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by Maura at May 26, 2017
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Touch ID to be embedded on front of iPhone 8.JPG

9to5 Mac writes that according to a report from Economic Daily News, via DigiTimes, Apple has finally solved its Touch ID sensor problem for the OLED iPhone 8, with the result that an optical fingerprint sensor will be embedded directly in the OLED display, using new optical sensor technology.

The source says that the screen ratio will now be 18.5:9, a change from the current 16:9 screen ratio for the current iPhone 7. Enhanced camera and augmented reality features in the new OLED iPhone 8 are unlocked via invisible Infrared sensors. It sounds like this is a very credible report, as it comes directly from Apple manufacturing partner TSMC, which commented on the matter during a symposium in Taipei.

With so many recent rumours about Apple possibly placing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the OLED iPhone due to problems with integrating it in the OLED display, it’s great to hear that Apple has now gone for the much more popular option.

Source: Report: iPhone 8 to feature Touch ID directly on the OLED screen with optical fingerprint sensor
by Maura at May 26, 2017
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Leaked document indicates iPhone 8 launch after September 17.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that an internal memo sent to AppleCare employees and leaked by Benjamin Geskin indicates that the new iPhone line-up, including the flagship iPhone 8, will be launched sometime between September 17 and November 4 2017, because the employees have been told that they can't take time off during this period.

“As you know, there are new product announcements and launches in September,” said the memo, adding, “Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change as our support volume expectations fluctuate.”

Meanwhile, MacRumors reports that Japanese website Mac Otakara has posted new images that are claimed to be of an iPhone 8 case. One image shows an iPhone 8 lined up with cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, giving a great indication of how the iPhone 8 looks when compared with the current iPhone line up. As you can see, it’s a lot smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, and a little bigger than the iPhone 7.

Sources: Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8' launch post-Sept. 17

iPhone 8 Case Compared to iPhone 7 Offers Clear Picture of Size Difference
by Maura at May 25, 2017
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Microsoft has today announced an iOS app for its rebranded Beam livestreaming platform, which it is now calling Mixer. The app is called Mixer Create, and, according to MacRumors, it launches in beta today with various self-broadcasting features that help streamers keep in touch with their fans.

“We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service…how it brings people together,” said Matt Salsamendi, co-founder and engineering lead for Mixer at Microsoft.

Microsoft says that following the launch of the beta today it will soon update Mixer Create to enable users to stream live iOS gameplay straight from their iPads and iPhones in a similar way to how the platform currently works on PC and Xbox One. These iOS broadcasts will then be viewable across all platforms, including the iOS app, Xbox One, and the web.

Microsoft gives the example of being able to stream Pokémon Go on iPhone via Mixer and take your viewers along with you as you hunt for Pokémon.

Sources: Meet Mixer, formerly Beam, Microsoft’s interactive livestreaming platform - The Official Microsoft Blog

Introducing "Mixer"

Microsoft Announces 'Mixer Create' iOS App for On-The-Go Live Streaming of iPhone Games
by Maura at May 25, 2017
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Tests find Apple Watch has most accurate heart rate monitor.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today on a new survey out of Stanford University looking into fitness trackers that has found that the Apple Watch is the most accurate heart rate monitor, although it doesn’t fare so well at measuring calories.

The study saw 60 participants wearing different fitness trackers such as the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear S2, MIO Alpha 2, Microsoft Band, Fitbit Surge, among others. The participants all wore the fitness trackers when doing various types of exercise, including running, biking, and walking.

The results were then compared with the “gold standard” of tracking, which includes such methods as the electrograph for heart rate monitoring and the indirect calorimeter for tracking calories burned.

The tests found that the Apple Watch was the most accurate heart rate monitor, with a median error rate of 2%. The Samsung Gear S2 was the least accurate, with a median error rate of 6.8%. The study also found that cycling had the lowest error rates and walking had the highest error rates.

As far as energy expenditure tracking was concerned, it seems that none of the tested fitness trackers were able to be anything like as accurate as any of the comparable clinical grade indirect calorimeters. The Apple Watch was found to be the most consistent of the trackers tested in terms of energy expenditure tracking, but, with an error rate of almost 40%, it was only the third most accurate tracker, with the Fitbit Surge coming top with a 27% error rate and the Microsoft Band in third place with approximately 33% error rate.

Source: New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at measuring heart rate, calorie tracking subpar
by Maura at May 25, 2017
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Pokemon Magikarp Jump out now.JPG

Following its recent soft launch in Italy, the Pokémon Company has today released Magikarp Jump to the app store.

The free-to-play game gives the hapless Magikarp its own time to shine in its own game where the player gets to catch, train, feed and develop Magikarp and turn them into the highest jumper in a bid to become the League Champion.

Should your trusty Magikarp get knocked out or retire when it reaches Lv. 20, you’ll have to start all over again and catch and rear another prize Magikarp. However, you won’t have to start entirely from scratch, as each new Magikarp you catch will be a little stronger than the previous one.

Magikarp doesn’t get the glory all to itself, however, as during the game other Pokémon, such as Pikachu, will turn up to help you out, with some giving your Magikarp food, for example.

The better your Magikarp perform in jumping tournaments, the more commemorative photos of your feats you’ll receive to share online with your friends.

Just as with Pokémon Go, the game is free-to-play but has in-app purchases where you can buy various items to speed up training, replenish food stock, and to help you catch more Magikarp, as well as accessories with which to decorate your Magikarp’s habitat.

Click here to download for free: Pokémon: Magikarp Jump on the App Store

Source: The Pokémon Company
by Maura at May 24, 2017
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T Mobile will pay Verizon customers iPhone fees.JPG

MacRumors reports that T-Mobile has today launched a limited-time offer to tempt Verizon customers to switch over to T-Mobile.

Beginning May 31, at T-Mobile stores throughout the United States, if Verizon customers with either an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone SE take their phones to T-Mobile they will be able to keep the phone, and as a bonus, T-Mobile will pay any remaining monthly payments on their contract with Verizon, be it $1 or $1,000. Customers must stick with T-Mobile for at least 60 days in order to receive the money, which will come in the form of a pre-paid card.

The only slight catch, and it is a very slight one, is that Verizon customers taking advantage of the deal will have to pay $15 per month for T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection Plus insurance program on top of their new T-Mobile ONE plan. Also, a T-Mobile spokesperson told MacRumors that due to the fact that the iPhones that are being carried over to the new plan are not brand new phones, the AppleCare+ feature of the Premium Device Protection Plus plan will not apply.

Source: T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your iPhone If You Switch From Verizon
by Maura at May 24, 2017
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Apple testing Mico LED screens.JPG

According to a new report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, Apple is said to have ordered a small batch of micro LED screens from Taoyuan, Taiwan, in order to evaluate them for possible use in future Apple products.

The catalyst for the move is said to be Apple’s acquisition of LuxVue in May 2014, after which it gained personnel and technology from the company, which is thought to have been responsible for some Google Glass technology, as well as holding the patent for a touch display with embedded sensing technology, prior to it being transferred to Apple.

Even if this story proves to be accurate, there’s no way of knowing when we might see the results on an Apple product.

The main benefits of Micro LED screens are that they have better contrast, faster response times, and use less energy in comparison with LCD screens. They tend to be used for smartwatch displays and smartphones.

Source: Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro LED screens for testing
by Maura at May 23, 2017
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iPhone 9 rumours emerge.JPG

The iPhone 8 might not even be here yet, but already rumours have started to emerge about the iPhone 9, with MacRumors reporting that The Bell says that the iPhone 9 will be launching with two OLED screen sizes in 2009, 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch versions.

This would mean that the smaller 2018 iPhone screen would be just a little smaller than the current iPhone 7 Plus display, and the larger 2018 iPhone screen would actually be the biggest ever.

The information comes via sources in Apple’s and Samsung’s supply chains, which also say that Samsung’s OLED shipment for the iPhone 9 is expected to be more than double current shipments, with 180 million units. The source goes on to say that Apple and Samsung have recently signed a non-disclosure agreement about various factors, including the screen size of the new phones. The source also says that Samsung will be the exclusive OLED display supplier for all iPhone 9 models, all of which will have OLED displays.

However, as always with the iPhone design process, Apple is likely to be tinkering with, and adjusting, the phone’s specifications right up until the last moment possible in 2018, as is currently the case with the forthcoming iPhone 8.

Source: 'iPhone 9' Rumored to Come in 5.28-Inch and 6.46-Inch Display Sizes in 2018
by Maura at May 23, 2017
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According to a new survey from ACSI, via AppleInsider, Apple’s iPhone SE has topped its Smartphone Brands customer satisfaction survey with 87 points. ACSI randomly polled 36,194 customers in the US from May 2016 to April 2017, and found that the iPhone SE came out on top, with the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ just behind, tied with 86 points.

“Over the past few years, the general trend for smartphones has been toward larger screens,” said ACSI managing director David VanAmburg. “Apparently, consumers were craving a new iteration of a smaller, less expensive phone as the iPhone SE - Apple’s first update to a 4-inch phone since 2013 - comes in first in ACSI this year.”

So this is a very clear message to Apple to not abandon the iPhone SE smaller form-factor altogether. The company has just begun to manufacture the phone in India, primarily to supply to the Indian market.

Source: Apple's iPhone SE, iPhone 7 Plus take top spots in customer satisfaction index
by Maura at May 22, 2017
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Nike launches four new Apple Watch bands.JPG

Apple’s partnership with Nike continues today with the sports brand announcing four new Apple Watch bands that will be available on June 1 at Nike’s online and retail stores and also via Apple and resellers a few days afterwards. Nike says that the four colourways are inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit “Day to Night” collection, which “celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colours is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear.”

The Sports Bands cost $49 as standard, and although made for the Apple Watch Nike+, they will fit any Apple Watch model.

This follows on from the launch of the Apple Watch NikeLab on April 27, and also Nike’s Rosche-and-Air-Force-1-branded iPhone 7 cases.

Sources: Nike debuts four new Apple Watch bands to coincide with shoe launch

New Nike Sport Bands Go From Day to Night
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