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  1. Among the long list of next-generation features and refinements, Apple’s highly-anticipated iPhone 8 will reportedly boast an “enhanced receiver” with “further improvements to stereo sound,” according to the latest research note released by a group of JP Morgan analysts, including Gokul Hariharan, who periodically track the latest happenings within Apple’s Asia-Pacific supply chain. The iPhone’s receiver is the small, mesh-grilled cutout on the top-center of the device, which is also commonly referred to as the earpiece through which users can hear the caller on the other end of the line. The iPhone 7’s earpiece was the first to be redesigned as an actual loud speaker, meaning that the 2016 handset features stereo-quality audio output from both its top and bottom ends. Apple claims that with two speakers, “iPhone 7 delivers two times the audio output of an iPhone 6s with increased dynamic range.” The research note apparently stops short of providing any details about what acoustical improvements iPhone 8 hopefuls can expect with the enhanced audio technology, however at the very least, we can expect better sound quality and a higher peak volume for audio output. The report also alleges that the speaker, itself, will be equipped with better waterproofing, echoing the sentiments of a previous report that suggested the iPhone 8 will ship featuring advanced, IP68 dust- and water-proofing certification. iPhone 8 Could Come Bundled with AirPods Interestingly, the note goes on to allege that instead of Apple’s standard EarPods with a Lightning to 3.5mm headset adapter, Apple will ship a free pair of its super-premium wireless AirPods with every iPhone 8 — which could also be called the iPhone Edition. While the likelihood of this rumor being true is slim, it’s actually not impossible. We know that Apple’s top-of-the-line, 10th anniversary handset will be special, boasting a myriad of next-generation technologies and fulfilling almost all of our iPhone feature fantasies. We also know, based on previous reports, that the flagship will command a hefty price — perhaps somewhere in the ballpark of $1,000 for the base-model featuring 64 GB of storage. Therefore, while it’s unlikely that Apple will replace its $29 EarPods (which cost practically nothing to manufacture) with a pair of $159 AirPods, we’ll encourage you take this rumor with a grain of salt, at least until we see what Apple has to say when the device is unveiled later on this year. In the interim, the rumor mill has provided us with a whirlwind of information pertaining to the iPhone Edition’s advanced feature set, which will include a dramatic redesign in the form of a glass and steel frame, next-generation internals including a beastly A11 SoC, a larger battery with wireless charging capabilities, a gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED display, IP68 dust- and water-proofing, and Apple’s revolutionary new 3D facial recognition platform. JPMorgan estimates that the device will cost between $75 and $80 more to manufacture than the iPhone 7
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  2. This year’s flagship iPhone might arrive in time for a September release as manufacturers and assemblers have resolved production bottlenecks and ramp-up issues, according to a new supply chain report. Motherboard substrate makers Zhen Ding and Kinsus Interconnect have worked out their respective production problems and are preparing to ramp up production in June, according to an early Monday report by the Economic Daily News. Long-time Apple partner TSMC is also preparing to begin mass production of the A11 chip — also in June — and will deliver the chips in volume to assemblers by the second half of July. Battery supplier Simplo Technology is also gearing up for the upcoming Apple flagship. In addition, the report states that iPhone assemblers Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron and Winstron have begun the surge hiring process. This, in addition to providing the required training for new hires, will allow all three assemblers to have an adequate workforce in time for the iPhone 8’s (or iPhone Edition’s) production ramp-up, the Economic Daily News reported. This new information does fly in the face of previous reports from DigiTimes and renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, among others. Both of those sources suggested earlier this year that the flagship iPhone 8 would not be ready to ship in time for a traditional Apple September release, owing to new technologies and production bottlenecks. It’s worth noting that Kuo later amended that prediction on April 24 — stating that the iPhone 8 would indeed be unveiled in September, but would face “severe supply shortages” at launch The new supply chain reports out of China today seem to amend those April predictions even further. While they don’t exactly contradict Kuo’s latest prediction, they do seem to indicate that the Apple supply chain is fixing its production issues — and that there’s a higher chance that the iPhone 8 will indeed be released during the normal September timeframe.
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  3. 5 New Ways to Improve iPhone Battery Life

    The iPhone is a powerful tool, and for most of us, it’s a constant digital companion that enables us to be more productive, connected and entertained. That is, until the battery runs out. Maybe you’ve noticed some battery-drain issues with your iPhone, or maybe you just want to maximize the amount of battery life that your iPhone gets. Whatever the case may be, here are 5 new and updated ways to make your iPhone battery last longer. 5. Reduce Motion First introduced in iOS 7, Background Motion is a neat little feature that gives a bit of life to your iPhone home screen. When enabled, the parallax effect causes app icons and the background image to subtly “move” on different planes when you move your iPhone around. Of course, while cool, this feature does contribute to battery drain. If you want to absolutely maximize your battery life, you’re better off disabling it. Here’s how to do it. Open Settings. Tap General. Tap Accessibility. Tap Reduce Motion, and ensure that the toggle is off. 4. Delete the Facebook App If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably on Facebook, and you probably have the Facebook app downloaded to your iPhone. But while the social media app is a handy way to keep in touch, it can also wreak havoc on your iPhone’s battery by auto-loading /auto-playing videos and continuously searching for your location. If you’re willing to trade a little bit of convenience for top-notch battery performance, one of the simplest ways is to delete the Facebook app, and use iPhone’s web browser to log onto Facebook instead. Pro-Tip: Add a Safari shortcut to Facebook on your Home Screen for easy access. When browsing Facebook.com, just tap the Share icon, and then tap Add to Home Screen. 3. Turn off AirDrop AirDrop is a handy — and arguably underused — feature that iPhones are already equipped with. What is AirDrop? Well, it allows you to easily and seamlessly share files with other Apple devices when they are in close proximity, whether by Bluetooth or over a Wi-Fi network. But for all of its convenience, AirDrop can drain your battery — especially if your phone is in “discoverable” mode. To fix potential battery drain issues.. Swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access the Control Center. Tap AirDrop. Tap Receiving Off when you’re not using the feature. 2. Don’t Push E-Mails Does your iPhone notify you as soon as you receive a new email? If so, then you probably have Push enabled. While this is a convenient way of keeping tabs on your inbox, it also drains your device’s battery very quickly. Here’s how to optimize your battery via the email settings. Go to Settings. Tap Mail. Tap Accounts. Tap Fetch New Data. From here, you can disable or enable Push. Pro Tip: As an alternative, you can enable Fetch — which lets you set a time interval for your iPhone to check emails. The longer the interval, the less power it uses. If you’re already an avid email-checker, you can simply change the setting to Manual. This uses the least amount of battery, as the phone will only check for new emails when you actually open the app in question. 1. Turn on Low-Power Mode In iOS 9, Apple packaged a powerful new tool to help users manage battery life: Low-Power Mode. When enabled, the mode reduces or disables background app refresh, automatic downloads, Night Shift, some Siri functions, mail fetch options, and other features until the phone is fully charged. As a result, Low-Power Mode gives your iPhone battery life a significant boost — at the cost of some convenience features. When your battery hits 20 percent or so, your iPhone will automatically ask you if you want to enable the feature. Alternatively, you can toggle it on or off manually. Open the Settings app. Tap Battery. Toggle on Low Power Mode.
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  4. I am asking because I do not like the conditions of employment that I have read about for the production workers in China who make the iPhone at Foxconn.
  5. Is it possible to open a Microsoft Excel file in an IPhone?
  6. This morning I got strange dialog box on my iPhone 6 Plus. It said: "Passcode Requirement: You must change your iPhone unlock passcode within 34 minutes." The combination of the ambiguity of the message and the countdown timer was alarming. Why did I need to change my passcode? Why did I have to do so within a few short minutes? I hit "Later" twice over the next 34 minutes and nothing happened. Evidently it is just a bug related to cookies on a website I have previously visited and it is not malware. Apple couldn't tell me more.
  7. At today’s live Apple event, the fruit unveiled the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and the Apple Watch Nike+. The watch — which comes in two sizes, 38 mm ($369) and 42mm ($399) —features built-in GPS tracking, a perforated sport band for ventilation, Nike+ Run Club app integration, and exclusive Siri commands for starting a run. Plus, push(y) notifications: The Nike+ Run Club app offers daily motivation through smart run reminders, challenges from friends and even alerts informing when the weather is right to get outside. Training data, including pace, distance and heart rate are available at a glance, and through shared run summaries, the app promotes friendly competition, even allowing users to send fist bumps to each other right from the wrist. One prompt in particular asks, “Are we running today?” No, Apple Watch,WE are not running. I am running; you are merely along for the ride, capturing all of my personal data, which you will use to expertly nag me at a later date.
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  8. Poor battery life is one of the top complaints among mobile phone owners, especially as they run power-hungry apps that can chew up a battery charge before the day is half over. There have been long-running debates over whether closing a background app helps preserve battery charge. Federighi's succinct response echoes a similar piece of advice on an Apple support page that explains how to close an app. The page says that closing an app isn't necessary unless it's frozen: Another support document clarifies the process in greater detail: Mobile phone users constantly search for tips and tricks to preserve battery life on their phones. iPhone owners can extend the charge to some degree by tweaking certain settings and apps. But unless you turn on Background App Refresh, an option introduced in iOS 7, Apple says you're just wasting your time shutting down background apps in hopes of extending your battery charge.