Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at Feb 14, 2018
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KGI Says new 6.1-inch iPhone Could sell 100 million.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in which he offers more details about Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up. In particular, Kuo has more details about the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone that he thinks Apple will be releasing alongside 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED phones.

Kuo says that this new LCD iPhone will have a similar design to the current iPhone X, including an edge-to-edge screen, but will be much more competitively priced at around $699, as a replacement for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

According to Kuo, Apple will be able to achieve this lower price point by using slightly less expensive components that in the current iPhone line-up, replacing the stainless steel frame with aluminium, for example. However, because...
by Maura at Feb 13, 2018
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Apple sold more watches in Q4 than the entire Swiss watch industry.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that according to a new chart published by Statista, Apple sold more watches in Q4 2017 than the entire Swiss watch industry.

Statista used Apple Watch shipment estimates recently published by research firm Canalys as the basis for its chart, whereby it compared them with official shipment figures from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, which encapsulates all watch exports produced in Switzerland, not just for a particular manufacturer.

The result is that Statista’s chart shows that there were an estimated 8 million Apple Watch units shipped in Q4 2017, beating the 6.8 million Swiss watch shipments in the same period. The figures also reveal that Apple Watch shipments grew by 5 million year-on-year, or 33%, whereas Swiss watch...
by Maura at Feb 13, 2018
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Verizon to stop selling unlocked iPhones.JPG

CNET reports that Verizon has announced that it will no longer sell unlocked smartphones in order to deter theft. From today, all Verizon devices will be locked in to the Verizon network, but only until the customer signs up and activates their service, after which they will be unlocked. However, later in the spring, Verizon will keep phones locked to its network for a set period of time, just as other carriers currently do.

“We’re taking steps to combat this theft and reduce fraud,” said executive vice president of Wireless Operations for Verizon, Tami Erwin. “These steps will make our phones exponentially less desirable to criminals.”

Hopefully, this move by Verizon will discourage thieves from stealing the phones either on the way to the retail store or just...
by Maura at Feb 12, 2018
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New iOS development strategy outlined.JPG

Last week it was reported that Apple was to delay some of its planned new iOS features in favour of working on ironing out some of the technical issues and bugs with iOS, an approach that was dubbed the “Snow Leopard” method after Apple did exactly the same thing with Mac OSX several years ago.

A new article from Bloomberg today examines Apple’s plans for iOS in depth, with Mark Gurman writing that although iOS 12 will include many new features, such as apps that work across all iPhones, iPads, and Macs, as well as a Digital Health tool, and new Animojis, several new features have been postponed. These include redesigned home screens for iPhone, iPad and CarPlay, and a revamped Photos app.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, in a big change in Apple’s iOS...
by Maura at Feb 12, 2018
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HomePod is officially an audiophile grade speaker.JPG

It seems like Apple’s determination to focus primarily on HomePod’s sound over anything else has really paid off, as according to AppleInsider, one particular audio expert is hailing the newly released speaker as acoustical “witchcraft” and “100 percent an Audiophile-grade Speaker.”

In one specific post on Reddit, redditor WinterCharm put HomePod through a very thorough acoustic test, comparing Apple’s speaker with the KEF X300A, using AirPlay to connect the two. WinterCharm’s test results are very technical for those of us who aren’t experts in the audio field, but some of the key discoveries that he made about HomePod are that it is “near-perfectly flat,” in terms of sound reproduction (which is a good thing, apparently!), that the highs are “exceptionally...
by Maura at Feb 9, 2018
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Final Fantasy Pocket Edition out now.JPG

Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition has arrived in the App Store today. All 10 episodes are available immediately, and the first one is free to download, with the remaining 9 episodes available to purchase either individually or as a bundle.

Designed specifically for mobile devices, the game tells the story of Crown Prince Noctis and his friends Prompto, Ignis, and Gladiolus, who embark on the ultimate road trip. The journey begins with Noctis set to marry Lady Lunafreya of Tenebrae as a symbol of peace between the nations of Lucis and Niflheim.

In a special feature article in the App Store today, Apple explains how the mobile version of Final Fantasy XV was developed alongside the console game, preserving the storytelling and themes of the...
by Maura at Feb 9, 2018
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People are unboxing their HomePods.JPG

It’s an exciting day today for anyone who pre-ordered Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker, with customers in Australia being the first to open theirs. After Australia came the United Kingdom, and then finally North America, with stores in all three of the HomePod launch countries opening at 8 a.m. for customers to pick up their pre-orders or purchase some of the remaining in-store stock (assuming there is any!). MacRumors reports that many new HomePod owners have been posting pictures and unboxing videos online of their new speakers.

According to some of the online comments, setting up the HomePod is very easy. However, one user, ApeBot, had some wise words of warning for anyone getting too exciting when unboxing their new speaker. “Beware, the box lid lifts off. If...
by Maura at Feb 8, 2018
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HomePod shipping availability slips to next week.JPG

Apple’s HomePod isn’t officially available until tomorrow, but already the shipping dates in the US online Apple Store have slipped to next week, and HomePod in-store pick-ups are no longer available, writes MacRumors. The situation is the same in the UK and Australia.

However, don’t worry if you were planning to pick up a HomePod on launch day, as MacRumors says that Best Buy in the US currently has HomePods available to pick up in-store tomorrow, and other retailers in the UK such as Argos, EE, and Currys PC World also still have stock available to pick up tomorrow. And according to the John Lewis website, it also has plenty of stock.

Meanwhile, MacRumors also reports that people who pre-ordered their HomePods have today received shipment notifications from...
by Maura at Feb 8, 2018
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Apple and NBC team up to provide special Winter Olympics coverage.JPG

MacRumors reports that with the official launch of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Apple and NBC have partnered-up to launch a special portal that will cover the news from the Games.

You’ll find the Winter Olympics coverage in a special section of the “For You” area of the Apple News app, and it will include articles, videos, and other types of coverage during the 2-week duration of the games, such as live streams and full replays of events, which will all be directly linked to the NBC Sports app. Specific clips can be viewed from within Apple News.

Although NBC is Apple’s partner for this new feature, according to the original report in TechCrunch, some of the content will be provided by other sources.

The new section will also...
by Maura at Feb 7, 2018
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iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X batteries less affected by performance management features.JPG

MacRumors reports that Apple has released new information about its latest iPhones and how they cope with performance management issues. The news comes from Apple via an updated support document that outlines the battery health features that are included in the iOS 11.3 beta released yesterday.

According to Apple, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone all use a “different performance management system” in comparison with older iPhones, which involves a more advanced hardware and software design that is more able to estimate power requirements and battery performance.