Apple's Secrecy Seminar Shows How The Company Tries To Stop Product Leaks

Apple is a company that is notoriously secretive - using silence around upcoming products to build massive levels of hype and anticipation at each of its annual addresses. The practice - first spearheaded by late CEO Steve Jobs - is one that has transitioned to incumbent CEO Tim Cook; and now, a new presentation held by the company on preventing product leaks has in itself been ironically shared with the press.  Given the fact that multiple leaks have potentially revealed much information about the upcoming iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) ahead of the product's release, the timing of the seminar is hardly coincidental.  The Outline reports that Apple’s presentation, dubbed Stopping Leakers – Keeping Confidential at Apple, was attended by some one hundred e..

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The Galaxy Note 8's In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner Apparently Works, But Not Without Causing Display Issues

According to reports, Samsung tackled the prerogative to include an embedded fingerprint scanner beneath the Galaxy S8's display, but ultimately had to abandon the idea in the face of time constraints - thus resulting in the oddly-placed, oblong fingerprint reader that sits next to the handset's primary camera.Now, ahead of the impending reveal of the Galaxy Note 8 in August this year, the South Korean company has apparently succeeded the second time round in developing a fingerprint scanner that will sit beneath the handset's primary display. However, all is apparently not well with the resultant combination. Read: Waterproofing, Wireless Charging, An Edge-To-Edge Screen And More Could Come To Apple's iPhone 8According to an industry insider, Samsung's in-screen fingerprint scan..

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Waterproofing, Wireless Charging, An Edge-To-Edge Screen And More Could Come To Apple's iPhone 8

We've previously covered several rumours surrounding the development of Apple's edge-to-edge iPhone 8, though now one of the most pressing leaks we've seen has emerged courtesy of Robert Hwang, the CEO of Wistron - a contract manufacturer which will share assembly duties of the iPhone 7s Plus with Foxconn.Hwang, speaking at his company's stockholder's meeting, has revealed that Apple's forthcoming iPhone 8 won't feature a radically different manufacturing process, save for one telling addition - the inclusion of wireless charging. Read: Apple Unveils HomePod, iMac Pro, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra at WWDC 2017Earlier this year, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium - the body behind Qi, the same wireless charging standard that Samsung uses on its flagship devices. Hwang's co..

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Could Arrive In August This Year, With An Edge-To-Edge Display In Tow

While Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ can arguably be interpreted as the 'apology' device for the explosive Galaxy Note 7, Samsung's greatest challenge is likely ahead of it - designing a follow-up Galaxy Note that wins both hearts and minds.According to new leaks courtesy of SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 8 might well arrive earlier than expected in August this year to lure consumer interest away from the impending announcement of Apple's iPhone 7 follow-up and even the iPhone 8. Read: Samsung's Galaxy S9 And S9+ Are Reportedly Already In Full SwingThe news might be worrying to some, given the fact that the Galaxy Note 7 was unveiled in August of 2016, and has been widely regarded as a rushed device that suffered two international recalls thanks to a poor battery design.Samsung's G..

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Apple Unveils HomePod, iMac Pro, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra at WWDC 2017

Apple's WorldWide Developer's Conference has traditionally been used to show off new improvements in software - namely in the form of updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. At WWDC 2017, however, the company broke protocol by releasing both a sweep of new products and software updates.Enter the HomePodA headlining revelation at the event was the unveiling of the HomePod; Apple's long-awaited challenge to the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo. Rather than serve as a dedicated smart speaker, however, HomePod arrives as more of an extension of Apple Music and Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.Read: More Leaks Apparently Confirm Just What Apple's Next iPhone Will Look LikeApple's HomePod issues a parting shot to Amazon's Echo range and Sonos.HomePod users will be able to leverage Siri to pl..

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More Leaks Apparently Confirm Just What Apple's Next iPhone Will Look Like

It's perhaps an understatement to mention that Apple's forthcoming iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) might well be the most hotly anticipated product the company has announced in recent years. Between rumours that the forthcoming device will sport a near bezel-less display, a new camera setup and facial recognition technology, early reports indicate that Apple has a very special announcement to make come September or November this year.Now, new CAD renders have enabled designers to piece together the handset's rumoured design; and thanks to Benjamin Geskin of iDrop News, we might just have our first full look at how Apple's forthcoming smartphone might stack up when compared to the likes of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.Read: Samsung's Galaxy S9 And S9+ Are Reportedly Already In Full Swin..

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Apple's New 'Switch' Campaign Persuades You To Make The Leap To iPhone

Apple is well-known for executing acclaimed advertising campaigns; the company developed the famous '1984' commercial to promote the iMac, and premiered the 'I'm a Mac' series in a bid to take the fight to the dominance of Microsoft Windows. Now the Cupertino company has taken aim at Android and other smartphone alternatives in its new 'Switch' series of adverts. Where the company's 'I'm a Mac' campaign pitted Mac OS X (now macOS) against PCs running Windows, Apple's Switch campaign  highlights why the iPhone is a better alternative to other popular smartphone brands. The move follows the company's recent decision to premiere a series of instructional videos on how to take better pictures and videos, in which Cape Town was featured. Read: Apple's New iPhone 7 Tutorials Highli..

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Samsung's Galaxy S9 And S9+ Are Reportedly Already In Full Swing

We may have only just been introduced to Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+, but new reports have indicated that the South Korean chaebol has already leapt into developing a follow-up sequel in the form of the Galaxy S9 and S9+.Where the Galaxy S8 and S8+ introduced Samsung's Infinity Display and brought back features such as Iris Recognition from the Galaxy Note 7's shallow grave, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will reportedly feature as iterative improvements upon its predecessors; in one sense, the update could resemble what the Galaxy S7 was to the Galaxy S6.It is alleged that both devices - which are codenamed Star and Star 2, respectively - will bear a significant change in the presence of new, 7nm processors powered by either Qualcomm's Snapdragon series, or Samsung's Exynos chipsets. Both of t..

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Could Share Dual Cameras, An Infinity Display, And An Embedded Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ might be the firm's 'apology' device in the wake of the disaster that sent Galaxy Note 7 devices into supernova around the world, but the South Korean firm still has a great deal of effort ahead of it to assure consumers that the Galaxy Note 8 will be a flagship worth purchasing.In good news, then, early leaks have confirmed that the Note 8 might strengthen the better parts of the S8 and S8+; bringing with it not only a slightly larger Infinity Display, but further dual-camera technology.Read: Apple's Premium iPhone Is Ready For Production, But Could Only Come Later This YearEarly reports from Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo have depicted a Galaxy Note 8 dummy, which reveals that the handset might benefit from a dual-camera array on its rear panel. Th..

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Apple's New iPhone 7 Tutorials Highlight Table Mountain, Cape Town

Apple has traditionally opted not to include product manuals or tutorials alongside its hardware products under the premise that each device should be simple enough to use without instruction - yet the company recently broke that trend with the release of several new tutorials that demonstrate how best to leverage the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus' camera. Read: Apple's WWDC Is Around The Corner - Can We Expect To See A New iPad And Smart Speaker? The tutorials - which are available on both Apple's official website and YouTube - show off something that South Africans will undoubtedly appreciate; the presence of not only the Mother City, but further iconic landmarks such as Table Mountain. One such tutorial - detailing how to take a selfie with a timer - features Table Mountain promi..

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Apple's WWDC Is Around The Corner...

Can We Expect To See A New iPad And Smart Speaker?Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference has typically been used to show off the company's continuing development of not only iOS and macOS, but further watchOS and tvOS in the recent past. However, it has been reported that Apple might break convention this year and feature not just software at the event, but further two new hardware products.While Apple has traditionally shown off new builds of iOS and macOS as headlining events at WWDC, reports have remained eerily silent as to what new features the company could elect to bring to either the iPhone or the Mac. Given the fact that larger features - such as Night Shift - recently made their debut on incremental updates to both iOS and macOS, potential remains that this year will feature sm..

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Apple's Siri-Powered Smart Speaker Could Have A Screen, Just Like Amazon's New Echo Show

We've lamented before that Apple is an exceptionally late entrant to the smart speaker war that's brewing between Amazon and Google, and now new comments from the company's Senior Vice President, Phil Schiller, have indicated that the company might be nearly ready to unleash a Siri-powered smart device on markets around the globe.Whereas Amazon relies on Alexa and Google employs Google Assistant to power their respective Echo and Home units, Apple has seemingly engineered an approach that will place Siri at the helm of its lounge endeavours. It has been imagined for some time that the company would prepare a smart speaker solution to tie into its plans for the Apple TV, though the company has remained relatively mum on the subject.Read: Apple's Premium iPhone Is Reportedly Ready ..

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Apple's Premium iPhone Is Ready For Production, But Could Only Come Later This Year

Now that we've had our hands on Samsung's flagship effort in the form of the Galaxy S8, our attention naturally turns to 2017's other big release - and, by all reports, it would seem that Apple has readied a premium, edge-to-edge variant of its mobile device to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone's release in 2007.Multiple, differing reports have suggested that Apple has faced numerous difficulties in readying the iPhone 8 - or, iPhone Edition - for prime time this year. Among those difficulties have included the news that Apple might ditch a front-facing fingerprint scanner, and that the company had experienced woes in optimizing a near-borderless display for its next handset. Read: Do These Dummy iPhone 8 Images Depict Apple's Next Smartphone?According to Jap..

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Big Name Apps Like Google Maps Are Ditching The Apple Watch, And No-One Knows Why

Apple's Q2 2017 earnings paint a picture of a company that has delivered a smash hit wearable. Apple Watch sales have managed to double from the first quarter of 2017, and Apple's Series 2 model has been lauded for its small, but meaningful improvements over its first-generation predecessor. However, all is not well in the kingdom, as some of the platform's earliest supporters - such as Google Maps - have now abandoned their app for the device.The move comes as a swift surprise; as of the 1st of May, heavyweights such as eBay, Amazon, Google Maps, and Target have all pulled support for their Apple Watch apps from the iOS App Store with nary so much as a mention in the official changelog for each iOS app. Read: Apple's Next Product Could Be A Siri-Powered Smart Speaker, But Would ..

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Apple's Next Product Could Be A Siri-Powered Smart Speaker, But Would You Buy It?

Over the past few months, Amazon and Google have slugged it out for control of the smart home with the release of Amazon Echo and Google Home, respectively. While the former - using Alexa - and the latter - using Google Assistant - are expected to go head-to-head with Microsoft's Cortana in the coming months, one oddly silent competitor has been Apple.Apple has frequently dipped its toes into the realm of the smart home in the past - the company developed HomeKit, which smart home devices can use to connect to iOS, its mobile operating system - and significantly expanded smart home operability in iOS 10. However, the company has yet to deliver a sizeable update to Siri, its digital assistant found on the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.Read: Do These Dummy iPhone 8 Images..

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Do These Dummy iPhone 8 Images Depict Apple's Next Smartphone?

If you're becoming excited for the eventual announcement of Apple's next smartphone, it's likely for the fact that the iPhone 8 - or iPhone Edition - is rumoured to bring with it a revised design that simultaneously looks forward while harking back to the form of the original device Steve Jobs unveiled ten years ago.While we've previously covered rumours that Apple's next handset will sport some interesting new features - the potential for an edge-to-edge display and USB Type-C support among them - a series of leaked dummy phones has seemingly confirmed the design Apple might employ for its anniversary iPhone.Read: Schematics Picture Apple's New iPhone, Revealing A New Design And 3D TechThe leaked dummy images are reportedly a CNC model being used for development at Foxconn, one of Ap..

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Samsung's New Galaxy S8 Sees Red Thanks To A New Discoloration Glitch

Having just navigated the (arguably) greatest consumer technology disaster of recent times in the form of the explosive Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is understandably cautious to tackle any defect affecting its new flagship, the Galaxy S8. However, a new glitch has left some unlucky owners of the phone seeing red. Many early users of the Galaxy S8 have begun to complain that their device has shifted to provide a red hue on its display, giving whites a warm tone and destroying the colour balance that Samsung's OLED panels are known for. The news is particularly damaging, as one of the first opportunities Samsung used to market the Galaxy S8 revolved around the technology found within its Infinity Display.Read: #Unboxed: We Go Hands-On With The New Samsung Galaxy S8The issue has since be..

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Apple Reportedly Scrubs The iPhone 8's Wraparound Display, Front-Facing Fingerprint Scanner

According to MacOtakara, Apple's rumoured iPhone 8 - or, rather, the iPhone Edition - has officially entered the DVT (Design Verification Testing) stage, meaning that in the coming weeks and months we can likely expect to hear more about the design and direction of the handset. Unfortunately, however, the first news to emerge from key sources has painted a rather dismal picture for the more radical changes that Apple hoped to introduce with its next handset.While we've explored rumours that have indicated that Apple is seeking to produce an ambitious, nearly borderless iPhone, MacOtakara alleges that Apple has been forced to scrub the concept of a wraparound display and will instead produce an iPhone with a flat panel similar to all previous iterations of the handset. Read: Schem..

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Back From The Dead: Samsung Confirms Its Plans To Sell Refurbished Note 7s

Samsung met with an international disaster last year when its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, suddenly began to combust in the hands of users worldwide. In the months that have followed, Samsung launched an internal investigation which determined that the Note 7 was first guilty of an ambitious battery design that left the handset prone to overheating, while the second 'safe' variant that was introduced after the international recall only compounded the error.Read: Samsung Officially Reveals What Went Wrong With The Galaxy Note 7Now, months later, Samsung has announced that - as part of an environmentally-friendly disposal initiative - the company will refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7 devices in emerging markets. The first locale mentioned thus far has been Vietnam.A new lea..

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Schematics Picture Apple's New iPhone, Revealing A New Design And 3D Tech

Apple has elected to retain the aluminium unibody design it introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for the past three iterations of its mobile handset, and understandably some consumers have felt that the Cupertino company desperately needs to refresh the design of its iconic smartphone. Now, a new series of schematics have seemingly revealed the design of the firm's new iPhone. The leaked schematics, if accurate, confirm a number of rumours that have been circulating over recent months. The first - and most evident - is that the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) would introduce a fresh new design inspired by Apple's original iPhone. Read: Apple's iPhone 8 Is Tipped To Join The USB-C Revolution, Go Edge-To-Edge With Glass Some of that design DNA is present in the leaked schematics, whi..

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