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by Maura at Aug 6, 2017
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MacRumors reports today that yet more information about the forthcoming iPhone 8 has been discovered by iHelp BR in the leaked HomePod firmware. According to iHelp BR, code in the firmware referring to “Pearl,” which is the Apple codename for the iPhone 8 facial recognition feature, also has various references to “resting” and “unlock.”

These features were listed as an accessibility option, “AXRestingPearlUnlock,” and overall it looks very much like the HomePod firmware is supporting a previous report from Bloomberg in July that mentioned that Apple was working on an “improved” facial recognition system for iPhone 8 instead of Touch ID, and in particular the article noted that the facial recognition system would even work when the iPhone was laying flat on the table.

That same story also said that the iPhone 8 facial recognition system is able to capture more data points than Touch ID, and therefore can be considered more secure.

Image: iHelp BR

Source: HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face While Device is Lying Flat
by Maura at Aug 6, 2017
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BGR writes that newly leaked images of what are claimed to be dummy iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models show the phone having a glass back, indicating that it will have wireless charging capabilities.

While we are used to seeing many, many dummy versions of the forthcoming iPhone 8, these are some of the first iPhone 7s dummies or models to emerge, and are given more credence by the fact that the images were given to 9to5 Mac by Sonny Dickson, an Apple leaker with a good track record.

It has been heavily rumoured that the iPhone 8 will be in short supply at launch, and even when it is more readily available, the approximately $1,100 price tag, may be a little too expensive for some, so the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will be important models for Apple this cycle, despite being somewhat in the shadow of the OLED iPhone 8 until now, certainly as far as leaks are concerned.

Interestingly, another supposed iPhone 7s-related image surfaced today via Slashleaks, this time of what is said to be the first page of the iPhone 7s user manual and packaging material. The iPhone 7s shown in the manual has a rear Touch ID sensor, however, and is overall completely different to the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus shown in the photos posted by Sonny Dickson, so I’m guessing this is likely a fake.

Image source: Sonny Dickson

Sources: New iPhone 7s photos suggest wireless charging feature is on the way

Alleged iPhone 7S User Manual Print Outs « SLASHLEAKS
by Maura at Aug 5, 2017
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GameSpot reports that Niantic has revealed that some of the rare, region-exclusive Pokémon such as Kangaskhan, and Unown will be available for Trainers to catch in cities across Europe from this weekend until August 21. You can see the full list of cities where the rare Pokémon will be appearing here.

This follows on from Niantic’s recent postponement of its European Safari Zone live events due to the technical issues that played havoc with Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago recently, when the high numbers of users all attempting to play the game at once in Grant Park crashed all available cellular networks, meaning that no one could play the game.

The European Safari Zone events were originally due to kick off today in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Prague, Czech Republic, and although those events have now been postponed until fall, giving Niantic time to sort out the technical issues, it’s good to see that the rare Pokémon will still be arriving as planned.

Also, Trainers who like to Raid will have the chance to catch Legendary Pokémon Moltres, who is appearing in Raid Battles until August 7, with the next Legendary, Zapdos, due to appear from August 7 to August 14. Ho-Oh is also said to be arriving very soon, although there is no official date from Niantic for that at the moment.

Source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/some-of-pokemon-gos-region-exclusive-pokemon-are-a/1100-6452285/
by Maura at Aug 5, 2017
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It was rumoured up until very recently that Apple was still trying to decide whether or not to embed the Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 8 OLED display. Last week’s HomePod firmware leak all but confirmed that this would not be the case, and that Apple intended to use 3D facial recognition rather than a fingerprint sensor.

Now, AppleInsider reports that well-respected Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record when it comes to Apple products, is doubling down on his own previous predictions and saying that Apple has “cancelled” plans to have Touch ID embedded in the OLED display.

Kuo adds that this decision could also come as a relief to one of Apple’s main rivals, Samsung, as the latter will not now feel so pressured to try to come up with similar display-embedded technology for its 2018 Galaxy S9 flagship phone.

Source: Apple nixes plans to incorporate under-glass Touch ID in 'iPhone 8,' insider says
by Maura at Aug 5, 2017
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Noted leaker Benjamin Geskin has today published yet more photos of what is said to be the iPhone 8, or at least part of the iPhone 8, according to 9to5 Mac.

The latest images, which originated on Chinese social media, show what is purported to be the iPhone 8 charging coil, stacked main board, and space for the L-shaped battery.

The images are said to be taken from an engineering validation test, and show the iPhone 8 referred to as “Ferrari,” a codename that was first heard back last December, when several manufacturing documents leaked that said Apple would be launching three iPhone models in 2017, with the top-of-the-range model being codenamed “Ferrari.” That same leak also said that the phones were referred to as D20, D21, and D22, and the recent HomePod firmware leak confirmed that D22 is indeed Apple’s codename for the iPhone 8.

While there’s no way to be sure of the authenticity of the images, they do bear out several recent rumours about the iPhone 8, such as the fact that slimmed down bezels make more room for a larger, l-shaped battery.

Source: Purported 'iPhone 8' production photo shows L-shaped battery, wireless charging coil

Supposedly leaked Apple documents peg three iPhones for release in 2017, top model codenamed 'Ferrari'
by Maura at Aug 4, 2017
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MacRumors reports today that Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber has revealed that the third-generation Apple Watch will have an “all-new form factor.” Gruber made the comment in a post discussing Bloomberg’s report that Apple Watch Series 3 will have an LTE chip, saying of that news, “It’s hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be.”

This ties in with what Ming-Chi Kuo said prior to the launch of Apple Watch Series 2, when he predicted that Series 3 would feature a redesign for the Apple Watch.

The earlier Bloomberg report that Gruber referenced said that Apple was planning to introduce cellular connectivity to Apple Watch Series 3 in order to reduce how much the Apple Watch has to rely on its connection to an iPhone. The Bloomberg source says that with the new watch, you’ll be able to perform many tasks, such as downloading music and using apps, without having to have your smartphone with you.

Intel is said to be making the LTE modems for the Apple Watch Series 3, after trying for several years to get Apple to use more of its chips in its devices. Doubtless Intel is benefitting from Apple’s current dispute with Qualcomm, which currently supplies modems for most Apple devices. Intel also started supplying modems for some iPhone models in 2016.

Sources: Daring Fireball: Apple Watch Series 3 to Feature 'All-New Form Factor' [Updated]

Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch to Break iPhone Ties
by Maura at Aug 4, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that yet more information about the iPhone 8 has been found hidden within the HomePod firmware, this time by Portuguese news site iHelp. According to the website, code found in the firmware points to the iPhone 8’s front and back cameras both having support for 4K video at 60 frames per second.

The current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both support 4K video, but only for the rear camera, and only at 30 FPS, with the front camera only being capable of 1080p.

The HomePod code also shows that both front and rear cameras will support Apple’s new HEVC file type, which is able to cute file sizes in half, which would be very useful with both cameras being able to shoot in 4K, with its attendant larger files.

With enhanced augmented reality features courtesy of Apple’s ARKit framework, having both cameras capable of 60FPS sounds like almost a necessity for the iPhone 8.

Source: iPhone 8 may support 4K video at 60 FPS with front & rear cameras
by Maura at Aug 4, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that according to CNA, Apple supply chain member Wistron is to add a new iPhone SE production line to its plant in Bengaluru, India, in order to produce the Gen-2 iPhone SE ready for shipping in the first quarter of 2018. The source says that Wistron is already in talks with the Karnataka state government in a bid to secure extra land for the development, in the hope of doubling or tripling production capacity within the next 5 years.

The Wistron-manufactured iPhone SE model is thought to be only intended for release in India, so most likely another of Apple’s manufacturing partners, such as Foxconn or Pegatron, will be manufacturing the Gen-2 iPhone SE for other markets.

As far as specs for the new SE are concerned, Indian website Tekz24 recently wrote that the 2018 SE will have the same A10 processor and 12-megapixel rear camera as the iPhone 7, plus 2GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel front camera. Tekz24 said that the display would be between 4 and 4.2 inches.

Source: iPhone 8 camera may support ‘SmartCam’ scene selection, Apple Pay Face ID
by Maura at Aug 4, 2017
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The new iPhone gets ever closer, with 9to5 Mac reporting today that seven of Samsung’s OLED production lines have now reached full capacity manufacturing displays for the new phone.

The original report from Korea’s ETNews, said that full-scale production is set to start later this month, with output capacity growing by 700%. The source says that Samsung has finished inspecting the seven OLED production lines that are dedicated solely to producing screens for the next iPhone, and once they enter full-scale production, capacity will increase from 15,000 panels per month last year to 105,000 panels per month. Bear in mind that each panel produces many iPhone screens.

With production at maximum, and with 100% yield, this would produce up to 130 million 5.8-inch OLED displays per year. However, industry insiders have said that yield for Apple displays is usually only around 60% because of technical issues.

Although Apple has used OLED displays in the Apple Watch, this will be the first iPhone model to have an OLED display.

Source: Samsung OLED production lines dedicated to iPhones ramping up to full capacity
by Maura at Aug 3, 2017
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Apple has today released several smaller videos featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Siri, following on from last month’s Top-3-trending YouTube mini movie, writes 9to5 Mac.

Two of the new videos show certain sections of the main video designed to highlight particular Siri commands, such as asking Siri to take a selfie, or asking Siri to set a timer in the kitchen. The third video, “Reminder,” is new footage, saying “The Rock has only one thing on his mind—it starts with a ‘D’ and rhymes with ‘ominate.’ Good thing he has Siri by his side.”

“I partnered with #Apple to make the BIGGEST, COOLEST, CRAZIEST, DOPEST, MOST OVER THE TOP, FUNNEST (is that even a word?) movie ever,” said The Rock prior to the main video release last month.

The original video was already a huge success, and it’s likely that these smaller spots are designed for release on social media networks and possibly also on television.

Source: Apple shares more iPhone 7 ads from its partnership w/ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Apple Shares Three Short 'The Rock x Siri' Ads