Apple iPhone Forum
Well-known Apple leaker Sonny Dickson has just posted some interesting photos that reveal the lengths that Apple goes to in order to hide iPhone prototypes from prying eyes when testing them out in the wild.
One set of pictures shows the “stealth” case that is used to transport iPhone prototypes around the world. Most of the phone is hidden from view, and the case is fastened with security tape which would show if anyone tried to tamper with the phone or try to open the case. The case comes complete with a passport for quality assurance and control testing.
MacRumors reports that JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall has said in a research note that the forthcoming high-end 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 will have a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition purposes that will replace Touch ID. This will also enable Apple to remove the Home button altogether to make room for the edge-to-edge display. And Hall even goes so far as to say that both the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models will also have the 3D laser scanner technology, basing this statement on the increased volume of production of the module in Apple’s supply chain.
The laser scanner is said to add from $10 to $15 per module to Apple’s bill of materials for the iPhone 8, which, along with the OLED display, glass casing and other costs, could see the flagship iPhone 8 costing around $100 more than previous equivalent models.
Hall says that using facial recognition could avoid current Touch ID issues such as the fingerprint sensor not working when your fingers are wet or sticky. Hall also says that facial recognition could be more secure than Touch ID, which could, in turn, lead to more banks and retailers supporting Apple Pay.
Hall also says that the 3D laser scanner could be used for other features, such as augmented reality, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has said many times Apple is interested in, but don’t expect that to happen until at least 2018. Hall adds that Apple will probably make a 3D scanning API available to developers, who could use it for “everything from determining your shoe size for online orders to helping make sure you are properly fitted on your bike.”
Source: iPhone 8 Expected to Have 3D Facial Recognition Instead of Touch ID
AppleInsider reports that Apple has announced that it will be returning to San Jose for this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which will be running from June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, with registration starting on March 27. The news came via The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who got the chance to speak to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, with Schiller revealing the date and location for the conference.
For the past 13 years Apple has held its annual WWDC in San Francisco, but the newly announced San Jose venue in which the 28th annual WWDC will be held is much closer to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.
It’s likely that Apple will be launching iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 during the WWDC’s opening keynote presentation, as the company traditionally uses the keynote to make such announcements.
Schiller said that despite being at a different venue, WWDC 2017 will be roughly the same size as the previous conferences, with 5,000 developers attending and 1,000 engineers.
“We look forward to working with Apple to create a special experience for the thousands of attendees who will visit San Jose for this marquee event,” said Mayor Liccardo. “And on behalf of our entire city, I’d like to extend a warm invitation to Apple developers, partners and enthusiasts from around the world to join us in Downtown San Jose as Apple unveils its latest innovations.
Source: Apple's WWDC 2017 returns to San Jose June 5-9, registration begins March 27
9to5 Mac reports that luxury car manufacturer Jaguar has today announced a new feature that lets Jaguar and Land Rover owners pay for their petrol via PayPal or Apple Pay using the Shell app on the car’s touchscreen without getting out of their vehicle. In order to be able to use this feature you’ll have to be lucky enough to own either a Jaguar or Land Rover (or both, if you’re really lucky) from 2014 onwards with InControl Apps technology installed.
The service is currently only available at Shell stations in the UK, but Jaguar says that it will roll the service out to other markets globally later in the year. Here’s what Shell says about the service on iTunes:
Sources: Jaguar announces Apple Pay-based in-car fuel payment feature
Jaguar and Shell partner for in-car fuel payments
MacRumors reports that Apple’s Siri is featured in the LEGO Batman movie that was released last Friday, in the role of Batman’s personal assistant. Aside from seeing the movie, you can also actually have fun with Siri on your Apple device by simply saying “Hey ‘puter,” just like Batman does in the movie. She’ll then answer you in a number of humorous ways.
Just some of the many replies you can expect from Siri when you say “hey ‘puter” include “I am at your service, Lego Batman sir”; “Welcome home, sir. I have your rom coms queued up, sorted by decade”; “Welcome home, sir. FYI, Robin is trying on costumes in the Batcave again. He’s doing some pirouettes in Batryshnikov”; and “You have a message from the Condiment King. It says ‘Pbbbfffttt!’”
And if all that Siri sillyness has got you wanting even more LEGO Batman goodness, there’s also a free companion app to the game to download here: The LEGO® Batman Movie Game on the App Store
Source: Apple's Siri Promotes The LEGO Batman Movie When You Say 'Hey Computer'
Finally the big Pokémon Go news that everyone has been waiting for is here today, and fans are so excited about it that the game is trending worldwide on Twitter once again, just like those heady days last summer.
Pokémon Go developer Niantic has caused all the fuss today by announcing that more than 80 new Pokémon from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games will be arriving in Pokémon Go later this week. This includes the likes of Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, to name but a few, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations.
And that’s not all, as there are also some new evolution possibilities for some of the current Pokémon that are already found in the game, and you’ll be able to pick up new Evolution items at PokéStops that can be used for these new evolutions.
Other new items that you’ll be able to pick up by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops include two new Berry types, Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries. When trying to catch a Pokémon, give it a Nanab Berry to slow it down and make it easier to catch, and a Pinap Berry to double the amount of Candy earned from catching it, should you be successful.
As far as your Trainer avatar is concerned, you’ll be able to choose from many more wardrobe items, including new hats, shirts, pants, and other items.
And finally, Niantic has added some new encounter gameplay animations, so you can expect Pokémon to act in different ways when you’re trying to catch them. Item carousels have also been added so that you can select Berries and Poké Balls without having to leave the catch screen.
Source: Our World Is Expanding—Over 80 More Pokémon and New Features Are Coming! - Pokémon GO
In a new interview with Vice, via AppleInsider, Niantic CEO John Hanke has been talking about the game’s massive success and what players can expect from future Pokémon Go updates.
Source: Future iPhone 'Pokemon Go' updates to include 'abbreviated' trading, PvP battling
According to a new report from DigiTimes, via MacRumors, only one of Apple’s forthcoming three new iPhones will have a glass case, with the other two keeping the current aluminum form factor.
DigiTimes reports that sources from Apple’s upstream supply chain also say that only the 5.8-inch glass and aluminum model will have an OLED display. The others, called by some the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively, will be very similar in design to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but will have some internal changes, including the addition of a faster A11 chip.
This latest news from DigiTimes actually contradicts some other recent rumours, including one that said that Apple would be releasing a 5-inch iPhone. It’s possible that the truth is somewhere between the two, maybe with all three of the phones having the glass and stainless steel case and wireless charging, and only the flagship iPhone 8 model having an OLED display and improved battery life.
iPhone 8 concept: Moe Slah
Source: iPhone 7s Said to Keep Aluminum Design as iPhone 8 Gets Glass With Stainless Steel Frame
9to5 Mac reports today on news from the Korea Herald that says that Samsung has just signed a deal with Apple to supply 160 million OLED panels for the iPhone 8.
Apparently, Apple and Samsung had already signed a 100 million unit deal in 2016, but now Apple has extended that agreement and is asking Samsung to provide a further 60 million panels. It’s looking likely, therefore, that for this year’s iPhone at least, Samsung will be the sole provider of OLED panels for Apple. However, LG Display is expected to join the iPhone OLED panel supply chain next year.
Apple currently only uses OLED panels for the Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.
The iPhone 8 is expected to have a bezel-less wraparound OLED display, with an integrated Touch ID home button and possibly even curved sides similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Recent rumours have said that due to the technology involved, the phone could cost more than $1,000 to buy.
Source: Samsung reportedly signs deal with Apple to make 160 million OLED panels for iPhone 8
AppleInsider reports that according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it looks as though Apple has had some success with increasing iPhone battery performance, just in time for the arrival of the iPhone 8. Kuo says that Apple has managed to reduce the form factor of its 2,700 mAh battery, meaning that it can now fit inside a much smaller phone than the iPhone 7 Plus, despite having the same capacity.
Kuo expects the iPhone 8 or “iPhone X” to have a 5.1- to 5.23-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, making its dimensions almost identical to that of the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7, only with a battery as powerful as that of the current iPhone 7 Plus.
Kuo says that Apple has achieved this by using a stacked logic board known as a substrate-like PCB mainboard. Kuo adds that with battery technology not expected to develop any further over the next 3 to 5 years, it’s necessary to shrink components.
Also, by using a low-power OLED panel, Apple could have managed to extend the iPhone 8 battery life to make it even better than that of a 5.5-inch LCD iPhone, according to Kuo.
Source: Apple's 'iPhone 8' to boast larger Plus-sized battery in form factor similar to 4.7" iPhone 7
iPhone 8 Said to Pack Battery Capacity of Current 5.5-Inch Model Into 4.7-Inch Form Factor
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