Rumor: macOS code base hints at possible “Hey Siri” functionality, A10 Fusion co-processor for iMac Pro

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 03:00
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Processors, Rumor, Siri

It’s just a rumor right now, but it’s got some interesting sources behind it.

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith, who’ve been exploring the macOS, have found references to the “Hey Siri” function in the code base with support for multiple user accounts, just as macOS has long supported user switching.

At present, it’s been rumored that the iMac Pro could feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor which could manage the “Hey Siri” functionality as well as the boot process, security, and the FaceTime camera. It also appears that the inclusion of the A10 Fusion allows the iMac Pro to accept the voice command ‘Hey Siri’ rather than requiring the click in macOS on the Siri icon or keystroke to prompt Siri.

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Rumor: Apple working on augmented reality headset for 2020 release

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 03:42
Category: Augmented Reality, Developer, Hardware, Processors, Rumor

It looks like Apple may be betting on an augmented reality headset.

The company is said to be working to have the technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020.

Unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as the engine and screen, Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to sources close to the story. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.

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Supposed watchOS 4.1 GM notes released, include music streaming over LTE, other changes

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Apple Music, battery, Developer, iCloud, News, Software, watchOS

The golden master release notes for watchOS 4.1 apparently leaked out on Wednesday, the update list confirming that streaming support will arrive for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library.

The notes, posted to Twitter by developer Guilherme Rambo, include a list of new features, improvements and bug fixes slated to debut when watchOS 4.1 sees release.

Among the more anticipated features, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library will gain the ability to stream over LTE, as was initially promised to arrive this fall. Apple COO Jeff Williams stated these features were in the works, but would not be available when the Apple Watch Series 3 launched last month. Instead, the features would arrive as part of a software update in October.

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Developer outlines possible attack that could trick iOS users into giving their Apple ID credentials away

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Developer, iOS, News, security, Software

This might be worth watching out for.

Per developer Felix Krause, a popup technique could be used to easily trick someone into handing over their Apple ID and password on their iOS device.

The developer noted that it is incredibly easy for an iOS app maker to recreate the Apple ID password prompt. From there, the app could send that popup and subsequently log the Apple ID and password. It takes less than 30 lines of code and could seemingly be dropped in any legitimate iOS app and sneak past App Store review teams.

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Security researchers point out Apple-granted API that could have allowed Uber to monitor iPhone users’ activities

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iOS, News, security, Software, Wearables

Last week, a controversial background API given from Apple to Uber designed to improve performance of the Uber app on the Apple Watch made headlines when security researchers told stated that Uber could have used it to record a user’s iPhone screen even with the Uber app just running in the background.

In a statement, Uber said the entitlement was used for an old version of the Apple Watch app and was provided to Uber because the original Apple Watch couldn’t render maps.

The company offered the following statement regarding the situation:

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Apple preps new emojis, including androgynous symbols

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Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

This year, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that handles new emoji proposals, has approved a new set of emojis, including an androgynous person, a male fairy, a takeout box, a “shh” smiley, “I love you” in American Sign Language, a bevy of mystical creatures, and an orange heart, which completes that emoji’s full rainbow of colors.

The approved new emojis will be rolled out globally on Monday, October 9th, as part of Apple’s second public beta for iOS 11.1. Users should expect to see the emojis in the official release of iOS 11.1 towards the end of October or early November. Other approved new emojis, announced in July, include a breastfeeding woman, woman with headscarf, and vomiting emojis.

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Apple acquires/hires Init.ai staff to help guide new Siri functions, iOS 11 Business Chat

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Date: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Apple has apparently acquired/hired the staff of Init.ai, a small, six person startup known for its customer service automation software.

Init.ai’s product is described as the following:

…a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions…

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Apple acquires French software firm Regaind, could use APIs to help improve photo, facial analysis

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, 05:36
Category: Developer, iOS, News, photos, Software, Uncategorized

Apple has acquired yet another company that might prove fruitful for image and facial analysis in the future.

The company has acquired Regaind, a small French artificial intelligence startup focused on photo and facial analysis.

As usual, Apple offered the following comment regarding the transaction:

Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.

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Apple Pay Cash feature could arrive in late October

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s upcoming person-to-person payment feature that was announced at WWDC this past June, looks to be scheduled for release in late October.

Apple Pay Cash will allow Apple Pay users to quickly send and receive secure payments between friends and family. iOS 11 and watchOS 4 users will be able to use the Messages app, or utilize Siri to pay someone using credit and debit cards available in the Wallet app. Received payments are instantly deposited on a new Apple Pay Cash card that will be added to Apple Wallet, and money will be available for immediate usage.

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watchOS developer beta 1 points to LTE music, radio streaming

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, iCloud, News, Siri, Software, watchOS, Wearables

Apple’s newly released watchOS 4.1 developer beta features expansions to the Apple Watch’s built-in Music app. This includes the ability to stream songs from Apple Music and iTunes Match via an LTE connection on the new Series 3 hardware.

The company has stated that LTE music streaming for the Apple Watch Series 3 will be available to the public in October at the earliest. The watchOS 4.1 developer beta 1 suggests that the feature will be available for launch within the coming weeks.

The release notes stated that users will be able to stream any song from either the Apple Music or iCloud Music Library. This also includes tracks purchased from iTunes and songs matched with iTunes Match.

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