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by Maura at Feb 28, 2017
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MacRumors reports today that according to The Wall Street Journal, the forthcoming iPhone 8 will have a curved OLED display produced by Samsung. This ties in with other recent reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo who has said that Apple will be launching three iPhones this year: a “10th Anniversary Edition” iPhone 8, as well as an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

The Wall Street Journal said that it had heard from sources familiar with the matter that Apple would be using a flexible display for one of the new iPhones, and has already ordered enough components to mass produce the phone.

The Wall Street Journal source also says that the iPhone 8 will not have a home button, and will instead have a touch-enabled area at the bottom of the phone. Once again, this also backs up a previous report by Ming-Chi Kuo.

While this is not new information, it is certainly interesting to have it all but confirmed by a publication such as the The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ also has some new details about the iPhone 8, saying that, somewhat controversially, Apple will be replacing the Lightning connector on all three of the new iPhones with a USB-C port.

Source: iPhone 8 Will Have Curved OLED Screen and USB-C Connector
by Maura at Feb 27, 2017
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AppleInsider reports on a change in policy from Apple regarding third-party iPhone screen repairs. Previously, if your iPhone had undergone third-party screen repair or replacement, it would automatically, and without exception, void Apple’s standard warranty. But now it looks like Apple has softened its stance on the matter somewhat, at least according to an internal memo that was sent to Apple store employees on Friday that was seen by MacRumors. In the memo, Apple told store technicians that provided the third-party repair had not damaged the phone’s casing or other components, the standard warranty would no longer be voided by the repair.

AppleInsider says that it has obtained official confirmation of the MacRumors story, but with a caveat that even the slightest damage caused by third-party screen repairs will still void the standard Apple warranty and incur a repair charge from Apple. And any further problems that might occur as the result of an unauthorized part used in a third-party repair could lead to extra fees being levied.

Source: Third-party iPhone screen repairs no longer void warranty, Apple says
by Maura at Feb 27, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that according to research published by analytics firm DeviceAtlas, older iPhones such as the original iPhone 3G and 3GS are still very much in use, based on mobile Internet usage figures.

The traffic monitoring figures from 2016 compared the use of iPhones against other brands of smartphone based on web usage data from User Agent strings. The report says that the durability and strong resale value of iPhones makes them “a better investment than most Android phones.” In particular, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s still have more than 3.5% of mobile web traffic share in Russia, and more than 2% in France and Japan. As far as the original iPhone is concerned, as well as the 3G and 3GS, they comprise nearly 1% of mobile web traffic in Sweden, and approximately 0.5% in France, Japan, Brazil, Germany, and Italy.

Interestingly, DeviceAtlas also found that web traffic for the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus models is much less than for the other sizes of iPhone, which is possibly more due to these phones being more expensive than the smaller phones.

Source: Original iPhone, 3G, 3GS still in active use, 2016 web traffic report reveals
by Maura at Feb 24, 2017
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AppleInsider writes that current Apple CEO Tim Cook has today tweeted in honour of the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who would have been 62 today.

“Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us. ‘There is no reason not to follow your heart,’” tweeted Cook.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, creating the Apple II and Macintosh. He resigned from Apple in 1985 due to internal politics within the company, but eventually returned triumphant in 1997.The rest, as they say, is history, with Jobs going on to turn Apple into one of the biggest companies in the world with visionary products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Cook took over as CEO in August 2011 when Jobs resigned, and Jobs died 6 months later in September 2011 from pancreatic cancer.

Earlier this week Apple also made the following announcement in a press release about the new Apple Park campus:

“Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.”

Source: Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd birthday on Twitter
by Maura at Feb 24, 2017
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According to a new report in DigiTimes via MacRumors, supply chain sources are saying that the forthcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads that Apple is rumoured to be announcing at a special event in March will not be shipping until May or June. Just one of the three new iPads, the 9.7-inch model will be shipping near to the March event.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a possible explanation for the delay during Apple’s most recent earnings call when he said that Apple had underestimated the strength of demand for the iPad in the previous quarter, which had led to an issue with a supplier that would not be resolved until the next quarter. Cook said that the issue would lead to a shortage of stock of the current 12.9-inch iPad, so it’s likely that the new 12.9-inch iPad would also be affected.

There’s no word in this latest DigiTimes report about the 7.9-inch iPad that Mac Otakara recently reported Apple would be announced along with the 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch, and 9.7-inch iPads.

Source: 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPads May Not Ship Until May or June
by Maura at Feb 24, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple has said that it is investigating an iPhone 7 Plus that was caught on video catching fire. The video, which was shared on Twitter by the phone’s owner, Brianna Olivas, shows the phone smoking and burning until the case starts melting.

An Apple spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable that Apple has contacted Olivas and is “looking into it.”

Olivas said that she was having problems with her iPhone 7 Plus the day before the phone was filmed catching fire when it wouldn’t turn on. She took it to an Apple Store where Apple employees ran a series of tests and couldn’t find anything wrong with the phone.

The next morning, Olivas’s boyfriend noticed that the phone was smoking when it was being charged, and then a short while later it started squealing and steaming and caught on fire. He threw the phone in the bathroom, where it exploded.

More than likely this is just an isolated incident, but we’ll have to wait and see what Apple finds out from their testing of the device.

Source: Apple says it is ‘looking into’ viral video that shows an iPhone 7 Plus catching fire
by Maura at Feb 23, 2017
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With AirPods still in short supply (I’ve just checked and there’s currently a wait of 6 weeks in the UK, for example), MacRumors has a possible solution if you really need to get your hands on a pair sooner, but you’ll have to pay a premium price of $289 for the privilege.

Known for its custom paint jobs for Apple products, ColorWare has today announced that it has Apple AirPods in 58 different designs available to order. Costing $130 more than the Apple list price, you can choose to buy AirPods in many different shades, including solid colours and metallics. A glossy jet black option is also available.

You can also choose to have one AirPod in a different colour or design than the other, and if you throw in an extra $30 you can also have the AirPod charging case painted. Matt and gloss finishes are both available, as are custom colours.

Tweeting about its new custom AirPod range, ColorWare said that coming up with the right process for the customized AirPods was “FAR from easy,” which is not surprising, considering the fact that ColorWare painstakingly disassembles each AirPod and custom paints each individual component.

Source: ColorWare is Now Selling Apple's AirPods in 58 Colors if You're Willing to Pay $289
by Maura at Feb 23, 2017
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iDownload Blog writes that according to Reuters, Apple currently has more than five teams working on wireless charging technologies prior to the launch of the iPhone 8. This follows on from the recently reported news that Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is a multinational body that manages the interface standard Qi for wireless charging over a variety of products. Just this move in itself helped to recently spark the rumour that the iPhone 8 would have wireless charging features. And since that rumour first appeared, many other sources have appeared to validate the rumour, so much so that it is looking more and more likely.

Reports have varied as to whether or not it would be just the high-end OLED iPhone 8 that would have the feature, or also the expected iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus refresh. MacOtakara recently said that wireless charging would be an optional feature for the iPhone 8 only, whereas the very credible KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently said that all the 2017 iPhone models will have wireless charging.

Source: Reuters: Apple has at least five different groups working on wireless charging
by Maura at Feb 23, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty has said in a research note today that the rumoured longer battery life of the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 may well persuade owners of older iPhones to finally upgrade in large numbers.

Huberty also lends her weight to various other rumours about the OLED iPhone 8, in particular to reports that it will have wireless charging, 3D sensors, and improved AI software features. Huberty adds that while she expects the high-end OLED iPhone 8 to encourage iPhone owners in all regions to upgrade, her research shows that this will be particularly the case in China, where “users are especially sensitive to new technology and form-factor change.”

Huberty noted that the large base of customers who own iPhones that are at least 2 years old, and especially those in China, has led to “pent-up demand” for the OLED iPhone 8, with the result being a “supercycle” that will be very beneficial to sales growth. For this reason, Morgan Stanley has just raised its Apple stock price target to $154.

Source: iPhone 8 With Longer Battery Life Said to Entice Those With Older iPhones to Upgrade
by Maura at Feb 22, 2017
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Apple has today announced the name of its spaceship-shaped campus, which is nearing completion in Cupertino, California. The new 175-acre campus, which will be open for employees to start using in April, will be called Apple Park. Over a period of 6 months, more than 12,000 people will be moved into the campus, with building work still set to continue throughout the summer.

Apple says that Apple Park was “envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration,” and in honour of Jobs’s vision, Apple also revealed that the new theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. The theater sits on top of a hill that is actually one of the highest points in Apple Park. It’s entrance is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder.

Apple Park’s famous ring-shaped, 2.8-million-square-foot main building is covered by the world’s largest panels of curved glass.