Apple suppliers confirm two of iPhone 8’s biggest features

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We could be waiting a long time for iPhone 8.
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Apple supplier Largan says it will ship its new 3D sensors in time for iPhone 8, while another supply chain vendor confirms waterproof wireless charging technology.

Largan’s sensors are capable of carrying out facial and iris recognition and provide an alternative to fingerprint scanning. They could be the solution Apple turns to if it is unable to embed a Touch ID scanner beneath the iPhone 8’s display.

Galaxy Note 8’s dual-lens camera will be ‘much better’ than iPhone’s

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Samsung's next-generation Note will have two rear-facing cameras.
Samsung's next-generation Note will have two rear-facing cameras.
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Samsung isn’t giving up on its Galaxy Note lineup following last year’s exploding battery fiasco. According to one reliable analyst, a Galaxy Note 8 is coming with a dual-lens camera that will be “much better than that of the iPhone 7 Plus.”

2017 iPhones probably won’t ditch Lightning for USB-C after all

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Apple's not giving up on Lightning quite yet.
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The rumor that Apple plans to switch to USB-C on all 2017 iPhones has been shot down by one of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent a note to investors today claiming that all three new iPhone models supposedly set for release this fall will come with a Lightning port, not USB-C.

All three 2017 iPhones may get wireless charging

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Is this what the new iPhone 8 will look like?
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According to a reliable Apple analyst, the company will release three new iPhones this year — including a redesigned iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) and two iterative iPhone 7 updates.

All three models will reportedly boast new Apple wireless charging tech, rather than the feature being limited to a high-end OLED handset.

Apple could keep us waiting for 3 new iPads

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Put away your wallets for now.
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Apple is expected to launch three new iPad models in various sizes in 2017, but we may have to wait until the second half of the year to get our hands on them.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain have confirmed earlier reports that three new models are coming — but they’re unlikely to arrive this spring as previously anticipated.

2017 MacBook Pro to bring Intel Kaby Lake, 32GB of RAM

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The next MacBook Pro will bring the power pro users require.
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Apple will launch a new 15-inch MacBook Pro later this year powered by Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and 32GB of desktop-class RAM, according to a reliable analyst.

The latest models feature Skylake chips and up to 16GB of RAM, but many professionals have complained this just isn’t enough for a high-end notebook.

Apple to deliver 3 new iPads this spring, but no new mini

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The iPad lineup could look a lot different this spring.
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Apple is expected to unveil three new iPad devices this spring, but none of them will cater to fans of the iPad mini.

According to one reliable analyst, the company is focusing its efforts on updating the 9.7-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and on introducing a new model with a 10- to 10.5-inch display.

Smaller iPhone still won’t get dual-lens camera in 2017

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Dual-lens camera will be exclusive to Plus-sized iPhones in 2017.
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You won’t have to buy the most expensive iPhone to get the best camera Apple makes in 2017.

Apple is reportedly planning to include a dual-lens camera on two different iPhone models, according to one of the most accurate Apple analysts that also predicts three different models will be announced next year.

Apple’s first AR product may arrive by 2018

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All Apple has to do is making something that looks less dorky than this.
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Apple’s stalling autonomous car project caused the company to shift its attention to augmented reality, according to analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who says the company is racing ahead of the competition when it comes to AR.

In a new note to investors, the KGI Securities analyst says Apple’s decision to develop a self-driving platform instead of an entire electric car makes sense. The company will use augmented reality to provide an incredible experience, he predicts.