Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature upgraded TrueDepth camera system, larger-capacity batteries

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

It’s thought that an upgraded TrueDepth camera system in a next-gen iPhone, while spiffy, will require larger-capacity batteries.

Per KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries.

The analyst offered the following quote regarding the topic:

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iMac Pro units beat delivery dates, begin arriving early for some users

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:57
Category: iMac, iMac Pro, News, retail

It seems as if some 5K iMac Pros have arrived a bit early.

A slew of images posted to Instagram and a video on YouTube have shown the desktop and assorted Space Gray accessories arriving in the hands of customers.



Japanese Mac site Mac Otakara has also posted a video and photos of the iMac Pro tearing through several benchmarking applications.

The iMac Pro starts at $4,999 and is available in 8, 10, 14, and 18-core configurations.

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Rumor: Apple developing next-gen Apple Watch with built-in EKG reader

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Date: Friday, December 22nd, 2017, 03:01
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, Rumor, Wearables

It’s a rumor, but it’s an interesting rumor.

Apple is thought to be building an EKG heart monitor into the next generation of its Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 3 already features an all-day heart rate monitor that tracks beats per minute while wearing, but third-party accessories are needed to add EKG functionality.

It’s thought that the version being tested will have the user squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device according to one of the sources. The Apple Watch will then pass an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.

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Apple admits to throttling iOS performance on older iPhone models since 2016, cites battery-related/altruistic reasons for practice

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:45
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Well, this isn’t good.

Following years of suspicion from critics, Apple may have admitted to secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

After years of anecdotal evidence that the company was purposely slowing performance to compel users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, offering the following comments as to the practice:

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Apple’s rumored “Marzipan” project might allow iOS apps to run under macOS, could be part of development efforts in 2018

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:12
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

A new Apple project could allow thousands of iOS applications to run under macOS.

Apple is reportedly working to overcome challenges in getting software developers to embrace the Mac App Store. With the expected upcoming changes, developers will be able to create a single application that can work with either a touchscreen, a mouse, or a trackpad.

The project, reportedly codenamed “Marzipan”, will allow macOS and iOS applications to essentially blur together with the hope that applications on the Mac will be updated more frequently and be of higher quality than their current state. A Bloomberg report cited the official Twitter app, which is regularly updated for iPhone and iPad, but less frequently so for Mac.

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December 2017 drone footage shows new trees, grassy areas at Apple Park

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Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, 03:37
Category: Fun, News

Construction of the new Apple Park campus is entering its end stages, with 4K drone footage showing new trees and grass areas now in place. The site looks very much closer to the ‘building amid nature’ image seen in the early renders …

Trees also surround the large pond, and the visitor center – but not high enough to block the view of the main spaceship building from its roof terrace atop the on-site Apple Store.

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Analyst predicts second-get AirPods due in second half of 2018

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Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, 03:47
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

Apple seems likely to release an upgraded version of the AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Per Kuo’s latest research note:

Media reports over the past few days on brisk AirPods demand and Apple struggling to keep up with holiday season demand align with our findings and positive predictions on AirPods in several previous reports. […]

In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq.

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Apple Watch Series 3 three-month LTE grace period ends, subscribers begin seeing surprising charges from wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:53
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables, wireless

If you’re about to deactivate the LTE service on your Apple Watch Series 3 and then reactivate it later, there might be some fees to consider.

When the device was first launched, carriers in the United States and other countries where the LTE version of the device is available offered three free months of service and waived activation fees.

This three month grace period is now coming to an end, and customers have begun receiving their first LTE bills, which include a $10/month service charge.

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iPhone X availability improves to same-day pickup in most Apple Store retail locations, one-day shipping times in the United States, United Kingdom

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag an iPhone X for the holidays, you’ll probably be in luck.

Apple’s updated online store now reflects the improved availability of the handset in the United States. As such, potential customers can most likely pick up an iPhone X from an Apple Store retail location or via next-day delivery.

According to the Apple website, orders in the United States for all combinations of color and capacity of the iPhone X are claimed to be “In Stock” for deliveries, with orders arriving with customers as soon as “Tomorrow.” This appears to apply to devices for all four major carriers, as well as the SIM-free variant.

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AirPods reportedly sold out in week before Christmas

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017, 03:48
Category: AirPods, News, retail

It may be harder to find Apple’s AirPods in time for Christmas.

Over on Apple’s online store, the company is now quoting delivery of the units in the first and second weeks of January. As such, you might have to hunt around for the headphones if you want to get them under the Christmas tree for a loved one on the 25th.

Best Buy, Verizon, and Sprint all list early January delivery dates or no availability at all. B&H also shows AirPods as back-ordered. AT&T seems to have some availability for 2-day shipping, but be sure to act fast as that could change within a few minutes.

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