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    Apple could ditch Qualcomm for new Gbps Intel XMM 7650 modem in iPhone 8

    By Caiden,

    Earlier today Intel announced a new XMM 7650 Baseband Processor modem today to take on Qualcomm's X16. Unlike previous Intel modems, the new product supports CDMA in addition to LTE, as well as high speed LTE Category 16, enabling gigabit downloads. The new chip could enable global mobile support for Apple's next iPhones. 
    Intel's new chip was profiled by Sacha Sagan, writing or PC Mag, who called it a likely frontrunner for Apple's upcoming iPhone 7s and 8 models. 

    Sagan noted that Intel's 7560 Baseband Processor "is LTE Category 16/13, with download speeds of 1Gbps and upload speeds of 225Mbps. It supports up to 8x4 MIMO, up to 35 LTE bands, and all of the current evolutions of LTE, GSM, and CDMA."

    Last fall, Apple began using Intel modem chips in some of its non-CDMA iPhone models for use with carriers including AT&T and T-Mobile. However, it continued to use Qualcomm modems because Intel didn't have the ability to support legacy CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint. 

    Intel's new modem chip could allow Apple to switch entirely to Intel, after a bitter feud with Qualcomm over licensing issues. Apple charged that Qualcomm's practice of charging licensing fees as a percentage of the total cost of iPhones means that it is demanding more money for unrelated value Apple itself is creating. 

    With Apple rumored to be introducing an even more expensive premium iPhone model this fall, its inability to negotiate favorable terms with Qualcomm would give it a strong incentive to shift its business entirely to Intel. 
    Intel looking for a mobile win

    Intel is hungry for business, following the repeated failure of its own efforts to bring x86 compatible chips to mobile with Atom. In 2010, Intel acquired Infineon, the Baseband Processor vendor Apple had been using since the first iPhone, just as Apple shifted to Qualcomm in order to expand support to CDMA carriers like Verizon. 

    Six years later, Apple returned to using some of Intel's chips where CDMA support wasn't required, but Intel's new inclusion of CDMA support could enable an expanded partnership with Apple in Baseband Processors that would give Intel a greatly expanded entry into the baseband market currently dominated by Qualcomm. 

    A move by Apple away from Qualcomm would follow the pattern of its parallel legal issues with Samsung, which induced the company to move its Application Processor business from Samsung's LSI fab to TSMC (although that transition took years to complete). 

    Apple's next generation of iPhones will compete against a new Samsung flagship using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, which combines an Application Processor and X16 Baseband Processor into a single chipset. Qualcomm also announced a new X20 modem that's even faster, although carriers have yet to roll out networks that take advantage of it.

    Apple is expected to pair its own TSMC-produced A11 Application Processor with a third party Baseband Processor. If it moves entirely to Intel, Qualcomm would be left dependent upon Android devices, which make up a shrinking segment of the most valuable premium tier of the market.

    Apple buys iCloud.net domain, shuts down associated Asian social network

    By Caiden,

    As part of efforts to bring its online assets under one roof, Apple recently purchased iCloud.net from a small Chinese social network, one of the last product related domains not currently under its control.
    It is not clear when Apple took ownership of iCloud.net, which most recently served as the home of an eponymous social network, but recent checks by TechCrunch reveal the domain is registered to the Cupertino tech giant. The who.is information was updated on Tuesday to reflect ownership changes, suggesting the handover took place recently. 

    Earlier this week, a tipster told AppleInsider that Apple paid some $1.5 million for the domain, but we were unable to confirm the transaction. TechCrunch was also unable to corroborate financial details. When asked about the domain takeover, Apple declined requests for comment. 

    Shortly before iCloud launched in 2011, Apple was rumored to have paid $4.5 million to Swedish software company Xcerion for the iCloud.com domain. The actual amount was later revealed to be closer to $5.2 million, making the currently rumored $1.5 million figure for iCloud.net a bargain. 

    As noted in the report, iCloud.net was one of the few remaining web entities not already owned by Apple. During the last nearly six years, the company has registered for, or outright purchased, web addresses related to its online service offerings. Though a few exceptions exist, Apple owns more than 170 iCloud-related domains, including iCloud.us, iCloudsales.com and myiCloud.net, among others.

    Why Apple decided to purchase iCloud.net after nearly six years is unclear. TechCrunch speculates the move might be related to Apple's rumored video and image sharing app. The product, which is supposedly set for launch later this year, is akin to established sharing services Snapchat and Instagram in that it will allow users to record video, apply filters and send the resulting content to contacts or upload it to existing networks like Facebook or Twitter.

    Whatever Apple's motive, the iCloud.net social network that has been in operation since 2011 is no longer active and all data associated with the erstwhile site will be expunged on Mar. 1.

    Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro out of stock as refresh looms

    By Caiden,

    Amidst rumors claiming Apple plans to refresh its iPad line at a special event in March, the company and its reseller network are seeing stockouts of all 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, with both online and brick-and-mortar stores showing availability estimates pushed back by 2 to 3 weeks. 
    According to AppleInsider's Price Guide, both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro are almost completely sold out at a number of authorized Apple resellers. The stockout impacts all storage tiers and colors, from 32GB Wi-Fi only models to 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular configurations. 

    At B&H Photo, all 12.9-inch iPad models are on backorder save for the 128GB Gold WiFi + Cellular and 256GB Wi-Fi only models. MacMall is seeing similar shortages, with all models sold out except for limited supply of 32GB Gold Wi-Fi Only and 128GB Silver WiFi + Cellular versions.
    2017 iPad Pro
    New 10.5" 326ppi display
    12.9" size also remains
    Faster A10X CPUs
    12.9" Pro get Wide Color DCI-PE display/12MP camera
    9.7" size to become non-'Pro' entry-level
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    2017 iPad Pro

    Separate checks with Apple's own online store confirm the constraints, with all 12.9-inch iPad Pro models now showing estimated ship-by dates of 2 to 3 weeks. Additionally, Apple's in-store pickup option is pushed back exactly four weeks to Mar. 20. 

    It appears Apple is selling through stock on hand, as some brick-and-mortar outlets still have certain configurations available for immediate pickup. For example, the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version in silver is available from our local store. 

    Unveiled in September 2015 and released a month later, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was the first Apple tablet to bear the "Pro" moniker. The jumbo-sized iPad packs an A9X processor, quad-speaker stereo sound, Touch ID and more into a svelte 6.9-millimeter thick chassis.

    The tablet also introduced a range of powered accessories thanks to Apple's Smart Connector. More importantly, iPad Pro incorporates special internal hardware to support Apple Pencil, the company's tilt- and pressure-sensing stylus. 

    After more than a year on the market, however, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is due for a refresh. 

    A report earlier today said Apple is planning to hold a special iPad Pro-focused media event in March. Alongside an expected 12.9-inch "iPad Pro 2" refresh, the company is rumored to release a new 10.5-inch design that could serve as the product line's flagship. A low-end 9.7-inch iPad with minor internal updates is also anticipated, with the model expected to take over iPad Air 2 as Apple's budget tablet. 

    The report goes on to claim Apple will introduce a revamped 7.9-inch iPad mini product, but such a release runs counter to predictions from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. 

    Also rumored for announcement at the March event is a 128-gigabyte iPhone SE and potential (Product)Red editions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

    Respring any Idevice

    By Jerry69,
    if your like me, i have an iphone 7+ with 10.1.1 JB and have a hard time respringing my phone after i install something through cydia
    the respring in cydia usually ends up rebooting my phone and i have to re-jailbreak it, which is a pain because the jailbreak for this device is still a bit flakey and it usually takes me 5 or 6 attempts to rejailbreak it
    heres how you manually respring, no JB needed..
    start from main screen
    1, pull down menu from top of screen
    2, slide screen to the right halfway with your thumb and hold it
    3, with your other hand press your finger on the search bar at the top until screen changes to search page and hold it
    4, take your first thumb off of screen
    and your device will respring
    basically you are making your iphone do an illegal gesture, and it will cause the springboard to crash and restart itself, which is what you are doing normally when you respring it in cydia
    works everytime with any idevice running any version IOS (with pull down menu) does not need to be jailbroken
    if youve installed something with cydia and you get to the screen button that says "respring" just hit the home button to exit out of cydia and do the above steps and no need to rejailbreak

    Apple announces WWDC 2017 returning to San Jose, kicking off June 5

    By Caiden,

    Apple announced today that its Worldwide Developers Conference will be kicking off with a keynote on June 5. The five-day conference will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, the site of the original WWDC and located just minutes from Apple’s new iSpaceship headquarters in Cupertino.
    This will be the first time WWDC will be in San Jose since 2002: WWDCs from 2013 onward were held in San Francisco. Developers will have the opportunity to apply for tickets this spring, the Cupertino company has confirmed. The conference will focus on all platforms—macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iOS—and will be live-streamed through the Apple Developer website and on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
    The cost of tickets to the conference will remain the same: $1,599.
    Registration opens Monday, March 27 at 10am PT with random selection like before. If you’re looking to buy a ticket, you must be an Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program member as of February 16 at 5:30am PT, said the firm.
    “Technology alone is not enough,” reads Apple’s WWDC 2017 teaser website.
    “Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant minds representing many diverse perspectives, passions and talents to help us change the world.”
    Some of the highlights include:
    Sessions—Get the in-depth technical details you need to build the next generation of apps using newly announced Apple technologies. Hands-On Labs—Learn more about implementing new technologies into your code with expert advice from Apple engineers in a collaborative group setting. Consultations—Make an appointment with Apple experts for personal one-on-one help on user interface design, app distribution, marketing, analytics, and more. Guest Speakers—Enjoy your lunch while watching engaging and entertaining talks given by industry experts and luminaries. Get Togethers—Meet with like-minded developers and Apple experts for engaging and motivating conversations around specific topics. Special Events—Take advantage of exciting experiences around the city all week, and celebrate with with an incredible bash on Thursday. More info on this year’s WWDC Scholarships will be available in the coming weeks.

    How iPhone 8’s rumored biometric facial scanning could supplant Touch ID

    By Caiden,

    Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicted that iPhone 8 would supplant Touch ID with advanced sensors capable of recognizing one’s face with very high accuracy. JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall corroborated Kuo’s report, speculating that facial recognition would utilize a front-facing 3D sensor.
    For many people, this has been one of the tougher iPhone 8 rumors to swallow. For starters, how would iPhone 8 authenticate the user in the middle of the night? Or in complete darkness? Touch ID lets you unlock your iPhone without looking whereas facial recognition would require you to face the sensor, a major inconvenience.
    A few reports have attempted to shed some light on the subject, explaining the basics of 3D motion and object scanning and how Apple might leverage 3D sensors in iPhone 8.
    Stop thinking about facial recognition in terms of your iPhone’s front-facing camera.
    That approach—employed by Android’s Trusted Face and Microsoft’s Windows Hello features—isn’t very reliable in low-light situations and doesn’t yield desired results in terms of the error rate.
    Touch ID has the potential of a 1 in 50,000 error rate. According to Hall, biometric facial scanning in iPhone 8 would be far more accurate than Touch ID and more secure for Apple Pay while working better in wet conditions.
    Touch ID, as you know, isn’t very reliable with wet fingers.

    KGI: iPhone 8 to feature 5.8-inch OLED display with virtual buttons

    By Caiden,

    This year’s flagship iPhone, often referred to as the ‘iPhone 8’ or ‘iPhone X,’ will feature a 5.8-inch display reports KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest research note, shared by MacRumors, the analyst says 5.15-inches of the display will be usable, with the rest of it reserved at the bottom for “virtual buttons.”
    As has been previously rumored, Kuo says the display will take up the entire front of the phone, meaning no bezels or physical Home button. This also means that although the handset will have a display roughly the size of the current iPhone 7 Plus, its body may not be much bigger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.
    In addition to the OLED iPhone 8, the research note reaffirms speculation that Apple will also launch new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD handsets this year. It’s possible they may see minor performance improvements, similar to the Series 1 Apple Watch strategy, but the consensus is the OLED iPhone will be the flagship.
    Other new features rumored for Apple’s new handset include wireless charging, a glass body framed by stainless steel, better battery life and some sort of augmented reality feature. It’s believed, and Kuo reiterates this in today’s note, that these enhancements will push the iPhone’s full retail price tag beyond $1,000.

    Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use separate wireless charging accessory, ditch Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter

    By Caiden,

    Only one of this fall's upcoming iPhone models — the so-called "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" — will offer inductive charging and a glass back, but buyers will have to use a separate accessory to juice up wirelessly, a report said on Saturday.
    The accessory could be based on technology by Luxshare, a Chinese company previously thought to be supplying coils for the wireless charger bundled with the Apple Watch, according to Japan's Mac Otakara. The site's claims may imply that Apple is depending on contact-based wireless charging, rather than exploring "long-distance" options like Energous and Dialog Semiconductor.

    Apple is also said to be abandoning bundled Lightning-to-3.5mm adapters with future iPhones. It included one with the iPhone 7, hoping to stem a backlash from people who rely on 3.5mm-based audio accessories —the phone otherwise depends on Lightning and Bluetooth.

    At the same time, the company isn't expected to include a Lightning-to-USB-C cable by default, despite USB-C ports being standard on the MacBook and MacBook Pro. Other Macs don't have built-in USB-C, and the standard is still rare on Windows PCs.

    The accuracy of the Mac Otakara rumor is questionable, especially as the site suggests that anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch models won't have wireless charging or glass backs, while the "iPhone 8" will have a 5-inch display. These points conflict with other recent reports, which have said for instance that the "X" will sport a 5.8-inch OLED panel, or at least a 5.1- to 5.2 inch one.

    Mac Otakara has at least occasionally proven accurate, having successfully predicted some iPhone 7 features like the removal of the headphone jack. 

    The "iPhone X" could prove to be too expensive for many phone shoppers, with a rumored price tag ">over $1,000. It may be intended as a special 10th-anniversary device however, especially given low OLED capacity in the supply chain.

    BeatsX earbuds launching Friday come with 3 months of free Apple Music

    By Caiden,

    Customers who have been waiting months for Apple's delayed BeatsX earbuds will be given a consolation: three free months of Apple Music streaming. 
    A card with the bonus is included in the box, YouTube host Jonathan Morrison noted in a clip comparing the earbuds with Apple's self-branded AirPods. No such card is bundled with the AirPods, or even other Beats products like the Powerbeats3. 

    The code does require that people register their BeatsX purchase on the Beats By Dre website, but it should apply even to people who have already lapsed the three-month trial available to every new Apple Music subscriber.

    For people interested in Apple Music the promotion makes the BeatsX significantly cheaper than the AirPods, since the service normally costs $9.99 per month, and the BeatsX is already nearly $10 cheaper at $149.95.

    After months of delays Apple is finally beginning to ship the product, its official release date being Friday, Feb. 10.

    The earbuds aren't fully wireless like the AirPods, and lack some other features, like automatic on/off functions. There are benefits for people who prefer tethered headphones however, such as an inline remote for easier control, and magnetic tips that lock together. Morrison also reported better noise isolation and bass.

    Both products are equipped with Apple's W1 wireless chip, which offers better Bluetooth connectivity and easier pairing with Apple devices. The chip is also found in Beats's Powerbeats3 and Solo3 headphones.

    Researchers find iCloud storing Safari history & Google search data for years, Apple now deletes data older than 2 weeks

    By Caiden,

    Cloud-stored Safari browser history was discovered to be stored on iCloud and accessible by an update to a newly-updated forensics data gathering suite for over a year even after deletion —but Apple has already taken steps to rectify the problem.
    First reported by Forbes, security researchers at Elcomsoft discovered that Apple was retaining an iCloud record that kept deleted web history "by accident." Using software developed by Elcomsoft only released today, researcher Vladimir Katalov downloaded his own data, and discovered records going back to Nov. 2015.

    Other information retrievable by the forensics tool on an iCloud-synced iPhone with Safari history retention turned on, were full Google search terms back to 2015, and "cleared" Notes for the last 30 days.

    According to an unnamed forensics expert contacted by Forbes separate from Elcomsoft, the retention isn't malicious. The second expert noted that the failure by Apple was related to preventing the data from being read by forensics tools like Elcomsoft Phone Breaker and not an outright failure to delete the information, as the data needs to be retained for a while by iCloud to properly sync changes across devices.

    Forensics tools like the tool used to examine the iCloud data still requires access to a target's iCloud credentials, or the unlocked device itself to get at the Safari and Google information. Also, users choosing to not sync Safari data to iCloud are unaffected, as are private browsing sessions.

    The same Elcomsoft iPhone forensics tool used to probe iCloud data on Thursday was reportedly used in the celebrity data thefts from 2014.

    Shortly after initial publication of the security and privacy problem, Forbes was contacted by Elcomsoft and another source, noting that old records were being removed as a result of Apple taking swift action on the matter.

    Katalov was at the core of the discovery in Nov. 2016 finding that phone numbers dialed on an iPhone were being retained. Apple has since dealt with that as well.

    At the time of the phone number data retention, AppleInsider was provided with a statement by Apple, suggesting that users "select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication," which would have prevented data from being harvested in Thursday's exploit, had it not been rectified by Apple.

    How to Jailbreak iOS 10-10.2 with a 1 Year Certificate on your Phone! [EXPIRED]

    By Caiden,

    I've check it in it's files comparison to Yalu102 code and it looks clean, no malware. 
    I've tested this on a 6S running iOS 10.2.
    This installs a 1 year certificate. Do so at your own risk, @iosjb is not responsible for your device. 
    You can check the expiry here:
    If you wish to wait and don't trust this source, you can easily wait for Saurik to create a new way around the 7 day option.
    • You trust it from Settings > Profile & Device Management

    Apple granted patent for 'dual mode' headphone that doubles as a speaker

    By Caiden,

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent covering a next-generation headphone design that automatically transforms into a stereo loudspeaker on the fly, potentially laying down a blueprint for future EarPods, AirPods or Beats models. 
    Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,565,490 for "Dual mode headphones and methods for constructing the same" details a headphone system —over-the-ear, on-ear or in-ear — capable of switching operating modes from personal listening to speaker depending on its orientation. 

    Apple proposes utilizing designs similar to headphones currently on the market. A basic over-ear style, for example, includes two ear cups containing drivers and operating circuitry, connected by head strap. Apple's invention adds in specialized sensors and amplifier circuitry that allows an ideal headphone to operate as a standalone loudspeaker. 

    Controlling output volumes are onboard sensors that determine the headphone's current position, its orientation in space and proximate location to a user's head. For example, when the driver cups are facing inward and the proximity sensor detects a nearby object, thus indicating on-head use, the device bypasses the built-in amplifier. Once a user activates "speaker mode," perhaps by flipping the ear cups outward and laying the system on its side, output volumes ratchet up to loudspeaker levels.

    On-ear headphones like clip-on models, as well as in-ear formats like EarPods and the new AirPods, are also compatible with Apple's invention. The same sensor and amplifier arrangement applies, but on a smaller and more compact scale suitable for use with pint size driver and armature designs. 

    Alternative embodiments include a snap band headphone, the ability to actuate speaker mode manually via a button interface, support for external amplifiers, secondary sound ports for earbud style headphones and more. 
    Whether Apple plans to bring the dual mode headphone system to market is unknown, though the company accomplished a similar feat with its latest iPhone 7 lineup. The current generation smartphone boasts a speaker arrangement that produces stereo sound when the device is in landscape mode, a technology introduced with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and later adopted by its smaller 9.7-inch sibling. 

    Instead of integrating four discrete loudspeakers at each device corner, as it did with iPad Pro, Apple cleverly amplifies output from iPhone's ear speaker, a component traditionally used solely for phone calls. Speaker volumes return to standard handset listening levels when onboard sensors determine iPhone is in portrait mode and near a user's head. 

    Perhaps more telling is Apple's AirPods. Proving the invention can indeed be implemented in an earbud design, the new wireless earbuds incorporate both motion and proximity sensors, as well as intelligent onboard processing for pairing, communications and other advanced functionality. AirPods even include a take on the "earbud as speaker" concept with "Find My AirPods," which helps users locate a lost bud by playing a loud pinging noise. The lost-and-found feature does not incorporate a discrete amplifier, as detailed in today's patent, but the basic idea is there. 

    Apple's dual mode headphone patent was first filed for in May 2011 and credits Edward C. Hyatt as its inventor.