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Apple's Siri has been a major feature of the iPhone for years now (from the iPhone 4S) and most will agree that she's pretty damn smart. If reports are anything to go by, then she might be in line for a major upgrade which will in turn make her smarter than ever.

According to a report on Digitimes, the Assistant could well come with a lot of major upgrade. This is in line numerous rumors that the next iPhone, possibly called the iPhone 8, will mark its 10-year anniversary with big changes like an edge-to-edge display and glass body along with a smarter Siri that can learn your behavior.

Apple have not confirmed this story yet meaning it may not be the case, or they're keeping their cards close to their chest.

At this time Siri is behind its major competitor, Google's combination of voice search, Google Now and Google's AI Assistant.

While Siri has included incremental updates and features since "she" was first introduced back in 2011. Siri can't answer follow-up questions or access different applications like Google Assistant can making her fall short of Google's little bot (Google's probably smirking at this).

So if these changes are made to Siri in 2017 and she is given the AI treatment, then it is safe to say that Siri will be able to go toe to toe with any other assistant in the market (and probably win)

Apple last updated their iPad Mini series in 2015 and going by all that has happened before, it is expected that the company might release their iPads sometime this year.

The iPad Mini 4, launched almost two years ago, used to be the best in the world of 8-inch tablets and it is believed (hoped) that the next iPad will witness the same overhaul, as was experienced by iPad Mini 4.

Due to circumstances we cannot even begin to fathom, the iPad Mini 5 was conspicuously missing during 2016 September/October event. This has naturally led to speculation that the iPad mini has perhaps be taken to the "big farm over the hill"

According to 9to5Mac, reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple is working on three iPads this year which will be announced in March 2017 - a 12.9-inch model that will succeed iPad Pro, a 10-inch model that will be the pricier iPad and a 9.7-inch variant as the entry level iPad.

Kuo did leave out talk on any iPad Minis and suggested that iPad Pros will be sold at a higher average selling price, this could mean there's nothing in the iPad mini range anymore.

Apple have made no official announcements about discontinuing the iPad Mini series, so it remains to be seen what happens on that front, but i guess the best thing we can say is that we're crossing our fingers.

Till then.

Of the three phones Apple is planning to release this year, at least one of them is going to have a wraparound screen according to reports.

An analyst from Cowen and Company, Timothy Arcuri, said
 in a note to investors on Wednesday, that he spoke with supply chain sources who told him Apple is planning an iPhone 8 this year that will come with a "fixed flex" screen.

This design is in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and it has featured before in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It is reported to measure 5.8 inches and wrap around the sides. 

The phone is also reported to feature an edge-to-edge display, effectively turning the face of the handset into a big screen.

Apple has been rumored to be working on a big update to the iPhone. Reports have been mixed on what exactly the handset might offer, but a curved, OLED-based screen measuring 5.8 inches has been floated before. An edge-to-edge screen has also been reported, along with a new Touch ID sensor that would be baked into the glass, eliminating the need to have a home button under the display.

Arcuri also spoke about Apple's big iPhone update which at the moment has been surreptitiously codenamed iPhone X. He said it could come with facial and gesture recognition that would be powered by a laser sensor. It's also likely the handset will ship with wireless charging support.

By all indications, Apple should announce its new iPhones later this year and will go ahead and possibly release the devices in September.

When the Apple AirPods were first announced and it was revealed that it would have no wires, there was skepticism from many about how well they would do.

Things such as the price and the perceived ease with which it could be lost were pointed out.

But it seems that was all for naught as the sale of the AirPods have been going just fine. According to an infographic released by online shopping analyst Slice Intelligence, the AirPods are currently winning in the market.

Photo by Slice Intelligence

The AirPods which went on sale on December 13, 2016, took out Beats headphones in sales. For context, Beats were the leaders the year before.

As if that's not enough, you have to keep in mind that Apple owns Beats so from the chart above, that means Apple has just over 40 percent of the current market for wireless headphones among online buyers. Bose is the next-largest independent brand, at 16 percent share.

According to the stats by Slice Intelligence, most of the buyers of the AirPods online are male and most are millennials (1990s/2000s kids basically).

These stats are only for online sales though, meaning that the success of the AirPods might even be more remarkable when you consider physical sales and so on.

So Apple is certainly winning so far, can anyone keep up?

Tim Cook Apple's CEO has taken a bit of a hit after a less than stellar 2016 where they failed to meet their annual sales goals.
According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Apple on Friday, 
Cook earned $8.75 million in 2016. This is almost $2 million less than the $10.28 million he earned in 2015, and the $9.22 million earned in 2014.

Apple had set a target to surpass the $223.6 billion made in sales in 2015. Unfortunately, it was not to be as they only sold units worth $215.6 billion.

This in turn, affected the earnings of the top Apple executives which includes Cook and they received only 89.5 percent of their annual cash incentives.

For 2016, Cook's total compensation included $5.37 million in cash incentive pay, compared with $8 million in 2015 and $6.7 million in 2014.

His base salary increased, though, from $2 million in 2015 to $3 million last year.

Sales of the iPhone dipped in 2016 and with the company making more than two-thirds of its revenue from the iPhone, a dip in sales is quite detrimental to them.

2017 is coming and with will come it's own fair share of amazing gadgets and high end flagship phones. 
Another reason why next year is so special is that it is also supposed to usher in a new generation of processors, which in turn is supposed to make for faster, more powerful phones. 
There's a downer here though and that is the results of the first leaked benchmark for the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It is troubling as the implications are that Samsung's Galaxy S8 might not even be as powerful as this year’s iPhone 7 and if next year's Samsung phone can't compete with this year's Apple, what hope does it have for next year?
This is not to say that Samsung have always had an edge over Apple or anything as history has shown us that usually Apple phones do better in real-world performance tests. 
While we already covered the AnTuTu benchmark, another one from Geekbench shows that the iPhone 7 is king and processes faster than any Android phone in existence at the moment.
Next year’s Android chips will be built on 10nm process technology and under normal circumstances you'd hope this means that they should be able to outperform the older A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7. Well, it seems you'd be wrong, just see below.
According to Phone Arena, a leaked Geekbench test of the Snapdragon 835 that’s going into the Galaxy S8 shows a single-core score of 1844 and a multi-core score of 5426. That might seem impressive, but that’s still not as impressive as the iPhone 7, which has an average score of around 3300 in single-core and about 5400 in multicore tests.
Worse still, the purported single-core Snapdragon 835 score is actually doable by some current Android devices. That’s a bit concerning and could indicate that Qualcomm and Samsung still have a long way to go until they catch Apple.
Now we can't be sure these are the real tests and even if they are, it is also possible that the Snapdragon 835 is incomplete. But if it is real, then one can genuinely say Samsung might have to mind the gap.

Samsung and Apple are probably going to go down as one of the greatest rivalries ever with both companies habitually improving or mimicking each other in terms of innovations.

It seems that we have another one with the Airpods. Apple released the AirPods, complete with a proprietary W1 chip that lets them instantly connect to an iPhone or iPad and now fresh rumours are suggesting Samsung will produce its own pair of wireless in-ear headphones. It's not clear if they will be bundled with the phone, or sold separately.

The S8 (one of the most anticipated things of 2017) will like the iPhone 7 reportedly get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and use instead a USB Type-C for audio. 

It is believed that the USB Type-C audio allows for higher quality audio to be passed through a wired connection. But because it will use USB C, you won't be able to connect your current headphones, so you'll either have to get a pair that will use the bespoke connection, or get a wireless Bluetooth pair.

It is also rumoured that the new earphones will use Harman audio technology following Samsung's acquisition earlier this year for $8 billion, but we don't know this for sure.

Other features, such as one to rival Apple's W1 chip, haven't been confirmed either, so we'll just have to wait and see.

One of the more interesting features of 2016's iPhone 7 was the missing headphone jack. Apple, in their infinite wisdom, decided to go wireless and the Airpods were born.

The fear for the Airpods were that they could easily go missing despite coming with a convenient storage case with some magnetic security features, making it slightly more difficult to lose one, or both, of the untethered ‘Pods. The case also doubles as an recharging station, allowing for convenient power-ups on the go. 

Of course they will get lost at some point (not for everyone, but a fair few) and while they can be replaced, they are certainly not cheap.

The Airpods are protected by a one-year warranty. Service for any AirPods with diminished battery capacity within said time frame will be free. Battery maintenance that falls outside this one-year warranty period will run you $49(N15,500) and the cost for replacing a lost AirPod or AirPod charging case will set you back a cool $69 (around N22,000).

In case your situation is slightly different and you need to only replace your AirPod case, an individual earbud, or both AirPods you can either go to the Apple Store (obviously) the other option is to go to a third-party retailer (not as advisable) but they will probably replace your earbuds if they fall under warranty. 

Another option is to contact Apple Support. This requires you to provide the serial number for your product. This is the best option if you do not live relatively close to an Apple Store. You can also utilize Apple Support in tandem with the Apple’s Express Replacement policy for added convenience. You'd have to first determine that your product still falls under warranty before doing this however. If you’re eligible, Apple will ship a replacement AirPod or AirPod case to a designated location of your own choosing. You’ll just need to mail the defective product to Apple within 10 days of Apple’s shipping date.

So with this, hopefully you're not as scared of losing your Airpods.

It seems Apple is in a spot of trouble with news breaking that Nokia are suing the tech giants for violating a total of 32 technology patents.
Nokia stated that they have filed a number of complaints against Apple in Germany and the United States. Nokia said since agreeing to a license covering some patents in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers to license its technology, which it said are used in many of Apple's products.
Apple have shot back though stating that, "We respect intellectual property and we've always been willing to pay a fair price to secure the rights of patents covering technology in our products. Unfortunately, Nokia has refused to license their patents on a fair basis and is now using the tactics of a patent troll to attempt to extort money from Apple by applying a royalty rate to Apple's own inventions they had nothing to do with."
Nokia's lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding.
Nokia also claimed that they have been a big part of Apple's technologies especially through investments in research and development.
"After several years of negotiations trying to reach agreement to cover Apple's use of these patents, we are now taking action to defend our rights," Ilkka Rahnasto, head of patent business at Nokia, said in a statement.

It took a while, but here we are; you can now purchase you Apple airpods-- and just in time too, Christmas is just around the corner.

If you're looking for it you'll just have to fork out a cool $159 (about N50,000) and you could get it in time for the festive season with the advertised delivery date at Dec. 21. 

The arrival comes soon after it was claimed that AirPods were only "days" from launch. The product was first announced alongside the iPhone 7 lineup in September, but missed its originally advertised shipping window.

According to AppleInsider, the company said that there was not a chance that they were going to miss a holiday season release. Additionally, several venues have received pre-release sets for review.

"We're ready to go any time," one AppleInsider retail source said. "We've got a few pairs for customer demonstration that we're just waiting on the word to start with."

Early reviews suggest that it is cool device with the wireless feature and rumours of an audio syncing problem were laid to rest.

The product features Apple's proprietary W1 chip for more robust Bluetooth audio connections and easy iCloud-based pairing. The W1 chip is also featured in the previously-launched Powerbeats3 and Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, and will also be featured in the forthcoming BeatsX, though the latter has also seen delays.

The AirPods, however, feature unique technology that goes beyond the W1. The wireless earbuds are also set to include beam-forming microphones, accelerometers, infrared sensors, and a small charging and carrying case that will provide more power on the go, as well as the mechanism to sync with an iPhone.

The only problem with the airpods is how easy they will be to lose. So before you fork out 50gs please be sure you know exactly where you're going to keep them at all times.

With excitement ramping up for the iPhone 8, it will please Apple fans to know that the company is testing more than 10 prototypes for new iPhones that could go on sale next year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some of those prototypes may have a new design centered around a curved screen.

The technology that would enable that curved screen is called OLED, which is a newer kind of display that has deeper blacks and lower power consumption.

The fact that Apple will need tens of millions of these OLED screens for next year is setting off a race among screen makers, including Samsung, LG Display, Foxconn-owned Sharp, and Japan Display.

The WSJ says that Samsung will supply "most" of Apple's initial OLED needs, confirming what Bloomberg reported earlier.

It seems that while Samsung might have the capacity, the others might have a bit of trouble with reports indicating that Sharp would need to spend more than $5 billion to develop the technology and capacity to supply OLED screens to Apple.

"We don't know whether Apple's OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn't walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity," Sharp chief executive Tai Jeng-wu said last month.

iPhone sales have suffered something of a dip in recent times and there is pressure mounting on the company to produce a phone that gets them back on top of things.

The iPhone 8 is supposed to be that product and it is rumoured that it will feature glass casing, wireless charging, and a new edge-to-edge screen design, in addition to the latest chips and technologies.

"iPhone 8 design didn't sound 100% locked down but we believe the move is to a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope," writes Barclays

10 prototypes are being tested and it's possible that the OLED screen might not see the light of day and it might be a case of Apple going with what is available and what can be supplied by their Asian partners.

With the dust finally beginning to clear on the Samsung debacle, it seems the Korean company would be featuring a lot of the cool new kinks that Apple will also be featuring on their iPhone 8.
So things like; all-screen design with buttons and sensors incorporated into the display, 3D Touch support, dual-lens rear camera, and a personal voice assistant all from the iPhone may be coming with the Samsung Galaxy S8.
This doesn't mean Samsung only plans to just copy, they will be doing some tinkering of their own and nothing will be more exciting than their personal voice assistant which should make a debut with the S8.
According to GalaxyClub, the Galaxy S8’s AI assistant will come with two personalities, including male (Bixby) and female (Kestra) voices, and bring over support for mobile payments by voice.
The site discovered new AI-related trademark applications filed in South Korea and the European Union, which mention the two names and variations thereof.
Interestingly, the name Bixby Pay has also been spotted, suggesting that Samsung is looking to let people pay for goods by simply voicing the appropriate instruction to either Bixby or Kestra.
The company responsible for this is Viv, who Samsung has now acquired and make services and products like Siri.

Siri can do payments with PayPal at the moment, but if the rumours are to be true, then Bixby and Kestra might just be better than Siri. 
Your move Apple.

Photo Crd: Daily Mail

A short nasty video has been causing iPhones and iPads to crash after a period of instability when watched 
Playing a mp4 video in Safari on any iOS device will cause the device to slow down and then freeze in about 30 seconds. The video itself is hosted on a Russian Vine-like video sharing app called Miaopai.
The exact cause of the problem is as yet unknown, it is believed though that a corruption in the file is causing a memory leak in Safari.
The video itself is only 3 seconds long and it shows someone standing by a bed with the word “Honey” printed across the screen. The bug doesn’t immediately brick a phone but starts slowing it down after 30 seconds.
There's a YouTube video by Everything Apple Pro which gives a rather detailed explanation of how the glitch works on the bright side, the effects don't seem to be long term also it doesn’t affect users of Android devices.
Should a user’s phone be affected by the video, a hard reboot by holding the power and home buttons should restart the device. On iPhone 7 with the non-mechanical button, users will have to press the power and volume down button. The issue affects versions of iOS from iOS 5 to iOS 10.3 beta.
Apple are likely to get a fix for this problem pretty soon and it shouldn't become much bigger than this.

Apple have said they'll offer free battery replacements to those who are having issues with unexpected shutdowns on their iPhone 6s.
Apple have said they'd replace the batteries for these devices at its branded retail stores and authorized service provider centers for free.
So if your iPhone 6s has this problem, Apple says there’s no cause for concern as it isn’t a safety issue. Plus, the company believes it only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015. 
This is different from the 'Touch disease' problem some iPhone 6s suffered earlier. Apple announced a repair program for that last week, 
Photo Crd: GSM Arena

Before going ahead with the replacement though, you should backup your data, erase your settings and turn off the Find my iPhone security feature. To erase your data, you can head over to Settings > General > Reset > and click on Erase all Content and Settings. Apple also notes that the program covers iPhone 6s batteries for three years from first retail sale of the unit and battery replacement does not extend the standard warranty coverage of your device.
So once you've sorted this out, you should be able to get your iPhone 6 battery replaced.

In news that is sure to excite Apple Fanboys and girls, Siri, Apple's voice assistant is going to be able to help you send money!
While Siri is still pretty much an Apple thing, the company is beginning to open her up to be used by third parties.
 At its WWDC keynote back in June, the company confirmed app makers could let iPhone and iPad users send and receive money via Siri, with Square Cash and Monzo becoming the first to tap into that functionality.
Now, money giant PayPal announced it too now lets users in over 30 countries send and request money via using only their voice.
Sending and receiving is very easy, but you'll first need to link Siri with your PayPal account. This involves granting PayPal access to your Contacts and confirming via two-factor authentication (a code sent via text message) that you are who you say you are. Once that's done, you can simply say "Send Alice $20 using PayPal" and Siri will display a card summarizing the details of your request before asking you to confirm or cancel the transfer. The device must be unlocked first, so friends won't be able to steal your phone and send themselves money.
This new innovation is currently available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, United Arab Emirates and the United States. It supports a variety of languages and recognizes your friends' accounts by either their email address or phone number.
So now sending money just got a hell of a lot easier.

It was announced yesterday that Apple had released a new update to their tech. Enter the iOS 10.2 beta 2 and it comes with a couple of new features, bug fixes and improvements.

This is the second minor update after the big iOS 10 update. The first update, iOS 10.1, brought the Portrait mode feature to the iPhone 7. Apart from that, it included bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple also released a minor iOS 10.1.1 update to fix issues with the Health app.

Here are some of the new features on the Apple iOS 10.2 Beta

One of the biggest add-ons is the TV app, on the new update, the TV app will be available for users. This app will help users check what's new and discover shows to watch on the Apple TV. It will also support Single-Sign on and Siri Live commands. The new app will appear on the home screen with a TV icon.

A cool new SOS feature was chipped in too enable the feature by going through Settings>General. Once done, the user will be able to dial emergency services by simply pressing the Power button 5 times. This feature will work in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, U.K. and U.S.

The Music app in iOS 10.2 beta 2 was also given a bit of a makeover with some improvements and interface changes. The Shuffle/Repeat buttons are now more prominent when playing a song.

Those are the new features in the latest beta of iOS 10.2. So you now have an idea what to look forward to when you update your Apple OS.

The buzz surrounding the iPhone 7 is barely done but Apple users and fan are already talking about what the next iteration of the mega device could have in store and if reports are to be believed it could very well be something spectacular.

According to online reports, Foxconn Technology Group, one of Apple's main manufacturing partners, is making wireless charging modules for the 2017 iPhone.

Wireless charging is not new with brands like Samsung incorporating this technology into their phones. Only the Apple watch uses it at the moment but that could change as reports indicate that this is the next feature Apple wants on its iPhones and have been recruiting engineers from wireless charging companies to make this a reality.

Speculation puts the use of wireless charging on Apple's iPhone at 2017 which will coincidentally be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's release, so this does lend credence to the idea of having wireless charging.

Online reports also indicate that not only will the iPhone 8 have wireless charging but also a curved OLED display. While this has not been confirmed by Apple, Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu mentioned that the next iPhone would have an OLED screen during a speech last week.

While the Nikkei report states that Foxconn is already producing the wireless charging module for the next iPhone, this does not necessarily mean it will make it into the version of the phone that's released to the public. 

So it seems like a situation of wait-and-see if anything does come of this, but if true then exciting times await all Apple fans.

Apple's new MacBook Pro and the fancy touch bar versions have kicked off with pre-orders. You might want to upgrade because this new versions come with interesting upgrades and new improvements,plus it's now thinner, lighter and more powerful.

Interestingly, to upgrade to this improved versions you will need to have enough cash.

For the 13-inch MacBook Pro with no Touch Bar you will need to have a budget of $1,499/£1,449/AU$2,199, with touch bar you will need to have $1,799/£1,749/AU$2,699 and the 15-inch MacBook Pro will cost you $2,399/£2,349/AU$2,999.

But note that if you want one of the fancy Touch Bar versions, it won't begin shipping until two to three weeks from now.


Looking at the MacBook Pro keyBoard you would notice a significant change,compared to other laptops the Apple MacBook Pro has brought innovation into the KeyBoard design,what did they do?.....They removed the all famous Function keys and replaced them with a stylish and eye catching Touch Bar. The Touch Bar is a multi-touch OLED strip – essentially a long, narrow screen – which can be customised to display different controls, depending on what you’re doing at any moment. So if you're editing photos, the Touch Bar will feature tool shortcuts. If you're editing videos, you'll be able to see the whole timeline and scroll through it using the Touch Bar.It also features a Touch ID sensor which you can use as a secured password input system and also for app purchases or installation. 

When Apple promises better performance it's a certainty, the 15inch MacBook Pro model was built to perform,it features a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Radeon Pro 450 GPU with 2GB of VRAM. Configure it up to its top spec and those rise to a 2.9GHz CPU, 2TB SSD and Radeon Pro 460 with 4GB of VRAM.The 13inch model on the other hand comes in a variety of options, but somewhat confusing also comes in two different designs: an entry-level model with two USB-C ports and no Touch Bar/Touch ID, that starts with a 2.0GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Intel Iris 540 graphics; and a model with four USB-C ports, a Touch Bar/Touch ID that starts with a 2.9GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and Intel Iris 550 graphics.

Check out this review video down below to find out more.

With the advancement of technology scientist through research are discovering new ways to help save lives, "iLifesaver" is an iphone app that has been tested to be able to detect cancer with 99% accuracy.
According to TechRadar a research was carried out with the Apple Iphone 5 by a research team led by assistant professor Lei Li from Washington State University, which led to the development of a portable gadget that can detect cancerous cells in an instant, analysing eight samples at once – unprecedented for an analysis tool of this kind.

With the use of a spectrometer which measures the light spectrum to identify amounts and types of chemicals associated with cancerous cells in a sample,this gadget is capable of detecting human interleukin-6 (IL-6) which is a known marker for prostrate, liver, lung, breast and epithelial cancers.

Li also promised that efforts will be made to make sure the app is available to both android devices too.
Aside being useful in clinics and hospitals,every home will also be able to use one of these cause its cost effective.

With this initiative lots of lives will be saved due to early detection of cancer cells.

Apple would be introducing the latest versions of the MacBook Pro and Air Models before October runs out. Apple will launch both 13 and 15-inch models, continuing to offer the machine in the same sizes available today. Apple is also expected to launch a new 13-inch MacBook Air, but will not debut a new 11-inch MacBook Air machine.

The new 13-inch MacBook Air are said to include USB-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 support,the USB-C ports are further anticipated to be of the USB 3.1 Gen 2 flavor, making them zippier than the (Gen 1) port which Apple introduced with the 12-inch MacBook. Previous rumors have suggested the upcoming MacBook Pro will include four USB-C ports, doing away with an SD card slot, an HDMI port, USB-A ports, and a MagSafe connection.

It is also expected to feature a redesigned, thinner body with a flatter keyboard, an OLED display touch panel that replaces the physical function keys at the top of the keyboard, and Touch ID support.

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