8 won’t support gigabit LTE