Rumor: Apple working on second-gen AirPods featuring “Hey Siri” support for release in 2018

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Date: Friday, February 23rd, 2018, 03:58
Category: AirPods, Apple Watch, Bluetooth, Hardware, HomePod, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Apple is apparently working on a second-gen series of AirPods which could include “Hey Siri” support instead of requiring a tap before giving voice commands. The new model will also sport an updated wireless chip for improved Bluetooth connections.

Sources close to the story have stated that Apple is looking to update the iPods in 2018.

The current AirPods require a double-tap on the units to activate Siri. Incorporating a voice-activated “Hey Siri” command will bring AirPods in line with interacting with Apple’s voice assistant on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod.

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Enlight photo editing tool arrives on App Store for free

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Date: Friday, February 23rd, 2018, 03:04
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, photos, Software

It’s free, it’s spiffy and it’s now available for iOS.

Lightricks, Ltd. has just released Englight, its powerful photo editor for iOS.

The program, a 104.9 megabyte download through the App Store, offers the following features:

Image Perfection:
• Precise & selective control over tone, color, and details
• Create and save your own unique presets
• Built-in masking within every tool allow you to seamlessly blend effects

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Apple international regulatory filings hint at two upcoming iPad models

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:18
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Patents, Touch ID

It’s the regulatory applications that sometimes tell you when the really cool stuff is coming.

Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

Per Consomac, the Eurasian Economic Commission, which oversees Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, this week approved “A1893” and “A1954” models. Those model numbers don’t correspond to any existing iPads or current Apple products.

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AT&T announces 5G to arrive in 12 U.S. cities in 2018

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Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 03:52
Category: Android, Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

AT&T’s 5G network is coming to 12 American cities this year.

The wireless carrier announced that Dallas, Waco, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia will roll out 5G service before the end of the year, and announcements for nine more cities will follow.

As of now, wireless carriers have stated that 5G will means faster wireless data speeds, albeit they aren’t completely on the same page.

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Australian carrier Telstra acknowledges FaceTime, iMessage outages, says fix is in the works

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Date: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 03:45
Category: iPhone, News, Software, wireless

If you’re a wireless customer in Australia, this is not a nifty thing.

Telstra, one of Australia’s largest mobile carriers, is experiencing a widespread outage of iMessage and FaceTime services. Oddly enough, this outage only seems to affect Apple’s services, as everything else functions normally. The carrier has confirmed the outage on Twitter and says it is working on a fix.

At this point, it’s unknown as to when a fix will be available. The issue appears to primarily be affecting the eastern coast of Australia, though users in Perth are also reporting issues.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update, looks to address Telugu bugs with fix

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 03:52
Category: High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Software

It’s one of Apple’s smallest updates for a version of macOS, but it’s out there.

On Monday, Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update on Tuesday, an update specifically released to fix the Telugu text bug. That bug resulted in apps crashing from an Indian text character sequence, and messaging apps were particularly exposed.

The update can be downloaded and installed via the App Store feature in macOS High Sierra.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.6 update, includes Telugu character bug fix

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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 03:26
Category: Accessory, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Apple released iOS 11.2.6 on Monday. The update, a 41.5 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes, the most prominent of them fixing the Telugu text bug, in which an Indian character could cause your iOS device to crash:

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Rumor: Apple to possibly host WWDC from June 4-8 at San Jose Convention Center

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Date: Monday, February 19th, 2018, 03:20
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

If you’re looking to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year, you might be headed to San Jose.

A current rumor has it that the 2018 WWDC may take place between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same venue where WWDC 2017 was hosted.

The conference was hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between 2003 and 2016.

In addition, the McEnery Convention Center is already booked with other events during the second, third, and fourth weeks of this June, leaving the first full week of the month as the only available window for WWDC 2018, barring the rare possibility that Apple shares the space with other events simultaneously.

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Twitter announces plans to discontinue Mac version of its client, focus on web-based interface

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Date: Monday, February 19th, 2018, 03:47
Category: News, Software

In less than a month, Twitter’s Mac client will no longer be available.

Per an announcement from @TwitterSupport on Friday, the company said Twitter for Mac is no longer available for download starting now, and that it will not supported at all in 30 days.

The company offered the following explanation as to why its web-based client is better than the Mac client:
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TechInsights estimates HomePod manufacturing costs around $216 per unit, Apple aiming for lower profit margin than found on iPhone line

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Date: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 03:38
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

The guesstimates are in and it looks like Apple shells out $216 to build each HomePod unit, meaning margins from the tech giant’s first smart speaker are much slimmer than those of its flagship iPhone line.

If the estimate is correct, this means Apple generates a profit margin around 38 percent with each $349 HomePod sold. This stands as lower than competing smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, which boast margins of 56 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

The component breakdown found that the HomePod’s microphones, tweeters, single woofer and power management hardware add up to $58, while other miscellaneous parts like the OLED panel come out to another $60, the report said. TechInsights pegs Apple’s A8 chip at $25.50, as the housing and other unmentioned components run another $25. Manufacturing, testing and packaging tack on $17.50 to the final cost according to the firm’s estimates.

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