iOS 10.1 brings Portrait Mode to the iPhone 7 Plus


Does your iPhone 7 Plus hiss?
Portrait Mode is finally here!
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iPhone 7 Plus owners can finally start using Apple’s highly-touted Portrait Mode starting today.

Apple released iOS 10.1 to the public this morning after weeks of beta testing the new Portrait Mode. The software update comes with a couple of other tweaks for iPhone and iPad as well as a number of bug fixes.

Apple’s Japanese R&D center will be dedicated to AI


Elektro, a robot built by Westinghouse in 1937, was a star at the World's Fair in 1939-40. Photo: Courtesy of Scott Schaut/Mansfield Memorial Museum
Tim Cook is eying Japan for Apple's AI research hub.
Photo: Scott Schaut/Mansfield Memorial Museum

Apple’s new R&D base in Yokohama, Japan, will focus on artificial intelligence and other related technologies, Tim Cook has revealed.

The new facility is set to be completed by December, well ahead of the projected date of March 2017. In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review, Cook called it a center for “deep engineering,” and said it will be “very different” from the R&D centers Apple plans to build in China.

Tim Cook talks R&D, future collaboration with Japan’s prime minister


Tim Cook and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must be talking about the Note 7.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook made a pit stop Friday at the office of Japan’s prime minister to talk about Apple’s growth in the country.

Cook told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Apple’s new R&D facility in Yokohama will be completed by December, well ahead of the projected date of March 2017. Apple says it hopes the new R&D facility near Tokyo will help it forge more local partnerships to source parts for future Apple products.

Foxconn will sell its own smartphones in one of Apple’s hottest markets


Foxconn is moving to India
Foxconn's phone business is expanding to a new market.
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Foxconn, a company Apple heavily relies upon for iPhone production, plans to start selling its own smartphones in Japan.

It’s a bold move into one of Apple’s hottest markets by the Taiwanese electronics company, which employs around 1.3 million people and 40,000 robots.