Apple iPhone Forum

by Maura at May 23, 2018
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Bloomberg reports that TSMC has begun mass production of the 7-nanometer processors that are due to feature in this year’s iPhone line-up. Expected to be called the A12 chip, the new processor should be a vast improvement on the current 10-nanometer chips that are used in the latest iPhones and iPads, being faster, and therefore more efficient, despite being smaller.

By using the 7-nanometer process chips in its new iPhone line-up, Apple is once again at the very forefront of mobile technology, being one of the first companies to use the new chip processes in its mobile devices, although Samsung is not far behind, having announced yesterday that it will be starting production of its own 7-nanometer processors later in the year.

Qualcomm is another competitor that...
by Maura at May 22, 2018
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MacRumors reports that Apple has today sent out press invites for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), confirming that the keynote event will take place on Monday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, where it’s being held for the second year running.

The keynote address takes place on the first day of the conference and is usually the event where Apple makes several new product announcements, both software and hardware.

This year’s event looks to be more about software than hardware, with updates to macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS all expected to make an appearance.

It’s also rumoured that Apple will be announcing new iPad Pro models and new Mac models during the keynote. There’s even the...
by Maura at May 22, 2018
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Niantic took to its blog today to announce that Pokémon from the tropical Alola region will soon be arriving in Pokémon Go. This means that some of the Gen 1 Pokémon from the Kanto region will soon be appearing in their Alolan forms. The unique variants of the familiar Pokémon were first found in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon video games.

Forbes’ Dave Thier writes that it’s a little surprising that we are actually getting Pokémon from Gen 7 (albeit special versions of Gen 1 Pokémon), which first appeared just 2 years ago, before we’re getting any from Gen 4, but the summer theme actually makes perfect sense going into the summer season for the game.

The image released by Niantic gives a lot of clues about which Alolan Pokémon will be coming to the game, and...
by Maura at May 22, 2018
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According to a new report from Counterpoint, via 9to5 Mac, Apple sold a record number of iPhones in the US in Q1. This follows on from figures released by IDC earlier in the month that showed that Apple’s overall smartphone market share worldwide had increased by 2.8% year over year in Q1.

Despite the fact that the smartphone market as whole in the US dropped by 11% in Q1, Apple’s share of the market grew by a record-breaking 16%, representing the highest figures that the company have ever recorded for iPhone sales in Q1.

With such impressive sales, Apple has now well and truly wrestled the premium smartphone market away from Samsung, with the former now commanding 80% of the +$800 smartphone market.

Counterpoint’s figures mean even more good news for Apple,...
by Maura at May 21, 2018
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According to a new and exclusive report from ZDNet today, the TeenSafe app, which is a secure monitoring app designed to enable parents to keep tabs on their teens, has leaked tens of thousands of parents’ and teens’ account details on two unprotected servers on Amazon’s cloud. The information did not even require a password to be entered by anyone who wanted to access the information.

The leak was found by UK-based security expert Robert Wiggins, who makes it his business to look for such public exposure of data. When ZDNet told TeenSafe about the breach, the data was taken offline.

“We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted,” a TeenSafe spokesperson told ZDNet.

ZDNet says...
by Maura at May 18, 2018
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9to5 Mac reports that according to new figures from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 600,000 HomePods in Q1, representing 6% of the smart-speaker marketshare.

Amazon currently has 43.6% of the market, or 4 million of the overall smart speaker total of 9.2 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2018. Google is in second place, with 2.4 million shipments, and Alibaba just ahead of HomePod with 700,000 shipments.

The figures show that Amazon experienced a dramatic drop in its smart-speaker marketshare since the HomePod was launched at the end of last year, with Amazon’s share falling to 43.6% from 81.8% in the year-ago quarter. Google’s marketshare increased just as dramatically as Amazon’s declined, up to 26.5% from 12.4% in the year-ago quarter.

As 9to5...
by Maura at May 17, 2018
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Apple is running out of AirPort base stations.jpg

When Apple announced that it was discontinuing its entire AirPort wireless router line-up at the end of April and would keep selling them until all stock was gone, it was inevitable that the day would come when supplies became scarce, and now, according to MacRumors, that day is here, less than a month after Apple made the announcement.

If you were still hoping to pick up an AirPort Extreme, you’re now out of luck as they are all sold out, unless you happen to live in countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, or Singapore.

AirPort Express and AirPort Time Capsule models are still available, however, on Apple’s U.S. online store, and some other countries, but there’s no way of knowing how long that will remain the situation.

Also, in some European countries,...
by Maura at May 16, 2018
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New Caviar Custom iPhone X costs more than 4,000 dollars.jpg

If you’ve been thinking about buying an iPhone X and find yourself having the odd $4,500 to spare, then why not treat yourself to Russian accessory maker Caviar’s newest custom iPhone X, the ‘Tesla.’ According to 9to5 Mac, the phone features an integrated solar panel and secondary battery, along with a design makeover. Apparently, the customised phone is not related to the actual Tesla brand in any way other than being inspired by it.

The custom casing has gold detailing and a fixed solar panel, which increases its weight from the usual 170g to 260g and its thickness from 7.7 mm to 16.2 mm.

Aside from the shock-resistant solar panel, the custom carbon-fiber casing also features 999 standard gilding.

Caviar was apparently only going to produce 99 of the custom...
by Maura at May 16, 2018
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2018 iPhone line up said to come with 18W USB C charger.jpg

MacRumors reports that ChargerLab has published a render of what it claims to be a new 18W USB-C charger, which it says is set to be included with this year’s iPhone line-up, due to launch in September.

The new adapters, which will enable much faster charging, look rounder than the previous chargers, and will be connected to the iPhones via Lightning to USB-C cables, which will also be bundled with the phones. The current iPhone power adapters are just 5W.

This latest report, which comes via sources “inside the production line,” backs up a previous report on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo that also stated that this year’s three iPhones will be bundled with an 18W USB-C charger and Lightning to USB-C cable.

It’s expected that an 18W power adapter would charge...
by Maura at May 15, 2018
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MacRumors reports that Apple’s iPad Pro and iPhone X have just been voted Displays of the Year by The Society for Information Display (SID) at the annual Display Industry Awards at the Display Week symposium and trade show. The awards are given to those devices that represent “high-quality, innovative work that is taking place in the display industry,” according to Dr. Wei Chen, Chair of the Display Industry Awards Committee for SID.

The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models won the award for their ProMotion display technology, which innovates with a 120Hz display refresh rate for smoother motion content.

The iPhone X won the award for its edge-to-edge Super Retina display, which is pretty much all screen (save the notorious notch!).