Xiaomi just announced the iPhone 8 we’re expecting next year
Next year, Apple will come out with an iPhone design that will be unlike any iPhone the company made to date. That is if current reports are accurate. The iPhone 8 should have an all-screen design, complete with a virtual home button that will replace the iconic physical home button, and an OLED screen. The display may be curved, in which case the side buttons could also disappear. Some people expect Apple to move from metal to ceramic for the phone’s exterior shell, although Apple surely can’t manufacture ceramic cases to meet actual iPhone demand. Moreover, the wildest iPhone 8 rumor yet says Apple will launch a clear all-screen iPhone next year.
But until that happens, there’s already a company that came out with a smartphone concept that looks very much like an iPhone 8 prequel, one that you’ll be able to buy in November for just over $500.
Xiaomi on Tuesday introduced the Mi Mix smartphone in the image above. It’s got a bezel-less display, and the 6.4-inch screen occupies 91.3% of the front side of the phone.
The front-facing camera has been relocated to the bottom bezel, but you’ll be able to rotate the phone to take regular selfies. The proximity sensor has been replaced by ultrasound, The Verge reports, and the front speaker was swapped for a piezoelectric speaker that uses the metal frame to generate sound.
The back of the phone and the side buttons are al made of ceramic.
The innards of the phone are equally impressive. We’re looking at a Snapdragon 821 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – that’s what you’ll find inside Google’s Pixels as well. The phone also has a 16-megapixel rear camera, headphone jack, fingerprint sensor on the back, 192Hz / 24-bit DAC chip, dual-SIM support, and a 4,400 mAh battery.
The base configuration costs around $516 and ships on November 4th. For $590, you’ll get 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. However, it’s unlikely that Xiaomi will have enough units to go around. After all, this is labeled as a concept phone by Xiaomi. The company probably wanted the “world’s first” title real bad.
Yes, Apple just announced that huge 12.9-inch iPad Pro the web has been buzzing about for months. The huge device is Apple’s biggest tablet yet, a gadget that’s clearly geared towards business professionals looking for a fast way of dealing with various work-related computing chores. That doesn’t mean the Retina MacBook-sized tablet isn’t made for at-home use, far from it. The device can certainly be used as one’s main computer thanks to a large plethora of apps and additional features that were not available so far on iPad.
In what follows we’re going to take a close look at the iPad Pro’s specs.
iPad Pro Specs:
Size: 6.9mm thin
Weight: 1.57 pounds
12.9-inch Retina display
64-bit 16-nanometer Apple A9X processor (1.8x better than the A8X chip it replaces)
M9 motion coprocessor
32/128GB of storage
8-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, True Tone flash and 4K video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO
LTE up to 150Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Battery life (10 hours of video/Wi-Fi browsing)
iOS 9 with special tablet-friendly multitasking features
Apple Pencil stylus
Special keyboard for iPad Pro — the Smart Keyboard
Colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray
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Apple has bought Israeli startup RealFace, a cybersecurity and machine learning firm specializing in facial recognition technology.
The Times of Israel reported on Sunday that the Tel Aviv-based company, founded in 2014, was snapped up by Apple for an estimated $2 million, while Hebrew-language Calcalist said the deal was worth "several million dollars".
RealFace's website is currently offline, but according to promotional material, the startup had developed a unique facial recognition technology that integrates artificial intelligence and "brings back human perception to digital processes". RealFace's software is said to use proprietary IP in the field of "frictionless face recognition" that allows for rapid learning from facial features.
The Israeli startup also developed a now-defunct app called Pickeez, which selected and collated a user's best photos across various platforms using the RealFace recognition software.
According to iPhone 8 rumors, Apple may ditch Touch ID along with the physical home button, in favor of a facial recognition-capable front-facing 3D laser scanner, although with the RealFace acquisition coming at such a late time, it's unlikely that the any of the startup's technology will feature.
RealFace is the fourth Israel-based firm Apple is known to have acquired. In 2011 it bought flash memory maker Anobit for a reported $400 million, then in November 2013 it acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense for an estimated $345 million. Most recently in 2015, Apple bought LinX for around $20 million.
Apple will host a March event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup and other products, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.
In terms of the iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.
If the report is accurate, it would suggest Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is widely rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.
Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro—it now says 10.5-inch—will have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro thanks to its edge-to-edge design. The earlier report said the top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but it will likely be slimmer.
The blog also previously said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.
Meanwhile, it said the 7.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash, as Apple works to standardize features across its tablet lineup. All new iPad Pro models will reportedly gain quad microphones as well.
Three months ago, Barclays analysts predicted Apple will release a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including 9.7-inch, 12.9-inch, and edge-to-edge 10.9-inch models, but not a 7.9-inch iPad Pro. Instead, their research note said Apple will continue to produce and sell the iPad mini 4, released in September 2015.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has likewise said Apple is planning a new 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro lineup for 2017. He did not mention a 7.9-inch model. He said the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are likely to feature a faster Apple A10X processor, while the "low-cost" 9.7-inch model will sport an A9X chip.
DigiTimes expects a 10.5-inch iPad Pro as well, making that four separate sources reporting similar. The math checks out too: the width of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro would match the height of the iPad mini screen, while it would have the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model and the same pixel density as the iPad mini.
Today's report also claims Apple may add a 128GB storage option for the iPhone SE, alongside the smartphone's existing 16GB and 64GB capacities, and add a new red color—(PRODUCT)RED?—option for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The blog previously said the red color would be for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
The report also calls for new Apple Watch bands at the event in line with last year's Spring refresh. Apple introduced the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch... [Read More]
A Russian hacking group accused of interfering with last year's presidential election has evolved its Xagent malware package, known for its ability to infiltrate Windows, iOS, Android and Linux devices, to target Macs, according to a report on Tuesday.
Uncovered by security research firm and antivirus builder Bitdefender, the Mac strain of Xagent is similar to its predecessors in that it acts as a modular backdoor for intruders, reports Ars Technica.
Once the malware is installed, likely through the Komplex downloader, it checks for the presence of a debugger. If none is found, Xagent waits for an internet connection to reach out to command and control servers, which in turn activate specific payload modules, Bitdefender explains. As a Mac malware, most C&C URLs impersonate Apple domains.
The Xagent payload includes modules capable of searching a target Mac's system configuration, offloading running processes and executing code. More troubling is the malware's ability to grab desktop screenshots, steal web browser passwords and offload iPhone backups. The latter capability is perhaps most important from an intelligence-gathering standpoint, Bitdefender says.
While an exact lineage has yet to be determined, the security firm believes APT28 is behind the Mac form of Xagent.
"Our past analysis of samples known to be linked to APT28 group shows a number of similarities between the Sofacy/APT28/Sednit Xagent component for Windows/Linux and the Mac OS binary that currently forms the object of our investigation," the report reads.
Circumstantial evidence suggests APT28, also known as Sofacy, Sednit, Fancy Bear and Pawn Storm, has deep ties with the Russian government. Last year, the group allegedly hacked the Democratic National Committee and leaked emails through WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election.
Bitdefender notes its investigation into Xagent is ongoing.
Today's development comes less than a week after security researchers discovered a new Mac malware seemingly originating out of Iran. Called "MacDownloader," the nefarious software attempts to fool users into downloading the package by presenting a fake Adobe Flash Player dialog, then — inexplicably and in this case ironically — another window claiming to be an "Adware Removal Tool by Bitdefender."
After years of priding itself on its "virus free" Mac OS X platform, Apple is becoming increasingly susceptible to targeted malware attacks. The shift in hacker attention from Windows to Apple products is likely due to the success of iOS, an operating system used by a huge percentage of smartphone users worldwide.
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