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Apple's new AirPods were a big surprise at this year's iPhone 7 event. The company was unable to have the wireless earphones ready by the launch of the new iPhone models, however Apple did say they would ship in 'late October'.
It looks like Apple may have some bad news according to TechCrunch. The company sent the online publisher a statement saying the product isn't ready yet.
If you’ve been waiting for Apple’s AirPod wireless headphones to go on sale, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Apple says that they are not ready and they it will need ‘a little more time’.
“The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers,” an Apple spokesperson said to TechCrunch.
There's no word whether the delay is due to a hardware or software issue. What's even more upsetting is there is no given time-frame for when they might be released.
After spending a few weeks with my iPhone 7 Plus, I have to say, this device is amazing. The camera works phenomenally and the added speed is very welcome. One thing that bugs me about this generation of iPhone is the lack of a redesign.
Most of use knew that Apple would be switching from a two-year to a three-year design cycle, but looking at the same design for three generations makes me miss the old days.
According to Nikkei Asian Review today, Apple's 2017 iPhone may include three different models. The company would release the two current size models, adding a 5-inch model to fit in the middle.
The report adds that next year's iPhones would be called the "iPhone 8", and the design would be completely overhauled. The iPhone 8 models would be sandwiched between two pieces of chemically hardened glass, held together by a metal frame.
"Apple has tentatively decided that all the 5.5-inch, 5-inch and 4.7-inch models will have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and Biel and Lens are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year."
Unfortunately, all of the above will only happen if Apple's manufacturers are able to find suppliers to fill the orders.
According to a new report from DigiTimes, via iDownload Blog, following Samsung’s discontinuation of the exploding Galaxy Note 7, which is expected to cost the company billions of dollars, Apple has increased iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus orders for the holiday quarter in a bid to get some of those previous Note 7 customers.
In fact, it seems that all smartphone makers are doing very much the same thing, and even Samsung itself has increased its fourth-quarter orders for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. And it seems that, in turn, increased demand for smartphone components from the likes of Apple and Google has led to RAM shipments to PC vendors being delayed by 10 to 20 weeks, or even more.
iDownload Blog writes that Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2016, and that while the figures did meet with Wall Street’s estimates, they still made hard viewing for Apple, with iPhone sales down 3 million and revenue down $4.5 billion from the year-ago quarter.
Sources: Apple, Apple now has $237.6 billion and other highlights from the Q4 earnings call
BGR writes that the iPhone 7 Plus has once again been pitted against Google’s new Pixel XL phablet, this time in a real-world speed test, and has simply blown away its rival.
The new test comes from YouTuber PhoneBuff, who has posted a video on YouTube of himself putting the two phones through their paces.
In the video, David Rahimi aims to show how well the two phones perform in real-world situations, primarily opening, switching, and closing apps. You see him opening and closing apps very quickly, and right from the start of the video you can see how well the iPhone 7 Plus performs in terms of speed, pulling out in front of the Google Pixel very early on in the test, loading the Photoshop main website much faster than the Google phablet does. He then goes on to show the iPhone 7 Plus loading games such as Flip Diver and Subway Surfers 4 seconds and 6 seconds faster respectively than the Pixel XL. The final tale of the tape is that the iPhone 7 Plus finished the speed test in 1 minute and 55 seconds, while the Pixel XL struggled to keep up, not even managing to keep all apps open, unlike the iPhone 7 Plus, which did, and eventually finishing in 3 minutes and 5 seconds. Once again, the iPhone 7 Plus proves to be the fastest smartphone around.
Source: iPhone 7 vs. Pixel real-world speed test: The showdown we’ve been waiting for
BGR writes that on the eve of the first Pokémon Go special event, which kicks off tomorrow, Pokemon Go Hub has found buried in the hex code of the latest update to the game clues about a Daily Quest feature that will be coming to the game very soon.
According to the code, there will initially be three possible daily quests, First Catch of the Day, First PokéStop of the Day, and an Unknown quest (which may or may not having anything to do with the Pokémon species called Unknown!)
There’s no indication yet about what the rewards might be for completing the quests each day, but there’s also mention of an “incubator” in the code, which could be something to do with it, or might even have something to do with Pokémon breeding, which many players hope to see coming to the game at some point.
The code also mentions Streaks, which involves completing a certain number of daily quests in a row.
Apparently the Daily Quest feature is already embedded in the app and can be turned on at any time by Niantic.
Aside from the hidden Daily Quest code, update 0.43.3 for Pokémon Go also includes a change in the Egg patterns, with different patterns depending on the distance needed to walk to hatch them. Also, Pokémon type icons have been added to the information screen for each Pokémon.
Sources: Daily quests are coming to Pokemon Go
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Earlier in the year rumours started to surface that Apple was working on a version of iMessage for Android, with talk of an announcement at Apple’s WWDC. When this announcement failed to materialise, the rumours quietened down a little. Until today, that is, with MacRumors reporting that noted Apple expert Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball has said that he has “heard from little birdies” that some “detailed mockups” of iMessage for Android have been shared around at Apple, “with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design.”
And while this doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple is ever going to actually release iMessage for Android, Gruber says that he believes that it “might happen sooner or later,” primarily because of the new iMessages App Store, which has been monetised, by Apple, and which could also be monetised in the same way for Android.
Source: Apple Has Created 'Detailed Mockups' of iMessage for Android
9to5 Mac writes that Apple has officially launched iOS 10.1 worldwide last night, so expect it to be arriving in your territory any day now, if it hasn’t already. It’s not a major update, but it does have a few interesting features, including the much talked about Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, which, according to Apple’s release notes “creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background.”
The rest of the update is concerned with various other fixes and improvements, including, for Maps, transit support for “every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya,” as well as “sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations,” which actually sounds amazing, and very handy!
Messages has also had quite a lot of tweaking, with the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects, and also the fixing of a white screen error, among other bits and bobs.
Source: Apple releases iOS 10.1 with Portrait Mode for iPhone 7 Plus, fixes and improvements for all other devices
According to a surprising new report from tech blogger Robert Scoble, via BGR, the iPhone 8 is set to be Apple's most revolutionary iPhone yet. Scoble, who is, according to BGR, a well-established industry insider and currently Entrepreneur in Residence at UploadVR, said in an interview with FOVE, which he also outlined on his Facebook page, that he has been told that the next iPhone will be,
Scoble also said that the eye sensors will mean that the iPhone has a brand new interface. It will have a next-generation 3D sensor developed by Primesense, who Apple has acquired, and Apple currently has 600 engineers working on just the sensor alone in its labs in Israel. Other recent rumours have also reported that Apple is working on something big at its offices in Israel.
Scoble cites the fact that 2017 will see the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, as well as being the first product launch in the amazing new space-age campus, as two reasons why the company intends to raise the bar with a “mixed reality” device that will “change this industry deeply.”
Scoble has an even bolder claim about Apple’s ambitious new venture, saying “Apple’s entrance into this new world is like when IBM came into the personal computing world. It is that important.”
Source: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new...
9to5 Mac reports today on a new iPhone-connected portable laboratory that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy.
Developed by a Washington State University team led by Assistant Professor Lei Li, the portable laboratory is said to be able to detect cancer almost instantly, and can analyse up to eight different samples at a time, helping go greatly improve its accuracy.
Li says that the lab can detect human interleukin-6, which is a biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast, and epithelial cancers. The professor adds that because the lab is so portable, it can be used all around the world, and in particular in remote areas without such facilities.
So far Li has only used an iPhone 5 with the portable lab, but he and his team are currently working on adjustable version of the device that can be used in conjunction with any smartphone.
You can read much more about the team’s research here: A multichannel smartphone optical biosensor for high-throughput point-of-care diagnostics
Source: Research team develops portable iPhone-powered lab that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy
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