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With AirPods still in short supply (I’ve just checked and there’s currently a wait of 6 weeks in the UK, for example), MacRumors has a possible solution if you really need to get your hands on a pair sooner, but you’ll have to pay a premium price of $289 for the privilege.
Known for its custom paint jobs for Apple products, ColorWare has today announced that it has Apple AirPods in 58 different designs available to order. Costing $130 more than the Apple list price, you can choose to buy AirPods in many different shades, including solid colours and metallics. A glossy jet black option is also available.
You can also choose to have one AirPod in a different colour or design than the other, and if you throw in an extra $30 you can also have the AirPod charging case painted. Matt and gloss finishes are both available, as are custom colours.
Tweeting about its new custom AirPod range, ColorWare said that coming up with the right process for the customized AirPods was “FAR from easy,” which is not surprising, considering the fact that ColorWare painstakingly disassembles each AirPod and custom paints each individual component.
Source: ColorWare is Now Selling Apple's AirPods in 58 Colors if You're Willing to Pay $289
iDownload Blog writes that according to Reuters, Apple currently has more than five teams working on wireless charging technologies prior to the launch of the iPhone 8. This follows on from the recently reported news that Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is a multinational body that manages the interface standard Qi for wireless charging over a variety of products. Just this move in itself helped to recently spark the rumour that the iPhone 8 would have wireless charging features. And since that rumour first appeared, many other sources have appeared to validate the rumour, so much so that it is looking more and more likely.
Reports have varied as to whether or not it would be just the high-end OLED iPhone 8 that would have the feature, or also the expected iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus refresh. MacOtakara recently said that wireless charging would be an optional feature for the iPhone 8 only, whereas the very credible KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently said that all the 2017 iPhone models will have wireless charging.
Source: Reuters: Apple has at least five different groups working on wireless charging
MacRumors reports that Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty has said in a research note today that the rumoured longer battery life of the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 may well persuade owners of older iPhones to finally upgrade in large numbers.
Huberty also lends her weight to various other rumours about the OLED iPhone 8, in particular to reports that it will have wireless charging, 3D sensors, and improved AI software features. Huberty adds that while she expects the high-end OLED iPhone 8 to encourage iPhone owners in all regions to upgrade, her research shows that this will be particularly the case in China, where “users are especially sensitive to new technology and form-factor change.”
Huberty noted that the large base of customers who own iPhones that are at least 2 years old, and especially those in China, has led to “pent-up demand” for the OLED iPhone 8, with the result being a “supercycle” that will be very beneficial to sales growth. For this reason, Morgan Stanley has just raised its Apple stock price target to $154.
Source: iPhone 8 With Longer Battery Life Said to Entice Those With Older iPhones to Upgrade
Apple has today announced the name of its spaceship-shaped campus, which is nearing completion in Cupertino, California. The new 175-acre campus, which will be open for employees to start using in April, will be called Apple Park. Over a period of 6 months, more than 12,000 people will be moved into the campus, with building work still set to continue throughout the summer.
Apple says that Apple Park was “envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration,” and in honour of Jobs’s vision, Apple also revealed that the new theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater. The theater sits on top of a hill that is actually one of the highest points in Apple Park. It’s entrance is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder.
Apple Park’s famous ring-shaped, 2.8-million-square-foot main building is covered by the world’s largest panels of curved glass.
MacRumors reports that according to the latest adoption rate data revealed by Apple today, some 5 months after iOS 10 was released it is now installed on 79% of active iOS devices. iOS 9 is still installed on 16% of active iOS devices, and 5% of devices have older versions of iOS installed.
Judging by these figures, the iOS 10 adoption rate seems to be a little ahead of the iOS 9 adoption rate over the same length of time, with iOS 9 sticking at 77% of active devices for a short time back in February 2016.
The already impressive iOS 10 adoption rate is set to increase even further very soon with the release of iOS 10.3, which is currently still in beta. The update’s key new features include “Find My AirPods” and also the new Apple File System (APFS).
iOS 10 adoption rates are way ahead of those of Android, of course, with Android’s latest OS, Nougat, currently installed by just 1.2% of active Android devices.
Source: iOS 10 Now Installed on Nearly 80% of Active iOS Devices
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published fresh details about the forthcoming OLED iPhone 8 in a new report today, writes 9to5 Mac. According to Kuo, the OLED iPhone 8 will have a “revolutionary” front-facing camera along with an Infrared module that is able to sense 3D space in front of it.
Kuo says that this new array will be able to merge the depth information with 2D images taken by the front-facing camera for various new features including face recognition, iris recognition, and 3D selfies. Kuo also mentions the possibility of using the 3D front camera system in a new type of game, where your head would replace that of a character in the game. 3D selfies could also be used in augmented reality apps, which is something that Apple is particularly interested in following the massive success of Pokémon Go.
Kuo adds that the 3D camera hardware will use algorithms developed by PrimeSense, a company that was acquired by Apple in 2013. Kuo says that Apple’s technology in this field is several years ahead of Android.
Kuo also expects Apple to add 3D-sensing rear cameras to the iPhone in future, but not this year.
Source: KGI: OLED iPhone 8 to feature ‘revolutionary’ 3D-sensing front camera, detects depth for games and facial recognition
MacRumors reports that according to Chinese research firm TrendForce the forthcoming 5.8-inch OLED iPhone 8 will have 3GB RAM and just two storage options, 64GB and 256GB. TrendForce says that the 4.7-inch model will only have 2GB of RAM, but the 5.5-inch model will also have 3GB of RAM. Both the 4.7-inch model and 5.5-inch model will retain the 32GB storage option.
Also, as far as the 5.8-inch OLED phone is concerned, TrendForce says that due to production and drop test issues with the 3D glass, the flagship phone will not now have a fully curved OLED display, but rather the same 2.5D cover glass that has been used for all iPhones since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in 2014.
TrendForce also reports that there will be no Home button on the new iPhone, with the controls integrated into the display, supporting many other similar recent reports. TrendForce has a good record on information about Apple devices, having accurately predicted the three storage options for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Source: iPhone 8 Said to Have 3GB of RAM and 64GB/256GB Storage Options
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.
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