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by Maura at Feb 24, 2017
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AppleInsider writes that current Apple CEO Tim Cook has today tweeted in honour of the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, who would have been 62 today.

“Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us. ‘There is no reason not to follow your heart,’” tweeted Cook.

Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, creating the Apple II and Macintosh. He resigned from Apple in 1985 due to internal politics within the company, but eventually returned triumphant in 1997.The rest, as they say, is history, with Jobs going on to turn Apple into one of the biggest companies in the world with visionary products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Cook took over as CEO in August 2011 when Jobs resigned, and Jobs died 6 months later in September 2011 from pancreatic cancer.

Earlier this week Apple also made the following announcement in a press release about the new Apple Park campus:

“Steve would have turned 62 this Friday, February 24. To honor his memory and his enduring influence on Apple and the world, the theater at Apple Park will be named the Steve Jobs Theater.”

Source: Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd birthday on Twitter
by Maura at Feb 24, 2017
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12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPads possibly delayed until May.JPG

According to a new report in DigiTimes via MacRumors, supply chain sources are saying that the forthcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads that Apple is rumoured to be announcing at a special event in March will not be shipping until May or June. Just one of the three new iPads, the 9.7-inch model will be shipping near to the March event.

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a possible explanation for the delay during Apple’s most recent earnings call when he said that Apple had underestimated the strength of demand for the iPad in the previous quarter, which had led to an issue with a supplier that would not be resolved until the next quarter. Cook said that the issue would lead to a shortage of stock of the current 12.9-inch iPad, so it’s likely that the new 12.9-inch iPad would also be affected.

There’s no word in this latest DigiTimes report about the 7.9-inch iPad that Mac Otakara recently reported Apple would be announced along with the 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch, and 9.7-inch iPads.

Source: 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPads May Not Ship Until May or June
by Maura at Feb 24, 2017
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9to5 Mac reports that Apple has said that it is investigating an iPhone 7 Plus that was caught on video catching fire. The video, which was shared on Twitter by the phone’s owner, Brianna Olivas, shows the phone smoking and burning until the case starts melting.

An Apple spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable that Apple has contacted Olivas and is “looking into it.”

Olivas said that she was having problems with her iPhone 7 Plus the day before the phone was filmed catching fire when it wouldn’t turn on. She took it to an Apple Store where Apple employees ran a series of tests and couldn’t find anything wrong with the phone.

The next morning, Olivas’s boyfriend noticed that the phone was smoking when it was being charged, and then a short while later it started squealing and steaming and caught on fire. He threw the phone in the bathroom, where it exploded.

More than likely this is just an isolated incident, but we’ll have to wait and see what Apple finds out from their testing of the device.

Source: Apple says it is ‘looking into’ viral video that shows an iPhone 7 Plus catching fire
by Maura at Feb 23, 2017
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ColorWare now offering custom coloured AirPods.JPG

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
by Maura at Feb 23, 2017
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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
by Maura at Feb 23, 2017
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Longer battery life in OLED iPhone 8 to encourage upgraders.JPG

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
by Maura at Feb 22, 2017
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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.

by Maura at Feb 22, 2017
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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
by Maura at Feb 21, 2017
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OLED iPhone 8 to have front facing 3D camera sensor.JPG

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
by Maura at Feb 21, 2017
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OLED iPhone 8 to have just two memory options.JPG

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


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