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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Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in 2018, 6.1-inch unit could feature LCD screen, metal back

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The rumor mill is churning and it’s thought that Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Nikkei has cited an anonymous source “privy to the company’s product designs,” the source stating that one of Apple’s 2018 models will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Apple’s LCD model will boast a metal back that will “come in several colors,” with the body for the device potentially being manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

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Apple adds mid-2011 Mac mini to obsolete products list

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 03:00
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, News

As much of a workhorse the mid-2011 Mac mini is, Apple has just added it to its obsolete products list.

Mid-2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers.

As such, neither Apple nor Apple Authorized Service Providers will repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, which has now exceeded the five year limits since it was last manufactured, except where required by law. There is an exception for California and Turkey, where mid-2011 Mac mini owners can still obtain service and repairs for up to two additional years.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate flexible circuit boards made from liquid crystal polymers in next-gen products

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, MacBook, retail, Rumor

Analyst and assorted Mac guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has issued a new investor note stating the Apple is working to integrate faster and more versatile circuit boards across its product lineup come 2018.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets currently use a new flexible circuit board made from liquid crystal polymer. Both phones use it in their antenna designs, while the iPhone X also uses it in its TrueDepth camera. This LCP FPCB technology allows for high-speed and low-latency data transfer.

Kuo has stated that manufacturer Career is presently working on incorporating this technology into the MacBook notebook lineup. Such a practice would allow Apple to save a considerable amount of internal space inside the casing as well as allow for easier adoption of USB 3.2 and other I/O ports.

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HDMI 2.1 specs published, highlight improved HDR, resolutions up to 10K

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Date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 03:09
Category: Hardware, News

It’s a bit down the line, but the HDMI Forum’s details for the HDMI 2.1 spec, which were released today, look pretty nifty.

The big takeaways include higher resolution, Dynamic HDR and the additions of support for high frame rate 4K and 8K video. HDMI 2.1 will work with 8K video at refresh rates up to 60 Hz, along with 4K video up to 120 Hz.

The new spec could enable higher frame rates for gamers as well as higher resolution video from high-end cameras as well as the ability to display at maximum quality.

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Bkav hacking group bypasses Face ID, shows second proof of concept mask

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 03:12
Category: Face ID, Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

In spite of Face ID being an impressive feature, yet another successful proof of concept/hack seems to have taken place.

The security system, which has apparently been fooled by twins, children, and a mask has once again been bypassed by Vietnamese security company Bkav, which made headlines in mid-November after uploading a video featuring Face ID accessed by a mask. Though successful as a proof of concept, there were several questions about the unlocking methods used in the video, including whether “Require Attention” was turned on. On Monday, Bkav shared a second video with a new mask and a clearer look at how the mask was used to spoof Face ID.

The company used a 3D printed mask made of stone powder, which can be replicated for approximately $200. 2D infrared images of eyes were then taped over the mask to emulate real eyes.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate improved LTE transmission boards in 2018 iPhone models

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Date: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, 03:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The next-gen iPhone could see an even faster LTE function.

Per a recently published note released by Apple analyst and guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the 2018 iPhone will build on LTE antenna technology introduced with iPhone X to support ultra-fast transmissions speeds designated by 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) standards.

Kuo stated that Apple is likely to upgrade its current antenna design to include flexible circuit boards created from liquid crystal polymer. The LCP boards, compared to current flexible circuit boards made from polyamide, will offer better frequency attenuation, thermal performance and moisture resistance.

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Rumor: Apple collaborating with TSMC to develop microLED screens as next-gen technology to follow OLED

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 03:08
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Even with the iPhone X, which represents the first Apple product with an OLED screen only recently out the door, the company may be working on the next generation of screen technology.

It’s rumored that Apple is working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop microLED screens, which could supersede OLED over the next few years.

microLED screens take some of the key benefits of OLED over LCD yet further, offering even greater brightness, color saturation and power efficiency…

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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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New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help accurately predict sleep apnea and hypertension

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:30
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

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