Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at Sep 20, 2017
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According to a new research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via MacRumors, Apple could replace Touch ID with Face ID on all 2018 iPhones, depending on how well the feature is received on the iPhone X. However, Apple could instead still decide to opt for under-display Touch ID sensors in next year’s iPhones if Face ID does not turn out to be popular on iPhone X and if Apple manages to perfect the under-display Touch ID solution that it almost used on the iPhone X this year.

Kuo says that should Apple decide to ditch Face ID in favour of Touch ID in 2018, or to include Touch ID alongside Face ID, then it will still have its work cut out trying to embed the Touch ID sensor under the display unless it solves previous issues with that system.

However, if Face ID is popular with users, then Apple will most likely abandon any thought of under-display Touch ID and bring Face ID to its entire iPhone line-up in 2018. We’ll have to wait and see until the iPhone X is finally released in November, but in the meantime, Apple is going all out to reassure the public about Face ID, with Craig Federighi telling Daring Fireball’s John Gruber recently that all concerns will just “melt away” once people start experiencing Face ID for themselves.

Source: Kuo: If Face ID is 'Well Received,' It's Likely 2018 iPhones Will Fully Adopt TrueDepth Camera
by Maura at Sep 20, 2017
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With the advent of iOS 11 yesterday, which seems to be working very smoothly for most of us, iPhone and iPad users get their first chance to play augmented reality apps build using ARKit. AppleInsider reports on some of the first ARKit apps to appear in the App Store.

One of the very first is Strava’s Fitness AR, which uses data captured from its main fitness tracking app to depict rides, runs, and hikes on a 3D map. To use it, you first must link your Strava account with the AR app and start a new route, or you can choose to share previous activity data with the app. Fitness AR will then show the data as 3D images directly on a real-world flat surface. The app works in tandem with Strava Running and Cycling GPS metrics, and gives the user a whole new way of looking at their runs or rides.

Fitness AR costs $2.99 and is available to download here: Fitness AR on the App Store

Next up is SmartPicture Technologies’ PLNAR app, which uses ARKit to record room measurements in real time. All you have to do is point your device at anchor points in a room to produce accurate digital measurements of any flat surface, or areas such as counter tops. Looks like a very useful app!

PLNAR is free and can be downloaded here: PLNAR on the App Store

And last but most definitely not least, MacRumors reports that IKEA has just released its eagerly awaited augmented reality app, IKEA Place, which lets the user browse through a wide variety of IKEA products and actually seeing how they might look in their home.

Click here to download the free app: IKEA Place on the App Store

Sources: First ARKit apps hit App...
by iDan at Sep 19, 2017
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CEO Tim Cook is eagerly awaiting the release of iOS 11.

"This is a day to remember," Cook told ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday. "This is a profound day."

The iOS update includes AR, or augmented reality, capabilities, offering the technology to Apple users with an iPhone 6S or later.

Augmented reality technology blends the real world with the virtual by overlaying images and details onto a feed from a device's camera. AR became widely popular with the Pokemon Go app last year that allowed players to "catch" virtual Pokemon scattered across real-life locales.

"Later today hundreds of millions of customers will be able to use AR for the first time, so we're bringing it to mainstream," Cook said. "We're taking the complex and making it simple ... we want everybody to be able to use AR."

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by Maura at Sep 19, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today that while the iPhone 8 at launch will only charge using inductive wireless charging at the equivalent of the standard 5-watt charger that ships with the phone, thus not quite taking advantage of third-party chargers such as those by Belkin or Mophie that work at 7.5 watts. But that situation will not be forever, as according to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus review that he posted today, Apple intends to use future software updates to increase wireless charging capacity, and that the first one will be later this year.

The Qi standard that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X wireless charging is based on actually supports 15-watt fast charging, but it’s not yet known whether Apple will stop at support for 7.5 watts, or continue to increase the charging capacity right to the limit of 15 watts via incremental updates.

Source: iPhone 8 wireless charging speed will improve with future firmware update from Apple
by Maura at Sep 19, 2017
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Ars Technica has a great article today about how iOS 11 runs on the slowest device that supports it, the iPhone 5s. It’s a really helpful article for anyone who is nervous about installing iOS 11 on their trusty iPhone 5s.

According to the benchmark tests performed by Ars Technica on the iPhone 5s, while the phone is slower when opening key apps in iOS 11 that it was with iOS 10.3.3, it is not significantly, or unworkably slower, with Ars Technica concluding that “using iOS 11 on an iPhone 5s doesn’t feel bad.” However, they do admit that performing background tasks such as updating apps or downloading music does make the phone feel somewhat “sluggish.” As far as performing everyday duties such as taking pictures, sending e-mails, and scrolling through your apps is concerned, it is “more than responsive enough to be usable.”

And when comparing the load times for various apps on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s with iOS 10 or iOS 9, the iPhone 5s is still much faster, even on iOS 11.

Benchmarks table: Ars Technica

Source: iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S: Slower, but not quite slow
by Maura at Sep 19, 2017
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The big day is finally here, with iOS 11 now available to download for compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch, bringing with it many changes and improvements. At the time of writing, iOS 11 is one of the top trends on Twitter worldwide, and judging by the most popular comments on there, the main issue around the world appears to be how long it takes to download, and how big the update is (2.5GB, approximately), with a Twitter moment titled “The iOS 11 Struggle is Real if You Have Full Storage :(.”

AppleInsider has a great round-up report on the many changes ushered in by the update, including ARKit, a revamped App Store, deep learning for Siri, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Music app, h.265 for video, a redesigned Control Center, indoor mapping for Maps, and AirPlay 2.

You’ll need to have iPhone 5s and upward or iPad mini 2 and upward, iPad Air and upward, and all iPad Pros, as well as the iPod touch sixth generation, in order to download the software.

Source: Apple's iOS 11 available to all, brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2, more
by Maura at Sep 18, 2017
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Following last week’s announcement from Sprint that it would be offering 50% off an 18-month lease for the iPhone 8, the company has gone even further today by announcing that it will give trade-in customers a free iPhone 8.

Proclaiming “We simply won’t be beat by other national carriers,” Sprint’s new offer includes a free 64GB iPhone 8 (cost $699), when a new or existing customer trades in either an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus on the Sprint Flex plan. You can also still get the 50% off offer by trading in an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus.

Sprint is very quick off the blocks here, making it the first carrier to offer a free iPhone 8 to its customers.

So basically, if you live in an area with good Sprint coverage, you could get a free iPhone 8 alongside the company’s other current great deal of five unlimited lines for $90, which is still available until October 31.

Source: Get a free iPhone 8 with Sprint’s upgraded trade-in offer
by Maura at Sep 18, 2017
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According to the latest note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via MacRumors, demand for the iPhone X is so high that it is “very likely” to cannibalize pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Kuo points to the fact that it is still possible to get an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus for launch day delivery, whereas iPhone pre-orders have usually sold out at this point in September in past years.

“We believe this is because there is a strong likelihood that iPhone X demand will cannibalize iPhone 8 pre-orders,” said Kuo, and it looks like this belief is definitely on the money.

However, while high demand for the iPhone X is all good news for Apple, the fact that the phone is not available until November could have a detrimental effect on Apple’s fourth-quarter earnings results.

Kuo has more good news for Apple as far as the Series 3 Apple Watch is concerned, stating that demand for the LTE watch is “significantly stronger” than expected.

Source: Kuo: Apple Watch Series 3 Demand Higher Than Expected as iPhone X Anticipation Cannibalizes iPhone 8 Pre-Orders
by Maura at Sep 18, 2017
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AppleInsider reports today that newly posted official benchmarks from Geekbench for Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip, which is used in the iPhone X as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, have revealed the chip to be blisteringly fast.

The figures show that the A11 Bionic is not just way ahead of last year’s A10 Fusion chip used in the iPhone 7, as might be expected, it also blows away not just the latest chips from Apple’s mobile competitors, but also the base Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Of course, just because the A11 Bionic chip is faster than the MacBook Pro’s Intel Kaby Lake chip it doesn’t mean that the iPhone X or iPhone 8 can do everything that a MacBook can do, and it has to drive a much more bigger display with a much higher resolution, but still impressive results, even so.

As far as the A10 Fusion is concerned, the benchmark results show that the A11 Bionic is 25% faster in single core and 80% faster in multicore scores, all this while also coping with new neural net, camera ISP, and GPU capabilities.

Source: With iPhone 8, Apple's Silicon Gap widens as the new A11 Bionic obliterates top chips from Qualcomm, Samsung & Huawei
by iDan at Sep 18, 2017
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Coming this fall with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money from friends and family quickly, easily and securely. Pay and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they have in Wallet. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash card in Apple Wallet and can use the money instantly.

Is this something you could see yourself using?