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by Maura at Jul 19, 2017
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Jagex has announced that its flagship MMORPG RuneScape will be coming to iOS this winter, complete with interoperable PC play.

The Cambridge-based developer says that Old School RuneScape will be released first, with RuneScape to follow, making them the first mainstream and fully established Western MMORPGs to deliver the total MMO experience on both PC and mobile platforms, complete with full interoperable play, where players can seamlessly switch between playing on PC and mobile and back again, enjoying exactly the same gameplay on the move as they would on their PC at home.

You don’t have to have played, or be playing, the games on PC at all, you can choose to simply play only on mobile if you so wish, and if you used to play the game on PC but now want to play only on mobile, you’ll be able to do so.

by Maura at Jul 19, 2017
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New images show the iPhone 8 powered on.JPG

Yesterday we brought you happy news via Forbes and AppleInsider that it looks like the final iPhone 8 design will not have a rear Touch ID sensor after all. Today, BGR has posted exclusive 3D model images provided by the third-party case-maker Nodus that show how the new phone looks from all angles, and even with the display powered on. Both Forbes and BGR seem convinced that what Nodus is showing us is very close to the final design, so this could be the best idea to date of what the iPhone 8 will look like. And hopefully this means that Apple has settled on the final design.

As far as when this stunning new iPhone might actually be released, elsewhere on the site BGR writes that according to “trusted sources” quoted by French-language Apple fan site iGeneration, Apple could be planning to postpone the iPhone 8 launch event until October, later than usual, and then release the phone in limited quantities just a few weeks later. The aim of Apple making the announcement later than usual could be to make the delayed release date less obvious than if the phone was announced in September.

Sources: Exclusive images reveal what Apple’s iPhone 8 looks like powered on

This might be Apple’s ingenious trick to prevent iPhone 8 delays
by Maura at Jul 18, 2017
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New iPhone 8 renders show no Touch ID on rear.JPG

AppleInsider reports today on new iPhone 8 renders published by Forbes from the case manufacturer Nodus that are said to be based on accurate CAD files of what the manufacturer expects the new iPhone to look like.

Possibly the most significant aspect of the image is that there is no rear Touch ID sensor, and Forbes says that the recent rumours that Apple would be siting the Touch ID on the rear of the iPhone 8 were “unfounded,” which will come as a relief to most people should it prove to be true.

The camera array looks very much like that shown on many other previous dummy designs, and Forbes actually claims that the iPhone 8 has a “more protruding camera” than the iPhone 7, but judging by the render it doesn’t look to be that much more protruding. Could just be the angle though. One part of the phone that does look a lot bigger, however, is the power/lock button on the side.

As to how accurate the renders may be, Nodus clearly thinks they are pretty close to the real thing, as it is manufacturing its retail cases based entirely on the data from which the renders are taken.

Source: New 'iPhone 8' renders based on case manufacturer CAD files show large power/lock button
by Maura at Jul 18, 2017
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According to a new report in The Korea Herald, via MacRumors, Samsung Electronics is set to return to manufacturing chips for Apple’s iPhone line-up from 2018. Currently, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the sole supplier for the A10 chip for the iPhone 7 and the A11 chip for the forthcoming iPhone 8.

The Korea Herald says that Apple and Samsung Electronics co-CEO Kwon Oh-hyun signed a “crucial deal” when Oh-hyun visited Apple’s Cupertino headquarters last month.

The source says that it was Samsung’s decision to buy equipment, such as extreme ultra-violet lithography machines, to manufacture 7-nanometer chips for iPhones that really helped the company secure the new deal with Apple, as well as Samsung’s “close ties on OLED.”

The Korea Herald did not offer much more in the way of details, other than saying that Samsung would “share some parts” of the 2018 iPhone orders with TSMC. Samsung is said to be planning to “seek final approval from Apple for the chip production” for next year’s A12 chip.

Source: Samsung Rumored to Return to iPhone Chip Production in 2018
by Maura at Jul 17, 2017
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MacRumors reports today that according to Chinese-language Economic Daily News, the production cycles of Apple’s entire 2017 iPhone range are all experiencing delays.

The report says that the flagship OLED iPhone 8 will not enter production until sometime between November and December, and will only ship in small numbers this year. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models are also expected to be delayed .

According to the sources, yield rates for the OLED iPhone 8 have yet to reach mass production stage at the main manufacturing plants. It seems that despite previous reports stating that volume production for the new iPhones had begun, yield rates at both Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron have not yet reached mass production levels.

There have been rumours about possible production delays for the new iPhone line-up for the past few months, but it is looking more and more likely that these rumours are actually true, with the OLED iPhone 8 in particular apparently proving to be very challenging to manufacture.

Image: UnboxTherapy.

Source: Latest Report Claims All New iPhone Models Facing Production Delays
by Maura at Jul 16, 2017
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According to a report from The Korea Herald, via AppleInsider, Apple has had to buy expensive equipment that is used in the manufacturing of rigid flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCBs) in order to then lease it to its suppliers to ensure adequate supplies of components for the iPhone 8.

According to the source, the equipment that Apple has been buying is worth “tens of thousands of dollars.” Apple decided to make the investment after one of its three RFPCB suppliers, based in Taiwan, withdrew from the supply chain, leaving its other two suppliers, Interflex and Youngpoong Electronics, who are both based in South Korea, in danger of not being able to fulfil enough orders. Aside from taking the above measures, Apple is also said to be actively looking for another RFPCB supplier in South Korea.

Apparently, the Taiwanese company decided to cease being one of Apple’s suppliers of RFPCB components due to the complicated production process, stringent quality control requirements, and relatively low profits.

Image source: Carved Blog

Source: Apple buying, leasing equipment for suppliers to ensure parts for 'iPhone 8'
by Maura at Jul 14, 2017
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New Apple Park drone footage shows reassembled historic barn.JPG

MacRumors reports on the latest Apple Park Campus 4K drone footage from Matthew Roberts that gives a great up-close look at some key areas of the almost-completed campus, including the Steve Jobs Theater, the visitor center across the way, the main round building, and also the historic Glendenning Barn.

The historic Glendenning Barn has been situated in the area since the beginning of the twentieth century. When Apple bought up the site of the old HP campus, it made sure to take the old redwood barn apart piece by piece, plank by plank, nail by nail, and carefully noted every aspect of its construction in order to be able to move it and reconstruct it in another location on the new Apple Campus. Apple even went so far as to stockpile redwood that had been salvaged from an old grove in case any original planks needed to be repaired.

It looks like all that painstaking planning on Apple’s part paid off, as Roberts’s new footage shows that Apple has managed to successfully rebuild the barn.

Apple Park will be surrounded by approximately 9,000 trees; the campus will also feature a large pond inside the “spaceship,” walking trails, benches, and an employee fitness center.

Source: Apple Has Finished Moving and Precisely Reassembling a Historic Barn At Its New Headquarters
by Maura at Jul 14, 2017
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Facebook Camera now has build in GIF creator.JPG

The Next Web reports that Facebook is currently gradually rolling out a new built-in GIF-creation mode for Facebook camera. It only has a limited rollout at present, but should be available worldwide very soon.

In order to use the new feature, you simply have to tap the camera icon in the top left of the Facebook app, then you’ll see two options at the top of the screen: NORMAL and GIF.

The Verge says that the new GIF function is “a bit of a mixed bag.” As you might expect, you can use it to add different frames and filters to a picture, some of which look very cool indeed, but unfortunately you can only share your GIF creations via your Facebook Story or by posting on your Facebook page, which is pretty limited. They can also only be saved as videos. It’s not yet known if Facebook has any plans to make it possible to share GIFs created via the app on other social media platforms aside from Facebook.

Sources: Facebook camera has built-in GIF creator

Facebook’s built-in camera does GIFs now
by Maura at Jul 13, 2017
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iPhone 8 set to have rear facing 3D laser sensor for AR.JPG

With many recent rumours about the forthcoming iPhone 8’s front-facing 3D facial recognition features, not much has been heard about the rear-facing camera for the new phone, but today, 9to5 Mac reports that according to Fast Company, the forthcoming iPhone 8 is set to have a rear-facing 3D laser sensor for the purposes of augmented reality (AR).

According to Fast Company’s sources, the 3D laser system sensor will ensure that the iPhone 8 has the sort of high-quality depth-detection required by AR. This would also enable Apple to make ARKit applications more precise, and make the overall technology behind it more powerful.

Aside from the AR benefits, the new system is also said to provide “a more accurate type of autofocus for photography.”

The specific system that Apple is said to be using in the iPhone 8 is the VSCEL laser system, which “consists of a source (the VCSEL laser), a lens, detector (sensor), and a processor.”

Fast Company says that the unit costs approximately $2 per phone.

Another new features mentioned in the report include “possibly—sealed buttons on the side of the phone that respond with haptic feedback and are completely waterproof.”

Source: Report: iPhone 8 could pack ‘rear-facing 3D laser’ for AR features & camera improvements
by Maura at Jul 13, 2017
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Apple has been working on 3D facial recogntion since 2013.JPG

While it has only been recently that rumours have surfaced that the Touch ID sensors on the forthcoming iPhone 8 might be replaced by 3D facial recognition, AppleInsider reports that it seems that Apple has actually been working on 3D facial recognition technology for several years. The information comes via a 2013 patent application from Apple for “embedded authentication systems in an electronic device,” which was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today

In the application, Apple talks about how its proposed 3D capture device could collect data from a user’s eye socket, chin, nose, or all of the above, contours. Texture analysis could also be used to detect unique lines, patterns, or marks on someone’s skin. Also, infrared light emitted by the system could be reflected by a user’s eyes and captured by sensors.

The application also specifically mentions how the system could be used to unlock a portable device such as an iPhone.

Source: Apple has been working on rumored 'iPhone 8' facial recognition solution for at least 3 years
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