iPhone 8 chip maker confirms fingerprint-scanning display

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Apple's fingerprint scanner is experiencing a Touch of bother. Photo: Apple
Touch ID is making a move!
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Whatever problems Apple may have been having embedding Touch ID into the iPhone 8’s display, it appears that it’s solved them!

According to a new report — citing Apple chip supplier TSMC — the next-gen iPhone will boast an optical fingerprint sensor to enable authentication directly by touching the screen.

New video reveals redesigned iPhone 8 in all its glory

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Is this what the new iPhone will look like?
Photo: Benjamin Geskin

Designer and leaker Benjamin Geskin has posted a short video online, showcasing what he claims to be an identical dummy unit of the iPhone 8.

Backing up a lot of previous rumors about the next-gen handset, Geskin’s iPhone features a curved glass infinite display, lack of physical Home button, and vertical dual camera setup. Check it out below.

iPhone shipments are growing in all the right places

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Only two markets saw shipment declines.
Only two markets saw shipment declines.
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iPhone sales might have fallen year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017, but shipments continue to grow in a number of key markets.

In fact, new data shows that shipments declined only in China and Japan during the first few months of the year.

iPhone 8 sized up by new chassis molds

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The iPhone 8 is the one in the middle with the vertical camera configuration.
Photo: Benjamin Geskin

New photos posted online apparently reveal molds of Apple’s upcoming 2017 iPhone refresh — including both the major iPhone 8 upgrade, and the smaller iPhone 7s and 7s Plus updates.

While it’s not confirmed that the molds are genuine, they do appear to back up a number of details about Apple’s next-gen (and not quite so next-gen) handsets. Check the other images out below.

Cult of Mac Magazine: iPhone 8 photos leak, Using Instagram Face Filters, Watch Store sale and more!

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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, we show you what iPhone 8 will look like in all its glory, how to use Instagram Face Filters and five great keyboard shortcuts you should know.

Learn about Google Photos’ great new features including new sharing options, stunning Photo Books you can build in a few taps, intelligent photo editing, and Google Lens integration.

And, get shopping at Cult of Mac Watch Store’s first major sale on Apple Watch straps. Sale ends Sunday! Enjoy 20 percent off great brands including Strapple, OleksynPrannyk, Bucardo and Form Function Form.

Here are this week’s top stories.

iPhone 8 still on track for September launch

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Get your credit cards ready for September.
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Worry no more about an iPhone 8 delay.

According to the latest rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation smartphone, a launch will go ahead in September as originally planned. Analysts say they see no delays in the company’s supply chain, and still expect the iPhone 8 to enter mass production on time.

More evidence hints at massive iPhone 8 price hike

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Increased component costs will make Apple push up its prices.
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Rumors that the iPhone 8 may come with a $1,000 price tag are seemingly backed-up by a new report claiming that components for the next-gen handset will be considerably higher than those for its predecessor.

According to China’s Economic Daily News, the 3D Touch module alone for the iPhone 8 will cost 150 percent more than the comparable module for the current LCD iPhone.

92% of iPhone users will stick with Apple when upgrading

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iPhone 8 is going to be huge for Apple.
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Even the biggest of iPhone fans would admit that the device has become somewhat boring in recent years, but that hasn’t had any impact on loyalty to the Apple brand.

According to a new study, a whopping 92 percent of iPhone owners who plan to upgrade within the next 12 months will choose another Apple smartphone. That’s the highest retention rate among any smartphone maker, and it suggests iPhone 8 will be huge.

New photos claim to reveal final design of ‘real iPhone 8’

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Is this what the iPhone 8 will look like?
Is this what the iPhone 8 will look like?
Photo: BGR

The internet has become awash with apparent iPhone 8 schematics and fan-made mockups in recent months, but these images claim to reveal the final design of a real device in all its glory.

The design looks familiar, proving previous leaks were right on the money, with glass panels flanking the front and back of the device, a redesigned iSight camera module, and a shiny metal frame that holds everything together.

iPhone 8 could start at $1,000

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Start saving now for this year's iPhone!
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According to Goldman Sachs, the iPhone 8 is set to be Apple’s priciest iPhone ever by quite a wide margin. A note from analyst Simona Jankowski claims the next-gen iPhone will carry the suitably next-gen price of $1,000.

More specifically, Jankowski predicts that the 128GB iPhone 8 will sell for $999, while the 256GB version will set you back a whopping $1,099.