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Very regularly, Apple continues the refining of its next version of iOS, in this case, it is the 10.3 already mentioned in many rumours.
The 5th beta version has just been delivered by Apple, for now only to developers, before offering it as usual within the next few hours, to the testers of the public beta program . It is accompanied by the corresponding beta versions for watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2.

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This brings new features discussed in more detail here including :

  • Application Find My AirPods: Easily locate your lost Apple headphones.
  • Added the possibility for developers to respond to reviews on the App Store and ask for details.
  • New widget for Podcast app
  • HomeKit supports programmable lamps
  • The weather icon shows the time-by-hour forecast via 3D Touch
  • CarPlay integrates new shortcuts for recently launched apps: the last 3 only
  • Adding Charging Stations in CarPlay Plans
  • Improved navigation in the Mail conversation view
  • Migration to the Apple File System (APFS), Apple's new file system
  • New visual for Spotlight search suggestions
  • New setting to share information with Apple on the use of its iCloud
  • New animation for opening and closing applications
Recently, an even more pronounced focus has been built on non-compiled 64-bit application versions. These could no longer work with the next version of the system, iOS 11 expected for a presentation in June , before a public release later in September.

This version could be delivered to the general public during this month or beginning of April , with possibly new iPad and iPhone after a dedicated keynote.
Apple Insider reports that Apple has shipped 4.6 million Watches in the last quarter of 2016, up from 4.1 million a year ago, according to IDC data. Apple has yet to publish any official Watch sales numbers, and in its most recent financial call claimed only that the device set new records in "both units and revenue," straining production capacity.

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Tim Cook announced an unprecedented success for Apple Watch in the last quarter of 2016.

New figures released by IDC, research institute and market analysis, seem to agree with the words of Tim Cook, and from this new market research Apple had sold 4.6 million Apple Watch at Last quarter of 2016.

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Comparing Apple would have sold 4.1 million Apple Watch in the same quarter in 2015 , which allows Apple to grow 13% .

This allows Apple to dominate the smartwatch sector, however with regards to the more general area of smartwatches and wearables that also encompasses business watch straps, Apple through its smartwatch only gets to the third position Behind Fitbit and Xiaomi.

Despite the fact that Fitbit continues to be the pole position of the wearables sector, the company has seen a fairly significant drop in sales, from 8.4 million units sold in the last quarter of 2015 to 6.5 million For the year 2016, a fall of 22.7%.

There is however a sizeable competitor with Apple who is working on a third generation of Apple Watch, which could be unveiled at the beginning of 2017, and could include a new touch screen technology, as well as a cellular chip enabling it to Operate independently of the iPhone.

Sources: AppleInsider, IDC
Recently the Wall Street Journal said in a report that the iPhone 8 would adopt a USB-C connector to the detriment of the lightning port, it was the first rumor of this type, more over it was not seen as a logical choice from Apple.

Ming-Chi Kuo analyst KGI Securities has just refuted the report of the Wall Street Journal concerning the replacement of the lightning port with the USB-C, and it brings some interesting details like the support of the fast recharge on the three IPhone that would be unveiled in 2017.

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According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would make internal changes in the iPhone to add a quick charging feature via the Lightning port , a feature that is offered only on smartphones equipped with USB-C port.

To get there, Apple would use new components, including a new L-shaped battery that had been discussed in this article and could recharge faster.

The analyst at KGI Securities also mentions two reasons why Apple wants to keep lightning port for a while, namely the royalties for the MFi license in an already well-established iOS accessory ecosystem.

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Indeed, a USB-C port occupies more space than a port Lightning, or Apple is always looking for space in its devices to add new features. This is one of the reasons responsible for the controversial removal of the headphone port in the iPhone 7.

To summarize , according to the latest rumors , Apple would unveil three new iPhone in the fall of 2017, including the much anticipated birthday model or iPhone 8, which would incorporate quite a few new features.

These include a new all-glass design, rounded OLED display at the edges, a reinforced steel frame, a Home / Touch ID button underneath the screen, a new 3D sensor with augmented reality functions, Wire, and now the possible support of fast charging.
Some Spotify users recently reported seeing new subscription options appear in the Spotify application, tariffs tab on iOS .

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These options remain inaccessible, but they put forward a new Spotify Hi-Fi subscription . It includes the diffusion in quality without loss of music, like the way of Tidal or Qobuz. According to users, however, prices differ, as well as the benefits offered. On his side Spotify says that this is only a test as it often does, so nothing official:

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Subscribers who were able to see these options reported prices of 5, 7.5 or even 10 dollars , so pay in addition to the regular subscription to $ 9.99. In comparison, Tidal and Qobuz, the other major services to offer CD quality audio are both about $ 20 a month .

Finally, depending on the case, the Spotify subscription offers either the whole catalog or a part in CD quality (16 bits and 44.1 kHz), or, in addition, a free vinyl and discounts on the purchase of vinyls In limited editions.

Spotify has not confirmed or announced anything in terms of a new high-definition subscription to come, but the group has specified to regularly test new things with some of its subscribers.

On the competition side, Tidal and Qobuz have taken the niche of lossless audio with their arms. We tested the first service and we really enjoyed seeing it here .

But they are far from scoring, in terms of number of subscribers, similar to the giants of the genre, that are Apple Music, Spotify or even Deezer to a lesser extent.

The arrival of the Hi-Fi at Spotify would serve to democratize this audio format, while the Swedish service could also take advantage of it to differentiate itself from its new rival Apple Music, which already exceeded 20 million subscribers in just 18 months. The latter does not cease besides to chain the exclusivities and the additions of diversified contents. Indeed, from the apple firm, medium-term emphasis has been placed on the video...
Two weeks ago, Niantic, publisher of the popular game Pokémon GO released the first big update of the game, which includes 80 new pokemons to catch and other features.

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed that three major releases are planned for Pokémon GO this year , but they do not specify the content.

According to a recent interview with John Hanke, two new expected features are being developed, namely the ability to exchange Pokémon with other players , and duels between players .

So there's a good chance that these two important features will be part of these three major versions coming in 2017, with probably new Pokémon to catch and other gameplay and interface improvements.

John Hanke also unveiled some interesting figures on Pokémon GO, namely that players caught 88 billion Pokémon , and that the game was downloaded 650 million times , of which 500 million two months after launch, which gives 150 million In the last five months .

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To celebrate Pokémon Day, which marks the launch of the first Pokémon game (February 27, 1996), until March 6, Pikachu will be dressed in a festive hat. Any Pikachu caught during this period will retain this decorative attribute.
Last week, the Cupertino giant unveiled the name of Steve Jobs' latest major project, Apple Park, their future headquarters , which will be open to employees as of next April.

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And regularly, two amateur drones fly over Apple Park to get a glimpse of the progress of the site, and evaluate whether it will be completed in time.

Here is the first flight by drone since the announcement of Apple Park last week:



Note the installation of the solar panels on the roof of the garage is now complete, which is not yet the case of the main building in the shape of a ring and which should accommodate some of Apple employees in April.

Construction of green spaces is continuing with the planting of new trees above the main access tunnel.

Other buildings are still under construction, but there is progress for the 10,000 square meter fitness center reserved for Apple employees.

The overflight of aerial drones does not however allow to have a glimpse of the interior of the buildings, the only images available being those published occasionally by Apple.

As a reminder, Apple Park operates at 100% from renewable energy through the numerous solar panels installed on the roofs of buildings, and incorporates an underground auditorium named Steve Jobs Theater, a visitor reception area, with an Apple Store And a cafe open to the public.
Elon Musk never ceases to surprise, and especially in the space industry with his company SpaceX .The man has indeed announced that he intended to send the first two space tourists into space.

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This trip around the Moon
is scheduled for late 2018. Both tourists have already purchased their ticket and will begin physical training after passing the medical tests. They will embark in the capsule Dragon 2 , a habitable version of the module developed by SpaceX . They will be "thrown" by the Falcon Heavy rocket , the heaviest and most powerful launcher since the Apollo missions. Falcon Heavy will make his first attempt this summer.

Another test to confirm before sending two space tourists to the Moon, Falcon 2 shall, after his first test start with the capsule Dragon 2 (no one on board) which will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) . It is only after these successful tests that the real flight to the moon will occur.

Experts say the schedule remains tight and think SpaceX will find it difficult to keep it even with a little delay. But Elk Musk no longer needs to prove that he often succeeds in meeting his commitments or that he has the means to do so for the sake of innovation and science.
The race to the power of smartphones and tablets is not about to stop. Component manufacturer Mediatek has just announced a new ultra-powerful Helio X30 processor, a mobile ARM processor with 10 cores.

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In detail, the Helio X30 has 2 cores Cortex A73 at 2.5 GHz (designed to support the most resource-intensive applications like some games), but also 4 Cortex A53 at 2.2 GHz and 4 other Cortex A53 at 1 , 9 GHz . With such performance, smartphones and tablets equipped with this processor should not experience reduced performance and loss of speed.

Even more surprising , Mediatek says that this processor is 50% more economical than the previous ones manufactured by the firm, while being 25% more powerful . Even at the graphic level, the Helio X30 has 800VHz PowerVR 7XT cores that would also be more energy efficient (60% less expensive), while being 2.4 times more powerful than their predecessors.

It remains to be seen who will be the manufacturers of smartphones and tablets who will choose the first this super processor to equip their next devices. Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Moto, Sony ... The bets are open.
A recent report by Bloomberg reports on Apple's upcoming integration into a group dedicated to work and reflection on artificial intelligence,The Partnership on AI . This organization, created in September 2016, has as members, at the moment, tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM. The arrival of Apple is quite logical, considering the work delivered by Apple in terms of AI.

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To study, think and articulate the development work practices of AI and related technologies, to contribute to the understanding of these technologies by the general public, and to underpin discussion and commitment on AI and its influence on man and society, are the missions of this Partnership on AI.

The mentioned companies are obviously specialists in these fields, whether in terms of face recognition, vocal assistants, discussion robots, automatic learning algorithms, etc.

Official statement:
Apple, also present in these fields of action, shows at the same time a certain ambition in the matter, with probably future projects focused artificial intelligence.

Siri should be improved for example in the coming years , while the Apple Car project could also benefit from AI research, with the rumor of the developing driving software for cars.

More details on Partnership on AI website.
After the fiasco of the Galaxy Note 7 exploding , each smartphone that catches fire immediately attracts attention thinking that a problem similar to Note 7 will happen again.

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And this is the case of a new viral video that is going around the web and shows an iPhone 7 Plus burning slowly, according to the owner, Apple would have recovered the device to determine the cause of this combustion.

There's not such thing as zero risk, and it is normal that on tens, hundreds of millions of iPhones to be isolated cases with various problems that can be sometimes related to abusing the iPhone.



According to Brianna Olivas, the owner of the iPhone 7 Plus, one morning when waking up, did not turn on, so she took it to an Apple Store, where after several tests she has been told that there was no problem with the device.

After a night of charging, the next morning, her partner saw the iPhone 7 Plus emit smoke and a strident sound to finally catch fire.

Apple would have retrieved the device to determine the cause of this, saying they would know more in a week, and especially to make sure that this is an isolated problem.
A new patent filed by Apple suggests that the iPhone will soon be able to detect if its screen is broken before you . The US manufacturer is indeed working on this new technology. The iPhone is generally quite resistant to falls , especially the latest models. However, the smartphone is not unbreakable, it is not uncommon to find its screen damaged or cracked after a serious fall.

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Apple engineers would be working on a new technology that would be used to detect all kinds of cracks even on the thinnest screen.

The technology could even help engineers get data to study the various accidents. They could then know the exact reasons that led to the fracture of the screen to prevent further accidents. According to the sketches of the patent, the technology is based on sensors located under the slab . The sensors can easily detect the impacts caused on the screen.

It is still unclear whether the new technology will be integrated into the iPhone 8 expected this year.
After months or even years of building the future Apple headquarters, this project presented by Steve Jobs to the Cupertino City Council in June 2011 shortly before his death, now has a name and date of opening.

Apple officially unveils the name of the new headquarters, it is the Apple Park . It will be open to employees of the Cupertino firm from next April . In parallel to the announcement, several photos were published, as well as a video.

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The relocation of Apple's 12,000 employees will take at least 6 months , giving construction teams time to finish some buildings and green spaces, covering a total area of 70 hectares .

As a tribute to Steve Jobs, who will be 62 years old on Friday, February 24, 2017, the Apple Park underground auditorium will be named " Steve Jobs Theater ". It is perched on top of a hill and is surmounted by a roof of metallic carbon fiber.

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It will be open later in the year and will accommodate 1,000 people . If the Steve Jobs Theater is ready in time, it is likely that Apple unveils the iPhone 8 or anniversary model for the 10 years of the iPhone in this symbolic place.

"Steve's vision for Apple extended well beyond the time he spent with us. He wanted Apple to be a hotbed of innovation for generations to come, "said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.

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The Cupertino firm also highlights the energy-efficient aspect of Apple Park and says that it works 100% from renewable energy thanks to the many solar panels installed on the roofs of the campus buildings.

Apple Park also includes a visitor reception area, with an Apple Store and a cafe open to the public, a 10,000 square meter fitness center for Apple employees and a dedicated research and development facility that will surely be highly secured.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the star analyst of KGI Securities, Apple could introduce a new feature of "3D selfie" with its next iPhone.

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Ming-Chi Kuo is recognized as one of the most reliable sources for rumors about the iPhone and all Apple products in general. The analyst, who had already revealed a lot of information about the iPhone 8, believes that Apple still has some nice surprises for the launch of its new smartphone, starting with a revolutionary 3D camera ...

And because Apple would like to make the 3D camera one of the key features of its iPhone 8. The idea would be to propose a camera that would allow 3D modeling of the face of the user in order to integrate Games or mobile applications. If the main use would be playful, nothing would prevent applications like Messenger or SnapChat to take advantage.

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Remember that Apple had bought out in 2013 the company behind the Kinect sensor. The technology in question was used to allow the player to interact with virtual universes by simple movements. Therefore, it would be quite logical that this technology finally arrives on mobile ...

This technology would also allow Apple to introduce a function of face recognition very sharp, which would unlock its smartphone more easily than with the fingerprint sensor.

According to the analyst, Apple could integrate a depth sensor into the back camera of his smartphone, similar to what Google did with his Tango smartphones. The success of Pokémon Go has clearly demonstrated that there is a market for this type of product.

Kuo does not specify whether the 3D sensor will only fit the iPhone 8 "Pro" or all models.
A new report has just been released about the iPhone 8. It comes from TrendForce and presents the storage capabilities of the iPhone 8 that should be offered by Apple. It also provides details on the OLED screen that will equip the new Apple smartphone, including its size and the absence of curves.

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Indeed, contrary to previous rumors, that saw an iPhone 8 arriving with a screen curved on the edges to maximize the space of the case, TrendForce asserts the opposite. Despite Apple's efforts in this area, the timing would be slim to offer this year an OLED screen with rounded edges on the new iPhone.

Prototypes of iPhone 8 with rounded edges would have, according to the source, encountered some concerns of reliability and robustness during the test phases. Thus, the iPhone 8 should well integrate an edge-to-edge screen, but totally flat.

As for the size, TrendForce sees a 5.8-inch diagonal slab for a case-like size similar to that of the iPhone 7 and its 4.7-inch screen.
Also included in the program, according to the company's market analysis report,3GB of internal RAM , the integration of face recognition and augmented reality technology, as well as the removal of the "home" physical button.

On the price side, the iPhone 8 should be offered around $ 1,000 and released in two models, 64 and 265 GB . It is not possible to know which of the two capacities will correspond to this price, it would not be surprising that this is the case for the 64 GB version.

Finally, at the same time, and as already heard recently , two iPhone 7s would complete the range, at lower prices of course, with processors updated compared to the iPhone 7 and a maximum capacity also reaching 256 GB.
With the announcement last week of the WWDC 2017, many were wondering if Apple was planning or not to make a keynote before June to unveil new iPad.

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Indeed, according to a new report from the Japanese site Mac Otakara, the Cupertino giant would provide a keynote in March during which it would unveil four new iPad , a new color for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus , and a new storage capacity for iPhone SE .

According to Mac Otakara, Apple would unveil two new iPad Pro of 9.7 inches and 12.9 inches , but also a new screen size of 10.5 inches , and a new iPad Mini 7.9 inches . However the iPad Pro 10.5 inches may not be available before May.

From previous rumors the likely arrival of a new size of 10.5-inch screen that would be mathematically logical , because the width of the iPad would be equivalent to the height of the iPad mini, which would allow apps to display correctly and be usable from the day of launch.

This keynote would not be entirely devoted to the iPad Pro, since there would be news on the side of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with a new red color , and a storage capacity of 128 GB for the iPhone SE , As well as new bracelets for the Apple Watch .

This red color had already been mentioned in a report dating back to December of last year , Mac Otakara reported that the iPhone 7s would have a design similar to the iPhone 7 and a new color, red.

The history of Mac Otakara is not 100% reliable, but it is highly likely that Apple will unveil new iPad Pro before the summer, to prepare the much awaited release of the iPhone 8 .