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According to the Japanese website Macotakara, the iPhone 11 released in 2019 will not only continue to use the Lightning connector but will continue to offer a 5W power adapter and a USB-A to Lightning cable. If the user wants to use a fast charge, they must purchase an additional power adapter. While the site also predicts that iPad mini 5 with no design change likely to be released this spring.

Macotakara said that 2019 iPhones will stick to the Lightning port for cost considerations, as Apple will spend extra on an accessory so that Apple can make a huge profit from it. Because of this, this year's iPhones will be continued to bundle EarPods, Lightning to USB-A, and 5W power adapters.

The report also claims that the new iPad mini is still aimed at the low-end market and continues to retain the Lightning connector, Touch ID and 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is no change in the bezels and overall size. However, the rear microphone will shift to the middle. As for processors, the report stated that the device will be updated to the A10 chip, it is not clear whether it is the A10X or just the A10.

The current iPad mini 4 was released in 2015, nearly four years ago. The model that is still being sold at $399 for the 128 GB version, with an A8 processor.

OLED iPhones:

According to the Wall Street Journal, all iPhones are likely to adopt OLED screen in 2020, completely ending the LCD screen era. Today's report further confirmed the possibility of Apple switching to OLED entirely; and mentions that Apple's LCD supplier JDI is seeking investor help to consolidate its position as a supplier since iPhones moves to OLED only, makes this rumor more practical.
Japan Display Inc. is in advanced talks with Taiwan's TPK Holdings Co. and Chinese state-owned Silk Road Fund about an investment that would include a stake of about 30% with the possibility of greater control later, people familiar with the matter said.

AirPower Available Later This Year:

DigiTimes now reports that the highly anticipated Apple's wireless charging mat AirPower has entered mass production and will be officially released later this year. In September 2017, Apple previewed the AirPower wireless charging mat, which was originally planned to be available in 2018, but until today, the accessory still has no definite release time.

Last year, DigiTimes reported that AirPower will be available for sale at the end of March 2018, and obviously it has not become a reality. Earlier this month, Hong Kong website ChargerLAB announced that supply chain sources said that both Luxshare Precision and Pegatron have begun the production of AirPower.

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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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 The Information, Apple will open full access to iPhone's NFC chip for third-party developers in iOS 12. It can not only used for mobile payments, but also be allowing users to securely unlock doors.

Apple started this work by adding the Core NFC framework on iOS 11 but with limited functionality. The intention of Apple is to allow third-party developers to store sensitive information through the iPhone's built-in Secure Enclave instead of Bluetooth, which can significantly increase popularity.

The change to the near-field communication, or NFC, chip, which is expected to be announced next month, could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions, from paying transit fares and opening car doors to verifying their identity in other ways. 

The report also mentioned that Apple has expanded the feature in the Apple Park campus security system developed in cooperation with HID Global, in which Apple employees already use the iPhone to access Apple Park's offices.

Indeed, WWDC 2018 about to kick off on June 4th. As for what changes will be introduced to iOS 12, let's wait and see!

Top Apple News Today: 

Apple Plans To Offer Subscriptions To Select TV/Video Streaming Services: According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to allow users subscribe their favorite streaming services next year through its own stock TV app that's available on iOS and tvOS devices.

At present, the TV app includes content from Hulu, HBO Now, Crunchyroll, and video-on-demand apps for channels including ESPN, so these services could be Apple's target that to offer the TV app subscription options. By doing this, it will also bolster the company's rapidly growing services business.

Apple: All iPhone Replacement Batteries Available Now Without Delay: Apple has confirmed that the stock of all iPhone replacement batteries is now available without delay. reports MacRumors cited a reliable source. The company lowered the price of battery replacement to $27 after it disclosed that it slowing down some older iPhone models to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

Apple's Chief Designer Jony Ive Reveals Apple Watch Origins: Apple chief designer Jony Ive was interviewed by Hodinkee this month to talk about the origins of the Apple Watch, which he revealed that Steve Jobs had no particular interest in watches, shortly after Jobs passed away, the team begin to design Apple Watch. In additon, Ive also shared the inspiration to create such device, the future of Apple, and more. Read the full interview by click here.

Other news including Apple to participate in Pilot Program allowing expanded drone usage, Walmart's becomes ffficial Apple Authorized Reseller, and Apple begins to ban Apps that share location data with third parties.

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Top Apple Rumors Today:

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, due to the slow sales of 2017 iPhone models, Apple will introduce a new iPhone with a triple-lens rear camera led by a 12-megapixel lens in 2019, while this year's models will be continuing to use dual-lens rear camera system,

The report cites Yuanda Investment claims in which the camera will have a 6P lens design with 5x zoom, but it doesn't specify whether that pertains to optical, digital, or hybrid zoom. EDN believes that Hon Hai and Largan Precision will be supply the triple camera lens.

Huawei's new P20 Pro, the first smartphone that equipped with three-lens rear camera system, including a primary 40-megapixel f/1.8 lens, a 20-megapixel f/1.6 monochrome lens, and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. It provide a lot of advantages, such as greatly improved low-light performance and it produces sharper, cleaner images at a lower resolution.

The report also talked about the upcoming 6.1 inch LCD iPhone models, with an estimated price of $700 to $800, and to be featured with iPhone X’s top-of-the-range Face ID function. Among them, all three new iPhones are expected to account for 50% of the total sales of the iPhones this year.

According to a new report by Bloomberg that says Apple working on creating custom chips for its Macs, and planning to transition from Intel chips to its own custom made Mac chips within next two years or so.

Codenamed "Kalamata", the project reportedly is still in the "early developmental stages", and is part of an effort which to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads work "more similarly and seamlessly together. We all know that Apple already designs its own A-series chips found in iPhones and iPads, like the A11 chip.

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The shift would also allow Cupertino, California-based Apple to more quickly bring new features to all of its products and differentiate them from the competition. Using its own main chips would make Apple the only major PC maker to use its own processors. Dell Technologies Inc., HP Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., and Asustek Computer Inc. use Intel chips.

By using its own chips, Apple would be able to more tightly integrate new hardware and software, potentially resulting in systems with better battery life -- similar to iPads, which use Apple chips.

It totally make sense that the in-house processors will help Apple offer a smooth hardware and software experience, as the company has been working on the cross-platform software solution allowing developers to write apps that can run on both macOS and iOS.

It won't be long enough for Apple to adopt their own Mac chips into the Mac lineups, as the Cupertino tech-giant already used its custom designed T1 and T2 chips on the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro. The custom chips will also be used in the upcoming Mac Pro, which could be released later this year.

According to Japanese site Macotakara who frequently sharing informations gathered from Apple's supply chains has rolled out a report that claims Apple plans to release a new color for the iPhone X in order to restoring sales of the device, and preparing to launch the sixth generation of iPad in the third quarter of 2018.

Even through today's report did not disclose details about what that colors may be or when we might see a release, the article seems follow an earlier claim from the leaker Benjamin Geskin that Apple to launch the Blush Gold iPhone X model, and claimed that the company already started production for it.

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Moreover, Macotakara's sources said that Apple is planning a sixth-generation iPad refresh for the third quarter of this year. The upcoming iPad model will reportedly keep the same enclosure and screen size as the current iPad, which suggest that it won't be featured with bezel-less screen.

Apple, however, is s holding its first event of 2018 on Tuesday, March 27 at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, with its focus on the school education. Much rumors indicates that new low-cost iPad to be unveiled in this event, we are also expecting to see AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPods charging case, and new updates to iOS 11, macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11.

According to a report by the Taiwan's Economic Daily News, which says an 11-inch iPad Pro and an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro are expects to be released at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Another Taiwanese website DigiTimes that claims Apple to launch its wireless charging mat AirPower later this month.

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EDN said both new iPad Pro models are expected to feature Face ID and faster eight-core Apple A11X processors. On the other hand, the report adds that Apple's no plan to launch new iPhone models in the first half of 2018, as KGI's analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had already cast doubt on rumors about a second-generation iPhone SE.

Digitimes wrote that the company to release the AirPower that have a maximum charging performance of up to 29 watts, compared to 7.5 watts for single-device wireless charging pad. The accessory will capable of charging multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, and Apple Watch series 3 models.

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While it's still unclear if Apple will announce the AirPower's availability either via press releases, a so-called March Event, or just quietly with an update to its online store. But for sure, that Apple will have WWDC 2018 in the June 4-8 in San Jose, California, in the time, we will see the inturduces of iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, as well as tvOS 12.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is apparently well underway in developing its own in-house power management chips for its iPhone models. Today, the integrated circuitry for power management is designed by Dialog, a UK company. In the next two years, new iPhone models could use the power management chips.

Apple's new in-house power management chip would be the most advanced in the industry, according to the sources, and could have processing capabilities that allow it to better monitor and control power consumption among various components. That means iPhone users could expect devices capable of delivering better performance on lower power consumption.

Apple planning to replace about half of the main power management chips that go into iPhones with its own as early as 2018, but the transition could be delayed until 2019, according to a sources cited in the report. The Nikkei report says that Apple’s power management chip "would be the most advanced in the industry".

The main power management chip controls an iPhone's battery, including charging capabilities as well energy consumption. By using its own power management chip, The Cupertino may be able to eke out extra hours of battery life for iPhones by handling tasks more efficiently. It could also pave the way for future iPhone models to have a better performance-to-battery life balance.

Back to earlier this year, Bankhaus Lampe analyst Karsten Iltgen, said that Apple will at least partially cut back on Dialog Semiconductor's supply of power management chips for future iPhones. Iltgen said Apple already has engineers working on the chips in California and Germany. Today's report seems to corroborate the prediction.

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KGI's well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today to investors released a research report, which pointed out that Apple's current daily production for iPhone X is less than 10,000 units, he expects it will lead to its high-end OLED models in a considerable For a long period of time in a "serious shortage" of the state.

Kuo said that this OLED iPhone output less than 10,000 per day is caused by the restrictions on the supply of components. Not only that, he also estimates that the iPhone X gold version will encounter some production problems, resulting in this version of the supply more tense, the early stage only small batch into the market, and even the golden version may be delayed into the market time, but other color version doesn’t have this problem.

In spite of this, the analyst believes that the delay will only have a very limited impact on Apple and its supply chain members. He mentioned in the report that the Golden version is expected to be a new color, new color should be deeper than the Rose Gold.

Due to component supply constraints, we estimate current production of the OLED iPhone at less than 10k units per day, which means the model will remain in severe short supply for a while. Furthermore, we estimate that the gold version of the OLED iPhone will encounter some production problems and will initially be available only in extremely low volume. There is even a chance that the gold version will go on sale at a later date than the other versions. However, we believe these shipment delays will have a limited impact on the shares of Apple and its supply chain members.

Whilst details about the unreleased iPhones are continue to trickle out from the iOS 11 Golden Master that was leaked on Friday, and the latest information, sourced from iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, confirms the RAM we can expect to see in the three devices.

The forthcoming 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus will both offer 3GB RAM, the same memories as current iPhone 7 Plus. While the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 will include 2GB RAM, the same memories as current iPhone 7. Apple to announce these new iPhones tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, alongside 4K Apple TV and LTE Apple Watch

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According to The Wall Street Journal report, Apple's upcoming OLED "iPhone 8" faced multiple production issues early in the manufacturing process, which is likely to result in "extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays." The production problems have led to a setback of "about a month" in Apple's manufacturing timetable, but Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up development and working to hire new employees.

Today's report is nothing new with previous iPhone models delay report. As KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo being said for months that he expects the iPhone 8 will be hard to come by until early 2018, and we've heard several rumors pointing towards problems with the display lamination process and other high-tech components like the 3D sensor embedded at the front of the device. The Wall Street Journal pointed out that OLED assembly is the main reason for the delay.

Apple and its suppliers also ran into trouble manufacturing the OLED displays. The display modules are being produced in Vietnam by an affiliate of Samsung Electronics. Unlike the OLED display module in Samsung's own smartphones, in which the display and touch panel are integrated, iPhone's display module has the touch panel outside of the display, according to a person familiar with the technology.

The iPhone manufacturing process requires more steps and more layers of adhesive and protective film than are involved in Samsung's manufacturing process, the person familiar with the process said, creating a greater risk of manufacturing error.

The report also goes on with relay information we report yesterday: which a possible $1000 base price for the OLED model due to component costs, an OLED display for the first time. And even goes on several prior rumors suggested facial recognition technology for biometric security, and updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus form factor.

Customers are hoping to get an iPhone 8 as soon as possible, and they will want to pre-order the device right when it goes on sale. It's not entirely clear yet if the iPhone 8 will be available shortly after being introduced on September 12 or if the supply issues will lead Apple to delay shipments beyond September.

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According to a new research note shared with investors this morning, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chu Kuo says OLED iPhone panel supply is "controlled wholly by Samsung," with Samsung likely charging Apple $120 to $130 per OLED panel module, which is approximately $75 more than the 5.5-inch LCD module price of $45 to $55 for "Plus" sized iPhones.

Kuo details the structure of the new iPhone’s display which hw expects to include a flexible OLED panel, an OLED touch panel, a 3D Touch module, as well as an OLED panel module. The report also believes Samsung will be responsible for providing each OLED part with the only exception in the stack being the 3D Touch module.

OLED displays being provided by a single manufacturer may also explains some of the rumors we've heard about manufacturing difficulties and supply constraints. With that being said, Kuo explain that Apple most needs to find another company that can supply OLED displays, and Apple is making an effort to do so. Apple is said to be investing billions in LG's OLED smartphone production with the goal of eventually securing 45,000 panels per month for future iPhones starting in 2019.

When speaking to 3D Touch module, this is the one part of the display stack Samsung doesn’t touch, KGI believes the pressure sensitive display technology is likely why Apple is believed to have abandoned Touch ID on the OLED iPhone. While Apple's initial goal is to embed Touch ID under the display, so the analyst think that the OLED sensor could bring adverse scanning performance.

Apple is expected to debut a radically redesigned iPhone that features an OLED of an edge-to-edge display, a vertical rear camera, a facial recognition system that eventually replaces Touch ID, a much-improved processor, and wireless charging functionalities. Alongside the OLED iPhone, Apple is also expected to announce 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Series at September 12 Events at Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, as Apple heats up for its original television and film content, the company now reportedly intent looking to land film distribution rights to the James Bond film franchise. Apple, Amazon, and Warner Bros. are sparring over production rights for future films.

Sony's distribution rights for James Bond films ended with the release of the latest entry, 2015's Spectre, which causing to multiple studios and companies competing for rights. The sources are close to the deal saying that Apple and Amazon are willing to spend "in the same ballpark" as the Warner Bros. "If not much more," in addition to these companies, Universal and Fox are also pursuing franchises in order to reinforce their respective streaming business

It is said that the deal includes the streaming rights to the entire James Bond film back catalogue, and may even include "the future of the franchise". It’s also not exactly clear what Apple would do with the rights, as the package likely extends far beyond just film and TV and ventures into apps and other types of digital media. In the recent James Bond news, Daniel Craig confirmed that he would re-play the role in a future movie

But the emergence of Apple — which is considered such a viable competitor that Warners is now pressing MGM hard to close a deal — and Amazon shows that the digital giants consider Bond one of the last untapped brands (like a Marvel, Pixar or Lucasfilm) that could act as a game-changer in the content space. Apple’s and Amazon’s inclusion in the chase would indicate that more is on the table than film rights, including the future of the franchise if MGM will sell or license out for the right price.

Leading Apple’s negotiations are Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, the two former Sony Pictures executives who recently joined Apple to lead its original content efforts. It’s unclear how much Apple is willing to spend specifically, but the franchise is said to be worth anywhere from $2 billion to $5 billion while Apple’s Hollywood war chest for the next twelve months is worth a reported $1 billion.

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