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Apple and AT&T activate LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service by Loon Balloon

Apple and AT&T activate LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service by Loon Balloon Apple, AT&T, the FCC and Alphabet’s X division have all put into motion efforts to give residents of Puerto Rico more cellular connectivity. Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional band of LTE that has been recently approved, but not activated in the US and Puerto…

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Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn’t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn’t disclose exact numbers for first-weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone 6s units during the first weekend, 10 million iPhone 6 units and 9 million iPhone…

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Apple’s enterprise strategy begins to take shape

Apple’s enterprise strategy begins to take shape When Apple announced its partnership with GE this week, it would have been easy to dismiss it as another random collaboration from a company people don’t generally associate with the enterprise. After all, Apple killed off their enterprise server product years ago. You might rightly ask, what exactly do they have to do with the enterprise these days? But if you consider the notion of digital transformation and what it really means, a big part of it is the mobile experience. Then if…

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Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning Amidst narratives of machine learning complacency, Apple is coming to terms with the fact that not talking about innovation means innovation never happened. A detailed blog posting in the company’s machine learning journal makes public the technical effort that went into its “Hey Siri” feature — a capability so banal that I’d almost believe Apple was trying to make a point with highbrow mockery. Even so, it’s worth taking the opportunity to explore exactly…

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Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns

Apple responds to Senator Franken’s Face ID privacy concerns Apple has now responded to a letter from U.S. Senator Al Franken last month in which he asked the company to provide more information about the incoming Face ID authentication technology which is baked into its top-of-the-range iPhone X, due to go on sale early next month. As we’ve previously reported, Face ID raises a range of security and privacy concerns because it encourages smartphone consumers to use a facial biometric for authenticating their identity — and specifically a sophisticated full three dimensional…

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Astro’s Luna Display will turn your iPad’s front camera into a clever button

Astro’s Luna Display will turn your iPad’s front camera into a clever button Astro’s Luna Display hardware dongle is a dream for anyone who wants their iPad to act as a second screen for their Mac – wirelessly. Now, the company has revealed a clever update that turns the front-facing camera of your iPad into a neat, contextual button that gives you access to a range of features without cluttering up your user interface. In case you missed it, Luna Display is a small USB dongle that you plug into…

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Report suggests Face ID camera tech will be in next iPad Pro models

Report suggests Face ID camera tech will be in next iPad Pro models The tech which enables the iPhone X’s new Face ID feature may be coming to the 2018 iPad Pro line, a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests. The note sent to investors and reported by MacRumors and 9to5mac suggests that the TrueDepth Camera system will be available on all of the “high-end” iOS devices by year’s end. This is more of an inevitability than anything. There’s a lot less immediate external pressure to build an edge-to-edge…

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Benchmarks contradict ‘Apple slowed down my iPhone’ claims

Benchmarks contradict ‘Apple slowed down my iPhone’ claims It’s a refrain we all hear every year around September: “I swear, whenever they release a new iPhone, Apple makes all the old ones run worse to make you upgrade.” But thousands of performance tests conducted over the years by Futuremark users show that the conspiracy is mostly in your mind. If you don’t know Futuremark, it’s the company behind the benchmark software 3DMark (among others), which for years has been a standby for testing how devices from gaming PCs to phones…

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Apple is looking into reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling

Apple is looking into reports of iPhone 8 batteries swelling Reports from a few iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus buyers have suggested there could be an issue with the battery inside some of the devices swelling, causing the case of Apple’s new iPhone to split open and expose the smartphone’s internals. Apple has now confirmed it is looking into it, although a spokeswoman declined to comment further when asked how many devices are affected. From what we’ve heard the number of reports so far is very few. Second Taiwan iPhone 8…

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Apple would like to remind the FCC that it can’t activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones don’t have

Apple would like to remind the FCC that it can’t activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones don’t have Apple responded today to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who issued a statement that “urged” Apple to activate the FM chips that he claimed are in iPhones in the name of public safety. The recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were the hook for the reasoning. The only problem? Apple hasn’t even included FM radio chips in iPhones since the iPhone 6s. That’s right, Pai called on Apple to activate radios that don’t…

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