Companies scrabbling to create Apple’s abandoned in-screen Touch ID

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Coming soon to an iPhone near you? Probably not.
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How much influence does Apple have when it comes to which technologies get popular? Apparently enough that even those technologies Apple doesn’t use get a boost of credibility, courtesy of their association with the Cupertino tech giant.

At least, that’s our take-home message from a new report suggesting that a number of manufacturers are ramping up their development of in-display fingerprint sensors, the technology that Apple considered before settling on Face ID facial recognition instead for the iPhone X.

Apple expecting iPhone XI Plus to be its most popular new handset

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The plus-sized 2018 iPhone could be Apple's biggest handset in every way.
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Apple is expecting its 6.5-inch iPhone XI Plus to be its most popular new handset of 2018, a new report claims.

The Korean language article claims that Apple is forecasting 45 million iPhone XI Plus shipments for later this year, around 25 million for the 5.8-inch iPhone XI, and 30 million for the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone 9. The iPhone XI Plus is set to be easily Apple’s largest iPhone of all time — and close to twice the size of the original first-gen iPhone.

Trump promises Apple he won’t put tariff on iPhones

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Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has been hard at work trying to make peace before the brewing trade war with the U.S. and China blows up.

In a new profile by the New York Times, details have emerged of how Tim Cook has been talking to both Trump’s administration and leadership in China to ensure Apple’s stability in both countries.

Apple Camp now taking reservations for summer fun

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This summer camp will teach you to create music, video stories and control robots the Apple way.
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Sign-ups began today for Apple Camp, a free three-day summer program for kids at Apple Stores across the globe.

The camps, designed to expose kids to the many ways to get creative with Apple products, run July 9 through 27. Reservations tend to fill up fast.

Apple drops new betas for iOS 11.4.1 and tvOS

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iOS 11 is getting a little bit of love before iOS 12 comes out.
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Developers received a fresh batch of beta software from Apple this morning, only it wasn’t the iOS 12 beta 2 that everyone was hoping for.

iOS 11.4.1 beta 3 was released to developers this morning, alongside a new beta for tvOS 11.4.1. Both builds bring a bunch of bug fixes to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV as Apple gets ready to move onto iOS 12 and tvOS 12.

iOS 12 automatically shares your location when you call 911

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iOS 12 will help you get faster emergency services.
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Apple is making it easier for iPhone users in the United States to be located by the emergency services with iOS 12.

When the update rolls out to everyone this fall, users will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with 911 first responders to help reduce emergency response times, Apple confirmed today.

5G standard completed, ready to provide ubiquitous gigabit internet

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A 5G iPhone isn't right around the corner, but it just moved a lot closer.
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4G LTE will soon be supplanted by something better, stronger, and faster. But before 5G can be rolled out, it had to pass an important hurdle: a final design needed to be agreed apron.

The 3GPP agreed on a standard this week, opening the way to significantly faster browsing and downloads.

Apple Maps suffers widespread search and directions outage [UPDATED]

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Save us, Google Maps!
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