Apple's Vice President of hardware engineering Dan Riccio says the rumors of Touch ID rumors ran rampant about Touch ID being placed under the display, or on the back or side of the device were never true, according to an interview with TechCrunch's editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino.


In the interview, Riccio said Apple "spent no time" focus implementing fingerprint authentication in these ways because it decided to go all in with the Face ID system. The narrative that Apple was still trying to use Touch ID in iPhone X prototypes this year is wrong, Riccio said, adding there were no late design changes to the phone:

"I heard some rumor [that] we couldn't get Touch ID to work through the glass so we had to remove that," Riccio says, answering a question about whether there were late design changes. "When we hit early line of sight on getting Face ID to be [as] good as it was, we knew that if we could be successful we could enable the product that we wanted to go off and do and if that's true it could be something that we could burn the bridges and be all in with. This is assuming it was a better solution.

And that's what we did. So we spent no time looking at fingerprints on the back or through the glass or on the side because if we did those things, which would be a last-minute change, they would be a distraction relative to enabling the more important thing that we were trying to achieve, which was Face ID done in a high-quality way."

Speaking into Face ID, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple is unlikely to expand its front-facing TrueDepth system for Face ID and Animoji to rear-facing camera module on iPhones released in 2018. He said the iPhone X's 3D sensing capabilities are already at least one year ahead of competitors. For that reason, Kuo thinks Apple's focus with next year's iPhone models will be ensuring an on-time launch with adequate supply.


Based on aforementioned assumptions, we do not expect 2H18F iPhones to come with rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing, contrary to market expectations. While we agree that a rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing can potentially provide more augmented reality (AR) applications, we note that Apple needs to quickly resolve two issues if it wants 2H18F iPhones to have a rear TrueDepth Camera/3D sensing, namely: (1) the development of AI and ARKit software and an ecosystem, which takes time; and (2) achieving stable shipments and on-time shipping, which are challenging due to the higher spec requirements of rear TrueDepth camera.

Even without rear TrueDepth, the analyst believes 2018 iPhone models will unsurprisingly come with other tech spec upgrades to attract consumers. There are already few of reports claiming next year's iPhone likely to equipped with With 6.4-Inch OLED Display.

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Apple today released watchOS 4.1, the first major update to the watchOS 4 operating system that design to runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4.1 comes more than a month after Apple released the new watchOS 4 to the public. WatchOS 4.1 can be downloaded through Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General - Software Update.

In watchOS 4.1, Apple Music content can be streamed over an LTE connection and doesn't need to be downloaded to the device. The update also introduces a new Wi-Fi toggle for turning off Wi-Fi to force the Apple Watch to use an LTE connection and it displays the Wi-Fi SSID when connected to Wi-Fi os users can see which network the watch is using. 


The update also brings GymKit, allowing the Apple Watch to pair with supported gym equipment for information sharing purposes. Just like iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1 also introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji characters, fixed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard, and several other small tweaks.

Aside from releasing watchOS 4.1, Apple also released tvOS 11.1, the first major update for the tvOS 11 operating system designed for fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. It can be downloaded over the air in the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System - Software Update. no significant features were discovered over the course of the beta testing period.

And finally, the company today released macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, the first major update for the new macOS High Sierra operating system that was first released to the public on September 25. User with eligible device can download macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 through Software Update function in the Mac App Store.


MacOS High Sierra 10.13.1 focuses on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes. The beta also includes a fix for a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks. As for other significant changes, the update introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emojis.

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Apple today released iOS 11.1, the first major update to the iOS 11 operating system available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.1 comes more than a month after iOS 11 first released to the public. User can update their devices to iOS 11.1 over-the-air, just simply go to the Settings - General - Software Update.


The version introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji: crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, so on. The update also returns 3D Touch App Switcher gestures for multitasking, as well as built-in keyboard in iOS 11.1 now offers up multiple emoji symbols, and several other small tweaks.


Along with these major features, iOS 11 introduces a fix for a Reachability bug that's been present since the release of iOS 11. There's a new camera icon under Restrictions, a new animation when tapping the status bar to scroll upwards, and a faster unlock animation.

There are also many bug fixes and security improvements in iOS 11.1. Most notably, the update addresses a major vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that is used to protect many modern Wi-Fi networks. The exploit, which is now fixed, let attackers use a key reinstallation attack or "KRACK" to decrypt network traffic to sniff out sensitive information.

Here is the full release notes for iOS 11.1:

Emoji 
- Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more

Photos 
- Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
- Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
- Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
- Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots

Accessibility 
- Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
- Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
- Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
- Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
- Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
- Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
- Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages

Other improvements and fixes 
- Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
- Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
- Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
- Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
- Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
- Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

As for Apple Pay Cash and iMessage in iCloud, there's no sign for it, it most likely to be introduced when iOS 11.2 came out.

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Everyone is busy these days and it happens mostly that we forgot to call, email and important task. This may result wrong with you as improper behavior of your task. Although many email scheduling plugin already exists for Gmail and MS Outlook users. Mac users also have a way to schedule emails through the Mac Mail app but not in the iOS Mail app. So today let’s have a look at how to schedule emails on iPhone.

  1. Download the Spark email app from App Store
  2. Configure your Gmail, Yahoo or iCloud email account. And tap on the “check” button to create an new email 
  3. Then tap on send+timer button that was above the keyboard 
  4. From here you can schedule the email to whichever future date and time you desire. 
  5. Once you’re done with setting up your schedule just hit ‘Apply’ to confirm your email


And that’s it. Now you should be able to see that the send button has changed to the scheduled time to send the email. Just close the window and the email will send at the time you decided on. The best part of this way to schedule emails on iPhone is that you don’t need to have the app running in the background to have your emails sent on time.



In case you change your mind later, and want the timing for your scheduled email to be changed, simply go to Outbox. From there, you should be able to see all the emails that are scheduled to be delivered. Tap on any one of them and you will be allowed to change the date and time of the email.

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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.2 update to developers, while watchOS 4.1 is still in testing. Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4.1 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software update.

It's not clear what new features watchOS 4.2 will introduce, but it could bring support for Apple Pay Cash, Apple's new peer-to-peer payments feature. Aside from releasing watchOS 4.2, Apple also seed the first tvOS 11.2 beta, the beta is available through the Software Update mechanism on an Apple TV with an appropriate configuration profile installed.


As for new changes in the beta, according to release notes accompanying the download, the tvOS 11.2 now restores the Unwatched category in the Home Sharing feature for Movies, TV Shows and Home Video. It also enables automatic frame rate and dynamic range switching on Apple TV 4K (Via iDB).

Apple today also released new firmware for the HomePod ahead of its December launch. The firmware isn't available through the Developer portal, but it will downloadable by testers who have a HomePod and it is listed on third-party iOS software sites, which making it available for download by the public. HomePod devices to becomes available for purchase later this year.

 

Lastly, according to Apple Developer Center, iOS 11.2 that was released this morning, introduces SiriKit support for the HomePod. Third-party apps that use SiriKit Messaging, Lists, and Notes are compatible with the HomePod. Siri will recognize voice requests given to the HomePod, with those requests carried out on a linked iOS device.

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Apple today released the first beta of iOS 11.1 to developers, just over two weeks after releasing iOS 11.0.3 to the public, while iOS 11.1 is still in beta testing (iOS 11.1 likely to releases when iPhone X officially launches). Beta testers can visit the Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile, in order to update your device to iOS 11.2, navigate to Settings - Software Update.


We’re still awaiting iOS 11.1 which is also in beta to ship to all customers. Possible changes such as Apple Pay Cash, Messages in iCloud, and AirPlay 2 likely to include in iOS 11.1. Apple Pay Cash have been available for employees to test, but beta versions including iOS 11.1 have not included support. iCloud Message was briefly available during the iOS 11 beta period.

New changes discovered in the first iOS 11.2 beta, such as iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / X marketing still wallpapers now available on older iPhones, Calculator bug caused by slow animation fixed, Accessibility settings preference panel has been rearranged, and finally, Continuous playback for Podcasts app is back in iOS 11.2. There's still no sign of Apple Pay Cash or Messages in iCloud yet.


Apple's iOS 11.1 introduces range of new Unicode 10 emoji character, returns 3D Touch App Switcher gestures for multitasking, built-in keyboard in iOS 11.1 now offers up multiple emoji symbols, a fix for a Reachability bug been present since the release of iOS 11, a faster unlock animation. and the version also addresses a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard.

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Steven Levy (now writing for Wired) has published his hands-on with the device, having been given a review unit since last Tuesday. Levy was one of the four journalists who reviewed the original iPhone in 2007, so Apple decided to give him opportunity to publish first impressions with the ‘milestone’ iPhone X.

Levy first was mpressed by the ‘Super Retina’ 5.8-inch OLED display, which is about the same size as the display of an iPhone 8 Plus in the body of an iPhone 8. Compared to "bulky" sizes of Apple's Plus line and Android smartphones, Levy was a fan of this slimming down in size, and said that it was "greatly pleasurable" when used to watch a movie, stream a football game, etc.


When discussing Face ID, Levy said that it appears to be a reliable method of unlocking and wouldn't detect anyone other than his face, he reports that the phone would not reliably work when he himself wanted to actually use it. Levy also mentioned that hiding text previews will now be the default on iPhone X, and he called the device's Apple Pay implementation a "clearer way to do transactions."

In any case, once I got the hang of it, I found I could dial down the De Niro and get it to unlock more naturally, though I am still mystified that sometimes it goes straight to where I left off and other times asks me to swipe up. And I really liked Apple Pay with iPhone X—having to double-click on the side button and then use Face ID was a clearer way to do transactions.

Levy also says that the iPhone X camera represents a major upgrade, and that the battery life increase with iPhone X compared to iPhone 7 is noticeable. Levy says the additional juice (Apple says iPhone X gets 2 more hours of usage than iPhone 7) allowed him to get through a full day.

Overall, Levy described the iPhone X as potentially a "halfway point" to a future beyond smartphones, and that its true potential will be unlocked when developers really begin to take advantage of the new hardware upgrades.

In addition to Levy's iPhone X first impressions, there's also handful of images and videos that offered a look at the iPhone X in retail packaging. Now, a trio of new videos have hit YouTube offering a much more in-depth look at the device, putting it though the full unboxing process, Face ID set up, and more.

The first video is a full eight minute review of the new hardware, the review goes through many of the newest features coming to iPhone X, including working demonstrations of Portrait Mode selfies, new gestures, Animoji, and more. The revwier said the swipe-up gesture to go home "worked well," but all-in-all the new navigation gestures are "counterintuitive" at first after using a physical Home Button for years.


The second video offers close look at the short and sweet manual that when you first time unboxing the iPhone X’s box. In the box is a pair of Lightning headphones, a USB-A wall adapter, and a Lightning cable. There’s also a 3.5mm-Lightning adapter and a SIM removal tool.


As for the third one, perhaps the more interesting of the two, privides a clear and real-world look at the Face ID set up process. You can see the user set up Face ID and subsequently use it to unlock his device. The iPhone X officially start arriving to customers this Friday, November 3rd.


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Apple has reportedly dismissed an engineer after his daughter’s iPhone X hands-on video went viral on YouTube. Brooke Amelia Peterson published a vlog earlier this week, that included a trip to the Apple campus to visit her father and see an unreleased iPhone X. Although Apple requested Brooke remove the video, which she did, but it was clearly too late as the content spread further and further.


Peterson now claims her father has been fired as a result of her video. In this tearful video, She explains her father violated an Apple company rule by allowing her to film the unreleased handset at Apple’s campus. While Brooke reasoned that many other bloggers had shown off the phone in countless videos, this isn’t really the issue at heart. 

Because of Apple can’t set a precedent that it is fine for employees to show off pre-release devices, let alone have them filmed. Those devices also often contain confidential pieces of information that could easily be leaked through a haphazard video such as this. Recently Peterson has shared another vlog on her YouTube channel about her father’s dismissal.


Althrough it isn’t likely that her dad is going to be getting his job back, but he seems to land on his feet. Brooke makes it clear that they are all doing fine, her dad will be ok, they understand Apple’s position. He knows he broke his NDA and accepts the outcome. Similar dismissals also happend in the past. A Microsoft employee was dismissed after his son posted pictures of the Xbox 360 before its release.

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According to A new investor note is out today from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, which the analyst said supply of components for the facial recognition system is now stable. He also explains that Apple “won’t repeat” the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models.


Kuo went on writes that shipments of the 2018 iPhone models will arrive on time and in stable supply during late Q3 of 2018. He also expects new iPhone models launching in the second half of 2018 to adopt the same wafer level optics for the TrueDepth system's dot projector, and the same 4P lens for the infrared camera, as the iPhone X.

Apple won't repeat the mistake of supply disruption & delayed production as seen with iPhone X. We believe shipments of new 2H18F iPhones will arrive on time under stable supply in late 3Q18F. And given no major spec upgrade of TrueDepth camera on these new models, we believe Apple will continue to use the same WLO for dot projector and 4P lens of infrared camera as iPhone X. We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions.

KGI notes that the report contradicts other market expectations that say the 2018 iPhones will adopt a new “hybrid lens (glass and plastics).” Doing this, he writes, would cause more supply chain problems and he believes the 2018 iPhone models “have to hit the market on time.” Previously Kuo reported that Touch ID was all-but-dead as all 2018 iPhone models would instead move on to Face ID.

Lastly, the reliable analyst recently has predicted that the iPad Pro will likely to adopt Face ID in 2018, and today’s report seems to further suggest that being the case. With the key components become more readily available thanks to supply chain improvements, it seems likely that Apple will begin expanding Face ID to the rest of its product lineup.

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Plotgraph+ is an app that allows a user to create a Plotagraph by selecting or taking a photo, creating an animation track to indicate the direction of movement, and masking areas of the image they don't want to animate. It's then possible to adjust the animation speed and save the final result to the Camera Roll or share it as a video, GIF, or animated PNG using custom presets.


Plotagraph+ is a one of a kind image animation app that brings photos to life. Tell your story in a fun and unique way with animated images that can now be shared on most of your favorite social media platforms as a looping video or Animated PNG. This new and innovative app gives you the tools to easily animate any image in minutes.

Right now, Apple is offering users of its official Apple Store app free redeem codes to download Plotagraph+ Photo Animator from the App Store. Usually $4.99, as I mentioned before that the iOS app allows users to animate any still photo into a seamlessly looping video or animated PNG. Here is how to download the app for free!
  1. Download the free Apple Store app [Direct Link]. 
  2. Then simply open the app.
  3. Find Plotagraph+ offer further down in the Discover section on the main store screen. 
  4. Click "Download now for free."
  5. Click "Redeem" button.


And that's it! The app provides a wide range of editing tools which you can use to shape the visual appearance of your images. Some of these include the animation tool, instant playback, selection tool, eraser, mask, crop presets, anchor points, pinch to zoom, real-time animation speed control and much more.

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Apple’s new iPhone X officially went up for pre-order last night. And as expected, shipping times began to slip pretty quickly with now the estimates delivery date currently sit at 5 to 6 weeks, but for those who got their order in early and have a 1-2 week delivery, Apple is working on to improves delivery date to November 3.

As noted by several Reddit users and MacRumors readers, some iPhone X pre-order customers who had delivery estimates between November 10th and November 17th have seen their estimated delivery date improve to November 3rd. This is also good news for customers who have much longer wait times, suggests Apple is working rapidly to get orders out.


T-Mobile customers are the ones primarily seeing their shipping times improve. The more iPhone X units Apple is able to get out the door means the company is ramping up its supply faster than it initially estimated. Apple is usually rather conservative with delivery windows, and this is yet another sign of that.

Apple said in a statement earlier yesterday that iPhone X demand is “off the charts.” The handset first went up for pre-order at 12:01 am in Oct 27, with all models shipping by November 3rd. That quickly changed, however, and within minutes, estimates had fallen all the way to 4 to 5 weeks. At present, the shipping window is 5 to 6 weeks for customers who plan to pre-order an iPhone X right now.

Apple has also confirmed it will have some iPhone X stocks in its retail stores on launch day, so for customers who don’t want to wait for weeks to get one of the new devices, lining up is an option. Although Supplies are limited, but we recommend you it will be best to go as early as possible, likely even the night before.

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The new iPhone X is real game-changer (Pre-Order available now), it's stuffed with delicious tech nougat: high-resolution cameras and 3D sensors, augmented-reality capabilities, an OLED display and other mouthwatering goodies. But you want to make sure to protect a pricey phone like this, and if your iPhone X screen damaged, Apple will charge flat rates of $279 for iPhone X screen repairs (in US).

So today we will introduces an iPhone X case by Totallee. The California-based startup have been making some of our favorite iPhone cases since 2013. That’s because they’re slim but tough, while protecting the iPhone without adding bulky layers. With Apple’s big reveal arrive to customers next Friday, Totallee’s new line of super-thin iPhone X cases is now available.


Just Like Totallee’s previous products, the new iPhone X cases are free of any branding, with a sleek and minimalist design. The ultra thin iPhone X case measures just 0.02-inches thin (0.1 oz), comes in a wide variety of colors, and is backed by a 2-year warranty.

Totallee's two awesome starter packs help you protect your new (and expensive) handset from day one. The first is called the Leather Edition Set, and it includes a thin leather case, a tempered glass screen protector, and a charging cable. The case is backed by genuine lambskin leather, the screen protector is easy to apply, and the MFi-certified charging cable is braided in black nylon for added durability.


The second kit is called the Jet Pack, and it features two of Totallee’s most popular cases, the jet black and jet white cases both at a discounted price. Inspired by Jet Back version iPhone 7, the so-called jet black case features a high-gloss finish that adds a layer of protection, grip and sophistication to your device. The jet white case has the same scratch-resistant, high gloss finish but in white.

If you’re not feeling either of these sets, Totallee does offer their cases individually. Totallee’s regular cases were clearly designed to complement the design of the iPhone X itself. The bevels are subtle, the cutouts precisely measured, the angles eye-pleasing. Plus they’re available in eight different colors and two distinct styles.


In addition to being super-thin, they’re super-affordable. The regular Totallee polypropylene iPhone X case goes for $19. The company’s black or brown leather iPhone X cases cost $29. Leather Edition Set price of for $55. If you choose to grab the Jet Pack, then it will only cost $35.

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Developers Guilherme Rambo today tweets that he found update notes of iOS 10.2 beta, although the update notes didn't give any details of iOS 11.2 update, it only mentioned that the version will include bug fixes and performance improvements. While Rambo speculates iOS 11.2 beta 1 is likely to start pushing next week. This may also mean that iOS 11.1 will be launch next week.


Apple's iOS 11.1 introduces range of new Unicode 10 emoji characters: crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, pie, hedgehog, and more. The beta also returns 3D Touch App Switcher gestures for multitasking, as of built-in keyboard in iOS 11.1 now offers up multiple emoji symbols, and several other small tweaks.

The update also introduces a fix for a Reachability bug that is been present since the release of iOS 11, and a faster unlock animation. As for As for security fixes, the version addresses a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects majority of modern Wi-Fi networks. Attackers could exploit weaknesses in WPA2 protocol to decrypt network traffic to sniff out sensitive information.

What we can expect in iOS 11.2 is that Apple much likely (we could be wrong) to includes Apple Pay Cash and person-to-person Apple Pay feature despite its current absence from the iOS 11.1 developer beta. The feature is designed for iMessage users to send and receive money using Apple Pay and a connected debit or credit card, similar to apps like Square Cash or Venmo.


With iPhone X Pre-Order already take place at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time or 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 27 in the United States. and iPhone X will be officially ships into customers' hand by November 3, so we are predicting at same time that user will receive iOS 10.1 official version update.

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Pre-order supplies for new iPhone X are now largely sold out, with the new iPhone models displaying shipping estimates well beyond the November 3 launch date. As almost all models of iPhone X listed on Apple.com are now estimated to ship at least five weeks out, which means customers trying to order now won’t see the phone until December.


Some carriers are at least reporting slightly better availability, so if you are still looking for an iPhone X, it’s worth checking out your carrier stores. Apple has also said it will have in-store stock for walk-ins for the iPhone X launch on November 3rd. If you want to do this, you’ll need to start queueing at an Apple Store early as Apple expects very high-demand.

Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone X at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, October 27, and it took just minutes for shipping estimates to start slipping. Apple said earlier that they're iPhone X units available in Retail Store. Customers who were able to place an early iPhone X pre-order will begin receiving their devices starting next week. 

As for Pricing for iPhone X begins at $999 for a 64GB model and goes up to $1,149 for a 256GB model. The cost for iPhone Upgrade Program customers starts at $49.91 per month and goes up to $56.16 per month. iPhone Upgrade pricing includes AppleCare+ support. In the US, Apple to charge $279 for iPhone X Screen Repairs and $549 for Other Damage Outside of Warranty


The iPhone X brings a slew of changes to the iPhone, featuring a new Face ID biometric technology instead of Touch ID. There’s also a brand new 5.8-inch OLED display crammed inside a design that’s smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. You also get a new bezel-less + notch design on the front side. In addition, the iPhone x also includes Animoji and an all-new dual camera on the back.

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Apple today released the fifth beta of macOS High Sierra update to developers, just three days after seeding the fourth macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and one month after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public. The beta can be obtained through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed from Developer Center.


The 10.13.1 version primarily focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, as well as other under-the-hood changes. It introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and so on.

The beta includes a fix for a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks. Some users also encounter a glitching in Finder, when drag multiple files in the download folder, the files is disorder, Apple Support says glitching will be fixed in the future. How To fix? Change the view into List View, command + J, select Always open in List View checkbox.


Apple last updated macOS High Sierra earlier this month with a supplemental release designed to patch critical Disk Utility and Keychain vulnerabilities. It also improve installer robustness, fixed a cursor graphic bug in Adobe InDesign, and resolves an issue where messages couldn't be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail.

The new macOS High Sierra is designed to improve on the previous macOS Sierra operating system with some major under-the-hood upgrades and a handful of outward-facing changes like brand new Apple File System for Macs with SSDs, significant updates to the Photos app’s interface and editing tools, Safari 11 - blocks autoplay videos, iCloud file sharing, Metal 2.

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According to Motherboard, developer Felix Krause this week has detailed a proof-of-concept project, that was focused on the iPhone's cameras. Krause warned that any time you grant an app permission to access your iPhone's front and back cameras, the app can secretly take pictures and videos of you as long as it's running in the foreground.

Krause's camera privacy project isn't about disclosing a new iOS bug, but more about warning users that this kind of privacy violation is possible within iOS. Many apps regularly request permission to the Camera in iOS, such as allowing users to post photos from their Camera Roll, take a picture within the app without leaving it, and more.

He went on explained that if these permissions granted to a malicious app, the iPhone's front and back cameras can be turned on when that app is running. From there it could record content, upload it online, and even use facial expression analysis to measure your emotional response to things like ads displayed in the feed, all without indicating that your iPhone is recording you or your surroundings.


The demo app called watch.user he wrote shows a social networking app asking permission to access your camera to allow you to upload a photo, and then taking photos and video without notice while you are simply scrolling through the feed. The developer explained that with a vision framework in iOS 11 a developer could even map someone's face to track their expressions.


He said that there're "only a few things you can do" to potentially prevent this from happening, include purchasing camera covers to place over your iPhone's lenses. Otherwise, you have to revoke camera access for all apps. Krause have reported the issue to Apple, and mentioned a few ways it could be potentially addressed.

Offer a way to grant temporary access to the camera (e.g. to take and share one picture with a friend on a messaging app) [or] show an icon in the status bar that the camera is active, and force the status bar to be visible whenever an app accesses the camera.

To double check which apps have access to your iPhone's cameras and photo library, navigate to the Settings - Privacy, and there you'll find Photos and Camera, Apps that you've granted access to each will be listed, and you can change settings with toggles or choosing to "Never" allow access.


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You can connect your Apple Watch with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your favorite music in high stereo sound. The process of pairing the smartwatch with any Bluetooth accessory is quite straightforward, by just tap on the AirPlay button. If you have done it on your iPhone, you will find the route pretty similar.


  1. First up, you need to put your Bluetooth Speaker or Headphone in pairing mode.
  2. Swipe up on the watch face to open Control Center on your Apple Watch.
  3. Tap the Audio Outputs button (looks like the AirPlay symbol).
  4. Tap the device you want to use.

And that's it! It's also worth to point out what devices can or cannot connect the Apple Watch to play audio. AirPods or other W1-chip Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth headphones, Bluetooth speakers, and Apple TV is available to play music on an iWatch. However, AirPlay speakers, your car, and your iPhone cannot play music through the smartwatch.

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The iPhone X goes up for pre-order this week with its all-new bezel and notch design, and now a fresh set of renders imagines if Apple brought that same design to its other products. Thanks to Curved.de, we don't imagine anymore, with the renders showcase what the iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, and Apple Watch could all look like in the future.


From the concept, that you can see, currently camera-less Apple Watch in the renders adopts the notch. Of course, in its current state, the Apple Watch already looks almost bezel-less, but it would certainly be nice to see Apple take that design to the next level. The concept also shows a MacBook with an edge-to-edge display, which greatly reduces its overall footprint.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is that it places a notch on almost all of these products. We can imagine the notch on these devices just like iPhone X features front-facing camera and sensors for Face ID. And the reaction to the ‘notch’ has been mixed so far, some of them have called it Apple’s new way of branding its devices, while others say it’s a hindrance in app design and development.


With the notch, however, reports suggesting Apple would bring Face ID to the rest of its products, as well. KGI has already claimed that the feature is coming to the iPad Pro next year. If Apple to adopt “bezel-less” designs across the board, the notch would seemingly have to stay until the company was able to implement the front-facing camera behind the screen itself.


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According to CNET, Honda has announces the first motorcycle that comes featured with CarPlay. The new 2018 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle features a 7-inch LCD in the dashboard, which offers support for CarPlay, just like a standard in-car dashboard. An iPhone can be connected to the bike via USB in the trunk or the storage cubby in the tank, and then accessed through the touch panel.


In order to use CarPlay with the Gold Wing, a Bluetooth headset is required, the CarPlay in the Gold Wing actually works petty well, and can be controlled through the left grip or a rotary controller on the tank. Having intelligent navigation and access to your media or your favorite apps on the bike is great.

Yes, you do have to connect a Bluetooth headset, a requirement mandated by Apple, one that is a bit frustrating since most CarPlay interactions don't require voice. Still, once enabled it works well, controlled either via four-way controller on the left grip or a central, rotary controller down on the tank -- though frankly I can't recommend reaching down to that while on the go. Still, having intelligent navigation and access to your media on the bike is great.

Gold Wing's overall design has been trimmed down and tweaked to achieve a more sporty attitude than past GL models. Like past Gold Wing variations, the bike features state-of-the-art electronics, including drivetrain niceties like a throttle-by-wire system with multiple riding modes, programmable torque control (HSTC), hill start assist and cruise control.


Honda's new Gold Wing is 90lbs lighter than older models, and it features a 1,800cc engine with a double-wishbone front suspension. CNET says it's narrower and more attractive, but has much less cargo space than before. Pricing for 2018 Honda Gold Wing starts at $23,500, and it will be available for purchase in February of 2018. Additional information on specs can be found on Honda's website.

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Several reports have covered Apple's struggle to ensure significant component for the upcoming iPhone X can be produced in large enough quantities to meet demand, like 3D-Sensing modules that power Face ID. Bloomberg today reports that Apple overcame its production challenges by quietly telling suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face recognition technology to make the iPhone X easier to manufacture.


Apple is very demanding company with stringent tolerances and quality control; suppliers battle for these orders because Apple is such a behemoth the volumes are worthwhile. So in this case, it appears Apple had to be the one to pull back on its requirements. The report says the Infrared dot projector is very fragile, composed of a microscopic gallium arsenide laser and glass lens.

Precision is key. If the microscopic components are off by even several microns, a fraction of a hair’s breadth, the technology might not work properly, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

The fragility of the components reportedly created problems for Apple suppliers LG Innotek and Sharp. At one point, only about 20 percent of the dot projectors the two companies produced were usable, according to a person familiar with the manufacturing process. So these suppliers therefore slowed production in an effort to prevent breakages but lowered the required level of precision to compensate,

In response to the bottleneck, Bloomberg says ‘Apple relaxed some of the specifications for Face ID’ which made the parts easier to make and test. The report doesn't detail exactly how they changed the specification, and what impact that will have on the experience in terms of Face ID reliability and speed, a downgraded Face ID will probably still be far more accurate than the existing Touch ID.


KGI predicts Apple will have two to three million handsets available on launch day and 25 million to 30 million units for the holiday quarter, down from his previous forecast of 40 million. Pre-orders for the iPhone X begin this Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple has said there will also be some stock of the smartphone in its retail locations on November 3, the official iPhone X launch day.

Update: A claim from Apple now says is "completely false" in a statement shared with TechCrunch. And the quality and the accuracy of Face ID have not changed, and Face ID will be the new "gold standard" for facial authentication.

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A bug in the built-in Calculator app in iOS 11 is getting some major attention this week, despite the fact that it's been around since iOS 11 was in beta testing. According to a long thread on Reddit (via Loop Insight), the issue appears to stem from the fact that the app blocks all input during the animation for the button fades. 


For example, type 1+2+3 and then the equals sign into the Calculator app quickly, due to animation lag introduced when adding two or more numbers together, your result is more likely to be 24 than 6. We'd say this is an iOS problem rather than an isolated Calculator issue. Although iOS 11 betas did allow for taps to register before a UI animation finished playing, that behavior changed in the official release of iOS 11.

Any iOS developers will see what is wrong here: the bug is that the animation that lights up the button is blocking touch events until the animation completes. This is the default behavior for animations, but to make an app feel responsive it's best to find a way around that (it can be a one line fix, but sometimes it is complicated).

Some users have experienced similar issues when using older versions of iOS, but the animation lag is noticeable enough in iOS 11 to make the Calculator nearly unusable when attempting to make rapid calculations. However, iOS users who need a reliable alternative can use third-party apps like Calcbot and PCalc.


Apple seems to be aware of the issue, as The Loop points out, Apple employee Chris Espinoza says more than 70 people have filed a Radar report on the bug, alerting Apple to the problem. We can confirm that this is not fixed in the most recent beta of iOS 11.1, with it received so much attention, users could potentially see a Calculator fix in the next iOS 11 updates.

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According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple will be able to ship just 20 million iPhone X units through the end of the 2017, half of what the company originally planned to make, due to production issues like with the iPhone X's new TrueDepth camera that powers Face ID and Animoji. KGI previously stated that 2-3 million units would be available for the launch on November 3.

The good news is that Apple's manufacturers have supposedly improved their yield rate, it's said only towards the end of September. The iPhone X is currently being produced at an estimated rate of 10 million units per month. In past years, Apple has easily exceed 10 million unit sales of new flagship iPhones in the opening weekend alone.


Apple is also believed to have already started negotiations with other manufacturers over additional production of certain parts, and there is a chance that output volumes could improve rapidly, according to the report. With Apple COO Jeff Williams met with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou earlier this week, in part to discuss the iPhone X supply situation.

Apple today just announced that stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, encourages to arrive early, on launch day. Presumably, this will include both Apple's own retail locations and select authorized resellers. iPhone X launches in stores next Friday, November 3, which is the same day when deliveries will begin to customers.


Pre-orders begin this Friday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time in the United States and other initial launch countries. These launch countries include Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, UK, US, and US Virgin Islands.

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According to a Associated Press report, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation was unable to retrieve data from 6,900 mobile devices that attempted to access over the course of last 11 months. FBI director Christopher Wray made the comment while speaking at a conference over the weekend, acknowledging that there needs to be a balance between encryption and public safety.


While Wray didn’t specify what percentage of those devices were iPhones or iPads, but he says it’s a “huge, huge problem”, the devices in question could be connected to cases relating to counterterrorism, gangs, child exploitation, and more. He went on to explain there’s a balance that needs to be struck between public safety and encryption, as threats from homegrown extremists with the foreign terror  organizations keep increasing.

“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.”

[....]“I get it, there’s a balance that needs to be struck between encryption and the importance of giving us the tools we need to keep the public safe,” Wray said.

“The threats that we face keep accumulating, they are complex, they are varied,” Wray said, describing threats from foreign terror organizations and homegrown extremists.

Encryption has been an issue between Apple and the FBI since last year when the two clashed over the unlocking of an iPhone 5c owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino. FBI took Apple to court in an attempt to force Apple to create a version of iOS that would disable passcode security features and allow passcodes to be entered electronically.


Ultimately, the FBI was unable to unlock the device without Apple’s help, as the company continues to make improvements to device security, the FBI is finding it harder to access the data it sees necessary. "Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one or the other only puts people and countries at greater risk."

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For users, carrying a battery pack is almost a normal state. Because of the existence of battery pack, we rarely say that the iPhone will run out of battery situation, but what if you carry an MacBook? Most of battery pack you use may be incompatible with MacBooks. But Romeo Power recently released a very practical battery pack, it not only charging your iOS devices, it can even keeps your MacBook running.


The so-called Romeo Saber portable charger can charge your iPhone more than ten times and iPad two to four times. In addition to having two USB ports and a USB-C ports, the device also includes an AC outlet, so it can also used to charge large appliances, Romeo Power said it can fully charges majority of laptops twice.

The most critical is that the device can provide up to 90W of output power, which means it is capable of handling the full 87 watts a 15-inch MacBook Pro requires when charging though USB-C. Overall, it is capable of charging up to four devices at the same time, using all four outputs without any extra accessories.

 

Romeo Saber also said to have IP67 level of dust and waterproof feature, the unit measures 2.28 inches by 2.36 inches by 10.5 inches, and weighing 2.2 pounds. The accessories also features a great feature, that is,  itself change very quick, it only needs to charge two hours, then it will reach the full state from empty. The device is also approved by the FAA and TSA to taking it to the aircraft. 


At the same time, they also introduced a Saber app, that user could in their iOS device check the remaining power of battery pack, Romeo Power provides black, red and blue three color options, priced of $299, but Romeo has opened preorders for the Saber at $199, it's expected the firm will ship the product in the Christmas season.

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Apple today released the fifth public beta of iOS 11.1 to PB testres, just over one month after releasing iOS 11 to the public and few days after releasing the developer beta 4 update. Beta testers can visit the Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile, in order to update your device to iOS 11. go to Settings - Software Update.


The iOS 11.1 beta introduces range of new Unicode 10 emoji characters: crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, pie, hedgehog, and more. The beta also returns 3D Touch App Switcher gestures for multitasking, as of built-in keyboard in iOS 11.1 now offers up multiple emoji symbols, and several other small tweaks.

The update also introduces a fix for a Reachability bug that is been present since the release of iOS 11, and a faster unlock animation. As for As for security fixes, the version addresses a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects majority of modern Wi-Fi networks. Attackers could exploit weaknesses in WPA2 protocol to decrypt network traffic to sniff out sensitive information.

in addition to releasing iOS 11.1 Beta, Apple today also released fourth of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta to developers, less than a week after seeding the third of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta. Testers can download macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Public Beta 4 through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.


MacOS High Sierra 10.13.1 focuses on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes. Like iOS 11.1, the beta includes a fix for a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks. As for other significant changes, the update introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emojis.

Lastly, Apple seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.1 update to developers, just few days after seeding the fourth beta of tvOS 11.1 update and a month after releasing tvOS 11 to the public. The beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode on the Mac. With the update appears to be focus on bug fixes and performance improvements.

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