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by Maura at Dec 9, 2017
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Jony Ive returns to design management role.JPG

9to5 Mac reports that Apple’s renowned chief design officer, Jony Ive, is to return to the helm of Apple’s design group after 2 years away from the post during which he oversaw the development of the Apple Park campus project.

Here’s what Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Bloomberg about Ive returning to his previous management role:

“With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”

When Ive was fully involved in the Apple Park project over the past two years, Apple’s hardware and software design teams were under the command of Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, who both reported directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Ive has been at the head of Apple’s design team since...
by Maura at Dec 9, 2017
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iPhone X component demand said to be weakening.JPG

BGR writes that despite all evidence pointing to the fact that the iPhone X is still selling extremely well, supply chain sources have told DigiTimes that component orders for the iPhone X slowed somewhat in November and are set to drop further in December. However, the iPhone X is still expected to sell very strongly in the first and second quarters of 2017. One possible explanation for this situation could be that Apple’s manufacturing partners have done such a good job of increasing iPhone X production that Apple has plenty of stock available for the holiday period and therefore is able to slow down its component orders for now.

The sources in Apple’s upstream component supply chain went on to say that because demand for certain iPhone X components had slowed...
by Maura at Dec 9, 2017
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Apple said to be acquiring Shazam.JPG

Tech Crunch reports that it has heard from sources that Apple is looking to acquire popular music-discovery app Shazam.

According to Tech Crunch sources, the deal will be signed this week, and will be announced on Monday. One source says that the deal is around the nine-figure mark, another source says that it is approximately $401 million. Tech Crunch says that all the figures that it has heard from its various sources are less than the $1.02 billion post-money valuation that Shazam last had in 2015.

Back in September 2016 Shazam announced that it had passed the milestone of 1 billion downloads. Aside from its core service, it has several other features, such as being able to follow celebrities to see which tracks they are Shazamming. It is also fully integrated...
by Maura at Dec 8, 2017
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Pokemon Go gets 50 new Pokemon and weather system.JPG

Niantic has today released a massive new Pokémon Go update with some very exciting new features as well as 50 new Pokémon from the Hoenn Region from Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. These include the likes of Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many more, and Niantic says that more Pokémon will be arriving over the coming weeks.

A very cool new feature introduced in the update is a dynamic weather system which, aside from adding new weather effects to the in-game map, will also see nearby Pokémon affected by the weather in your location. This means that you might see more Mudkip on a rainy day, for example. Also, elemental attacks will be more effective during certain weather conditions, so you’ll find that a Charizard’s Fire Spin will be particularly effective on a...
by Maura at Dec 8, 2017
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Apple TV app starts rolling out in UK, Germany, and France.JPG

MacRumors reports that the official Apple TV app has today begun to roll out in the UK, France, and Germany, nearly one year since the app first launched in the US.

The TV app is designed to be an easy way to watch TV shows and movies gathered from many different video apps all in one place, and also to help you to find new TV and movie content by showing you recommendations that are based on content that you’ve watched previously.

You can also sync what you’ve been watching in the cloud so that you can pick up and continue watching on any other Apple device using the accompanying iOS TV app, which has also started rolling out in the UK, France, and Germany.

The U.S. Apple TV app supports more than 60 services, and local broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 5, and...
by Maura at Dec 8, 2017
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Apple launches new Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad Pro bands.JPG

Having already launched several new iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands earlier this week, 9To5Mac reports that Apple has today unveiled yet more accessories, including iPad Pro sleeves, Apple Watch bands, and iPhone X cases.

Kicking off with the iPad Pro, you can now pick up a Pink Fuchsia Leather Sleeve for the 10.5-inch version, as well as an Apple Pencil Case in the same colour. The Leather Sleeve costs $129 and the Apple Pencil case costs $29.

For Apple Watch, if you like something a little more luxurious than the usual bands, you can now buy a 38mm Noir Swift Leather Double Tour Médor Hermès band, which will set you back $589.

And finally, as far as the iPhone is concerned, you can now purchase Spicy Orange, Flash, and Cosmos Blue Silicone Cases for your...
by Maura at Dec 8, 2017
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2018 iPhones to have bigger capacity battery.JPG

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via MacRumors, Apple’s 2018 iPhone line up could have up to 10% more battery power.

Kuo says that Apple and LG Chem are working together on a one-cell design for the iPhone’s L-shaped battery, which would replace the current two-cell battery in the iPhone X. By using a one-cell battery that takes up less space, Apple should be able to increase the battery’s capacity from the iPhone X’s 2716 mAh to between 2900 and 3000 mAh.

According to Kuo, Apple will launch a bigger, 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone, and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in 2018, but he thinks that the bigger OLED model will still have a two-cell battery, although due to its size, it should still have a battery capacity of...
by Maura at Dec 7, 2017
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iPhone is the top brand on Flickr once again.JPG

MacRumors reports that Flickr has today published its Year in Review figures that offer lots of interesting snippets of information about the photo-sharing community, and it looks like good news for Apple once again, with the iPhone yet again winning the Top Brands category.

According to Flickr’s stats, the iPhone was used by 54% of photographers who uploaded photos to the website, beating dedicated camera makers such as Canon, which came in second with 23%, and Nikon, which was third, with 18% of photos posted.

As far as the breakdown of individual iPhones is concerned, the most popular iPhones used were older models such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s. In fact, iPhones actually made up 9 of Flickr’s Top 10 Devices of 2017, with Canon’s 5D Mark III...
by Maura at Dec 7, 2017
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Apple VP praises the notch.JPG

Anyone hoping that Apple will get rid of the controversial iPhone X notch in future iPhones looks like being out of luck, as 9to5 Mac reports today that Apple vice president Greg Joswiak has just given an interview with Tom’s Guide in which he praises the notch for being “one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology we’ve ever done in such an incredibly small space.” He added that the notch houses “one of the most densely packed technology areas I think we’ve ever done.”

“We had a line of sight on how to do real facial recognition, in a way never done before,” continued Joswiak. “It would be really hard to do, but we just didn’t want to do it the way others had, which could literally be spoofed with a picture.”

Tom’s Guide also named the iPhone X as the...
by Maura at Dec 7, 2017
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Nikkei thinks Apple will launch three new iPhones in 2018.JPG

BGR writes that a new report from Nikkei says that Apple is planning to launch three new iPhone models next year, two of which will have OLED displays, with the third having an LCD display with a metal back.

The two OLED models will come in 5.8- and 6.3-inch display sizes, while the LCD phone will have a 6.1-inch display.

Nikkei is usually a good source for Apple news, and this latest report also ties in with a recent research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who had a very similar prediction, only he thinks that Apple will be releasing a 6.5-inch OLED phone in 2018 rather than a 6.3-inch model, as Nikkei has claimed today. Kuo said that he thought the larger OLED phone would be called iPhone X Plus.

Today’s Nikkei report made no mention of whether or not...
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