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by Maura at Nov 23, 2017
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Apple debuts new Sway holiday ad.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Apple is celebrating Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season today by releasing its annual holiday advertisement. Entitled “Sway,” the video is, somewhat surprisingly, much more about AirPods than the iPhone X. Of course, AirPods have been such a success it’s easy to forget that this is the first holiday season that they will be readily available, as last year they were very much in short supply.

Music is very much the theme of the advert, as it features a couple, wearing AirPods, of course, dancing to Sam Smith’s track “Palace” from his latest album, “The Thrill Of It All.”

“Real love is never a waste of time. Such an honour for Apple to choose ‘Palace’ to soundtrack their holiday advert. I hope you enjoy watching,” tweeted Smith...
by Maura at Nov 23, 2017
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iPhone X to cost more than $2,000 in Brazil.JPG

MacRumors reports that the iPhone X will cost a massive 6,999 Brazilian reals when it launches in Brazil on December 8, which works out at more than $2,150 USD, or more than double the starting price of an iPhone in the US.

One of the reasons for the huge difference in price is because Brazil imposes 60% duty on imported products with a value of up to $3,000, along with several other factors, such as Brazil’s stringent labour laws.

The iPhone X will be available at Brazil’s two Apple Stores located at VillageMall in Rio de Janeiro and the Morumbi shopping centre in São Paulo, but stocks are expected to be limited.

Aside from the Brazil launch, Apple also announced today that the iPhone X will be available in Colombia from December 1, and Chile from December 7...
by Maura at Nov 23, 2017
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OtterBox launches new Star Wars themed phone cases.JPG

OtterBox has announced a range of new Star-Wars-themed Symmetry Series cases for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (also compatible with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus).

Movies featured on the cases include Star Wars: A New Hope, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as some cool themes featuring iconic Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader. I really like the look of the Stormtrooper and BB-8 designs in particular!
Symmetry Series cases...
by Maura at Nov 22, 2017
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2018 iPhones even faster LTE.JPG

MacRumors reports on a new note to investors from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo that says that Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up will have upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules to facilitate faster LTE transmission speeds.

According to Kuo, the 2018 iPhone line-up will all use at least two LCP LTE antenna modules, similar to the iPhone X, but will be even faster in order to support 4x4 MIMO standards, as the current iPhone models only have 2x2 MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output).
by Maura at Nov 22, 2017
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Apple to launch iPhone SE 2 early next year.JPG

BGR writes that according to a new report from the Economic Daily News, Apple is currently working with Wistron on the iPhone SE2, ready for launch in early 2018. The original is more than overdue for a refresh, being nearly 2 years old.

The new report says that the iPhone SE 2 will come in 32GB and 128GB versions, with a starting price of $450, and will most likely be made in India, as that is where the Wistron plant that is currently making iPhone SE models is based.

The report doesn’t give much more in depth information about the forthcoming phone, but as the last model featured exactly the same hardware as the current iPhone of the time, the iPhone SE 2 may well have the same A11 Bionic chip as the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, or possibly the iPhone 7’s A10 Fusion...
by Maura at Nov 21, 2017
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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is out now.JPG

TechCrunch reports that the long-awaited Nintendo iOS app Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is hitting App Stores in some territories around the world one day early.

Such is the demand for the free-to-play game, which could be the next Pokémon-Go-style iOS gaming sensation, that according to The Next Web, some people are having problems getting it to download from the App Store, due to server overload as everyone scrambles to get their copy, but I’m sure everything will be fine once the initial rush and excitement dies down.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is Nintendo’s fourth iOS release, after Miitomo, Super Mario Run, and Fire Emblem Heroes. It’s essentially a mobile version of an Animal Crossing console game, and apparently much more true to those original games...
by Maura at Nov 21, 2017
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HomePod was designed before Amazon Echo.JPG

MacRumors reports that Bloomberg has revealed some surprising secrets about Apple’s forthcoming HomePod smart speaker, which, according to yesterday’s announcement by Apple has been delayed until next year.

Judging by the Bloomberg piece, another delay is par for the course for this particular project, which, it turns out, has actually been going a lot longer than you might think.

According to Bloomberg, the HomePod was, in fact, a “side project” that a team of Apple Mac audio engineers started tinkering with around five years ago. Their aim was to create a speaker that had even better sound than those from Bose, JBL, or Harman Kardon. This was, of course, long before Amazon’s Echo speaker.

Bloomberg says that one of the first prototypes produced by the team was...
by Maura at Nov 20, 2017
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Spotify Premium deal for 99 cents for 3 months.JPG

Spotify has announced its special holiday season deals for this year via the official Spotify blog. There are two offers, the first of which is a great deal whereby first-time Spotify Premium users will get three months of Spotify Premium for $0.99, which is a massive saving on a subscription that normally costs $9.99 per month.

However, if you’ve ever had a Spotify Premium membership before, or even a 30-day trial, you won’t be eligible for this offer. You may well qualify for the second deal, though, even if you have been a Premium member in the past, but provided that you didn’t have an active account as of October 21, 2017. If you fit those criteria, then you can get 3 months Spotify Premium membership for the price of 1 month, i.e., $9.99.

Both deals have to...
by Maura at Nov 20, 2017
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iPhone X and Apple Watch are among TIME's top 10 gadgets of the year.JPG

Following on from TIME’s announcement last week that the iPhone X was one of its best inventions of 2017, MacRumors reports that the iPhone X has been ranked Number 2 on TIME’s newly released “Top 10 Gadgets of 2017” list, just behind the Nintendo Switch. TIME said that it rated the iPhone X so highly because several of its features, such as Face ID and the edge-to-edge display “will undoubtedly set a new standard for iPhones to come.” And yes, they know that Apple wasn’t the first, but they think that they did it better.
by Maura at Nov 20, 2017
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Apple and TSMC working on thinner and brighter micro LED displays.JPG

According to a new report in DigiTimes, via MacRumors, Apple and TSMC are currently working together to solve issues that hamper the mass-production of micro-LED display panels. Apparently, Apple and TSMC are in the process of developing applications using silicon-based backplanes (silicon wafers) in a bid to avoid the problems that come with the mass transfer of LED chips.

As soon as Apple and TSMC have perfected this process to the degree that micro-LEDs can be mass produced (relatively) cheaply and reliably, they may well then be used in future Apple devices. However, this is not expected to happen until 2019 at the earliest, when the Apple Watch could be the first Apple device to have the displays.

Meanwhile, the report also says that Apple has downsized its...
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