Leaked HomePod firmware hints at resizable virtual Home button for iPhone 8

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2017, 03:20
Category: Developer, Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

It’s the leaked firmware that keeps on giving.

In a recent discovery, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found code strings within the HomePod firmware that indicated a virtual Home button for the iPhone 8. The Home button can apparently be hidden and resized as needed.

There apparently isn’t a way to change the Home button’s color, and tab bars that display at the bottom of apps will appear below the button.

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Apple launches official Instagram account to showcase iPhone photographers’ work

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Android, Fun, iOS, iPhone, News

Apple launched its official @apple Instagram account on Monday, wherein the account features a series of photo sets comprised of iPhone photographers’ work. Each album asset is actually a video slideshow of a photographer’s work with an accompanying sound clip of her or him talking about the subject matter. Apple encourages other Instagram users to participate through the hashtag “#ShotoniPhone.”

The company currently maintains multiple verified Instagram accounts, including one for Apple Music, iTunes, Beats 1, iBooks, Carpool Karaoke, and Planet of the Apps. Apple has yet to create an account to highlight iPhone photography, which represents a heavy segment of Apple’s marketing efforts via its “Shot on iPhone” campaign on billboards.

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Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch sales placed around 30 million units

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

While Apple has never released exact numbers as to how many Apple Watch units have been sold, Strategy Analytics puts the number around 30 million.

This puts it behind Xiaomi in the wearables market, but definitely in respectable territory.

“Apple shipped 2.8 million wearables worldwide in Q2 2017, growing 56 percent annually from 1.8 million in Q2 2016,” said Strategy Analytics Director Cliff Raskind. “Apple has for now lost its wearables leadership to Xiaomi, due to a lack of presence in the sizable fitness band subcategory.”

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HomePod firmware offers hints as to 4K, 60 FPS front and rear cameras in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2017, 04:01
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

Yet another interesting tidbit came out of the leaked HomePod firmware today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

The code mentions a device with support for 4K video at 60 FPS. The device is given both a “front” and “back” qualifier, suggesting that both cameras will 4K video at 60 FPS.

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Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition to aid in Apple Pay payments for forthcoming iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, 03:27
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, News, Touch ID

The leaked HomePod firmware continues to hint at possible forthcoming Apple features down the pipe.

A set of code discovered in the firmware suggests Apple’s “iPhone 8” will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

Developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted out a note on Wednesday in which he noted references to “pearl,” which is thought to be Apple’s codename for “iPhone 8’s” facial recognition feature. The reference also showed up in leaked code associated with Apple Pay.

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Apple posts $45.4 billion in revenue, $8.7 billion profit in Q3 2017 financial report

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Google, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

Apple’s financial returns are in for the third quarter of 2017, the company boasting an $8.7 billon profit and $45.4 billion in revenue on strong iPhone, iPad and Mac sales.

The company offered the following highlights in its conference call with analysts:

Apple has surpassed 1.2 billion cumulative iPhones sold, and the iPhone 7 series continues to be a strong performer.

iPad grew for the first time in 4 years, and U.S. education market sales of iPad were up more than 30 percent.

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Google Chrome 60 offers Touch Bar support, other features

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:58
Category: MacBook Pro, News, Software, Touch Bar

Google Chrome is up to version 60, is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac and for you MacBook Pro fans, now sports full Touch Bar support for the most recent MacBooks. Chrome 60 now allows Touch Bar users to customize Chrome shortcuts by adding, removing, or rearranging buttons as they please.

Users can update this setting in Chrome 60 by heading to View > Customize Touch Bar from the Menu bar. You can then combine laptop controls, such as brightness and volume settings, with the Chrome shortcuts and stack them as you feel comfortable.

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AMD unveils Vega 54, Vega 64 GPUs slated for inclusion with the iMac Pro

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, WWDC

These are the graphics cards that may wind up in the new iMac Pro.

AMD officially rolled out PCI-E versions of its Vega 54 and Vega 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro upon its release in December. The cards themselves will be released to retail in the middle of August.

AMD will ship a trio of cards based on the Vega architecture. The air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64, plus the water-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid. All three cards feature 8GB of VRAM, differing in compute units, and clockspeed.

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Developers uncover hints as to HomePod’s RAM, display specifications in latest firmware update

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 05:24
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Hardware, HomePod, News

Deep within Apple’s firmware update for the upcoming HomePod, some of the critical specs have been found.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared last week that HomePod will run a full iOS stack and uses a shell app called SoundBoard. He also mentioned more specifics about the display/touch surface stating “The center part of the HomePod surface appears to be an LED matrix and not just big LEDs—could perhaps display shapes/symbols.”

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Updated HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:02
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Software, Touch ID

It turns out that the newest HomePod firmware update dropped some hints as to what to expect with the next-gen iPhone.

The firmware, which will run a version of iOS, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith dug into the firmware and its BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more.

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