Apple may have nixed Beddit, could be working to incorporate sleep tracking into its own product line

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News, retail, Software

Apple has apparently nixed Beddit.

Beddit, the sleep monitoring system company purchased by Apple earlier this year, has had its product pulled from everywhere except Apple’s own retail stores and website.

The Beddit sleep tracker included a special sensor strip for your mattress that tracked your movement and respiration while you slept. It included a companion iPhone app where your sleep activity was logged.

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Rumor: Apple to abandon Touch ID in favor of facial recognition for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Android, Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software, Touch ID

A new KGI Securities investor note has stated that Apple’s Face ID may be the way of the future for upcoming iPhones and could leave Touch ID in the dust.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, in a recently published note, said that Apple is likely to go all-in on 3D sensing.

The analyst writes that 3D sensing will be a “key selling point” of all new 2018 iPhone models. While Apple currently faces manufacturing difficulties with 3D sensing, Kuo says TrueDepth cameras and Face ID will help Apple “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.”

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, Software

The updates are coming fast and furious now.

Apple has released iOS 11.0.3 for iPhone and iPad. The latest software update includes bug fixes for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s.

The update, which amounts to a more than 200+ megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

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Rumor: iPad to gain True Depth camera, Face ID support in 2018

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, Rumor

It probably won’t come as a surprise, but Apple is looking to bring its Face ID technology to the iPad in 2018.

Per a research note released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Kuo stated on Monday that he believes the iPad Pro lineup will be bolstered by the addition of a TrueDepth camera.

By bringing Face ID and facial recognition capabilities to more of the product lineup, developers will be encouraged to create more applications, further strengthening the company’s ecosystem.

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AirPods inventory expands, pairs now easily found at Apple Store locations

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:23
Category: AirPods, Hardware, News, retail

If you’ve been hankering for a pair of AirPods but haven’t been able to find it on your normal store shelf, odds are they’ve finally arrived at your local Apple Store. Apple has been ramping up in store inventory over the past couple weeks, and most of the stores The Mac Observer checked have plenty in stock all the time.

Apple introduced AirPods a year ago but suffered from ongoing inventory constraints from the first day they were supposed to hit store shelves. Prior to a couple weeks ago, finding AirPods in a store was akin to finding a Wonka golden ticket and ordering online meant waiting weeks—if not months—for them to arrive.

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Apple reportedly investigating two incidents of iPhone 8 Plus battery swelling

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 05:08
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

In the annals of swollen device batteries, this is pretty impressive.

Following reports on social media of two iPhone 8 Plus exhibiting a swollen battery out of the millions shipped, Apple is reportedly looking into the situation surrounding the accounts and the phones themselves.

The reports clearly depict a swollen battery pushing the iPhone 8 Plus screen out of its housing. One user reported that the incident occurred while charging with Apple’s official cable and power adapter. The other account noted that it was received from Apple directly with the screen already popped out.

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FCC pushes for Apple to activate FM transmitters in iPhones following recent string of natural disasters

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

Following up on renewed pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters urging Apple to the FM radio capabilities built into the wireless modem of every iPhone, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has stated that he hopes Apple will “reconsider its position” following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which have devastated parts of the United States, including Florida and Texas, and Caribbean islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Puerto Rico.

Pai went on record to state that “it is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first.”

The comment comes from Pai’s following full statement:

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Apple states fix is in progress for “static” sounds on some iPhone 8 devices

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Apple has announced that it’s working on a fix for some of the “static” and “crackling” sounds some users have experienced from the newly-released iPhone 8’s earpiece.

The company offered the following statement:

“We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.”

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iFixit posts full iPhone 8 teardown

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017, 05:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

If you’re curious about the internal components of the iPhone 8, the cool humans at iFixit have already performed a full teardown and posted their findings to the Internet.

The teardown revealed a True Tone Retina display, Qi wireless charging support, Touch ID Home button, and improved camera sensors. Other components include an A11 Bionic processor, iFixit found 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and Gigabit LTE RF transceiver, Skyworks quad-band GSM power amplifier module, NXP secure NFC module, a Broadcom wireless charging chip, and more.

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Rumor: iPhone X could face additional delays, see production pushed back to mid-October

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you’re hankering for an iPhone X, you may have to wait a bit longer.

While Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the handset next month, Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso conducted supply chain checks this morning and shared a note stating that while production delays had already delayed the release of the iPhone X, further delays have occurred recently. He says production is set to start in mid-October, later than earlier predictions. With additional delays, full production ramp up will be delayed into the December quarter.

James offered the following comment:

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