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by Maura at Nov 19, 2017
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MacRumors reports that as of Friday, Apple Park’s Visitor Center is now open for the public to visit.

The impressive building has a cantilevered carbon fiber roof that was designed to give the appearance of floating in air. Directly inside the entrance of the building is a 3D model of the entire Apple Park campus, as well as an augmented reality exhibition using iPads that gives lots of information that “showcases the innovative design principles of Apple Park,” according to Apple.

As you might expect, the Visitor Center also contains a massive Apple Store, with lots of the usual stuff that you’d expect to find there, but also some exclusive, Apple-Park-themed souvenirs such as T-shirts, hats, postcards, baby onesies, playing cards, and tote bags.

There’s also a café, situated in a beautiful position that is surrounded by the campus olive grove, where you can buy snacks and beverages.

The roof terrace boasts splendid views of the main Apple Park building and the gardens around the area, including more than 9,000 trees. But that’s as far as you’ll get in terms of viewing the rest of the campus, as areas other than the Visitor Center are not open to the public.

The Apple Park Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Sources: Apple Park Visitor's Center Now Open to the Public

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by Maura at Nov 18, 2017
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Rumour that LTE Apple Watch Series 3 can make emergency calls without iPhone.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that a redditor on the Apple Watch reddit has posted that they had been told by Apple engineers that despite the fact that LTE Apple Watch Series 3 units are supposed to be linked to an iPhone number in order to make calls on the watch, they should still be able to call the emergency services without having an activated phone or data service.

After being told this following unsuccessful attempts to test this out, the redditor installed watchOS 4.2 beta 3 and then tried again to call the emergency services on an unactivated Apple Watch. This time, after a 3-minute wait, the user was able to reach the emergency services. The Apple engineer had told him that it might even take up to 5 minutes. And while that might seem like a long wait, especially to someone in distress or danger, it’s better than not being able to make the call at all, and could still be a life-saving feature for someone who only has their Apple Watch on them and is stuck in a perilous predicament, such as the kitesurfer the other day who alerted the Coast Guard on his Apple Watch when he was stuck drifting in the ocean.

A call to the emergency services on the Apple Watch is instigated by holding down the side button on the watch, which will then dial the local emergency dispatch centre. The watch will then try to send text messages to your listed emergency contacts, even including location information, and even if Location Services are not enabled on the watch.

Source: LTE Apple Watches may be able to make emergency calls without linked iPhone plan
by Maura at Nov 17, 2017
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According to an exclusive report from Fast Company, Apple engineers are teaming up with Intel engineers to work on 5G technology for future iPhones to be released in 2019 or 2020. Fast Company’s source adds that in contrast, Apple has been having minimal contact with Intel's main rival, Qualcomm.

While Qualcomm’s 5G modem chip has more tailored carrier features, such as “Uplink Carrier Aggregation,” Fast Company’s source says that many of these features will not be of much use to the carriers. In contrast, the Apple engineers that are working with the Intel engineers think that Intel’s 5G modem will fit much more closely what Apple is looking for in a 5G modem for iPhone.

Until now, Qualcomm has been dominating Intel in the modem market, but the former is going all-in on trying to become the next dominant 5G modem company, hiring employees in the “multiple thousands” to work on the project. Unsurprisingly, Intel regards the iPhone 5G contract as a “must-win” for the company. It probably has a better chance of this than ever before, given Apple’s current legal dispute with Qualcomm.

After having announced its 5G Modem at CES this year, Intel issued a press release today where it said that it has “successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon…a key milestone in its development.”

Source: Source: Apple Is Looking To Intel To Power Super-fast 5G iPhone
by Maura at Nov 17, 2017
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According to a new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via AppleInsider, Apple is planning to upgrade the baseband chips in the 2018 iPhone range to enable the phones to have “significantly” faster LTE transmission speeds.

Kuo says that the 2018 iPhone line-up will use Intel’s XMM 7560 chips and Qualcomm’s SDX20 chips. Apparently Intel is the company that will get the bulk of Apple’s orders, with Kuo saying that Intel will be responsible for between 70 to 80% of total baseband orders. Given Apple’s current litigation problems with Qualcomm, it’s no surprise that Apple wants to take the bulk of its custom elsewhere.

The current iPhone line-up supports LTE plus 3G connections, but according to Kuo, next year’s line-up will support LTE plus LTE connections.

Kuo also thinks that Apple intends to become a significant player in baseband chip design, and if it succeeds in this aim, that could even have a knock-on effect on iPhone pricing.
Source: KGI: Next Year's iPhone Models to Have Upgraded Intel and Qualcomm Modems Enabling Faster LTE Speeds
by Maura at Nov 17, 2017
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Apple delays HomePod launch until early 2018.JPG

If you’ve been planning to buy Apple’s Siri-driven HomePod smart speaker this holiday season, then unfortunately you’re going to be disappointed, as Apple has announced today in the following statement that it has pushed the HomePod release date back to the beginning of 2018.
When the HomePod was first unveiled by Apple back at its WWDC in June, it was expected to be released in December (and in fact the official Apple website still says “Available December,” but now it will be shipping in January at the earliest.

Apple did not reveal the specific reason why it had decided to delay the launch of the smart speaker, but it could have something to do with perfecting AirPlay 2, which is a big part of HomePod.

Source: Apple delaying HomePod smart speaker launch until next year
by Maura at Nov 16, 2017
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TIME magazine has praised Apple’s iPhone X as being one of the 25 best inventions of 2017. The annual unranked list considers hundreds of inventions from all over the world in a bid to whittle it down to just 25.

Other inventions that made the list include eSight 3, which are glasses that help the blind to see; the Tesla Model 3 electric car; the Nest Secure home security system; NASA Mars Insight craft; and the Nintendo Switch gaming console.

In the section devoted to the iPhone X, entitled “A Smarter Smartphone,” Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, said that deciding to remove the home button was based on “looking to the future. I actually think the path of holding onto features that have been effective, whatever the cost, is a path that leads to failure.”

Addressing the question of the phone’s price tag, Ive said, “As you would expect, there’s a financial consequence to integrating the sheer amount of processing power into such a small device.”

And as far as the next generation of iPhones after the iPhone X is concerned, Ive simply says “We have a clear vision,” noting that the iPhone X is “in some sense a completion of a chapter.”

Source: The 25 Best Inventions of 2017
by Maura at Nov 15, 2017
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iKettle arrives in US.JPG

MacRumors writes that the iKettle, Smarter’s Bluetooth kettle, has now arrived in the US after being on sale for several years in the UK.

The iKettle is able to heat water up to a specified temperature ranging from 68F to 212F.

You can connect the iKettle to your iPhone via your Wi-Fi network in order to heat your water remotely. This means no more waiting around for your kettle to boil, simply switch it on from the other room and go and get your cup of tea when it’s ready. Not the most essential of devices, it has to be said, but something that iPhone owners who enjoy the connected-home elements of their device will doubtless get a kick out of using.

The kettle itself is actually very sleek looking, being button-free. The app lets you adjust the boiling temperature by 2 degrees up to 2012F. And for those parents who want to use it to heat up baby bottles, there’s even an applicable “formula mode,” which is a nice idea.

Other useful modes include the “Wake up mode” and also “Home mode,” which uses geofencing to turn the kettle on when you arrive home.

The iKettle is available from Best Buy for $149.99: Smarter - iKettle 3rd Generation Wifi Connected 1.8L Electric Kettle - Black/Silver

Source: https://www.macrumors.com/review/iphone-connected-ikettle-from-smarter/
by Maura at Nov 15, 2017
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Kitesurfer saved from shark infested waters by Apple Watch LTE.JPG

Cult of Mac reports on a great story that originally appeared in the Daily Mail about how a kitesurfer was rescued from shark-infested waters off the coast of California thanks to the cellular function of his new Apple Watch Series 3.

According to the report, 49-year-old John Zilles crashed his hydrofoil while surfing in shark-infested waters and could not re-launch his kite. He was able to alert the Coast Guard to his predicament via his Apple Watch Series 3.

“I was out learning to foil on a light wind, and was cruising along, proud of myself, and realized I was quite a way offshore,” Zilles told the Daily Mail. “I had a huge wipeout, and my hydrofoil skated away from me. As I was swimming away, my kite fell down, and because it was a calm day so I couldn’t get it to fly again. Suddenly I was a mile offshore and my ride was over.”

Zilles tried to swim to the shore but was hampered by his gear. He looked at his Apple Watch to tell the time, then remembered that he could also now use it to make calls.

“I was really surprised that I had a strong signal, so I called my kids, and said, ‘Don’t worry, I crashed and I’m swimming to shore, and will be home late. I then called my son back, and asked him to send me the number of the Coast Guard, just in case.”

When his son sent him the number, and he started to realise that there were great white sharks in the area, Zilles called the Coast Guard who were able to find him.

Back on dry land and safe and sound, Zilles said that he wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook to tell him about how his product had helped him, and Cook replied, “Wow. Happy to hear you are safe.”

Image: #GoCoastGuard (@gocoastguard) • Instagram photos and videos

Source: Apple Watch helps save kitesurfer in shark-infested waters | Cult of Mac
by Maura at Nov 15, 2017
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Apple Watch tops worldwide wearables market.JPG

According to new figures from Canalys, via MacRumors, Apple has once again taken the lead in the global wearable brand market, largely as a result of the very strong Apple Watch shipments in this year’s third quarter. Canalys’ data shows that Apple shipped 3.9 million units in Q3 of this year, up on last year’s 2.8 million in the same quarter.

As a result, Apple now has 23% of the wearables market worldwide, just slightly ahead of Xiaomi on 21%, the previous occupant of the top spot. However, despite the popularity of the newly released Apple Watch Series 3 LTE, Canalys says that it was only responsible for 800,000 shipments due to supply constraints.

For this reason, Canalys analyst Jason Low said that “the Apple Watch Series 3 did not reach its full potential in Q3. It suffered limited availability as demand outstripped supply in major markets. Service providers had underestimated demand for the new Apple Watch.”

Source: Apple Retakes Top Spot in Global Wearables Market
by Maura at Nov 14, 2017
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Steven Soderberg's next film was shot entirely on iPhone.JPG

According to a new report from AppleInsider, director Steven Soderbergh’s forthcoming horror movie, “Unsane,” was shot entirely on iPhone.

The film, which will have a full theatrical release on March 23, 2018, will be self-distributed via Soderberg’s own company, Fingerprint Releasing, in partnership with Bleecker Street.

In an earlier report on the film from Entertainment Weekly, one of the stars of the film, Jay Pharoah, said that it was a “reality-type horror - almost Get Out-ish, but different.”

Pharoah said that Unsane took around a week and a half to film, and that “you wouldn’t be able to tell anything [about how it was made]. It looks that great.”

Speaking to GQ before filming commenced on Unsane, the director himself said “I just want to do it, sell it, and have it drop and that’s it.”

The film also stars Claire Foy, and Juno Temple, alongside Pharoah.

As to exactly what model of iPhone Unsane was shot on, it was most likely the iPhone7, as filming took place this summer, prior to the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

Sources: Director Steven Soderbergh secretly shot new horror movie 'Unsane' entirely on Apple's iPhone

Steven Soderbergh's secret movie is 'Get Out-ish', says star Jay Pharoah

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’ Starring Claire Foy Gets Spring Release From Bleecker Street
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