The Verge reports that Finnish developer Next Games, which is currently working on the forthcoming Walking Dead mobile game, The Walking Dead: Our World, has been using the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to record facial movements and then use them to animate the facial features of the characters in the game.
Next Games’ creative director, Mikael Achren, was shown on video demonstrating to The Verge how he used the iPhone X front-facing camera to capture real-life facial movements, before then transferring the data to the Unity game engine on his laptop. He was then, almost instantly, able to show how the same facial expressions that he had just recorded were used in an animation of The Walking Dead’s Daryl in the game engine.
Apple has this week announced a Spring collection of Apple Watch bands with some bright new colours and designs, including striped Woven Nylon bands, new Nike bands that colour-match with the latest Nike running shoes, and a new edge paint colour for the Apple Watch Hermès bands. All the bands will be available to order later this month from apple.com and at select Apple Stores, Authorized Resellers, and carriers.
Starting off with the standard Apple Watch, here are the new bands coming soon:
According to a new report from DigiTimes, via MacRumors, Apple is set to start trial production of this year’s rumoured three new iPhones in the second quarter of 2018 in a bid to avoid the supply bottlenecks that caused low yield rates for 3D sensor module production for the iPhone X last year.
Sources in Apple’s supply chain told DigiTimes that by choosing to fast-track trial production this year, Apple will be able to ensure that delivery schedules are on target, with more than adequate supplies ready to fulfil as many pre-orders as possible.
The sources also said that while iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X sales were “lower than expected,” starting production earlier for this year’s iPhone line-up should mean that Apple can “rekindle” its momentum in the...
Apple has today told MacRumors that it is working on a fix to stop Siri being able to read out loud hidden lock screen notifications.
“We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update,” said Apple. It’s not yet known if this will be in the forthcoming iOS 11.3 update, which is currently in beta testing, or if Apple will release a minor update especially to deal with the issue.
Earlier in the week a Brazilian website, MacMagazine, revealed that if you ask Siri to “read my notifications” it will read aloud all your notifications, including those that you have hidden, even when the phone is locked. This includes notifications from third party apps such as Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail, including emails and WhatsApp and...
According to a new report from Digitimes research analyst Luke Lin, via MacRumors, this year’s version of the iPhone X will cost Apple approximately 10% less to manufacture than its predecessor.
Lin says that he has heard from sources in Apple’s upstream supply chain that the new phone’s MBOM (manufacturer’s bill of materials) will be at least 10% lower than that of the first iPhone X, which was over $400 in 2017.
Lin thinks that this reduction in costs could see this year’s 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X actually being the cheapest of the three new iPhones that Apple is expected to launch this year, which also include a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. Lin says that recent engineering samples, such as the LPDDR memory, from the 5.8-inch OLED phone...
AppleInsider reports today that according to the ongoing DeepHeart study from the University of California, San Francisco, and digital health startup Cardiogram, the Apple Watch heart sensor is able to achieve 97% accuracy when it comes to detecting abnormal heart rhythms.
The study uses the DeepHeart neural network to record heart rate data using wearables such as Apple Watch and Android Wear, with the aim of detecting atrial fibrillation, a form of heart arrhythmia that can cause strokes.
With both online and in-hospital components, the study uses data from 9,750 users of the Cardiogram app DeepHeart and turns the raw sensor measurements provided into fibrillation risk scores.
The end result is able to achieve 97% accuracy when compared with a traditional...
According to a report on Reuters today, most Android phones will not have 3D-sensing features on a par with Apple’s Face ID tech until 2019. The news comes via three major parts producers, Viavi Solutions, Finisar Corp and Ams AG. This means that Samsung and other Android Apple rivals continue to lag behind in a technology that will make Apple billions in revenue over the next couple of years, and would have made them the same, if only they had it ready.
This is the first time in a while that Apple’s rivals have been so far behind in terms of technology. When the fingerprint sensor was first unveiled on the iPhone 5s in September 2013, Samsung was able to come out with something very similar for the Galaxy S5 in the following April.
According to new figures from Sensor Tower, via 9to5 Mac, Epic Games’ battle royale smash hit console and PC game Fortnite, which was released on iOS last week, has made more than $1.5 million in in-app purchases to date.
Sensor Tower says that according to its own intelligence data, $1 million of that total was earned within the first 72 hours.
This means that Fortnite is currently the most successful mobile survival game to date by a huge margin, with Knives Out making $57,000 in its first 4 days, and Rules of Survival making $39,000. However, with PUBG Mobile being released yesterday, the forerunner to Fortnite, those figures could be overtaken very soon.
At the present time, Fortnite is still invite-only, so the figures would surely be even bigger if Fortnite...
GameSpot reports that the ridiculously popular desktop and console battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG, for short), has finally arrived in App Stores around the world. This follows on from the release of two mobile versions of the game in China in February by Tencent Games.
Said to be a “faithful” adaption of the original PC game, PUBG Mobile has the same last-man-standing gameplay that caused it to become the third best-selling Steam game ever.
The gameplay is simple enough: 100 players in a survival of the fittest as the world map shrinks bit by bit. Whoever outlives all the other players is the winner.
PUBG Mobile was created by Bluehole along with Tencent. “We are working hard to create an authentic PUBG mobile experience that players...