Apple WWDC 2017 Dates Announced: Developer Conference to Kick Off June 5 in San Jose

Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017) in San Jose from June 5, the company announced on Thursday. The Cupertino-based giant revealed that the 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be returning to McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, which will host the event after 15 years. For those unaware, San Jose was the original venue of WWDC, and it hosted Apple’s annual event from 1988 to 2002.

Apple WWDC 2017 Registrations and Ticket Price

Developers who are member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program can apply for tickets this spring. Registration will open on March 27 and the opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC 2017 will be offered by random selection, like recent years. The company clearly writes that developers who are selected will have $1,599 (roughly Rs. 1,07,500) automatically charged to the default credit/ debit card associated with their Apple ID.

“The conference, kicking off June 5, will inspire developers from all walks of life to turn their passions into the next great innovations and apps that customers use every day across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac,” Apple said in a press statement.

What to Expect from Apple WWDC 2017

Like previous WWDC events, Apple is likely to showcase the next generation platforms for mobile devices, watches, Macintosh, and television i.e. iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS.

How to Watch Apple WWDC 2017 Live

As before, the WWDC 2017 conference will be live-streamed through the Apple Developer website and on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

The company in its announcement also stresses that the San Jose is located just minutes from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. As before, developers attending the conference will get access to over 1,000 Apple engineers who will be also attending the conference.

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Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, talking to John Gruber further added that WWDC 2017 in San Jose means a lot for Apple employees as “they won’t have to devote an entire day to being there.”

Schiller further added that coming back to San Jose will not affect the number of attendees, and added that a lot will be happening outside the convention centre. “It feels like WWDC is going home,” Schiller said.

“Apple is working with the city of San Jose and local businesses to celebrate the return of WWDC with very special experiences around San Jose throughout the week,” added Apple.

iPhone 8 Tipped to Feature Resizeable Home Button, Gets Leaked in Videos

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 has already seen its fair share of leaks but it seems like there will be plenty more coming our way before the company finally unveils the smartphone next month. The HomePod code, which was leaked recently, has now revealed that the iPhone 8 might feature a resizeable home button and the smartphone will allow users to make payments using facial recognition as well. Separately, the smartphone’s different colour variants have been leaked on video and another report has suggested that the phone will not be unveiled until November due to the issues associated with fingerprint scanner implementation.

Talking first about the HomePod leak, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has found out that the home button on the iPhone 8 will be resizeable and that the phone will offer an option to hide the indicator as well. He further said that there is no API to change colour of the home button and that the tab bars extend under it. Troughton-Smith also share the mockup of the expected screen space on the iPhone 8 and it seems that just like some other smartphones, it will come with a taller-than-usual aspect ratio as well.

Another developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered the reference to Pearl ID, which is the company’s codename for the facial recognition system, in the code that suggests users will be able to store multiple faces and the feature will support Apple Pay, as pointed out in a report by The Verge. Further, Rambo found out that facial recognition system will be accessible by third party apps.

Moving to the alleged iPhone 8 live video, posted by YouTuber Danny Winget, the upcoming smartphone’s different colour variants have been shown in the video. The video shows iPhone 8 in Black, White, and Copper Gold colour variants. While these are just mockups of the original device, the iPhone 8 has been tipped to come in these three variants and very likely to sport the exact same design as seen in the video as well. A separate video has again showed the black colour variant of the smartphone as well.

iPhone 8 Tipped to Feature Resizeable Home Button, Gets Leaked in VideosWhile Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities recently suggested that the OLED version of the upcoming iPhone will be launched alongside LCD variants, albeit in limited quantities, a new report from The Korea Herald has indicated that the smartphone might now be unveiled around November. The reason behind this delay has been said to be the issues regarding implementation of the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8. While Apple has been said to ditch the plans for an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and separately ditch a fingerprint scanner completely, it has reportedly not finalised the design for the rear end of the iPhone 8 till now.

The report from The Korea Herald quoted a source as saying, “The iPhone’s rear design has not yet been finalised. We are still awaiting Apple’s final decision before shipping parts.” This can possibly mean that the company can be considering implementation of fingerprint sensor at the back as well. There have been leaked pictures that have shown iPhone 8 models with fingerprint sensor at back but they are few in number and aesthetically displeasing to say the least.

Finally, the alleged schematics of the logic board, shared by PhoneArena, on iPhone 8 have been leaked and while it doesn’t offer any revealing information that would change your perspective of the upcoming smartphone altogether. Now that there is this much information for you to gulp, take a breather and let it all sink in. However, it would be unfair on our part if we don’t point out to you that these are all leaks and you should wait for official confirmation from Apple itself before you reach any conclusions about the smartphone.

Flipkart The Big Freedom Sale: Apple iPhone 6 at Rs 23,999, iPhone 7 at Rs 42,999 and more

Flipkart’s ‘The Big Freedom Sale’ has begun and there are massive discounts on some phones including the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, Google Pixel XL. Additionally, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 will be listed for 72 hours during this sale. Flipkart is also offering some extra discount if you exchange another smartphone for Redmi Note 4. Here’s a look at the top deals and which ones really stand out.

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Apple iPhone 6 is priced at Rs 23,999 during the sale, down from the original price of Rs 29,500. The phone comes with only 32GB of storage space, and this is not expandable. Apple iPhone 6 will support iOS 11 when the OS rolls out, but remember this will soon be a three-year-old iPhone and comes with an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera. The rear camera is still one of the best in the business, but if you’re a selfie fan you might not find this as the most appealing option. Still this is one of way of getting an iPhone with a 4.7-inch display without paying more than Rs 25,000.

Apple iPhone 8 might not have a rose gold colour, will be in short supply: Report

Apple iPhone 8 has some more leaks, and it looks like the rose gold colour won’t be making a comeback. That’s coming from well-known Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities, who is known for his accurate predictions around the company. According to AppleInsider, Kuo’s latest note says iPhone 8 will come in three colours only, which is the black, gold and silver.

Apple, Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 rose gold, iPhone 8 supply, iPhone 8 leaks, Apple iPhone 8 new leak, Apple iPhone 8 launch, iPhone 8 launch dateThe new note also indicates all three iPhones, which are the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 will launch in September, but the special edition 10th anniversary will be in short supply when it launches. Around 2 to 4 million units of the iPhone 8 are expected in the quarter, says the note. Additionally fast charging is coming to all models of the iPhone, but users will have to pay extra for a “Lighting-to-USB-C cable and wall adapter” for this, adds the report.

The latest Kuo report comes after another one which indicated the Touch ID under the display is not happening on the iPhone 8. Apple is going for a bezel-less OLED display with the iPhone 8, and there will be no home button. Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, had also posted a leaked image of the iPhone 8 showing a display with no home button, and a full display. Apple iPhone 8 will rely on a 3D face recognition module to help unlock the device.

Apple, Cochlear Partner on First ‘Made-for-iPhone’ Hearing Implant Sound Processor

Cochlear, a company focused at implantable hearing solutions, has teamed up with Apple to unveil the first “made-for-iPhone” cochlear implant sound processor. With the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, people with a Cochlear Nucleus Implant can stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Additionally, people using the new Cochlear Nucleus hearing implant will be able to control, monitor, and customise their hearing on their iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus Smart App available to download for free from the App Store. The company also claims that the Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the “smallest and lightest” behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor available in the market.

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor will be commercially available in September in the United States and Canada for those who are looking to receive a cochlear implant. Additionally, the company will make the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor available as an upgrade in October for select recipients of cochlear implants.

The Nucleus 7 Sound processor offers a range of features like the hearing tracker records coil-offs time when the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil in cases such as if it has fallen off. The Nucleus Smart App’s Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost sound processor.

Apple, Cochlear Partner on First 'Made-for-iPhone' Hearing Implant Sound Processor

chris Smith, Cochlear Chief Executive Officer and President, announcing the new implant said, “The approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is a turning point for people with hearing loss, opening the door for them to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime calls streamed directly to their cochlear implant.”

This is not a first hearing aid device for which Apple has collaborated with a hearing solution company. The company lists a range of products on its website.

Sarah Herrlinger, Senior Manager for Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives at Apple toldTechCrunch, “We wanted to see something that could become ubiquitous out in the world. We want everybody to use our technology and to say ‘wow my iPhone is the best piece of technology I’ve ever used before’…with every iteration of our operating system our goal is to add in new accessibility features in order to expand the support that we can give to people all over the world.”

iPod nano, shuffle Discontinued as Apple Looks to Simplify Lineup

After years of being outsold by the iPhone, the venerable iPod has taken a big step toward eventual oblivion. Apple said Thursday it was discontinuing two of the cheapest iPod models: the nano and shuffle.

The two products have been removed from the Apple online store and will vanish from retail locations as well. Apple demoted the iPod’s placement in its retail stores a couple of years ago, moving the devices to the company’s accessory shelves. The $149 nano and $49 shuffle were last updated with new colors in 2015, but the nano hasn’t been revamped since 2012 while the shuffle hasn’t been redesigned since 2010.

“Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano,” Apple said in a statement.

The original iPod arrived in 2001. It wasn’t the first digital music player but it upended the music industry and put 1,000 songs in your pocket. The shuffle hit the market in 2005 as the first iPod with faster flash storage and without a screen, while the nano was introduced later in the year as a replacement for the then-popular iPod mini. Both went through several redesigns in their early years before being supplanted by iPhone.

iPod nano, shuffle Discontinued as Apple Looks to Simplify LineupThe iPod touch, the company’s highest selling iPod and once referred to by Steve Jobs as an iPhone without the phone, remains on sale. The company updated the device’s storage capacities on Thursday, discontinuing the 16GB and 64GB models and lowering the price of the 32GB and 128GB options to $199 and $299, respectively.

Apple discontinued the iPod classic in 2014, a large iPod with a “click wheel” that looked most like the original model. Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said at the time that the classic was discontinued because the company was unable to source the necessary parts. Nonetheless, with the success of the iPhone, the lack of an App Store and services like iCloud and Apple Music, the non-touch iPods have become less useful to both Apple and consumers.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has sold more than 400 million iPods so far, while the iPhone surpassed a billion units sold in July 2016.

Apple’s Anticipated AR Glasses Work in Tandem With the iPhone, Patent Hints

It has been clear for a while now that Apple is getting rid of the old (so long, iPod) and moving towards future technologies. Augmented reality, for example, is one of Apple’s main focuses today and news surrounding developments in AR has been plentiful. We’ve known for a while now that Apple has been working on AR glasses, but it’s still left to the imagination as to how he AR glasses will work. Now, a new patent application sheds some light on what we can expect from the future wearable.

A patent application by AR software developer Metaio, which was acquired by Apple back in 2015, recently surfaced under Apple. It shows a method for representing points of interests like a building or the inside of a car on an iPhone’s screen. The patent was first discovered by Patently Apple. In theory, Apple wants you to capture the environment via your iPhone’s camera and the screen would then overlay the context. The Cupertino giant also sees this technology coming into play for its AR glasses, wherein your eyes will see the environment, and the glass will overlay it with information.

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The report speculate based on the patent filing that Apple means to make this technology work for both the iPhone and the smart glasses in tandem. “The mobile device may perform an action related to at least one point of interest if at least part of the computer-generated virtual object blended in on the semi-transparent screen is overlapped by a user’s finger or device held by the user.” As far-fetched as this may sound, it does show that Apple is serious about where it sees AR going. Many of the patents filed don’t see the light of day so this could just be a pipe dream for now.

It’s not just AR glasses. Apple at its recent developers conference announced iOS 11, Apple’s next big software update, which among other things goes big on augmented reality. The ARKit provides fast and stable motion tracking, ambient light estimation and so on which is made possible by using the sensors in the iPhone and iPad devices. This was followed by an acquisition of German company SensoMotoric that specialises in eye-tracking solutions. These can seen as Apple’s first steps towards laying the foundation for its smart glasses.

Apple Watch Series 3 Said to Sport LTE Connectivity

Apple is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device’s reliance on the iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.

Currently, Apple requires its smartwatch to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone to stream music, download directions in maps, and send messages while on the go. Equipped with LTE chips, at least some new Apple Watch models, planned for release by the end of the year, will be able to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range, the people said. For example, a user would be able to download new songs and use apps and leave their smartphone at home.

Intel will supply the LTE modems for the new Watch, according to another person familiar with the situation. That’s a big win for the chipmaker, which has been trying for years to get its components into more Apple mobile devices. Qualcomm has been the main modem supplier for iPhones and other Apple mobile gadgets, but the two companies are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. Apple added Intel as a modem supplier for some iPhones last year.

Apple is already in talks with carriers in the US and Europe about offering the cellular version, the people added. The carriers supporting the LTE Apple Watch, at least at launch, may be a limited subset of those that carry the iPhone, one of the people said. However, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Sprint and T-Mobile in the US plan to sell the device, according to other people familiar with the matter. The new device could still be delayed beyond 2017 – indeed, the company had already postponed a cellular-capable smartwatch last year. Apple, Intel and the carriers declined to comment.

While the Apple Watch remains a small part of Apple’s overall revenue, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cooksaid earlier this week it’s the best-selling smartwatch “by a very wide margin.” Sales of the device grew more than 50 percent in the third quarter, Cook added. In the larger wearables category, which includes cheaper fitness bands, Apple ranks third behind Xiaomi and Fitbit, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Apple does not break out sales numbers for the Watch like it does for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Apple Watch Series 3 Said to Sport LTE ConnectivityMaking the Apple Watch more of a standalone device may boost sales of the product. “It would be a game changer,” said Gene Munster, co-founder of Loup Ventures and a long-time Apple analyst. “If they could deliver an experience that isn’t tethered to an iPhone, it could kick start a new direction for the business.” Still, he’s concerned about battery life in such a device.

Last year, Apple took a step toward making the Apple Watch a more independent device by selling some new models with a GPS chip. This allows the device to accurately track distance traveled by wearers when they leave their iPhones behind on walks or runs. The company had planned to release an LTE-capable model last year, but chose to hold off due to battery life issues, Bloomberg News reported at the time. Cramming an LTE radio into a device as small as a watch remains a challenge, but Apple has been exploring ways to improve battery life, people familiar with the company’s work said.

In addition to adding a cellular chip to the Apple Watch, the Cupertino, California-based company is planning software changes for the device. WatchOS 4 is coming in the fall with more Siri voice-enabled features, the ability to connect to gym equipment, send payments in iMessage and display news stories, Apple said in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 2 alongside the iPhone 7 line in September. The company plans to debut three new iPhone models this fall, including one with a revamped design and a 3-D facial recognition scanner for unlocking the device, Bloomberg News has reported. Apple could choose to debut its new Watch models alongside the new iPhone like it did last year. Apple also plans to release its Siri-driven HomePod speaker and the iMac Pro desktop computer in December, the company said in June.

Apple hires security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski

Jonathan Zdziarski has been a leading expert on Apple and iOS security and forensics for years — and now he’s taking his expertise inside the company.

Zdziarski, who has written several books on iOS and was an outspoken supporter of Apple during its battle with the FBI last year, announced on his blog that he’s joining Apple’s Security Engineering and Architecture team to work on protecting user security and privacy.

“This decision marks the conclusion of what I feel has been a matter of conscience for me over time. Privacy is sacred; our digital lives can reveal so much about us — our interests, our deepest thoughts, and even who we love. I am thrilled to be working with such an exceptional group of people who share a passion to protect that,” he wrote.

 Earlier in his career, Zdziarski worked on jailbreaking iPhones and, in 2014, he raised the issue of backdoors in Apple products. Apple said at the time that the functions Zdziarski identified were “diagnostic capabilities.” More recently, Zdziarski developed Little Flocker, a security application for macOS.

Although Apple declined to comment on the hire, it makes sense for the company to bring one of the world’s foremost experts on its products in-house. Zdziarski also declined to comment on the move, but said in his post he’s “very excited to be working with a group of like minded individuals.”

iPhone 8 might swap Touch ID for 3D facial recognition

Fans of Apple’s Touch ID feature may have to adapt, as the next iPhone could replace the biometric security measure with something a little more in-your-face.

JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall says in a research note that Apple’s iPhone 8 will forgo Touch ID sensors for a 3D laser face scanner, as reported by MacRumors .

While speculative, Hall’s statement matches up previous reports that Apple is considering a new facial recognition feature for its phones that will either replace or work alongside the fingerprint-guided Touch ID.

From a design perspective, a face scanner would potentially fall in line with other rumors that Apple is doing away with the home button (which doubles as the Touch ID sensor on applicable iOS devices) for the upcoming phone, going instead with a screen that could take up the entire front of the handset .

Of course, rumors commenting on rumors (while other rumors run counter to them) are all something to take individually with a grain of salt.

However, as Apple confirms June 5 will be the opening day for this year’s annual WWDC showing , we may just learn for sure what the iPhone maker has in store sooner than later.