HomePod firmware offers hints as to 4K, 60 FPS front and rear cameras in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, August 4th, 2017, 04:01
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, News

Yet another interesting tidbit came out of the leaked HomePod firmware today. Following earlier details such as design and face recognition information, Portuguese news site iHelp has found code that seemingly indicates the iPhone 8 will be capable of 4K video at 60 frames per second with both the front and rear cameras…

The code mentions a device with support for 4K video at 60 FPS. The device is given both a “front” and “back” qualifier, suggesting that both cameras will 4K video at 60 FPS.

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Leaked HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition to aid in Apple Pay payments for forthcoming iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, 03:27
Category: Apple Pay, Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, News, Touch ID

The leaked HomePod firmware continues to hint at possible forthcoming Apple features down the pipe.

A set of code discovered in the firmware suggests Apple’s “iPhone 8” will integrate facial recognition into the Apple Pay process, though it appears the technology will not completely replace physical Touch ID.

Developer Daniel Niyazov tweeted out a note on Wednesday in which he noted references to “pearl,” which is thought to be Apple’s codename for “iPhone 8’s” facial recognition feature. The reference also showed up in leaked code associated with Apple Pay.

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Apple posts $45.4 billion in revenue, $8.7 billion profit in Q3 2017 financial report

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Date: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, 05:55
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Google, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

Apple’s financial returns are in for the third quarter of 2017, the company boasting an $8.7 billon profit and $45.4 billion in revenue on strong iPhone, iPad and Mac sales.

The company offered the following highlights in its conference call with analysts:

Apple has surpassed 1.2 billion cumulative iPhones sold, and the iPhone 7 series continues to be a strong performer.

iPad grew for the first time in 4 years, and U.S. education market sales of iPad were up more than 30 percent.

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AMD unveils Vega 54, Vega 64 GPUs slated for inclusion with the iMac Pro

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, WWDC

These are the graphics cards that may wind up in the new iMac Pro.

AMD officially rolled out PCI-E versions of its Vega 54 and Vega 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro upon its release in December. The cards themselves will be released to retail in the middle of August.

AMD will ship a trio of cards based on the Vega architecture. The air-cooled Radeon RX Vega 56 and RX Vega 64, plus the water-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid. All three cards feature 8GB of VRAM, differing in compute units, and clockspeed.

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Developers uncover hints as to HomePod’s RAM, display specifications in latest firmware update

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, 05:24
Category: Amazon, Developer, Google, Hardware, HomePod, News

Deep within Apple’s firmware update for the upcoming HomePod, some of the critical specs have been found.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared last week that HomePod will run a full iOS stack and uses a shell app called SoundBoard. He also mentioned more specifics about the display/touch surface stating “The center part of the HomePod surface appears to be an LED matrix and not just big LEDs—could perhaps display shapes/symbols.”

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Updated HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:02
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Software, Touch ID

It turns out that the newest HomePod firmware update dropped some hints as to what to expect with the next-gen iPhone.

The firmware, which will run a version of iOS, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith dug into the firmware and its BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more.

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Developer comments on newly-released HomePod firmware, points out new interface changes

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Date: Monday, July 31st, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, News, Siri, Software

Late Friday, Apple released firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker system to the developer community.

Not long after, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed the following details about the new firmware:

HomePod firmware code (labeled AudioAccessory1,1) shows that the smart speaker runs the full iOS stack like an iPhone without a screen and relies on a shell app called SoundBoard (presumably like SpringBoard on iOS).

Like Apple’s other products, HomePod will support accessibility features including VoiceOver according to the firmware code.

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Apple discontinues iPod nano, iPod Shuffle, reduces iPod touch price to $199

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2017, 05:40
Category: iPod, iPod Nano, iPod shuffle, iPod Touch, News, retail

The iPod nano and iPod Shuffle are no more.

Early Thursday, Apple removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from both its web site and online store around the world. The company confirmed that the units have been discontinued, but continues to sell the iPod touch with updated pricing and storage, including a 32GB model for $199 and 128GB model for $299.

For now, it appears the iPod nano and iPod shuffle are still available to purchase at many Apple Stores and other resellers, but that likely won’t be the case for too much longer. In the United States, the latest iPod nano started at $149 with 16GB of storage, while the iPod shuffle cost $49 with 2GB of storage.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could be delayed until Q1 2018, might not be available in white color, facial recognition “highly likely”

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 05:47
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

With the launch of the next-gen iPhone en route, a rumor from Macotakara cites possible delays and initial supply shortages of the handset. The report explains that the “premium model” will likely be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, but its release will likely be delayed to near the end of 2017.

The report states that the release “has the possibility” of slipping to the first half of Apple’s Q1 2018, which runs from October through December.

It’s also been rumored that the next-gen iPhone will not arrive in a white color option. While the specifics of this rumor are unclear, sources close to the early production line have said that it is “not possible” to have the new iPhone arrive in white, thereby suggesting less of a color variety than with previous models.

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Adobe announces “end of life” date for Flash Player at end of 2020

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, 05:10
Category: Apple, Developer, Google, iOS, iPad, Microsoft, News, Software

Adobe’s Flash Player now has an end date: the end of 2020.

Adobe says it’s working with companies including Apple and Google to prepare for the upcoming death of Flash, as quoted here:

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

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