According to a new investor's note shared by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says that Apple will introduce three new iPhones, new iPad Pro with Face ID feature, an updated version of Mac Mini, new MacBook models.

First of all, Kuo claims that there are three iPhones in the works, two of them are OLED models, and one is the lower-cost LED model that will be available in a 6.1-inch size. All of these will feature Face ID and upgraded A12 processors. However, like iPhone 8, the cheaper version will still ship with a single-rear lens camera.

Secondly, the analyst expects two new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will be introducing this fall, they are equipped with a full-screen design similar to the iPhone X and no Home button and feature Face ID. Since iOS beta 2 was released to developers and beta testers, they have found that iPhone X gestures brought to the iPads.

When it comes to Mac lineups, Kuo says Mac products like Mac mini, MacBook models, and MacBook Pro models will receive a new processor upgrade. He believes that Apple will also likely announce new lower-cost MacBook to replace the existing Air lineups.

Finally, Apple is said to be working on two new Apple Watch models for 2018 release. These models will have bigger displays and enhanced heart rate detection features. Kuo predicts that second-generation of AirPods and AirPower to launch alongside three new iPhones.

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It seems like all of the major smartphone manufacturers are embracing full-screen on their smartphones. The “foldable phone” topic apparently is going away. However, this does not mean that manufacturers have given up the possibility of this form of design. Apple, for example, just filed a new patent application for its future foldable iPhones.

Described as "Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays." The patent was originally filed on June 8, 2016, which refers to a transparent display that uses a "grooves or other recesses" to bend in the middle, so when you fold the screen, it will get thinned on the display layer.

In order to prevent such designs from causing severe damage to the screen, the patent discusses the use of "elastic materials, fluids and other materials" to fill the recessed areas in the middle.

Do you look forward to the foldable iPhone? Let’s us know in the comment section below!

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According to documents submitted to the Northern District of California, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation accused Apple's former employee Xiaolang Zhang of stealing trade secrets this week. (Via MacRumors)

Apple hired Zhang in December 2015 for the Titan Project, who is responsible for developing the hardware and software used in self-driving cars. Zhang was assigned to Apple's computing team to design and test boards to analyze sensor data. As a result, he has access to a secure and confidential internal database containing the trade secrets and intellectual property rights of the project that was last stolen.

In April of this year, Zhang returned to China on the grounds of maternity leave, and then told the supervisor to leave and join the startup XMotors, a Chinses startup focused on self-driving. Apple's new product security team then intervened in the survey, not only checking the history of its network activities, but also analyzing the Apple devices that were handed in when they left.

They found that before Zhang left the company, his online activities grew exponentially compared to his first two years at the compaany. Through Apple's surveillance video, Zhang came to Apple on April 28th (Saturday) night to enter the self-driving software and hardware lab, which accorded time and data download, and carry a box of hardware products when leaving.

After the digital forensic investigation team found that at least 60% of the data downloaded by Zhang were delivered to his wife's laptop was "highly problematic," Apple handed over all of the evidence to the FBI. The FBI describes this information in court documents as "largely technical in nature, including engineering schematics, technical reference manuals, and technical reports"

At the end of June this year, he accepted the FBI's inquiry and admitted to stealing confidential information, and then was arrested on July 7 when he tried to return to China. Due to the theft of Apple's trade secrets, Zhang will be face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The App Store launched on July 10, 2008, exactly ten years from now. Since its launch, the App Store has changed the way how we working, learning, teaching, socializing, etc. From day one, it created many significant changes to the society we had.

In 2007, the first generation of the iPhone was born, the multi-touch screen made it amazing. But even then, the phone was just a niche product. Only til July 10, 2008, which App Store was launched, even though there were only 500 apps, it opened a new era of smartphone apps.

The emergence of App Store demolished the monopoly of big companies on the software industry, so small businesses and individual developers can also get a platform for app distribution and profit from it. Furthermore, it also has greatly motivated developers and helped Apple establish an iOS ecosystem.

Currently, the App Store has been launched in 155 countries and regions, with more than 1 billion users. According to Appfigures, at the end of last year, the number of apps in the App Store topped 2 million. If we say the iPhone changes the shape of the smartphone, then the App Store allows the app to change the way we use smartphones.

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As we are getting closer to the days of the release of the new iPhones, rumors and research notes about the new iPhones are starting to fire up. Analysts from BlueFin Research said that Apple will discontinue iPhone SE and iPhone X this year because Apple has turned its attention to the new "iPhone 9, iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Plus".

The iPhone X would presumably be discontinued in Q3 of this year, and the cheaper “iPhone SE” would also go away.

The analyst predicts that this year's new iPhones will have a batch of "pent-up demand" due to "the lack of upgrades activity over the past few years." So he suspected that Apple will produce 91 million iPhone units in the next two quarters. In addition, Apple will continue to produce more than 92 million units in the first and second quarters of 2018. 

In terms of shipments, analysts forecast that in the next four quarters, Apple will be shipping 20 million, 60 million, 45 million and 40 million units. Analysts believe that "iPhone 11 Plus" will please users who think the iPhone X screen is too small, and "iPhone 9" will cater to those who are sensitive to price.

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Apple today released the iOS 11.4.1 software update, which is the fifteenth update for iOS 11 since its release in September last year. Today's iOS 11.4.1 may be the last release of iOS 11. To download iOS 11.4.1 on all eligible devices, go to the Settings app - General - Software Update.

This is a minor update that fixes various bugs that occurred to follow the release of iOS 11.4 as it did not include any new features. According to Apple's release note, it improves the reliability of syncing mail, contacts, and notes with Microsoft's Exchange accounts, and it introduced USB Restricted Mode to prevent hacking tools from unlocking iOS devices.

Apple today also released the watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1 update. watchOS 4.3.1 can be updated via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Whilst tvOS 11.4.1 can be updated through Apple TV's Settings app - Software Update. watchOS 4.3.2 mainly fixes bugs and improves performance, same goes for tvOS 11.4.1.

Apple delivered a big pile of software updates this morning, with the company later today finally came up with macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, which brought "AirPlay 2" feature to iTunes, likewise it improved the stability and security of the Mac. Apple recommends that all users install this update in the Update page of the App Store app.

According to Business Insider, the latest research from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the iPhone is the most common symbol of wealth, as the paper is from the University of Chicago economists, Marianne Bertrand and Emir Kamenica.

The study found that no single independent brand can predict "high income" people more than owning an iPhone. The paper writes, “Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone in 2016.”

The research said that “owning an iPhone” gave researchers a 68.1% chance of correctly inferring that their owners belonged to the “high-income” category, in which they described as “being in the top quartile of income for households of that type.”

In addition, the study also found that having an iPad is also a good sign of wealth, slightly lower than the iPhone, which is at 66.9%. As for owning an Android device, it’s said to be at 59.5%.

The paper's data are collected from Mediamark Research Intelligence, with the sample size of 6394. If you are interested, you can find the study here.

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