Mark Gurman: Apple Aims to Release AirPower By September

Apple aims to release its multi-device AirPower charging mat “before or in September,” after facing a handful of technical challenges with its hardware and software, according to well-connected reporter Mark Gurman.



An excerpt from his Bloomberg News story:

Apple didn’t say when in 2018 it would release AirPower, but engineers hoped to launch the charger by June. The aim now is to put it on sale before or in September, according to one of the people. In recent months, some Apple engineers have ramped up testing of the device by using it as their charger at the office, another person said.

Apple first previewed the AirPower alongside the iPhone X in September 2017. At the time, the company’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said it would be available in 2018, as reflected on Apple’s website. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Gurman says Apple engineers initially hoped for a June launch, presumably at WWDC 2018, but noted the AirPower has been delayed due to technical challenges, including the potential for overheating, complex multi-device charging circuitry, and software bugs with the accessory’s on-board firmware.

AirPower is said to include a custom Apple chip running “a stripped down version of iOS” for power management and pairing with devices:

The AirPower charger is also more advanced than the current competition because it includes a custom Apple chip running a stripped down version of the iOS mobile operating system to conduct on-device power management and pairing with devices. Apple engineers have also been working to squash bugs related to the on-board firmware, according to the people familiar.

AirPower is an oval-shaped mat that can inductively charge multiple Apple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and Apple Watch Series 3 models. It will also be able to charge AirPods when they are placed in a new, optional charging case set to launch alongside AirPower.

AirPower’s ability to charge multiple devices is derived from propriety technology developed by Apple. Apple said it will work to have its technology become part of the universal Qi standard, supported by the latest iPhones, so that other third-party manufacturers can release multi-device charging mats.

AirPower is another step towards Apple’s goal of a wireless future. Gurman says Apple designers eventually hope to “remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone,” noting Apple even considered removing wired charging from the iPhone X, but decided wireless charging was not yet fast enough.

Of course, the AirPower is not truly wireless, as power is supplied to the mat with a charger connected via Lightning cable.

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Apple Shares New iPhone X Photography Tutorial Videos With a Soccer Theme

Apple this morning shared five new iPhone X photography tutorial videos on its YouTube channel, each with a football (soccer in the U.S.) theme to celebrate the first day of the World Cup.



Each short video walks users through a series of step-by-step instructions on how to use the special shooting modes featured on the iPhone X.

The modes covered in the tutorials include Pano (panoramic), Burst mode, Slo-mo, and one covering best use of backlight when shooting on iPhone X.





Apple has also published a video called “How to Shoot Soccer on iPhone X”, which is basically a series of clips showcasing what kind of pitch action can be captured using an iPhone X.



Apple has shared several tutorial videos like this in the past, which are sometimes tied to new releases, but this time Apple has gone with a distinctively event-tied theme in World Cup 2018, which is being held in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple added several special World Cup features to Siri, enabling users to keep abreast of all the action, stats, and fixtures over the coming weeks. Apple also plans to highlight football apps and games throughout the month, as well as feature World Cup content in the News app, amongst other coverage.

Tutorial videos can typically be found on the separate Apple Support YouTube channel, but these new tutorial videos are on the company’s main channel.

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iOS 12 Beta Supports Easy Face ID Rescans With Swipe Up Gesture on iPhone X

As more users sign onto the first beta for Apple’s iOS 12, new discoveries are quickly being made, with the latest centering upon a simple but highly useful new gesture for iPhone X owners.

Currently, when you hold up the iPhone X and Face ID fails, you either have to lower it and raise it again, or press the side button to put the iPhone to sleep and wake it up through another side button press or tapping the display. Both of these methods will reactivate a Face ID scan.

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As discovered by Redditor shakil-ali, Apple has provided a shortcut to rescanning your face in the iOS 12 beta: now when the biometric security feature fails, you can simply swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X to get Face ID to scan again. This should help to alleviate a small but sometimes frustrating part of unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID.

In regards to other hidden features of iOS 12, we have collected a bunch in a tidbits roundup posted yesterday. These include setting up an “alternate appearance” for Face ID, a new QR code scanner in Control Center, a revamped Battery Usage section in settings, and more.

As a whole, Apple announced iOS 12 with a focus on user privacy and digital health, and when the update launches in the fall iPhone and iPad owners will be able to keep track of everything they do on their devices with features like “Screen Time” in Settings.

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Apple Introduces Apple Watch Bands and iPhone Cases in Summer Colors

Apple today updated its lineup of silicone iPhone cases and Apple Watch Sport Bands in three summer colors, including Peach, Marine Green, and Sky Blue.

The three new colors are available for both 38 and 42mm Apple Watch Sport Bands, with pricing the same as other Sport Bands ($49).



Apple has also released silicone cases for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus in the new colors, with the cases also suitable for the iPhone 7 lineup. The new silicone cases are priced at $39 for iPhone X, $39 for iPhone 8 Plus, and $39 for iPhone 8.



Apple has not provided leather iPhone cases in new colors, nor has the company introduced iPad cases in the new summer shades. There are also no other new watch bands, with the exception of the Pride watch band.



The Pride watch band is a new version of last year’s Pride band, using Apple’s Woven Nylon band in a series of rainbow colors. Apple has also introduced a matching watch face that’s available today in watchOS 4. The Pride watch band is available for $49 and can be ordered starting today.

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Apple Shares Animoji Karaoke Ad on its Main YouTube Channel Ahead of WWDC

Apple has shared an ad on its main YouTube channel this morning to promote the iPhone X’s Animoji feature ahead of Monday’s WWDC keynote, which starts at 10.00am Pacific Time.

Titled “Animoji: Taxi Driver“, the one-minute short features three Animoji faces singing along to the track “Citizen Kane” by Korean band HYUKOH.



Bear Face Animoji takes the lead role in the lip synced song, with backing vocals provided by Chicken and Dragon Face, as the disembodied trio travel through a neon-soaked Hong Kong cityscape.

The ad was originally uploaded to Apple’s Korean YouTube channel on May 21, but the fact that Apple has chosen to share the video over its international YouTube channel just before WWDC kicks off clearly anticipates one of the new features in iOS 12 that is expected to be previewed at today’s keynote.

Apple is said to be planning additional updates to Animoji karaoke in iOS 12, with rumors suggesting Apple will add more new Animoji characters. Apple is also said to be planning an overhauled Animoji interface and Animoji integration in FaceTime, which would allow users to use Animoji characters during FaceTime calls.

Apple has pulled some features from iOS 12 to focus more attention on performance improvements, bug fixes, and quality, but other features are still expected to debut in iOS 12, and could include multi-person support for AR games, improvements to Do Not Disturb, and more.

MacRumors will be in attendance at the keynote, with live coverage of the event beginning shortly after 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Stay tuned to MacRumors.com and our @MacRumorsLive account on Twitter. We’ve also put together a short guide explaining all the ways you can watch Apple’s WWDC18 Keynote live on your devices.

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Xiaomi Unveils Mi 8 Smartphone With iPhone X-Like Notch Design, Vertical Dual-Lens Camera System, and Animated Emoji Features

Chinese technology firm Xiaomi held a product launch event in Shenzhen today and unveiled the Mi 8, a 6.21-inch OLED smartphone that most observers would agree bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s flagship iPhone X.

Xiaomi’s Mi 8 isn’t the first recent smartphone to sport an iPhone X-esque notch and probably won’t be the last, but there are several other similarities between the two devices that are worth highlighting.

Xiaomi’s eighth-anniversary Mi 8 AMOLED smartphone


For example, the cellular signal, battery, and Wi-Fi symbols sit either side of the notch, just like in iOS 11. In addition, the higher-tier Mi 8 model features the Xiaomi equivalent of Animojis as well as facial authentication – two tentpole features of Apple’s iPhone X.

Flipping over the Mi 8 reveals a rear dual-lens camera system in vertical orientation, giving the back of the device an appearance that could be easily mistaken for Apple’s smartphone.

The naming convention that Xiaomi has chosen for its new phone also arguably takes a page out of Apple’s playbook – the Mi 8 follows the company’s previous Mi 6 model, jumping a number in order to mark Xiaomi’s eighth anniversary in the smartphone business.

Apple’s iPhone X, pronounced “ten”, skipped the number 9 and adopted the more flashy Roman numeral to reflect its next-generation technology, while also being a nod to the iPhone’s tenth anniversary.

In terms of specs, the Mi 8 packs a 20-mexapixel front-facing camera, while the rear dual-lens array features two 12-megapixel cameras. Xiaomi claims the device’s onboard dual GPS enhances location accuracy. This is also the first Android smartphone to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset, which features on-device AI processing and a Gigabit LTE X20 modem.

Xiaomi’s eighth-anniversary Mi 8 AMOLED smartphone


The company also announced a premium Explorer version of the Mi 8, which comes with a pressure-sensitive integrated finger scanner and a semi-transparent rear chassis.

Xiaomi’s devices, ranging from televisions to tablets, have been publicly criticized in the past for heavily borrowing design elements from Apple’s iPhones and iPads and adopting marketing materials tactics similar to Apple’s.

In the most recent case just last year, Apple won the right to prevent Xiaomi from registering its “Mi Pad” mobile tablet device as an EU trademark because the name was deemed too similar to Apple’s iPad.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 will be available in China starting 5 and 8 June, starting at RMB 2699 ($420), with a smaller 5.88-inch sized ‘SE’ model priced from 1799 RMB (or $280). The Mi 8 Explorer Edition is priced at RMB 3699 ($520) and will be available at a later date.

Xiaomi has recently made a push into European markets, so it stands to reason that the company’s latest smartphones will make their way over there in the not-too-distant future. Xiaomi hopes to enter into the U.S. smartphone market by the end of the year.

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Hands-On With the OnePlus 6, the Latest Android Phone to Adopt a Notch

OnePlus announced its new flagship phone, the OnePlus 6 on May 16, taking the opportunity to poke fun at Apple for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone while also copying a key Apple design — the notch.

The OnePlus 6 is the latest Android phone to adopt a notch, so we thought we’d check it out and compare it to the iPhone X in our latest YouTube video.

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The new OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels and a small notch at the top. The notch houses the front-facing camera and ambient light sensors, but it is smaller than the notch on the iPhone X because OnePlus, like other Android manufacturers, has not been able to mimic the full TrueDepth camera system from the iPhone X as of yet.

It does, however, have facial recognition capabilities, but 2D, not 3D. 2D facial recognition is less secure than the 3D facial recognition Apple has implemented and cannot replace a fingerprint sensor as a biometric option.

Like the iPhone X, the OnePlus 6 features an all-glass body, with two vertically positioned rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor for security purposes.

Inside, the OnePlus 6 does have some impressive hardware. It uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor and it includes 6 to 8GB of RAM, depending on the storage space, which is 64GB at minimum. Comparatively, Apple’s latest iPhone X offers just 3GB RAM, but Apple devices tend to use hardware more efficiently due to the tight integration between hardware and software.

OnePlus continues to offer a headphone jack in the OnePlus 6, but did opt to ship the smartphone alongside the $69 OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones, the company’s answer to the AirPods.

What do you think of the OnePlus 6? How does it measure up to the iPhone X? Let us know in the comments.

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These Custom iPhone X Models Made From Marble, Alligator Leather, or Sapphire Glass Cost Up to $10,000

Hadoro, a Parisian company that specializes in high-priced upscale iPhone cases, custom iPhones, and Apple Watch bands, today released a new lineup of custom iPhone X models made from a range of luxury materials including wood, sapphire glass, carbon fiber, marble, and alligator leather set in anodized stainless steel frames.

It’s not cheap to replace the entire casing of an iPhone with a new shell crafted from expensive, rare materials, so these iPhones, priced at 4,500 to 8,900 euros ($5,250 – $10,400) are not designed for the average Apple customer.



The most expensive of the devices replace the glass body of the iPhone X with a gold-plated frame covered in alligator leather complete with a diamond Apple logo, while some of the more affordable options are made from anodized, gold plated stainless steel covered with Karelian birch, sourced from a small forest in Finland.



Several other iPhones feature back panels made from durable, scratch proof sapphire glass, which as we know, Apple at one point explored as a material for the iPhone. The Moire Gold iPhone X, for example, features sapphire glass with a silkscreen printed moiré design nestled in a frame made from black anodized stainless steel and carbon fiber.

The craziest of Hadoro’s iPhone X models is a carbon fiber model that has a 3D image of a skeleton with glowing eye sockets. The eyes of the skeleton light up whenever the iPhone is turned on, and the color can be customized in the device settings.



All of these modified iPhones start out as the 256GB iPhone X and then have the housing, buttons, and Apple logo replaced with new materials. In many cases, the logos on these devices light up thanks to the modifications put in place. Core functionality remains intact, but for devices where the glass has been replaced by other materials, wireless charging is likely to be affected.



The aforementioned light up Apple logos glow whenever the iPhone is turned on or when an incoming call or text message is received, and the settings can be tweaked on the phone itself.

Replacing the casing of the iPhone naturally voids the standard Apple warranty, but people able to shell out thousands of dollars for a fancy iPhone aren’t likely too concerned about that. Hadoro does, however, include a one-year warranty with purchase.

If you have $5,000+ earmarked for a new iPhone, you can check out Hadoro’s full custom iPhone X collection on its website or at Harrods department store in London, Nous in Paris, and Ali Bin Ali in Qatar.

There’s been a market for insanely priced custom iPhone models for years now, and Hadoro isn’t the only one selling crazy custom devices. Caviar, another manufacturer known for creating iPhones from custom materials, recently debuted the iPhone X Tesla, an iPhone inspired by Tesla vehicles that is able to charge using solar power.



The iPhone X Tesla is is priced at just over $4,600, and for that price, you get the aforementioned solar charger with shock resistant panel and a custom carbon fiber frame. Caviar also has a range of other custom iPhone X models for those seeking the most ostentatious designs available.

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