Face ID is now living well on iPhones, despite the fact is relatively slow compared to Touch ID, that's why so many users miss the feature, while there haven't any rumors regarding to Touch ID that would essentially be re-added to Apple devices, an Apple patent suggest that the company could embed both forms of biometric authentication tech on a future iPhone. (Via Patently Apple)

The patent suggest that if a device's Face ID failed to unlock it, it will offering Touch ID as a fallback. The dual biometric options actually do exists on the market, Huawei's Mate 20 RS, for example, offer consumers chance to unlock their smartphone via in-screen fingerprint and 3D Face Unlock features.

Apple describes in the application that such tech could also implement into smartwatches, meaning it might be comes to the Apple Watch in the future, just imagine how cool that will be, but for now, the only method to unlock your Apple Watch is through Passcode, though it will be a challenge for them.

Still, don't get too exciting yet, we don't really even know if Apple could turn this into reality or not, guess we have to wait and see.

Have you ever accidental delete apps on your iPhone? That happens to me so many time when I’m just holding my device, and I get that “Delete?” message. Even if you haven't experience that problem before, I would still suggest you to use the tip to prevent accidentally deleting apps on your iOS device, cause your kids can be heavy-handed sometimes: it's so easy to just hold down an app to delete it.

  1. Open the Settings app on your devices
  2. Tap on Screen Time, and then to the Content & Privacy Restrictions
  3. Click on the iTunes & App Store Purchases
  4. Select the Deleting Apps option, and set it to Don't Allow
  5. So there you have it!
In normal settings, an “X” will appear when you tap on hold down an app icon at the top left corner of the App icons, which letting you to delete apps by tapping on the X symbol, now, it will no longer be that case. Of course, in order to delete apps again in the future, you will have to temporarily enable the restriction, though you will be in full control of when you want to delete apps.

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A new lawsuit filed against Apple alleges the company deceptively hide the notch and make false claims about the iPhones' display size and PPi, include the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, saying that Apple is completely cutting corners, thus Plaintiff lawyers Christian Sponchiado and Courtney Davis have filed a lawsuit to the Northern District of California courthouse. (Via Business Insider)

The document said that Apple's OLED iPhone models have false marketing behavior because the screen does not provide true pixels, the resolution figure is wrong, misleading consumers. The iPhone XS should have 2436×1125×2=5481000 sub-pixels. In contrast, the iPhone 8 Plus offers a higher quality screen with a resolution of 1920×1080×3=6220800 sub-pixels, states the document.
The iPhone X Product is advertised as having 2436×1125 pixels, but in fact does not use true pixels with red, green, and blue subpixels in each pixel. Instead, the Product has only false screen pixels, with just two subpixels per false pixel (2436×1125×2 = 5,481,000 subpixels), and it does not actually have any subpixels at all in the notch at the top of the screen or in the display-area corners. In contrast, the iPhone 8 Plus has a higher quality screen than the Product, with more subpixels than the Product (1920×1080 pixels×3 subpixels per pixel = 6,220,800 subpixels). In contrast to the Product, the iPhone 8 Plus does not have a notch at the top of the screen or rounded corners of the display area.
Interestingly, although Apple promoted the iPhone XS to be 5.8 inches in size, the lawsuit declares that this is completely deceiving consumers. The "full screen" is a deceptive word because there is a notch at the top of the screen. Apple also deliberately used dark wallpaper to cover the notch in many marketing images. After eliminating these invalid areas, it should be measured at only 5.6875 inches.

The original iOS' features are not comprehensive, and numerous advanced features require jailbreaking by installing tweaks. At the time, after the iPhone or iPad was jailbroken, a dedicated App Store, the so-called "Cydia", was installed. without a doubt, Cydia has become the symbol of jailbreak, where users can download or purchase a variety of jailbreak tweaks to personalize their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

However, its history is about to end, Cydia's founder Saurik commented on Reddit this Friday that Cydia has been unable to generate any revenue and has had bugs, so he has now disabled the purchases on Cydia. In addition, Saurik has decided to completely shut down the App Store for jailbroken devices in the future, and he himself said that there is no enthusiasm for continued maintenance.

Saurik said: "the reality is that I wanted to just shut down the Cydia Store entirely before the end of the year, and was considering moving the timetable up after receiving the report (to this weekend); this service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain.” He states there will be a more formal post next week with more details about the future of the Cydia.

Currently, Cydia still exists, the purchase option on Cydia has been turned, which means that users can no longer purchase items from the Cydia store. We can still download tweaks from the purchase record or purchase it from a third-party source, it is just no longer via BigBoss.

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Apple's Apple Music service now can be enabled on Amazon Echo smart speakers today (US), a few days ahead of schedule. Apple and Amazon announced the partnership in November, which the latter recognizes Apple Music as "one of the most popular music services available today." (Via 9to5Mac)

Apple Music skill can now be activated in the Alexa app on the iPhone to play songs, playlists, and Beats 1 radio on Amazon Echo speakers. For example, you can say, "Alexa, play the song of Ed Sheeran on Apple Music." Of course, you can also set Apple Music as the default music streaming service with the Alexa app so you can omit the "Apple Music" phrase you want to listen to music.

Alexa also supports features that aren’t available on Apple's HomePod, such as the ability to set alarms to music as well as music automation via a feature called Routines. In addition, Echo speakers also support many other music streaming services as well, like Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Deezer, and so on.

According to Variety, Apple has inked a deal with DHX Media to produce all-new "Peanuts" content that will be exclusive to the company. While Apple has also ordered a straight-to-series show starring Jennifer Garner and executive produced by J.J. Abrams. The aggressive expansion of its movie collection comes as Apple reportedly would debut its video streaming service as soon as next year.

For Peanuts, it says it includes a short film, featuring astronaut Snoopy with the theme of STEM education, which Apple has long supported. However, It's unclear who else will be starring in it, since the report makes no mention of Apple gaining the rights to existing Peanuts content. The creator Charles M. Schulz developed the franchise dates back to 1950.

Starring Jennifer Garner, titled "My Glory Was I Had Such Friends", the new drama series is based on Amy Silverstein's memoirs of the same name published in 2017, which tells the story of how a group of women gave her tremendous support while waiting for a second heart transplant. Both Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television will be the producers of the series.

The two new original contents Apple's well over a dozen original TV series and movies lineup, and just this past few weeks, Apple ordered a show from M. Night Shyamalan, a violent drama starring Richard Gere, and so much more.

It seems every each year the iPhone is getting bigger and bigger, every since iPhone 6 plus was release, it went from 4-inch to 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch to 5.8-inch, and then 6.5-inch nowadays, because people simply want have bigger smartphone, that applies to majority smartphone brands on the market, smaller phones are nowhere to found, however, a new concept trying to imagine what would a mini iPhone XR look like.

Designer Krystofer said his inspiration for the concept of the iPhone mini came from seeing a child using a Plus-size iPhone to make a call. Another is that he saw an old man having difficulty taping on the top of a large-size phone. Therefore, Krystofer decided to design an iPhone that is tinner, less powerful, but cheaper. Like other iPhones, it can make calls, texts, pre-installed several core apps, and emergency features.

Similar to iPhone XS and XR, the iPhone mini uses the same full-screen notch design, but its body is 40% smaller than the iPhone XS Max and has only one rear camera. Simply put, it's more like a mini version of the iPhone XR. "Your thumb can reach all corners", he says: "it would be light and could fit into any pocket unlike the new line-up out from Apple"

However, as far as Apple is concerned, they are unlikely to launch a phone similar to the iPhone mini. There are even rumors that Apple has given up the second-generation iPhone SE. With the slowdown in the smartphone market, Apple has turned to a new strategy of selling fewer handsets at higher prices and increasing revenue by increasing the average iPhone price.

Apple today announced that its Apple Music Connect service for music artists and fans now begin to shut down starting today, and its fate is exactly the same as the iTunes Ping service that withdrew from the historical stage in 2012. Meanwhile, Apple today informed developers that they can now view data analytics for their macOS apps in App Store Connect.

In an email sent to artists, Apple stated that they will no longer be able to post in the Connect section from today, and this feature has been removed from the Apple Music Artist page and the "For You" section. Apple said that the Connect content uploaded by the artist could still be searched until May 4, 2019. Connect used to have a separate tab in 2015, but was later degraded to the "For You" section.
Today we're streamlining music discovery by removing Connect posts from Artist Pages and For You. This means you'll no longer be able to post to Connect as of December 13, 2018, but all previously uploaded content will still be searchable until May 24, 2019. You can still create Artist Playlists with the latest version of Apple Music.
As for macOS app analytics, which now lives in App Store Connect, give you the ability to view how many times your app was seen on the Mac App Store, how many times your product page was viewed, and how many new customers downloaded your app.

A new supply chain report says that Apple will use a new screen technology, so at least one of the iPhones launched in 2019 will be lighter and thinner, since Apple’s flagship iPhones launched this year are actually the opposite of this trend. However, the new screen tech will be only used on high-end models, as production volume increases, Apple may apply it on all iPhones. (Via ET News)

The report states Apple has decided to use a touch-integrated flexible OLED panel that is different from the current display structure. The latest iPhone screen uses a separate layer, where the new panel makes the device even thinner, as it can also save costs through this screen technology, and make the screen display more beautiful, improve touch sensitivity, and even solve the problem of false touch.

ET News believes the technology is called Y-OCTA that will be provided by Samsung, the South Korea based tech company first proposed this idea to Apple in March of this year, in order to continue to receive Apple's OLED panel orders, though Apple intends to make LG their second supplier.

Regarding to next year's iPhone lineup, rumors and analysts suggest that the form factor won't change, but expected with new AR features, possibly triple-lens rear camera, USB-C port, and improved Face ID.

Apple announced in a press release today that it will invest $1 billion to build a new campus in Austin, Texas. Covering an area of 133 acres, the new campus is less than a mile from the city's existing campus it can accommodate an additional 5,000 employees, and is expected to make Apple the largest private employer in Austin. Likewise, the campus will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

"Apple is proud to bring new investment, jobs and opportunity to cities across the United States and to significantly deepen our quarter-century partnership with the city and people of Austin," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Talent, creativity and tomorrow's breakthrough ideas aren't limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we're redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide."
The company also said that the expansion of the Campus created a wide range of employment opportunities, including engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales and customer support. The current Austin campus is already represents largest number of employees outside of Cupertino, with nearly 6,200 staff. In total, Apple now employs 90,000 people in all 50 states, with over 1,000 people in 16 states.

In addition to the new Austin campus, Apple announced today that it will continue to expand over the next three years, with plans to open new offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City and to expand operations in Boulder, Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado. Moreover, Apple is planning to invest $10 billion over the next five years for data centers in the United States.

Intel has announced Sunny Cove, the company's next-generation processor microarchitecture, created to further improve performance and energy efficiency. The Sunny Cove microarchitecture is built on a 10nm process and will be the foundation for Intel's next-generation Core and Xeon processors.

Intel introduced Sunny Cove, Intel’s next-generation CPU microarchitecture designed to increase performance per clock and power efficiency for general purpose computing tasks, and includes new features to accelerate special purpose computing tasks like AI and cryptography. 
It could mean that the Sunny Cove will appear on Apple machines like MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro, and Mac mini in 2019. At the same time, the chipmaker also released a new Gen11 integrated graphics card, twice the performance of Skylake architecture processor Gen 9 integrated graphics, and capable of 4K video playback and 8K content creating thanks to Adaptive Sync Technology.

Sunny Cove is a new microarchitecture, thus the processor that comes with the Sunny Cove and Gen 11 should be called Ice Lake, the successor of Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Amber Lake, and Cannon Lake. Meanwhile, Intel also reconfirmed plans to launch discrete graphics in 2020, to compete along with providers like AMD and Nvidia, give Apple users more choices.

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According to The Information, Apple is actively developing its own cellular modem and will be used in future iPhone models. For several months, the company has been actively recruiting engineers in San Diego, where the Wireless Architecture team is located. However, due to the complexity of the wireless modems, we may not see an iPhone with its own-designed cellular moderns until 2021.

Furthermore, considering there were reports stated the fact that Apple will launch its first 5G-enabled iPhone in 2020 featured with Intel modems, so the first iPhone with in-house designed cellular modern is highly thought to be available in 2021. This allows Apple to further reduce reliance on chipmakers like Intel and Qualcomm, especially Apple is in a patent battle with the latter.
[...]And a person briefed on Apple’s plans confirmed that the company, indeed, has an an active project to build its own cellular modem chip, which connects Apple’s phones to the networks of wireless carriers. Due to the complexity of the chip, it could take Apple as long as three years to ship iPhones with them, analysts said.
The plan could eventually benefit users since it designed the best industrial-leading A-series processor, T-series coprocessor, S-series processor, and W-series wireless chip for its wide range of products, so I would expect them to design one of the most powerful cellular modern ever.

As part of the holiday promotion, Apple began offering promo codes to Apple Music subscribers today. So when you purchase HomePod, you can get a £50 discount by enter the code in the checkout section. Currently, only UK users can enjoy the £50 off on HomePod, but Apple likely to expand to more regions.

HomePod brings out the best in Apple Music. To celebrate the holidays, we're giving only Apple Music subscribers £50 off HomePod now through December 16. Claim your special promo code now.
This promotion lasted until December 16. After using the promo code, HomePod will be priced at £269. This promotion is sent by email, which contains a button for "Get Your promo code." Spotify, however, is also offering similar deal, when you subscribe to the music streaming service for the first time, and then sign up for family plan (only uses money from your 3 month trial), you will get a Google Home Mini for free.

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According to the identification code found in the latest macOS Mojave system update, AMD is likely to further expand its Radeon Pro Vega graphics card product lineup for the Mac refresh in early 2019. As reported by Phoronix, patches for Linux kernel drivers were found last Friday which include references to many PCI IDs that do not correspond to the currently available Vega graphics cards

Apple added AMD's Vega 16 and Vega 20 graphics cards to the graphics upgrade options of the new MacBook Pro in mid-November. Although new graphics cards are popular with users who want higher performance, the latest evidence hint that Apple may have begun to consider to introduce these unreleased Vega graphics cards for a future Mac update.

The new Vega 20 PIC ID is determined as 0x66A4, while the Vega 10 version is defined as 0x6869, 0x668A, 0x686B, 0x686D, 0x686E, and 0x686F. Although the new PCI ID strongly suggests that AMD is preparing to release more Vega series in the future, it could perhaps be a variant of existing or upgraded products. It is also possible that these are internal test products are made for compatibility purposes and will not be released.

For Apple, it should be unlikely that a new graphics card option will be added soon after the new units have just been updated. Though Apple used to use laptop parts in the iMac, as the existing product line has not been updated for a long time, so it's a high potential that they could refresh iMac next year.

Apple has enabled ECG feature in watchOS 5.1 and is currently available only to US users over the age of 22. Although this feature has not been extended to more markets, Apple Watch Series 4 users around the world should now have gained a better heart rate measurement experience. (Via 9to5mac)

Traditionally, Apple Watch's optical heart rate sensor uses photoplethysmography, which uses a Green LED light with a light-sensitive photoreceptor to detect blood flow through the wrist at any point in time. With hundreds of flashing LEDs per second, Apple Watch can calculate the number of heartbeats per minute.

However, users can check their heart rate at any time with Apple Watch's Heart Rate app and put your finger on the Digital Crown, what this will do is that it creates a closed circuit between the user's heart and arms to capture electrical impulses through the chest. At this point, the user gets readings faster and with higher accuracy—getting one measurement per second instead of every 5 seconds.

When you use this method to record heart rate, the Health app on the iPhone will notice the use of electrode capture measurements, indicating "ECG" as the source. So now with the feature, I would say this is probably the most reliable heart rate monitor on your wrist.

After Apple Pay was announced in 2014, the mobile payment service now officially become Available in Germany. Banks that supports Apple Pay including the Deutsche Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, Edenred, Comdirect, Fidor Bank, and mobile banks and payment services o2, N26, boon, bunq, and VIMpay.

Not only banks, retailers such as Bershka, Burger King, Adidas, Aldi, Aral, Cigo, Kaufland, Media Markt, McDonald’s, O2, Pull&Bear, Shell, Starbucks, and more are supporting Apple Pay right now. The mobile payment also available in countless apps as well as websites, you can view the list here.

Apple's mobile payment solution, Apple Pay, which lets you pay with you iPhone and Apple Watch, has expanded to more than 20 countries since its launch in the US in 2014, including the UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Russia. New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Ukraine, Belgium and Kazakhstan.

According to job listings information from Apple's website in the US and New Zealand, the company is still working hard to get the AirPower wireless charging mat to sell as soon as possible. Whether it's in Cupertino, Calif., or Auckland, New Zealand, they are looking to add more people to the wireless charging technology team. Here is the job description that mentioned AirPower:

The mission of the Wireless Power Technology team - Build the world's best Wireless Charging user-experience by inventing state-of-the-art technologies. The Wireless Power Technology team develops bleeding-edge Wireless Charging designs that are central to Apple's products - the iPhone, Apple Watch, AirPods, AirPower and more.
Apple announced the AirPower wireless charging mat at the iPhone X event in September 2017, when the company announced that AirPower will be officially released in 2018. However, we have reported while back that it got delayed, as suppose it has a heating issue which affects the ability of the devices to charge if they become too warm in the process.

Likely, though, the Job listing indicates that the Cupertino tech-giant is still developing the AirPower. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed that Apple may launch new AirPods and AirPower in late 4Q18 or early 1Q19. What do you think? Let us know in the comment below.

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Following its official release of iOS 12.1.1, watchOS 5.1.2, macOS 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1, Apple has seeded the first developer update of iOS 12.1.2, watchOS 5.1.3, macOS 10.14.3, and tvOS 12.1.2. Developers who Registered through Apple Developer Center can download the update via OTA.

The release notes for these upcoming updates only highlight bug fixes and performance improvements, however, we expect to fix an issue that bother many users, in which they found that the iPhone failed to connect to cellular network after updating the iOS 12.1.1, and affecting some app, it's understood that the problem already known by Apple engineers, so iOS 12.1.2 is likely to fix that bug.

Asides from that, no major changes or features being discovered at the moment, if we found anything new, we will update the post right way. We will be also pleased if you comment down below your findings.

Earlier this week, Google released the Chrome 71, but the latest version of Chrome still not support macOS Mojave's Dark Mode. However, according to Reddit, a Google developer recently submitted a code change on the Chromium Project to implement a system-level dark mode. For those unknown, Chromium is the foundation of the open source project for Chrome.

Currently, the code change has passed the review phase and will be available in Chrome in the future. There are several versions of Chrome that were developed at the same time to facilitate testing and deploying new features. All code changes will appear in Chromium as early as possible, and then enter the Canary version, or the Chrome beta, and finally the stable version of Chrome. 

Since Google updates Chrome every six weeks or so, it's likely the company will release the Chrome with Dark Mode support in early 2019, for now. the feature in Chromium is still hidden and requires a terminal command to enable it. Honestly, the completion is still relatively high, the search box, tabs, bookmarks bar, status bar, and dialog box have all turned black, 

Surely, the Dark Mode is being tested and some changes may occur in the future. Also, the Incognito Mode in Chrome turns the browser black, still the new dark mode is distinguished from the Incognito Mode. We expect Google Chrome to support Dark Mode either in 72 or 73 version.

Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 12, introduced a feature called "Instant Tuning" that allows users to adjust and configure notification settings without having to go to the Settings app, in other words, you can immediately "mute" notification from a certain app, which it won't display on the lock screen, or basically, it filters out unnecessary notifications. Here is how to do it!

  1. Choose a notification on the Lock Screen or the Notification Center
  2. Swipe from the right side to the left side on a specific application
  3. Tap on Manage, and then click on the Deliver Quitely so notification won't show on the lock screen or make any sounds
  4. If you don't want to see the notification on the Notification Center, you can Turn Off that the notifications will be completely muted.
  5. Change your mind? Just simply go to Settings -> Notifications, then activate it
With iOS 12, users can more easily reduce interference. In addition to introducing Instant Tuning, the company also makes it easy for users to turn off all alerts at once with an improved "Do Not Disturb" feature, better, you can schedule a time to enable the Do Not Disturb, for instance, when you study an exam.

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Following reports of iPhone XS and XR faces lower-than-expected sales, Nomura analyst Anne Lee said in a report today that the iPhone sales will continue to decline next year. She said that the look of the 2019 iPhones will not be changed, and the size is the same as this year's iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, but will add more AR features. (Via Barron)

Furthermore, Lee predicts that 2019 will be the last year that Apple will use the iPhone X design language, the company will redesign the iPhone for new technologies such as 5G and AR, but the new iPhone will not debut until 2020. Anne Lee forecast that iPhone sales will reach 204 million in FY 2019 and fall to only 200 million units in the following year.
“We think the three new iPhones in 2H19F will likely have the same form factors (body size and displays) as the 2H18 iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, with some added AR [augmented reality]-related features,” she wrote in a research report published Friday.
Meanwhile, Mixpanel data suggests that 2018 iPhone adoption is much slower compared to previous versions. However, the iPhone XR still outsold by iPhone XS and XS Max. Older iPhone models such as the iPhone X and iPhone 8 also saw a steady increase, with iPhone X has a adoption of 11.84%, as iPhone XS Max has 2.91%.

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Just as Apple's supply chain has lowered its forecast for earnings,, chipmaker Broadcom, announced its fourth-quarter earnings report, which is better than expected and the outlook for next year is strong. CEO Hock Tan pointed out that the wireless business performed better than expected in the last quarter, thanks to the rose demand for old smartphones of "a customer in North America", hinting at Apple.

Tan said in the report that the growth of the number of old smartphones for North American customers" helped the company's wireless business unit to performed well in the fourth quarter. He did not directly name Apple, but according to Bloomberg, Apple is the biggest partner of Broadcom in North America.

Tan's statement indicates that Apple’s old iPhone sales are in strong demand. However, he also pointed out that the wireless business is expected to face a "seasonal decline" in the first quarter of the year ending in January next year. Older iPhone models that still available for purchase including iPhone 7, 7 Plus,  iPhone 8, 8 Plus, as well as the iPhone X.

Several Apple supply chains have lowered their financial forecasts, reflecting the weak demand for the latest models such as iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which has deepened doubts on the future of Apple's iPhone but also gave exceptional attention to whether the earnings and outlook of Apple stocks.

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Yesterday there were reports claims that Apple may be planning to introduce a new Smart Battery case for the iPhone XS. Today there is new evidence that the accessory may available more than one iPhone model and also leaked what it will be look like, according to Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac who found the three model identifiers associated with the Smart Battery case in iOS 12 code.

These model identifiers, namely A2070, A2071, and A2171, are more than likely match to three new iPhone models released this year, particularly iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. Another identifier found in the iOS code is said to indicate that the accessory will be released in 2018. Design wise, the "power bank" looks bigger, implying the new battery case may have a larger capacity.

Apple's first Smart Battery case is dedicated to the iPhone 6, which included an additional 1877 mAh battery for the phone while also provide extra protection, its successor iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 too introduced the corresponding versions, however, the iPhone 7 capacity increased to 2365 mAh.

It's unclear if this year's case to support wireless charging. Different from the previous models, the new model also matches the design language of the new iPhone. As for the release date, considering the first one launched in December of 2015, Apple will debut the Smart Battery Case in the near future.

Back in 2017, Apple acquired the sleep tracking company Beddit, and now they are selling the new version of Beddit Sleep Monitor: Beddit 3.5. It looks pretty identical to the previous version, but it’s slightly smaller and weighs lighter, however, it remains the same price of $149.95.

The sleep monitor is currently available st Apple Stores and can expect to ship to users within a few days, it did receive FCC clearance for the product earlier this week. It also includes an iOS app to manage the tracker as well as view saved data that it collects when you asleep.

When you place the sleep monitor above the mattress and power it via USB, it will begin to collect data including the sleep time and efficiency, heart rate, respiration, temperature, movement, snoring, room temperature, and room humidity. Following up, the relative data will be synced to the Beddit app and Apple’s own Health app if a permission is given.

The sleep tracker can be purchased on Beddit official website as well. It needs iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12 or later, as well as all Apple Watch models with watchOS 4.3 or later to work properly. It is more than likely that Apple wants to improve Apple Watch’s sleep tracking features as it brought Beddit.

Apple's watchOS 5.1.2 software update released today enabled the ECG feature of the Apple Watch Series 4, but as Apple described in the release note that in addition to the US mainland and Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, users from other countries and regions can't activate ECG app on their Watches.

Many of the features on Apple devices were initially used only in the United States, but international users can usually simply switch the zone to the US, but not this time considering it needs regulatory approval before it makes available to that country, or else Apple will face serious consequences.

According to Apple, the ECG app and irregular heart rate notifications are all regulatorily required feature on Apple Watch. These two features have been approved by the U.S. FDA for the De Novo classification and are available to users who are 22 and older in the United States. It also stated that users who have already diagnosed atrial fibrillation should not use the app.

It is unclear whether the feature will expand to elsewhere in the future, but there are rumors that Canada may be the next country to support it. Apple's AW4 is sold worldwide, all with the heart sensor necessary for ECG functionality, but requires software and regulator permission beforehand.

Launched in 2015, Apple's Smart Battery Case will allow you to charge your phone while protecting it at the same time, plus it supports devices such as iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7. However, after the release of iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus last year, Apple has not launched a matching smart battery case, some may wonder what they possibly stop making it...

Well, a new icon found in watchOS 5.1.2 beta 2 might prove that Apple is considering launching a new Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS. In terms of design, the new Smart Battery case is not much different from the battery case of iPhone 6, 6S except that the rear camera is arranged vertically, corresponding to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. (Via 9to5Mac)

Though Apple has never made Smart Battery cases for the "Plus" iPhone, presumably because one of the main selling points of these devices was the increase in battery life. We never know if the company would still remain that way, we might as well only see the iPhone XR/XS Smart Battery Case being launched.

Apple announced today in a press release that the watchOS 5.1.2, which has been in beta testing since November 7th, will be released today that will activate the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 models in the United States. Since it's available now, users can download the update via Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

The update also enables irregular heart rhythm notifications on Apple Watch Series 1 - 4 models, it can detect signs of AFib, the most common form of irregular rhythm, and the 2nd most common cause in the world. watchOS also adds several other Apple app Infograph watchfaces like the Mail, Message, Phone, etc. Apple also added a Walkie-Talkie toggle from Control Center
Starting today, the ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 marks the first direct-to-consumer product that enables customers to take an electrocardiogram right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians. The irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch can now also occasionally check heart rhythms in the background and send a notification if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation (AFib) is identified.
To take an ECG, it requires the Series 4's electrodes in the back crystal and the Digital Crown, place your finger on the Crown and wait for 30 seconds. Although Apple Watch can generate the equivalent of a single-lead medical ECG, Apple cautioned that this is not intend to replace traditional methods of diagnosis and should not be used to monitor or track diseases without doctor's description.
This update includes new features, improvements and bug fixes:

- New ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 (US and US territories only)
* Allows you to take an electrocardiogram similar to a single-lead electrocardiogram
* Can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation—a serious form of irregular heart rhythm—or sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a normal pattern
* Saves ECG waveform, classification and any noted symptoms in a PDF on the Health app on iPhone to share with your doctor

- Adds the ability to receive an alert if an irregular heart rhythm that appears to be atrial fibrillation is detected (US and US territories only)

- Enables direct access to supported movie tickets, coupons, and rewards cards in Wallet when tapped to a contactless reader

- Receive notifications and animated celebrations when you achieve daily maximum points in a day during an Activity competition

- New Infograph complications for Mail, Maps, Messages, Find My Friends, Home, News, Phone, Remote

- Manage your availability for Walkie-Talkie from Control Center

Some iPhone users have found that the Siri Shortcuts feature does not work, many are shared on social networks that they cannot use Siri to activate Shortcuts. If you are running a Shortcut, you may notice that the problem existed on the preset phrases, which Siri will respond it doesn’t have any knowledge.

This issue did not affect all users and did not affect all apps, but it did happen to some for a entire week. The problem doesn't seem to be due to the release of iOS 12.1.1 or the Shortcut 2.1.2 update. It may be appeared on the server side, so we believe that Apple engineers will fix the issue very soon.

In the meantime, if you want to use Siri to activate shortcuts, you will need to re-record the phrase. First enter the Shortcuts app, click on the three points in the upper right corner of any command, continue to click the "Settings" icon in the upper right corner and then tap the “Siri Phrase” option, select the “Re-Record Phrase”. This workground should work any time when Shortcuts not functioning.

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Apple has released few iPhone accessories today for users: the new iPhone XR clear case that let you protect the device while showing off its colorful body, and the 18W USB-C power adapter that's introduced alongside the 2018 iPad Pros. The company has also announced that the HomePod will be coming to the Chinese market in early 2019, as it released HomePod Update 12.1.1 with Chinese language support.

The iPhone XR clear case, as we said before, lets you enjoy the look of iPhone XR while providing extra protection, and you don't have to take off the case when wireless charging. The case retails for $39 in the United States, you can now order it on Apple's online store, will be delivered this Friday.

Apple is also selling the 18W power adapter for $29, that allows you to fast charge your 2018 iPad Pro, as well as previous iPad Pros, iPhone 8, iPhone X, or iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR devices with a Lightning to USB-C cable. You can purchase the product here.

Apple has just released the third update to the iOS 12 operating system, you can download the update through Settings - General - Software Update.  iOS 12.1.1 reintroduces the ability to take a Live Photo while on a FaceTime call, Apple also tweaked bottom bar that includes quick access buttons for muting a call and flipping the camera in the FaceTime app.

In addition, iOS 12.1.1 brings support for Haptic Touch with notifications on iPhone XR, allows you to expand notifications on the Lock screen through a long press to see additional content. Furthermore, the release notes says that Dual-SIM now works with more carriers on iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, you can hide the sidebar in the News app when you place your iPad in landscape mode.
iOS 12.1.1 adds features and fixes bugs for your iPhone and iPad. Features and improvements include:

- Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
- Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
- One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
- Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
- The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
- Real-time text (RTT) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
- Stability improvements for dictation along with VoiceOver

Bug fixes include:

- Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
- Addresses an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
- Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
- Addresses an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
- Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically

This release also adds features and fixes bugs for HomePod including:

- Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
- HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Aside from iOS 12.1.1, Apple also released the tvOS 12.1.1 and macOS 10.14.2 with mirror bug fixes and speed improvements. Meanwhile, Apple still holds watchOS 5.1.2 with ECG support in beta testing.

Qualcomm held the third Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, on the first day, the chipmaker announced the new Snapdragon 855 Chip. This chip is not only the standard chip for the next generation of Android flagship smartphones, but also the world's first commercial platform to support 5G, though Qualcomm didn't reveal any speed improvements, it did beat Samsung's Exynos 9820.

Here are the new technologies that included in this chip:
  • 3D Sonic Sensor: an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with fast and accurate unlocking experience
  • Snapdragon 855 is first commercial platform to support multi-gigabit 5G. Samsung says it will have a 5G ready phone in 2019, which likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S10.
  • Includes Qualcomm's 4th-gen multi-core AI engine, deliver up to 3x performance boost in AI performance over the Snapdragon 845.
  • World's first to have computational photography and video capture capabilities.
  • New Snapdragon Elite Gaming will bring new gaming experiences to high-end smartphones.
  • Uses 7nm process, caught up A12, but unclear how much it improved, although Antutu scores shows that 855 rivals Samsung's Exynos 9820.
Since Snapdragon 855 includes support for 5G, Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon said that by the end of next year, every Android phone manufacturer will launch a flagship phone supporting 5G. Apple, on the other hand, unlikely to release a 5G iPhone until 2020, as the company still battling with Qualcomm on the patent issues that started nearly 2 years ago. (Via CNET)

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Apple was granted a patent recently, and the technologies it included is likely to be used in future AirPods designs. It mentions a new earbuds technology that can be interchanged with the left and right ears, and also integrates at least one biometric sensor for making biometric measurements.

Apple has long been pursuing a "gold standard" that fits the shape of all human ears, in order to fit the buds for as many users as possible, the company has tested countless prototypes. and finally goes for the current one, but if the traditional left and right earbuds can be improved into a universal design, not only can reduce the production cost, but also offer a better user experience.

At the same time, the use of, biometric sensors can be detected the health status of the user, since the AirPods can be used for both left and right ears. Biometric sensors need to be firmly pressed against the skin for better work. It is stated that foam will be used to extend the buds to the ear canal, which is clearly different from the traditional plastic molds currently used in EarPods and AirPods.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently predicted that Apple will unveil a new design to AirPods in 2020, whether today's patents are related to it is still unknown, plus Kuo released a new investor note yesterday, claiming that AirPods will include some sort of health management feature.

Every December, Apple publishes top of apps and games in this year. and the App Store editorial team from five continents reviewed all the works launched in the past year, and found out their own practical, more complete, and beautifully designed works. After a long debates, a consensus was reached. Here's what they have come up with on the App Store's best of 2018:

According to Apple, popular games like This year, like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile dominated global gaming culture with exciting, last-player-standing action. The company also highlights newcomer apps like Fabulous, Shine, 10% Happier and Headspace expanded the practice of wellness around the world. Moreover, they also listed the best of 2018 on Apple Music, Books, Podcasts, and TV & Movies.

Apple has updated its App Store support page as well, confirms that iOS 12 is now installed on 70% of devices, while 21% of devices continue running iOS 11, and the rest of 9% are earlier iOS versions. Compared to the same period last year, where iOS 11 only has an adoption of 59%, which again shows that its successor is way popular thanks to the performance gains.

The latest report from TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believe that AirPods is not just a wireless headphone for Apple and predicts that it will become more and more important in the Apple ecosystem. The reliable Apple analyst explained a couple of reasons that why AirPods = Communication + Music + Voice Assistant + Health Management.

Firstly, he says that it increase the cost of users moving from iOS to Android ecosystem. Continue on, he states that it's easy to invoke voice assistant, which makes it an important product for voice assistant and AI. Furthermore, since the ear is a perfect area to measure several important health parameters, so it could be integrated with Apple Watch in the future to provide better health management.

Kuo, however, didn't specific why the AirPods is ideal for communication and music, it's obvious that the headset offers great music experience. And on the communication part, with "Hey Siri" coming to AirPods, you don't have to take out your phone, you can just ask the virtual assistant to make phone or sending text messages.

AirPods shipments are growing fast and is currently the most successful products for Apple in years, Kuo forecasts that many brands will follow in 2019. During his last investor report, Kuo pointed out that by 2021, Apple will ship 110 million units. He also predicts AirPods 2 will be released in Q3 of next year, with even bigger change in design in 2020.

Microsoft today shared a new Surface Go holiday ad, it ridicules the Apple iPad is just a toy, not a real computer. This advertisement tells a 10-year-old girl and her grandmother to buy a tablet. The little girl said that she only play iPad when she is 6 years old, now she is 10 years old and needs a real computer because of her dream, so the Surface Go was her choice.

The iPad running iOS that is designed for smartphones, so there are a plenty of limitations, such as not having a proper file system, doesn't support Mouse, lack professional apps, etc. The Surface Go, on the hand, is powered by the Windows 10 operating system and can run many standard Windows softwares. It can also be touch operated and supports a mouse and a stylus.

Microsoft Surface Go is currently priced at $399, it includes the integrated kickstand and a front-facing camera above the 1800 x 1200 resolution IPS touchscreen display, it's pretty much a touch-screen true laptop. Apple also offers a cheaper iPad model for $329, but its most iPads are cost way higher than that.

The ad comes after Apple launches a series of videos touted out that iPad Pro can replace your laptop, shows what it capable of doing.

In the U.S. today, Apple has launched a brand new online store for active military and veterans, along with members of their households, allows them to get a 10% discount on Apple products. The company said in a statement to TechCrunch that they are "proud" to offer the type of discount to military families.

According to Apple, products that can receive 10% discount includes iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch models, Apple TV, HomePod, and a wide range of accessories, even some third-party. For example, iPhone XS that original cost $99 for the base model, now only priced at $899, that's a decent discount.
The Veterans and Military Purchase Program (“Program”) is a benefit provided by Apple Inc. (“Apple”) to current and Veteran members of the U.S. Military, National Guard and Reserve. The Program is also offered to their immediate family members who also reside in their same household. The Program is intended for personal use only.
In addition, Apple also providing the educational discount, though the advantages are more towards to veterans seems like. Apple has landed on Amazon as well, that means you can now only purchase the real deal on the website, whereas before you may have to buy some uncertified products.

According to a report published by Gartner, Apple has retained its 11.8 percent share of the smartphone market in 3Q 2018, while Samsung losing 3.4 percent compared to the same period last year, with only 18.9% market share in the quarter, and Huawei saw greater smartphone growth demand, with 13.4%, and placed at #2 spot, whereas Apple now ranked #3.

Though global smartphone sales increased 1.4 percent year-over-year when it compared to Q3 2017, Garner says that if Huawei and Xiaomi wasn't included in the report, then the global smartphone sales would have declined 5.2 percent, in the end, the Chinese smartphone brand, Huawei, was the only one to see significant growth thanks to its cheaper but high-end smartphones.

Garner estimates that Apple sold 45 million smartphones in Q3 2018, roughly the same as last year's figure, and especially points out that iPhone XS Max was more popular than the smaller iPhone XS. Samsung, however, saw an estimated twelve million unit decline in shipments, and Huawei sees a 52 million unit sales.

The research firm believed that next massive consumer smartphone adoption will be in 2020, when the 5G and foldable phones begins to appeared on the market. While Apple will not release the 5G iPhone until 2020, Samsung and other smartphone makers are expected to launch the first 5G device next year.

From the view in 3G and LTE eras, Apple's support for new network standards has been slow. Today, Bloomberg said that next year's new iPhone will not support 5G data network, Apple may have to wait until 2020 to add the mobile network standard support to the iPhone.

Currently, many carriers have indicated that 5G will be deployed in certain regions next year. At the same time, smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung are also actively preparing to launch devices that support 5G. However, Bloomberg believes that Apple predicted that the first versions of the 5G smartphones would suffer from problems like poor coverage.

Back in the day when the iPhone 4s was released, Android vendors began to sell various LTE devices, and Apple chose to continue to wait for the technology to mature. Goes on, it proves that Apple's wait right, the initial 4G smartphone consumes many power and spotty coverage, Second-generation 4G modem got optimized better. so that's when Apple started supported 4G on iPhone 5.

Of course, we still don't know what will happen to the first 5G phones, but Apple will choose to wait. Finally, the dispute with Qualcomm also limited Apple's decision to fully embrace 5G, because Intel's 5G chip has not yet been developed, and it still needs to wait for about 18 months. This means that the iPhone in 2019 is definitely not in time for the party.

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The 2018 MacBook Air comes with a 720p FaceTime HD camera, but some users say they found the camera's image quality to be much worse than expected. Some contacted Apple, but end up with no result. One user replied that the image of the newly purchased MacBook Air camera was too blurry, as the photos taken with this MacBook were worse than those of the iPhone 7's.

Another user explained that the problem was apparently caused by the sensor itself or by software, not a one-time problem because the first time he used the new MacBook Air's FaceTime camera as that he confirmed that the lens was clean, the blurred area of the image is uniform, and the light didn't play any big factor.

Note that the previous generation MacBook Air also equipped with a 720p FaceTime HD camera, and some users compared the new MacBook Air camera with the old models, despite that they are all 720p FaceTime HD cameras, but the imaging quality of the new model is even worse.

From the user's feedback, the 2018 MacBook Air camera seems to be a step backward compared to the previous generation MacBook Air. Apple has not yet commented on the topic.

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MacRumors reports that an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers in the United States reveals that though Apple Watch usually has a 14-day refund policy, Apple will accept up to 45 days refound after the user purchases Apple Watch, but only limited to heart health features related requests.

The Apple Store will submit a refund request associated with the Heart health feature to Apple Support, so customers will need to contact Apple by phone, email or online support. The heart health features mentioned here include the electrocardiogram (ECG) feature that will be enabled in Apple Watch Series 4 and the arrhythmia notifications for Series 1 to Series 4.

Furthermore, by the sound of it, Apple Store will not perform a diagnostic check on the watch, which means that as long as the user specifies the ECG function or the arrhythmia notification function in the refund request, then the company will extend the refund time to 45 days.

Maybe Apple's approach is to give users who buy Apple Watch more time to try heart-related features. However, Apple warned in another document that the ECG app is not "intended to be a diagnostic device or to replace traditional methods of diagnosis," and this "should not be used to monitor or track disease state or change medication without first talking to a doctor."

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Today is World AIDS Day, to promote it, the Apple Stores around the world has a red logo on it. Apple CEO Tim Cook also shared a few pictures on his Twitter account. In addition, the App Store also published as many as five stories of how you can prevent, help, and fight against AIDS.

Earlier this week, Apple Product Marketing Chief  Greg Joswiak reveals that Apple plans to turn 125 Apple Store logos into red, while replace the other 400 Apple Store logos with red stickers that’s designed to raise awareness of AIDS, a disease in which would eventually destroyed the immune system, and cause death.

In the coming week, Apple also plans to launch World AIDS Day promotion. From December 1st to 7th, every time Apple Pay is used in the Apple Store, or Apple Store app, and Apple website to buy Apple products, Apple will donate $1 to the organization that fights the disease (RED), in fact, Apple has matched $200 million dollar to RED.

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