iPhone X delivery times improve dramatically, drop to one to three days in some locations

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 03:32
Category: iPhone, News, retail

It’s now a bit more likely that the iPhone X you ordered will ship in as few as one to three days in some locations.

Apple’s website has U.S. orders for all iPhone X models attached to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as SIM-free versions, deliver in 3 to 5 days, a marked improvement over recent ship-by estimates. Shipments of T-Mobile iPhone X units are pegged at nine days.

The lead times have improved in international markets such as Canada and China, these countries both showing estimated delivery dates of one to three business days. In the European market, ship times in Germany and the UK pegged at 3 to 5 days, and France at nine days.

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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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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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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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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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iPhone X inventory improves at Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 03:30
Category: iPhone, News, retail

If you’re hankering for an iPhone X, the odds of your being able to hoof it over to an Apple retail location and pick one up have dramatically improved since the handset’s launch at the beginning of November.

The cool cats over at The Mac Observer used Appleā€™s own inventory availability checker to see where the iPhone X is available.

The results proved encouraging.

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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

iPhone X shipping times improve, drop to 1 to 2 weeks in European and Asian store fronts

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Date: Friday, November 24th, 2017, 03:42
Category: iPhone, News, retail

If you’re attempting to buy an iPhone X for someone in Europe or Asia for the holidays, your odds have improved.

A number of users have reported that shipping estimates for the iPhone X have improved across Europe and Asia on Thursday. As a result, many regional online Apple stores now quoting delivery within the first eight days of December.

France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom now all show shipping dates between December 1st and December 8th, suggesting that Apple’s boost in iPhone X production seems to be paying off.

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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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