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AppleInsider reports today on newly leaked documents that have appeared on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo from a user who is known for leaking documents from Apple’s East Asian manufacturing chain.
According to the documents, which were originally reported on by Chinese blog cnBeta, Apple is set to launch three iPhone models in 2017, namely D20, D21, and D22.
Just as has been rumoured by other sources recently, the documents show that two of the iPhone models will be upgraded versions of the iPhone 7, possibly even iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models, while the third phone will be a high-end model, complete with a borderless OLED display and wireless charging, among other features. The new documents show that this top-of-the-line model currently bears the apt codename of “Ferrari.”
The documents also show that the Ferrari model will have a significant internal redesign, with the logic board divided into two units connected via a flex cable. The first board will contain the operating system of the phone, complete with the A11 system-on-a-chip and NAND flash storage. The second board will house the comms package, including Wi-Fi and cellular components.
The source says that Apple is also thinking of moving the SIM card tray to the bottom of the phone to create more room for other components internally.
We expect iPhones and iPads to undergo torture tests on release, but now it looks like accessories such as the newly released Apple AirPods are also being subjected to all manner of duress in order to test their resilience, according to AppleInsider.
In his latest video, YouTuber Everything ApplePro shows how he put the new AirPods and their charging case through a variety of ordeals, starting off with drop tests both with and without case from up to 10 foot. Neither the AirPods or their case were damaged at all, other than picking up a couple of scuff marks.
Next up, the AirPods and their case were put through a 32-minute wash cycle, complete with detergent and clothing, and then put through the dryer cycle as well, along with a pair of standard Apple Lightning earbuds. Once again, the AirPods were undamaged, and the Lightning earbuds also only had minor damage to the sound quality in one ear.
Finally, the AirPods were dunked in a foot of water. The continued to play and came through undamaged once again. Apple doesn’t even publicise the fact that the AirPods appear to be waterproof, but maybe it should?!
9to5 Mac reports that iTunes is having a massive holiday sale of Movies, many of which are now priced at just $4.99 for purchases and $0.99 for rentals. You can also get a variety of Editors’ Choice, Recent Releases, and Dreamworks films for $9.99. There are even limited-time bundles available, and Amazon Video will actually match some of the iTunes bargains, for example The Hateful Eight ($4.99), American Sniper ($4.99), and Argo.
The $4.99 movies include Inception, Birdman, and The Hurt Locker; $0.99 rentals include The Great Gatsby, Argo, and Clockwork Orange; $9.99 recent releases include War Dogs, Sausage Party, and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Bundles on offer include Harry Potter Complete Collection for £49.99, The James Bond Collection for $99.99, The Dark Knight Trilogy for $19.99, Jurassic Park Collection for $29.99, and Star Wars: Six Movie Collection for $69.99.
There are actually many more bargains that we’ve mentioned here, so hopefully something to suit everyone’s taste. No word as to when the sale ends.
Just in time for the holidays, Apple has updated its website to announce free next-day shipping. All orders placed by 2:00PM by Friday, December 23 will give last-minute holiday shoppers a little more time to procrastinate.
All orders placed before the deadline should arrive just in time for Christmas, with estimate arrival times shown at checkout. Normally, free next-day delivery is limited to iPhones. However due to the holidays, Apple wants to make sure everyone gets their gifts on time.
It's good to note that folks are still able to choose in-store pickup as an option. This gives those living close to an Apple Store a bit more room to breathe.
After Facebook enabled Messenger's audio calling back in April 2016, video calling was next on the list. The social network giant today launched the ability to make video calls through its Messenger app in a new update.
Video calling on Messenger supports up to 50 participants in a single call. While only 6 people can be on camera on a call, the other 44 people can still chime in, listen, and watch.
The turn a group chat on Messenger into a video call, simply tap the new 'Video' icon in the upper right corner. The folks in your chat will then receive a notification, which they can accept or decline, to join the video call.
Video calling is of course free, just like the Messenger app itself. The new feature allows everyone on the app to also use filters, masks, artwork, stickers, and more, similar to SnapChat, during video calls.
Download Facebook Messenger for iOS today.
9to5 Mac reports that following last week’s release of Nintendo’s long-awaited Super Mario Run iOS game, analytics firm App Annie has been analyzing the available data following the game’s launch. According to App Annie, Super Mario Run had more than 10 million downloads and made more than $4 million on launch day, and was the top ranked game by download in 60 countries worldwide.
Impressive figures for day one, but early signs point to Super Mario Run not being able to maintain Pokémon Go’s level of dominance, and App Annie explains why:
“Pokémon Go follows a freemium model with optional in-app purchases to generate revenue. It’s iOS revenue continued to grow in the following weeks as user engagement increased. Super Mario Run, on the other hand, offers a single $9.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full game. As a result, payments precede extended gameplay and, therefore, revenue is more likely to be concentrated early on in the game’s lifecycle.”
Elsewhere, Super Mario Run has already had its first update, and BGR is not particularly impressed with the result, saying that the nature of the update doesn’t bode well for the game’s long-term popularity.
The update offers Super Mario Run players the chance to buy a Poinsettia plant from the Shop for 500 coins, a Sparkly Christmas Tree for 1500 coins, and a Sparkly Snow Globe for 2000 coins. The items will only be available to purchase from December 19 to January 5.
AppleInsider reports that Apple has just updated Apple Maps in the UK with the addition of public transport for many areas in the UK, including major metropolitan areas such as Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield. Also added is public transport data for smaller areas in between the larger metropolitan areas, which means that public transport information for much of the UK is now included in Apple Maps.
This data includes information from the National Rail network in the UK, as well as other related services that enable travel on public transport from one metropolitan area to another.
Aside from the UK update, transit information for Salt Lake City has also just been added, making it a total of 28 US metropolitan area mass transit systems that are now supported by Apple Maps.
Apple is going at a much slower pace than Google in terms of its transit updates for the Maps app, possibly hoping to avoid Google’s mistake of rushing out its transit direction updates when not all data was complete, leading to much confusion for commuters who were using the directions.
AppleInsider reports that games accessory company SteelSeries has released a limited-edition version of its Bluetooth Nimbus game controller for Mac, iOS, and Apple TV, the Nimbus White.
Just like the original SteelSeries Nimbus, the Nimbus White is compatible with over 2,000 Apple TV games, and can also be used to control the Apple TV.
The controller is compatible with the third-generation iPad onwards, the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touch, the fourth generation Apple TV, and iPhone 4s onwards.
AppleInsider praised the original SteelSeries Nimbus as the “best iOS-compatible gaming controller we’ve ever tested” in a previous review, citing it as the best solution for Apple TV gamers. SteelSeries is particularly well-known for its high-quality gaming keyboards used by gaming PC manufacturers such as MSI, so the company clearly knows what makes a good gaming accessory.
The SteelSeries Nimbus White Gaming Controller is available now exclusively from Apple.com or Apple retail stores for $49.99.
According to a new report from The Korea Herald, via MacRumors, not just some, but all of the OLED displays of the forthcoming iPhone 8 will be curved. The Korea Herald’s source said “Apple ordered all plastic OLED—not glass—from Samsung Display.” The source went on to say that Samsung is able to supply Apple with just under 100 million curved OLED display units.
Plastic OLED has been used to make curved displays for phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, with glass OLED being used to make flat panel displays.
Although it has just been reported that Apple and LG Display have teamed up to produce foldable OLED displays, The Korea Times source says that the iPhone 8 will not be foldable. This ties in with the previous foldable display report, which stated that LG Display would not start mass- producing folding OLED displays until 2018.
Interestingly, the same source also says that the iPhone 8 “may use new sensing technology, which enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device. But, Apple may not adopt this technology.”
According to a new report from Korean website etnews, via 9to5 Mac, LG Display has teamed up with Apple, Microsoft, and Google to mass-produce folding OLED displays. etnews says that the three companies are among the first to order supplies of the new displays, which will enter mass production in 2018. The report says that it is expected that LG Display and Samsung will be the two main producers of folding displays, but whereas Samsung Display is working with its own Samsung Electronics Wireless Business Department, LG Display is partnering with companies such as the three aforementioned giants.
LG Display has apparently already developed and produced a foldable panel prototype of a “significantly high” technical level, which was shown at CES 2013 (pictured). etnews says that while Samsung has been very vocal about its intentions to develop folding displays, even going so far as to distribute a concept video of a folding smartphone, LG Display and LG Electronics have been flying under the radar somewhat as far as their work on folding displays is concerned, mainly due to the relative lack of success of their smartphone manufacturing business compared with that of Samsung.
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