iPhone 8 To Cost Less Than $1000, Display Size Smaller Than Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

#iPhone8 #GalaxyS8 – iPhone 8 To Cost Less Than $1000, Display Size Smaller Than Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus : The price of the 10th anniversary iPhone has been widely rumored to hit four figures at retail due to high-end features like the OLED display and 3D sensors. However, one analyst believes Apple’s iPhone 8 will cost slightly higher than the iPhone 7s and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus but less than $1000.

Steven Milunovich of UBS estimates that this year’s iPhone will only have a $70- to $90-increase in construction over its predecessor, the iPhone 7 Plus (presumably the 32GB variant). That should come in at a sticker price between $850 and $900 for consumers. He believes that a $1000 price tag would hamper purchase volumes, noting that despite the mostly fallacious notion of an Apple Tax, the tech giant sells its devices “quite competitively” in markets it enters.

“We think an $870 price would be accretive to EPS but dilutive to gross margin, a dynamic Apple has said it would accept,” UBS stated in its note, per CNBC. Accordingly, a 256GB model will be available between $950 and $1,000. For comparison, the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus retails for $970 while Samsung’s flagships Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is sold for $720 and $840, respectively.

‘Display Size Disadvantage’

Aside from the fact that the Cupertino-based company rarely offers its products significantly higher than its closest rival, the iPhone 2017 is also expected to sport a much smaller display, contrary to rumors that it’ll come with the same screen size as the Galaxy S8.

“Apple’s top model will be at a display size disadvantage to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus. We still think Apple will choose to price its top model relative to Samsung’s top model but remain cautious on how much higher Apple could ultimately go on price given a smaller display,” Milunovich wrote. The OLED iPhone will likely have a 5.2-inch display, compared to the 5.8-inch screen of Samsung Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch of the S8 Plus.

On the other hand, Apple will likely pack the handset with a variety of things that will set it apart from the Korean company’s flagship, including a 3D camera and a fingerprint sensor embedded into the display. This should help the iPhone maker explain away a marginal price difference, without getting the device to retail at $1,000.

Other features for the next iPhone include wireless charging, USB-C, and AR support. But, but those are yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, UBS also believes a decrease in price for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus by around $100 per model. This is said to give a wider range of prices without any significant jumps from the newly refreshed iPhone SE to the iPhone 8. Milunovich claims this would give the tech giant a better toe-hold in China which has poor demand for the former model.

Apple iPhone 2017 Production

As a result of this pricing, the analyst predicts that 45 percent of the 2018 shipments will be the new iPhone. This parallels market analyst TrendForce’s earlier forecast that iPhone 8 numbers this year will amount to more than 40 percent of the total sales figures.

Unfortunately, the company remains tight-lipped about iPhone 7’s successor to date. However, rumors are rife that it’ll commence mass production with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company this month.

 While Apple seems way ahead of its schedule, there are still talks that it will release the iPhone 8 in limited quantities this September. The official release of the phone is said to come much later in the year. Apart from iPhone 8, another analyst claims there are two more iPhones coming this year. According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, these will be the update of the current iteration, the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
Source : Thebitbag

Apple Leak Reveals iPhone Upgrades, Full Spectral Sensing To Be Added

#Apple #iPhone – Apple Leak Reveals iPhone Upgrades, Full Spectral Sensing To Be Added : The 2017 iPhones will bring in the most drastic change ever made to the brand. The most recently leaked data revealed that there is no way fans would be able to see the iPhones the same way again. Apparently, 2017 iPhones will boast of a new screen technology that will ultimately change the smartphones’ entire look.

The data came from financial services company Barclays, who revealed that the next generation iPhones will sport “full spectral sensing”. This includes the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 8. Additionally, the technology will bring in iPad Pro’s “True Tone” technology to the 2017 smartphones.

2017 iPhones’ True Tone Technology

Apple explains this iPad Pro technology as the use of advanced 4-channel ambient light sensors. This will automatically adapt the color of the display to match the environment’s current lighting. Forbes describes this as a “fantastic technology” and could be even more necessary for the iPhones compared to the iPads considering the fact that the phones are smaller and harder to stare at for longer hours.

2017 iPhones’ Drawback

Nevertheless, this also comes with some bad news. As per Barclays, this step up in component could increase the phones’ cost to over 60 percent on both the LCD and OLED equipped smartphones. Take note that the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will allegedly sport LCD displays while the iPhone 8 or the anniversary iPhone will come with OLED display.

This supports past predictions that the iPhone 8 could likely be no less than $1000 in price. Considering the fact that Apple was able to drastically increase the price of the MacBook Pro last year, it is already clear that the company is in no way afraid to change prices.

Needless to say, this might also explain the rumor that Apple won’t release the iPhone 8 together with the 7S and 7S Plus. As per the rumors, the 7S and 7S Plus will go first this September and the iPhone 8 will follow by the end of the year. This will allow people to just settle with the less expensive regular iPhones or take the extra time to save up for the super-premium iPhone 8.

Apple is Using TrueClear Pro To Put On iPhone Screen Protectors

#iPhone #TrueClearPro – Apple is Using TrueClear Pro To Put On iPhone Screen Protectors  : Apple Stores in Japan offering screen protector installations for Apple devices using dedicated TrueClear Pro machines made by Belkin. The prices for this, ranges from 2,180 yen to 4,280 yen (about $19 to $37) depending on material and size of the device.

According to Mac Otakara, Apple Store employees in Japan have received specialized Belkin-branded tool, TrueClear Pro, for installing the iPhone screen protectors’ in-store, confirming a report from earlier today.

The company has made partnership with Belkin to offer its ScreenCare + Anti-Glare and InvisiGlass screen protectors to its customers. The Anti-Glare version offers Improved Visibility, Protection, and is Ultra-Thin. The InvisiGlass version is made from Flexible Glass is Strong, Natural, and Ultra-Thin.

InvisiGlass Screen Protectors are having a uniform molecular structure which preserves the vibrant color, resonance and clarity of your screen with virtually no distortion so you can enjoy the brilliancy of each and every pixel. With TrueClear Pro the concentrated elastic bonding in the breakthrough material eliminates the friction causes drag, which gives you the exact same touch-sensitivity and glide as the naked screen itself.

The process of applying the glass protector to the Apple’s device appears to be straightforward, leaving little room for user error. Belkin’s setup is basically a plastic clamshell case with alignment guides cut specifically for iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus handsets. A person situates an iPhone on one side of the TrueClear Pro and the protector on the other. Closing the device brings both pieces together, at which time the protector’s wrapping can be removed to expose the product’s glue layer, as a result bonding it to an iPhone’s screen.

The TrueClear Pro machine is designed to work with Belkin’s first-party protectors and save on material costs by decreasing the possibility of protector misalignment. If a customer is unhappy with the result, Apple is expected to try again with another protector, free of charge. The process is reflected in Belkin’s own customer service policies as mentioned on the company’s FAQ webpage.

Apple’s price is 2,180 or 4,280 JPY (about $19 to $37 USD). Have a look at the video below to see how the screen protector is applied on using TrueClear Pro machine.

Source : Enstarz

iPhone X Release Date May Come In Earlier Than iPhone 8

#iPhoneX #iPhone8 – iPhone X Release Date May Come In Earlier Than iPhone 8 : There is no doubt that this year’s iPhone is going to be huge as Apple is celebrating the handset’s 10th year anniversary. Of course, consumers are highly-anticipating the launch of the iPhone 8, which might take place in late third quarter of 2017. However, rumor has it that iPhone X will hit the stores even before iPhone 8 does.

For quite some time now, there have been several speculations that the next iPhone will be dubbed as “iPhone X.” Should that be the case, then customers should not expect iPhone 8 to roll out for it will be launched with a different name. But, there are new theories that the two handsets will be different from each other and the former will be hitting the stores earlier than the latter one.

“iPhone X” clearly is the handset that will represent the 10th year anniversary of the phone. With the roman numeral for 10 included in its name, without a doubt, it is the handset Apple will release for the occasion. If the Cupertino-based company really wants to celebrate the anniversary right, iPhone X will be expected to hit roll out earlier than iPhone 8.

Customers can recall that the very first iPhone was launched in June 2007. Its successors, on the other hand, were released every third quarter of the year, mostly September. This somehow indicates that iPhone X, the 10th anniversary handset of Apple, will hit the stores in June this year. While for iPhone 8, consumers should expect a September launch.

iPhone X or iPhone 8 Specs

As of writing, it is not yet clear whether the two handsets are the same or different. However, there several rumors already that have surfaced online about the specs of the next iPhone. According to Express UK, the handset will come with a dual-curved OLED display alongside an all-glass design. It will as well have an improved dual-camera setup with no physical Home Button.

Aside from these rumored specs, it seems like the power of Siri will be improved as well. During Apple’s quarterly earnings call earlier this week, CEO Tim Cook shared some parts of his private life. He shared how helpful Siri in making his life at home easier. “Now, when I say ‘Good Morning’ to Siri, my house lights come on and my coffee starts brewing. When I go to the living room to relax in the evening, I use Siri to adjust the lighting and turn on the fireplace,” Cook shared.

Now, the CEO mentioned that he talked about home automation because the enterprise use is growing. And when they look at all these things, he said, “We’ve got exciting things in the pipeline and I feel really good about it.” Let us all wait and see as to how great Siri’s improvements will be.

Source : Thebitbag

Apple Starts Rolling Out Updated iOS 10.3 Public Beta 2 for Developers

#iOS #iOS10 – Apple Starts Rolling Out Updated iOS 10.3 Public Beta 2 for Developers : Apple is reported to have just very recently started rolling out the iOS 10.3 public beta 2 that will apparently be made available to everyone in a matter of weeks. This update seemingly emanated nearly two weeks after Apple released the initial iOS 10.3.

According to 9To5Mac, Apple is rolling out the second iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The following are apparently included in the forthcoming software update: Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and many more.

Allegedly, iOS 10.3 is presently only available in beta for registered developers and public beta testers. And subsequently, the public beta version of each update usually follows a few days after the developer version and sometimes comes the same day.

In addition, the post further added that iOS 10.3 is the first version to include Find My AirPods in the Find My iPhone app. Also, allegedly included is Wi-Fi Calling for iCloud-connected devices for Verizon customers. The public beta version ostensibly contains a new 32-bit alert that suggests the iOS could be 64-bit only.

Apple will apparently also introduce a way for developers to reply to app reviews with iOS 10.3, and a new system-wide app review request feature will be added. iOS 10.3 also includes iCloud Analytics for the first time.

According to The Apple Post some of the iOS 10.3 updates includes Siri support for cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. The weather icon in the Maps app has reportedly a 3D touch to show hourly forecasts. CarPlay status bar apparently has been updated to have a speedy access to media, communication, and travel apps for quick switching without accessing the Home screen. It is said that it can also gain quick access to albums from songs in Music, the new Up Next screen.

Source : enstarz

iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Code Tool For Yalu, Pangu Release Date News

#iOS10 #iOS – iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Code Tool For Yalu, Pangu Release Date News : Most Apple users have already been enjoying the Yalu Jailbreak for iOS 10.2. Although iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners are not yet enjoying the tool, recent news claim that it will be available to them soon. On the other hand, there are some key notes you need to know about the tool that will make you understand more how to properly use it.

First thing to know is that the tool called Yalu102 is semi-untethered, as per Telegiz. Meaning, users should repeat the jailbreak process every time they reboot or restart their devices. Also, creator Luca Todesco mentioned that those who have upgraded their devices to 10.2.1 will no longer enjoy the service.

Todesco also warned users to not upgrade to the latest update. According to the hacker, it will fix many bugs and will make iOS 10 impossible to jailbreak. This advice comes after the fact that in updating, your device will become more safe and secure. Obviously, only those who want their device to be jailbroken should follow this advice.

Before upgrading, users should save the SHSH2 blobs for iOS 10.2. Todesco shared that it will allow users to downgrade and upgrade the firmware via Prometheus. This information is certainly a good news for those who want to have an upgrade but also want to enjoy the Yalu Jailbreak for iOS 10.2.

Now, with regard to the iOS jailbreak tweaks, University Herald noted that it includes Wormhole and Gorgone. Immortal, Instalauncher, Stealth Cam, Touch Pass and Horseshoe are also covered. The wormhole will add configurable 3D Touch actions while Immortal will prevent iOS apps expiration. Stealth Cam will allow users to take photos and videos even if iPhone’s screen is off. Touch Pass, on the other hand, will disable the passcode Lock Screen, while the Horseshoe makes the Control Center look luxuriant.

Pangu’s iOS 10.2 Jailbreak

For the Chinese hacking group, they recently announced that they would release a jailbreak tool in less than a month. It may come after a major iOS update is released, which could be the upcoming iOS 3. However, the group failed to disclose as to when exactly the tool will arrive. As a result, there are speculations that it is again a false news.

Ever since iOS 10 rolled out, consumers have never heard anything from Pangu. It is probably because Apple has been really consistent in releasing patches for the system. This could have been the reason why the hacking group is having a hard time to crack the OS down. Hopefully, the recent news will be precise as customers have been waiting for it for quite some time.

How about you? Are you now enjoying the Yalu Jailbreak for iOS 10.2? Do you think Pangu would soon release a tool? Or is it another hoax?

Source : Thebitbag

MacBook Pro 2017: Early Rumors

#MacBookPro #MacBookPro2017 – MacBook Pro 2017: Early Rumors : Apple has just refreshed its MacBook Pro line a few months ago and the devices got mixed reactions from the crowd. Some people were amazed by the laptop’s new features while others don’t think that the price is fair enough for a laptop whose only touchable part is a bar and not an entire screen. Needless to say, there’s no perfection in any gadget especially when the criticism comes from hundreds or thousands of people. If you’re one of the people who love MacOS or if you’re one of those looking to give Apple’s laptop a chance, know that the MacBook Pro 2017 devices might be coming soon.

MacBook Pro 2017 Edition Hinted By MacOS Sierra

As per Mac Rumors, new generation MacBook Pro models have been hinted through the latest MacOS 10.12.4 beta. It was said that the next generation of the MacBook Pro will highly likely use Intel Kaby Lake processors. Reports regarding the Kaby Lake running MacBook Pro have circulated since the beginning of 2017. However, as per a Tech Radar report, the production may not start until the third quarter of this year.

MacBook Pro 2017, What’s Known So Far

Right now, not a lot of things have been revealed about the supposed MacBook Pro 2017 refresh. However, popular and reliable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo have predicted that Apple will refresh its MacBook Pro line later this year and bring in Kaby Lake processors and a new model with 32 GB RAM. However, the new 32 GB RAM model of the MacBook Pro 2017 may get a release date that’s a bit delayed from its other Kaby Lake-running siblings.

The analyst didn’t actually point out outright that the 32 GB RAM was for a MacBook Pro laptop. Nevertheless, rumors and predictions suggest that it will be. With that said, it will be interesting to see what else Apple has in store for the MacBook Pro 2017. Hopefully, the laptop line will get more positive responses this time. A more affordable price will also be a good addition although it’s fairly unlikely to happen.

Source : iTechpost

IPHONE 8 WILL HAVE EDGE TO EDGE CURVE OLED SCREEN

#iPhone #iPhone8 – IPHONE 8 WILL HAVE EDGE TO EDGE CURVE OLED SCREEN : The iPhone 8 is expected to be the most anticipated model that will soon be introduced by Apple. It has been a decade since the iPhone was first introduced by Apple but the enthusiasm it creates when a new version arrives still persists.

BGR reports that many sources confirm the curved OLED screen in an edgeless display will be the main feature of the iPhone 8. The new radical design will be in consonance with the new generation of smartphones that feature OLED display technology.

Speculations on what concept Apple will apply for the iPhone 8 is building up. Artists and designers continue to put out details on what they conceive and predict to be the features of the upcoming smartphone.

Many believe that the edge to edge curved OLED display will require the iPhone 8 to have higher resolution which translates to better viewing experience for its users. One of the latest iPhone concepts has been put together and published on YouTube for all interested persons to see.

The YouTube presentation shown here looks like a real Apple ad and it features how elegant and interesting the 2018 iPhone looks like with its edgeless display. The active bottom and top bezels look like they were patterned after the TouchBar of the MacBook Pro.

Besides showing a mock replica of the TouchBar, the video also shows how the different apps will work and look like on the new edgeless display of the iPhone 8. A larger display actually opens up lots of possibilities for apps to work better and many would-be users are excited to have the opportunity to try these on this phone.

Apple iPhones have lately been showing good sales and Apple hopes to release three more models this year. The iPhone 8 with its OLED display technology will likely be among those to be introduced. With the anticipated conceived features almost sure to hold true, the iPhone 8 will surely catch your attention.

Source : Autoworld

New Apple iPhone 8 Design Concept: Dual Screen Setup, With An All Glass Front Cover

#AppleiPhone #iPhone8 – New Apple iPhone 8 Design Concept: Dual Screen Setup, With An All Glass Front Cover : A new video was uploaded by ConceptsiPhone on YouTube that shows the rumored upcoming Apple iPhone 8 concept design and display. The rumored physical feature of the most awaited apple iPhone 8 looks very similar in the current iPhone 7 Plus, not until today that a new concept was revealed. In the video, the front part of the iPhone 8 device gets revealed and it becomes quite clear at how different this design and display could be.

New Apple iPhone 8 Design And Display Concept

The video released today by ConceptsiPhone shows off many interesting possibilities to happen as a preparation for Apple’s iPhone 10th year anniversary. According to 9to5Mac, the Apple iPhone 8 will move to an all glass design somewhat similar to iPhone 7 Plus with some addition of rumored features. It also shows that the display will cover the entire front of the most anticipated smartphone.

Mote aspects of the creative render include a rounded metal frame, a versatile Home button and a hat tip to the original Apple iPhone with the volume buttons and side switch design seemingly influenced by the original device. While the dynamic Home button reflects features and functions similar to the Touch Bar that can be seen on MacBook Pro. Another interesting aspect of the video are the transitions between the iPhone screens from back to back.

A tricky part of the video shown about halfway through the concept is the dual screen of the upcoming Apple iPhone 8. As reported by AppAdvice, the video can actually fool viewers at first thinking that there were 2 models being featured, the first one with “dual screens” and the other with a single screen. But as what many viewers pointed out in the comments section, it is really just one concept design and display and with just one screen

More Expected Features Of The Apple iPhone 8

The upcoming Apple iPhone 8 will include a new facial recognition feature that is supported by a laser sensor. The facial recognition or a new biometric sensor will replace the existing Touch ID and a flexible display with a new 3D Touch feature. It will also feature an enhanced Siri, inductive wireless charging instead of long-range and may have a larger OLED display. Rumors also suggested that Apple iPhone 8 will have flat sides with curved edges.

Source : itechpost

The Best Expected iOS 11 Features: iMessaging Android, Guest Mode & A More Natural Siri

#iOS11 #Siri – The Best Expected iOS 11 Features: iMessaging Android, Guest Mode & A More Natural Siri : There are high expectations this year for Apple, as 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone – a device that arguably revolutionized how the public uses and understands smartphones. And while there has been a lot of talks about the upcoming iPhone 8, there is another aspect that should be discussed. The Cupertino-based company is expected to roll out its next major operating system update as well, which will introduce exciting new features to the iPhone experience.

Though nothing has been made official, Forbes reports that iOS 11 is expected to roll out to the public in September. The actual announcement, however, may be made as early as June, during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. And since the iPhone 8 is expected to launch within the same time frame, the releases will complement each other nicely.

The speculations regarding the iOS 11 features have been going around for quite some time now and have been highly anticipated by the public. However, the Cupertino-based company is estimated to be saving its best ideas for the anniversary iPhone. This would mean that there is no better time to truly welcome several innovations than now.

One of the biggest possible features is extending iMessaging to Android. This would allow Apple users to interact with Android users in a way that has until now been restricted. There are several features in iMessage that have not been copied by other messaging apps, so the idea of this extension is a welcome one.

It might be argued that this will not work as iMessage is exclusive to iOS. However, the publication notes that BlackBerry previously released BBM for both iOS and Android. Furthermore, it is possible to set Google Hangouts as the default messaging application for Android. The possibility of inputting iMessage into a Samsung, LG or Google device is not an impossible one.

The next possible feature is not foreign to Apple. For a while now, educational institutions have been using Managed Apple IDs, which allow several people to use just one Apple device – the most common of which are iPads. The guest mode may be extended to the iPhone 8 this year via iOS 11, which would allow owners more privacy despite lending their devices to other people.

The guest mode will theoretically provide non-owners access to basic functions such as calling or surfing the web. However, it will not provide details it would normally provide the owner such as call history or browser history. It can also be extended to text messages and saved passwords.

Siri is also slated to get an upgrade this year. Apple has invested a lot into its version of a virtual assistant, even setting up a separate team in Cambridge, England, that works solely to improve her. The team is reportedly working on making Siri sound more nature, as well as providing the same with the skills to control popular third-party applications such as Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.

But while iOS 11 will undoubtedly introduce the market to several new features and improvements, it will also mean the end of 32-bit applications. As 9to5Mac reports, iOS 9 already included a warning to users that 32-bit apps would slow down the device’s performance. The same support might no longer be seen with Apple’s next major OS update.

Source: Itechpost