UBS: Apple has 1,000 engineers working on augmented reality, tech to debut in iPhone 8

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

According to analyst Steven Milunovich and his team at UBS, augmented reality (AR) will likely be Apple’s next major product innovation.

In a research note seen by Business Insider, Milunovich writes that the Cupertino firm may have well over a thousand engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to augmented reality.

UBS expects Apple to implement augmented reality in iPhone 8, which could include “moderate 3D mapping features” as well as a software development kit for app makers to take advantage of the handset’s rumored AR features. Read More

 

Apple granted yet another patent for in-screen fingerprint reader ahead of iPhone 8

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

Apple has been granted yet another patent for a fingerprint reader embedded underneath the display itself, a feature widely expected to debut on iPhone 8.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this morning awarded the iPhone maker a patent for an “electronic device including finger biometric sensor carried by a touch display and related methods”. The company first applied for this patent on January 27, 2015. Read More

 

Mozilla acquires popular read-later service Pocket

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

Mozilla, the non-profit organization behind the Firefox browser, has acquired the read-later service Pocket for an undisclosed sum. The deal files as Mozilla’s first acquisition and was confirmed by both Mozilla and Pocket.

I’ve been a longtime Pocket user because their elegantly designed cross-platform apps let me easily save stripped down versions of articles from online publications for reading later, even without an Internet connection.

Pocket will continue on as a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Mozilla. Pocket has native apps on App Store and Mac App Store, plus a browser extension. Read More

 

Google Home to launch in UK this spring

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

Amazon’s Echo will soon get some real competition as Google gears up to launch its Home smart connected speaker in the United Kingdom this spring. According to Rick Osterloh, Google’s Vice President of Hardware, Home’s “artificial intelligence skills and vast data” will give it the edge over Amazon’s voice-activated wireless speaker. Read More

 

All YouTube links now open in mobile app instead of browser

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

Google’s mobile YouTube app takes advantage of iOS’s deep linking capability to automatically launch itself when a user taps a video URL in their browser. That useful feature doesn’t always work as intended, however, prompting Google to push an update to YouTube for iPhone and iPad to rectify this. If clicking a YouTube link in Safari or Chrome doesn’t launch the app and iOS doesn’t display the “Open this page in YouTube?” pop-up, be sure to update your copy of YouTube for iOS to version 12.07. Read More

 

WSJ: iPhone 8 to sport curved OLED screen, supplant Lightning with USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that iPhone will feature a flexible screen based on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology and supplant Lightning with USB-C.

The story corroborates KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo’s claims that Apple will release three new phones this year in the form of the brand new OLED-based iPhone 8 model with refreshed industrial design and the more iterative LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus updates. Read More

 

Apple-SAP partnership to bring first enterprise app in March

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

The very first enterprise app born out of Apple’s partnership with German business software solutions maker SAP will arrive by the end of March, or about a full year after the Apple-SAP deal was announced. SAP said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain this morning that the official Cloud Platform software development kit for iOS will hit March 30 to help developers write business apps based on SAP’s Cloud Platform and Swift, Apple’s modern programming language. Read More

 

10.5″ iPad Pro may sport 2,224×1,668 screen with same density as 9.7″ iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Rhoda Alexander, IHS Markit’s director in charge of tablets and PCs, shared some interesting observations with Forbes over the weekend regarding Apple’s rumored new bezel-less iPad Pro model which, according to other analysts, would house a display measuring 10.5 inches inside a body the same size as 9.7-inch iPads.

According to Rhoda, the new iPad Pro model should have a 2,224-by-1,668 display with the same pixel density as 9.7-inch iPads. For context, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a 2,732-by-2,048 Retina display at 264 pixels per inch and its 9.7-inch counterpart has a 2,048-by-1,536 screen, also at 264 pixels per inch. Read More

 

Oppo unveils periscope-style camera lens system with 5x lossless zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2017

Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo today announced a brand new camera system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Developed in collaboration with an Israeli startup named Corephotonics, it’s based on a periscope-style lens design which makes possible 5x lossless zoom, earning it a rather unexciting but apt 5x Dual Camera Zoom moniker.

What’s more, Oppo’s new technology kills the need for an unsightly camera bump at the back. The company did not say when the new camera technology can be expected to debut on its smartphones. Read More

 

Apple TV 4 jailbreak for tvOS 10.0-10.1 complete, release imminent

By Joaquim Barbosa on Feb 27, 2017

As previously reported here on iDB, rumours of a jailbreak for the oft-neglected Apple TV 4 have been circulating since soon after the disclosure of Ian Beer’s Project Zero exploits, and especially since those exploits were used by Luca Todesco to fashion the Yalu jailbreak for iOS 10.0-10.2.

It was discovered soon after Yalu was released that many of the exploits used were also present on tvOS, and Apple TV developer nitoTV commented that consequently the jailbreak could be ported, with modifications, to that platform. Read More

 
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