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by Maura at May 11, 2018
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Snapchat has today announced the rollout of its latest iOS app redesign, and it sounds like it’s going to make a lot of previously very unhappy Snapchat users very happy.

The Verge writes that the update puts right several of the perceived wrongs that occurred when the app was redesigned last November, when more than 1.2 million people signed a petition asking Snapchat to change the unpopular new layout back to how it had been previously. At the time, Verge reported that Snapchat had said that it was aware that “the new Snapchat has felt uncomfortable for many,” but didn’t sound too eager to undo the unpopular changes. However, it seems that Snapchat has relented and is now giving its fans what they want with this latest redesign.

The new design puts Snaps and...
by Maura at May 10, 2018
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It’s probably fair to say that one of the least popular aspects of the iPhone X is the notorious notch. However, if a new report from MacRumors is accurate, it may well be that the forthcoming iPhone SE 2 will also be getting its very own notch.

MacRumors has today posted renders and supposed dimensions of the forthcoming phone that it obtained from case maker Olixar, and these show that the notch will be about half as small as the iPhone X notch. This would most likely be too small to facilitate the facial recognition sensors required for Face ID, which raises the question, why add a notch if it’s not required to house the sensors? Nonetheless, there’s no doubting the presence of the notch in the alleged iPhone SE 2 renders.

The renders in question, which Olixar...
by Maura at May 10, 2018
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9to5 Mac reports today that according to a report from Business Korea, Apple plans to use LG’s new technology for its forthcoming LCD iPhone. Patently Apple already reported this as a possibility earlier in the week, and this latest report would appear to back that up.

LG’s new technology, MLCD+, was developed primarily for LG’s newly announced G7 ThinQ smartphone. The technology adds a fourth, white, subpixel to the usual three red, green, and blue subpixels. Adding the white subpixel helps to boost pixel brightness, and thus makes the display brighter as well, while using 30% less power than the conventional IPS LCD display. It’s no surprise, therefore, that LG calls the G7 ThinQ’s display “Super Bright.”

MLCD+ also supports the entire DCI-P3 colour gamut that...
by Maura at May 10, 2018
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According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, via AppleInsider, Apple and Goldman Sachs are currently in talks about launching an Apple-Pay-branded credit card.

The Wall Street Journal’s sources have told the WSJ that the new card should launch in early 2019 and will replace Apple’s current Barclay’s rewards card.

The deal between the two companies is not yet completed, with negotiations still taking place to iron out terms and conditions for consumers. The Apple-branded Barclay’s rewards card includes interest-free financing for Apple devices, and the user can also get Apple gift cards with a certain amount of purchases via the card.

In Apple’s recent earnings report, the company said that active Apple Pay users have doubled, and transactions tripled,...
by Maura at May 9, 2018
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According to a new report from Elcomsoft, via MacRumours, the latest iOS 11.4 beta includes a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port of your iOS device in certain conditions after 7 days.

Elcomsoft said that it found after testing the latest beta that the feature is enabled and working, and that once an iOS device has been updated to iOS 11.4, if said device has not been unlocked or connected to a paired computer in the last 7 days using a passcode, data access via the Lightning port will be disabled, and the port will only be capable of charging the device and nothing else.
by Maura at May 8, 2018
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Video doorbell and security camera company Ring has today announced on its official blog that it is launching a new app called “Neighbors,” which it says is “the new neighbourhood watch.”

Ring reveals that the company was inspired to launch the new standalone Neighbors app by the popularity of the Neighborhoods feature in the main Ring app.
Homeowners can use the Neighbors app to...
by Maura at May 8, 2018
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MacRumors reports today on a new rumour from Japanese blog Mac Otakara that says that according to a “reliable supplier source,” the forthcoming 6.5-inch OLED iPhone will be “the same size” as the current iPhone 8 Plus.

There will be a few differences between the two phones, however, with the source saying that the 6.5-inch phone will be 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 8 Plus because of the design of the rear camera, which includes a vertical dual-lens camera.

The iPhone 8 Plus is 6.24 inches long and 3.07 inches wide, but it has large bezels at the top and bottom. In contrast, the forthcoming 6.5-inch iPhone, which is basically an iPhone X Plus, will have slimmer bezels and no Home button, thanks to the edge-to-edge display.

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by Maura at May 7, 2018
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According to a new report from Yuanta Securities Investment analyst Jeff Pu, via MacRumors, Apple’s 2019 iPhone could include a triple-lens rear-facing camera system.

Pu bases the substance of his report on newly published results from Taiwanese smartphone camera lens manufacturer Largan, which show higher than expected revenue for the company in April. Largan, which supplies both Apple and Android phone companies, saw its revenue increase by 10.34% month by month. Pu thinks that Largan will benefit from both Apple and Huawei’s adoption of triple-lens camera systems, not only from orders from those initial two companies, but also from other smartphone companies who will be influenced by Apple and Huawei’s new products to make similar models of their own. According...
by Maura at May 7, 2018
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MacRumors reports that according to new figures from research company Strategy Analytics, the iPhone X was the most popular smartphone in the world for the second consecutive quarter.

Strategy Analytics’ figures estimate that iPhone X shipments were 16 million units in the first 3 months of 2018, keeping it firmly seated in that worldwide number 1 best-selling smartphone position, a straight run through from the last three months of 2017.
Yet more factual evidence that the...
by Maura at May 6, 2018
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According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is planning to include several new “iPad-focused” features in iOS 13 (codenamed “Yukon”), which is due to be released in 2019. Gurman revealed the new information on his Twitter page with the following tweet in response to a question.

“…iOS 13 ‘Yukon’ will have a big iPad-focused feature upgrade as well, including an updated Files app. some other things in the works are tabs in apps like in MacOS, same app side by side, Apple Pencil stuff. The home screen redesign is iPad focused.”

While Gurman has previously mentioned some of these feature in other articles, this is the first time that he has revealed the redesign of the Files app. He has also mentioned previously that some of the new iOS features that were supposed to...