Jony Ive to return to leadership post with Apple’s design team

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:14
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

The master is returning to head up Apple’s design team.

Per Bloomberg, Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, has reportedly resumed management of the company’s design team, in a move that should influence the direction of future products.

The news came from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman after Apple removed both Alan Dye and Richard Howarth from its Leadship profiles page. The pair had taken over daily affairs when Ive assumed the Chief Design Officer position in 2015.

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iOS 11.2 released over the weekend, adds Apple Pay Cash, improved wireless charging, chases down date bug which could cause a soft reset loop

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple Pay Cash, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

It’s pretty unusual for Apple to release a major iOS update over the weekend, but the company did this with iOS 11.2, which, among other changes, offers support for Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-watt charging on compatible devices and a fix for a nasty date bug that can cause devices to enter a soft reset loop.

The update seems to have been released early to handle a recently discovered date bug that can cause springboard to crash, rendering an affected device barely usable.

It’s also been noted that the update, which was released on December 2nd, seems to share the same creation time as the betas, which did not suffer from the date bug.

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Cyber Monday, guides begin to go online, predictions made

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Date: Monday, November 27th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Uncategorized, Wearables

Cyber Monday is upon us and the deals are out there.

Per Forbes and BestBlackFriday.com, the following Cyber Monday deals have been noted:

eBay – Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air (2017) for $744.99 (save $255) – product link

eBay – Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ 256GB 4G+WiFi for $749.99 (save $110) – product link

eBay – Apple iPhone 8 64GB CDMA Unlocked for $674 (save $25) – product link

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The following links have also been predicted from other merchants:

Prediction – $250 free Walmart gift card when activating an iPhone X, 8, or 8 Plus at Walmart – product link

Prediction – Apple iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi for $174.99 (save $125) at Best Buy – product link

Prediction – Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi (5th Generation) for $249 (save $80) at Walmart – product link

Prediction – Save up to $250 off MacBook Pros at Best Buy – product link

Prediction – Apple Watch Series 3 for $329 + $90 in Kohl’s Cash at Kohl’s – product link

Via Forbes and BestBlackFriday.com

Black Friday 2017 roundups begin to go live, savings on Apple products abound

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Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017, 03:45
Category: 4K, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Wearables

It’s that time again.

With Black Friday underway, the savings abound and the cool cats at AppleInsider have published a pretty huge roundup of deals from assorted Apple authorized resellers. The lineup includes Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watched, Apple TV 4K units, headphones, drones and other accessories and notes no sales tax within the lower 48 states (excluding New York and New Jersey).

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Forbes posts initial Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on Apple products

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017, 03:43
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Wearables

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us.

That being said, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has put together a list of shopping tips to help you save this year.

The guide veers away from the Apple Store, which typically doesn’t offer enormous savings, and focuses heavily on Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Sam’s Club. In the case of Kohl’s, Kelly points out that Kohl’s Cash helps provide additional savings, especially after you’ve spent a given amount of money within the store.

Kelly also points out that there are savings to be had through B&H Photo Video, MacMall, and Newegg.

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DataMan Next 11.1 outfitted with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

In the realm of “geeky and useful, the DataMan Next app has been updated to version 11.2 and outfitted a with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” theme.

As you may remember, DataMan Next, developed by Johnny Ixe, lets you quickly gauge how much of your allotted monthly data you’ve used at a glance.

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Qualcomm files suit against Apple, cites breach of contract, unchecked access to development resources

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:47
Category: Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Processors

On Wednesday, chipmaker Qualcomm filed suit against Apple, claiming Apple has failed to abide by the terms of a software license and said it may have used its unprecedented access to that code to help Qualcomm-rival Intel Corp.

The two companies are now engaged in a lawsuit over technology licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for patents. Apple has stated that Qualcomm is charging too much and has leveraged its strong market position in chips illegally. Qualcomm has countered that Apple, one of its largest customers, has lied to regulators in an unfair attempt to bully it into charging less.

Apple currently uses Qualcomm’s chips as modems without its devices to communicate with cellular networks. Apple has widened its supplier base to include Intel for some of the chips, beginning with the iPhone 7. The company has yet to respond to requests seeking comment.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 03:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you were looking for a meaty iOS update, this might be your lucky day. On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system.

The update, a 246 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Emoji:
– Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more.

Photos:
– Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly.

– Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup.

– Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility:
– Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.

– Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher.

– Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other Improvements and Fixes:
– Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch.

– Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen.

– Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.

– Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.

– Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation).

– Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.

To snag the update, head on over to Settings > General > Software Update to install the update over the air or connect your device to your computer and install it manually via iTunes.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Rumor: Apple more likely to meet iPhone X demand in 2018 as component supply improves

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Per a new investor note released recently by the mighty Apple guru that is Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple seems unlikely to repeat the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models.

Kuo has stated that shipments of the 2018 iPhone models will arrive on time and in stable supply during late Q3 of 2018. He says there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that helps power the Face ID biometric technology, with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera.

“We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions,” Kuo writes.

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Rumor: Apple acquires InVisage, purchases possible image technologies for use in upcoming camera systems

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

Apple has reportedly snagged yet another image technology company, or at least hired some of its core staff away.

Per Image Sensors World, two anonymous sources claimed that Apple may have acquired InVisage.

The blog highlighted that InVisage is no longer listed as a current investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners.

InVisage also removed a news page and a list of employee profiles from its website, compared to an archived version from February. Many companies acquired by Apple in the past have simplified or even removed their websites.

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