Wednesday Morning News

The same Vietnamese security company that originally fooled Face ID with a mask has posted a second video demonstrating unlocking the iPhone X with a mask made from $200 of materials. This time around, the option to “require attention to unlock” is kept on, Face ID is setup from scratch on the device, and then the device is unlocked first with the researcher’s face, and then with the mask 3D printed from stone powder.

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Tuesday Morning News

As part of the tenth anniversary of Urban Sketchers, on-location artists who have increasingly started using iPad Pros with the Apple Pencil for their art, Apple is offering Today at Apple sketch walks hosted by prominent members of the Urban Sketchers community. The special sketch walks will be hosted by Uma Kelkar in San Francisco, Rob Sketcherman in Hong Kong, Don Low in Singapore, and Omar Jamarillo in Berlin.

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Monday Morning News

The newly redesigned Chadstone Apple Store opened on Friday, complete with all the trimmings of Apple’s new store designs. Located in a different place to the old store, Apple Chadstone now has natural light pouring onto the Genius Grove, The Avenue, and The Forum — all spaces which were kind of in Apple’s old stores, but have all given a brand new look and a new take. Broadsheet Melbourne has some great photos of the new store.

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Friday Morning News

Faster mobile radios in iPhones is definitely something Apple is working towards, and in his latest research note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims next year’s iPhones will feature gigabit LTE technology. Kuo expects 4×4 MIMO technology to come as standard on next year’s iPhones as faster transmission speeds are reached by telcos. This will also result in changes to Apple’s supply chain as they switch to Intel for cellular modems.

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Wednesday Morning News

Bloomberg has a report this morning on why Apple’s HomePod is three years behind Amazon’s Echo. Their story on early HomePod designs and how Apple never saw the HomePod as more than just an accessory lead to its current status — a product that was announced before it was ready, while competitors snap up the part of the market that’s still into home audio speakers.

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Monday Morning News

Apple announced on Friday a small delay before it will start shipping its HomePod wireless speaker. In a statement provided to media outlets, Apple says it needs a little more time before the HomePod will be ready for customers. Apple also said that HomePods will ship in early 2018 for the US, UK, and Australia, suggesting that we’ll see much more limited availability compared to Apple’s more recent product releases.

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Friday Morning News

The iPhone X has been included on Time’s list of the 25 best inventions of 2017. It’s pretty easy to see why — a display that goes all the way to every edge, sophisticated facial recognition, and a design that removes the home button, a staple of every iPhone design up until this one. It’s not perfect, but for the first big departure to the iPhone design since the iPhone 6, it’s not bad. And I know no-one that has returned theirs, so it must be pretty OK.

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Thursday Morning News

Apple’s holiday gift guide has Apple hardware and accessories for the whole family. While an iPhone X still seems like a fairly extravagant gift unless you’re particularly well off, I can totally see AirPods being given as gifts, or at a stretch, even an Apple Watch. Other than that, there’s the usual selection of Apple Watch bands, cases, and other app-enabled accessories. And because Apple’s holiday return return policy is now in full effect, anything you buy from now on can be returned through January 8, 2018.

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Wednesday Morning News

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has some predications about next year’s iPhone lineup. Kuo claims we’ll see three new iPhones next year, with a 5.8-inch OLED like the current iPhone X, a 6.5-inch OLED as a kind of iPhone X Plus. Sitting between them will be a 6.1-inch LCD version, with all models expected to feature Face ID and its TrueDepth camera system.

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Tuesday Morning News

With all the news recently about Apple’s redesigned brick and mortar stores, I’ve been wondering when they’ll be bringing the town square design to Australia. Chadstone will be the first Apple Store in Australia to receive the redesign treatment and three times the physical space, despite the location being located within a shopping centre and not a standalone building like many of the other new Apple Stores. The grand opening is on November 24.

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