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Thursday March 22

Amnesty International presses Apple to warn Chinese...

Amnesty International is calling on Apple to inform Chinese iCloud users that their data might be at risk of government prying after the company migrated regional accounts to China-based servers, a move designed to conform with local laws.

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Police using fingerprints of dead suspects to unlock...

While there have been some failures, U.S. law enforcement agencies have indeed used the fingers of corpses to unlock iPhones and obtain evidence, a report revealed on Thursday.

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Apple updates Apple Store app with new Sessions tab...

Apple on Thursday rolled out a revamped version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing a new Sessions tab for easy access to Today at Apple events and app-wide design tweaks.

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How to delete and restore iOS’ built-in apps on...

While iOS 10 brought the ability to more or less hide iOS’ built-in apps, you can actually delete them with iOS 11. Follow along below for how to delete and restore the default apps on iPhone.


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iPhone X ‘Fly Market’ Commercial: Song, Dance, Face...

Apple has a new spot out, and I love it. It’s called Fly Market, and it features a young man dancing through a street market using Apple Pay and Face ID on his iPhone X to buy clothes and a present for his mom. The song is “Back Pocket” by Vulfpeck, a great tune. This commercial has charisma, and I love the imagery—I think it’s great. I’d love to hear what you think.

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Apple Store app for iOS adds ‘Sessions’ feature,...

The Apple Store app on iOS has today received a major update, bringing it to version 5.0. The update includes a new Sessions screen for finding Apple Store, improvements to the in-store experience, and more…


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Apple World Today News Update: March 22, 2018

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Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has news on where Apple's future revenue growth will come from, a unique proof-of-concept app that wants to make it easier to assemble IKEA furniture, and a rumor about trial production of this year's iPhones:

  • Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty sees Apple's future revenue growth coming not from iPhones, but from services and wearables
  • A developer has created a proof-of-concept AR app that could make it easier to understand those sometimes nebulous IKEA furniture assembly instructions
  • Rumors! Trial product of this year's three iPhones could start as early as June

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.


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VR and AR patent applications demonstrate Apple...

A new batch of Apple patent applications published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows Apple is still working on technology relating to virtual and augmented reality, with filings showing a multi-resolution system for creating VR content, headset concepts, and a 3D document editing system.

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Actor Joshua Leonard had 'Unsane' time...

The actor talks to AppleInsider about director Steven Soderbergh's new movie, what it's like to act in a scene when the camera is an iPhone and how innovative technology has followed him throughout his career.

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This look inside Spike Jonze’s Apple ad is as...

I think this behind the scenes video is even more interesting than the ad itself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Analyst: Apple’s Service platform has ‘tremendous...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider — Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says Apple’s Services platform has “tremendous upside.”

She forecasts that Services revenue growth will contribute more than 50% of the company's total revenue growth over the next five years. The iPhone, which has contributed 86% of Apple's revenue growth over the past five years, will make up 22% of revenue growth in the next five.

Apple Services include Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and AppleCare service plans, Apple Pay, etc. In its most recent quarter, Apple posted $8.5 billion in revenue in its services category, up 13% year-over-year.

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Flash Deal: 20 percent or more off Amazon Alexa...

Amazon is taking 20 percent or more off select Alexa-enabled devices today only in honor of its top-ranking spot in Harris Poll's corporate reputation survey.

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News: Apple confirms fix is in the works for bug...

In a statement provided to MacRumors, Apple has confirmed that it already has a fix underway for a bug reported earlier this week in which Siri could bypass privacy restrictions on third-party messaging apps, allowing for otherwise hidden messages to be read aloud, even when an iPhone is locked.


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Apple's newest iPhone X ad hypes Face ID &...

Apple's latest lifestyle ad for the iPhone X, "Fly Market," once again concentrates on the device's TrueDepth camera, in this case its usefulness with Face ID and Apple Pay.

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Where to use or buy GymKit workout equipment with...

GymKit for Apple Watch is brand new technology that will hopefully one day be in all gyms and personal fitness equipment, but for now you need to know where to look to find it. The good news is there are several models of workout machines that work with GymKit today, but you may want to seek out a fitness club with the right equipment for now.


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Video: Animoji on the iPhone X versus AR Emoji on...

Apple and Samsung both have hardware for facial recognition of users that are being used for animoji -- and AppleInsider compares the two systems.

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Apple shows off the ease of Apple Pay with iPhone X...

Apple is continuing its release of iPhone X ads today with a new video focused on using Face ID to quickly make purchases with Apple Pay. The whimsical new ad highlights how Face ID and Apple Pay makes impulse purchases even easier…


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Apple to fix Siri bug that read out hidden iPhone...

A future Apple update will solve an iOS security flaw allowing Siri to read out otherwise hidden lockscreen notifications, but AppleInsider can show you how to work around it now.

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Snapchat adding new ‘Map Explore’ feature to make it...

Snapchat today announced that it is further expanding its Snap Map feature. As noted by The Verge, Snapchat is launching a new feature called Map Explore that gives updates when their friends travel places or attend an event…


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Plux wireless charger is perfect for those tired of...

Many Apple fans were thrilled with Apple's AirPower wireless charger...but that thrill went away when the device didn't ship immediately. If you'd like a wireless charger that charges your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously, costs $39 instead of whatever Apple is going to charge, and that can be in your hands in April, take a look at the Plux Wireless Charger that's currently on Indiegogo. I had a chance to try one out and I like what I saw.

Like the AirPower, the Plux is a lozenge-shaped flat surface on which you can lay your iPhone X or 8/8 Plus, your Apple Watch and your AirPods. Now there are a few caveats in there: the Apple Watch can't just be placed anywhere on the Plux -- it has to go onto a standard Apple Watch charging "puck" that's embedded in one end.

A Qi charging pad is plugged into the charging port on the...

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Analyst: Apple Watch and services will overtake...

A new report today from Business Insider shares new projections about how valuable Apple services will be to the company’s growth as iPhone shipments stagnate. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes the company’s services and Apple Watch will be the primary revenue growth drivers over the next five years.


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Apple pulls back curtain for rare, exhilarating look...

The production of "Welcome Home," Apple's recent HomePod commercial directed by Spike Jonze and starring musician and dancer FKA twigs, is available, showing reliance on practical effects, more than CGI.

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Explosive Apple Services growth expected to be main...

Apple may not be reliant on massive seasonal sales of the iPhone going forward for steady revenue growth, if a new analyst report is accurate.

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AirPlay: Naming Apple TVs and HomePods to avoid (2)...

While it’s perfectly reasonable to have an Apple TV and a HomePod in the same room, Apple hasn’t optimized parts of its software to handle this very well. For example, if you name both your Apple TV and HomePod ‘Kitchen’ as the software will suggest, the result is the second device appending a (2) to the device name.

That’s clunky but it works. The trickier issue this creates is how AirPlaying system audio from macOS works. iOS and iTunes provide device icons to distinguish between Apple TVs and HomePods, but the system audio menu omits these which makes naming devices by room even more confusing.


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Instagram listens to user feedback, making several...

Instagram today announced that it will be making several updates to its feed algorithm to help improve the experience for its users.


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Mac: Satechi Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter

Let’s face it, as nice as it sounds in theory when we look at Apple’s newest MacBooks, most of us are just not quite ready yet for a USB-C-only world. Fortunately, Satechi has us covered; the company makes some of the nicest USB-C hubs we’ve seen for Mac users, matching the design aesthetic of modern MacBooks perfectly. Satech’s latest offering is its Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter, which provides two card slots and a total of seven ports — including USB-C Power Delivery output — that should give most MacBook users just about everything they need.

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Ex-Apple engineer explains wide Google location data...

The automatic collection of user location data from smartphones by tech companies, and the ability of law enforcement to access it via warrants will be discussed in Friday's AppleInsider podcast, with criminal defense attorney and former Apple engineer T. Greg Doucette explaining how a recent report into the requests by Raleigh, N.C. police came about in the first place.

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Amnesty International targets Apple for ‘betrayal’...

Amnesty International — an organization that “works to protect women, men and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied” — has launched a new social media campaign targeting Apple over its “betrayal” of millions of Chinese iCloud users by “recklessly” making their personal data vulnerable to the arbitrary scrutiny of the Chinese government.

Last month, Apple transferred the operation of its iCloud service for Chinese users to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. The move affects any photos, documents, contacts, messages and other user data and content that Chinese users store on Apple’s cloud-based servers.

In response, Amnesty’s online campaign urges consumers to tell Apple CEO Tim Cook to reject double standards when it comes to privacy for Chinese customers, whose personal data is now at risk of ending up in the hands of the...

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Apple says it will fix Siri privacy issue

In a statement provided to MacRumors, Apple says it will fix a privacy issue in which Siri, its personal digital assistant, will read aloud hidden lock screen notifications on iPhones.  “We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update,” Apple said.

As reported by Brazilian website MacMagazine, users can simply ask Siri to "read my notifications" and the assistant will read aloud the contents of notifications from many apps, including ones that are hidden. Hopefully, the fix will come in iOS 11.3, which is currently in beta testing.

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Apple may be recruiting an editorial team for an...

Based on recent job postings, Apple seems to be recruiting an editorial team for its upcoming iBooks reboot, possibly with the idea of creating an App Store-style "Today" tab, per the Japanese site Macotakara — as noted by AppleInsider.

Presumably, the tab would feature things like author interviews and spotlights on individual books and themes. Bloomberg has reported that Apple hired Kashif Zafar, a senior vice president from Audible, Amazon’s audio books business, to help with the iBooks revamp. The article says the new app will include a simpler interface that...

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9to5Toys Last Call: Amazon Logitech Sale, MacBook...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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AR app turns your iPhone X into a useful IKEA...

A new app concept gives us a look at how AR can be leveraged to create a better experience than using paper instruction manuals. Specifically, AssembleAR shows what it looks like to use AR to help put together IKEA furniture.


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Review: Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp

Chord is, in many ways, the quintessential audiophile product company. They make fantastically expensive, great-sounding audio products with ostentatious designs and custom internal components. For years, their products have been popular among those with lots of disposable income — unfortunately for Chord and their peers, a tiny market. It was for this reason that Chord sought to make an "affordable" device that would bring its technology to a broader audience. Though $599 certainly strains the definition of "affordable," the Mojo is one of the best portable DAC/amps we've yet heard. {/exp:char_limit}

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∞ The Loop Bash at WWDC 2018

I’m pleased to announce The Loop Bash will take place again this year at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. The Party will be held at The Ritz, a nightclub around the corner from the San Jose Convention Center, on June 4, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am.

We will have live music at the event too. The Houserockers, one of the best bands in the Bay Area, will be on hand to help you rock the night away.

Beer and wine will be provided for free during the party hours and you can buy mixed drinks if you would rather have those types of drinks.

Tickets for the party are free, but you will need to RSVP in order to get into the event. I’ll make an announcement on how to RSVP for the party as we get closer to WWDC. Once you register for The Loop Bash, your ticket can be stored in your Apple Wallet—just show up and your ticket will be scanned at the door. Having a ticket does not...

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Macs and iPads are on sale for under $400, plus $250...

Looking for the lowest entry price into an iPad or Mac? Snap up a 2017 9.7" iPad for just $289 -- or pick up a Mac mini for $399, now $100 off. Apple's Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics and 1TB of storage is now on sale for $3,149 with no tax in most states.

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Google Assistant's new voice command sends...

On the heels of its Shopping Actions program that encourages stores to use Assistant to sell stuff, Google has unveiled a new way to send money to your friends using Google Assistant.

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Self-driving cars and 'Project Titan'...

The latest Apple patent applications published by the US Patent and Trademark Office feature a number of filings relating to its self driving car efforts, including gesture recognition for both passengers inside the vehicle and for pedestrians diverting traffic on the road.

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Opinion: What I’d like to see Apple announce at the...

Apple set expectations for the March 27 event with the invite: ‘creative new ideas for teachers and students’. It’s going to be themed and directed at education markets, no question.

But that doesn’t mean the event will be irrelevant to an average consumer outside of a school. Whilst software announcements will almost certainly focus on things like Apple Classroom, any new hardware revisions affect normal customers just as much as schools. Here’s what I’d like to see happen.


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Newest Apple Pay promo offers free deliveries from...

In its continuing bid to hammer home Apple Pay adoption, Apple has partnered with Eat24, Grubhub, and Seamless to offer free food deliveries for people using the platform.

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Satechi releases new aluminum USB-C hub with dual...

Satechi has today released its latest USB-C hub, the Aluminum Type-C Multimedia Adapter. Packing in almost every I/O you could need, the new adapter even includes Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and more.


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Making of Apple’s Spike Jonze-directed HomePod ad...

Earlier this month, Apple began airing a new HomePod ad directed by filmmaker Spike Jonze and featuring dancer FKA Twigs. Today, AdWeek shares an interesting look at the behind-the-scenes work that went into making the ad.


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News: YouTube becomes Top Grossing iPhone app

YouTube has just become the top-grossing app in the App Store, according to a new report by TechCrunch. The milestone was first spotted by the App Store marketing intelligence firm Sensor Tower. While YouTube’s position has been rising on the Top Grossing charts for a few years now — ever since the launch of its paid YouTube Red subscription service — this is the first time it has risen above third place. The month after YouTube Red’s…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2 Minutes and LEGO

How long does it take to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Only a couple minutes, if you watch LEGO Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2 Minutes. It’s almost like watching the actual movie, except that it’s a lot shorter and narrated by a pretty awesome kid. The video is on the official Star Wars YouTube channel and is a really fun take on the latest movie from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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Keep all your devices alive with this 7-port...

Charging docks help keep your devices powered up and organized in a single, convenient place. If you want one charger to rule all your gear, Amazon is selling a...

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News: Canada’s mandatory National Public Alerting...

Canada’s new National Public Alerting System is scheduled to go live on April 6, and according to a new report from CTV News, the service will be mandatory for all users with no opt-out options available. While a report suggested that most wireless providers were pushing for an opt-out option that would allow end users to disable the alerts, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has decided that consumers will…

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Church of England to adopt Apple Pay

The Guardian:

Churchgoers will no longer have to fumble in their pockets and purses for loose change or notes as the Church of England introduces contactless payment terminals in more than 16,000 churches, cathedrals and other religious sites.

Contactless payments have been on trial in 40 Anglican churches since last summer, and from Tuesday they will be extended to all dioceses with the aim of making donations easier and faster. Congregations will also be able to donate via text message.

Fascinating. And inevitable.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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macOS: Resuming a Print Job on a Specific Page

Today’s Quick Tip is about pausing printing—and then having your printer resume on a specific page! No, you don’t have to cancel your print job if you forgot to tell your Mac to print only a range of pages, and we’ll tell you how to get around doing that.

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Study confirms Apple Watch can detect abnormal heart...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

The heart rate monitors built into the Apple Watch and other wearable devices can detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy, according to a new study conducted by the team behind the Cardiogram app for Apple Watch in conjunction with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

More than 139 million heart rate and step count measurements were collected from 9,750 users of the Cardiogram app who also enrolled in the UC San Francisco Health eHeart Study, with the data used to train DeepHeart, Cardiogram’s deep neural network.

This is a perfect use case for machine learning. Tons of available data, combined with a simple tag. Simple? Read this:

Once trained, DeepHeart was able to read heart rate data collected by wearables, distinguishing between normal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation with a 97 percent accuracy rate, both when testing UCSF patients with known heart issues and Cardiogram participants...

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Fall 2018 iPhone lineup production expected to begin...

Apple could begin trial production of its 2018 iPhones as soon as next quarter, seeking to avoid the production problems with TrueDepth cameras thought to have pushed the iPhone X's launch into last November, a report claimed on Thursday.

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News: Daily Deal: Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone...

For Thursday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone Lens Kit for only $49.99 — that’s 28% off the regular price. This all-in-one lens kit provides a durable case with the latest 6-in-1 Revolver Lens attachment, combining a protective case with six lenses that you can quickly switch between on the go. Two telephoto lenses, macro, super macro, wide-angle and fisheye lenses can be quickly changed up using smart-flip…

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The Walking Dead mobile game developer using iPhone...

The developers behind the upcoming mobile game for The Walking Dead, Our World, are using the iPhone X’s TrueDepth’s camera system as a motion capture tool for facial expressions for characters in the game. The developers record actors in front of the iPhone X, using a specially-built app to export the facial motion into their 3D character modelling apps.

Going beyond simple cartoon figures like Animoji, the developers feel the iPhone X sensors are good enough that they can use them to animate realistic face rigs of human characters.


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Apple looking into a ‘Predictive, Foveated Virtual...

Apple has filed for a patent for a “predictive, foveate virtual reality system” that can capture views of the world around a user using multiple resolutions. It could work with Macs or an HDTV and could include a head-mounted display.

The Predictive, Foveated Virtual Reality System may include one or more cameras configured to capture lower resolution image data for a peripheral field of view while capturing higher resolution image data for a narrow field of view corresponding to a user's line of sight. Additionally, it may include one or more sensors or other mechanisms, such as gaze tracking modules or accelerometers, to detect or track motion. 

A Predictive, Foveated Virtual Reality System may also predict, based on a user's head and eye motion, the user's future line of sight and may capture image data corresponding to a predicted line of sight. When the user subsequently looks in that direction the system may display the previously captured (and augmented) view...

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Apple files for a patent for ‘gesture based control...

Apple has filed for a patent for “gesture based control of autonomous vehicles,” which will doubtless only fuel speculation on an “Apple Car.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that motorized vehicles which are capable of sensing their environment and navigating to destinations with little or no ongoing input from occupants, and may therefore be referred to as "autonomous" or "self-driving" vehicles, are an increasing focus of research and development. Given the multiplicity of choices that are typically available with respect to vehicle trajectories in real-world environments, occupant input or guidance with regard to selecting vehicle trajectories (without requiring traditional steering, braking, accelerating and the like) may be extremely valuable to the motion control components of such vehicles. 

However, Apple says that providing interfaces for such guidance which are intuitive and easy to use may “present a non-trivial challenge.” The company’s solution? A...

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Apple reportedly starting trial product of new...

Apple will enter trial production of its new iPhone series in the second quarter of the year, according to Digitimes. The article says the tech giant wants an early start to avoid the 3D sensor yield rate issues with the 2017 models.

According to Digitimes, Apple could start delivering the new iPhones early in the third quarter. That timeframe could start pushing up component maker revenues as early as quarter two, the article adds.

Apple's 2018 iPhone series are expected to consist of two OLED-based iPhones (5.85-inch and 6.45-inch) and a 6.1-inch LCD model. And all are designed to sport Face ID.

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Apple Pay users offered deals on Grubhub, Seamless,...

Apple is teaming up with restaurant delivery apps to offer three free delivery on meals ordered through Grubhub, Seamless and Eat24 for Apple Pay users.

The promo runs through April 2 and can’t be combined with other discounts. Orders must be made through the website or the apps using promo code HOOPS at checkout, and paid with, naturally, Apple Pay.

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Apple plans ‘several’ new retail stores in Japan

According to the Japanese language site, Macotakara -- as noted by AppleInsider — Apple plans to open “several” new retail stores in the country, as well as remodel existing locations.

With the opening of five new stores, Apple will  have 506 retail stores in 24 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. For starters, the tech giant will launch a new store in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo on Saturday, April 7. It will be the company’s eighth retail outlet in the country and the first in Japan to sport a "town square" design concept common to most recently opened Apple outlets, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail.

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HQ Trivia app update adds native full-screen iPad...

HQ Trivia continues to go from strength to strength bringing in hundreds of thousands of players every single day. They have started doing winner-takes-all special games on Sundays with even bigger jackpots too. Today, they pushed an update to their game in the App Store to bring a native layout for iPad players. Previously, iPad HQ players were resigned to using the iPhone app in 2x blown up mode.


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SaddleBack Leather’s iPhone Photographer Case is a...

SaddleBack Leather’s iPhone Photographer Case — available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus — is a great case/accessory for iPhone-ographers. I just wish there was a model for the iPhone X.

Ranging in price from $29 to $34, the cases have a 100-year (yep, a century) warranty. They’re made of full grain leather that develops a handsome patina the more you handle it and the more it ages. The rugged design not only looks great, but is very durable it’s stitched with marine-grade polyester thread (the stuff they use in ship sails)

The iPhone Photographer Case has stacked, thick leather corners for easy holding while you’re snapping pics. Those corners also absorb shocks if you do drop your Apple smartphone. What’s more, the interior lining of the phone case is a soft pigskin suede designed to protect your iPhone from...

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Latest Apple Pay promotion promises free delivery on...

Sticking to the same as the previous giveaway, Apple has partnered with restaurant delivery apps to offer free delivery on meals ordered through Grubhub, Seamless and Eat24. Orders must be made through the website or the apps using promo code ‘HOOPS’ at checkout, and paid using Apple Pay of course. There are some strings attached though …


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Setting up a HomePod as a Home hub

You can set up your HomePod, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), or iPad as a home hub to automate and remotely control your HomeKit accessories from your iOS device. The device that you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.

The HomePod automatically sets itself up as a home hub so you can control your HomeKit accessories remotely with the Home app and use automations. Just make sure that the iOS device you use to set up HomePod is signed in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Report: Apple trialling 2018 iPhone production in Q2...

Apple is apparently starting trial production of the 2018 iPhone lineup in the second quarter, according to a report published this morning by Digitimes. Apple is set to debut three new iPhones later this year, an update to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch device dubbed ‘iPhone X Plus’ and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

All three models are designed to feature Face ID, eschewing a home button. Apple faced production bottlenecks last year with iPhone X from the 3D face sensing components, something the company is hoping to avoid second time around.


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TRENDnet introduces USB-C HD docking station

TRENDnet has announced the $99.99 Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube (the TUC-DS1), which supports high-resolution HD video, and extends or mirrors your notebook’s display.

TRENDnet’s Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube allows you to connect multiple USB devices, and network your laptop all from a single cable. You can manage multiple workstation devices such as USB storage, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, and HD monitor.

You can connect all your workstation devices to the Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube, then connect your laptop or notebook directly to the docking station. The TUC-DS1 also includes a power delivery port to charge a USB-C notebook from the docking station.

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Notable apps and app updates for March 22, 2018

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Bitwise Design has published Good Morning to You, a $9.99, original children's book that offers a “breathtakingly beautiful and heartwarming look at experiencing and appreciating life through the heightened multi-sensory lens of Autism.” It’s available as a fully immersive interactive app on iPad and iPhone and as a static Apple iBook and Amazon Kindle eBook.

macOS Apps/Updates

Reinvented Software has announced Keep It 1.3, an update to their notebook, scrapbook and organizer for macOS...

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Rumor: Apple swings 10% discount for key component...

The rumor mill has it that Apple is intending to bring out three new iPhone models this year and that the second-gen iPhone X2/iPhone XI could be priced for slightly less than the $999 price tag the iPhone X retails for now.

Additional rumors have noted a 5.85-inch ‘bezel-free’ model, while reports suggest there will be another with a similar design with a 6.45-inch display.

Per rumors from the supply chain, Apple has managed to secure a 10 parent reduction in the cost of key components, potentially making the next-gen iPhone models a bit cheaper.

Another rumor has it that Apple might have canceled an LCD version of the next-gen iPhone X, as the company may have managed to secure OLED displays at a better price. OLED displays are known for better color reproduction and improved contrast ratios.

This, combined with a general lowering of the cost of components over the year, would allow Apple to position the 6.45-inch iPhone X as the premium model, with...

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Privacy bug allows Siri to read content of third-...

This is definitely something Apple needs to fix in the next version of iOS 11.

A privacy bug currently allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them.

As of iOS 11, users can set message notifications to be hidden on the iOS’ Lock screen, wherein you’ll see that a message has arrived, but its content is hidden. That setting is on by default on the iPhone X, where simply glancing at it will unlock the phone and allow the content to be displayed, while it can be set on other models.

Recently, a user discovered that Siri can be asked to read the content of the hidden message.

Where Apple’s own Messages app is concerned, Siri will only read the message after the iPhone has been unlocked. Unfortunately, for third-party apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype, Siri will read the content of the messages to anyone who picks up the locked phone.

The site verified that the bug is in both iOS 11.2.6 and...

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The Morning After: Zuckerberg's apology and...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to Thursday. We touch on why deleting Facebook is hard for some of us, squeeze a sorry out of Mark Zuckerberg and test out the comfortable future of Oculus VR.

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Wednesday March 21

Angela Ahrendts touts Apple’s investment in Japan,...

Earlier this week, Apple officially announced that it will open its new Japanese store in Tokyo’s retail district of Shinjuku on April 7th. Now, Angela Ahrendts is teasing that Apple has a lot more planned for Japan customers, with this store only being the beginning…


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Apple to open 'several' new Japanese...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts this week said the company plans a major Japanese investment that will see the opening of new retail outlets and an extensive renovation of existing locations over the next five years.

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Apple Maps Transit directions go live in Albuquerque...

Apple on Wednesday continued its rollout of public transit data with an activation of services in Albuquerque, N.M., allowing Apple Maps users in the area to plan bus trips, find routing information and more.

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YouTube becomes top grossing iPhone app in U.S....

Google's YouTube app for iOS, which provides direct access to the ubiquitous video sharing service, this week became the top grossing iPhone title on Apple's U.S. App Store, a watershed achievement eight years in the making.

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Hands-on: Netgear's Arlo Baby camera with Apple...

The Arlo Baby is a rare beast. Not only is it Netgear's only HomeKit-compatible security camera, it's also the only HomeKit accessory specifically meant to serve as a baby monitor.

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The Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, and our AI...

Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

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Chase Mobile updated with iPhone X optimization...

Even though the iPhone X has been available for several months now, there are still a slew of notable apps waiting on optimization for the device’s 5.8-inch OLED display. Today, however, Chase has finally updated its iOS app with iPhone X support…


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Apple is an exception to nearly every rule

It’s good to be the king. Apple makes design and engineering choices that other companies wouldn’t even imagine doing.

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Macworld’s April digital magazine: Apple HomePod...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the April issue

This month, read our review of Apple’s HomePod. It sounds great, but find out why it feels unfinished. We tell you what Apple needs to do to improve Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant. Plus, see our list of the ten iOS and Mac games that you should be playing right now. 

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• MacUser: 4 tidbits we learned from Apple’s record quarterly results

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My Crazy Apple TV 4K & Dolby Vision Adventure

It took John some time, testing, industry contacts and study to finally get his Apple TV 4K and Sony 4K/UHD TV doing the Dolby Vision magic.

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How to hide information in notification previews on...

Notifications on iPhone can become overwhelming with the myriad of apps that kick out alerts. Follow along for how to make system-wide notifications changes on iPhone as well as customizing them for individual apps.


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Apple World Today News Update: March 21, 2018

A short podcast today, but with a few fun stories about the top grossing app in the US App Store, zombies and the iPhone X, and a unique campaign by a Chinese smartphone manufacturer to get potential iPhone X buyers to wait...

  • The top grossing app in the US App Store is...YouTube. Find out how a free app can make so much money
  • A game developer is using the iPhone X TrueDepth camera to capture facial animations for an upcoming "The Walking Dead" title
  • Huawei's new P20 smartphone arrives in less than a week, and the company is trying to dissuade people from buying the iPhone X until they can try the new phone

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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Apple's Joswiak says iOS gaming catching up to...

Gaming on iPhone and iPad is reaching a threshold where it's on par with consoles, which have typically outpaced mobile devices, Apple's VP of product marketing claimed in a recent interview.

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HomeKit Weekly: Turning your old garage door into a...

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. 

Getting into HomeKit can be a very costly endeavor when you start replacing locks, lights, and other accessories with connected versions. Fortunately, turning your old garage door opener into a Siri-connected entrance doesn’t require replacing your existing garage door opener. Instead you can upgrade your existing garage door opener from $70-$170 depending on your needs. Here’s how to get started:


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Study: Apple Watch highly accurate at detecting...

A new study from University of California, San Francisco, researchers shows that the Apple Watch can detect atrial fibrillation with high accuracy at least when wearers were at rest.  

In the test of 1,620 people, researchers used a Cardiogram app to access heart-rate sensor data using the heart-rate sensor and step counter built into the Apple smartwatch. A deep neural network analyzed the heart rate data and step-count data, which was used to determine whether a person was active (explaining a sudden heart rate spike) or at rest.

The resulting algorithm was able to tell the difference between atrial fibrillation and normal heartbeats with about 97% compared to electrocardiograms. This data came from about 50 patients with atrial fibrillation who were undergoing procedures to restore their heart rates to normal....

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Here’s why Apple is primed to dominate mobile gaming...

Apple looks all set to dominate the mobile gaming market as more and more users are picking up their smartphones to play popular titles from developers that previously may have been reserved for consoles. Here’s why iOS has a big advantage over Android when it comes to gaming.


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Facebook's Zuckerberg vows action on Cambridge...

Following a week of terrible press, a battered stock, and threats of mass account de-activations, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the data scandal in a post to the network.

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Muse, the Alexa Voice Assistant for Cars: $59.99

Alexa fans now have a way of adding Alexa to their cars with Muse, a device that sits between your iPhone (or Android device) and your car. It allows you to tap into Alexa for music controls, controlling your home Alexa devices, and more. Check out the deal listing for details.

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[Sponsor] Ultra Fractal

Ultra Fractal makes it easy to create your own visual fractal art. You might be familiar with fractals like the Mandelbrot set that offer endless zooming possibilities. Ultra Fractal turns these fractals into art with gradients to add color, Photoshop-like layering, coloring algorithms that introduce intricate ornaments, and even extensive animation support. Start with the included tutorials and you will soon be creating your first fractals.

There’s a free trial version for macOS and Windows. Act quickly because until March 28, Daring Fireball readers get 25% discount on all editions of Ultra Fractal 6 with coupon code ‘FIREBALL’.


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For the first time ever, YouTube has become the top...

On Tuesday, YouTube became the top grossing app on the App Store for the first time in the app’s history. The app had previously hit number 3 in the charts, but has never become the top grossing app on iOS.

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Apple and mobile gaming

Apple VP Greg Joswiak:

“We bring a very homogenous customer base to developers where 90% of [devices] are on the current versions of iOS,” says Joswiak. Apple’s customers embrace those changes and updates quickly, he says, and this allows developers to target new features and the full capabilities of the devices more quickly.

That is such an important point for Apple—its customers update hardware and software quickly, which allows developers to take advantage of new APIs and technologies in their apps. That, in turn, leads to more sales for developers and Apple, all while keeping the customers happy and engaged.

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Review: iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp

Weird company name, weird product names with weird feature names and weird form factors. To the uninitiated, researching one of iFi's portable headphone DAC/amps might be a bit overwhelming — the company doesn't shy away from the arcane, listing component part numbers in the place of advertising copy and bombarding the reader with branded features. iFi does things like nobody else, which might be why they're so popular in the audiophile community. Today we're trying out iFi's Micro iDSD Black Label. There's a lot to cover here — it's a DAC, it's a headphone amplifier, it's a preamp, it's powerful, and it's awesome.{/exp:char_limit}

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How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account

If you’re done with Facebook and want to completely delete your account here’s what to do.

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TrueDepth camera in iPhone X used to capture facial...

Next Games' upcoming ARKit title "The Walking Dead: Our World" will reportedly use rotoscoped facial animations, captured inexpensively using the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera.

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How to Delete Facebook Content in Bulk Using a...

Facebook is a vast surveillance network that makes the NSA look like amateurs.

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How to create your own HomeKit camera with a...

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to market. Learn how you can create your own HomeKit security camera for around $60 in this tutorial.

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WSJ: Jimmy Iovine to step away from Apple Music in...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music exec and famous music producer Jimmy Iovine will transition to a “consulting role” in August, giving up his day-to-day work with the music streaming business. The WSJ report claims that Iovine has told people close to him that he plans to, “spend more time with his family while supporting Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple Music, as needed.”

We first reported this back in January, along with a number of other sites. Those reports were met with statements from Iovine that he planned to stay with Apple Music as long as he is needed. He told...

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Sculptures of Apple Park, Sunnyvale campus on...

Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is being spotlighted at a new art exhibition opening in England today. Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe features iconic architecture of major technology companies around the world, including Apple Park and the nearby Central & Wolfe campus in Sunnyvale.


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Corel releases CorelCAD Mobile for iPhone and iPad

Corel Corporation has introduced its first modern mobile app for iOS: CorelCAD Mobile, which acts as a "standalone CAD experience" to complement the company's desktop CorelCAD 2018 application for Macs and Windows PCs.

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John’s Crazy Apple TV 4K Dolby Vision Adventure –...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what it took to get 4K Dolby Vision working with John’s Apple TV and entertainment center, plus they look at the confusing options for streaming HD and 4K content.

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macOS: How to Download Files From the Web Using...

Andrew Orr shows us how to download files from the web using Terminal.

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Instagram update brings hashtags and profile links...

Instagram has today released an update that brings two new features to the social media platform: the ability to add hashtags and profile links to a user’s bio.


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Pokémon GO launching new Extravaganza event, giving...

Pokémon GO has been pushing more events to its users as its user base has begun to decline. The company today announced a new event in hopes that users return to the AR-based game.

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iPhone-in-the-Car Dilemma? Solved!  

Dr. Mac had tried air-vent iPhone mounts in the past, but they always felt less stable to him than the good, old CD-slot mounts—now he’s found a solution to his iPhone car mount he loves.

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Destiny meets its mobile match - Everyth...
Shadowgun Legends is the latest game in the Shadowgun series, and it's taking the franchise in some interesting new directions. Which is good news. The even better news is that it's coming out tomorrow, so if you didn't make it into the beta you... | Read more »
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The history of the battle royale genre isn't a long one. While the nascent parts of the experience have existed ever since players first started killing one another online, it's really only in the past six years that the genre has coalesced into... | Read more »
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Oh hi nice reader, and thanks for popping in to check out our weekly round-up of all the stuff that you might have missed across the Steel Media network. Yeah, that's right, it's a big ol' network. Obviously 148Apps is the best, but there are some... | Read more »
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It might not have been the greatest week for new releases on the App Store, but don't let that get you down, because there are some truly incredible games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now. Seriously, you could buy anything on this list and I... | Read more »
Everything You Need to Know About The Fo...
In just over a week, Epic Games has made a flurry of announcements. First, they revealed that Fortnite—their ultra-popular PUBG competitor—is coming to mobile. This was followed by brief sign-up period for interested beta testers before sending out... | Read more »
The best games that came out for iPhone...
It's not been the best week for games on the App Store. There are a few decent ones here and there, but nothing that's really going to make you throw down what you're doing and run to the nearest WiFi hotspot in order to download it. That's not to... | Read more »
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Empires and Puzzles is a slick match-stuff RPG that mixes in a bunch of city-building aspects to keep things fresh. And it's currently the Game of the Day over on the App Store. So, if you're picking it up for the first time today, we thought it'd... | Read more »
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Sam Barlow’s follow up to Her Story is #WarGames, an interactive video series that reimagines the 1983 film WarGames in a more present day context. It’s not exactly a game, but it’s definitely still interesting. Here are the top things you should... | Read more »

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