According to TechCrunch, who has published a report says Apple to rebuild Apple Maps from the ground up, and adding Street-Level and satellite data collected from vans that are been traveling for years. This announcement was made by Eddy Cue, Apple's Service VP.

In addition, the new Apple Maps service will also have improvements in traffic, real-time road conditions, road systems, new buildings, and more. These new changes will show up in the next iOS 12 beta, first in San Francisco and the Bay Area, in the future will expand to Northern California and the U.S. states.

The ultimate goal of Apple is to fully adopt its own map data rather than relying on third-party providers. The company’s VP of Apple's Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue said that if Apple wants to create the world's best map app, they would only need to use their own map data. Eddy Cue:

"Since we introduced this six years ago — we won't rehash all the issues we've had when we introduced it — we've done a huge investment in getting the map up to par," said Cue. "When we launched, a lot of it was all about directions and getting to a certain place. Finding the place and getting directions to that place. We've done a huge investment of making millions of changes, adding millions of locations, updating the map and changing the map more frequently. All of those things over the past six years."

What do you think of the new Apple Maps?

First reported by Chinese site 21st Century Business Herald, a number of sources confirmed to the site that Apple will introduce at least two new iPhones with Dual-SIM feature and claims it will only available to the Chinese market. However, new iPhones to be sold in other countries will have single-SIM card trays, but you can manage Dual-SIM through physical SIM + Apple SIM (eSIM)."

Apple introduced the Apple SIM innovation for the iPad in 2014, which is designed to replace the traditional SIM card with virtual SIM card. Currently, there are more than 180 countries that support Apple SIM capability, but Apple stated that China is not one of them.

Several smartphone industry analysts and Android phone makers believe that Apple's Dual-SIM feature will have a big impact on the Android camp, especially in the Chinese market. As they pointed out that lack of Dual-SIM support is the main reason that customers in China are losing interest in iPhone.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said before that new iPhones in this year would support Dual-SIM feature, in which make it easier for people to switch carriers when traveling. Kuo believes it will "help increase market share in China and commercial market.”

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According to The Information, sources familiar with Apple's plan revealed that Apple to develop a new subscription service that bundles original television programs, Apple Music, and digital magazines. At present, Apple has signed a number of original content, ranging from comedy to animation.

Apple's first original shows, “Planet of the Apps" and "Carpool Karaoke" were exclusively available for Apple Music subscribers. In the future, it’s said that Apple will launch more original content so that it can meet customers' needs.

Apple also plans to launch a digital news subscription service next year. This service will merge Apple News app and magazine subscription service Texture, Apple bought it in March of this year. The Texture service costs $6.99 a month that will let you subscribe to more than 200 leading magazines worldwide.

In the end, Apple’s plan is to bundle digital news services with Apple Music and video content, but it is not yet clear what the price of the subscription service is. Previously, there were rumors suggested that Apple's original TV shows will be launched between March 2019 so Apple could launch the service next year at earliest.

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For most Apple Watch users, the slow software update process can be really frustrating. Large updates can take anyway between hours or more! So users usually install it at night time. However, did you know that you can speed up the installation process? Here’s how!

  1. Make sure your Apple Watch and iPhone are connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and it’s on a charger with at least 50% of battery
  2. Go the Watch app on your iPhone, click on My Watch -> Settings -> General -> Software Update
  3. Tap on Download & Install, once you see “time remaining...”, go to Settings app on your device, and toggle off Bluetooth.
  4. Return to the Watch app and when a disconnecting message appears, click on Cancel button
  5. By doing this, you simply use a Wi-Fi connection to make the installation process faster, compared to a much-slower Bluetooth network.
This is a great workaround before Apple brings to WiFi update feature to the platform. Do you find this to be really helpful for you? Or do you have an easier way to update the wearable tech gadgets, you’re welcome to share your tips with us!

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LG Display Division has become the second Apple OLED supplier, this means that Apple can reduce its dependence on Samsung. At present, Samsung is the only OLED display supplier for iPhone X. To help boost OLED screen mass production, Apple has invested billions of dollars in LG, according to South China Morning Post

Previously, there were reports that LG will supply the OLED of iPhone X Plus that's expected to using a 6.5-inch screen. In today's report, the news was confirmed and mentioned that LG will provide Apple with 2 to 4 million OLED panels. Even though the supply is small, Apple can use this to negotiate with Samsung to lower the price of their OLED panels.

The first OLED screens from LG Display will be used in one model of the new iPhones slated for release this year, the people said. LG Display wants to supply all the screens for that Apple model, though it is not clear it can yet achieve that, one of the people said. The shipment is subject to two layers of approval, the first of which is expected around July, the people said.

In addition to the iPhone X Plus, Apple will also release second-generation of iPhone X and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone this year. Last month, South Korea's ET News claimed that Apple will complete the conversion next year, in which all feature iPhone models will be equipped with OLED screens.

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This fall, Apple is expected to release three iPhones that use the design elements of iPhone X, they are basically identical in appearance to the iPhone X and support the Face ID feature. There have been multiple reports claimed that this year's price tag of the upcoming iPhones will be lower than expected.

In a new research note, the renowned analyst of Morgan Stanley Katy Huberty also gave the same expectation. Hubert estimated that the upcoming 5.8-inch OLED version (the immediate successor of iPhone X) will start at $899, which is $100 less than the iPhone X. The 6.5-inch OLED model (iPhone X Plus?) starts at $999.

Of course, it's the starting price, if you choose a higher storage version, the 5.8-inch OLED version will cost $ 1,049, while the 6.5-inch OLED version will be priced at $ 1,149. As for the 6.1-inch LCD version, which will use a single lens and drop 3D Touch support, Hubert expects the starting price of the model to be between $699 and $769.

If Apple sets the starting price of the three new iPhones to be higher, that is, the 5.8-inch version starts at $999, the 6.5-inch version starts at $1,099, and the 6.1-inch version costs $799, which means next year's iPhone's average selling price will rise by 7.2%.

According to the Variety, Apple has been working with well-known YouTuber Mark Rober to develop a secret research project. The latter is well-known for its scientific video on the YouTube channel.

The report says Rober is engaged in a project related to the virtual reality technology that will be used in self-driving cars. Although the report didn't mention Rober's specific job at Apple. However, it mentioned that Apple had two different patents that listed Rober as the chief inventor, one of which associates to "immersive virtual display" and the other to "augmented virtual display".

The center of the two patents is essentially the self-driving car passengers, because on the surface they do not need to pay attention to traffic outside the vehicle. One of the patents also specifically describes the use of virtual reality in in-car entertainment, in which in a case, an author or talk show host could be virtually displayed next to the passenger's seat, they would read a book or deliver a talk show, and the sound can be played through the car audio system.

Of course, this kind of virtual experience can already be performed in other areas, but this is also very fresh for Apple's self-driving project. Recent news on Apple's self-driving projects has also grown, such as expanding the self-driving road test fleet, also reaching an agreement with Volkswagen to turn T6 Transporter into self-driving employee shuttle bus.

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Apple has released its first public beta of macOS 10.14 Mojave to the public testers. For those early adopters who are not registered developers but wants to try out the latest platform that’s designed for Mac users.

In case you didn’t know about the macOS Mojave update, it introduces a systemwide Dark Mode, ability to automatically change the wallpaper to night time of the Mojave looks, and new Stacks feature that rearrange your desktop with just a click.

Apple has also brought iOS Apps like Apple News, Voice Memos, Stocks, and the Home app to the Mac, it redesigned Mac App Store as well, further advanced Quick Look and Finder functionalities, and bring more Privacy improvements.

macOS Mojave can be installed on 2015 and later MacBooks, 2012 and later MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac models, the 2017 iMac Pro, as well as Mac Pros from late 2013. Altogether, the platform is expected to roll out to all users in the fall.

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TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new investors report that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be debuted this year is expected to be a popular option for upgraders since it featured with iPhone X-style design and features.

Kuo predicts the lower-end iPhone will cost around $600-$700, which means you can buy a mini version of iPhone X with the price of iPhone 8. Because it’s cheaper, Apple is said to dropping several functions such as 3D Touch and uses Single-Len rear camera system.

It’s understandable that Kuo says the affordable iPhone will face mass production difficulties since it’s equipped with LCD panel instead of OLED display. However, Apple will order more LCD iPhone than OLED iPhones, and will on schedule to launch it in September.

When it comes to other products that are rumored to launch this year, the analyst still expects new iPad models with Face ID, a new low-priced MacBook Air, and new Apple Watch models featured with larger displays to be unveiled in the second half of 2018.

First announced back in March at Apple’s education event that’s held in Chicago, Apple has now officially released the Schoolwork and Classroom app for teachers, it allows teachers to further focus on a classroom more easier.

The new Schoolwork app will enable teachers to easily create assignments through apps love like Kahoot that supports ClassKit, collaborate one-on-one with students. It also makes create and send announcements and assignments with almost any type of content less complicated.

With Classroom app, you can easily assign a specific activity right in an app, check classroom or each individual’s performance, view their screen, share iPads with others, keep track students work, and even reset your students’ password.

For more information on the two apps, visit Apple Newsroom, as for how to set it up, please hit: Apple Education Site.

A few weeks after the first developer beta was released, Apple finally pushed the first public beta version of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and tvOS 12. For those early adopters who are not registered developers can now try out these latest platforms for free.

The so-called beta version was prepared by Apple for users who participated in the "Apple Beta Software Program." Users simply register the program and follow the installation tips to experience their latest beta system. However, Apple also warned that the betas are not stable, so try not to use on your main device.

As a significant update, iOS 12 is jet-packed with features: Group FaceTime, personalized emoji called Memoji and four new Animojis, new Siri Shortcuts that makes life less complicated, Grouped Notifications, Screen Time that checks how much you spend on your phone, and adds limits, and so on.

As for tvOS, it includes the long-awaited support for Dolby Atmos, zero sign-on that's designed for cable subscribers, auto-fill password from your iPhone, and more!

In a new report, Bloomberg shed some lights on the future strategy of Apple's audio products. According to the report, Apple will release a high-end third-generation AirPods in 2019, as well as the next-generation HomePod, and over-ear headphones.

Next year's AirPods will support noise cancellation and be water resistant. According to people familiar with the plan, Apple is also working hard to expand the scope of AirPods. Third-generation AirPods will also be more expensive due to more new features. Currently, AirPods is priced at $159.

The AirPods will also match the iPhone product line, offering high-end and low-end versions, and high-end versions will support more features. In addition, Bloomberg says that one of the advanced features may be a new biosensor that supports heart rate monitoring.

Asides from the new AirPods, Apple will also release a new over-ear headphone in 2019. It was originally planned to be released this year but encountered many difficulties. It’s believed the new headphone will be a high-end product that is more expensive than the Beats series.

Finally, the report mentioned the next generation of HomePod. The second generation HomePod will be released early next year. And, Apple plans to reduce its dependence on Inventec and distribute more orders to Foxconn. Inventec is currently a supplier of AirPods and HomePod.

An Apple Watch user filed a lawsuit against Apple, saying that Apple Watch had false marketing issues because the product is not as scratchy as the company says. (Via iPhone in Canada)

A user named Dean Lubaki in Ontario, Canada, purchased an Apple Watch last year, he chose a 42mm ceramic Edition model equipped with a Milanese Loop. After more than half a year's use, he found a lot of scratches on the watch, but according to Apple's saying, the Watch should have "brilliantly scratch resistance."

Lubaki believes that these scratches are actually due to design flaws. The back of the Apple Watch is a magnet when magnet attracts the Milanese loop, it will scratch the watch when the user inadvertently uses it. Because of the magnetic features, scratches are almost unavoidable and inevitable.

Moreover, Lubaki also stated that he requested for a new one at the local Apple Store. However, despite he is an AppleCare user, he is still rejected. So Lubaki decided to take a lawsuit and seek Apple's refund, and "additional compensation and punitive damages." 

Even though Apple later gives him a free replacement, he declined and said that he had wasted a long time for this terrible circumstance, and these losses are irretrievable.

According to ‘Spectrum Report’, they have reached out to Apple’s software chief, Craig Federighi, that if Apple plans to make the Mac a ‘Home Hub’ since the Home app will be available once customers installed macOS Mojave, the latest operating system designed for Mac that will release in this fall.

In an email response, Federighi simply says that Apple does not have any intention to make the Mac as a “home hub’ for automation. Instead, he claimed that Apple TV is the preferred device for that purpose. Other devices that suites the feature are HomePod, as well as iPad.

Hi Jackson,

At WWDC earlier this month we announced that in the next release of macOS (Mojave), we are bringing the Home app to the Mac. With the Home app you will be able to control your accessories, monitor cameras, and receive notifications. We are not, however, making the Mac a “home hub” for automation. (The Apple TV is the preferred device for that purpose).

-Craig Federighi

In my opinion, it’ll be nice to control your smart home accessories on a Mac rather than turn on your Apple TV and remote controls your smart home products, which is not easy to use with it. What do you think of it?

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Security researcher Matthew Hickey discovered a USB-based security exploit to brute force the lock screen password of iOS devices. As we know that you can set it up a setting for erase all data if someone enter wrong passwords 10 times. However, Hickey's method circumvents this restriction.

For example, when a hacker connects an iPhone or iPad to a computer, he can send all password attempts to the iPhone, which is 0000 to 9999, for brute-forcing the device. This hacking method works on iOS devices that are running way up to iOS 11.3.

To brute forcibg an iPhone or iPad, just boot up and using a Lightning cable. Hickey's brute force cracking method takes 3-5 seconds to enter each 4-digit password, and for sure, it is not as advanced as the Grayshift unlocking tool.

Luckily, Apple’s iOS 12 added a new USB-restricted mode. New features will fix Hickey's brute force methods and will also disable the Grayshift cracking tool. If the device has not been unlocked for the last hour, the USB access will be cut off.

Apple has just launched a new MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repair program that will covers a small percentage of users might experience sticky, repeat unexpectedly characters or keys that do not respond in a normal manner. (Via 9to5mac)

Specifically, Apple has announced that the repairs can be done free of charge. The service can cover the replacement of one or more keys or even the entire keyboard. And, if you have already done the repair, you sure can request for refunds.

“Today we launched a keyboard service program for our customers that covers a small percentage of keyboards in certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models which may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors: letters or characters that repeat unexpectedly or don’t appear when pressed or keys that feel “sticky” or aren’t responding in a consistent manner.”

MacBook 2015-2017 models and Macbook Pro 2016-2017 models are eligible for the program. Customers are welcome to visit a local Apple Store or Authorized Service Provider to receive the keyboard repair service for free once it determined the models has been affected.

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Even though Apple has promised that AirPower will be available in 2018, a specific date wasn’t given to us. However, a new report from Bloomberg indicates that the wireless charging mat will be released in September alongside three new iPhones.

The report further pointed out that AirPower actually runs a stripped down version of iOS, which means that it can manage power and complex circuitry, and simultaneously communicate with the iOS devices, Apple Watch and AirPods that are laid on it, as it can support three devices charging at once.

As reported an article earlier this year that the accessory may face heating problems: when the testing personnel begins charging three devices on AirPower at once, it will suddenly get hotter. Bloomberg has backed up on the rumor.

The company has long-term history to perfecting a product rather than rush to launch it the right way. So, we have wait another three months for the charging mat, even though we heard that it will cost $249.

Toshiyasu Abe from Vancouver, Washington, has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week in the District Court of Oregon. He believes that Apple’s 3D Touch features on the iPhone and iPad infringe on his own patents.

Abe holds a patent No. 6520699. The patent was approved by the USPTO in February of 2003. Like most patents, the description of this patent is very detailed. In brief, the patent mentions "user interface devices" of "a plurality of buttons displayed on a touch-sensitive screen", with "each button is being associated with a plurality of characters or functions."

There are many illustrations in the patent, including the mobile phone in the vehicle, a physical trackpad on a laptop or a steering wheel, and each control has multiple pressure-sensitive geometry buttons.

The litigation documents mentioned that as early as 2009, Apple knew Abe's patent. Abe said that he had conducted many emails with Apple and made at least one call with the company’s legal department, but no agreement was reached (Via MacRumors)

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has officially announced the Digital Key Release 1.0 specification, a set of standardized solutions that allow drivers to download digital vehicle key on their smartphones.

For those who aren’t familiar with CCC, it’s an organization that aims to promote the seamless connection between smartphones and vehicles. The new Digital Key 1.0 Release specification issued by the group will apply to all participating members, including Apple, Samsung, and Qualcomm.

The new Digital Key specification (using NFC technology) is designed to create a "robust ecosystem" around the use of interoperable digital key use cases. It allows the driver to lock the car, unlock, start the engine, and use smartphones to share the vehicle's access rights with reliable user authentication.

This is a secure system that allows depots to use a Trusted Service Manager framework to transfer digital vehicle keys to smartphones that use NFC technology and connect directly to the device's security elements. At present, Audi and Volkswagen are planning to roll out the service in the near future.

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Following Apple Pay debuts in Poland, the mobile payment system now available in Norway with three banks supports right way, according to Believe or not, Apple Pay can now be used in 29 countries.

Initially, payment services will be available in Norway for customers with Visa cards from Nordea Bank, Santander Bank and Sbanken (formerly Skandiabanken), said Norwegian Visa CEO Jens Nes.

Apple Pay will also be available to Nordea’s customers with MasterCards, says Inge Kjønnøy, Head of MasterCard Norway.

Do you use Apple Pay very often? Let’s know what are your comments about the payment service.

macOS has a very useful function - Quick Look, when the the user selecte certain files, pictures, you can press the space bar to preview the details. However, this practical feature has recently been found a bug, of which its preview thumbnail storage mechanism will lead to the user's encrypted files easily to be leaked.

Security researcher Wojciech Regula first discovered and published the bug disccovery on The Hacker News website. When macOS implements the Quick Look feature, it will generate a thumbnail file or folder and then cache it in a specific area of the hard drive.

But Regula found that Apple did not store these thumbnails on Mac's encrypted hard drive, but instead stored it in an open area. So a file even though sets it up as an encrypted file, it will be completely exposed by the thumbnail cache file that is saved by Quick Look.

It's worth to say that the issue has at least existed on Mac for eight years, but we expect that Apple will fix it rather sooner than later. We recommend that you should clean your thumbnail files more frequently.

Apple has released the second developer beta of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. The version can be updated with a developer beta profile and install it on your whichever devices. Here are the features and changes so far discovered.

Firstly, for iOS 12 beta 2, Apple is introducing iPhone 6 form of display size instead of iPhone 4 when you running iPhone apps on your iPad.

Furthermore, Apple has also redesigned the battery usage chart in the Settings app, it also tweaked the new Screen Time feature such as display an app’s information, its developer. You can now also view screen time by devices.

Other new features and changes are: Scanning with Face ID when Face ID required to unlock contents, advanced Photo Search, then the status bar shows softer location icon, and so on.

For other three software platforms: macOS 10.14 beta 2 now includes new night map feature for Maps app; watchOS 5 beta 2 gains functional Walkie-Talkie app, tvOS 12 beta 2 seems like supporting Dolby Atmos for now.

Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service is rolling out to users in Poland, they should be able to add supported bank credit cards into the Wallet app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

According to the official Support page, Apple Pay will initially available in eight banks, including: Alior, BG, BNP Paribas, BZ WBK, Getin, mBank, Nest Bank, Pekao, and Raiffeisen Polbank. With more to come in September.

Apple Pay was first launched in the U.S. in 2014, since then the availability has expanded to more than 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the U.K., Ukraine, and the U.S.

Apple has officially announced that a new life-saving feature in iOS 12—first responders will be able to access location data “securely and automatically” when iPhone users placed a 911 call once they updated their iPhones to the latest operating system.

According to Apple, the feature is implemented with privacy in mind, which means that user data can’t be used for any non-emergency purpose, the feature is only limited to the responding 911 Center to access the user’s location during an emergency call.

Apple has teamed up with firm RapidSOS to offer the life-saving feature that will be integrated into iOS 12. It can make emergency location sharing faster and more precise compared to the current 911 technology that Apple implemented it.

At present, it’s said that the feature will provide to all iOS 12 users in the United State for free. Compatible devices that are support iOS 12 includes iPhone 5s and above. Visit the Newsroom for more information

Even though it’s not a important release anyway, Apple has seeded iOS 11.4.1 developer and public beta 3 version Along with no major features, but it’s expected to fix the iOS 11.4 battery drain issue that many users experienced with it.

Not surprisingly, Apple has seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.4.1 update. We also didn’t found any new features or changes in the software version. It’s likely to focus on bug fixes and improves stability.

Lastly, the Cupertino firm has seeded the third beta of macOS 10.13.6 to developers and public beta testers. Since the iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and tvOS 12 first beta update already available for developers, Apple likely to focus that rather than these updates.

Five months following the official launch of the United State, United Kingdom, and Australia, Apple now officially accepting HomePod orders in France, Germany, as well as Canada.

Still comes in the white and space gray two colors, HomePod prices in France, Germany, and Canada are 349 euros, 349 euros, and 449 Canadian dollars. Users can either choose to order directly through the Apple Store App,, or they can choose to go to the retail stores and third-party authorized resellers to purchase it.

Apple recently brought software updates to the smart speaker and added support for Siri in French, German, and Canadian English. Canadian French support will come later this year. HomePod should also enable Stereo Paring and multi-room audio once user updates it to the 11.4 version.

Nevertheless, HomePod has received a lot of queries since its release, and most of the skeptical voices believe HomePod is overpriced. Analysts and supply chain sources have predicted that Apple will develop a cheap version, perhaps a Beats-enabled speaker in a light of hope to use it compete with rivals such as Amazon Echo.

Apple has always been providing gorgeous new wallpaper for every release of macOS, and Mojave is no exception. Sure those are nice wallpapers, but couldn't be even better when they came to the iOS 12, thanks to Youtuber TechReview, we are able to bring these to your iOS devices.

Tap on hold on the macOS Mojave Wallpaper image to save it on your devices, and apply it as your iOS wallpaper from Settings - Wallpaper or within the Photos app. If you have wallpaper want to share with us, please contact us at the Contact page

Largan Precision, well-known lens manufacturer and the sole supplier of iPhone cameras. told DigiTimes that next year, there will be a large-scale shipment of 7P lens and 5P periscope lens. Triple-lens cameras will also become the focus of competition for manufacturers, which they hinted that Apple would adopt the triple-lens camera system next year.

The so-called 7P lens is not the iPhone 7 Plus camera we are talking about here, instead, it's called seven plastic lens pieces, which can bring several improvements to the camera, such as greater aperture, and another periscope structure can give the phone stronger optical zoom capabilities, and so on.

The most attractive part is the triple-lens camera, Huawei's P20 will prompt other phone manufacturers to quickly follow suit. Phones equipped with three lenses not only provide greater optical zoom performance, but also provide a better AR experience, after all, in the depth of recognition, its efficiency is certainly higher than dual-lens. 

At the same time, it's believed that Largan Precision is advancing the production of triple-lens camera modules, and it is expected to start large-scale production next year. So could that suggest Apple is asking them to produce the triple-lens camera?  What do you think?

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According to The Information, Jaime Waydo, a former senior engineer at Google’s subsidiary Waymo, has joined Apple. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the news but declined to disclose what self-driving project she was responsible for.

Apple has hired a high-profile senior engineer of Alphabet’s Waymo self-driving vehicle unit, Jaime Waydo, to join the iPhone maker’s own self-driving vehicle project, known as Titan, according to a person briefed about the move.

In an interview with The Information, Waydo’s former colleague stated that Waydo’s position as director of system engineering at Waymo was "instrumental" for the entire company. She is primarily responsible for verifying the safety of the Waymo prototypes.

Prior to joining Waymo, Waydo worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than 10 years, where she helped Akai in the lab to drive a rover on Mars. So it’s likely that Apple has hired Waydo for the purpose of advancing its driverless car program and plans to build a prototype.

However, Apple's self-driving project still faces various difficulties, as its internal teams lack communication. Apple's initial self-driving plan was to release a fully-autonomous, driverless car and then shift its focus to self-driving software to licensing them to other companies.

Apple has announced to team up with Oprah Winfrey for original programs, in which it will present the CEO of OWN’s unparalleled abilities in a way of connecting the audience around the world. The deal will be a key part of Apple’s original content.

Apple today announced a unique, multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN.

Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.

Winfrey's projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.

It’s clear that Apple is aiming to increase its content library since the company has a handful of shows in the works. As we reported yesterday, the Cupertino tech-giant may even be making its first animated film in a partnership with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.

Apple introduced a brand new Mac ad campaign today, Behind the Mac. The series of advertisements show the creators that "make something wonderful" using a Mac. According to Apple, the goal is to highlight how users continue to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation with the Mac platform.

Currently, the campaign has four commercials. In the first advertisement, some ordinary users who used the Mac as an accessible tool were described. The other three segments have different protagonists from different industries.

One of the examples is Peter Kariuki, an app developer from Rwanda, who uses the Mac to program his own SafeMotos app. It allows safe motorcycle taxi drivers to communicate with passengers. it can also monitor motorcycle riders on the road to detect unsafe driving habits and help them become better riders."

Another one is being Bruce Hall, a photographer, disability advocate, and a legally blind man. He uses his Mac and iPhone to help see things. Some of Hall's works are permanently collected by the Library of Congress.

Bruce Hall is a legally blind photographer, teacher, and disability advocate. Hall lives in Santa Ana, California and exhibits his photography internationally

The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division purchased a portfolio of photographs from Hall’s Autism in Reflection series for their permanent collection.

You can view these videos down below.

Apple may be producing its first animated film as it inked a deal with Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon. While the company also working on a series of original television shows, with the latest two being a drama series about Child Journalist Hilde Lysiak, as well as a series called "Little Voices" from producer J.J.Abrams.

Currently, it’s unclear how Apple make the film available, and it will be online only or in theaters. But one thing for sure is that Apple is aiming to secure distribution rights, despite the talks have not yet finished, meaning that the deal could still fall apart.

It's unclear how Apple plans to make the movie available, but a theatrical release, necessary to qualify for Academy Awards, is possible, one of the people said. Apple and Cartoon Saloon had no immediate comment on Thursday.

So far, the iPhone maker has secured as many as 16 tv shows, in the future, we won’t be surprised to hear that a new show will be added to its content library. It’s expected that Apple could release the first show in 2019 at earliest. So we will have to wait and see!

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Apple has brought a new USB restriction mode in iOS 12 will make it harder for law enforcement agencies to crack the iPhone. Reuters reported that Apple has admitted that it will bring these new features, but is aimed at users, not law enforcement agencies.

“We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data,” Apple said in a prepared statement. “We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.”

An Apple spokesperson explained in a statement that Apple has been seeking ways to improve the security of Apple devices.  Although Apple claims that this move is preventing individual users from cracking the iPhone, it is clear that its true intention is to prevent law enforcement agencies from using cracking methods.

Here is how the new USB restriction mode works: if an iPhone hasn't been unlocked in the past hour, then the iPhone needs to be connected to the computer via USB to unlock by a password. In other words, police forces have only one hour to use tools such as Cellebrite or GrayKey to crack an iPhone with iOS 12 installed on it.

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For the most part, the macOS menu bar can be really useful, however, if your menu bar is looking cluttered with tons of icons, then you might want to try out this handy and free utility app called Vanilla, it allows you to hide menu bar icons simply by collapsing them. Here’s how to use it!

  1. Download the Vanilla from developer Mathew Palmer, it’s free, but there’s also a pay version for additional features.
  2. Once you downloaded, launch it, then hold the Command key and drag menu bar icons hide into the Vanilla portion of the menu bar.
  3. Click the arrow button to expand or collapse these menu bar icons.
  4. And that’s it!
All of the hidden menu bar icons are accessible behind the Vanilla arrow button. And, if you want these icons visible again, just quit the Vanilla, then all of your menu bar stuff are returned to their normal position. It is that simple!

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE model owners can now have more carriers to choose from for your cellular network coverage. Prior to that, customers in the U.S. were able to add plans offered by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Now, C Spire and US Cellular also start to offer it.

Both C Spire and US Cellular offer Apple Watch Series 3 customers a free three-month LTE network coverage. However, when the trials ended, C Spire will charge $10 per month for the plan, whereas US Cellular's plan will cost $4.99/month. So, apparently, the latter will charge less money.

Speaking into Apple Watch, Apple has released the second beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3.2 update to developers. As always, developers are able to download and test the beta with dev beta profiles once you obtain from the Apple Developer Center, then going to Watch app and click on General-Software to complete the action.

Nothing new discovered in the update, we expect it focuses on bug fixes, deliver speed improvements, and patch security issues. Since the watchOS 5 first beta already being tested, Apple will likely to put some weight on the next-generation of the platform for Apple Watches.

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Jun Zhang, an analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, released a research note today, saying that Apple may adopt even faster charging technology in the next iPhone. Zhang believes that this year's new iPhones' charging circuitry will be upgraded from 5V 2A to 9V 2A and 5V 3A, making it to better compete with Android smartphones.

To reach this goal, Apple casts Power Integrations as the only supplier of fast-charging chipsets. Power Integrations has fixed the existing quality issues and this company will replace ON Semiconductor and NXP Semiconductors as the main provider of the new charging solutions for all the upcoming iPhones and iPads.

The report also stated that even though the new LCD iPhone will support wireless charging, Apple will prefer TI's solution instead of Broadcom's solution to reduce costs. For those unknown, both fast-charging as well as wireless charging were first debuted in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. (Via AppleInsider)

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First spotted by Bloomberg, Apple is introducing strict new rules that app developers will no longer able to collect user data to build advertising profiles or contact databases. The same rules also apply to apps that harvesting data from an iPhone user's contacts.

Sharing and selling that database with third parties is also now forbidden. And an app can’t get a user’s contact list, say it’s being used for one thing, and then use it for something else — unless the developer gets consent again. Anyone caught breaking the rules may be banned.

Prior to the rules, developers were capable of viewing iPhone contact lists, which includes sensitive data including users’ phone numbers, email addresses, photos, and more, for advertising and data collection purposes, Facebook is an example of the practice.

Even though Apple can’t simply retrieve all the information that developers already have, which is very obvious, the company’s latest move on user data will be resulted in preventing further obtain and abuse personal data for a harmful reason.

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At the Worldwide Developer Conference held last week, Apple did not mention too much about the new features of HomeKit other than announced macOS to support HomeKit with “Home” app and Siri. However, HomeKit did pick up an important new feature in iOS 12 and tvOS 12—support third-party remote controls.

Apple made this announcement in a HomeKit-related session that how third-party remote controls communicate with HomeKit and Apple TV. Apple has published little to no information on what can be done with remotes. Furthermore, it is not clear whether it supports IR/RF devices or is limited to devices that communicating with Apple TV.

But, we expect that by using a third-party remote control that supports HomeKit, scenes such as "watching movies" become much useful. In combination with the IR feature of the remote control, HomeKit can dim the lights, close the shutters, switch the receiver input, increase the volume of the receiver, and even turn on the TV.

In order to perform remote control, customers often chose the unofficial HomeBridge platform and add their own infrared blasters and remote controls to HomeKit accessories.

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In recent years, the Apple MacBook product lineup has fully embraced the USB-C support. However, for the iPhone product lineup, Apple still insists on using its own Lightning cable, the latest news from DigiTimes shows that this may change next year.

Apple plans to remove the Lightning connector on the iPhones that will be released in 2019, next year, and employ the USB-C port. For this year's new iPhone, Apple may only implement a new design of the power adapter, the new power adapter would support fast charging.

Apple is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support, according to sources at analog IC vendors.

Currently, USB-C has become a new standard in the flagship smartphones of various brands. However, towards the low-end products, the popularity of USB-C is still relatively low. Once the iPhone fully embraces the USB-C support, it is believed that the popularity of USB-C will continue to accelerate and become a unified standard.

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This morning, Apple shared a trailer of inaugural episode of the second season "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" on its official YouTube channel, in which the show will kick off on Friday, June 15, with it will be available only on the Apple TV app.

The first episode featuring three actors that were starring in the just-released comedy movie "Taken Games" (TAG): Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, and Jon Hamm, who singing songs like Bohemian Rhapsody.

Apple's first season of "Carpool Karaoke" was quite successful. In each episode, it pairs two or three singers, actors, and athletes to appear in the show that they will sing popular songs to attract the audience in a humorous and funny form.

"Carpool Karaoke" was exclusively viewable on the Apple Music platform and is only for paid subscribers. However, the first season of the show is being replayed for free on the TV App that’s available for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Apple has just released second beta version of iOS 11.4.1. You can download it with a beta profile as always. We did not find any new feature and changes in the update. However, it’s not hard to imagine that it will definitely be going to fix some hidden bugs, deliver speed improvements, and patch security issues.

The company also seeded the second beta of macOS 10.13.6 and tvOS 11.4.1. Like iOS 11.4.1, we did not notice any new features and changes in the update, it's rather to be focused on bug fixes. Since the latest generation of its four platforms has been announced, Apple likely to focus on the four operating systems.

Apple this morning seeded an updated beta of an upcoming watchOS 5 update after users report the beta bricked devices. To obtain the beta, you'll need the developer profile. Once the profile is in position, you can download it by using the Watch app on the iPhone and then going to General - Software Update.

watchOS 5 introduced various new features, including Activity Competitions with your friends, walkie-talkie for easier communicating with each other, auto workout detection, new Podcasts app, Siri watch face for third-party apps, new workout type like hiking and yoga, WebKit support for seeing websites on your wrist, and more!

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The next generation of iPhones will be released in September, Rumors have suggested that there will be three new iPhones that Apple will introduce: a 6.5-inch OLED model called iPhone X Plus, a successor of iPhone X, and a 6.1-inch LCD version with lower-cost. Now, Forbes has partnered with accessories maker Ghostek for schematics of the two upcoming iPhone models...

As shown in the above, which looks like an iPhone X Plus to me, that the flagship model to adopt a triple-lens rear camera-somewhat similar to the design used on the Huawei P20. However, according to the news from a manufacturing factory, that it may add 3D image capture capabilities to the iPhone. 

When it comes to the 6.1-inch LCD model's camera setup, we can see that the budget device will use a single rear camera, among the front panel featured with a notch for Face ID and Animoji capabilities. Yet, Forbes was being told that the budget iPhone will have first generation Face ID technology, whereas the new iPhone X and iPhone X Plus have gen two.

So which models you would prefer? Share your comments down below with us.

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Fast Company has reported that future versions of the Apple Watch will be adopting the solid-state side buttons layout, which is similar to the design that used on the iPhone 7 Home button. With Apple Watch's solid-state side buttons, combined with the Taptic Engine, it would provide precise haptic feedback when pressed.

Apple will stick with the Watch's current button configuration, with a button and a digital crown situated on one side of the device, but neither will physically click as before. Rather than reacting to the user's touch by physically moving back and forth, the new buttons will vibrate slightly under the fingertip, using the haptic effect Apple calls the Taptic Engine. (The digital crown will still physically rotate to navigate through content.)

The solid-state design could also enhance the waterproof performance of the Apple Watch and take up less space, whereas Apple could use it to improve the Watch's battery capacity or add other components. Besides, the company would also use these buttons as sensors to collect health-related information.

Fast Company believes that Apple Watch with solid-state side button support will be released as soon as this year, or it will be launched in 2019 at the latest. Following 2019, Apple may launch an Apple Watch without any buttons, and rather supports touch and swipe gestures.


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According to a supply chain source, who has predicted that three new upcoming iPhone models will be sporting with a new generation of Face ID technology, and there is no obvious change in the module size. Instead,  the main focus is on the algorithm processing—expected that there will be a 300% boost in reliability.

The source has also talked about the dual sim, a feature that’s specifically made for the Chinese market, which will be exclusively available for the high-end “iPhone X Plus” models. Additionally, The source claims that the device is already in production at the assembly line.

Apple is widely rumored to introduce three new iPhones this year: a second-generation of iPhone X model that looks identical the current model, a high-end and 6.5-inch OLED version called iPhone X Plus, as well as a low-cost LCD model that is measured at 6.1-inch.


Source: IT168

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A new report comes from Nikkei claims that Apple is taking a "cautious approach" to iPhone shipments in 2018 compared to 2017 orders, in which the company asked its suppliers to cut around 20 percent fewer components for the 2018 iPhones.

”Apple is quite conservative in terms of placing new orders for upcoming iPhones this year," one of the four sources, who is in the supply chain, told the Nikkei Asian Review. "For the three new models specifically, the total planned capacity could be up to 20% fewer than last year's orders."

Notwithstanding iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X orders topped 100 million, the report suggests that shipments for the second-generation iPhone X, 6.5-inch OLED ‘iPhone X Plus’ and cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, are in the 80 million range, according to four sources speaking to Nikkei.

Nikkei's report, however, did stating that there will be three new iPhones arrange to ship in September 2018. Furthermore, the sources believed that Apple informed its supply chain to "prepare earlier" for this year’s OLED versions and ensuring that the devices won’t suffering from delayed problems.

Following the release of iOS 11.4 last week, Apple has just stopped signing iOS 11.3.1, which means you can’t downgrade to iOS 11.3.1 anymore. This appears in response to the recent jailbreak news regarding iOS 11.3.1.

Apple usually stops signing old versions following the release of a new update. This is Apple’s way of ensuring that users can experience the most recent version of iOS and thus have the latest security as well as performance improvements.

During the WWDC 2018 keynote, Apple mentioned that the installation rate for iOS 11 has surpassed 81%. It is believed that maintaining such a high installation rate should have something to do with the frequent closure of the signing channel for the older versions.

As far as jailbreak concerned, apparently, Electra Jailbreak would soon support iOS 11.3.1, according to the official website of the jailbreak tool. Thanks to the Ian Beer, who have released tfp0 exploit that enables iOS 11.3.1 to be jailbreakable.

First spotted by Patently Apple, a new class action lawsuit filed against Apple claims that all models of the Apple Watch have shared the same defect in which causes the display to "crack, shatter, or detach from the body of the watch.”

The Watches all contain the same defect and/or flaw, which causes the screens on the Watches to crack, shatter, or detach from the body of the Watch (the “Defect”), through no fault of the wearer, oftentimes only days or weeks after purchase.

According to court documents, as it claims that Apple has sold millions of watches with the defect throughout the United States, and "knew that the Watches were defective at or before the time it began selling them to the public,” but “failed to disclose the Defect.”

Move on, the lawsuit says that Apple has an internal policy to "deny the existence of the defect, claim the Defect is the result of “accidental damage” caused by consumers rather than the design flaw and provides no Warranty on the issues.

Further, Apple’s conduct, when confronted with the Defect, indicates that its internal policy is to deny the existence of the Defect, claim the Defect is the result of “accidental damage” caused by consumers, and then refuse to honor its Limited Warranty on those grounds.

Apple hasn’t yet commented on the matter. However, the company has acknowledged few issues with the Series 0-3 models, like the swollen batteries and markings on the display. The complaint is seeking damages of $5 million.

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Nothing resembles more futuristic and Star Trek than making AirDrop to instantly beam pictures, videos, contacts, Voice Memos, Map locations, and more to other devices. Now, with iOS 12, Apple introduced a way to let you share a password between devices with AirDrop. Here is how to do it.
  1. Go to the Settings app on your Home screen
  2. Scroll down until you see Passwords & Accounts
  3. Then tap on the Website & App Passwords. 
  4. From there, tap on the password field whatever your account is
  5. Choosing AirDrop and select a nearby device

Once you have AirDropped the password to a nearby device, the password will go straight into the same Passwords section in Settings, or a site that matches your chosen account, from there, you should notice the option to update it or cancel the process entirely.
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