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by Maura at May 24, 2017
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MacRumors reports that T-Mobile has today launched a limited-time offer to tempt Verizon customers to switch over to T-Mobile.

Beginning May 31, at T-Mobile stores throughout the United States, if Verizon customers with either an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE take their phones to T-Mobile they will be able to keep the phone, and as a bonus, T-Mobile will pay any remaining monthly payments on their contract with Verizon, be it $1 or $1,000. Customers must stick with T-Mobile for at least 60 days in order to receive the money, which will come in the form of a pre-paid card.

The only slight catch, and it is a very slight one, is that Verizon customers taking advantage of the deal will have to pay $15 per month for T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection Plus insurance program on top of their new T-Mobile ONE plan. Also, a T-Mobile spokesperson told MacRumors that due to the fact that the iPhones that are being carried over to the new plan are not brand new phones, the AppleCare+ feature of the Premium Device Protection Plus plan will not apply.

Source: T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your iPhone If You Switch From Verizon
by Maura at May 24, 2017
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According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, Apple is said to have ordered a small batch of micro LED screens from Taoyuan, Taiwan, in order to evaluate them for possible use in future Apple products.

The catalyst for the move is said to be Apple’s acquisition of LuxVue in May 2014, after which it gained personnel and technology from the company, which is thought to have been responsible for some Google Glass technology, as well as holding the patent for a touch display with embedded sensing technology, prior to it being transferred to Apple.

Even if this story proves to be accurate, there’s no way of knowing when we might see the results on an Apple product.

The main benefits of Micro LED screens are that they have better contrast, faster response times, and use less energy in comparison with LCD screens. They tend to be used for smartwatch displays and smartphones.

Source: Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing
by Maura at May 23, 2017
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The iPhone 8 might not even be here yet, but already rumours have started to emerge about the iPhone 9, with MacRumors reporting that The Bell says that the iPhone 9 will be launching with two OLED screen sizes in 2009, 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch versions.

This would mean that the smaller 2018 iPhone screen would be just a little smaller than the current iPhone 7 Plus display, and the larger 2018 iPhone screen would actually be the biggest ever.

The information comes via sources in Apple’s and Samsung’s supply chains, which also say that Samsung’s OLED shipment for the iPhone 9 is expected to be more than double current shipments, with 180 million units. The source goes on to say that Apple and Samsung have recently signed a non-disclosure agreement about various factors, including the screen size of the new phones. The source also says that Samsung will be the exclusive OLED display supplier for all iPhone 9 models, all of which will have OLED displays.

However, as always with the iPhone design process, Apple is likely to be tinkering with, and adjusting, the phone’s specifications right up until the last moment possible in 2018, as is currently the case with the forthcoming iPhone 8.

Source: 'iPhone 9' Rumored to Come in 5.28-Inch and 6.46-Inch Display Sizes in 2018
by Maura at May 23, 2017
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According to a new survey from ACSI, via AppleInsider, Apple’s iPhone SE has topped its Smartphone Brands customer satisfaction survey with 87 points. ACSI randomly polled 36,194 customers in the US from May 2016 to April 2017, and found that the iPhone SE came out on top, with the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ just behind, tied with 86 points.

“Over the past few years, the general trend for smartphones has been toward larger screens,” said ACSI managing director David VanAmburg. “Apparently, consumers were craving a new iteration of a smaller, less expensive phone as the iPhone SE - Apple’s first update to a 4-inch phone since 2013 - comes in first in ACSI this year.”

So this is a very clear message to Apple to not abandon the iPhone SE smaller form-factor altogether. The company has just begun to manufacture the phone in India, primarily to supply to the Indian market.

Source: Apple's iPhone SE, iPhone 7 Plus take top spots in customer satisfaction index
by Maura at May 22, 2017
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Apple’s partnership with Nike continues today with the sports brand announcing four new Apple Watch bands that will be available on June 1 at Nike’s online and retail stores and also via Apple and resellers a few days afterwards. Nike says that the four colourways are inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection, which “celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colours is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear.”

The Sports Bands cost $49 as standard, and although made for the Apple Watch Nike+, they will fit any Apple Watch model.

This follows on from the launch of the Apple Watch NikeLab on April 27, and also Nike’s Rosche-and-Air-Force-1-branded iPhone 7 cases.

Sources: Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide with shoe launch

New Nike Sport Bands Go From Day to Night
by Maura at May 22, 2017
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BGR writes today about some new iPhone image leaks that emerged over the weekend that contradict each other about where the fingerprint sensor is located.

The first, and the more genuine-looking, leak is a series of images of metal moulds for the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus. Posting the images on Twitter, Benjamin Geskin said “Touch ID in power button or display. (99% NOT on the back).”

However, SlashLeaks also posted an image over the weekend that came from China and that is said to be an iPhone 8 document sourced by Foxconn. The image that accompanies this document appears to show a rear cutout that would most likely be for a rear-sited Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

While there’s no way of knowing for sure until Apple actually makes an official announcement about the next iPhone, it’s likely that the Geskin leaked image is actually the more current one, and very possible that the document that SlashLeaks posted is from earlier in the production process, when Apple was known to have been considering placing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone.

Source: The iPhone 8 design everyone hates still haunts us
by Maura at May 20, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports today on jailbreak developer Elias Limneos, who has managed to hack his jailbroken iPhone 6s so that it responds to NFC-enabled devices. To date, Limneos has only tested the hack on NFC-enabled tags.

Limneos has posted a video that shows a jailbroken iPhone 6s communicating with an NFC-enabled tag. You can see the phone responding to the tag and identifying it with a notification. Limneos says that his method should work on any NFC-enabled jailbroken device, and that it can be used to open an RFID door with an iPhone or to move a tag near to an iPhone and then get it to respond. He is now working on NFC protocols and the management of read/write data.

This is something that many iPhone users would actually like to be able to do officially, rather than via a jailbroken device. Android owners have for many years enjoyed unlocked NFC access on their phones, making for easily paired NFC cameras and speakers, and easier and quicker transmission of files. However, it doesn’t look as if Apple is planning to give developers access to its NFC features anytime soon.

Source: Jailbreak developer hacks NFC on iPhone 6s to talk to NFC devices
by Maura at May 20, 2017
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Back in February news emerged of a new Pokémon game for iOS called Splash! Magikarp, featuring the endlessly flapping fish. After the initial news about the game broke, it all went a little quiet, but Nintendo Life reports today that the game is finally on its way, but with a new name, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, the same name as the popular mini game in Nintendo 64 Pokémon Stadium.

Magikarp’s faithful fans around the world will have to be patient a little longer before they get their fins on Magikarp Jump, however, as currently it is only available on soft launch in the Italian App Store, and there’s no news of an official release date in other territories as yet.

According to Serebii.Net, the simple gameplay sees you catching and raising Magikarp and then pitting them against others to see who can jump the highest. You can use various rods to catch Magikarp of different colours and sizes, all with their own abilities. Take your Magikarp through the leagues, feeding and training them to make them strong so that they can jump higher and higher. You’ll also get to use other Support Pokémon to help your Magikarp.

Clearly, the Pokémon Company is having a bit of a Magikarp moment, having also just released the Magikarp Song video on the Official Pokémon YouTube channel, which has already had almost 2 million views in just 8 days. The lyrics are, of course, flat out trolling the poor Magikarp, with lines like “so weak that it’s sad, really really sad.”

All this Magikarp madness is a very smart move from The Pokémon Company, coming up to what it hopes will be another massive summer for Pokémon Go. When Pokémon Go became a worldwide cultural phenomenon last year, some of the earliest tweets and Instagram pictures that kicked off the whole craze were of Magikarp in the wild, appearing in frying pans on people’s stoves, flailing around on the pavement, and so on.

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by Maura at May 20, 2017
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Following the release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Mobile on iOS back in March, Capcom’s classic side-scrolling action-platformer Ghouls ‘n Ghosts has just arrived in the App Store. The story follows on immediately after the events of Ghosts ‘n Goblins, with the side-scrolling arcade action authentically reproduced for iPhone and iPad.

As ever, the star of the game is the brave Sir Arthur, who must fight his way through the ghouls and ghosts of the title, and other assorted evil denizens of the underworld, and he certainly doesn’t have an easy time of things, as you’ll remember if you ever played the arcade or console game in the past. However, Capcom has made some improvements to the game to make it a little easier to play on devices with touch screens. Here are some of the key features of the remake:

To celebrate the launch of Ghouls ‘n Ghosts Mobile, the game will be available for a limited time for the launch price of $0.99, after which it will then cost $1.99. Also, as part of the celebrations, 1942, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando, and Ghosts ‘n Goblins will all be available to download for $0.99 for a limited time.

Click here to download: Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE on the App Store

Sources: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Ghouls'n Ghosts MOBILE/news.asp?c=74026

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by Maura at May 19, 2017
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Square Enix is bringing nostalgia to iOS gaming with the release to the App Store of Arkanoid vs Space Invaders. In a combination of elements from two of Taito’s classic arcade games, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders sees players getting to control the Arkanoid Vaus paddle ship to defeat wave after wave of Space Invaders. Gameplay is simple: reflect the bullets back at the invaders to break the blocks, and gather enough energy to trigger Attack Mode and destroy the enemy.

There are more than 150 stages to play through, over which you’ll get to use more than 20 different powers and unlock 40 different characters from the Taito legacy, all of which have their own unique abilities, such as shields and split ball. To make the gameplay more challenging, you’ll also have to defeat massive 3D Invader bosses, and there’s also a Hard Mode if you want to challenge yourself to the max. Ranked mode sees players attempting to attain the top position on the worldwide leaderboard with their high scores.

Click here to download for the 20% discounted price of $3.99: Arkanoid vs Space Invaders on the App Store

Source: Square Enix