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by Maura at Aug 22, 2017
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iPhone 8 3D sensing technology 2 years ahead of Qualcomm.JPG

According to noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is 2 years ahead of Qualcomm with the 3D sensing technology that is rumoured to be replacing Touch ID in the iPhone 8. So much so, in fact, that Kuo says that Qualcomm won’t be shipping such technology in any sort of significant numbers until at least 2019.

Kuo says that Qualcomm is way behind Apple in terms of both hardware and software, and this “immaturity” will delay the arrival of 3D sensing technology in Android devices. Only Xiaomi is currently lined up as a customer for Qualcomm’s tech, and even that company is waiting to see how the market feeds back on Apple’s iPhone 8 3D sensing tech before it decides to use it in its own devices.

Kuo previously reported that the iPhone 8’s 3D sensing technology includes a “revolutionary” front-facing camera with an infrared module for 3D sensing. TSMC is manufacturing the infrared transmitter’s diffractive optical element and wafer-level optical, whereas Qualcomm technology involves a 2-in-1 system of Himax’s DOE and WLO. This is what Kuo means when he refers to the “huge difference” between Apple and Qualcomm’s 3D components supplier.

Source: KGI: Apple’s iPhone 8 ahead of Qualcomm with 3D sensing tech by 2 years
by Maura at Aug 21, 2017
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Barclays is the first UK high street bank to enable payment via Siri.JPG

Barclays has today announced that it is the first UK high street bank to enable payments by Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. According to Barclays, customers can now make payments to existing payees or mobile contacts simply by saying “Hey Siri, Pay [Sarah] £15 with Barclays.”

You don’t even have to open your Barclays app to make the payment, simply use Siri and Touch ID to authenticate the payment.

Barclays says that one advantage of this new method is that it will help those who are physically impaired to access payment services more easily. Barclays also claims that it will make secure banking easier, and faster for all its customers.
Source: Barclays.
by Maura at Aug 21, 2017
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iPhone 8 3D facial recognition tech can measure in millionths of seconds.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today that according to a story today in the Korea Herald, the iPhone 8’s OLED display, which is being manufactured by Samsung, will have facial recognition capabilities that can measure in “millionths of a second.”

The Korea Herald report about the new iPhone 8 OLED facial recognition system says that the system is so effective that it can “deeply sense a user’s face in the millionths of a second.”

Looking at the advent of facial recognition systems on mobile phones in general, The Wall Street Journal writes that systems such as, presumably, the new iPhone 8 system, are so sophisticated that they are able to work not just in low light but in darkness.
Meanwhile, Qualcomm says that its own facial recognition technology will enable the next generation of Android phones to equal, or even beat, the iPhone 8’s facial recognition technology. Good to know that the iPhone 8 tech is already deemed to be so good that other companies are scrambling to try and beat it.

Sources: Asian report says iPhone 8 face recognition system will work in ‘millionths of a second’

Why Your Face Will Soon Be the Key to All Your Devices
by Maura at Aug 21, 2017
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More OLED iPhone 8 components leak.JPG

Various supposed iPhone 8 images leaked over the weekend, reports AppleInsider. The images first appeared on Chinese microblogging website Weibo, and show a display assembly, flex cables, and a Lightning connector, all said to be from the forthcoming iPhone 8.

The display assembly looks very similar to the various other leaked dummies and components that have been appearing lately, revealing the extra thin bezels and cut-out “notch” at the top of the phone.

Meanwhile, in another story on AppleInsider today, Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang wrote in a memo that, as expected, Apple will not be including a fingerprint sensor in the forthcoming iPhone 8 because of low yield rates, and that because of this, iPhone 8 OLED mass production will actually begin a week earlier than expected, in the third week of September.

Zhang predicts that there will be no more than 5 million iPhone 8 units available in the September quarter, rising to between 30 to 35 million iPhone 8 units in the December quarter.

Sources: Photos show alleged display assembly, flex cables for Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Minus Touch ID, Apple's 'iPhone 8' may enter mass production in 'third week of September'
by Maura at Aug 19, 2017
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Apple Watch sales to top 20m in 2018.JPG

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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Apple and studios plan to make new movies available on iTunes.JPG

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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iPhone 7s CAD drawings leak.JPG

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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Tekken Mobile soft launches in Canada.JPG

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

http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPad/Tekken/news.asp?c=75042
by Maura at Aug 18, 2017
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iPhone 5s secure enclave decryption key cracked.JPG

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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First alleged A11 chip images posted online.JPG

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'
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