iPhone 8 Could Use Lasers for Augmented Reality and Autofocus

Apple introduced ARKit in iOS 11 during WWDC, and developers have already had some fun playing with it. The system uses the iPhone’s and iPad’s motion sensors in combination with the camera to figure out what the device is “looking” at and overlay information or fun photos, videos, or games over the actual setting. In the future, such technology could help doctors perform complex surgeries, your mechanic diagnose and fix your car (or perhaps you can do it yourself!), give you directions to your job interview, even through the building, and more. It’s data, information, and games overlaid over the real world around you. Since Apple hasn’t introduced any glasses (yet), it’s confined to your phone right now, and our phones are surprisingly ill equipped for this. Apple’s been able to get by nicely with current technologies thanks to clever software, but for more advanced augmented reality, Apple’s going to have to improve the sensor tech on iPhones and iPads. This will likely include multiple rear facing cameras (which they’ve already done on one device), as well as an array of distance measuring lasers that can better “scan” your surroundings. 

Apparently, the iPhone 8 may come with these improvements already.
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You Can be Sued for Blocking People on Twitter… if You’re the President

Some people hurt the president’s feelings and were blocked on Twitter. Turns out Donald Trump may have violated their first amendment rights by doing so. 

Say you’re the president of the United States (POTUS). You won the Electoral College election, but lost the popular vote by a wide margin. Most Americans do not want you to be the president of the United States. You don’t have any political experience, you have archaic social beliefs, you’re a poor orator, you’re violating the emoluments clause of the constitution, you’ve got suspicious ties to a foreign government, you’ve criticized freedom of the press, and perhaps worst of all, you’re quick to anger. What do you do if people start commenting on your Twitter posts in ways that contradict your statements with facts or mock your inexperience? You block them! That’s what you do if you’re @realDonaldTrump, you block the mean people saying true mean things about you. But the president of the United States needs to have a level mind and thick skin. They need to respond to criticisms, the voice of the people, in a dignified manner, not silence them. By shutting down a means of communication between the electorate and the public forum that Donald Trump himself set up willingly, Trump silenced voters. Turns out, that could be a violation of their First Amendment rights. 
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Safari 11 Really is the Fastest Mac Browser

The Ares-6 JavaScript Benchmark. Lower is better.

Safari 11 will be released with macOS High Sierra this year. If your primary concern when browsing the web is doing so quickly, you’re going to want to pay attention. While many Mac users have switched to Chrome or Firefox, either for speed or their extensions, the extreme speed of Safari in High Sierra could bring users back to the browser. Apple claimed the new browser would be the fastest Mac browser available, but Macworld wasn’t willing to accept that as fact without testing it first. They ran a number of browser benchmark tests meant to test the speed of the browsers in a number of ways, including JavaScript performance, HTML5 performance, graphics, speed of user interface interactions, and many more web features using a generalized test. Safari crushed the competition in every test they threw at the browser but one, taking second place in an HTML5 test. Head over to Macworld to read their whole writeup and check out the benchmark scores for yourself. 
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Don’t Open Pandora’s Beta Box

There are developer and public betas out for Apple’s upcoming operating systems. You could, right now, put iOS 11 on your iPad or iPhone, macOS High Sierra on your Mac, or tvOS 11 on your Apple TV 4. But you’d be opening Pandora’s box of operating system woes, unleashing unstable, often broken operating systems on your devices. These are works in progress. You wouldn’t climb scaffolding on a building in construction just to see what it’ll look like from the top once it’s completed, would you? Perhaps if you’re a daredevil, seeking out an adrenaline rush, but certainly not if you intend to keep yourself safe. Those who have used iOS 11 on their devices have found it rapidly drains their batteries, often crashes, and that not all apps work with the operating system. This is perfectly normal for software that’s in development. Apple’s beta operating systems won’t truly be “safe” to install until the golden master. Personally, I’m usually willing to take the risk around the time of the 4th public beta, but even then, I’ve frequently come across random issues, like apps not working and crashes. The new operating systems may be tempting, but you must resist. 

Now, if you’re an app developer or you have a spare iOS device laying around, then, by all means, check out what Apple’s working on. But do not risk your only or most important device on incomplete software, you will regret it.

Supposed iPhone 8 Dummy Unit Shown off in Video

Rumors about the iPhone 8, expected this fall, have stated the same things for months. It’ll have a nearly bezel-less design, a stainless steel frame and glass back, the camera orientation will change to allow for better augmented reality in landscape orientation, and it’ll be about the same size as the iPhone 7. Of course, it’s also expected to have a faster processor and maybe even improved battery life. Maybe. Leaked schematics, supposedly either from inside one of Apple’s factories or through a case maker, have lead to physical dummy units used by case manufacturers to ensure their cases fit properly. One of those dummy units was given to a blogger from a case manufacturer, and he created an extensive video showing off the dummy unit, comparing it to the iPhone 7, and showing it with a few cases. 


This might not actually be an iPhone 8, but it looks great! Check out the video below. 
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KGI: iPhone 8 to Feature Greatest Screen to Body Ratio, but no Touch ID?

KGI’s analyst Ming Chi Kuo has a decent enough track record. One estimate places his accuracy for iPhone leaks at 44%, which is not bad for the industry. His latest information on the iPhone is likely sourced from suppliers of iPhone 8 parts, though he (hopefully) has incomplete information. On one hand, he’s come with some good news: the iPhone 8 will have the greatest screen to body ratio of any smartphone on the market today. It’s hard to imagine anyone beating the phenomenal screen on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the S8 screen doesn’t cover the entire device, though it seems to. There’s a portion at the top of the device for the front facing camera, earpiece, and other front facing sensors. On the bottom, there’s a symmetrical bezel. The iPhone, if current leaks are to be believed, won’t have that. Instead, there will be a cutout on the screen for the front facing cameras and sensors, and no need for a symmetrical bezel on the bottom of the phone. Though the S8’s screen may wrap around the phone slightly on each side, this won’t be enough to beat out the iPhone’s large but flat screen. The screen will be 5.8″ in size, but will have a function area, like the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, which will make the usable screen space about 5.2″. The device will be only slightly larger than the iPhone 7.

What was Samsung thinking?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is far from perfect. Annoyances in Samsung’s customized version of Android is the biggest detractor. However, there’s one major problem with the otherwise wonderful hardware: the fingerprint sensor. Samsung placed this on the back of the phone, directly next to the camera, meaning a right handed person will likely smudge up their camera lens every time they unlock their device. There’s no space on the front of the device, clearly, and Samsung thought this was the best spot on the back of the device for the sensor. According to Ming Chi Kuo, Apple will fix their Touch ID problem in a different way: omitting it altogether. But if Apple does that, will the iPhone still be worth purchasing?
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WWDC 2017 Round-Up: Everything Apple Introduced

These roundups are always daunting to write. There are so many things Apple introduces during their announcements that it can be difficult to remember it all, and that’s on a normal WWDC. This was not a normal WWDC. Normally, Apple spends more time discussing Apple’s day to day business, such as market share and sales. Instead, Tim stated they didn’t have enough time, that “Apple’s doing great,” and they jumped right into a two and a half hour long extravaganza of new items. This included iOS 11, macOS High Sierra (no, really, that’s the name), watchOS 4, a new 10.5″ iPad Pro with shrunken bezels, the fabled Siri speaker, the Home Pod, a new dedication to gaming on the Mac with VR support and external graphics, Airplay updates, Metal 2, an updated iMac, the introduction of the iMac Pro, Apple Pay and Siri updates, and so much more. It was potentially Apple’s most densely packed WWDC keynote ever, so let’s get started.

 
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