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by Maura at May 11, 2017
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LG Innotek to provide 3D sensing modules for iPhone 8.JPG

MacRumors reports that according to The Korea Economic Daily, LG Innotek has been chosen by Apple to supply the 3D facial recognition models for the iPhone 8.

The report says that LG’s “new facility investment” of around $238.5 million will be used solely to fulfil Apple’s orders, and that LG will also be building a new plant, where it will manufacture the facial recognition modules that will be included in the iPhone 8’s front-facing FaceTime camera system.

According to a previous note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 8 will have a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system with 3D sensing technology built around algorithms from PrimeSense, the Israeli company previously best-known for developing the first Xbox Kinect sensor for Microsoft. PrimeSense was acquired by Apple in 2013.

Kuo also said that the iPhone 8’s front-facing camera system will have two infrared modules that can be used for facial recognition, iris scanning, and possible augmented reality/virtual reality/mixed reality purposes.

iPhone 8 concept: Benjamin Geskin.

Source: LG Named as Supplier of iPhone 8's 3D Facial Recognition System for Front-Facing Camera
by Maura at May 11, 2017
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It looks like the iPhone 8 is finally on its way, with AppleInsider reporting today that TSMC has started production of the 10-nanometer chips for this year’s new iPhone models.

Production had previously been delayed due to issues with “stacking components in the backend integrated fan-out packaging process,” but it seems that these issues have now been solved, according to DigiTimes.

While DigiTimes’ sources did not have any further details about the possible launch window for the new phones, other reports have said that TSMC is will be delivering the new processors in bulk to Foxconn for iPhone assembly by the second half of July.

AppleInsider says that Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron are all currently in the middle of hiring surges in order to keep up with demand for the new iPhones.

This follows on from yesterday’s story from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that full-scale iPhone 8 production could be delayed until October or November.

Source: TSMC starts production of 10nm 'A11' chips for Apple's 'iPhone 8'
by Maura at May 10, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that well-sourced KGI Securities analyst Min-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors in which he said that industry checks indicate that Apple has entered a “worst case scenario” when it comes to iPhone shipments, meaning that production of the forthcoming iPhone 8 could be delayed by two or three months.

Apple’s usual method is to increase iPhone production in August or September, in readiness for the high demand during the fall launch cycle. According to Kuo’s sources, production issues could mean that production of the high-end OLED iPhone 8 could be delayed until October or November.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the launch of the high-end iPhone 8 will be delayed, rather that it will be in very limited supply.

“In other words, severe supply shortages may persist for a while after the new models are launched, capping total shipments of new iPhones in 2H17F,” said Kuo.

Meanwhile, AppleInsider also reports today on iPhone 8 renders from OnLeaks based on a CAD schematic of the phone’s case that gives us an idea of what the new high-end iPhone 8 might look like.

Sources: Production ramp of 'iPhone 8' could be delayed to November, cause supply constraints

'iPhone 8' rendering pops up, based on CAD files allegedly used for construction
by Maura at May 10, 2017
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MacRumors reports today on a leaked photo that has appeared on Chinese social network Sina Weibo that is claimed to be of the rear shell of possibly an iPhone SE or iPhone 7s . Interestingly, the photo shows that there is no bump in the cutout for the single-lens camera. Another cutout would appear to be for an LED flash.

Also included in the leaked photo is a document, presumably relating to the rear shell, that refers to an iPhone with a codename N79 that has strengthened Ion-X glass, the same type that is used for the Apple Watch. If the document is genuine, and there’s no way of knowing that, of course, it most likely comes from one of Apple’s manufacturing partners located in Taiwan, such as Foxconn, Wistron, or Pegatron.

According to SlashLeaks, which also posted the picture, this is most likely an iPhone SE, in which case the design looks to be a departure from the previous (and very popular) iPhone 5s form factor.

Last year Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities said that the iPhone SE will not be released in the first half of 2017, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see a new iPhone SE model before July at the earliest.

Source: Possible Leak Suggests Next iPhone SE or iPhone 7s Could Have Strengthened Ion-X Glass Display
by Maura at May 10, 2017
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According to new figures from Strategy Analytics, via AppleInsider, Apple’s iPhone 7 was the best-selling smartphone in the world in Q1. Strategy Analytics’ figures show that global smartphone shipments totalled 353.3 million units in the first quarter of 2017. 21.5 million of those were the iPhone 7, and 17.4 million the iPhone 7 Plus.

This means that the iPhone 7 had 6.1% of global smartphone sales and the iPhone 7 Plus had 4.9% of global smartphone sales. Just behind those two was the OPPO R9s with 2.5% and then the Samsung Galaxy J3 and J5 at 1.7% and 1.4% respectively. The huge "Others" category had the biggest percentage overall, with 83.3%.

Apple reported its second fiscal quarter results on April 26, with iPhone sales declining year over year at 50.8 million sold, with Apple CEO Tim Cook attributing the fall to earlier and increased leaks about future iPhones. This has been particularly the case as far as the iPhone 8 is concerned, as it is set to be a major redesign.

Source: Apple's iPhone 7 was world's best-selling smartphone in first quarter of 2017
by Maura at May 9, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that a special edition of the iPhone 6 that was originally made just for India is now available in the US for just $200 without a contract.

The original iPhone 6 was only available in 16, 64, and 128GB versions. The 32GB version was created just for the Indian market and went on sale there in April, before becoming available to buy in Spain, Germany, Italy, and several other countries after that.

It has now finally come to the US, where AT&T first offered it for $345, but Virgin Mobile is now selling it for $199.99. The company says that the phone’s actual retail value is $449.99, and so it is applying a discount of $250. There’s absolutely no contract required at all, you simply have to purchase the phone, activate it online, and then choose a no-contract plan.

You can also buy the phone on Amazon, although there it will set you back around $380.00.

Source: Special edition 32GB Space Gray iPhone 6 now available for just $200 w/o contract
by Maura at May 8, 2017
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BGR writes today of fresh rumours about some interesting new features in iOS 11 that first came to light via a now-deleted post on Reddit by a Redditor with the name “cyanhat.” BGR says that as with all Apple rumours, there’s no way of knowing how accurate they are, but some of them certainly sound very convincing.

The first rumour was actually reported on several weeks ago, saying that with iOS 11, users will be able to use Apple Pay to make peer-to-peer payments, similar in style to payment apps such as Venmo and Square Cash. Also, “Apple is completely revamping the Wallet app and adding social functionality,” said the source. “There will be a social feed, just like Venmo. The new Wallet app will also have an iMessage module that allows you to send cash via iMessage.”

But while we have read reports of this particular new feature of iOS 11 before, the second feature mentioned by BGR is much less familiar. According to the source, in iOS 11, FaceTime audio will be the “default calling method for iPhone users.” On the positive side, this would make for superior audio quality for your call, but on the minus side, FaceTime Audio uses up data, although, admittedly not enough for it to be a significant problem.

Other new iOS 11 features mentioned in the leak include a smarter low-power battery mode that will work more contextually, depending on certain variables such as whether you are at home or outside the home.

And finally, the leak also mentions that iOS 11 will also feature support for group video chats via FaceTime for up to five users at the same time.

Source: Two headlining iOS 11 features may have just leaked
by Maura at May 8, 2017
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iPhone 8 said to be on schedule.JPG

Following on from the various recent rumours about production delays for the forthcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, Economic Daily News (EDN) now says that production is in fact on track for all new iPhone models, ready for an announcement in September and October release date.

EDN says that one of the big causes of the previous delay was manufacturing issues with the new circuit boards that will be included in all three of the new iPhone models. EDN’s sources say that these issues have now been resolved satisfactorily.

However, despite EDN referring to production as being “on schedule,” it has to be said that an October release date for all three phones would be a little later than the usual release schedule for new iPhones, which usually go on sale in September, just after they are announced by Apple.

Mass production of iPhone components is due to start in June, with TSMC set to begin production of the wafer starts required to manufacture A11 processes on June 10, with the chips due to be delivered in volumes in the second half of July.

iPhone X concept image: Imran Taylor

Source: iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s reportedly set to go on sale in October, mass production ‘on schedule’
by Maura at May 7, 2017
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iPhone 8 rear Touch ID sensor rumour resurfaces.JPG

According to a new research note from Hong-Kong-based CLSA analysts Sebastian Hou and Brian Chen, via MacRumours, there is a “high chance” that the OLED iPhone 8 will have a rear Touch ID sensor.

CLSA even provided a schematic that showed the placing of the Touch ID sensor on the rear of the phone, sited just below the Apple logo. This could be in order to avoid the many complaints about the awkward position of the fingerprint sensor on the rear of Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

Source: Rumors Persist About Apple Placing Touch ID on Back of iPhone 8
by Maura at May 7, 2017
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AirPods could be bundled free with iPhone 8 according to new rumour.JPG

MacRumors reports on a lengthy report from JPMorgan about Apple’s forthcoming iPhone line-up, sourced from Apples Asia-Pacific region supply chain. One of the many claims made in the report is that AirPods will be bundled with the iPhone 8 as a free accessory. Should this turn out to be the case, however unlikely, given that AirPods cost $159 to buy, they will most likely replace the EarPods with Lightning connector that is bundled with the current iPhone lineup. It’s possible that they will only be bundled with the most expensive models of the iPhone 8, which are expected to retail at more than $1,000.

Many of the other iPhone 8 features mentioned by JPMorgan in this latest report have already been widely rumoured, including a bigger battery, wireless charging, and 3D-sensing facial recognition technology. However, JPMorgan does have a couple of new snippets of information, such as that the iPhone 8 will have an “enhanced receiver” with “further improvements” to the stereo sound and waterproofing, with the earpiece said to be more waterproof than previous versions.

Source: iPhone 8 Said to Have Enhanced Earpiece With Further Improvements to Stereo Sound and Waterproofing