AirPod shipping estimates drop to two to three weeks

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, 05:29
Category: AirPods, Bluetooth, iPhone, News, retail

The shipping estimates for Apple’s AirPods are improving.

The current estimates have come down to two to three weeks in many countries around the world, suggesting Apple is one step closer to achieving supply/demand balance for the much-desired earphones.

The AirPods, which shipped back in December, have been in short support, with Apple estimating shipping times around six weeks. As of early August, these shipping estimates had dropped to four weeks.

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Rumor: Case manufacturer Nodus cites lack of Touch ID on next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

Sometimes it’s the case and accessory designers that have the most information about an upcoming Apple product.

Accessory maker Nodus has finalized the case design for Apple’s next-gen iPhone. The overall design appears largely congruent with recent parts leaks and supposed insider information, featuring a nearly bezel-free full-face display with telltale sensor “notch.”

Interestingly, Nodus’ design seems to corroborate the findings in Apple’s HomePod firmware leak. Specifically, the “iPhone 8” software will include graphical assets like a split status bar to present the sensor “notch” as an integrated piece of the onscreen UI.

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iOS 11 feature could allow iPhone Touch ID feature to be disabled, thereby adding additional layer of privacy via “cop button”

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, Software, Touch ID

Over the years, Apple’s Touch ID technology has proven to be a legal gray area whenever law enforcement or border patrol asked you to hand over your iPhone.

A new feature may have surfaced in a beta of iOS 11 that essentially functions as a “cop button”, wherein the iPhone owner can set up a provision in the update allowing you to choose whether to keep TouchID on or not. Instead of relying on Touch ID, users could incorporate a long, complex password, thus locking out cops and anyone who doesn’t know the passphrase.

Currently, police can force you to use your fingerprint to unlock the phone, but they can’t force you to use your password — something that has been proven by law to be protected.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could see increased thickness with switch to glass backing

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Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The next-gen iPhone could be a bit thicker than the current model.

A current rumor has it that one planned change for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones expected next month is a material return from aluminum backs to glass, and now a new rumor claims that shift will result in a slightly thicker casing.

Giga Apple, a German web blog, has cited a case maker who claims to have contacts within iPhone maker Foxconn. The blog has reported at least a 0.1mm increase in thickness. The blog quoted a leaked spec document that stated that the upcoming iPhone 7s will have a slight increase on all dimensions.

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TSMC enters mass production of 10-nanometer A11 processors

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

Processor manufacturer TSMC has reportedly entered the mass production stage of its 10-nanometer “A11” processors for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

While the new iPhone’s ship date has yet to be announced, TSMC is said to be applying the same 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing technique being used to make A10X chips for this year’s 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. The A10X is in fact believed to be the first chip produced with the technique, though TSMC does have other clients.

At present, the A10 processor used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets feature a 16-nanometer design. The smaller size of the new processor could allow for better performance in a similarly-sized package and help improve power efficiency.

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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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New hints surface from leaked HomePod firmware, hunt at 240 fps 1080p video capture, biometric authentication for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 02:38
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software

As it’s being studied, the leaked HomePod firmware continues to be a treasure trove of upcoming Apple features for the upcoming iPhone.

In addition to recent findings, iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has uncovered even more strings hidden inside of Apple’s HomePod firmware, which could possibly point to new features in upcoming iPhone hardware.

The strings highlight the presence of a camera capable of supporting 240 frames per second video capture at a 1080p resolution. The current iPhone 7 is also able to capture video at 240 fps, but it’s limited to just 720p resolution. 240 fps video capture results in smoother slow motion video, and having that video at full HD resolution would make for a significant increase in quality.

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Rumor: Apple places order in excess of $200 million with 3D sensing provider Lumentum ahead of iPhone 8 production

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Date: Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 02:31
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

Apple has apparently placed over $200 million in bookings with supplier Lumentum for the rest of the 2017 calendar year. The components are apparently related to vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) and are believed to be aimed at Apple’s advanced 3D sensing camera on the iPhone 8. The bookings represent a noticeable increase in revenue for the supplier, in comparison to a reported $5 million in 3D sensing revenue during its last fiscal quarter.

As a result, LoupVentures analyst Gene Munster has stated that he believes the September launch of the iPhone 8 will see a notable increase in the number of iPhones equipped with 3D sensors supporting augmented reality features. Lumentum is believed to be one of around three companies supplying Apple with VCSEL components, as well as Finisar.

Munster offered the following comments:

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Rumor: iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and 8 to enter mass production in mid-September, arrive in black, silver and gold color choices

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

In the words of respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple will launch the iPhone 8 on the same day as the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus”, although in limited quantities and styles.

The research report, published today, emerges from rumors in the supply chain. It also predicts that the iPhone 8 will come in just three colors: black, silver and gold.

Kuo stated that all three iPhone models will be announced simultaneously in September and will share the same launch date. He also indicated that the so-called “iPhone 8” will be in extremely short supply at launch, with the supply chain expected to produce between 2 million and 4 million units this quarter.

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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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