Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at Oct 2, 2017
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According to a new survey from RBC Capital Markets, via MacRumors, the 256GB storage option for the iPhone X is proving to be the most popular among prospective owners.

RBC Capital Markets surveyed 832 people, and found that 28% of them said that they would be purchasing an iPhone X. A further 20% of those who responded to the survey said that they intended to buy an iPhone 8 Plus, and 17% said that they wanted to buy an iPhone 8.

Interestingly, a sizeable chunk of those interviewed said that they would be buying one of the older iPhone models that are still on sale, with 35% saying that they intended to purchase an iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 Plus.

RBC Capital Markets also found that 43% of those prospective buyers who were only interested in purchasing an iPhone would be buying an iPhone X, and 32% were opting for an iPhone 8 Plus.

Of those prospective customers who expressed their intention to buy an iPhone X, 57% said that they would go for the 256GB model, with 43% opting to buy the 64GB model.

Source: Over Half of Prospective iPhone X Buyers Surveyed Plan to Choose 256GB Storage
by Maura at Sep 29, 2017
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AppleInsider writes that Apple has today released a report about the environmental impact of the forthcoming iPhone X, revealing that the flagship device is more recyclable and has less impact on the environment than any previous Apple device.

According to Apple’s report, the phone is free from beryllium, brominated flame retardants, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride, with arsenic-free glass and a recyclable steel frame.

The iPhone X battery is free from mercury, lead, and cadmium, and can deliver up to 500 full charge and discharge cycles before it depletes to 80% of original capacity.

Apple expects that each iPhone X will produce 79 kilograms of carbon dioxide in its whole life, with 80% of that generated during production, 17% in energy needs from consumer use, 2% from transport and 1% from recycling.

Even the packaging is ultra-environmentally friendly, with the packaging fibers made from 175 grams of bamboo, managed forest, recycled paper, or waste sugar cane. There is also 56% less plastic used than for the iPhone 5s.

Pre-orders for the iPhone start on October 27 ahead of availability on November 3. Supplies are expected to be scarce.

Source: iPhone X report shows device with less environmental impact than any other Apple product
by Maura at Sep 29, 2017
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In an exclusive report today, TechCrunch reveals that it has heard from multiple sources that Apple has acquired a small French startup firm called Regaind. When Apple was asked by TechCrunch to comment on the acquisition, it sort-of confirmed it (ish) in a typically tight-lipped statement, saying, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purposes or plans.”

TechCrunch’s sources say that Apple acquired Regaind earlier in the year. The startup has been developing a computer vision API designed to analyze the content of photos. This is something that Apple’s Photos app has been able to do for the past couple of years, enabling you to search Photos for a particular key word, such as “sunset” or “dog.” The current Photos app is able to do this by analyzing your photo library while you sleep. When your device is plugged in and you’re not using it, it will be analysing your photos.

According to TechCrunch’s sources, Regaind goes even deeper with this, and can sort out the technical and aesthetic values of the photos in your library. So, for example, it can select the best shot in a group of burst mode photos. It can also hide duplicates, and can even analyze faces to determine gender, age, and emotion.

As to how Apple plans to use Regaind technology, it might be used to improve the Memories tab in Photos. Or it may already have been used as part of the new iPhone X Face ID sensor, possibly something to do with the new animoji expressions, for example.

Sources: Apple quietly acquired computer vision startup Regaind

by Maura at Sep 29, 2017
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Tech Crunch reports that Apple has issued a very pointed statement to them following FCC commissioner Ajit Pai’s public exhortation to the company to activate FM chips that he claimed were in iPhones, citing the devastation caused by recent hurricanes as a good reason why Apple should do so, with his strong wording implying somewhat that Apple was uncaring.

Apple doesn’t always respond to such matters, but for a company that prides itself on its philanthropy and caring attitude, it clearly could not leave such comments hanging in the air without a fitting response. The statement delivered to Tech Crunch tells the FCC, in the most polite of terms, that it doesn’t know what it’s talking about. Here’s the statement in full.
Although Apple doesn’t mention iPhone X in the statement, Tech Crunch says that it believes that the iPhone X also comes under the same criteria as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

Image: Tech Crunch

Source: Apple would like to remind the FCC that it can’t activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones don’t have
by Maura at Sep 28, 2017
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Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Middle-earth: Shadow of War arrived in the App Store today for iPhone and iPad. The free-to-play strategy RPG continues Talion’s journey through Mordor and unites Middle-earth’s most renowned Champions with the most fearsome of Orcs, who team up in a bid to vanquish the Dark Lord, Sauron.

The storyline sees Celebrimbor, the master ring-maker, forging new Rings of Power and asking Champions across Middle-earth to band together to participate in the Shadow War against Sauron’s legions. With each ring that you obtain, you can sharpen and hone your character’s special skills to help them defeat Sauron and his army.

Gameplay involves real-time battles between personal armies that are assembled from a big roster of iconic Champions such as Talion, Celebrimbor, and Shelob from the forthcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War console game, as well as many of the most beloved characters from The Lord of the Rings, such as Gimli and Gandalf.
With this latest game, the award-winning Nemesis System comes to iOS, meaning that each Orc enemy will remember all past encounters and battles and create unique experiences for every player. You can then choose whether the Orcs that you recruit are executed in exchange for upgrade rewards or are conscripted into your army to fight for you.

Click here to download the free game: Middle-earth: Shadow of...
by Maura at Sep 28, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that based on a footnote on its Apple Watch Series 1 webpage, Apple could be planning to launch its person-to-person payment system, Apple Pay Cash, at the end of October (the footnote reads, “Coming in late October”).

Having announced Apple Pay Cash at WWDC in June, it was hoped that Apple would launch the service either as part of iOS 11 or watchOS 4; however, both of those have now arrived, yet Apple Pay Cash is still conspicuous by its absence. The footnote on the Apple Watch Series 1 page indicates that we don’t have too much longer to wait for this service, though, with it due to be available at the end of October, possibly when iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 are released to the public.

Apple Pay Cash is a system that lets Apple Pay users send and receive secure payments between their friends and family, either via the Messages app, or Siri, along with the Wallet app, using a new Apple Pay Cash card that will be added to Apple Wallet.

Source: Apple Pay Cash may launch in late October after missing iOS 11 / watchOS 4 release
by Maura at Sep 28, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that in the wake of the huge humanitarian disasters caused by recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has once again pleaded with Apple to activate the FM radios that are said to be secreted away inside every iPhone.

“Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so,” said Pai in a statement today. Apple’s main rivals, such as Samsung, Motorola, and LG, have all activated the FM chips in their phones.

Pai goes on to explain why these FM chips are so important when it comes to natural disasters. “When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information. I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating FM chips in their phones.”

Apple has made no comment as to why it has yet to turn on the FM chips, but AppleInsider notes that it could be simply that the company is unable to activate the FM chips in its iPhones without altering its designs significantly, especially bearing in mind that the iPhone no longer even has a headphone jack. It could also probably do without Pai, who is up for reconfirmation by the Senate very soon, singling the company out in such a public way.

Source: FCC chairman urges Apple to activate FM radios in iPhones in light of recent disasters
by Maura at Sep 27, 2017
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Over the past few days, several reports have surfaced claiming that issues with 3D sensor yield are delaying mass production of the iPhone X. Now the Wall Street Journal has thrown its considerable weight behind the reports.

Today’s WSJ story backs up yesterday’s specific rumours that Apple’s suppliers are having significant yield problems with the 3D sensors used in the iPhone X TrueDepth camera module, and that the issue is so bad that production is only in the 10s of thousands each day.

The WSJ also adds further information to the report, saying that the problems are occurring with two components, referred to as “Romeo and Juliet” by those with inside knowledge, and that one of those components is causing more problems than the other. It seems that the “Romeo” component is the more troublesome of the two, as these modules are taking more time to assemble than the Juliet modules, leading to a supply imbalance.

Source: WSJ backs report of 3D sensor problem causing delays to iPhone X production
by Maura at Sep 27, 2017
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MacRumors reports that according to a new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, recent reports about the first weekend iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales being lower than expected are “overdone.” Kuo added that going by estimates of iPhone 8 production and research data supplied by Localytics, the market is “excessively negative” about iPhone 8 sales.

Kuo says that first week iPhone 8 sales were in fact stable, and far from weak, adding that Apple expects a 50/50 split between demand for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and that the sales projection for the two iPhone 8 models is right on target based on those early sales. Any report that says that the first-week adoption rate of the two new phones is low does not include the iPhone X.

Interestingly, Localytics’ recently released data revealed that the iPhone 8 Plus is proving to be more popular than the iPhone 8, which also ties in with Kuo’s expectations. In fact, the iPhone 8 Plus had the best first-weekend adoption rate of any of the Plus models released so far.

Referring to the shorter lines of people waiting outside Apple stores for the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Kuo points out that carrier-customer demand for the phones was stable, and, generally speaking, people who wait outside stores for new Apple products are “presumably hardcore Apple fans and heavy users” who are most likely going to buy the iPhone X rather than the iPhone 8.

Source: Kuo: Reports of iPhone 8 Sales Woes 'Overdone' and 'Excessively Negative'
by Maura at Sep 26, 2017
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BGR has some concerning news today about Apple’s claims that the glass backs of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are the strongest ever to be used on a smartphone. According to a drop test carried out on a professional machine by YouTuber PhoneBuff, this might be a rather over-ambitious claim by Apple, to say the least.

In the tests, PhoneBuff put an iPhone 8 Plus up against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, which also has a glass back. Both phones did not even manage to make it past the first test, a back-down drop test, before they smashed. BGR even goes so far as to say, “Apple’s claim regarding the glass backs is a lie and if you use your new iPhone without a case, you’re going to break it.”

With all the rigorous testing that Apple usually does, it really does seem strange that it would not have put the new iPhones through this most rudimentary of tests.

In contrast, a drop test featuring the Moto Z2 Force, shows that it certainly appears to have the strongest ever glass to be used on a smartphone.

Source: Drop test confirms Apple totally lied about the glass back on the iPhone 8