iOS 12 May Introduce New NFC Features, Like a Virtual Transit Card

Apple is said to be “making a significant change” to NFC, or near-field communication in iOS 12. In doing so, the wireless protocol, first introduced with the iPhone 6, could move beyond Apple Pay payments, according to The Information.

Samsung Ordered to Pay Apple $539 Million for Infringing iPhone Patents

A jury has told Samsung it must pay Apple $539 million for infringing on three design patents with Android phones sold between 2010 and 2011. The unanimous decision was made in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in San Jose, California. The number is significant because it’s higher than what Apple was likely to get based on past court decisions, according to Bloomberg.

Apple Teams up With Volkswagen for Driverless Employee Shuttles

Apple’s dream of producing driverless cars has moved forward, but not in the grand way it once hoped. The iPhone maker and Volkswagen are partnering to turn some of the German carmaker’s new T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for Apple employees. This comes after other carmakers said no to Apple’s loftier automobile goals, according to The New York Times.

Apple Will Live Stream the WWDC 2018 Keynote Address

Apple is going to be providing a live stream of its WWDC keynote address this year. On Tuesday, the company added a new events page to its website with an invitation to “watch the keynote 6/4 at 10am PDT.”

Apple becomes the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide

The rumors regarding Apple’s first smart speaker haven’t been great, painting a picture that suggests the device isn’t doing so well in the sales department. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, Amazon shipped 4 million smart speakers during the first quarter of 2018 or an increase of 102 percent year over year. At the same time, Google shipped 2.4 million units, which was a 709 percent increase. Alibaba followed with 700,000 units sold.

Apple Pay Now Available in Ukraine

That's right. It looks like that Apple Pay is making its way to more markets and this time it is available in Ukraine. The revelation is not official from Apple side, but many Apple users from Ukraine who found that they can add MasterCard or Visa credits cards on Apple Pay.

Microsoft to bring iMessage support to Windows

It looks like that Microsoft is looking forward to bring Apple's iMessage to Windows. Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager at Microsoft, told The Verge today that the Windows maker is “very willing to work with Apple” on adding Windows 10 functionality to iMessage.

iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak Demonstrated [Video]

Believe it or not, we could see a very soon release of a jailbreak for iOS 11.3.1. A new video has been uploaded by Spark and Bxl saying that  "iOS 11.3.1? It's not a problem. :-)". In case you don't know Spark, he is an Android and iOS Senior Security Engineer at Alibaba.

iOS 11.2 – 11.2.6 Jailbreak To Be Released Soon by Coolstar

A spark of good news seems to be circulating in the jailbreak community this week after an iOS 11.2.x-based kernel exploit became publicized.

Samsung’s foldable phone is said to have three 3.5-inch OLED screens

With the Galaxy S9 not doing particularly well for Samsung, the company has turned its attention to the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy S10. While the Note 9 will be unveiled first, it is the Galaxy S10 whose rumors have started making the rounds of the internet. A report from The Bell points to Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S10 in CES 2019 early next year.

Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.3, Downgrades and Restores No Longer Possible

Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.3 on Wednesday, a move that prevents iPhone and iPad users from downgrading or restoring to this particular version of iOS through iTunes .The Cupertino-based company regularly stops signing older iOS versions just a couple of weeks after releasing a new software update. Given how Apple just released iOS 11.3.1 a little more than a week ago, this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

Apple’s Q2 2018: 52.2M iPhones, 9.1M iPads, $61.1B revenue

Following along with its yearly routine, Apple today announced it latest quarterly earnings. Apple has officially announced its second quarter results of 2018. These follow the strong results from the first quarter, and see millions more iPhones, iPads, and Macs sold to the masses. Here’s how it all breaks down:

Analysts Believe Apple Won’t Include Lightning-to-Headphone Adapter With 2018 iPhones

Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates speculate that iPhones Apple will release this year may not come bundled with the Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter.

2018 6.1-Inch iPhone Again Rumored to Not Feature 3D Touch

Revered KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reiterated his view that one of Apple’s 2018 iPhone models will skip the 3D Touch feature which made a splash more than two years ago. In a note to clients distributed earlier in the week, a copy of which was obtained by Chinese news outlet Feng (via MacRumors), the revered analyst is quoted as saying that 2018’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will switch to the Cover Glass Sensor (CGS) screen technology.

Apple Rumored to be Working on Powerful Standalone AR/VR Headset with Two 8K Displays

Apple is currently working on a headset with dual 8K displays that will be capable of both virtual and augmented reality, reports CNET. The outlet says the device, codenamed T288, is wireless—meaning it doesn’t require a tether to a Mac or iPhone—and it’s slated to launch in 2020. 

Claimed iPhone SE 2 video reveals headphone jack and glass back for wireless charging

Some sketchy photos have surfaced on China’s Sina Weibo which claims to show the iPhone SE 2. The handset in video features a glass back at the rear but largely looks similar to the original iPhone SE.

Apple Announces Battery Replacement Program for 13-inch MacBook Pro

Battery replacement programs are all the rage these days (if you’re Apple), and it looks like the company is opening a new program for one of its MacBooks.

iPhone SE 2 Could Launch in May with A10 Fusion Chip and Wireless Charging

It looks like that the successor of iPhone SE could be  coming next month.
MacRumors noted that the reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara spoke (Google Translate) with case makers at the Global Sources Mobile Electronics trade show in Hong Kong this week.

Apple to Launch Two 6.1-Inch iPhones in 2018

According to a new report from MacRumors, Apple is about to launch three new iPhones this year: A true successor to the iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus with an OLED display, and then a 6.1-inch iPhone equipped with an LCD panel.

Russia Asks Apple to Remove Telegram From App Store

After banning Telegram, the Russian government has now sent requests to Apple and Google to remove the messaging app from their respective app stores. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications or Roskomnadzor banned Telegram in the country on the orders of a Russian court.
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