iPhone 8 plans spilled by case-maker

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iPhone 8 imagined by Nodus.
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Being one of the first to market with new iPhone accessories can mean big business. We won’t get confirmation of Apple’s plans for the iPhone 8 until September, but some companies are already manufacturing cases based on leaks and rumors.

One of those is Nodus. Launched in 2013, the case-maker focuses exclusively on the iPhone, and its plans for Apple’s next big refresh are already well underway. Here’s everything it knows about the iPhone 8 so far, and how it’s fighting to beat others to market.

Apple discontinues iPod nano and iPod shuffle

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Apple pulls the plug on its old-school music players.
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Apple pulled the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website today, confirming that the models have been discontinued.

The iPod touch, which just received a storage boost, remains as the company’s only dedicated music player.

Apple promises it won’t store or sell your HomePod data

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Phil Schiller gives the world a sneak peek at the HomePod during WWDC 2017.
Apple will continue to protect your privacy with HomePod.
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Apple has confirmed that it won’t store or sell any data collected by its HomePod smart speaker.

HomePod won’t send anything to Apple’s servers until a user activates it with the “Hey Siri” command. Apple encrypts any information received after that point. The data gets encrypted and sent using an anonymous ID.

iPhone 8 leak all but confirms big new feature

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This is what will bring wireless charging to iPhone 8.
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A new iPhone 8 leak all but confirms one of the handset’s biggest new features.

A component we haven’t seen in an iPhone before — almost certainly a wireless charging module — surfaced recently on a Chinese social network. It appears to be equipped with a Lightning connector and is clearly labeled “iPhone.”

Jony Ive talks earbuds inspired by stormtroopers, Apple Park

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Ive had the dark side in mind while designing Apple earbuds.
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Jony Ive has revealed that the company’s iconic white earbuds were inspired by Star Wars stormtroopers.

In a new interview, in which he also talks at length about Apple Park, the Apple design chief describes how he had the dark side in mind while creating them for the iPod.

Source claims iPhone 7s production is underway, iPhone 8 on track

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iPhone 8 could arrive on time after all.
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iPhone 7s production has already started and iPhone 8 won’t be delayed, according to one tipster, who claims to have been speaking to a source at Foxconn.

It is believed that Apple’s largest manufacturing partner is currently assembling around 200 units per day as part of a trial run, but that number will increase significantly as we approach an official unveiling this September.

Apple must cough up $506 million for infringing university patent

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Apple's A8 processor violated University of Wisconsin's patent.
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Apple has been ordered to pay $506 million in damages after infringing a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A U.S. judge ruled that the Cupertino company was guilty of using processor technology it did not own in its A-series chips for iPhone and iPad. The sum of damages is more than double that awarded by a jury last October.

Apple Watch Series 3 will bring big boost for one supplier

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Quanta Computer will see its revenues rise in late 2017,
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One Apple supplier is expected to enjoy a significant boost from Apple Watch Series 3.

Quanta Computer is likely to see strong revenues during the second half of 2017 ahead of an Apple Watch refresh this fall — despite the addition of Compal Electronics, another manufacturer, being added to the supply chain.