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Apple-A8-chipworksRumours have it the next-generation iPad Air for a launch sometime in October. The new comes via the Commercial Times, and while specific dates have been ruled out, there are still 30 other days in the month Apple could hold the event. Likely changes to the iPad Air include the addition of Touch ID, a thinner design, Apple’s A8 SoC, and a better camera.

According to Apple, 46% of devices that visited the App Store a few days ago were running iOS 8. That is a seriously good adoption rate, most likely thanks to OTA updates and a large range of devices being eligible for the update. For comparative purposes, 49% of devices were running iOS 7, with just 5% running something earlier.

Speaking of which, MacRumors claims the upcoming iOS 8.0.1 update will contain a plethora of miscellaneous bug fixes affecting the Phone app, keyboard, Safari, sharing, and VPN connections. They say the update has already been distributed to carriers, meaning we should see it in the next few weeks or so.

Apple has acquired iPad publishing platform Prss, with the source of the acquisition confirming several Prss employees are now employed by Apple. Prss previously announced it was shutting down in July, and a confirmation of the acquisition from Apple sealed the deal: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Chipworks took a detailed look at Apple’s A8 SoC. For starters, it’s built by TSMC’s 20nm process rather than the 28nm process used by Samsung for the A7, as reported by Ars Technica. Apple’s A8 SoC is still a dual-core chip paired with a quad-core graphics processor — and according to their analysis, Chipworks says Apple has opted to use fewer, more powerful cores instead of many, less powerful ones.

Some people find that you can accidentally bend your iPhone. I mean, it’s a super thin device made out of metal, so you might think it’s definitely a possibility, but who puts their phone in their back pocket and then sits on it? Front pockets exist for a reason.

The people from Camera+ compared the iPhone 6 to every previous generation of camera. A variety of shots show just how far we’ve come in terms of image quality, and in some of the shots, you can even tell the difference between the previous generation camera of the iPhone 5s and the camera in the iPhone 6.

An explanation of the time-lapse feature in iOS 8 dives deep into how it works. There’s no way to control the intervals of the time-lapse capture when you’re shooting a time-lapse, but instead Apple “dynamically selects intervals” depending on the length of your recording.

OS X Daily says there are a few fixes for iOS 8 Wi-Fi issues as experienced by a number of users, starting with resetting your network settings. I had an issue with my iPhone 6 where the Wi-Fi would randomly disconnect, but a few resets of my network settings seems to have fixed it, and I haven’t seen the issue since.

The two new iPhone ads star Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Huge and Camera can be viewed over on Apple’s YouTube channel.

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  1. I’ve read the MR article and comments and it seems they’re also bending when sitting down with the phone in the front pocket. I’m guessing that’s with shallow pockets where the phone doesn’t sit flat on the thigh. The media love to find something for click-bait that’s for sure, but I guess I’d be pissed too if I spend $1k on a new phone and it bent being in my front pocket (only a fool would put it in their back pocket and sit their body weight on it).

  2. tcn33 says:

    iOS 8 is paying havoc with our campus wi-fi. Every time you connect to a different MAC address with the same SSID it disconnects. With hundreds of access points across the campus it’s a nightmare.

  3. Perhaps those people that wanted a smaller iPhone were right after all :wink:

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