Tuesday Morning News

Leaked photos show off the display assembly (sans actual OLED display) for the next iPhone. The familiar edge-to-edge design that has been rumoured for weeks now is there, along with the small cutout at the top for the array of sensors and earpiece hole. Now that we’re in the part of the year where the next iPhone has entered production, it’s likely that we’ll see more of these park leaks going forward.

Those worried about facial recognition speed may need to worry a little less, given that a Korean report claims that Apple’s facial recognition technology will work on the “millionths of a second” timescale, allowing it to compare favourably to the already fast fingerprint recognition used in Touch ID. Infrared will also allow Apple’s facial recognition tech to be used in low light situations.

New betas have been released to developers and members of Apple’s open beta program. The seventh developer releases of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4 were released alongside their open beta counterparts earlier this morning, with public beta six of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra now available. We’ll likely know more about the content tomorrow.

The seventh tvOS 11 beta has already given us some information about the rumoured 4K Apple TV, with the codename “J105A” being unveiled by one developer. It’s said that this updated Apple TV will support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and with 4K iTunes content likely already in the pipe, there’s even a chance we’ll see this Apple TV before the end of the year.

Over the weekend news broke that the encryption key for the iPhone’s Secure Enclave had been found and released to the public, but what does that actually mean? Security researcher David Schuetz explains that this encryption key is specific to the iOS 10.3.3 firmware running on an iPhone6,1, i.e. the GSM-only iPhone 5S, and that it does not, in fact, herald the end of iOS security as a whole.

A “hidden” page on Apple’s website looked to recruit an talented engineer for a critical infrastructure component. Evidently Apple got enough applications for the role, because they’ve since taken the page down after it was publicised yesterday.

Estimates put the amount Google is paying Apple to be the default search engine on iOS to be anywhere between US $1 and $3 billion, according to TechCrunch. It’s said that Apple could go with someone like Bing or DuckDuckGo as the default, getting a little less cash on the way, but apparently this is about hurting Google’s bottom line as much as possible.

AirPods availability has improved to 2-3 weeks, which means you can now get your AirPods in early September if you order online. If you don’t already have a pair, your best bet is generally to go to an Apple Store, or even a third-party retailer. Maybe one day you’ll be able to go into a store and pick up some AirPods.

The Skype Preview is now available on desktops, with the Mac version being released alongside the version for Windows. The new update probably won’t be to everyone’s taste, given the amount of what some would call extraneous features that they’ve added to Skype as part of the update, but hey, if that’s where we’re going now, so be it.

Mashable’s review of the Planet of the Apps series wonders whether it was a success, now that the finale of the mini-series has aired. While I’m not sure that’s the right word for it, it was at least somewhat educational in showing off some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating, launching, and then attempting to make something out of, an app developed by the indie two-person studio next door.

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