Rumor: Apple more likely to meet iPhone X demand in 2018 as component supply improves

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Per a new investor note released recently by the mighty Apple guru that is Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple seems unlikely to repeat the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models.

Kuo has stated that shipments of the 2018 iPhone models will arrive on time and in stable supply during late Q3 of 2018. He says there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that helps power the Face ID biometric technology, with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera.

“We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions,” Kuo writes.

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Apple announces $279 price for non-AppleCare+ iPhone X screen repairs

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2017, 05:48
Category: AppleCare+, Hardware, iPhone, News

It’s best not to drop your brand new iPhone X.

Or, if you do, make sure it has an AppleCare+ plan covering it.

Apple has announced that a repair for the iPhone X screen will retail for $279 and $99 for any other damage up to two instances without an AppleCare+ plan.

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Apple posts carrier compatibility specs for upcoming iPhone X launch

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Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017, 05:38
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants.

While GSM is the standard for most carriers around the globe, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S. still use CDMA. Apple hasn’t shared the iPhone X’s exact cellular specifications on its website, but it has stated that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will be GSM only and won’t work with Verizon and Sprint.

The company has also announced that all models are unlocked, but that the Verizon and Sprint models will have the most carrier flexibility, until Apple offers a SIM-free version.

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Rumor: Apple acquires InVisage, purchases possible image technologies for use in upcoming camera systems

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Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

Apple has reportedly snagged yet another image technology company, or at least hired some of its core staff away.

Per Image Sensors World, two anonymous sources claimed that Apple may have acquired InVisage.

The blog highlighted that InVisage is no longer listed as a current investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners.

InVisage also removed a news page and a list of employee profiles from its website, compared to an archived version from February. Many companies acquired by Apple in the past have simplified or even removed their websites.

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Apple to have iPhone X units available in limited quantities at Apple Store locations on November 3rd

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Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 05:59
Category: AppleCare+, iPhone, News, retail

This is one of those times where it might just pay to camp outside an Apple Store.

Apple on Tuesday announced that it will have limited inventory of the iPhone X available for walk-in customers on November 3rd. Still, the company added that customers are “encouraged to arrive early” given limited inventory.

The iPhone X launches in more than 55 countries and territories on Nov. 3, where it will be available in Apple retail stores starting at 8 a.m. local time. Preorders start this Friday, Oct. 27, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, 3:01 a.m. Eastern.

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FBI director reveals that 6,900 devices have yet to be unlocked/decrypted

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Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, 05:18
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security

If you were looking to live in an era of digital privacy, it may have just arrived.

According to a statement shared by FBI Director Christopher Wray at the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Sunday, the FBI has been unable to retrieve data from 6,900 mobile devices that it attempted to access over the course of the last 11 months.

“To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem,” Wray said. “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime, child exploitation.”

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Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to iPhone Upgrade Program members

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:18
Category: iPhone, News, retail

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

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Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help improve communication following Hurricane Maria

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, wireless

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

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Rumor: iPhone X component suppliers report improved yields, greater ability to meet shipment demands

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The supply stream for the iPhone X may be where it needs to be.

Per sources close to the story, yield rates for some iPhone X have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October.

The sources also reported that yield rates for key parts such as 3D sensing modules have improved as well.

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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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