Apple iPhone Forum
AppleInsider reports that Snapchat has today begun online sales of its new iPhone Spectacles accessory, which was previously only available at a very few Snapchat-branded “Snapbot” vending machines and a New York City pop-up store.
The Spectacles cost $129.99, and for that you also get a charging case and cable. They come in Black, Coral, and Teal colour variants, with extra cases available to buy for $49.99 each, and extra cables for $9.99. All colour versions are expected to ship in 2 to 4 weeks.
A Snap spokesperson told AppleInsider that the wider launch of Spectacles was a result of a “positive” reception for the accessory since it first launched last November. With such a limited rollout previously, Snap was running at a loss on the product, but that could all change with the wider rollout.
Snap’s Spectacles are very similar at first glance to Google Glass, but they are only able to record from 10 to 20 seconds of video, mainly for the purposes of posting on Snapchat. And in order to avoid some of the privacy controversy that surrounded Google Glass, it’s always obvious when someone is filming with their Spectacles because a ring on each lens will light up.
Source: Snapchat begins online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles
Spectacles by Snap Inc.
According to a new report from MacOtakara, via MacRumors, Apple has plans to announce several new products at a special event this March, including four new iPad Pro models, as well as a 128 GB iPhone SE and red versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Starting with the iPad Pro, MacOtakara says that the four models to be announced in March will be 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch verrsions. The 10.5-inch model is not expected to launch until May, but the three other models will launch in March, according to MacOtakara’s sources. The 10.5-inch model is also said to have an edge-to-edge screen with no home button, which could be why the release date of that particular model is later than than the others.
The 7.9-inch “Mini” iPad Pro will have a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash. All of the four new iPad Pro models will also have quad microphones.
As well as the new iPad Pro range, MacOtakara’s source also says that Apple will be launching a 128 GB iPhone SE, and red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus variants.
Source: Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event
Well-known Apple leaker Sonny Dickson has just posted some interesting photos that reveal the lengths that Apple goes to in order to hide iPhone prototypes from prying eyes when testing them out in the wild.
One set of pictures shows the “stealth” case that is used to transport iPhone prototypes around the world. Most of the phone is hidden from view, and the case is fastened with security tape which would show if anyone tried to tamper with the phone or try to open the case. The case comes complete with a passport for quality assurance and control testing.
MacRumors reports that JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall has said in a research note that the forthcoming high-end 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 will have a front-facing 3D laser scanner for facial recognition purposes that will replace Touch ID. This will also enable Apple to remove the Home button altogether to make room for the edge-to-edge display. And Hall even goes so far as to say that both the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models will also have the 3D laser scanner technology, basing this statement on the increased volume of production of the module in Apple’s supply chain.
The laser scanner is said to add from $10 to $15 per module to Apple’s bill of materials for the iPhone 8, which, along with the OLED display, glass casing and other costs, could see the flagship iPhone 8 costing around $100 more than previous equivalent models.
Hall says that using facial recognition could avoid current Touch ID issues such as the fingerprint sensor not working when your fingers are wet or sticky. Hall also says that facial recognition could be more secure than Touch ID, which could, in turn, lead to more banks and retailers supporting Apple Pay.
Hall also says that the 3D laser scanner could be used for other features, such as augmented reality, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has said many times Apple is interested in, but don’t expect that to happen until at least 2018. Hall adds that Apple will probably make a 3D scanning API available to developers, who could use it for “everything from determining your shoe size for online orders to helping make sure you are properly fitted on your bike.”
Source: iPhone 8 Expected to Have 3D Facial Recognition Instead of Touch ID
AppleInsider reports that Apple has announced that it will be returning to San Jose for this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which will be running from June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, with registration starting on March 27. The news came via The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who got the chance to speak to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, with Schiller revealing the date and location for the conference.
For the past 13 years Apple has held its annual WWDC in San Francisco, but the newly announced San Jose venue in which the 28th annual WWDC will be held is much closer to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.
It’s likely that Apple will be launching iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 during the WWDC’s opening keynote presentation, as the company traditionally uses the keynote to make such announcements.
Schiller said that despite being at a different venue, WWDC 2017 will be roughly the same size as the previous conferences, with 5,000 developers attending and 1,000 engineers.
“We look forward to working with Apple to create a special experience for the thousands of attendees who will visit San Jose for this marquee event,” said Mayor Liccardo. “And on behalf of our entire city, I’d like to extend a warm invitation to Apple developers, partners and enthusiasts from around the world to join us in Downtown San Jose as Apple unveils its latest innovations.
Source: Apple's WWDC 2017 returns to San Jose June 5-9, registration begins March 27
9to5 Mac reports that luxury car manufacturer Jaguar has today announced a new feature that lets Jaguar and Land Rover owners pay for their petrol via PayPal or Apple Pay using the Shell app on the car’s touchscreen without getting out of their vehicle. In order to be able to use this feature you’ll have to be lucky enough to own either a Jaguar or Land Rover (or both, if you’re really lucky) from 2014 onwards with InControl Apps technology installed.
The service is currently only available at Shell stations in the UK, but Jaguar says that it will roll the service out to other markets globally later in the year. Here’s what Shell says about the service on iTunes:
Sources: Jaguar announces Apple Pay-based in-car fuel payment feature
Jaguar and Shell partner for in-car fuel payments
MacRumors reports that Apple’s Siri is featured in the LEGO Batman movie that was released last Friday, in the role of Batman’s personal assistant. Aside from seeing the movie, you can also actually have fun with Siri on your Apple device by simply saying “Hey ‘puter,” just like Batman does in the movie. She’ll then answer you in a number of humorous ways.
Just some of the many replies you can expect from Siri when you say “hey ‘puter” include “I am at your service, Lego Batman sir”; “Welcome home, sir. I have your rom coms queued up, sorted by decade”; “Welcome home, sir. FYI, Robin is trying on costumes in the Batcave again. He’s doing some pirouettes in Batryshnikov”; and “You have a message from the Condiment King. It says ‘Pbbbfffttt!’”
And if all that Siri sillyness has got you wanting even more LEGO Batman goodness, there’s also a free companion app to the game to download here: The LEGO® Batman Movie Game on the App Store
Source: Apple's Siri Promotes The LEGO Batman Movie When You Say 'Hey Computer'
Finally the big Pokémon Go news that everyone has been waiting for is here today, and fans are so excited about it that the game is trending worldwide on Twitter once again, just like those heady days last summer.
Pokémon Go developer Niantic has caused all the fuss today by announcing that more than 80 new Pokémon from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games will be arriving in Pokémon Go later this week. This includes the likes of Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile, to name but a few, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations.
And that’s not all, as there are also some new evolution possibilities for some of the current Pokémon that are already found in the game, and you’ll be able to pick up new Evolution items at PokéStops that can be used for these new evolutions.
Other new items that you’ll be able to pick up by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops include two new Berry types, Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries. When trying to catch a Pokémon, give it a Nanab Berry to slow it down and make it easier to catch, and a Pinap Berry to double the amount of Candy earned from catching it, should you be successful.
As far as your Trainer avatar is concerned, you’ll be able to choose from many more wardrobe items, including new hats, shirts, pants, and other items.
And finally, Niantic has added some new encounter gameplay animations, so you can expect Pokémon to act in different ways when you’re trying to catch them. Item carousels have also been added so that you can select Berries and Poké Balls without having to leave the catch screen.
Source: Our World Is Expanding—Over 80 More Pokémon and New Features Are Coming! - Pokémon GO
In a new interview with Vice, via AppleInsider, Niantic CEO John Hanke has been talking about the game’s massive success and what players can expect from future Pokémon Go updates.
Source: Future iPhone 'Pokemon Go' updates to include 'abbreviated' trading, PvP battling
According to a new report from DigiTimes, via MacRumors, only one of Apple’s forthcoming three new iPhones will have a glass case, with the other two keeping the current aluminum form factor.
DigiTimes reports that sources from Apple’s upstream supply chain also say that only the 5.8-inch glass and aluminum model will have an OLED display. The others, called by some the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively, will be very similar in design to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but will have some internal changes, including the addition of a faster A11 chip.
This latest news from DigiTimes actually contradicts some other recent rumours, including one that said that Apple would be releasing a 5-inch iPhone. It’s possible that the truth is somewhere between the two, maybe with all three of the phones having the glass and stainless steel case and wireless charging, and only the flagship iPhone 8 model having an OLED display and improved battery life.
iPhone 8 concept: Moe Slah
Source: iPhone 7s Said to Keep Aluminum Design as iPhone 8 Gets Glass With Stainless Steel Frame
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