Google is investigating potentially disastrous Pixel 2 display fault

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OLED display is causing issues for Google.
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Apple’s not the only company that’s had issues with OLED displays this year. According to early reviewers of Google’s Pixel 2 XL handset, the handset screen suffers from screen burn-in, which leaves faint outlines of the phone’s navigation buttons on the display.

Needless to say, that’s a bit of an issue if it turns out to be widespread. Google says that it is “actively investigating” the issue.

Does iPhone X show that Apple’s ‘lost its supply chain mojo’?

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Apple's supply chain may no longer be quite so brilliant.
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Apple has “lost its supply chain mojo,” claims a new report, suggesting that this year’s iPhone refresh has highlighted that Apple’s once-enviable supply chain brilliance is no longer quite so, well, brilliant.

While there have been component issues Apple has dealt with in the past, this year’s iPhone X manufacturing process has been particularly prone to problems, with the upshot being that supply of the in-demand device is unlikely to match with demand until well into 2018.

iPhone X fever likely suppressing demand for iPhone 8

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Has the iPhone X been the iPhone 8's biggest enemy?
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The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are likely performing worse than expected for a full-number iPhone release, according to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Instead, CIRP suggests iPhone 8 sales figures are far closer to an iPhone “s” release. That makes a lot of sense, given that the iPhone 8 line is shipping the same year as the eagerly anticipated iPhone X.

Today in Apple history: OS 9 is ‘classic Mac’ operating system’s last stand

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Do you remember Mac OS 9?
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October 23: Today in Apple history October 23, 1999: Apple releases Mac OS 9, the last version of the classic Mac operating system before the company makes the leap to OS X a couple years later.

It does not veer far from OS 8 in terms of look and feel. However, OS 9 adds a few nifty features that make it well worth the upgrade.

Ex-Amazon Studios exec joins growing Apple Video team

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Apple Video has a major new executive.
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Apple has hired former Amazon Studios alumni Morgan Wandell to head up its international development for Apple’s original content division, Apple Video.

Wandell’s official job title is international creative development for worldwide video. While at Amazon, he helped develop shows including The Man in the High Castle and Goliath, as well as the upcoming Jack Ryan and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

ARZombi, Placer and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend!
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An app that uses AI to ensure any pictures you want to keep hidden stay that way is just of one of the picks for this week’s “Awesome Apps of the Week.”

In addition, we’ve got a great app that saves you waiting in line (like for an iPhone X, for instance), a fun zombie-themed augmented reality survival game, and three new characters in one of the year’s best iOS fighting games. Check out our picks below.

Today in Apple history: The App Store hits 200 million downloads

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The App Store racked up 200 million downloads in less than five months.
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Wood is the new leather for Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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Wear a little of the outdoors on your wrist with Wood Mark's Teton Apple Watch band in Zebrawood.
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We can’t think of a more fitting band to wear for fall than one reflective of the great outdoors.

Nature is truly present in the Teton Apple Watch band in Zebrawood by Wood Mark Watches. The wood for this special band comes from a species of tree found and sourced in Central Africa. Known for its richly veined, zebra-like stripes and pale golden yellow wood, zebrawood is a beautifully exotic material.

Read on to learn a bit more about these unique bands for Apple Watch, and the many surprising benefits of wearing wood. Wood Mark’s entire lineup of wood bands is now available in Cult of Mac’s Watch Store.