According to a report released by research firm Counterpoint Research, Apple's Watch series accounted for 41% of global smartwatch sales in the second quarter of this year, 90% are Series 1 models. Comes in at second to fifth place are Fitbit Versa, Amazfit BIP, Apple Watch Series 2 and Fitbit Ionic. Several analysts were shocked by that:

"Despite initial hype and traction of cellular based Apple Watch Series 3 in the first two quarters, Apple iPhone users are actually choosing the Series 1 as a non-cellular option over Series 3 non-cellular model which is surprising to many industry watchers.

The report states that Apple Watch continued to dominate the global smartwatch market in the second quarter of this year, with a market share of 41%, but down from 48% in the same period last year. Fitbit, however, was ranked second, with a market share of 21%, much higher than the 8% of the same period last year. In the meantime, Samsung listed sixth, the market share of 2%, compared with 6% in the same period last year.

Apple will be holding a product launch event on September 12th, when the tech-giant release the fifth-generation Apple Watches. However, since Apple leaked Apple Watch Series 4, so we kinda get an idea what it will be going to look like: a new Gold color, 15% of the bigger screen, and a unique but complicated watch faces.

In the past 24 hours, it’s really a tough moment for users who were updating to the latest beta version of iOS 12. Every time you unlock it, there is a popup window that prompts you to update. But, Apple has released iOS 12 beta 12 been released that fixed the annoying bug.

Obviously, today is last day of August, which means that Apple to release the official software updates in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Apple still hasn't release Siri Shortcuts app for iOS 12 users, which allow you to create own voice commands. It is expected that the company will add the Shortcuts app alongside iOS 12 official release.

Apple typically launches the GM version just before the day of the September event, and it's hard to say whether the company will update the beta again during this period. However, Apple has announced that they will be held a product launch event in Septmber 12th, so Gold Master could issues next week.

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For users who have already installed the latest beta version of iOS 12, they have encountered an annoying bug. Every time you unlock your iPhone, an update prompt popup will appear, it says that "A new iOS update is now available. Please update from the iOS 12 beta."

However, the problem is that users who have been updated to the latest version and there are no updates that need to be installed. It begins on August 27th, but in the past few days, the frequency of pop-ups has increased significantly. In the worst case, each time you unlock it, each time it appears.

Developer Guilherme Rambo believes that the error in the latest beta version caused the beta to think that the expiration date is approaching, so it constantly reminds you to update. So based on that info, we have got a workaround: go to Settings -> General -> Date & Time, switch off Set Automatically, and change the time to Fri Aug 24.

It's expected Apple will release a new beta rather sooner than later to fix the annoying bug. Stay turn!

Apple has just issued media invites for a special event on September 12th, where the company will announce new-generation of iPhones and Apple Watches. And now, they have suffered from major leaks, which shows off its upcoming iPhone XS model and Apple Watch Series 4 models' images on its website, as it discovered by 9to5Mac.

Apple leaked a picture of Apple Watch 4, which the bezels look thinner than the current Apple Watch 3, Cupertino will introduce a new Gold color, along with a 15% bigger screen. Most interestingly, they also 'previewed' the new watch face, while the Digital Crown has a red outline instead of a full red dot, which criticized by many others.

The new iPhone is called iPhone XS, which appears to have a new Gold finish, it also featured with an edge-to-edge display with slim bezels and no Home button, and continues to use Face ID as a security unlock system. However, one thing I don't understand is Apple only shows two OLED models, but rumors say there will be an LCD iPhone, so why isn't there?

Anyway, Apple will unveil these products on September 12, at a 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time event that's set to be held at Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater. And for the first time, Apple will live stream the event on Twitter and its website.

Apple has just send out media invites for its annual fall event that will hold on Wednesday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater. The invites clearly taglined of Gather Round," which perhaps represents the main ring-shaped building at Apple Park.

Apple is expected to announce three new iPhones, six new Apple Watch series 4 models, AirPower price and release time, AirPods charging case, and maybe iPad Pro models that will be featured with iPhone X-style design.

Apple is expected to release three new iPhones this, a second-generation of iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone Xs, and a low-cost 6.1-inch LCD model. All three iPhones will be powered by A12 chips and uses iPhone X-style design. However, both iPhone Xs and the LCD will include Dual-SIM feature, as for the iPhone X2, it will uses single SIM card tray and eSIM. 

Apple Watch Series 4, on the other hand, will adopt 15% larger display, new processor, new health sensors, and improved battery life hopefully. We also expecting to see AirPower wireless charging mat to be appears in the event, which could announce the price and availability for purchase. 

Are you excited for the upcoming Apple products release event? Though rumors said that Apple will be likely to held another event in October, where they announces new Macs and iPads!

According to a Reuters report, Apple acquired a startup that specializes in making "lenses" for AR glasses. Currently, the details of the acquisition, such as the purchasing price, are still unclear. The company, called Akonia Holographics, is based in Colorado and was founded in 2012, though Apple confirmed this acquisition, they generally don't share the plans.

The original R&D project of Akonia Holographics was “Holographic Data Storage”. However, the startup then turned its focus to "displays that create augmented reality glasses." Akonia has more than 200 technology patents and received $11.6 million in financing in 2012.

Akonia said that its display technology can carry out "ultra-thin, transparent smart eyeglass lenses, making the display vivid, full-color, wide-view." They call it "world's first commercially available volume holographic reflective and waveguide optics for transparent display elements in smart glasses." 

It is not clear the price and time of Apple's acquisition of Akonia. However, the company has had little to do in the past six months, which means that Apple may have already completed the acquisition of Akonia earlier this year. Yet, rumors suggest Apple is developing AR glasses, which may be unveiled in 2019 or 2020, could this mean something?

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For a long time, there was no Apple Park drone videos, drone pilot Duncan Sinfield said that Apple may be restricting piloting drone in the Apple Park, which makes it difficult to make Apple Park aerial video. However, a new Apple Park drone video surfaced on a YouTube channel from user Alvin Shen.

It shows Apple Park has not changed much since June, and Apple has been continued to improve the landscape of the park. Apple employees should have adapted to work at Apple Park. You can see that many employees are running on the trails in the morning, and we can see employees riding bicycles in the park, the restaurant has several dining tables placed outside the glass door.

While the Apple Park is still undergoing construction, it's believed that Apple plans to build another campus in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. The campus will be the hub of Apple Support staff. Companies like Cisco, Dell, IBM, and Levono have their own research centers at the Park.

We have two weeks left until the September event, where Apple releases its new-generation of iPhones and Apple Watches. We supposed that Apple will continue to host the keynote at the Steve Jobs Theatre on September 12th.

Intel has officially released its eighth-generation U-series "Whiskey Lake" and Y-series "Amber Lake" chips for ultra-thin, ultra-light laptops like the MacBook Air and MacBook. Apple rumors to introduce next-generation of MacBook this fall, hopefully, they will use the chip.

The new 15W U Series "Whiskey Lake" chips are the i7-8565U, i5-8265U and i3-8145 chips, which can be used in the new MacBook Air. While new Y-series "Amber Lake" chips are the i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y and m3-8100Y, which are Apple would adopt it on its upcoming 12-inch MacBook model.

Intel's new-generation chips emphasize ""raise the bar for connectivity, performance, entertainment, and productivity." According to the chipmarker, the U and Y series chips are twice as fast as the PCs in five years ago, and have a Gigabit-level WiFi connection. The battery life can be last up to 16 hours.

Would Apple adopting these chips? Well, I guess we have to wait Apple announces MacBook models in October to find out, despite Intel says laptops powered by the new chips will be available starting this fall.

According to various reports, Apple will announce the price and release time of the AirPower wireless charging mat at the fall event in September this year. AirPower prices can range between $160 and $190. If you think AirPower is too expensive, Zens today released a new wireless charging pad that's a perfect AirPower replacement.

The Zens Dual+Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger, a wireless charging pad can quickly charge up to two iPhones and Apple Watch. Apple's upcoming AirPods wireless charging case requires little power, and Zens' charging pad should also support it. The accessory has a maximum output of 20W, and it also support fast charging,

The Dual+Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger has an ultra-thin design that is made out of one piece high-grade aluminium. The charger supports Apple Fast Charge and has a total maximum output of 20W to support triple device charging.

Zens Dual+Watch Aluminium Wireless Charger is priced at $99, and compared to AirPower, it's much cheaper. However, unlike AirPower, you need to place certain position in order for the mat to charging other devices. The wireless charger will be available on September 15th.

Apple has released updated 7.8 firmware for 2012 802.11n AirPort Express models, with the support of AirPlay 2. Though Apple said in April that they will longer update the AirPort wireless router lineup, but they promised to provide service and support in the next five years. To download the latest software update, go to AirPort Unity app on your iPhone.

With the latest update, AirPort Express will let you wireless stream music to a connected speaker over line-in. It will be also working with other AirPlay 2 devices like the HomePod, the Apple TV, and Sonos speakers When running iOS 11.4.1 or iOS 12.

Despite Apple has quit the wireless routing market in April this year, and the AirPort brand has completely faded away from history. However, Apple is still commendable for updating the firmware to support the latest technology for the AirPort Express devices in use.

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Well, as we head to the September month within only few days, most users are looking forward to the upcoming iPhones that will be announced in the September 12th. Now, analysts expect Apple to ship 70-75 million units this fall, highest since iPhone 6 lineup was released, that also means many suppliers will benefit from it.

Digitimes out with a new report that Apple suppliers like TSMC and Foxconn will be reaching their all-new revenue high in Q4 of 2018 thanks to the expected good and strong iPhone shipments. Which the 6.1-inch will contribute majority of shipments once it’s released in October.

Most supply chain partners are expected to see revenues pick up significantly along with smooth production and strong shipment momentum before peaking in the fourth quarter of the year.

The impressive upgrades in overall designs and functions as well as the price-friendliness of the 6.1-inch model should give the new devices a shipment momentum much stronger than their two preceding generations, the sources said.

Foxconn will be responsible for building two OLED iPhones, while Pegatron will handle the mass production of LCD models. Meanwhile, TSMC will produce A12 chip with 7nm process and expect to have 20% of speed improvements and 40% of battery reduction. Apple will be announcing the new-generation of iPhones and Apple Watches next month.

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According to a new report by Android Police, Apple Music's latest beta for Android supports the Android Auto platform, which means the music streaming service may soon be able to log into Google's in-vehicle infotainment system.

Apple Music for Android support for Android Auto has been added for the first time in the 2.6.0 beta. To get the beta, users can initiate an access request through Google Group and download it from the Play Store beta sign up page. After downloading, users will see Apple Music as a source for Android Auto.

Apple's move will give Android users a new option to experience Apple Music, not just the previous play it through Aux external or Bluetooth. Many in-vehicle entertainment systems support both CarPlay and Android Auto, which can really improve the user experience for Android users.

In addition to supporting Android Auto, the latest beta also brings features that were previously unique to iOS, such as search songs based on lyrics, Artist Pages, and Friends Mix.

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Just four days after it seeded iOS 12 beta 10, Apple pushed beta 11 to the developer community this afternoon, it also released the public beta 9 at the same time. To update your devices to the latest beta, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. They also released macOS 10.14 beta 9 and tvOS 12 beta 9.

Obviously, it's the end of August, which normally suggest that Apple will release the official software updates in the next two or three weeks. The beta itself has fewer and fewer bugs and is running snappier. While Apple still hasn't release Siri Shortcuts app for iOS 12 users, which allow you to create own voice commands.

However, Apple did make some changes to the beta 11, start with all devices now supports 3D Touch ‘Clear All Notifications’, and couple HomePod features such as you can now control the speaker volume from your iPhone, auto match volume on multiple HomePods and new Map data rolls out to all California users.

Apple typically launches the GM version just before the day of the September event, and it's hard to say whether the company will update the beta again during this period. So we should expect that Apple will push the Gold Master end of the week or next Monday.

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According to well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, upcoming iPhones will not include Apple Pencil support, and he went on saying that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model will release later than the two OLED models, most likely in October, citing sources from supply chain.

The analyst said that both 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone will include Dual-SIM feature, which allows user to have two phone numbers on their devices. As for the 5.8-inch version, Kuo claims that it will support eSIM feature, like the Apple Watch Series 3.

Furthermore, the 6.5-inch iPhone is expected to include a 2-cell 3,300 to 3,400 mAh battery, while the 5.8-inch model will offer a 2-cell 2,700 to 2,800 mAh battery. Meanwhile, the 6.1-inch LCD model will offer a 1-cell 2,600 to 2,700 mAh battery and a lower-resolution display for its cheaper price.

Finally, Kuo expects the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to account 60-65% of all iPhone sales in the second half of 2018 and the first half of 2019 because of its cheaper price tag. It's said that Apple will announce the next-generation of iPhones on September 12th. Let's wait and see!

Bloomberg has published the latest report on the 2018 iPhones, in which confirms some of the rumors in regarding 2018 iPhone models, but also bring some new goodies. However, Macworld also shared their latest findings of the speed performances of the A12 processor.

First, Apple will release three new iPhones this year, the second-generation of iPhone X, the 6.5-inch iPhone, and the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. In addition to the 6.1-inch iPhone using an LCD screen, both the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones will be featured with an OLED display. The upcoming iPhones will mainly improve speed and camera performances.

The iPhone X 2 is like the S-level update to the iPhone X. design unchanged but it will be powered by the A12 chip. As for how the camera is improved, it wasn't detailed in the report. The 6.1-inch iPhone, on the other hand, will look like iPhone, but with only an LCD screen and an aluminum frame, the advantage is that the price will be much lower, and will come in a variety of colors.

Furthermore, Bloomberg says the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone may not use the name "Plus", and the exact name is not yet determined. As for the naming of the iPhones this year, it could be iPhone Xs, but again it is not finalized. As for the dual-SIM rumors, they believe that in some countries and regions, the 6.1-inch, as well as 6.5-inch iPhone, will use Dual-SIM card tray designs.

Macworld analyzed the performance of this year's new iPhone, based on TSMC's new 7-nanometer process technology. Since last year's iPhone X was equipped with a 10 nanometer A11 biomimetic chip, they conclude that A12's 7-nanometer chip logic density to be increased by 1.6 times, up to 20% of speed improvements, and 40% of power reduction.

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Since Apple introduced Split View on iOS 9, a feature that lets you run multiple apps side by side, it makes the iPad become a much more productive device. Sadly, you can't view two different windows from the same app. However, there is a little-known trick that can be very handy when browsing the Internet, that is, you can Split View in Safari on your iPad.

  1. Firstly, make sure your iPad is capable of supporting the feature, it's available in all iPad Pro models, iPad (5th generation and newer), iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4.
  2. Open Safari app on your iPad, and make sure it's in landscape mode.
  3. Click on the Tabs icon and then select Open in Split View; you can type CMD+N if a keyboard is included, or you can also touch and hold the tab, then drag to the right or left until a split window appears.
  4. And that's it.
It's pretty simple, right? Now, when you decided to end Split View, just simply touch and hold the Tabs icon, then choose Close All Tabs or Merge All Tabs. I do hope that someday the feature would come to iPhones, though you can already with a couple third-party apps like iBrowse Duo.

Starting with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, Apple removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the iPhone, while the MacBook and MacBook Pro models also fully embraced the USB-C connector. These changes have also produced a rather interesting result, Apple's various dongles have become the highest-selling Apple products at the Best Buy stores.

Today's report from Ceros details the various Apple best-selling products and confirms that the dongles are the real sales champions among the major resellers. Specifically, Apple's 3.5mm to Lightning adapters and 3.3ft USB-C to Lightning cable have been the best-selling Apple products in the past two years.

Yet, AirPods finally became the most popular Apple products. Though rumors have suggested that this year's new iPhones will offer a USB-C power adapter, which means that the demand for dongles will drop. Nonetheless, on the new iPhones, Apple may stop offering 3.5mm to Lightning adapters, so the sales of dongles are still uncertain.

To read more about the dongles, please click here to see all the content.

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According to Chinese website QQ, The news from Taiwan's supply chain indicates that the price of the iPhone 8 series will be cut by Apple, which is more than 1,000 yuan or $150. At present, the price of the iPhone 8 shows in Apple's online store is $699, after the price cut, it would cost about $549.

At the same time, the price of the iPhone 7 series will also drop, which will be priced at approximately 3,000 yuan or $450 after the cut. While it's a normal thing that older iPhone models to get price cut, still it would inevitably have a small impact on the Android camp.

However, old iPhone models such as the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and 6S series will be discontinued once Apple announced 2018 iPhones. Cupertino will also stop selling iPhone X. And, if they plan to cut iPhone X's price, how are they going to sell their new models?

As for the price of 2018 iPhones, several analysts 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, whereas the 6.5-inch OLED model (iPhone X Plus?) starts at $999, and the LCD iPhone model starts at $699.

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iOS 12 is not Apple's only one-week two betas operating system. Four days after the release of beta 8, the company pushed watchOS 5 beta 9 to developers this afternoon. Once a proper configuration profile gets installed, you can download the beta via Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then select General - Software Update.

watchOS 5 brings features like yoga and hiking workouts, the Apple Podcast app, enhanced Siri and optimized notifications, Activity Competitions to compete with friends, Walkie-Talkie let you have a quick conversation with other people instantly, Siri watch face for third-party apps, Webkit support that allows you view content from some websites, etc.

We expect the official update of watchOS 5 to be released alongside Apple Watch Series 4 models in the upcoming fall event. Currently, aside from Series 0 that can't be updated to watchOS 5, all Apple Watch models support it.

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Slashleaks has shared a photo of a suspected 10.5-inch iPad Pro case with a mysterious cutout on the back, located at the bottom of the back of the iPad Pro. The cutout apparently shows a long strip that is on a horizontal line with the Lightning connector.

A recent report from the Japanese website Mac Otakara stated that Apple wanted to move the location of the Smart Connector from the side to the vicinity of the Lightning connector. The case seems likely proved the rumors. Previously, CAD images of the iPad Pro also had this mysterious cutout, and how do you suppose to use Smart Cover?

A new research note by IHS Markit hints Apple could make a fundamental change to the backplane of its displays, plans to move away from the current low-temperature polysilicon thin-film transistor (LTPS TFT) used in mobile AMOLED panel production, resulting in a contribute to longer battery life on those devices,

IHS Markit explains that the future iPhones would use low-temperature polycrystalline oxide LTPO backplane, which will essentially save 5-15% in power consumption versus LTPS, which means it should greatly improve battery life on future iPhones, as well as allows for a higher-resolution display to be fully functional.

As Apple did deploy OLED screen on the Apple Watch, then on iPhone X, the research firm believes Apple use the display technology first on its Apple Watch, later on gradually introduce it in the iPhone display. However, we don't expect Apple to adopt it in devices for a few years at least.

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According to a Reddit user who broke the news that Apple has recently reserved almost all cargo freight from China to the United States in the next few weeks, the user said his mother is an import/export broker, she revealed that all these cargo planes ordered by Apple are also labeled with the words "Product Launch".

Apple will hold a new iPhone product event next month, most likely the September 12th, so the time is also in line. The company has done it in the past, in which the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released in 2014, there were several reports said that Apple almost booked all cargo freights from China to the United States. Here is all products that it would ship with.

We expect Apple to launch at least three new iPhones this year, though a recent research suggests that an iPhone model with A10 processor and 3GB of RAM would also be released. All new iPhone models to featured with iPhone X-style design, a notch on the top for Face ID, Memojis, and Animojis, these iPhones will surely be equipped with the A12 chip, increased RAM, and bigger storage options.

However, in the three iPhones, there is a model that said to be entry-level iPhone because of its cheaper cost, multiple rumors hints that the "budget" iPhone to cost around $700, yet, the device's screen will continue uses LCD, while other models to adopt OLED screen.

New Apple Watch models are also on the table, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the screen will 15% bigger, and comes with the bezel-less display. Upgraded processor, new health sensors, and new workout types are also expected. Nevertheless, a European Commission filing implies that Apple will only launch six new Watch models, which they could be all LTE versions.

Lastly, Apple will finally release its wireless charging mar AirPower for $150 or $200. Also, a new AirPods charging case will also be showed in this event. But, we are unclear if Apple plans to update its iPad Pro lineups, due to reports that Cupertino to host event in October, where they said to launch new Mac mini, entry-level MacBook Air.

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Apple's release of the iOS 12 beta updates is getting faster and faster, only three days after beta 9 was released, the company pushed beta 10 to the developer community this afternoon, it also released the public beta 8 at the same time.

Obviously, it's the end of August, which normally implies that Apple will release the official iOS 12 update in the next two or three weeks. The beta itself has fewer and fewer bugs and is running snappier. With beta 10 pushes, iOS 12 has successfully broken the record of up to 9 betas previously kept by iOS 11.

Apple typically launches the GM version just before the day of the September event, and it's hard to say whether the company will update the beta again during this period. So we should expect that Apple will push the Gold Master next Monday or so.

So far, iOS 12 introduces new features like Group FaceTime, personalized emoji called Memoji and four new Animojis, new Siri Shortcuts (except it's still in beta testings) with custom voice commands, Grouped Notifications, Screen Time that calculates how much you spend on your phone, also adds limits, and so on.

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According to industry analysts, TSMC will remain to be the exclusive supplier of Apple's A-series chips next year. The 2019 iPhone will be powered by the A13 chip. Since 2016, TSMC has been the sole supplier of the A-series chips, wins all orders of the A10 Fusion chip for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and A11 Bionic chip for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X (Via EE Times).

"As long as TSMC continues to offer something new at leading-edge every year and continues to execute well on yield, I could see Apple remaining sole source on foundry at TSMC for years to come," Arete Research analyst Brett Simpson said in an interview with EE Times.

The A12 chip for the 2018 iPhone will also be made from TSMC. TSMC's packaging technology is superior to other chip manufacturers, including Samsung and Intel, so it's not surprising the "A13" chip continues to be manufactured by TSMC in 2019.

Now when it comes to how will this affects customers, Apple's industry-leading mobile chip design and TSMC's continuous packaging improvements will definitely benefit future iPhone performance, battery life, and RAM management, etc.

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Apple will surely build a 5G iPhone, as the 5G standard has been determined, and major carriers are also building 5G networks. The next step is how several patent holders will charge 5G licensing fees to smartphone makers such as Apple and Android smartphone manufacturers. However, a new report by VentureBeat, tells us how much it could charge for.

- Nokia has just announced that it will charge a $5.48 5G royalty for each device;
- Ericsson will charge a 5G patent fee of $2.5 to $5 based on the cost of the device;
- Qualcomm charges the highest: 3.25% of the 5G licensing fees will charge for each device, and $400 will be capped, equivalent to about $13 per iPhone;
- Huawei also owns 5G patents, but no fees have been announced. It is said that it may be comparable to Nokia and Ericsson.
- In this way, the price of a 5G iPhone will include a royalty of at least $21.48.

As smartphone sales continue to drop, if Apple does not want to see a decline in the iPhone business, it will need to make more and more profits on every iPhone. However, whether the company chooses Intel or others 5G moderns, the licensing fee must be paid, yes, this has nothing to do with hardware, it rather a cost when using the 5G standards.

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Relay Hack co-founder and Apple collector Stephen Hackett shared his collection, screenshots of each version of Mac OS for the past 18 years. During the time, the naming of the operating system designed for Macs changed from Mac OSX to OS X to MacOS.

With more than 1,500 screenshots, you can see the system changes from Mac OS X Cheetah in 2000 to macOS High Sierra in 2017, and they were running on the real hardware, including Power Mac G4, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro. Stephen Hackett plans to continue to collect screenshots of each macOS in the future.

These images came from the OS, running on actual hardware; I didn’t use virtual machines at any point. I ran up to 10.2 on an original Power Mac G4, while a Mirror Drive Doors G4 took care of 10.3, 10.4 and 10.5. I used a 2010 Mac mini for Snow Leopard and Lion, then a couple different 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros to round out the rest.

To secure these screenshots, you will simply click this link and then save to your computer or phones. Don't forget to credit Hackett when you share these screenshots.

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Reuters today quotes people familiar with the matter that the European Commission to unconditionally approve Apple to acquire the British music recognition service Shazam.

Apple announced in December that it would acquire Shazam, who had a music recognition app on Apple's App Store that quickly identifies the music that the surrounding area is playing. Cupertino did not announce the value of the deal, but informed sources said the compromise cost nearly $400 million.

Analysts say the deal will impact Spotify, a leader in music streaming services, so in April of this year, the European Commission worried that Apple will use Shazam's data to induce consumers to use their own music streaming service Apple Music.

The EU also said at the time that it would investigate before September 4 this year whether Apple could use Shazam to obtain commercially sensitive information from its competitors in an unfair manner. It appears that the European Commission no longer bother about related concerns.

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Developer Guilherme Rambo said in a tweet that a device named "iPhone xx" was found in the Xcode 10's App Thinning device list, but it should be just a placeholder. Rambo noticed that the device's identifier is iPhone 9,7, presumably a "budget" iPhone, internal code-named LCP, with a model number of N84.

Rambo says the processor associated with ‘iPhone xx’ being the A10, a chip that's introduced alongside iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. So I don't think it indicates that 2018 iPhones to adopt that processor, I can almost sure that Apple will include A11 processor on a cheaper iPhone, if not A12. However, you never know that it could also be a cheap-built iPhone 7, or perhaps iPhone SE2.

Of course, the iPhone XX should not be the final name, otherwise, it will be embarrassing. Then again, Apple did the similar thing in WWDC 2017, where they didn't renew the macOS 10.3 naming scheme, instead, they call it macOS High Sierra, follows macOS 10.12 Sierra.

So what do you think of the new iPhone lineup should be called? Share your thought with us in the comment section below!

According to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 23,215 shares of Apple stock to an unnamed charity this week, valued at about $5 million, based on Tuesday's closing price, which was at $215.04, so the exact market value of these stocks is $4.992154 million. (Via Business Insider)

Although it is not clear about the specific purpose of this donation, corporate executives are obliged to disclose their shareholding trends, but they do not have to disclose charitable organization. Cook has made similar contributions before, in 2015, his 50,000 shares of Apple were donated to an unnamed organization.

Cook often donates money to charities. In 2014, he donated to “Project One America” of the US Human Rights Movement, focusing on defending the rights of sexual minorities in the southern United States. In the same year, he also donated $291,791 to the Steel Valley campus in Pennsylvania to buy iPads for teachers and students.

Despite being at an extraordinary position and earn such high salaries, Cook is relative lives in a simple life compared to other technology company executives, and he does not spend much of money on luxury homes, yachts and planes. Apple forced Cook to use private jets for safety reasons in 2017.

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Back to My Mac, a feature that rarely been used will drop support for Macs that are running macOS Mojave when Apple pushed the update this fall. Instead, the company recommends users to use iCloud Drive, screen sharing, and Apple Remote Desktop.

For those who aren't familiar about the feature, Back to My Mac let Mac owners connect one Mac from another Mac for file transfers and screen sharing purposes, as well as set up a network of Mac machines with two or more Macs, However, it's too complicated when using, so Apple decided to shut down this service in the long run.

As it outlined on its Support page, Apple advises you choose alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access. For instance, options like iCloud Drive, Apple Remote Desktop (though it cost you an $80), and third-party services like TeamViewer.

This is not only one feature that will drop support in macOS Mojave, all of the 32-bit apps will also no longer available at the Mac App Store.

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A new report by TechCrunch saying that Apple’s one of its top grossing app, Netflix is planning to drop iTunes billing support, meaning new and already-subscribed users will unable to pay the subscription cost with iTunes. TechCrunch:

TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Netflix, in its own words, is “testing the iTunes payment method” in 33 countries. More specifically, Netflix is testing how to bypass iTunes. Until September 30, new or lapsed subscribers in selected markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia will be unable pay using iTunes. They are instead getting redirected to the mobile web version to log payment details directly with Netflix.

The full list of countries that will no longer using iTunes billing is as follows: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand.

From now on, Netflix subscribers will sign in the app with an existing, active account, with no option to create a new account. It appears that the video streaming service hoped for users to create an new account via website, and then pay with credit cards.

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Ross Gerber, a Tesla investor, said that it is the best time for Apple to invest in Tesla. If Apple can acquire a 10% stake in Tesla, it will benefit both companies. Most of the problems Tesla owns are related to operations, which is exactly what Apple CEO Cook is best at. (Via CNBC)

Gerber acknowledges that the auto market will be a huge business opportunity for Apple in the future, but Cupertino's self-driving plan "Project Titan" has been unable to do so, and Tesla is a more reliable bet; if they reach an agreement, Tesla uses of Apple's iOS and App Store will open up a whole new path for Apple to sell services and apps to customers.

The investor pointed out that Tesla CEO Musk's problems every day are related to operations. This is why Apple's founder Steve Jobs recruited Cook. Cook is very suitable for this role; in the past, Apple and Tesla could not come together. Musk doesn't need Apple, but now obviously needs help.

Gerber said that Tesla relies on innovation to compensate for scale and operational flaws, and innovation is Apple's long-term goal; Apple's biggest worry is that it is far behind the innovation curve, and can't see where it will go in five years. He also believes that smartphones will no longer be mainstream devices after ten years.

Last week, Apple released two iOS 12 beta updates, beta 7 and beta 8, respectively, due to a problem with beta 7, which was quickly withdrawn by Apple after the release. Apple then pushed iOS 12 beta 8. And now, the Cupertino tech-giant has released iOS 12 beta 9, as always, users can install the beta once you had the developer beta profile in the place.

However, we didn't find any new features or changes whatsoever. Just a recap, iOS 12 introduces new features like Group FaceTime, personalized emoji called Memoji and four new Animojis, new Siri Shortcuts with custom voice commands, Grouped Notifications, Screen Time that calculates how much you spend on your phone, also adds limits, and so on.

Apple today also released the eighth developer beta of macOS Mojave, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 with no changes at all. We are expecting these four updates to be released this September alongside three new iPhones as well as six different sizes of Apple Watch Series 4 models.

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According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is working on several new products for its Mac lineup, including a new low-cost MacBook Air and a Pro-focused Mac mini that with higher price-tag, meaning higher specs, they are expected to be unveiled later this year.

Multiple reports seem to agree that the upcoming low-cost MacBook Air will be similar in design to the current MacBook Air but to feature a Retina display. However, Gurman thinks the screen will likely to have slimmer bezels, otherwise, a speed bump is also on the tap.

The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution “Retina” version that Apple uses on other products, the people said.

Bloomberg, on the other hand, claiming that Apple to release a Mac mini model that's targeted at pro users, with higher storage options, higher RAMs, and newer Intel processors. It's believed that it could cost more than $500, which is the current Mac mini model priced at.

Apple is also planning the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years. It’s a Mac desktop that doesn’t include a screen, keyboard, or mouse in the box and costs $500. The computer has been favored because of its lower price, and it’s popular with app developers, those running home media centers, and server farm managers. For this year’s model, Apple is focusing primarily on these pro users, and new storage and processor options are likely to make it more expensive than previous versions, the people said.

Lastly, the publication also points out Apple to launch new Macs in October rather than next month, it also confirms that iPad Pros with Face ID to announced in September.

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According to Macerkopf, German carriers are said to be planning for 2018 iPhones pre-orders that will take place on September 14, which suggest a fall event will be held in the 11th or 12th, when Apple release three new iPhones, Apple Watches, and so on.

Speaking to iPhones, a new report published by China Times, says that three new iPhones to be launched this year will feature faster and more efficient wireless charging thanks to the switch of Copper coils instead of FPC, which stands for ferrite polymer composite. Apple is expected to continue to raise this limit to 15W speed on this year's iPhones,

The company is widely believed to be unveiling three new iPhones, all of which will adopt iPhone X-style design, meaning there will be no Home button, and support for Face ID. Nonetheless, all rumors are saying that Apple to launch two OLED models, and an LCD version that is targeted to the Chinese market, as it is said to feature Dual-SIM capabilities.


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According to the Consomoc website, Apple has registered several new Apple Watch models in the Eurasian Economic Database. Based on previous experience, Apple will launch a new generation of Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 4, at the Septmber event next month.

Currently, the Series 4 has 6 different models and is running watchOS 5. Compared to the current Series 3, the six models seem to be somewhat less. The models that appear in this database include A1977, A1978, A1975, A1976, A2007, and A2008. In addition to the model, the configuration info for the new Watch is unclear, just mentioning it's wearable devices.

Apple devices leaked in the Eurasian economic database include the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2 and AirPods, as well as the 2018 MacBook Pro last month. If the Series 4 is available in two sizes, there are already have three models for each size, so perhaps Series 4 only offers the LTE version.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo prediction, this year’s Apple Watch Series 4 will see major updates, including 15% of larger screens, bezel-less screen, and more. We can expect a faster processor, improved health sensors, and better cellular connection.

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Apple's retail store in Amsterdam has evacuated consumers in the Store and temporarily shut down due to the explosion of the iPad battery and the release of potentially harmful substances into the air, reports iCulture. At 3:00 pm, it was told the store has reopened.

Apple staff safely preserved the iPad after it exploded and pierced the battery in a sand container. Luckily, the accident didn't cause fire or smoke, and there were no major injuries. However, three employees with difficulty breathing were treated by emergency personnel.

Ever since Apple started the iPhone battery replacement program, we have seen several similar incidents in the past few months. Apple stores in Switzerland and Spain have evacuated due to overheating of iPhone batteries, fortunately, only a few employees of Apple suffered a minor burn.

We don't know how did it occur, and whether it caused by an official battery pack or a third-party replacement. Anyway, we recommend that don't try to replace a swollen battery on your iPhone or iPad. The best way to do this is to go to a local Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider as soon as possible.

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Apple for the first time introduced 10Gbps Ethernet port in the iMac Pro. However, if you want to experience the massive speeds, we suggest you purchase the Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter by OWC, which allows users to connect their Mac products to 10 Gigabit networks.

The accessories not only let you connect to the 10G Base-T networks but also supports lower-speed 5G, 2.5G, Gigabit and 1000Base-T networks. One end of the device is an Ethernet port with an indicator light that changes color (from green to yellow) and a 19.6-inch long Thunderbolt 3 cable at the other end to power it and transmit data at the same time.

The box is measured at 4.5 inches long, 3.1 inches wide, 1.1 inches thick and weighs about 230 grams. It supports Macs running macOS 10.3.4 and later, as well as Windows computers running Windows 10 64-bit systems without the need to install drivers.

It worth to note here that the adapter comes at a cost, it’ll set you back $187.99. You can buy it at OWC’s own, however, it will not be shipping right way. Now you can enjoy faster internet speed without the need of buying iMac Pro.

We know that Apple's three new iPhones to be launched in 2018 will use Face ID instead of Touch ID, and the company plans to use Face ID in the new iPad Pros launched next month. However, Apple is in fact still working behind to study a way to bring fingerprint sensors back to the iPhones. a new patent application reveals.

According to a report by Patently Apple, Apple has invented a new technology that adds fingerprinting to devices without the need for a Home button. This would be the perfect solution to use Touch IDs on devices that have "full-screen" displays, such as the iPhone X.

The patent says users can unlock their iPhone, open a secure app, or verify mobile payments by simply placing their finger on the phone's screen. As it explained, the new solution is similar to the optical fingerprint reader that used on several Android smartphones. It utilizes cameras placed under the screen to captures 3D image data of fingerprints to authenticate.

So now we know that the company has find a new solution that adds fingerprinting to its products without the need for a Home button, which is undoubtedly a good news for those who still prefer to use Touch ID on their iPhones.

Motorola P30, the latest smartphone by Motorola, which currently only available in the Chinese market, is the most shameful iPhone X clone Yet. At glance, you will notice that it's nearly identical to Apple's iPhone X, of course, we can still tell the differences between them, but you'll need to look pretty close, even Google Image search identified it as iPhone X.

After all, there are dozens of Android smartphones that tried to copy the iPhone X, like Xiao Mi 8. Still, its rear camera layout, the notch, the glass back, the aluminum frame, and even the wallpaper and clock are so comparable to the iPhone X.

At the same time, many tech reviewers thought Motorola P30 is a really disappointing smartphone. For instance, Alan Martin, a writer of Trusted Reviews, pointed out in his post that Motorola P30 is extremely disappointing. After all, Motorola has been one of the few companies that can innovate in the smartphone field.

In addition, US tech publication The Verge also said that the Motorola P30 looks like an iPhone X with Huawei paint jab. Even well-known tech Youtuber Marques Brownlee wrote on Twitter that Motorola P30 Pro is the most shameless tech product to date.

The screen size of the device is measured at 6.2 inches, comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage space. P30 is featured with the Snapdragon 636 processor and integrated 3000mAh battery. For the dual camera system, there is a 16M and 5M--megapixel lens, the front camera adopts a 12-megapixel sensor. Currently, it's priced at $303 to $360.

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According to a DigiTimes report, in September this year, Apple will release the "entry-level" MacBook, which is priced at $1,200 and comes with a 14-nm Kaby Lake processor. At the same time, Quanta Computer will be responsible for the production of the new MacBook, TrendForce's article also stated that Apple to launch MacBook in September or October.

DigiTimes today also discussed the highly-anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat, which will be priced between $160 and $190. At the iPhone X event last year, Apple previewed AirPower, but it has not been officially released because of some heating issues.

Finally, DigiTimes cited supply chain news that Apple will unveil two newly designed iPad Pros in September this year, measured at 11 inches and 12.9 inches. The new iPad Pro features a bezel-less screen that supports the Face ID. In addition, the next generation iPad Pro will support 18W USB-C fast charging, as of now, it uses 12W charger.


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Today, ARM presented a new Laptop Computer-level R&D roadmap, the first thing to note is that ARM will boost performance by 15% every year. However, with the power consumption of only 5W, and the 7nm and 5nm process that will be adopted in 2020, Apple might consider a switch to ARM processors.

ARM's 7nm Deimos Core and the 5nm Herculues Core will catch up the processing power of the Intel i5 processor in 2019 and are expected to surpass the i5 processor by 2020. Still, don't get too exciting yet, you have to take grains of salt concerning manufacturer claims.

If this is true, follows ARM's current momentum, maybe ARM-powered Mac could actually come true. If ARM processor performance is massive improved, then Apple's A-series processors, which is relatively self-developed, will be so powerful, which means the computing performance of the iPhones and iPads will also benefit from it.

This will definitely be a beneficial thing for users who only work on iPhones and iPads, once developers created a cross-platform app, it should works on both an iPhone and a Mac. The move also provides a reliable schedule of annual upgrades of Macs, not like that Intel keep delaying its processors.

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Apple's security measures have always been outstanding, but recently it was disturbed by a "high school student." The Age reported that an Australian high school student repeatedly hacked the Apple server and successfully downloaded 90 GB of what was called a "secure file", and the teenage boy also visited customers' account data.

The boy is currently 16 years old and has been hacking for a while, and his access rights are said to include "authorized key", which granting users login access rights". Apple finally found unauthorized access and reported it to the FBI, later the Australian Federal Police (AFP) joined the investigation because of the hacks was based in Australia.

The high schooler is said to have a reputation in the hacker community, where he used VPNs and other tools to avoid being tracked, but Apple's system records show a serial number of the MacBook used to perform the attack.

The teenage boy has now pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month. The student’s lawyer said that the boy did hack because he was a fan of Apple and wanted to work at Apple. Now it seems that everything is unlikely.

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Two new OLED iPhones that will launch this fall, including iPhone X2 and iPhone X Plus will likely to support Apple Pencil, according to Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, which echoes a report by TrendForce that Apple Pencil support for 2018 iPhones.

If the new iPhones come with Apple Pencil, it can improve Apple's competitiveness and the price may be further adjusted. In fact, as early as the early of 2016, Apple applied for related patents, where users able to use Apple Pencil for iPhone to clip videos or send messages and other functions.

Nonetheless, It's unclear whether Apple will launch a smaller Pencil for the iPhone, since the current version may be very tough to use on the iPhone. It would be the first time Apple delivers its own stylus for the iPhone. Steve Jobs was not so into a stylus on iPhones, but times changes, so maybe users will appreciate this?

Apple Pencil was launched in November 2015 along with the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro and works with all other iPad Pro models released afterward, and it even comes to the iPad 6, a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad for the education market.

For security reasons, Apple rarely shows its own data center. But this time it was an exception, the local media, The Arizona Republic, visited Apple's data center in Mesa, Arizona, and took quite a bit of internal photos. Let's go and have a look.

In case you don't know about the data center, the Arizona facility is being called global data command" center, which means it stores data from apps and services that include iMessage, Siri, as well as iCloud. The site, however, hired 150 employees working for 10 hours to oversee Apple's operations data.

The facility is not recognizable as Apple's from the outside, surrounded by thick, dark walls draped in vines. A guard patrols the entrance to the parking lot.

Server halls contain dozens and dozens of rows of large, humming electronics. Booming fans sit above the servers in an effort to cool the technology.

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According to TrendForce, Apple may update its MacBook Air in September or October, but we expect that it will not be a particularly big update, just a simple speed bump, and Retina display design. Rumors suggested the new entry-level MacBook model cost around $999.

TrendForce also estimates that Apple accounted for 6.5 percent of notebook shipments worldwide in the second quarter, a considerable decline over its predicted 10 percent market share in the year-ago quarter. Furthermore, it also saw a decline where Apple shares dropped from 7.7% of share in 1Q 2018 compared to 6.5% in 2Q 2018.

The declines can be blamed to the outdated Mac machines, for instance, Apple hasn't updated both MacBook Air and Mac mini for over three years now. Worse, Mac Pro didn't receive an update since 2013, though Cupertino says that they plan to introduce a new generation of Mac Pro next year.

Hopefully, by the time when Apple refreshes several Macs, including Mac mini, iMac, and MacBook either in September or October, to rose the shares quickly. As for next month, Apple likely to announce new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3, and perhaps iPad Pros.

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Shortly after the users found out that when launching an app that will freeze on iOS 12 beta 7, it was temporarily removed by Apple. In less than 2 days,  the company has released iOS 12 beta 8 with fixed performances issue. Developers with beta profiles can download the update via OTA. We didn't expect the beta to bring any changes.

However, it appears that Apple has removed Group FaceTime in iOS 12 beta 7 and beta 8, a feature that let you to FaceTime up to 32 people at once. Apple says that the feature will be coming this fall. It's just like last year, the company has delayed several features, including Apple Pay Cash, Messages on iCloud, and AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.

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 with custom voice commands, Grouped Notifications, Screen Time that checks how much you spend on your phone, and adds limits, and so on.

Did the new beta fix your app freeze issues?

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Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research report published today says that Service, AR, and Apple Car will create Apple's next trillion dollar market value. Kuo also predicts Apple's first AR devices will release in 2020, while Apple Car to unveil in 2023-2025. (Via MacX)

Apple's current major hardware products will continue to grow in the next few years, but to achieve the next trillion dollar mark depends on Services, new technologies, and products. Kuo says that substantial growth depends on new technologies (AR) to redefine existing products, and products to enter the new market (Apple Car).

Kuo further states that AR is the next generation of the revolutionary user interface. Every time when Apple innovated user interfaces (such as Mac's mouse, iPod's scroll wheel, and iPhone's multi-touch), it can grow dramatically by redefining both existing and new products. It expects Apple to create an AR experience through the AR glasses launched in 2020 to redefine the user interface of existing products.

"Apple Car, which is expected to be launched by Apple in 2023-2025 will be the huge hit in the time", Kuo says. There are two reasons that Apple plans to build a car, one is the automotive industry is reimagining new technologies, with possibly huge replacement needs, like the smartphone industry 10 years ago, with another is Apple's leading technology advantages (AR) are expected to be beneficial to launch Apple Car.

Additionally, the analyst says Apple Car helps the company enter the huge auto finance market, it will significantly be contributing to the growth of Service bussiness. Cupertino now can make better hardware than competitors in the consumer electronics industry and potential rival competitors in the automotive industry. 
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