http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn have confirmed instances of students working overtime to assemble the iPhone X, and both companies are now taking remedial action, as reported by the Financial Times.
A technician inspecting iPhone components at a factory
Apple conducted an audit and confirmed "instances of student interns working overtime at a supplier facility in China," according to the report. "We’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime," it added.
Foxconn said that "all work was voluntary and compensated appropriately," but admitted that the interns "did work overtime in violation of our policy," which reportedly prohibits interns working more than 40 hours per week.
The statements from Apple and Foxconn come after six high school students told the Financial Times they routinely work 11-hour days assembling the iPhone X at Foxconn’s factory in Zhengzhou, China.
"We are being forced by our school to work here," said Ms Yang, an 18-year-old student training to be a train attendant who declined to use her first name for fear of punishment. "The work has nothing to do with our studies." She said she assembled up to 1,200 iPhone X cameras a day.
The students, aged 17 to 19, reportedly said they were told that a three-month stint at the factory was required "work experience" that they had to complete in order to graduate from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School.
Foxconn is believed to hire a significant number of seasonal workers each year to assemble the latest iPhone models in time for the busy holiday shopping season. The report, citing an anonymous Foxconn employee, said there can be up to 300,000 workers producing up to 20,000 iPhones per day.
As part of its supplier responsibility efforts, Apple requires its manufacturing partners like Foxconn to limit working hours to no more than 60 hours a week, with a mandatory rest day once every seven days.
http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk A new blog post over at Pike’s Universum, a site known for digging deeper into Mac firmware files, claims to have found data relating to some form of mobile connectivity in the upcoming iMac Pro that could be used for "advanced theft protection" similar to Apple’s Find my iPhone service.
Even the cheapest iMac Pro costs $4999 and is thus far more expensive than any other iMac model that is now available, let alone the top of the line one with a price tag north of $15K, and it is so easy to walk away with a 27-inch computer, and that may be why Apple is going to introduce a new kind of “Find my iMac Pro” type of theft protection. One that phones home to report the exact GPS location. And there’s no way of switching it off…
The post goes on to suggest that the data could alternatively relate to a new feature in the iMac Pro that uses a SIM card to make phone calls. "Or perhaps the data that I found has to be a leftover from iOS for the iPhone," ends the post, qualifying the claims as speculation at this point.
No further details on the uncovered data were forthcoming, but Pike’s Universum has offered relevant information in the past. The site revealed some of the iMac Pro’s tech specs back in April, two months prior to it being announced, including that it would have Xeon processors, ECC RAM, faster SSD storage, AMD graphics options, and Thunderbolt 3 ports, although some of the specific details were inaccurate.
Later, in June, the site claimed that files in a macOS High Sierra developer beta suggested the iMac Pro could be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed "Purley." The blog added that the new iMac Pro also appears to be coming with a Secure Enclave, suggesting it will have an ARM coprocessor like the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for added security.
Over the weekend, several developers discovered data in Apple’s BridgeOS code that suggests the upcoming iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion chip with 512 MB of RAM. While the full functionality of the A10 chip isn’t yet known, the chip will enable support for "Hey Siri" functionality, potentially even when the iMac Pro is turned off.
Unveiled at WWDC in June, the iMac Pro is scheduled to launch next month, but Apple has not yet provided a specific launch date for the high-end desktop.
Starting on November 19 and through December 2nd, Amazon will release even more deals each day.
Deals go so quickly and are so numerous that it’s impossible to list them, but make sure to check out Amazon each day to see what’s on sale. Amazon Prime members receive 30-minute early access to all deals throughout the holiday sale.
eBay, like Amazon, will offer a rotating selection of deals throughout the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday holidays. eBay’s deals will start at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, November 23, so it’s worth keeping an eye out on the Daily Deals section of the eBay site so you don’t miss out.
eBay is discounting a wide range of products including the iPhone 8 and the iPad Pro, along with Apple accessories and iTunes gift cards.
B&H Photo’s Black Friday sale event is already live, with deals available on a wide range of Apple products, including the latest iMac, MacBook Pro, and iPad Pro models. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most notable deals in the sale, and you can also visit B&H’s sale page right here to see the full list of discounts. B&H’s deals will be available through Cyber Monday.
Adorama’s Black Friday deals are already live, and will be available through Cyber Monday. Adorama is offering instant rebates of $120 to $200 off on Apple products that include the latest iMac and MacBook Pro models.
$120 Instant Rebate
21.5-inch iMac: 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD – $979.00, down from $1,099.00
Target will open its doors at 6:00 p.m local time on Thursday, November 23. The store will then close at midnight and then re-open once again on Friday, November 24 at 6:00 a.m.
Target will be offering a free $250 Target Gift Card with the purchase of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus on an installment plan from Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T.
Target will also have the 32GB iPhone SE on sale for $99.99, a $60 discount off of the regular price of $159.99.
Apple Watch Series 1
Target will sell Apple Watch Series 1 models at prices that start at $179.99, a discount of $70 off of the regular starting price of $249.99.
Target will be offering the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at prices starting at $529.99, a discount of $120 over the regular starting price of $649.99.
The 32GB iPad will also be available for $249.99, $80 off the regular price of $329.99.
Best Buy’s official Black Friday sale will kick off at 5:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, November 23. Stores will then close at 1:00 a.m. local time before opening up again at 8:00 a.m. local time on Black Friday.
Many of Best Buy’s Black Friday deals are being made available early both online and in stores, so it’s worth checking the below links to see if deals are already active.
Walmart’s Black Friday sales will kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 23 in Walmart stores. Deals will be available all day online.
Walmart is offering a $300 Walmart Gift Card with the purchase of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus on AT&T Next or a Verizon Device Payment plan. This deal is limited to stores, with activation appointments available starting at 6:00 p.m. Actual activations will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Walmart will have the Straight Talk Wireless 32GB iPhone 6 available for $129, a $70 discount off of the regular price.
Walmart is also planning to sell the 32GB iPhone SE on Walmart Family Mobile for $99, a $30 discount off of the regular $129 price tag.
Sam’s Club’s Black Friday Sale will kick off at 7:00 a.m. local time on Friday, 11/24, but deals will also be available starting on 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday prices will be available through November 26 or as long as supplies last.
Sam’s Club will be offering a $100 Sam’s Club gift card with the purchase of select iPhone models using an installment plan. This is an in-store only deal and it will not be available online.
The deal will be available for “any Apple iPhone,” including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It also likely includes the iPhone X, but those models are not in stock.
Sam’s Club is offering a $130 discount on the 32GB 5th-generation Wi-Fi and Cellular iPad, dropping the price to $327. That essentially drops the price of cellular version of the iPad to the Wi-Fi-only price. A two-year activation is required, and this is another deal that’s available only in the store.
GameStop stores will open at 4:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, November 23, and online Black Friday sales will also kick off on Thursday.
GameStop is offering deals on a range of consoles and games to go along with them, but of interest to Apple fans is the company’s iTunes gift card discount.
Black Friday deals at Kohl’s will start at 12:01 a.m. Central Time on November 20 for online sales, and in retail stores at 5:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, November 23. The Apple Watch deal is a “doorbuster,” and won’t be available online until 5:00 p.m. local time on November 23, the same time that stores open.
Kohl’s is offering Kohl’s Cash with the purchase of the Apple Watch, with the Cash able to be used for a future purchase.
With the purchase of a 38mm GPS gold Apple Watch Series 3 with Pink Sand Sport Band, priced at $329, Kohl’s is offering $90 in Kohl’s Cash.
With the purchase of a 38mm Space Gray Apple Watch Series 1 with Black Sport Band, priced at $249, Kohl’s is offering $75 in Kohl’s Cash.
T-Mobile is offering a mail-in rebate deal that allows customers to buy an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, or iPhone 8 and get another one free. The iPhone 8 Plus is also included, but the buy one get one deal requires customers to pay an additional $100 for that device.
Finance agreements and new lines of service are required to get the free phone, with payments provided in the form of a prepaid MasterCard.
Customers who join Virgin Mobile between 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 24 through 11:59 p.m. on November 27 will get a $200 Visa prepaid gift card plus dix months of wireless service for $6.
For every person who joins, Virgin Mobile is also donating funds for 200 meals to Feeding America.
Macy’s Black Friday sales will kick off on Thursday, November 23, with the doors set to open at 5:00 p.m local time. Macy’s will close again at 2:00 a.m. and then will open once more on Friday.
Macy’s will be offering the Apple Watch Series 1 at a $70 discount, dropping the price on 38mm models to $179 and 42mm models to $229. That’s down from the standard price of $249 to $299.
While Macy’s sale will start on November 23, the Apple Watch sale will actually start on 11/22 and will last through 11/25.
Costco’s Black Friday sales will start in stores at 9:00 a.m. local time on Friday, November 24, but deals will be available online starting on Thursday, November 23. Costco limits many of its discounts to its Costco members, but there are some discounts that are more widely available.
Verizon’s Black Friday deals will be available from Thursday, November 23 to Monday, November 27.
Verizon is offering a $150 discount on all of its Wi-Fi and Cellular iPad Pro models when customers sign up for a two-year service agreement. If purchasing an iPad alongside an iPhone, the discount increases to $200.
To get the deal, customers must purchase a Fios Gigabit Connection, Custom TV, and Phone bundle online for $79.99 per month with a two-year agreement. The bundle includes Showtime and Multi-Room DVR service.
Ahead of the launch of the iPhone X, people wondered how Apple Pay would work without a Touch ID Home button for confirming payments, but as it turns out, the payments service isn’t too much different.
We went through the checkout process with Apple Pay to give
readers who haven’t yet had a chance to use the system a look at just how it works.
To use Apple Pay on iPhone X, you will, of course, need to have Apple Pay set up with a credit or a debit card in the Wallet app.
When you’re at a store that accepts Apple Pay, the Apple Pay process is more or less the same as it was with Touch ID, but some of the gestures are different.
When you’re ready to check out, press the side button on the iPhone X twice to bring up the default Apple Pay card and authenticate with Face ID. Then hold your iPhone X down to the reader to confirm payment. If you don’t want to use your default card, make sure to swap it out with a tap before your iPhone is next to the card reader.
The double-click setting that opens up the Wallet app should be enabled by default, but if it’s not, you can turn it on by going to Settings > Wallet > Apple Pay > and toggling on the Double-Click option. It’s a feature you’re going to want to have activated if you use Apple Pay a lot, because it speeds up the checkout process.
Without double-click turned on, you’ll need to hold your iPhone by an NFC-equipped reader to bring up the Apple Pay interface before raising it back up to confirm with Face ID, adding another step to the process.
All in all, Apple Pay on iPhone X is essentially as quick and as easy to use Touch ID once you get used to how it works, but it will take a few payments to become accustomed to the new process if you’re used to the Home button.
http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk After previously earning the designation of one of the overall best inventions of 2017, the iPhone X has today been placed at the #2 spot on TIME‘s "Top 10 Gadgets of 2017" list. According to the magazine, Apple’s new smartphone placed so highly because many of its features — including Face ID and edge-to-edge display — "will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come."
Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, you’ll probably have a hard time getting your hands on one. And yes, Android did it first. But the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen and facial recognition system will undoubtedly set a new standard for phones to come. For one, Apple’s Face ID system, even despite the security concerns, is already being used in more creative ways than Samsung’s facial identification tech. Third-party apps like Snapchat and Warby Parker are taking advantage of the iPhone X’s face-mapping technology to project realistic masks over your eyes or select glasses that suit your face’s shape. That, combined with a sharp camera, long battery life, and large screen packed into a more palatable size, make Apple’s iPhone X a top pick.
Below the iPhone X, the following gadgets round out the top five spots: Microsoft Surface Laptop (#3), DJI Spark (#4), and Samsung Galaxy S8 (#5). TIME‘s #1 gadget of 2017 is the Nintendo Switch, which it says is a "true knockout" thanks to its games library and ability to transform from portable gaming to playing on a TV at home. There is some overlap with the devices mentioned on TIME‘s new list with the Top 25 Best Inventions of 2017 article from last week, including the iPhone X, DJI Spark, and Nintendo Switch.
Sitting further down the list is another Apple product, the Apple Watch Series 3, which earned the #9 spot. TIME said that the advantages introduced in the new version of the Apple Watch, like a faster processor and barometric altimeter, were great additions. But the magazine said the truly notable addition was LTE: "the freedom to leave your phone at home when you step out to walk the dog or go on a run may be just enough to persuade smartwatch skeptics that the Apple Watch is worth considering, especially for athletic types."
To see more of the items listed by TIME, check out the Top 10 Gadgets of 2017 ranking right here.
http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk Apple is collaborating with its Taiwanese supplier TSMC to solve manufacturing issues preventing volume production of micro-LED display panels, according to DigiTimes.
Apple is reportedly collaborating with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop applications based on silicon-based backplanes (silicon wafers) aiming to sidestep the bottleneck that entails with the mass transfer of LED chips, indicated the sources.
The downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple has delayed or given up development of the next-generation display technology. In addition to its work with TSMC, it’s possible that Apple has shifted the bulk of its micro-LED research back to its headquarters in the United States.
Apple’s interest in micro-LED was first reported in late 2015, when it was discovered that the iPhone maker opened a secretive laboratory in Taoyuan, Taiwan to research display technologies like OLED and micro-LED for future devices. OLED is currently used in the Apple Watch and iPhone X.
Micro-LED displays have many of the same advantages as OLED displays have over LCDs, including improved color accuracy, improved contrast ratio, faster response times, and true blacks given both have self-lit pixels, but they can be even thinner, much brighter, and more energy efficient than OLED.
Micro-LED displays also have inorganic gallium nitride-based LEDs, which have a longer lifespan than the organic compound used in OLED displays.
Apple was reported to begin trial production of micro-LED displays in late 2017, but it’s unclear if the company proceeded with those plans given the manufacturing issues impeding volume production.
Wang Jyh-chau, CEO of LCD display maker Innolux, last year said that Apple’s use of OLED displays could be short-lived, with micro-LED eventually becoming the mainstream display technology once it can be mass produced both reliably and affordably. Apple’s use of micro-LED would likely begin in 2019 at the earliest.
While micro-LED displays could eventually be used for iPhones and iPads, the smaller-screened Apple Watch would be a good starting point.
Rumors of ARM-based chips being included in Macs have been circulating for some time, and with the T1 chip appearing in the MacBook Pro to drive the Touch Bar last year, the rumor began coming to fruition. The T1 was just the first step in the process, however, with Bloomberg reporting in February that a custom "T310" ARM-based Mac chip similar to the T1 could be included in future Macs and take on some additional functionality such as handling "Power Nap" low-power mode functionality.
In June, Pike’s Universum reported that the upcoming iMac Pro will include a Secure Enclave, suggesting the machine would indeed include an ARM-based coprocessor as on the MacBook Pro.
Unveiled at WWDC in June, the iMac Pro is scheduled to launch next month, but Apple has yet to give a specific launch date for the high-end desktop that will start at $4999.
http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk The Visitor’s Center at Apple’s new Apple Park campus opened up to the public this morning, allowing Apple fans to visit the Cupertino location to check out the campus and purchase souvenirs and snacks.
It features a cantilevered carbon fiber roof that was designed to look like it floats, along with staircases, stone walls, and terrazzo floors that match the aesthetic of the rest of the campus.
Inside, there’s a large 3D model of Apple Park that provides guests with information about the campus through an augmented reality experience provided through dedicated iPads.
A store area offers the a range of Apple products and accessories, including Apple Park-exclusive T-shirts, hats, postcards, baby onesies, playing cards, and tote bags. A cafe built into the Visitor’s Center offers coffee, tea, and snacks.
On the roof, there’s a roof terrace that offers views of the main building and the landscaping, which includes more than 9,000 trees. While visitors can view the rest of Apple Park from the Visitor’s Center, the other areas of the campus are off limits.
The Apple Park Visitor’s Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, it opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m., and on Sundays, it opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m.
http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.2 update to developers, four days after releasing the third iOS 11.2 beta, more than two weeks after releasing the first major iOS 11 update, iOS 11.1, and one day after the iOS 11.1.2 update.
Registered developers can download the new iOS 11.2 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.
iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments service. Apple Pay Cash works through the Messages app and is designed to allow for quick person-to-person money transfers. It’s available as a dedicated iMessage app in Messages, with cash transferred through the app.
Cash can be sent from a linked debit or credit card, while received cash is stored in an Apple Pay Cash card in Wallet that can be used for purchases or sent to a bank account.
On the iPhone X, iOS 11.2 adds a small bar underneath the icons located at the upper right side of the device on the Lock screen, which is designed to make the location of the Control Center gesture more clear. On the iPhone X, Control Center is accessed by swiping down from the top of the device.
In Control Center on all devices, there are two new informational pop-ups that are displayed when using the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth toggles. These pop-ups explain that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are disabled temporarily rather than permanently when accessed from Control Center.
In iOS 11.2, there’s support for faster 7.5W wireless charging for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. The faster speeds will be available when using third-party wireless chargers that support 7.5W charging or more.
The update also addresses an animation bug in the Calculator app that caused some numbers and symbols to be ignored when entered in rapid succession. The update removes the animations from the calculator app so calculations can be done quickly with no need to pause between entering numbers to obtain the correct result.
In addition to these bug fixes, iOS 11.2 introduces a new Now Playing option for controlling content on the Apple TV in Control Center, redesigned camera emoji, a new loading animation for Live Photos effects, and new Live wallpapers for the iPhone X, plus it adds a feature that lets developers offer new customers discounted introductory pricing for auto-renewable subscriptions on the App Store.
http://ift.tt/1ZNziIk Apple’s next-generation iPhone models released in 2018 will feature Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modems, enabling faster LTE transmission speeds, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Image: KGI Securities
Kuo highlighted that both new chips support 4×4 MIMO technology, compared to only 2×2 MIMO in the latest iPhone models, which leads him to believe LTE transmission speeds will increase significantly in 2018 iPhones.
In his latest research note, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo predicted Intel supply Apple with 70 to 80 percent or more of the baseband chips.
New baseband chips from Intel & Qualcomm will significantly boost transmission speed of new 2H18 iPhone models thanks to supporting 4×4 MIMO antenna design: We believe that 2H18 new iPhones will upgrade baseband chips from Intel’s XMM 7480 and Qualcomm’s MDM 9655 in 2H17 to Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s SDX 20. As both new chips support 4×4 MIMO technology, compared to only 2×2 MIMO in 2H17, we anticipate LTE transmission speeds will increase significantly. We believe Intel will supply Apple with 70-80% or more of required baseband chips.
Kuo also predicted that next year’s iPhone models will support dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS), which allows two SIM cards to be active simultaneously using only one set of chips.
2H18 iPhone models won’t only offer faster LTE transmission speed: We predict that at least one of the 2H18 new iPhone models will feature dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) with support for LTE+LTE connections. Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.
It’s not entirely clear if the new iPhones would have a dual SIM card slot or if one of the SIM cards would be embedded into the device.