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by Maura at Jul 27, 2017
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Apple awarded license to start testing 5G tech.JPG

According to the original story in DSLReports, Apple submitted its application to the FCC for an experimental license to test wireless technology on millimeter wave spectrum bands back in May.

Here’s a quote from Apple’s application:
Apple plans to transmit from two fixed points at locations in Cupertino, California, and nearby Milpitas for a period of up to 12 months. Apple is in illustrious company in carrying out such tests, with the likes of Google, Facebook, and carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, all testing 5G networks.

Image: How fast is 5G?

Source: Apple Granted License to Test Next-Generation 5G Wireless Technology
by Maura at Jul 27, 2017
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Apple discontinues iPod nano and iPod shuffle and streamlines iPod range.JPG

MacRumors reports that Apple has today announced that it has discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, removing both from its website and online stores worldwide. The iPod touch is still available for sale, however, and Apple has also today announced changes to its storage and pricing.

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch, now with double the capacity starting at just $199, and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano,” an Apple spokesperson told Business Insider.

And if that news has suddenly made you feel that what you need right now in your life is an iPod nano or shuffle, then you can still find them at many Apple Stores and other resellers for now, but probably not for much longer.

This move from Apple has been on the cards for a long time; the iPod nano has not been updated since October, 2012, and the iPod shuffle has not been updated since September, 2010, with sales of both in decline for several years.

As far as the iPod touch is concerned, Apple is now offering more bang for your buck, with the 16GB and 64GB models discontinued, and the 32GB model now costing just $199 and the 128GB model just $299.

Sources: Apple Discontinues iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Apple Adjusts iPod Touch Prices and Storage: 32GB For $199, 128GB For $299
by Maura at Jul 27, 2017
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Is this the first official iPhone 8 part to leak.JPG

AppleInsider reports that it looks like the first actual component from the forthcoming iPhone 8 has leaked, with Slashleaks posting an image of what it says is either an internal wireless charging component or an external charging pad.

The image, which was originally posted on Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo, shows an inductive coil in the centre of the component, along with what looks like a female Lightning socket. The component has a label on the back stating that it conforms to the Qi specification, which establishes that it is indeed a wireless charging part.

The presence of the Lightning port also lends credence to the possibility of this being a genuine part, especially as it looks identical to genuine Lightning connectors.

The entire board assembly looks to be approximately 2.5 inches wide at its widest point, judging by the size of the Lightning port when compared with official Lightning ports.

Other than that, there’s not much else in terms of information provided about the part, and it doesn’t have any of the usual markings that provide clues about its possible origins as an Apple component, although some writing does appear to have been blurred out on it that could possibly have given more away.

Source: Leaked part could show Apple's 'iPhone 8' wireless charging coil assembly
by Maura at Jul 26, 2017
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iPhone 8 to launch in October or November without White Bezel option.JPG

According to a new report from Mac Otakara, via AppleInsider, sources in Apple’s Asian supply chain have said that Apple will announce the iPhone 8 in September, along with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. However, unlike the latter two models, the iPhone 8 is not now expected to be available until October or November.

The source also says that supplies of the iPhone 8 will be limited even when it is finally available. This is something that has been widely rumoured for months, but the rumours are starting to look increasingly solid.

One rumour from this source that hasn't been heard before is that the iPhone 8’s front frame will only be available in black. This is thought to have something to do with the way in which the phone’s cover glass is bonded onto the display and bezels. Something similar actually happened with the iPhone 4 back in 2010, when the white version was delayed almost a year due to problems with the painting inks and methods.

by Maura at Jul 25, 2017
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The Rock and Siri dominate the Internet with new Apple mini movie.JPG

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced yesterday via a fantastic movie poster that he had teamed up with Apple’s Siri there were certainly a few cynics around wondering if Apple had lost its mind, but it turns out that Apple knew exactly what it was doing, as the YouTube short film, entitled “iPhone 7-The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day,” has gone viral in a big way, boasting more than 6.7 million views since yesterday, and currently trending Number 3 worldwide on YouTube.
With so many millions of views, this can only be great publicity for Apple and Siri ahead of the launch of the new Siri-centric HomePod and the forthcoming new iPhone line-up. And it also bodes well for Apple’s much-rumoured move into TV and film content-creation.

Source: Apple Teams Up With Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for Siri Movie
by Maura at Jul 25, 2017
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Adobe is finally ending Flash.JPG

It looks like Adobe Flash is finally on the way out, with Adobe announcing today that it will “end-of-life” Flash by the end of 2020.

9to5 Mac writes that according to Adobe’s blog post announcing the move, Adobe is working with companies such as Apple and Google to work towards ending Flash.

As far as specifics are concerned, Adobe says that it will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020, and will then encourage content creators to migrate any Flash content that they still have to new open formats such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly, that have come to the fore in recent years.

Apple wrote about Adobe’s announcement in a post on its WebKit blog, saying, “Apple users have been experiencing the web without Flash for some time. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch never supported Flash.”

The late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs was not a fan of Flash, to put it mildly, as his famous 2010 “Thoughts on Flash” article pointed out, “The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content,” said Jobs.

Not for the first time, Jobs predicted the future when he wrote, “New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

Source: Adobe working with Apple and others to finally ‘end-of-life’ Flash by 2020
by Maura at Jul 24, 2017
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Apple is creating its own OLED technology.JPG

9to5 Mac reports today that according to DigiTimes, Apple is installing its own OLED technology and facilities in Taiwan in a bid to become less reliant on Samsung, which is currently the exclusive supplier of OLED displays for the forthcoming iPhone 8.

According to the original report in ET News, via DigiTimes, Apple has already purchased chemical vapour deposition CVD machines, which are used to make OLED panels, and set up its own research and development line in Taiwan. It is thought to be mainly concerned with developing the technology in order to then license it out to another company, such as Foxconn or Pegatron, not to actually make the raw components itself.

Apparently, CVD machines are predominantly manufactured by just one company, Japan's Canon Tokki, in partnership with Samsung, so by purchasing its own machines, Apple could be opening up the OLED supply chain to a lot more companies than just Samsung.

Source: Apple developing its own OLED technology to reduce dependence on Samsung supply, according to report
by Maura at Jul 24, 2017
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Case maker Nodus still highly confident of final iPhone 8 design.JPG

Following on from last week’s publication of renders of the forthcoming iPhone 8 based on designs obtained by third-party iPhone 8 case-maker Nodus, via Forbes, AppleInsider reports today that Nodus has now published a new design, once again via Forbes, which is very similar to last week’s design. Clearly, as stated last week, Nodus thinks it has the real deal here.

New to note in these latest designs are the larger, 4mm bezel, said to be in order to minimise accidental touching of the screen, and the space at the top of the screen now complete with battery, signal, and Wi-Fi icons. As shown in the new renders, the gap at the top looks much less intrusive and more seamlessly part of the design, possibly due to the aforementioned slightly thicker bezels.

Other design points to note include the “more protruding camera,” which seems to make the phone tilt ever so slightly when lying face up, as is indicated by the slight shadow on the left of the phone in the above render.

The new Forbes story also mentions the L-shaped battery, which was previously rumoured back in March.

Source: Case maker 'highly confident' on Apple's final 'iPhone 8' design, doubling down on production
by Maura at Jul 23, 2017
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New Apple Park drone footage shows landscaping progress.JPG

MacRumors reports that drone photographer Duncan Sinfield has today posted a new “Aerial Update” video of Apple Park on YouTube that shows the development of some of the landscaping projects in particular. Here’s his description of the video, which explains a little more about it:
Once completed, Apple Park will be home to approximately 9,000 trees; Dave Muffly, the senior arborist overseeing the landscaping of the massive campus, previously told Backchannel that he was sought out and personally chosen for the task by the late Steve Jobs, who thought that trees should be one of the most important aspects of Apple Park in the style of the old Silicon Valley, which was said to have had more fruit trees than it had engineers.

Source: Latest Drone Footage Reveals Landscaping Progress in Apple Park's Inner Circle
by Maura at Jul 23, 2017
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Refunds and Lugia offered to Pokemon Go fest attendees after technical issues.JPG

Niantic’s first annual Pokémon GO Fest took place yesterday at Chicago’s Grant Park. It had initially promised so much, including the first appearance of a Legendary Pokémon in the game, but in the end the massive crowd of more than 20,000 attendees (an amazing feat in itself) went home sorely disappointed due to technical issues.

9to5 Mac reports that the biggest problem of all was that all major cell networks in the area gave up the ghost under the strain of 20,000 people all trying to use them at once. Once there was no cell network, there was no game, it was as simple as that. The few that were able to get online found that it was still pretty much impossible to play the game due to Niantic’s server issues. In particular, TechCrunch said that Trainers were unable to catch Pokémon when they tapped on them, seeing only an error message. Many people had travelled from all over the world to actually have a chance to catch the first Legendary Pokémon to appear in the game, and so when things started to go wrong, the disappointed fans started booing and chanting “we can’t play” on the global live stream, as well as booing the Niantic CEO.

It really was a great shame that it turned out as it did, overshadowing the announcement of Lugia as the first Legendary Pokémon to appear in the game, and the sheer scale of the crowd all there to play Pokémon Go, but, to its credit, Niantic has been swift to respond with an update on its official Pokémon Go blog.

In the blog post, Niantic apologized for the technical issues, and outlined several steps that it would be taking immediately to redress matters, including offering a full refund to all registered attendees, as well as giving them $100 in PokéCoins. Possibly best of all, all registered attendees will have Legendary Pokémon Lugia added to their account.

Niantic also said that it would be extending the range around Grant Park by 2 miles so that attendees can capture special Pokémon and visit...
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