According to Apple's official website, Apple Maps vehicles equipped with LiDAR device are currently being surveyed in at least 41 states in the U.S. 15 counties in the UK, and 10 countries globally. The goal is eventually collect data around world to improve the service.

Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates.

In 2015, Apple stated the service in major cities in America like New York, with Maine and Iowa being the latest area. Later on, the fleet have hit roads in countries like Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

At the same time, the company regularly publishes these data into future Apple Maps updates. Apple, who heavily focus on privacy, says that they will blur license plates and faces on collected images before they make to the public.

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It will be super convenient to you if there's a way that when you type small snippets of text and expand into larger strings of text for easily composing emails, writing documents or reports, and more. Indeed, macOS included the features that should makes you life easier, and here is how to use it!
  1. Spotlight search for "System Preferences", or click the icon on the dock
  2. Click on Keyboard, then navigate to the Text tab
  3. Once you are in there, it will show up a list which says Replace amd With
  4. Type the shortcut on the Replace area, then enter the full-length text in the With column
  5. And that's it

Once these shortcuts are set up, the next time when you type a shortcut into apps such as Notes or Mail, it will automatically expand into the full words or phrase. It's worth to mention here that although there aren't limit on how many text you can insert it, we recommend you don't use common words, otherwise you'll likely use them when you don't plans to.

In additon to insert words or phrase, you can also enter andress, names, phone numbers, web urls to improve your work productivity. This can be the one of the most time-saving features of macOS, and you can setup on iOS devices by going to Settings -> KeyBoard -> Text Replacement.

Top Apple Rumors Today:

Ming-Chi Kuo Leaves KGI Securities: As reported by China Times that Ming-Chi Kuo, the best Apple analyst covering Apple, who has resigned from Taiwanese research firm KGI Securities on last Friday. It's believed that Kuo's next move will not be heavily focus on Apple, but more on other industries.

Kuo, prior to his Apple analyst role at KGI, he worked as an analyst for Concord Securities as well as a senior analyst at the Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes. Kuo's research notes are informations that gathered from Apple's supply chain partners in Taiwan and other Asian countries, so he certainly holds petty arcuate predictions.

Apple May Not Include Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter on This Year's iPhones: Barclays's latest research note says that Apple's three upcoming iPhones, including a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus, a successor of the iPhone X, and a low-priced 6.1-inch LCD version might not include lightning to headphone jack adapter in the box。

Last year, the film have successfully predicts that Apple would continue bundle the headphone adapter alongside 2017 iPhone lineups, so it's likely that the company would ditch that accessory. The bundle with the adapter first arrived when Apple removed headphone jack on the iPhone 7 models.

Apple Delayed Production Of New MacBook To Second Half Of 2018: According to DigiTimes, Apple has postponed production of its upcoming entry-level MacBook Air into second half of 2018, and the Cupertino tech-giant didn't reveal the reasons behind it. 

Several sources including Kuo, Bloomberg, and Economic Daily News believes Apple is working on a more affordable version of the MacBook Air that will be priced below $1000 to launch at some point in 2018. It's expected that the new MacBook Air to have new Retina display, along with some internal hardware upgrades.

The iPhone only has Home button, both Android and Windows phones have the navigation icons, But now with IntelliTouch+, world's first smart screen protector that simplifies navigating your iPhone, you no longer have to stretch your thumb to the far reaches of an iPhone screen, heck yeah!

The Intelli+ released by Nombiss incorporates an invisible circuitry that can enable the left and right positions of the iPhone's Home button into touchable areas. For example, if you want to back to the top, normally you need to tap on the upper left corner of the screen,  however, with the protector, you just need to  touch the left area of the Home button to achieve its purpose, 

The circuits that implement this feature are completely hidden under tempered glass, and it doesn't seem like to affecting the visual experience and the 3D Touch. But, it also has its drawbacks, which is when the phone is in landscape mode: it will not work!

Still, it comes super handy when you have lager phones, as it can reduce the burden on the thumb, even though it may not be 100% suitable for all apps. Anyway, the protector to support iPhone 8 and earlier models, with the retail price of $30 for now, click here to purchase it.

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The Apple podcasting platform has made excellent progress in the past year. According to the Fast Company's report in which the number of podcasts for Podcast app and its download/streams times have just reached a new milestone.

The report states that Apple Podcasts hit 50 billion all-time episode downloads and streams. Indeed, a massive increase from the 13.7 billion in 2017. However, it should be noted that these numbers include both downloads in iTunes and the Podcasts app, as well as online streaming.

Since 2005, Apple has added podcasting capabilities to iTunes. Following it is launched, it has grown very rapidly. In 2014, the platform has topped over 7 million podcast downloads, 10.5 billion in 2016, plus.7 billion episode downloads and streams as of last year.

These days, according to Apple, it is home to over 525,000 active shows, with more than 18.5 million episodes available, including content in over 100 languages. Its podcasts span the globe, covering 155 countries and, per Apple, “29 groupings of localized editorial.” In short, if you feel overwhelmed with podcast content–you’re not alone.

This has also something to do with a number of improvements to the podcasting platform through iOS 11, such as adding support for seasons, Podcast Analytics to outline people's listening behaviors, and few tweaks to the Podcasts app on iOS.

As reported by CNET, Apple may be working on a powerful headset that will combine the augmented reality and virtual reality into a singular experience. The headset, codenamed T288, featured an 8K display in each eye, and it will a standalone device, meaning it doesn't need to be powered by a Mac or iPhone.

Furthermore, the handset would connect to a "dedicated box" using a high-speed short-range wireless technology called 60GHz WiGig. The box will be driven by an Apple custom 5nm processor, which is said to be "more powerful than anything currently available", and the box mirrors a PC tower, but it "won't be an actual Mac computer."

In a separate story, Chinese media ChongDianTou cited supply chain sources said Apple's upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat face heating problems, so they expected that it won't be launching until May or June, and once it becomes available, the initial supplies will be limited at 10 million units.

AirPower is designed to allow a user to charge up three devices at once, it will be supporting Apple Watch Series 3, compatible AirPods charging case, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. It will be using the standard Qi wireless charging technology, and it's believed that the AirPower will be priced at $199.

Well, it appears that Apple is again trying to convince customers who have tried Apple Music, but didn't a subscribers of the music streaming services with free extra month access, according to Reddit user ashindn1l3, who received a notification about the offer despite his three months of Apple Music trial has expired.

“Come see what you’ve been missing in the new Apple Music, like a simpler design that makes finding what you want and discovering new music, easier than ever,” as the notification reads, which also contain a unique redeem code for the extra month trial.

In additon, users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong have reported being notified by Apple about the offer via push notifications and emails. It worth to pointed out that the offer is possible limited to those who signed up for a free trial prior to Apple Music’s redesign in iOS 10.

In a similar story, iTunes for Windows is now available on Microsoft Store, and now users are able to listen to Beats 1 radio as well as enjoy their Apple Music subscription. Users need to update their PC  to Windows 10 version 16299.0 or higher in order to run the software.

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Apple has issued a statement announcing it's official existing from the wireless router business. The current AirPort series products have been discontinued, including AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule.

Although it has been discontinued, Apple has not dealt with price cuts and still selling them until none left. At present, the series still maintains its original price. The AirPort Express is priced at $99, the AirPort Extreme costing $199, the 2TB AirPort Time Capsule is $299, and you can get the 3TB AirPort Time Capsule for $399.

We're discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last

Last time Apple refreshed its AirPort products goes way back to 2013 (Extreme and Time Capsule), As Bloomberg reported back in late 2016, Apple has begun shutting down its AirPort unit in early 2016, in an effort to "sharpen" its focus on the "consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue."

Sadly, it also means that Apple’s high-end AirPorts will top out at 802.11ac and not support upcoming 802.11ad and 802.11ax advancements in Wi-Fi technology. However, the good news is Apple will continue providing service for current generation AirPort Base Stations for at least the next five years.

At the same time, Apple has begun selling third-party routers in January of 2018 when it starts to offer the Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System. While there are also a lot of newer routers that offers similar design from the AirPort line, such as eero, Netgear Orbi, and more!

New photos that are intended to show the fully-constructed iPhone SE 2 surfaced on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo. However, it should be noted here that there are several conflicting reports about the device, so it could be a knockoff than an actual prototype.

Anyway, the images showed an unreleased iPhone SE with a glass back for wireless charging. The current iPhone SE only has an aluminum back design on the top and bottom and is equipped with a small glass panel. More importantly, even though a report claimed that a 3.5mm hole for a headphone jack will be removed, it remains in these images.

Despite the photos indicated that the iPhone SE 2 will make some design tweaks on the back, the front of the phone looks virtually identical as the current iPhone SE models; same Touch ID sensor, the same display size, and the same front camera layout. Without a doubt, Apple will also upgrade the processor to A10 or even A11.

Sources including Japanese blog Mac Otakara, DigiTimes, and ECC's regulatory filings are expected a new iPhone SE in May or June, hinting the device likely to be announced via press release next month, or be unveiled during WWDC 2018's opening keynote on June 4.

Jamf's newly released "The Impact of Device Choice on the Employee Experience" survey result reveals that Apple is the most popular choice when enterprise organizations allowing employees to choose their own equipment. In this poll, 52% of enterprise organizations allow them to choose desktop, while the rest let them choose mobile devices.

Of those responses from 580 executives, managers, and IT professionals, 72 percent of respondents prefer using Mac over PC, When it comes to mobile devices, 75 percent of them chose an iPhone or an iPad, while just 25 percent picks on an Android device.

It is worth noting that the survey also tells us the ability to choose its own operating system and equipment makes the employees more productive. In which 68 percent said choice improves productivity, and 77% said they prefer to stay in companies that offer equipment options.

Yet only 25% of respondents want bring their own devices, and rather a company-issued device of their own choosing. The reason is simple enough: they want to separate their business and personal life." In the end, the choice is beneficial to employee morale and motivation. 

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Top Apple News Today: 

Lexus Announces Its First Car That Supports CarPlay: Lexus finally released new cars that work with Apple’s infotainment system, in which its seventh generation ES luxury sedan will be the first model to include CarPlay. The vehicle will be equipped with an eight-inch display controllable via a knob in the center console. It will be available in September 2018 in the U.S.

Startup Offers $3 Million For An iOS Zero-Day Exploit: As reported by MotherBoard, a UAE-based startup called Crowdfense is now providing up to $3 million in funding for anyone who able to offer a zero-day exploit on macOS, iOS, Android, or Windows, and sell them to law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The company didn't disclose who they are talking to, or how they plan to use such exploits.

Jim City Launches Harry Potter Game Globally: Jam City has launched popular game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery globally, a game that players are able to take on the role of a student at Hogwarts, going to classes, learning spells, building friendships, and use your magical skills to investigate mysteries. Click here to download the free game.

Other news including Sonos One, Play:5, and Playbase to support AirPlay 2, Google's Gmail service announces redesign for web browsers, bring features like Email Snoozing, Confidential Mode, and more!

According to latest statistics shared by Apple today on its App Store support page, iOS 11 is now installed on 76% of devices, up 11 percentage points since January 18, when iOS 11 was installed on 65 percent of devices, compared to iOS 10 was installed on nearly 80 percent of active devices in February of 2017.

Meanwhile, 19% of users continue to run iOS 10, and a smaller 5% of users are running older versions prior to that. Many of these devices are likely because it unable to be updated to the newest version of iOS, there are also users that wants to keeping jailbreak their devices, as the iOS 11.0-11.2.1 are the versions that's jailbreakable. 

Not doubt, iOS 11 has been plagued by high-profile bugs and issues since its launch back in September of last year. Other factors including the poor battery life. no longer supports 32-bit apps, limited Cellular over-the-air App download limit - 150 MB, and as always users fell new update causes old model slow.

But when we compare this number to the Android install base, the result is far beyond impressive, it totally blow away the 4.6 percent of Android Oreo adoption. Majority users continue to running old versions like Android Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat.

Supply chain sources have recently said that Apple will abandon the use of a five-year in-cell touchscreen on its 6.1-inch entry-level iPhone model this year, make the switching to the so-called External Touch Panel,  and that will make the touch module more expensive. In order to balance costs, Apple may give up the 3D Touch features, according to KGI's latest investor note (Via Feng)

First of all, Kuo claimed that Apple will use the CGS (Cover Glass Sensor) process on this year's 6.1-inch iPhone models, which means that the iPhone's touch module will indeed be transferred from the in-cell process to the surface glass. However, compared to other OGS and GFF touchscreen technologies, CGS has a smaller impact on the display result, high level of impact-resistant and weights lighter.

Secondly, KGI said that Apple will add a thin-film sensor in addition to the touch film sensor originally existed on CGS. Although it is not yet known what the additional layer is, it will result in a 15% increase in the cost of the screen, suggested it would price between $23 and $26.

So in order to cancel out the increased cost brought by the CGS process, Apple will remove the 3D Touch feature on this year's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, and the company plans to use the CGS process for all iPhones (including OLED models) in 2019, meaning future models won't include 3D Touch anymore.

What do you of the upcoming changes? Do you think Apple will introduce a new way of interacting with iOS?

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Top Apple News Today:

Apple Demanding Samsung To Lower The Price Of OLED Screens: According to a report by DigiTimes), in order to cut the cost of 2018 OLED iPhone models, Apple is currently negotiating with Samsung Display to reduce the price of OLED screens, down around 9.1 percent from the $110 price point. In which the iPhone X 2 could cost $899 if the talk is successful.

GreyKey iPhone Unlocking Boxes Maker Faces Data Branch: Greyshift's GrayKey iPhone unlocking tools that have been sold to multiple law enforcement agencies across the United States, recently suffered a data breach that allowed hackers to access a small portion of the GrayKey code. It's not sure what kind of data might be accessible to hackers. (Via MotherBoards)

Indeed, Grayshift told Motherboard in a statement "Due [to] a network misconfiguration at a customer site, a GrayKey unit's UI was exposed to the internet for a brief period of time earlier this month."

"During this time, someone accessed the HTML/Javascript that makes up our UI. No sensitive IP or data was exposed, as the GrayKey was being validation tested at the time. We have since implemented changes to help our customers prevent unauthorized access," the statement added. 
According to the Financial Times, Apple will start paying 13 billion euros in back taxes to the Irish government from next month, after EU ruled that Apple need to pay $15 billion to the country after it saw its tax bill significantly reduced over the past few decades. Apple and Ireland have reached an agreement to set up an escrow account to hold the money.

Other news are including Apple CEO Tim Cook to attend President Trump's first State Dinner at White House, Spotify adds On-Demand Playlists (Instead shuffling songs at random) and Data Saver Mode, And Amazon Alexa app gains iPhone X support.

First spotted by Bloomberg, Verizon, the biggest carrier in the U.S., has gained tons subscribers from smartwatches like the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE models. However, they have lost phone and tablet subscribers as a trade-off.

Specifically, the report states Verizon added 359,000 subscribers last quarter who are using watches, wearables and other devices, while that helped make up for the loss of 24,000 phone customers and 75,000 tablet customers in the period. It should be noted here that Watch customers typically pay $10 per month, compared to phone users' $40/month of the cellular plan.

Verizon Communications Inc.’s wireless subscriber rolls surged last quarter, but it was thanks to smartwatches and other wearables -- not the phones and tablets that were once its mainstay.

Monthly subscribers climbed by 260,000 in the first quarter, the carrier said on Tuesday, marking its fourth straight period of growth. That topped the 159,000 average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

In the meantime, Apple is launching the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE in Denmark, Sweden, India, and Taiwan on May 11, with pre-orders starting on May 4, The LTE smartwatch allows customers to use the Apple Watch without iPhone for the first time, it can be steaming Apple Music, phone call, and more independently.

Apple has released iOS 11.3.1 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the thirteenth official update to the iOS 11 operating system. The update comes a month after the company released the thrid major iOS 11 update - iOS 11.3. It can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 11.3.1 includes a fix for display issues experienced on iPhone 8 with third-party repairs, which can disable the touch functionality of the screen. Asides from that, it also bring security and speed improvements for all iDevices.

iOS 11.3.1 improves the security of your iPhone or iPad and addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.

Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See for more information.
Apple has released a security update to the recent macOS 10.13.4 update called Security Update 2018-001 as well. The update addresses a memory corruption issue by improving error handling that allow an application to "gain elevated privileges, which leds to attackers to control your Mac. It patched the so-called maliciously crafted text message" vulnerability that could be used to spoof the user interface. (via AppleInsider).

Today, we are announcing a new change to our website today: TANT, which stands for Top Apple News Today, a column provides a brief recap on today's top Apple News. The new section will be showed on Monday through Friday.

Apple Share Two New Ads Encouraging Android User Switch To iOS: Apple today has released two new ads on its Youtube that trying to switch android users to its mobile platform. The first ad focus on App Store to demonstrate the superior safety, while the second one highlights Portrait Mode & Portrait Lighting on the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Links to watch: App Store and Portraits.

Survey Results Shows iPhone X Received 97% of Customer Satisfaction: A survey for U.S. early iPhone X adopters conducted by market research firm Creative Strategies found that the smartphone’s user satisfaction was as high as 97%.

Broken down, 85% of respondents are "very satisfied" with iPhone X. In the meantime, 12% of respondents stated that they were "satisfied" with iPhone X, and only 3% of users were unsatisfied with all sorts different reasons. On a feature-by-feature basis, the iPhone X saw very high satisfaction rates in all but one area, that is Siri with 20% of satisfaction.

Apple's iPhone 8 And 8 Plus Models Sells Better Than iPhone X: CIRP's latest report shows iPhone 8 and 8 Plus leading the way with growth from holiday quarter into Q1 2018, while iPhone X is seeing a decline for unknown reasons.

CIRP found that iPhone 8 sales in the first quarter accounted for 23% of the total iPhone sales, iPhone 8 Plus was 21%, and iPhone X only accounted for 16%. Combine together; that put the iPhone 8 models at 44%, almost three time better than iPhone X sales were.

Other news are including World’s last Apple Watch shop at Isetan Shinjuku, Japan, to be closed on May 13th, European Commersions concerned Apple’s Shazam Acquisition could allow them to encourage EU users to Apple Music.

GE has released the first air conditioner that can be controlled with HomeKit in the United States, which they named as GE Energy Star 115 Volt Electronic Room Air Conditioner, and it's also the first HomeKit-compatible GE product that's launched so far.

GE explains that the window Air Conditioner delivers 8000 BTU and is intended for medium-sized rooms up to 350 square feet. It comes equipped with a WiFi Connect feature, designed to allow the unit to be controlled with Apple's HomeKit, Google Home, as well as Amazon Alexa and IFTTT compatibility.

As of now, the GE AHP08LX is exclusively available from Lowe’s for $319. Wiredly, even though Lowe's is charging $319, the GE site clearly says that the MSRP for the device is $269, which suggest it may be prudent to wait for a sale.

Would you like to purchase the Air Conditioner that supports Apple's HomeKit app, sure it will be super handy to use your smartphone instead of a remote control. 

As reported by Digitimes, Apple supplier TSMC is going forward with better-than-projected revenues and profits in 2018, which would driven by production of new iPhone chips, despite it cut its full-year revenue growth target to 10 percent, and cause the stock shares decline around nine percent.

On the other hand, TSMC is set to manufacture the so-called A12 processor for all 2018 iPhones, The chip are expected to be made with the 7 nanometer process, compare to current A11 chip inside iPhone Xand iPhone 8 that is manufactured with a 10nm process.

The sources said that TSMC will see its revenue ratio for advanced 7nm process hit a high of 20 percent in 2018, and may therefore post better-than-projected revenues and profits for the second half of the year and register an annual revenue growth of over 10 percent.

For those unknown, smaller process dimensions tend to reduce costs while increasing density, which results in faster chips running at the same heat output. It is expected that A12 will become one of the first mass-produced 7-nanometer chips. 


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Following last Friday's report in which says Apple will launch a new generation of iPhone SE model in May, well-known leaker Benjamin Geskin tweeted recently that the new model will be "coming soon", and it's already in mass production.

Geskin claims that the new iPhone will soon be released probably is the iPhone SE 2, and the internal codename is "Jaguar". It uses a glass back that similar to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus,  it supports wireless charging as well.

From above the picture, it appears that it will remain the four-inch display sandwiched between the top and bottom bezels for the home button, camera, and earpiece, very much like the original SE models, but with glass back. However, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara, Apple to ditch the headphone jack for the iPhone SE 2 models.

The new iPhone SE could be powered by Apple's last-generation A10 Fusion chip, deliver up to 40 percent faster than the A9 processor in the current iPhone SE. Multiple souces claimed Apple would launch the small-factor iPhone model in next month, including ECC's regulatory filings.

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Apple has announced a new worldwide battery replacement program for non Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro models. The issue has appeared on a small number of MacBook Pros manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017.

According to Apple, a limited number of these units featured a component that can fail and cause the built-in battery to expand. It is not a safety issue and promised to replace all eligible batteries. The program will be available up to 5 years since the first retail purchase of the non Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Moreover, the company notes that the program will not extend the standard warranty coverage of your device, and for a customer who has already paid for a replacement battery can contact Apple Support to request a refund.

You may check if your MacBook Pro is affected by going to MacBook Pro Battery Replacement page, and enter the serial number of your devices. Users can either find an Apple Authorized Service Provider nor visit an Apple Retail Store for an appointment.

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Two new WebKit leaks have revealed the changes for Apple's next generation of software, one is that iOS 12 will be supported on iPhone 5S, while the other one hints that macOS will get the system-wide dark mode on 10.14, according to MacGeneration and 9to5Mac.

Firstly, MacGeneration has received development testing reports for WebKit, the testing logs refers iOS 12 running on an iPhone 5s simulator, suggesting the device will get iOS 12 this fall, but it might not be fully-featured. condensing iPhone 5s is a 5-years old model, which also means it's the oldest iPhone model to be supported by a newest software.

9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo claimed that WebKit code references suggest that macOS will get sort of system-wide dark mode on 10.14. Even though Rambo says there are no direct references to a dark mode, the existence of APIs certainly means Apple is working on a way to change the appearance for its macOS platform.

Other rumors about iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 suggested that the main features of the two platform will be delayed, as double down on the quality of its software. Several reports said that Apple to introduces combined apps platform this year, meaning you can run an iPhone app on a Mac. Like every year, Apple to announce iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 at WWDC.

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Apple to announced a new generation of iPhone SE model in May, the device will retain the same physical size as the current iPhone SE, Touch ID is expected to remain, along with new changes like the wireless charging and A10 processor, reports Japanese website Mac Otakara, who spoke to a case maker this week in an electric trade show.

The new model will remain the four-inch display sandwiched between the top and bottom bezels for the home button, camera, and earpiece. It's also expected that Apple will be ditch the headphone jack for the iPhone SE 2 models, in which the company first did it on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus model.

The new iPhone SE will supposedly be powered by Apple's last-generation A10 Fusion chip, deliver up to 40 percent faster than the A9 processor in the current iPhone SE. Like iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models, Apple may be adding a glass back to the models, enable wireless charging capabilities.

Apple would launch the small-factor iPhone model in next month, ECC's regulatory filing also suggested that there will be an Apple device to be released in May or June. We also expected that the company to maintain its retail price as $349.

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B&O Play has released its newest product - Beoplay P6, a portable wireless speaker. Designed by Cecilie Manz, the Beoplay P6 wireless speaker is similar to the Beoplay A1 and P2, it equipped with dust and splash-proof anodized aluminum housings, there are square speaker grilles on both sides and a leather strap on one side for carrying out.

The curved top of the speaker is an integrated, flexible button inspired by the Beomaster 6000 that controls volume, playback, Bluetooth, accept/reject calls, and call any voice assistant available on the connected device, such as Siri on the iPhone. There is also a built-in omnidirectional microphone for conference calls.

When it comes to the sound quality, BeoPlay P6 offers marvelous listening experiences. The speaker was carefully tuned by the highly acclaimed Bang & Olufsen sound engineer and provide full bandwidth, high-quality sound at an impressive volume level despite its mini size.

Furthermore, the Beoplay P6 weighs only 2.2 pounds and measures 170 x 130 x 68 mm. It has a built-in 2600 mAh battery and offers up to 16 hours of playback time at moderate listening levels. It's available in two colors, Black and Natural, with the price of $399. Order the product by click Here.

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Ahead of the upcoming Earth Day, Apple has introduced a new iPhone disassembly robot called Daisy, the bot offers “the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials stored in iPhone”, it's an improved version of the Liam, the company's first disassembly robot that was launched in 2016.

Apple’s newest disassembly robot, Daisy, is the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials stored in iPhone. Created through years of R&D, Daisy incorporates revolutionary technology based on Apple’s learnings from Liam, its first disassembly robot launched in 2016.

Daisy is made from some of Liam’s parts and is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone and sorting their high-quality components for recycling. Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so that Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers can’t — and at a higher quality.

In addition, Apple announced the GiveBack that for every device traded in or recycled at Apple online and retail stores worldwide between now and April 30, they will make a donation to Conservation International, a non-profit environmental organization who worked to protect nature globally.

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

Lastly, the iPhone maker has released its 2018 Environment Responsibility Report today, and focusing on climate change, resources, and safer materials. The report has highlighted its efforts on using 100% renewable energy, goals to ensure products are built for durability and recyclability, supply chain environment responsibilities, and more. Read Apple's full report here.

Today we will introduce an app called Sleep Cycle, which is a popular alarm clock and sleep tracking app for iPhone, and now it will be getting even more popular with the newly released Apple Watch app, because you can now use the app to prevent from snoring, and silent wakes you up when snoring.

The technology behind the feature is Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine, Sleep Cycle can give your wrist a subtle (and silent) tap when the iPhone app detects that you’re snoring. It uses "sound analysis technology" to detect when someone is snoring, and shouldn't not cause you to wake up, but rather recommend you to change sleep position.

Available from today, Sleep Cycle’s Apple Watch app release features a snore stopper, a welcomed added feature. In addition to the snore tracker, already available in the existing Sleep Cycle alarm clock app using patented sound analysis technology. Snoring is more likely to occur in certain positions. For example, sleeping on your back can cause your tongue and soft palate to collapse to the back of your mouth.

In addition, the app also featured a silent alarm clock that relies on the Taptic Engine to quietly and gently wake you up. Sleep Cycle not only capable of continuously track your heart rate average to providing data that you can revisit when you wake up, but also display information on sleep length and quality.

While you can free download the app from App Store, and includes some basic features, but all the feature can be accessed by a subscription of $29.99 per year. There are also plenty of sleep tracking apps out there for you, like the Sleep++PillowAutoSleep, and more!

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a new investor note claimed that the upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone could be available in two models, one includes a single SIM that priced at $550-$650, while the second will be offering dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) functionality, which has two SIM card slots.

6.1" LCD iPhone may have model that supports DSDS. If the 6.1" LCD iPhone comes with DSDS and single-SIM models, we believe it will result in two benefits: (1) more price segments would be created, significantly boosting shipments via the low-price single-SIM model. For instance, if the DSDS model sells for US$650-750, the single-SIM model may sell for US$550-650; and (2) the DSDS model will help increase market share in China and commercial markets.

The analyst clarifies that both the 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch devices will support DSDS, while the 5.8-inch iPhone for some reasons will not support it. The dual-SIM feature would make it easier for people to switch carriers when traveling, where Kuo believes it will "help increase market share in China and commercial market.”

Moreover. KGI predicts that mass production for the 5.8-inch iPhone model and 6.5-inch iPhone model start three to five weeks earlier than the low-priced version, as Apple plans to add a DSDS model. Kuo says 6.1-inch LCD model, in particular, that Apple could sell between 100 million and 120 million units from 3Q 2018 to 3Q 2019.

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The Music app on your Apple Watch has given you full access to your entire iPhone music library and letting you browse by song, artist, album etc. It also allows you to control the stock music app from your iPhone with your wrist, but did you know that, you can also control third-party music app through Apple Watch when it is playing on your iPhone.
  1. Open a third-party music app like Spotify on your iPhone
  2. Once the music is playing, tap on the side button on your Apple Watch
  3. You should find "Now Playing" option on the dock
  4. From there, you can control the music that's playing on Spotify
  5. And that's it.

It looks exactly the same as the Music app, meaning you can either pause, play, skip forward and back nor control the volume right from the Apple Watch. The next time, you will just need to open the third-party app on your iPhone and tap on a song, then leave the rest of the work to the Apple Watch.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave words in the comment section down below, I would love to help you out!

A new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission database seen by French site Consomac, which indicates several unreleased iPhone models that Apple would launch soon. iPhone running iOS 11 that listed with the model numbers is not correspond to Apple's existing smartphone lineup.

In generally, devices appear in this database about a month before the products ship. For instance, on February 19, the EEC revealed the existence of two new models of iPad, which proved to be the Wi-Fi and cellular versions of Apple's 9.7-inch iPad unveiled on March 27 at the Educational event. Suggesting a new iPhone models would launch in May/June, perhaps Apple will unveil it at WWDC.

The candidate for the iPhone models is most likely to be the SE, as rumors suggested Apple will bring a new iPhone SE device that will support wireless charging, glass back like the iPhone 8, and be released in time for summer 2018, according to DigiTimes Research analyst Luke Lin.

Apple hasn't refresh the SE models since it launched the original iPhone SE back in March of 2016, if they will update the lineup, it would have mirror changes, says KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo. The company has not announce any new iPhones at WWDC during the last seven years, last one was the iPhone 4 in 2010. So what do you think of it?

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Apple has released second beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to the developers, couple weeks after seeding the first beta. The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

Like iOS 11.4, the upcoming macOS update will bring Messages on iCloud support to the platform, which allows user to free up space on devices and storing messages in the cloud. Aside from that, It's not clear what new feature would included in this update, perhaps just some bug fixes and speed improvements.

Apple has also released second public beta of iOS 11.4 to the public beta tester. Testers needs to sign up from Apple beta testing program to download the beta profile. In order to update your device to iOS 11.4, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple has introduced a new ClassKit framework for iOS 11.4 at its March event. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11. The beta also bring (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 Wallpaper to all iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models.

Lastly, the company has seeded tvOS 11 public beta 2, which can be downloaded onto the Apple TV by navigating to the Software Updates section under "System." "Get Public Beta Updates", once it's on, the set top box will be downloading software automatically. The tvOS update to support AirPlay 2 in the future.

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According to a study by Counterpoint Research, Apple continue to be most the most profitable premium smartphone brand. The company has gained one percent of the profit year over year in Q4 2017, capturing 86% of the total handset market profits in the same quarter.

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Q4 2017, the premium smartphone market did not grow as expected while Apple remained the most profitable brand, capturing 86% of the total handset market profits

Apple’s newest flagship smartphone - iPhone X alone took over 35% of total industry profits. Not only that, the report indicates iPhone X generated five times as much as the combined profit of more than 600 Android brands during the last quarter of 2017.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus held the number two and three spots in the Counterpoint research’s study. In total, eight out of the top 10 smartphones in which Apple is selling, including its three-year-old models, are generating more profit than other Android OEMs.

New report published by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says that Apple will offer a news subscription services within a year. Much like the $9.99 Apple Music subscription services that integrated into the Music app, Apple would also do the same through an upgraded Apple News app for its news service.

The service is said to be based on subscription-based digital magazine app Texture, who provides unlimited access to over 200 digital magazines for $9.99 per month. The report points out that Apple has already started integrating Texture’s employees into the company, in which it hired 20 employees in the process.

The world’s largest technology company is integrating Texture technology and the remaining employees into its Apple News team, which is building the premium service. An upgraded Apple News app with the subscription offering is expected to launch within the next year, and a slice of the subscription revenue will go to magazine publishers that are part of the program, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple declined to comment.

It's expected that the revenue would eventually help boost Apple's growing services division, which includes the App Store and iCloud, while the company could also split the revenue with the publishers. The news service would be first available in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, as the News app only supports these countries.

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Last week, a Motherboard's report highlighted that GreyKey, a tool that allows law enforcement agencies to unlock up-to-date iPhones, the report didn't point out how much time is required to crack the iPhones. And now we have informed that a 6-digit passcode can be calculated in 11 hours.

This was revealed by John Hopkins Information Security Institute's Matthew Green, who said in his Tweet with an exploit that disables Apple's passcode-guessing protections, it would take 6.5 hours to unlock the iPhone with a 4-digit passcode, and 46 days to crack an iPhone with an 8-digit passcode.

Guide to iOS estimated passcode cracking times (assumes random decimal passcode + an exploit that breaks SEP throttling):
4 digits: ~13min worst (~6.5avg)
6 digits: ~22.2hrs worst (~11.1avg)
8 digits: ~92.5days worst (~46avg)
10 digits: ~9259days worst (~4629avg)

As Apple’s iOS security guide explains, There is an option that can erase an iPhone's data after 10 incorrect passcode guessing attempts and there are automatic delays after a wrong passcode has been entered more than five times. But apparently, GreyKey has found a way to avoid these delays and just keep guessing passcodes.
So we strongly recommend you that stop using the passcode only made by six numbers. Majority security experts have admitted that people should use an alphanumeric passcode that's at least 7 characters long and mixed with numbers, uppercase/lower letters, as well as symbols.

“People should use an alphanumeric passcode that isn't susceptible to a dictionary attack and that is at least 7 characters long and has a mix of at least uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers,” Ryan Duff, a researcher who’s studied iOS and the Director of Cyber Solutions for Point3 Security, told me in an online chat. “Adding symbols is recommended and the more complicated and longer the passcode, the better.”

To change your device's passcode, go to Settings app on your Home screen, tap on Touch ID & Passcode, click on Change Passcode, select Custom Alphanumeric Code, and type your passwords. Do you have any comments on this?

Apple has released second beta of iOS 11.4 to the developers for beta testing, two weeks after seeding the first beta. Beta testers needs to sign up from Apple Developer Center to download the beta profile. In order to update your device to iOS 11.3, you need go to Settings - Software Update.

Apple has introduced a new ClassKit framework for iOS 11.4 at its March event. Both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud are present in the iOS 11.4 beta after was being removed from iOS 11. On the HomePod, the stereo support returns in beta, but it requires HomePod's 11.4 software to work.

Aside from releasing iOS 11.3, Apple today also seeded second beta of watchOS 4.3.1. To download the new watchOS beta, go to the General - Software update. The new update includes a warning that specifically applies to older apps made for watchOS 1, suggesting these apps will not able to run in the future versions of watchOS.

In addition, the company also seeds tvOS 11 beta 2, which can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode. All developer beta requires proper configuration profile. Like iOS 11.4, the upcoming tvOS update will support AirPlay 2, as Apple TV icon returns in Home app with room assignment.

Taiwan's Economic Daily News has published a report that said South Korean based Samsung will begin the production of new OLED displays for Apple’s second generation of iPhone X, and the 6.5-inch ‘iPhone X Plus’ in May, with plans to double its production in June.

Samsung Display will be produce approximately 2 million to 3 million displays during May, and output between 4 million to 6 million units in July. It appears that the timeline slightly ahead of schedule, many were believed that Samsung would not begin production until the beginning of the third quarter.

Hopefully, with the early start of the OLED screen production would solve the delay launch date. Last year, iPhone X was announced in September, but it didn't went on sales until October 27, the main reason caused the delay is the fact that Apple suppliers faced production challenges, which is already fixed.

Apple is widely believed to launch three new iPhones this year: a successor of first-generation iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, as well as a 6.1-inch LCD models that is target to mid-class users, and it could cost about $700-$800.

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Guilherme Rambo, a developer who likes to dig information about Apple's new firmware, is now currently working for the 9to5Mac site has discovered in watchOS 4.3.1 beta 1 that Apple may be considering opening up Apple Watch faces to third-party developers.

Rambo found that a component in the NanoTimeKit framework (responsible for the Apple Watch face) implements a developer tools server designed to communicate with Xcode software on the Mac. In which the string says: "This is where the 3rd party face config bundle generation would happen".

Once Apple decided to add the feature to Apple Watches, sure it will have stringent guidelines that will not influences any of copyright/trademark issues. Of course, this may also be an immature idea made by itself, and it is still unknown whether it will remain in the future.

However, to think in a positive way, the Cupertino tech-giant may also plan to bring more fun and to the Apple Watch models. They could ship the long-awaited feature to developers as soon as watchOS 5 announced.

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As part of its new service policy, Apple will repair some Apple Watch Series 2 models that cannot power on or swollen battery free of charge, reports MacRumors, who obtained an internal document distributed to retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Apple has determined that under certain conditions, some Apple Watch Series 2 devices may not power on or they may experience an expanded battery. Apple will service eligible devices free of charge. Apple will authorized coverage for eligible devices for three years after the original date of purchase.

For those who are not familiar with the matter, a swollen battery can prevent an Apple Watch from powering on or cause the display to burst open. It appears that the issue only existed on any 42mm-sized Apple Watch Series 2 models, as Apple only provide the free repair service to these models, and It doesn't affect by warranty status.

Separately, Apple decided to extend the warranty period of the original iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard to three years, because there may be issues with the accessories, including sensor and Smart Connector problems, key sticking, repeated input, no response, and more. Prior to this, the warranty period for Smart Keyboard is one year.

First introduced back in 2016 at Apple's October Event, the Touch Bar is the most popular feature of the new MacBook Pro 2016. It's at the top of your keyboard adapts to what you're doing and gives you intuitive shortcuts and app controls when you need them

What if you don't want to purchase a new MacBook Pro or use the feature on your iMac? There is an app called “Touche” that let experiences MacBook Pro's Touch Bar on any Mac. You can download it for free, the only requirement is that the Mac needs to running macOS Sierra with build 16B2657.
    1. After you have downloaded Touche app on your Mac, unzip the file. When you unzip the archive, you will get the Touche app.
    2. Now just simply double-click on the Touché app, and this will launch the Touch Bar simulator
    3. Touch Bar will appear on your screen, enjoy it.
    Yes, Touché supports most of Apple’s stock apps out of the box, such as Mail, Messages, and Safari. With Touché you can do just about everything like the Touch Bar on your 2016 or newer MacBook Pro devices. Touché will also work with third-party apps like Microsoft Word. 

    What do you think of the app?

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    Well, this seems really interesting in which Apple have designed a gold iPhone X, according to documents filed with the United States Federal Communications Commission. As you can see in the photos below, the iPhone X unmistakably in an unreleased gold finish.

    The prototype device has rich gold stainless steel frame and a lighter gold glass back, which appears to match the gold shade seen in iPhone 8. It was filed back in September of last year, which includes several images of a gold iPhone X from multiple angles to outline the device's dimension

    Also, the documents have couple strange details, for example, it indicate Apple had prepared its FCC filing in July, which was ahead of the iPhone X unveiling in September. More wiredly, It reference to an ‘LCD display’, because the current iPhone X uses an OLED panel.

    All in all, we can confirmed that Apple originally planned on releasing the iPhone X in three colors - gold, silver, and space gray, perhaps because stainless steel frame of the gold device was causing issues, so the company ended up only launching the iPhone X in silver and space gray. We are not clear if Apple still plan to release gold iPhone X models, even though recent rumors says so.

    Multiple recent reports were saying that HomePod had poor market reception. A new report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo seems to agree the matter, he suggests that Apple could sell 2-2.5 million HomePods across all of 2018, with a million of those from first month pent-up demand, so Apple is "mulling" a "low-cost version" of the HomePod that may help sales. Read more to find out details.

    Kuo said the HomePod's high price tag "could undermine demand despite excellent sound quality." On the other hand, because Siri provides an "uninspiring user experience" compared to its competitors, and the "underlying concerns" in Apple's development of artificial intelligence, which explains why Apple's HomePod faced lackluster sales.

    It's been six years since Apple introduced Siri to the market, which was way ahead of the firm's major competitors. The massive population of iOS and macOS users is also conducive to the promotion of the voice assistant function. However, we note that for most users worldwide, Siri is not a must-have function, and Apple has not yet become a leading brand in the AI voice assistant market. We also note that HomePod has not added support for new languages in the device since launch, suggesting Apple is facing challenges in AI/voice assistant development spanning the globe; this will cap the shipments momentum of HomePod.

    Sure, most people not happy with HomePod high cost, Kuo says a low-priced HomePod could provide a somewhat boost to sales. However, the analyst also claimed that Apple needs to improve Siri, support more languages, and make other improvements to dominant smart speaker markets. At present, HomePod was only in English markets.

    Back to last month, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that the next-generation of Apple Watch will be using the new and "‘more trendy form factor design" with 15% bigger screen, alongside enhanced health monitoring and longer battery life.

    Yes, with 15% bigger screen, what if you don't have a clear idea of how big of the screen will be on the Series 4? Take a look at the contrasting motion picture that was made by Phonearena, sure you will notice the huge differences.

    If the screen size is increased by 15%, it would bring more display space to Apple Watch. And if the frame technology is advanced enough, the frame around the screen could change from the original right angles to rounded corners. This design is quite similar to iPhone X, it will be super comfortable to see.

    With the new design and the lowering price of older models, KGI believes that Apple will sell about 22-24 million Apple Watch units in 2018, that's up from 30% year-over-year. It's expected that the fourth-generation of Apple Watch to be released in the fall of this year.

    According to Motherboard, who reports that local police forces and federal agencies from all across the U.S. have been able to purchase relatively cheap tools that allows them to unlock up-to-date iPhones and bypass all encryption.

    This can be done by using a device called GrayKey, which have successfully unlocked iPhones without knowing the passcode. As the photo shows in the below, the device is four inches wide by four inches deep and two inches tall, with two lightning cables sticking out of the front to plug in two iPhones at the same time to the box.

    With GrayKey, it can take anywhere between 2 hours and 3 days depending on the length and complexity of the passcode to bypass it. Once it's fully unlocked, the iPhone's backup as well as the full filesystem can be downloaded onto the GrayKey device. Local police departments like Indiana and Maryland police are able to use the box to unlock encrypted devices, including the iPhone X.

    “It demonstrates that even state and local police do have access to this data in many situations,” Matthew Green, an assistant professor and cryptographer at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, told Motherboard in a Twitter message. “This seems to contradict what the FBI is saying about their inability to access these phones.”

    FBI Director Christopher Wray said recently that they are "increasingly unable ti access" information stored on the encrypted devices. However, it appears Wray is not telling the truth. Hopefully, Apple could fix these loopholes in the future to stand against FBI.

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    According to Bloomberg, Apple's first smart speaker - HomePod apparently didn't meet their sales expectation, leading it to cut orders with suppliers like Inventec in the late March, citing a person who familiar with the matter.

    By late March, Apple had lowered sales forecasts and cut some orders with Inventec Corp., one of the manufacturers that builds the HomePod for Apple, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    From the Slice Intelligence's data, it shows that HomePod had strong pre-orders and initial sales figures suggested it would sell well and capture a solid portion of the smart speaker market, but those numbers quickly fell by the time the HomePod hit store shelves:

    During the HomePod's first 10 weeks of sales, it eked out 10 percent of the smart speaker market, compared with 73 percent for Amazon's Echo devices and 14 percent for the Google Home, according to Slice Intelligence. Three weeks after the launch, weekly HomePod sales slipped to about 4 percent of the smart speaker category on average, the market research firm says.

    On the other hand, even though HomePod lacks connectivity with non-Apple devices and features like stereo pairing, as well as its high price tag, it's still on an early stage to call the HomePod a flop. Apple should able to make major improvements to the current-generation HomePod by simply improving Siri, or perhaps eventually supports Spotify.

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    Apple has launched the new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and it has begun accepting orders from These gorgeous-looking phones mark Apple’s first-ever (RED) products featuring a sleek black face rather than the less attractive white front of last year’s RED iPhone 7.

    Besides from that, another thing that has got us excited is the new Wallpaper on the (RED) iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models and will look super awesome on your iPhone X’s edge-to-edge OLED panel, Here is a photo for what it will look like on the iPhone X!

    The HD version of the wallpaper is available for all iPhones. Download the image on any iPhone by clicking this link. Once it's downloaded, Tap on hold on the Red iPhone 8 Wallpaper image to save it on your devices, and lastly apply it as your wallpaper from Settings - Wallpaper or within the Photos app.

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