‘iPhone Edition’ Said to Have Polished Stainless Steel Frame Similar to Apple Watch, Vertical Camera for VR

Apple’s widely rumored iPhone with an OLED display will feature a polished stainless steel enclosure sandwiched between front and back glass, says Japanese blog Mac Otakara. That’s the same iPhone 4-like design that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has expected since last year.

“iPhone Edition” render by Japanese blog Mac Otakara


The blog claims the so-called “iPhone Edition” will use an improved version of the Apple Watch’s stainless steel enclosure. It also says the smartphone, more commonly dubbed “iPhone 8” for now, will have a conventionally flat OLED display with 2.5D cover glass along the edges, as rumored previously.

As seen in a few renders over the past few weeks, the report claims the “iPhone Edition” will be equipped with a vertically-aligned iSight Duo camera on the rear for VR shooting purposes. Accordingly, when the iPhone is used in a VR headset, the cameras would be positioned horizontally as is customary.

Meanwhile, the tentatively named iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to be slightly thicker than the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, meaning that some existing cases and accessories might not fit the newer models. From a cosmetic standpoint, however, those smartphones are expected to look similar.

Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017)
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Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 10.3.2 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the second iOS 10.3.2 beta and three weeks after introducing iOS 10.3, which included features like a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. Apple has also released a minor iOS 10.3.1 update, which focused on security improvements.

Registered developers can download the third iOS 10.3.2 beta from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.



Apple doesn’t typically provide detailed release notes for its iOS updates, so we don’t yet know what features, improvements, or bug fixes might be coming in iOS 10.3.2, aside from some fixes for SiriKit car commands, outlined in the release notes for the first beta.

As a minor 10.x.x update, we can expect iOS 10.3.2 to offer bug fixes and performance improvements rather than outward-facing features. No notable features were found in the first two betas, but if anything new is found in the third iOS 10.3.2 beta, we’ll update this post.

Update: Beta 3 is also available for members of Apple’s public beta testing program.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update to developers, one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.4, which introduced Night Shift for the Mac.

The third beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.



According to the release notes accompanying the beta, the update “improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”

Apple’s release notes don’t often provide a lot of insight into what’s included in new beta software, so we don’t know what features or bug fixes might be included in the 10.12.5 update.

No notable changes or major bug fixes were discovered in the first two betas, but should anything pop up in the third macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta, we’ll update this post.

Update: Beta 3 is also out for public beta testers.

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iPhone 8 Without Touch ID Doubtfully Called One ‘Likely Option’ if Apple Can’t Place It Under Display

Apple may be forced to eliminate Touch ID from the tentatively named “iPhone 8” altogether if it cannot resolve issues with integrating the fingerprint sensor underneath the smartphone’s display within the next month or so, according to Andy Hargreaves, equity research analyst at Pacific Crest Securities.

“iPhone X” concept by designer Gabor Balogh


Hargreaves isn’t the first analyst to think Apple could do away with Touch ID, but the move seems unlikely even as a last-ditch scenario. Touch ID is at the core of Apple Pay, and it appears much more likely that 3D facial or iris recognition would complement rather than replace fingerprint sensing.

A more likely option fielded by Hargreaves is that Apple could delay “iPhone 8” production until its under-display fingerprint sensor solution is ready.

An excerpt from his research note obtained by MacRumors:

Likely options for Apple include a delay of production or elimination of fingerprint sensing on the OLED iPhone. We believe Apple continues to work on solving its optical fingerprint issues. If it’s able to solve the problems in the next month or so, it would likely place volume orders at that point. This would likely lead to a delay of the OLED iPhone launch, but we would not expect it to meaningfully affect volume for the cycle. If it’s not able to fix the problems in that time frame, Apple may be forced to eliminate fingerprint sensing from the OLED iPhone altogether.

At this point, Hargreaves does not believe Apple’s optical fingerprint module provider has received firm orders for production, which to him suggests that Apple does not have functionality of the optical fingerprint sensor ready. Additionally, he said Apple has evaluated and passed on Synaptics’ optical fingerprint solution.

Last week, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said Apple is facing yield issues with its AuthenTec-based under-display fingerprint sensor solution. He too speculated that Apple could remove Touch ID, but he believes it’s more likely that Apple will put Touch ID on the back of the iPhone or delay production.

If Touch ID were to be removed, Hargreaves said that would place significant pressure on unproven 3D sensing to replace the verification functionality that fingerprints currently provide. However, he said Apple’s 3D sensing production appears on track, and could be a viable alternative to fingerprints.

Suppliers suggest that the solution is both fast and highly reliable, even in low-light scenarios or from odd angles. If this proves accurate, reliance solely on 3D sensing for biometric login and verification could be a viable and innovative replacement for the highly popular fingerprint sensor.

In February, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the “iPhone 8” will feature a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system with infrared for fully-featured 3D sensing capabilities. The advancements will enable the camera to determine the location and depth of objects placed in front of it.

Pacific Crest Securities maintains a $150 price target for AAPL with an overweight rating.

Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017)
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Instagram Introduces New Organizational Tool for Saved Posts Called ‘Collections’

Four months after giving its users the ability to save posts to view them later, Instagram today announced a new update that will allow for more organization within saved posts. Called “Collections,” users on iOS and Android can now place any Instagram post they’ve saved into specific categories, so it’s even easier to revisit them later.



Now when users save a post using the bookmark icon, they can choose to add it to one of their own previously made collections, or create a new one. To get to saved posts and collections, visit your own profile tab and then tap the bookmark icon. Saved posts and collections are private, and can only be viewed by the person who has saved them.

According to Instagram, 46 percent of its users have saved at least one post since December. The company said that the best ideas for creating saved posts and collections include: planning a vacation, keeping a visual memory of your favorite Instagrammer’s artwork, or having a funny animal video always at the ready.

Instagram is available on the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Apple Shares Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Apple has posted a Mother’s Day gift guide on its website with many of its usual suggestions, ranging from the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to the Apple Watch Series 2 and BeatsX wireless earphones.



The gift guide also groups accessories into four categories: What’s New, Creativity, Health & Fitness, and Headphones & Speakers.

Mother’s Day is May 14 in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, and many other countries around the world.

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Al Gore and Lisa Jackson to Discuss ‘Climate Optimism’ at Apple Store in San Francisco This Week

Apple has announced that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Apple’s environmental chief Lisa Jackson will be hosting a “climate optimism” discussion at its Union Square retail store in San Francisco on Wednesday.



The duo will also share their insight on Earth Day initiatives, Apple’s ongoing commitment to the environment, and ways that people can have an impact on climate and the environment through positive actions.

The free event begins on April 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Apple is accepting a limited number of reservations on its website.

(Thanks, Ryker!)

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Steve Wozniak Looks Toward Apple in 2075, Visits Apple Museum Exhibit in Seattle

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has given his thoughts on what Apple might look like some 60 years in the future, stating in an interview that he believes his former employer, as well as Google and Facebook, will be even bigger in 2075. The comment comes from an interview Wozniak gave in preparation for the Silicon Valley Comic Con, which this year is themed as “The Future of Humanity: Where Will We Be in 2075?” (via USA Today).

Wozniak said Apple’s ability to “invest in anything” is one of the reasons the company will still be around in 2075. The former Apple executive also pointed towards Apple’s iPhone — which he equates to granting users “more power than Superman” — to explain why the company won’t be going away any time soon.

Paul Allen and Steve Wozniak

“She has more power in her hand than Superman,” Wozniak, broadly smiling, says, pointing at a colleague’s iPhone. “To make such strides in computing… It shows you how exciting the future can be.”

“Apple will be around a long time, like IBM (which was founded in 1911),” Wozniak said in an interview. “Look at Apple’s cash ($246.1 billion, as of the end of its last fiscal quarter). It can invest in anything. It would be ridiculous to not expect them to be around (in 2075). The same goes for Google and Facebook.”

Even though Wozniak stuck to SVCC’s 2075 theme, he admitted that when Apple Computers began in 1976, its founders — including Steve Jobs — assumed that the company would last forever.

Wozniak recently celebrated those early days of Apple by visiting the just-opened “Apple Computer Exhibit” at Living Computers: Museum + Lab in Seattle, Washington. At an event marking the opening last week, Wozniak met one of the museum’s founders, Paul Allen — who is also a Microsoft co-founder — for the first time. Wozniak said that he’s felt Allen’s influence since the early days of Apple, tweeting out, “that’s what doing things first is about.”

The first two decades of Apple are on display at the exhibit in Seattle, and it includes a working Apple 1 computer that visitors can interact with. Lath Carlson, the museum’s executive director, expects the Apple-specific exhibit to run for the next decade, giving those interested plenty of time to visit the museum.

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Apple May Replace Your Broken Fourth-Gen iPad With an iPad Air 2 Where Necessary

Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers now have the option of replacing a customer’s broken fourth-generation iPad with an iPad Air 2, according to an internal memo distributed by Apple last week.



An excerpt of the memo obtained by MacRumors:

Starting March 30, iPad 4th generation whole unit repairs may be substituted to iPad Air 2 models. Apple’s repair and order management tool will indicate for each repair if a substitution will take place. Please note the substitute part’s color and capacity to ensure the customer understands what their replacement iPad whole unit will be.

The fourth-generation iPad was released in November 2012, so when a customer needs a replacement model, it’s likely easier now for Apple to just give them a newer and more widely available iPad Air 2 in most cases.

Not every broken fourth-generation iPad will be replaced with an iPad Air 2. The decision will ultimately be decided on a case-by-case basis, likely depending upon availability of each tablet in the affected customer’s region.

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New Renderings Show an ‘iPhone 8’ Design With Full-Front Display and Minimal Bezels All Around

Days after a claimed 3D design drawing of the upcoming “iPhone 8” appeared, frequent Weibo leaker KK has shared a different dimensional drawing and renderings showing a device that is somewhat smaller in size than the previous leak. The veracity of the new drawing can not be confirmed, but KK has on several occasions shared accurate details about previous devices.



This new iPhone 8 leak shows a device that measures 137.54 mm tall by 67.54 mm wide, nearly identical to the iPhone 7‘s 138.3 mm x 67.1 mm body. The thickness of the iPhone 8 is not shown on the drawing.

According to the diagram, the iPhone 8’s display measures 5.768 inches on the diagonal and will indeed cover nearly the entire front of the device. There appears to be only a 4 mm bezel around all four sides of the display, with over half of that being the 2.5D curved glass at the edges and the remainder appearing to be the device’s frame around the sides.

The drawing shows a narrow earpiece at the top of the device’s front, with various cameras, sensors, and other components on either side of the earpiece. Those components would likely include a front-facing camera, small microphone hole, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and the rumored 3D sensor.

All of these components appear to be embedded within the display area itself, and while the accompanying rendered mockups based on the drawing show the earpiece appearing as a physical slit within the display area, the camera and other sensors are not depicted and it is unclear how they would appear in reality.



With the display filling the entire front of the device, there is no dedicated Home button and thus no visible Touch ID sensor. Apple has been rumored to be trying to build Touch ID into the iPhone’s display, but the company has reportedly been struggling with perfecting the technology and thus could resort to putting the sensor on the rear of the device. One of the renderings shows the rear of the device with no obvious dedicated Touch ID sensor, although there is no corresponding dimensional drawing of the rear.

Notably, the rendering of the rear of the alleged iPhone 8 again shows a vertical dual camera, this time with the LED flash placed between the two cameras. As Ben Bajarin points out, the increased separation of the two lenses would help with augmented reality and 3D features, allowing for a greater difference in perspective.

iDrop News and Benjamin Geskin posted their own mockups showing a very similar design a few days ago, but it is unclear whether the two batches of renderings are based on the same original source information or if one set’s creator was working from the other.

It is still early in the rumor cycle for detailed design leaks, so readers should continue to take information like this with a grain of salt until the information begin to solidify around a single specific design, but given KK’s history of leaks this one is worth considering as a possibility.

Update: The drawing and renderings shared by KK appear to have originated on ifanr, and Geskin has confirmed his renderings are based on the same drawing.

Related Roundup: iPhone 8 (2017)
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