iPhone SE 2 will have one massive change from its predecessor

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iPhone SE Plus concept
It's like if the iPhone SE and the iPhone X had a baby.
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Apple’s cheapest iPhone is about to steal some major design cues from the pricey iPhone X.

The successor to the iPhone SE could arrive later this year. And according to a new rumor, design changes could include a glass back that adds one of the iPhone X’s most underrated features.

What to expect from Apple in 2018

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Could we see a iPhone X Plus this year?
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We’re only five days into the new year and I’m personally already itching to see what Apple has planned for this year.

While 2017 was a disappointment of a year in general, Apple released some brilliant products. But what better way to get excited about the year than rounding up all of the rumors for what to expect this year.

Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret rumors site

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Cupertino's battle with Apple rumors site Think Secret splits Apple fans.
Cupertino's battle with a rumor site splits Apple fans.
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December 19: Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret Apple rumors site December 19, 2007: Apple settles a lawsuit with reporter Nick Ciarelli, resulting in the shuttering of Think Secret, his masssively popular Apple rumor site.

Writing under the screen name Nick de Plume, Harvard student Ciarelli had broken a number of Apple stories on the website, which he launched in the late 1990s.

The terms of Ciarelli’s settlement with Apple don’t get revealed. In a statement, he says he will “be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”

Today in Apple history: Apple denies Steve Jobs’ love of ninja stars

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Jobs apparently tried to take one of these on his private jet.
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September 14 Today in Apple history September 14, 2010: Airport security workers reportedly stop Steve Jobs at Japan’s Kansai International Airport. The reason? The Apple CEO supposedly tried to bring ninja throwing stars onto his private plane while heading home from vacation.

It’s one of the most bizarre Steve Jobs stories ever. Apple, however, quickly spoils the internet’s fun. Cupertino issues a statement describing the reports as “pure fiction” (although Apple acknowledges that Jobs visited Japan over the summer).

iPhone X rumor roundup: What to expect at Apple’s landmark event

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Will this be the new iPhone color?
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The long wait for Apple’s big iPhone 8 upgrade is nearly over.

Apple is set to unveil its new lineup of iPhones during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino on September 12. This year’s model has been hyped more than any in recent memory. Tons of new features are being packed into the 10th edition of the iPhone for what will likely be the most innovative smartphone Apple has released in years.

Here are all the details and new features we know are coming:

iPhone 8’s amazing facial recognition is super quick, works in the dark

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Apple's new face recognition will be a game changer.
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The iPhone 8’s facial recognition feature will work “within a few hundred milliseconds,” be more secure than the existing Touch ID sensor, and even work in the dark, a pair of new reports claim.

In addition to the regular iPhone sensors you’d expect to find, the upcoming handset will reportedly boast a new “structured light” sensor, which uses bounced infrared light to work out the depth of different points on the face.

Exciting iPhone 8 components continue to leak early

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Apple's edge-to-edge iPhone 8 display.
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The latest purported iPhone 8 components leak appears to show the handset’s display assembly, flex cables for power transfer, and part of the Lightning connector.

The new component leaks appear to confirm previous reports about the form factor of the new iPhone 8 display. Check out the other two pics below.

Why Apple may make your next TV, this week on The CultCast

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The Apple television lives!
The Apple television lives!
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This week on The CultCast: Apple makes a major play to become the next HBO. Meanwhile, intriguing new images surface showing what looks to be a product we all thought had died — the long lost Apple Television.

Plus: A trusted source says Apple’s next Watch will be more boring than we hoped; and finally … eating bugs … Thai Tinder … yes, Buster Heine is back to share strange stories from his travels deep into the heart of Thailand.

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Apple Watch with LTE might not make phone calls on its own

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Apple Watch Series 3 might add LTE (in addition to other cool features).
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The rumored Apple Watch with LTE may not work for phone calls, according to new research from a reliable Apple analyst. Instead, Apple will focus on improving the user experience with the untethered wearable.

That’s the main takeaway from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, his Wednesday research note offers other predictions about the upcoming hardware update.