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Physical Mockup Shows the iPhone 8’s Design

These photos reveal yet another iPhone 8 mockup, this one in physical form, based on leaked schematics. We can see similar design elements across leaks now, and it’s starting to look like Apple has finalized their designs. There’s an edge to edge screen, stainless steel sides (which will likely be painted black to make the iPhone look like one seamless piece of glass), the vertical dual camera array, 2.5D curved glass on the front and back, and even that weird elongated screen lock button. There’s also no sign of a Touch ID sensor on the back of the device (see below), and of course, there’s no headphone jack present. However, there is one worrying design trend with a majority of these leaks, something that almost ruins the excitement for me: it still looks just like an iPhone 6 without a home button.
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iPhone 8 Could Feature 3D Cameras and Facial Recognition

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In 2013, Apple acquired a company called Primesense. The company was known for using cameras and software to create 3D representations of the world around us. Some of that technology can be seen on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus, which has a portrait mode, capable of discerning the difference between your subject and your background, and applying a large aperture effect thought only possible with much larger cameras. The end result is a blurred background with subjects that “pop,” a dramatic look that’s perfect for portraits. I’ve been using an iPhone app, Big Lens, for years to manually create the same effect. Rumors are surfacing that claim dual camera technology will also move to the front of our iPhones with the iPhone 8. Not only do they say this will make our selfies look fantastic, but it also means Apple could use the “depth perception” the two cameras create to generate 3D images of a user’s face for facial recognition, which could have a number of uses in iOS or macOS. 
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Apple Could Reveal Standalone Siri Device at WWDC

Perhaps alongside the new 10.5″ iPad Pro, we may also see a new standalone Siri device during WWDC. This would be a device that runs some version of iOS for third party software integrations, and comes with powerful Beats branded speakers, and, of course, Siri. It’s been rumored to share a similar form factor with the current cylindrical Mac Pro, which would make it look a lot like Apple’s competitors from Amazon and Google, but with an Apple spin on the design. Amazon was first on this scene with it’s Echo devices, powered by their own voice assistant, Alexa, and with a wide range of third party integrations that boost the capabilities of the platform. While Google’s Home is catching up, Amazon’s Echo is still, by far, the head of the pack when it comes to third party integrations and capabilities. Plus, I think the Echo looks cooler. Google’s Home serves the same purpose, using Google’s Now technology to build a voice assistant. Both can operate devices around your home, both can answer questions as well as follow up questions, they can search the web, dim the lights, play music, and, in the case of the Alexa, even order you a pizza. 

Is Siri in over its head?
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10.5 inch iPad Pro Could Be Revealed Early Next Month

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s chance to reveal their new operating systems and software that developers can use to make new apps and services. Huge changes come to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the tools we use to make apps for these platforms, like Xcode. Apple has also occasionally used this as an event to introduce new products. These are rarely hardware focused events, but if Apple’s introducing new hardware that developers will have to change their apps for (or create completely new apps), then it’s a good time for a reveal. Apple has revealed new iPhone models, Macs, Intel integration, and more at these events. While WWDC keynotes are typically focused on new software for developers to leverage, they do occasionally introduce new products or product categories. That’s where this latest rumor comes from. Apple didn’t completely overhaul their iPad lineup in the spring as they usually do. Instead, they introduced a new low cost 9.7″ iPad and stopped selling older models. The current 9.7″ iPad Pro (review) was released in March of 2016. The 12.9″ iPad Pro was released in November of 2015. The iPad mini was released in September of 2015. These are devices that have gone more than a year, almost two for the iPad mini, without even a modest spec bump. Apple’s products are due for an update, and if Apple’s revealing a new leap forward for the iPad Pro, WWDC, starting on June 5th, may be the perfect time to do it. 
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iPhone 8 Schematics Show No Rear Touch ID, Possible Wireless Charging

We’re nearing the release of the iPhone 8, and leaks will begin to get more specific. Unfortunately, this one’s still nothing but a drawing, but it does confirm a number of rumors we’ve heard before, and is hopefully more accurate than some other drawings we’ve seen in the past. This drawing shows a sort of x-ray view of the iPhone 8, so we can see the vertical dual camera setup with flash between the lenses, and, perhaps most importantly to Apple fans, we can see that there’s no rear Touch ID! Besides that, there seems to be an outline on the back that looks suspiciously like a wireless charging pad. Wireless charging has been the biggest rumor about the next iPhone since the iPhone 7 was introduced, so it’s believed that this will be a core feature of Apple’s new phone. If the pad is indeed that large, the back of the iPhone will likely be glass to allow transmission. 

The iPhone 8 reveal is expected this fall, but it may not ship until early 2018 due to supply constraints with the new embedded Touch ID sensor. 

Leaked Schematics and Renders of iPhone 8 Show Disappointing Design

Meet the iPhone 8. Or, at least, that’s what famed leaker Sonny Dickson wants you to believe. He has a fantastic history with iPhone hardware leaks. His last big one? Revealing the iPhone 6 design, which has been used for the last three years on the iPhone lineup. That’s why his latest leak is troubling. Above, you can see a computer rendering of the schematics (below) he leaked earlier this week, apparently showing us the design of the upcoming iPhone 8, and a few things may jump out at iPhone fans. If you’ve been looking forward to an exciting new design with embedded Touch ID, wireless charging, or a glass back, you may be disappointed. But it’s not all bad news, some of the things revealed by this leak are actually promising. 
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Apple’s Working to Bring Glucose Sensors to Apple Watch

If you have diabetes, you’re likely tired of pricking your fingers, no matter how little blood is required with more recent monitors. Researchers have been working for years on non-invasive techniques for measuring blood glucose levels. Among them is Apple, who has apparently been working on the technology for the past 5 years, since before Apple even introduced the Apple Watch. It was apparently a goal of the late Steve Jobs to introduce a product that could help people monitor their health without inconveniencing them, and Apple may soon be in the position to release a non-invasive glucose monitor for diabetics in the form of an Apple Watch upgrade. 
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