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by Maura at Jul 30, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Nokia has just revealed that it was paid $2 billion in cash by Apple last quarter as part of a patent-settlement deal between the two companies. Previously, in May, Nokia and Apple announced that they had come to an agreement in their dispute, with Apple’s chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, saying,

“We are pleased with this resolution of our dispute and we look forward to expanding our business relationship with Nokai.”

Now, more details have been revealed about the deal, with Nokia disclosing during an earning’s call this week that it had received a cash payment of $2 billion, and that “instead of a simple patient licensing agreement, we have agreed on a more extensive business collaboration with Apple, providing potential for a #meaningful uplift in our IP Routing, Optical Networks, and Digital Health businesses over time.”

Source: Apple paid Nokia $2 billion cash to settle its patent dispute
by Maura at Jul 30, 2017
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AppleInsider reports that Apple has pulled “all major” VPN apps from the App Store in China. The move is thought to be in order to comply with demands from the Chinese government, which has recently started cracking down on unauthorized VPNs, which people in the country have been using to get around the country’s “Great Firewall” censorship technology. Apple is also most likely having to comply with new cybersecurity laws that the Chinese government has introduced, such as foreign companies with Chinese user data being required to store the data on local servers.

Developer ExpressVPN said that it had been notified by Apple about the removal of its app on Saturday, stating that the app “includes content that is illegal in China, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.” ExpressVPN was told by Apple that the app is still available in other territories.

However, there is still some hope for those wanting to use VPN apps in China. Those who have already downloaded such apps from the App Store can still use them; they can still be used on jailbroken phones; workarounds can be used to get such apps from App Stores in other territories; or they can switch to Android.

Source: Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store in compliance with government crackdown
by Maura at Jul 30, 2017
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First iPhone 8 claimed to be seen in Turkish customs.JPG

Slashleaks has posted pictures of what is claimed to be a fully assembled iPhone 8 pictured in German customs. The original source of the pictures appears to be a Turkish website. When translated using Google, the headline says “Customs Police Catch Fugitive iPhone 8,” and in the main body of the article it says that the iPhone 8 was found among 20,000 phones and accessories packed in pallets that were picked up by Turkish customs en route from Hong Kong to Germany via Istanbul.

The phones were apparently listed as “polypropylene granules” by the cargo customs directorate, and were discovered when the pallets were x-rayed by customs officers. A full inspection of the phones was then carried out, and what is claimed to be the iPhone 8 was discovered among them. The contents of the two pallets was said by the Istanbul Customs Enforcement and Fraud Intelligence Directorate to be worth approximately £6 million.

As to whether or not the phone pictured is actually a genuine iPhone 8, it’s impossible to know for sure, but it certainly looks very similar to what we’ve been seeing lately in terms of renders and dummies.

Meanwhile, Slashleaks also posted other images yesterday of what it is claimed are the iPhone 8, obtained from Weibo, and these look very similar to the phone seized in Turkey.

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Sources: iPhone 8 Allegedly spotted in German Customs « SLASHLEAKS

Gümrük polisi kaçak iPhone 8 yakaladı

iPhone 8 realistic Leaked Images show front and back « SLASHLEAKS
by Maura at Jul 30, 2017
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BGR writes that app developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who is known for digging around in code to find interesting snippets of information, has been up to his old tricks again and has discovered some code that reveals the possibility of the forthcoming HomePod having an LED matrix display.

Troughton-Smith discovered the code when looking into the functions of the HomePod’s “+” and “-“ controls, tweeting, “The center part of the HomePod surface appears to be an LED matrix and not just big LEDs—could perhaps display shapes/symbols.” He also tweeted the code that he had found and then his followers responded with helpful suggestions of what it all might mean. Another twitter user, Alan Miller, even provided an image that shows how the HopePod’s LED matrix screen might be used to display “basic things like temperature & weather icons.”

The only factor counting against the HomePod having an LED matrix is that Apple did not mention it when the device was announced, but maybe its keeping this little secret close to its chest until nearer the HomePod release date.

Source: Apple’s HomePod might be hiding a killer secret feature
by Maura at Jul 30, 2017
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LG secures 2.7 Billion dollars from Apple to make OLED displays for iPhone.JPG

Earlier in the month reports surfaced that Apple was looking to invest heavily in LG’s OLED production lines in order to secure them exclusively for iPhone screens. Now, more details have emerged about the deal, thanks to a new report from Korea Economic Daily via 9to5 Mac.

According to the source, Apple is paying LG 3 trillion won ($2.7B), which represents a very large chunk of the $3.5B cost to set up the manufacturing plant. This sort of exclusive deal with Apple to supply OLED displays is something that LG has been putting a lot of time, money, and effort into securing over recent months. Currently, Samsung is Apple’s sole supplier of OLED displays for the forthcoming iPhone 8, and has a market share of 95% for OLED display manufacture overall. Apple always likes to have an alternative component supplier if possible, so has been looking for other companies that would be able to supply OLED displays in bulk.

Source: Apple reportedly paying LG $2.7B for OLED production line exclusively dedicated to iPhone screens
by Maura at Jul 30, 2017
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Some movies appearing as 4K and HDR in iTunes purchase history.JPG

UK-based MacRumors reader Tomas Jackson has told the website that Apple has started to list some movies as 4K and HDR in iTunes purchase history. MacRumors writes that Jason posted a screenshot of his iTunes purchase history on the website’s forums that clearly shows 2016 film Passengers listed as “Movie (4K, HDR)” in the “Type” column. Even so, when Tomas tried to download the film, he was only able to do so in HD quality of either 720p or 1080p, not 4K.

Another reader said that the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was also listed as 4K and HDR in the same way. MacRumors even went so far as to rent the film itself and confirmed that “4K, HDR” are definitely listed options in the “Type” column, but that only the 720p version was available to download.

So far, only a few films on iTunes are listed as 4K and HDR, and it looks like it is only in iTunes in certain specific regions, such as the UK and Canada, with Passengers still being listed in US iTunes as simply “Film (HD).”

Hopefully this is a sign that 4K and HDR content could be coming very soon for iTunes content and Apple TV content.

Source: Apple Listing Select Movies as 4K and HDR in iTunes Purchase History
by Maura at Jul 29, 2017
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Supposed page from iPhone 8 user guide leaks.JPG

BGR writes that an image has appeared on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, via Slashleaks, that is claimed to be of one page from the user guide for the forthcoming iPhone 8. The image shows a diagram of the front of the phone, and shows how to remove the SIM tray. If genuine, this could actually be the first official depiction of the iPhone 8.

Basically, the diagram reveals an iPhone that looks very close to the most recent dummies and renders that have appeared over the past few weeks, complete with the cutout at the top of the screen, thinner bezels, and a screen that covers almost the entirety of the phone, including the area that used to house the Home button and Touch ID sensor.

While there’s no way of knowing if the image is genuine, it does look very authentic. Although it does make you think, if they had access to the user guide, why couldn’t take some more pictures and leak even more of the details?

Source: We’re looking at the iPhone 8 user guide – if this sketchy leak is right
by Maura at Jul 29, 2017
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Apple is number 1 in per square foot retail.JPG

AppleInsider reports on new research from eMarkter, via MarketNewsUpdates, that finds that Apple is still the number 1 brick-and-mortar retailer, with $5,549 per square foot. This compares particularly favourably with leading food service retailer Reis & Irvy, with $3,970 per square foot for its robotic frozen yogurt vending kiosks; gasoline retailer Murphy USA with $3,721 per square foot across its 1,400 retail stores; and jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co., with $2,951 per square foot in its many stores around the world.

Apple has almost 500 stores worldwide, many of which are huge spaces set over several levels. In fact, the company has just announced that it will be building a new retail store inside the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., which will take up 63,000 square feet.

Back in 2011 Apple actually reached $5,600 per square foot, so $5,549 in a market that CoStar research says has seen the average take fall from $375 at the start of the 2000s to $325 currently is impressive, to say the least.

Source: Apple leads brick-and-mortar retail with $5,546 in sales per square foot
by Maura at Jul 29, 2017
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Newly leaked A11 chip benchmarks decimate all Android phones.JPG

BGR writes that a leaker known as “Ice Universe,” who has been accurate with information before, has tweeted out what looks very much like preliminary benchmarks for the forthcoming iPhone 8, saying “Apple A11 Geekbench4, 4600, 8500 and 4300,7000. This is two different clock frequencies, and the final result may be between the two”

As BGR explains, Primate Labs’ Geekbench4 is a very popular test that is widely used to measure the overall performance of a smartphone. The first number in each of the two tests is the single-core result, and the second number is the multi-core result. In other words, according to Ice Universe, the new Apple A11 chip scores between 4300 and 4600 in single-core tests, and between 7000 and 8500 in multi-core tests. He then explains that the two sets of results are different because each test had a different clock speed.

As to exactly what this means, BGR posts a chart that shows single-core and multi-core results for various current Apple devices, revealing that the A11 benchmarks reveal single-core performance levels that are even more powerful than the latest iPads. In multi-core tests, the A11 iPhone 8 chip still manages to beat the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but doesn’t quite manage to beat the latest iPads.

Things are even better in terms of Android phone benchmark results, which show that the highest scored current Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S8, has a single-core score of just 1966, although it does a little better as far as the multi-core results are concerned, with 6502, but still can't manage to beat the A11's results.

Source: New leak shows iPhone 8 performance that completely crushes every Android
by Maura at Jul 27, 2017
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Apple awarded license to start testing 5G tech.JPG

According to the original story in DSLReports, Apple submitted its application to the FCC for an experimental license to test wireless technology on millimeter wave spectrum bands back in May.

Here’s a quote from Apple’s application:
Apple plans to transmit from two fixed points at locations in Cupertino, California, and nearby Milpitas for a period of up to 12 months. Apple is in illustrious company in carrying out such tests, with the likes of Google, Facebook, and carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, all testing 5G networks.

Image: How fast is 5G?

Source: Apple Granted License to Test Next-Generation 5G Wireless Technology