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The Gearhead podcast: Was the iPhone a revolution or just slick marketing?

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham) 10 years of iPhone. Who’d have thunk it? From humble beginnings as a way to one-up Microsoft’s tablet business, the iPhone has had a lasting impacting on the mobile and computer industries, turning us into mindless swiping and tapping zombies along the way. Your browser does not support the audio element. Click here to listenGearhead, episode 2: iPhone turns 10. Download the raw MP3 file, add to iTunes, or subscribe

Next iPhone might use 3D face-scanning tech instead of TouchID

Enlarge (credit: Veniamin Geskin) The next iPhone (the iPhone 7S, iPhone 8?), which is due to be released in September, might replace the TouchID fingerprint sensor with whole-face 3D scanning. According to Bloomberg, which is usually quite reliable when it comes to Apple rumours, the face-scanning tech will allow iPhone users to log in, authenticate payments, and unlock secure apps. This will be powered by a new 3D sensor. Apple is

Tales from the very first iPhone line

Enlarge / Steve Ballmer and my buddies Jason and Matt. Matt doesn’t really have anything to do with this story, but he was in the picture with Jason so he gets to be in the intro image, too. (credit: Aurich Lawson) June 29, 2007 is hot. Texas hot. I’m hunched beneath an ugly orange awning that features the blue Death Star logo, getting what shade I can out of the

Apple’s Siri-controlled smart speaker could be revealed at WWDC next week

Enlarge / $159/£159 Apple AirPods. Ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next week, a report from Bloomberg suggest the company could announce a long-rumored, Siri-controlled smart speaker. “People familiar with the matter” told Bloomberg that the device could be revealed as early as WWDC, but likely would not ship until later this year. Details about the speaker are slim, but the report states the Siri-controlled smart speaker will have “virtual surround sound

Apple buys Beddit, a sleep-tracking company with existing Apple Watch app

Enlarge (credit: Beddit) Apple may be looking to integrate own sleep-tracking features to its product lineup sooner rather than later. According to a report by CNBC, Apple acquired the sleep tracking company Beddit. Beddit’s website confirms the acquisition on its Privacy Policy page, which was last edited May 8, 2017: “Beddit has been acquired by Apple. Your personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Apple Privacy Policy.” No

Imagination Technologies can’t resolve Apple IP spat, opens formal dispute

Enlarge (credit: Lewis Mulatero/Getty Images) Imagination Technologies has placed its patents row with Apple on a formal footing, confirming to the City that it has opened a dispute resolution process because—it says—attempts to settle a licence and royalty deal with the iPhone maker remain at a standstill. In April, the British chip design company hinted that a IP row was brewing by claiming that Apple’s own chip designs might breach

New Smartphone? Now or Later?

Ready for a new smartphone? As I write this, there are three smartphones vying for the top spot: the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and the Google Pixel. All are excellent every-day phones. Each has its own outstanding features. Yet, often there are two decisions to be made. The first is which […] The post New Smartphone? Now or Later? appeared first on Hardware Secrets. Author: Sandy

Imagination Technologies’ shares collapse after Apple ditches Brit chip designer

(credit: Imagination Technologies) A year on from Apple being locked in potential buyout talks with Imagination Technologies, the iPhone maker is set to abandon the British chip design company. Shares in Imagination were in free-fall on Monday morning, after it confirmed it would lose its biggest customer by 2019. “Apple is of a view that it will no longer use the group’s intellectual property in its new products in 15