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by Maura at Feb 16, 2018
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Google Maps gets new Transit, Traffic and Explore tabs.JPG

MacRumors reports that Google Maps has just been updated with three new quick-access tabs that have already been available on Android for more than a year, namely Explore, Driving, and Transit tabs.

Situated at the bottom of the screen, the new tabs will provide more details when you swipe up on them.

Swiping up on the Explore tab reveals details about the surrounding area, places to eat and drink, and the location of nearby gas stations, ATMs, convenience stores, drug stores and so on.

Swiping up on the Driving tab provides you with a local area traffic summary that includes the latest news on any delays that might affect how long it will take you to reach your destination. The tab also shows you the ETA for your home or work address, but you have to save those...
by Maura at Feb 16, 2018
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HomePod costs 219 dollars to make.JPG

AppleInsider reports that according to research from TechInsights, Apple’s HomePod costs around $216 to build. With HomePod costing $349, this translates to margins of around 38%, which is lower than Apple’s margins for iPhone and iPad, and also lower than HomePod’s rivals such as Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home, with margins of 56% and 66% respectively.

TechInsights’ HomePod component breakdown shows that the microphones, tweeters, woofer and power management hardware cost $58 to build, with other parts such as the OLED panel costing $60. According to TechInsight, the A8 chip costs $25.50 to make, and the casing and various other components cost $25. Manufacturing, testing, and packaging together cost a further $17.50.

“Apple is compressing their margins a bit,...
by Maura at Feb 14, 2018
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2018 OLED iPhones could have smaller notch, according to Barclays.JPG

According to a new research note from Barclays analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf, and Blayne Curtis, Apple is set to release three new iPhones this year (this is also the opinion of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo), all of which will have a second-generation TrueDepth camera system that should be smaller than the current version, meaning that the notorious “notch” will be smaller. However, they add that not much else will be changing for the 2018 version of the iPhone X.

The Barclays analysts say that “given the complexity and multiple years spent developing the current generation of module, combined with supplier comments over the past month regarding multi-year customer commitments, we do not envisage a major change to the architectural...
by Maura at Feb 14, 2018
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HomePod leaving white rings on wood.JPG

MacRumors reports that many users have been posting pictures of white ring markings that have been left by their HomePods on wood surfaces. Following many complaints on social media and in various reviews, Apple has now been prompted to issue a statement on the matter.

The problem first came to the attention of the wider media after it was mentioned in HomePod reviews from Wirecutter and Pocket-lint.
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...
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