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by Maura at Aug 19, 2017
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According to a new report from DigiTimes, via 9to5 Mac, sources in the Apple Watch supply chain are saying that orders continue to rise, with 4.5 million shipments expected in Q4, which would mean total shipments for 2017 would top 15 million units.

And it’s even better news for Apple next year, with those same sources saying that they expect the figure to rise to 20 million units in 2018.

Because Apple doesn’t divulge Apple Watch sales figures, it can be harder than usual for experts to make sales predictions, and there are often conflicting reports. For example, in May, Strategy Analytics said that Apple had overtaken Fitbit to become the world’s top wearables vendor, yet in contrast, just this month, Canalys said that Apple had fallen behind Xiaomi and Fitbit in Q2. It’s possible that was indeed the case, but then it’s also possible that one or other sets of figures were wrong.

However, even given these discrepancies, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that sales of the Apple Watch will increase next year, with the forthcoming Series 3 Apple Watch set to have LTE connectivity. Also, a newly revealed deal with healthcare firm Aetna to provide subsidized Apple Watches to its 23 million customers could help sales.

Source: Apple Watch suppliers say shipments expected to reach 15m this year, 20m next
by Maura at Aug 19, 2017
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According to an exclusive report on Bloomberg, movie studies are weighing up whether or not to defy the objections of cinema chains and proceed with a plan that they have been hammering out with Apple to offer digital rental of movies just weeks after the movies first hit theatres.

Bloomberg’s sources say that some of the biggest studios in the world, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, are continuing to hold talks with Apple and Comcast about proceeding with the plan with or without having the theatre chains on their side.

All of the leading Hollywood studios, minus Walt Disney Co., want to launch a new product that will compensate for the fall in DVD sales. All parties have talked about sharing a portion of the revenue from the proposed premium video on demand with the cinema chains in order to get them to agree. However, the cinema chains are holding out for a long-term commitment of up to 10 years for the revenue split, which the studios have still not agreed to.

It’s thought that the studios will be able to finalise their deals with distributors such as Apple and Comcast by early 2018 to offer digital downloads of major movies as soon as 2 weeks after they first appear in theatres. These deals would then enable the studios to go ahead even without the blessing of the theatre chains.

Source: Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters
by Maura at Aug 19, 2017
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TechnoBuffalo has obtained exclusive CAD images of the forthcoming iPhone 7s and 7s Plus via a source that it says is “close to the manufacturing process.” If accurate, the images give a very good idea of the new iPhones’ key features.

First off, the images show that not much has changed about the new iPhone 7s models as far as the overall design is concerned, pretty much everything is the same as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with the same camera layout and button layout.

Interestingly, the CAD images show that the haptic home button and Touch ID sensor remains in the same position as usual, at the bottom of the phone and not located on the rear of the phone. Both phones will also both have the same LCD panels as previously, unlike the iPhone 8, which will be the first iPhone to have an OLED display. Both the display and bezels are the same dimensions as previously.

However, among the changes that are confirmed by the CAD images, should they prove to be genuine, is the new glass back, with the front and back panels fused by a metal frame, a design that could be said to be similar to the iPhone 4. The glass back also makes it almost a certainty that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will also support wireless charging.

Source: Exclusive: iPhone 7S details leaked in new images with features you'll want
by Maura at Aug 18, 2017
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TouchArcade reports that Bandai Namco has just soft-launched Tekken Mobile in Canada. The all-new game has been built exclusively for iOS and Android by Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver.

The free-to-play game uses a Waza Card system with tapping for combos and special attacks. There are more than 100 characters in the game, with over 20 special moves for each character. Tekken has always had good story modes, as well as being a pure fighting game, and Tekken Mobile is no exception, according to TouchArcade, with a strong Story Mode, and other modes including Dojo Challenge.

PocketGamer writes that along with the game’s soft launch, Bandai Namco has also released a 47-second trailer to announce the launch. And if that leaves you wanting to know more, and you’re not lucky enough to live in Canada and be able to download the game immediately, you can pre-register at the official website where the more people who register, the more exclusive rewards you’ll earn when the game is launched globally. The first reward to be unlocked in this way is 10,000 coins and 100 gems, but there’s still some way to go, so hurry up and pre-register, everyone!

Sources: 'Tekken Mobile' Soft Launches in Canada, Global Pre-Registrations Now Live
by Maura at Aug 18, 2017
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BGR writes that according to the original report in Redmond Pie, security researcher @xerub tweeted confirmation that the “fully grown” decryption key of the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been cracked.

Another security researcher, Will Strafach, clarified and added some more information, stating “very important: secure enclave has not been hacked. decryption key in this case is for the firmware, allowing more researchers to look at it.”

So basically, this does not make your iPhone 5s less secure at the moment, but it does mean that researchers and hackers will be able to study the firmware involved. But even then, there’s no cause for iPhone 5s owners to worry, as even if hackers do find exploits in the software as a result of this crack, they will still need physical access to your phone in order to update the Secure Enclave software and then use it for nefarious purposes.

Source: The iPhone’s most secure component was ‘hacked’ but there’s no reason to panic
by Maura at Aug 18, 2017
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MacRumors reports that Slashleaks has posted what are claimed to be images of the forthcoming iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 A11 chip. If genuine, the appearance of the images on Chinese microblogging website Weibo would indicate that iPhone 8 production is in full swing, as has been widely rumoured.

All three new iPhone models due to be launched this September are all said to use the A11 chip, which uses the new 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process that was first introduced by TSMC, which is the only supplier of the chip at the moment. The company was said to have signed an exclusive deal with Apple last year to make the new chip due to its highly developed device-packaging techniques, the key features of which are higher-width memory buses and lower-power operation. This means that the new A11 chip will be faster and more power-efficient than the current iPhone processor chip, the A10.

Image: Slashleaks

Source: Blurry Images Allegedly Depict A11 Processor Set to Power 'iPhone 8'
by Maura at Aug 17, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports today on some stunning new 4K drone footage courtesy of Matthew Roberts, which gives a great view of the atrium of the Steve Jobs Theater. It appears that the building work is progressing steadily, and in the video you can see some finishing touches, such as the solar panels that all appear to be in place. Once they are fully up and running, they will be able to generate 17 megawatts of power in peak daylight, providing approximately 75% of the power that the campus requires, with the rest of the power being provided by on-site fuel cells.

The theatre will be kept cool in the hottest months of the year by a ventilation system with natural airflow, aided by the window shades. With these measures in place, Apple thinks that no artificial heating or cooling will be required for 9 months of the year.

In the video, aside from lots of glorious footage of the main campus, you can also see two R&D buildings in the southern part of the campus, where Jony Ive’s industrial design and human interface teams will be based.

Source: Latest 4K drone video shows landscaping progress at Apple Park, closer look at Steve Jobs Theater atrium
by Maura at Aug 17, 2017
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Images of Possible iPhone 8 External Charging Pad Leak 1.JPG

Yet more alleged iPhone 8 component images have leaked today, with AppleInsider reporting that two pictures of what were initially claimed to be iPhone 8 wireless charging parts are too big to be actual internal components, and are therefore more likely to be part of the external charging pad.

The images first appeared on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. The components have no discernible markings to identify them as part of an Apple device, but they do have stickers that say that the part is an EVT (engineering validation test). One of the images shows that the component has a QR code on the bottom right, which also shows that the part is clearly too big to be an internal iPhone part.

The second image looks to be the opposite side of the same component. The port on the right of the component also indicates that it is wider than an iPhone 7s Plus, which is expected to be wider than the iPhone 8.

Source: Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad
by Maura at Aug 17, 2017
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MacRumors reports that according to the Chinese-language Economic News Daily, Apple Watch Series 3 has entered “final testing phase,” meaning that it is perfectly on schedule for the rumoured September launch.

According to the report’s anonymous sources, Taiwan’s Quanta Computer is manufacturing the watches, and will begin shipping them to Apple in the fourth quarter, ready for a September launch along with the three new iPhones and possibly even a 4K Apple TV.

As for what the Apple Watch Series 3 will look like, the experts seem to be a little divided on this one, with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo saying recently that there will not be any “obvious” form-factor changes, and Daring Fireball’s Jon Gruber saying the opposite, i.e., that the Series 3 will have an all-new form-factor.

However, yesterday Gruber said “it could also be that both my birdie and Kuo are correct. The phrase ‘will not feature an obvious new form factor’ leaves a lot of wiggle room with the word ‘obvious.’”

Source: Apple Watch Series 3 Enters 'Final Testing Phase' Ahead of Rumored September Launch
by Maura at Aug 16, 2017
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LTE Apple Watch to focus on data rather than cellular voice calls.JPG

AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, in which he says that the forthcoming Apple Watch with LTE will not support traditional cellular calls, contrary to other recent rumours.

Kuo says that Apple will most likely add support for such calls in a subsequent software update, but in the meantime, various apps such as FaceTime and third-party apps such as Skype will provide the voice call service.

“Technologically, while it’s feasible for LTE Apple Watch to support voice service & replace iPhones’ phone function,” said Kuo, “we think it must first improve the user experience of data transmission (not via iPhone).”

Kuo goes on to say that not adding call support to the new Apple Watch will help Apple when it is negotiating with carriers, making things a lot simpler. It will also let Apple completely scrap 3G connectivity and focus on LTE.

Source: Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data
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