Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at Sep 12, 2017
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During an emotional inaugural event at Apple’s Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, the company announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The two new phones were introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook, with Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, taking over to showcase their in-depth features.
Both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are made out of the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone, and are available in three new finishes: space gray, silver, and gold. The glass finish is made using a seven-layer colour process for precise hue and opacity, along with a colour-matched aerospace-grade aluminum bezel. Both phones are also splash, water, and dust resistant, with a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529.

The new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays now benefit from True Tone, which adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light to ensure a more natural, paper-like view. The stereo speakers have also been redesigned to make them up to 25% louder, with deeper bass.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, just like the newly announced iPhone X, both feature the new A11 Bionic chip, which is the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, comprising a six-core CPU with two performance cores that are 25% faster, as well as four efficiency cores that are 70% faster, than the A10 Fusion. A new performance controller is also able to simultaneously...
by Maura at Sep 12, 2017
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Just as expected, Apple today announced its flagship OLED iPhone, the iPhone X, at the inaugural event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino. While the surprise had been spoiled by leaks over the weekend, the reveal was no less thrilling when it eventually happened.

Introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who then handed over to Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, for the in-depth look at the new phone.

Boasting an all-glass design with a 5.8-inch OLED display that Apple calls “Super Retina,” the iPhone X has an A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging, and dual optimal image stabilization for the rear camera.

The phone is unlocked using the new Face ID technology via the new TrueDepth camera system, which is housed in what everyone was calling “The notch” up until now. No wonder Apple was so determined to keep the notch!
iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999. Pre-orders being on Friday, October 27, with availability on Friday, November 3.

Stay tuned for an in-depth look at iPhone X's new features, as well as all the other...
by Maura at Sep 11, 2017
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Just one day to go now until Apple finally unveils the new iPhone line-up as well as some other goodies, including an LTE Apple Watch Series 3. Fittingly, this will be the inaugural event at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater. However, according to a report from VentureBeat, via MacRumors, work on the new venue was only just completed and approved in the nick of time, or last week, to be more precise!

VentureBeat today published documents that reveal that Apple didn’t actually get official approval for the event until the day after it sent out the invitations to the press on August 31.

The documents show that on September 1, 2017, officials in Cupertino, California, issued Apple a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Steve Jobs Theater, proving that the building had passed fire and safety checks. And while there is still some work to be done on the theater, it has, just in time, been certified as a safe venue in which to hold Apple’s big event tomorrow, in front of hundreds of members of the press and other VIPs.

We can’t wait to see what Apple will be revealing under that magnificent roof tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT. We’ll have all the news for you here, of course, and you can watch it live at Apple’s website: Watch the Apple Special Event

Source: Apple Received Approval Just Last Week to Host First-Ever Event at Steve Jobs Theater
by Maura at Sep 11, 2017
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According to AppleInsider, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors today that due to various production challenges, Apple’s iPhone X, which is due to be announced by Apple tomorrow, “will remain in severe short supply for a while.” In fact, Kuo says that the current production rate is less than 10,000 units per day.

Kuo said that aside from general production problems, the new “blush” gold colour option has specific issues, meaning that it will be very hard to obtain at launch, and may even have a later on-sale date than the black and white colour options.

Kuo doesn’t think that Apple needs to worry about how many phones it will sell based on these delays, as he believes that it will still sell the same amount of phones, just a little bit later than planned.

Kuo also addressed concerns about how users will take to Face ID replacing Touch ID, saying, “Apple has to win over consumers by demoing a smooth-running, easy-to-use and secure feature.”

Source: iPhone X supply constraints limit Apple's production to less than 10,000 units per day
by Maura at Sep 10, 2017
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iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus names confirmed in Firmware leak.JPG

Ahead of Apple’s special iPhone launch event on Tuesday, 9to5 Mac reports that data discovered within the iOS firmware leak that it originally reported on exclusively on Friday appears to confirm that the names of the three new iPhones will be iPhone X for the OLED phone, and iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for the two new LCD models.

This latest information was discovered by developer Steven Troughton Smith, who tweeted out the news.

Meanwhile, as for how such a massive leak occurred, John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has a pretty good idea, stating that “someone within Apple leaked the list of URLs to 9to5 Mac and MacRumors. I’m nearly certain this wasn’t a mistake, but rather a deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee. Whoever did this is the least popular person in Cupertino. More surprises were spoiled by this leak than any in Apple history.”

Sources: iOS firmware indicates Apple to announce ‘iPhone 8’, ‘iPhone 8 Plus’ and ‘iPhone X’ on Tuesday

iOS 11 GM Leaked, Reveals New iPhone Names, Wallpapers, Cellular Apple Watch Details, and More
by Maura at Sep 10, 2017
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iOS 11 GM leak reveals Face ID details and much more.JPG

As the dust settles over the massive iOS 11 GM firmware leak this weekend, and the experts continue to mine the data for golden nuggets of information.

News of the leak first appeared on Friday, via 9to5 Mac. Among the major secrets revealed ahead of Tuesday’s special event, according to AppleInsider, is the news that the OLED iPhone’s facial recognition system will be called Face ID. The leak even revealed a video showing a smiling face which is thought to be part of the Face ID setup.

Also disclosed in the leak was another new feature called Portrait Lighting, which apparently creates the illusion of depth with various lighting effects, and thought to be an updated version of Portrait Mode in the camera app.

Other information leaked included video recording capabilities, as well as details about the OLED iPhone’s True Tone display’s 1,125 x 2,436 pixels.

The huge leak had even more data to explore, including an animation revealing a new set of AirPods with some slight differences from current models, such as a relocated charging status LED light. Also, there were images of animated emoji called “Jellyfish” and “Animoji” in the code. It seems like the characters can be animated according to the user’s facial expressions, and can be sent via recorded voice messages.

Sources: Leaked iOS 11 GM confirms 'iPhone 8' 'Face ID' facial detection, revamped AirPods, more

iOS 11 GM leak confirms D22 ‘iPhone 8’ features: Portrait Lighting, True Tone Display, revised AirPods, much more
by Poisonivy at Sep 9, 2017
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Watch the Apple Special Event
by Maura at Sep 9, 2017
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Leaked iOS 11 GM reveals LTE Apple Watch Series 3 details.JPG

9to5 Mac has an exclusive report on a massive iOS 11 GM firmware leak that has revealed many secrets about forthcoming Apple devices, including appearing to confirm the existence of an LTE Apple Watch, complete with new face and digital crown.

Expected to be unveiled by Apple at its special event in the new Steve Jobs Theater on September 12, what looks to be the LTE Apple Watch Series 3, as shown in the Watch app pairing screen, has a red-accented digital crown that sets it apart from previous Apple Watch versions, and that presumably contains the LTE wireless chip. The watch image also reveals what looks like a signal meter in the form of dots situated above the digital second hand.

Aside from the telltale image in the Watch app, hints were also found in the leaked code that pointed to the ability to make calls on the watch via LTE, with the watch sharing the iPhone’s phone number.

Sources: iOS 11 GM leak seemingly leaks LTE Apple Watch with new face and Digital Crown [Video]

Leaked iOS 11 GM Reveals iPhone 8 Features, Hints at LTE Apple Watch

LTE Apple Watch 'Series 3' tipped in leaked iOS 11 GM
by Maura at Sep 9, 2017
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MacRumors reports on a new paper from Barclays analysts that sets out what Apple could do to reduce the impact of the expected high price of the forthcoming OLED iPhone. Most recent rumours have put the 64GB OLED iPhone starting at $999, the 256GB model at $1,099, and the 512 GB version at $1,199.

According to Mark Moskowitz’ team of Barclays analysts, it would benefit Apple to offer an OLED iPhone bundle that included a free 1-year subscription to Apple Music and a free 1-year 200GB iCloud subscription. This would represent a saving of around $120 for the Apple Music subscription and $36 for the iCloud subscription.

Barclays’ survey of wireless service customers found that Apple “might” sell approximately 40.3 million standalone OLED iPhones, but that could increase to 64.4 million OLED iPhones as part of an Apple Music/iCloud bundle.

Although this sounds like a great plan for Apple to adopt, it is still only a prediction from Barclays and has not been officially confirmed. However, Barclays analysts have had an impressive track record in the past when it comes to predictions about forthcoming Apple products.

Source: Barclays Proposes Apple Could Lessen iPhone 8 Pricing Impact by Including Apple Music/iCloud Bundle
by Maura at Sep 8, 2017
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Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced at a media conference in Los Angeles that from late 2019, Marvel and Star Wars titles will only be available to stream on Disney’s forthcoming streaming service.

“We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot,” said Iger of the new service, which will also have three or four exclusive Disney films, four to five original series, and Disney’s entire current TV library.

Back when Disney announced its own streaming service last month there was much speculation about what would happen to the Marvel and Star Wars titles that are currently available on other services such as Netflix. At the time, Iger said that Disney was still undecided about whether or not to give Marvel and Star Wars titles their own spin-off streaming service, but by all accounts the decision has now been made.

And while this will be disappointing news for Netflix, which was already going to lose Disney movies in 2019, but was apparently hoping to keep at least some of the content. However, Netflix original series with Marvel characters, such as Daredevil and The Punisher, will remain on Netflix.

This latest move from Disney doesn’t mean that Star Wars and Marvel titles won’t still be available to buy and rent from iTunes, but only that they won’t be available as part of any subscription package.

Source: Disney to keep Marvel & Star Wars movies exclusive to its streaming service