Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at Jun 4, 2018
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As expected, Apple has today announced iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California. While there had been rumours of some hardware announcements also today, when Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at the McEnery Convention Center to kick off the keynote he soon dispelled any such rumours by saying that today would be all about the software, and indeed it was!

The big reveal of the day was of course iOS 12, with Cook handing over the reins to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering for the in-depth look at the new software.

The first impressive detail to be announced by Federighi was that iOS 12 would have exactly the same support base in terms of devices as iOS 11,...
by Maura at Jun 4, 2018
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MacRumors reports today that former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has resurfaced at his new company, TF International Securities, and he’s already quick off the mark with some new iPhone information.

According to Kuo’s latest research note, Apple is set to have a “more aggressive” approach to pricing for its forthcoming 2018 iPhone line-up, which is expected to launch in September.

Kuo says Apple’s 2018 pricing strategy is based on “concern over the negative impact of a higher price” for its new line-up. This follows on from last year’s criticism in some media quarters that the iPhone X was too expensive, with a starting price of $999.

According to Kuo, the 6.5-inch OLED “iPhone X Plus” will cost from $900 to $1,000, the Gen 2 OLED iPhone X will cost from...
by Maura at Jun 1, 2018
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MacRumors report today on new schematics and renderings obtained from a case manufacturer that have leaked via Russian website Wylsa.com that claim to show two out of three of the forthcoming new iPhones, including dimensions.

The phones depicted in the series of images are the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus, and also the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X. The rendering of the LCD iPhone looks very similar to other renders said to be of the LCD phone that have also leaked today. In particular, both sets of renders depict the LCD phone with a single-lens camera, and they both also show the LCD phone with a notch, just like the two OLED phones.

As far as dimensions are concerned, the source only provides them for the two new form factors, presumably because the dimensions of the...
by Maura at Jun 1, 2018
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According to renders and a video published today by Steve Hemmerstoffer (OnLeaks on Twitter) and MySmartPrice, Apple’s forthcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X will have a notch just like the current iPhone X, a glass back, and an edge-to-edge display without a Home button (hence the need for a notch for Face ID). Just like the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the phone will also have an aluminium frame.

Another way in which the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone X will be similar to the current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models, at least according to these renders, is that it will have just one rear camera, in contrast with the OLED iPhone X models’ dual-lens camera system. The details gleaned from the renders and video very much support previous information from former KGI...
by Maura at May 31, 2018
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9to5 Mac writes today about Bay Area illustrator and graphic designer Nina Khashchina, whose latest work, “100 Views of Silicon Valley,” features mini paintings of the area. While Khashchina’s finished work uses physical paints and brushes, she says that Apple’s iPads, iPhones, and Macs, are key tools in her creative process.

Khashchina starts her process with Procreate and Adobe Sketch with Apple Pencil on her iPad Pro, where she looks at different compositions and colour combinations. She says that this is a great time-saver.

Astropad is another of Khashchina’s preferred apps as it enables her to use her Apple Pencil and iPad with Photoshop on Mac.

Khashchina also...
by Maura at May 31, 2018
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MacRumors reports that preparations are currently underway to decorate the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California with banners and posters that welcome attendees to Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference that begins next Monday. People have been posting lots of images on social media of the decorations as they go up.

The huge banners that be-deck the front of the convention center continue the design theme of the WWDC website, invitations, and app.

This is the second year that Apple has hosted its WWDC in San Jose, having previously held it at Moscone West in San Francisco for many years. Among the reasons for the move are the fact that San Jose is closer to Apple’s campuses and offices in Cupertino and other parts of the South Bay, and also the...
by Maura at May 30, 2018
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Niantic has announced the arrival of the first Alolan form Pokémon in Pokémon Go, Exeggutor, who is available now for trainers all over the world to catch. The lofty tropical Pokémon will appear more frequently for a limited time in celebration of the announcement that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in November 2018, complete with iOS integration.

The two new games will enable Pokémon Go players to bring Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that they have caught in Pokémon Go to the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo also released a new free-to-play Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch yesterday, Pokémon Quest. Billed as a “rambunctious action RPG,” the game features cube-shaped Pokémon who live on...
by Maura at May 30, 2018
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple on Tuesday released iOS 11.4, complete with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud, and HomePod stereo pair.

AirPlay 2 improves Apple’s streaming media technology, reducing latency and adding support for multi-room playback from iOS.

Messages in iCloud is a new feature that enables you to keep messages synced across devices in similar fashion to email. Delete a message on one device, and it will disappear on all devices. If you set up a new device, your past messages on other devices will magically appear without you having to restore them from backup.

Finally, the long-awaited HomePod stereo pair feature enables you to set up stereo pair for your HomePods via your iPhone or iPad. Provided auto updates are enabled in your Home app, it will...
by Maura at May 29, 2018
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MacRumors reports today that according to a new report from DigiTimes, Pegatron is expected to be contracted by Apple to manufacture an ARM-based MacBook. Industry sources have apparently told the website that the new MacBook has been given the codename “Star” and the series number N84. The source does not provide any details about production or release dates.

Back in January DigiTimes reported that Apple was set to release a new, cheaper 13-inch MacBook in the second half of this year, which would be a replacement for the MacBook Air. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo then went on to report in March that Apple is planning to release a “more affordable MacBook Air” sometime in 2018.

Today’s story from DigiTimes, however, marks the first time that this rumoured...
by Maura at May 29, 2018
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A new report from South Korea’s ETNews, via AppleInsider, says that by 2019 all new iPhones will have OLED displays. According to ETNews’ source, Apple has just started planning its 2019 iPhone line-up, and has decided that all three of the rumoured phones will have OLED displays. In contrast, of the three new iPhones that are rumoured to be launching in 2018, only two are expected to be OLED, with a cheaper model thought to still have an LCD display.

The ETNews story does seem to contradict itself a little, stating that “Apple has decided to put OLED in all new iPhone models in 2019. However, if there are more than three new models, an LCD model may be maintained.”

So, the source is basically saying that if Apple only releases three iPhones in 2019 all three...