Second annual Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge to take place this Thursday

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 03:35
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, News, Wearables

If you have an Apple Watch, this Thanksgiving will push you a little further.

Similar to last year, Apple will again host an Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge. On Thursday, November 23rd, you can record a 5K walking, running, or wheelchair workout with Apple’s Workout app or a third-party app that integrates with Health.

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Rumor: Apple collaborating with TSMC to develop microLED screens as next-gen technology to follow OLED

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Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017, 03:08
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

Even with the iPhone X, which represents the first Apple product with an OLED screen only recently out the door, the company may be working on the next generation of screen technology.

It’s rumored that Apple is working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop microLED screens, which could supersede OLED over the next few years.

microLED screens take some of the key benefits of OLED over LCD yet further, offering even greater brightness, color saturation and power efficiency…

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Texas Rangers issue warrant to decrypt iPhone SE following Southerland Springs shooting

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 03:08
Category: iCloud, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Touch ID

Similar to the San Bernadino shooting of almost two years ago, Apple has officially been served with a search warrant for access to the iPhone SE used by the man responsible for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. The move comes after an earlier fumble that saw the Texas Rangers and FBI fail to act within 48 hours to unlock the device in question with Touch ID…

The Texas Rangers served Apple with a warrant to access both David Kelley’s iPhone SE and iCloud account. The Rangers have also expressed interest in a second phone used by Kelley made by LG. Apple stated earlier this month that it contacted law enforcement officials roughly 48 hours after the shooting to see if it could be of any help. During that first 48 hours, when Touch ID would have still been enabled, law enforcement made no efforts to ask Apple for help or to use Touch ID to unlock the phone. Instead, it shipped the device off to a crime lab in Quantico, Virginia.

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Rumor: macOS code base hints at possible “Hey Siri” functionality, A10 Fusion co-processor for iMac Pro

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 03:00
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Processors, Rumor, Siri

It’s just a rumor right now, but it’s got some interesting sources behind it.

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith, who’ve been exploring the macOS, have found references to the “Hey Siri” function in the code base with support for multiple user accounts, just as macOS has long supported user switching.

At present, it’s been rumored that the iMac Pro could feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor which could manage the “Hey Siri” functionality as well as the boot process, security, and the FaceTime camera. It also appears that the inclusion of the A10 Fusion allows the iMac Pro to accept the voice command ‘Hey Siri’ rather than requiring the click in macOS on the Siri icon or keystroke to prompt Siri.

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iPhone X shipping estimates drop to 2 to 3 weeks in the United States and Canada

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 03:43
Category: iPhone, News, retail

iPhone X shipping times have improved in the United States and Canada, so if you were hoping to snag one for your special someone for the holidays, it looks like you’ll beat the buzzer.

The shipment times, which were at 3 to 4 week estimates, have improved to 2 to 3 week estimates in the United States and Canada since the handset became available in early November.

The new 2 to 3 week shipping estimates for North America follow improved shipping estimates in countries across Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 update, offers fix for iPhone X display being unresponsive in cold temperatures

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 03:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

If nothing else, the iOS 11 updates are arriving fairly quickly.

Apple released its iOS 11.1.2 update on Thursday. The update, which can range from a few hundred megabyte to a 2.43 gigabyte download, offered the following fixes and changes:

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Square Cash App for iOS adds Bitcoin support, company CFO vouches support for cryptocurrencies

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:41
Category: Finance, iOS, News

Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar wants to prove that cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, can be a genuine financial tool with the latest version of its Cash App for iOS now supporting the protocol.

“We’re a payment innovator. And therefore I think it behooves us to always know, where are our payments going?” Friar told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “When we develop products at Square, we spend a lot of time listening to what our customers want, and what we heard from individuals – so this isn’t sellers asking to accept bitcoin, this is individuals using Square Cash to make payments… saying, ‘We want an easy way to buy and sell bitcoin.'”

Friar than added that the fastest way to understand a new product is to build products around them.

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New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help accurately predict sleep apnea and hypertension

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 03:30
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, News, Software, Wearables

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

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Apple thought to have sold 3.9 million Apple Watch units in Q3, strong LTE sales cited

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Date: Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 03:11
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Uncategorized, Wearables

At its most recent earnings call, Apple stated that its Apple Watch sales had grown 50 percent year-over-over, although the company has never revealed exact sales numbers. Estimates from Canalys suggest that unit sales almost hit 4 million for Apple Watch in the third quarter.

Canalys stated that the cellular version of the Apple Watch Series 3 has proven popular enough for demand to outstrip supply. The company also stated that wireless carriers have been surprised by the demand for the device.

Canalys estimated that roughly 800,000 of the 3.9 million Apple Watch units sold in the third quarter were the LTE model.

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Rumor: Apple to release 6.5-inch iPhone X, 6.1-inch LCD iPhone in late 2018

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 03:09
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

Because next year’s model is always critical, Apple is said to have three new iPhone models in the works for a late 2018 launch. Two of the new handsets are said to cross the six-inch threshold with edge-to-edge OLED and traditional LCD screens.

Assorted guru and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Industries issued a note to investors on Monday, stating that that Apple has a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone on tap for launch in the second half of 2018. This handset would presumably serve as a sort of “iPhone X Plus,” taking the general size of a Plus-sized iPhone and adding an edge-to-edge OLED display.

Kuo stated that Apple is also working on a new LCD model with a 6.1-inch display. Kuo stated he believes this model will target the low-end and mid-range smartphone markets.

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