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MacRumors Shares Details on Software Related to Apple’s Upcoming Tile Competitor ➝

Joe Rossignol and Steve Moser, reporting for MacRumors:

Apple is developing a Tile-like accessory that will help users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, wallets, and backpacks, according to an internal build of iOS 13 seen by MacRumors.

The internal build contains an image of the accessory that suggests it will be a small, circular tag with an Apple logo in the center, similar to many other Bluetooth trackers. The image could be a mockup or placeholder, however, so the final design of the tag may vary at least slightly.

I’m a big fan of Tile — I keep one in every bag I own. But I’m curious to see what Apple brings to the table in this category of products. Having a single app where I can locate all the things is pretty enticing. But there will need to be some innovative or unique hardware and software features in order for me to jump over to these instead of using my current Tile setup.

➝ Source: www.macrumors.com

AirPower Has Likely Entered Production ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Hong Kong website ChargerLAB cites a “credible source” within Apple’s supply chain who claims Chinese manufacturer Luxshare Precision has started production of the AirPower. In a conversation on Chinese messaging app WeChat, the source adds he has heard the AirPower will be released soon. […]

In a follow-up tweet, ChargerLAB cites another source who claims a second Apple supplier Pegatron is set to begin mass production of the AirPower on January 21. The alleged Pegatron employee claims the AirPower has three layers of coils in an 8-7-7 configuration from bottom to top.

I’ve been holding off on purchasing any wireless charging accessories in hopes that AirPower would ship soon. I had to wait quite a bit longer than I initially expected, but I’m pretty excited that it’s finally coming.

iPhone SE 2 Rumored to Launch in First Half of 2018 ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Apple will release a second-generation iPhone SE in the first half of 2018, according to China’s Economic Daily News.

The report claims the tentatively named iPhone SE 2 will be assembled exclusively by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron at its factory in Bengaluru, India, where some assembly of the current iPhone SE occurs.

The rumored release date window lines up with an earlier report from Focus Taiwan claiming a new iPhone SE will ship in the first quarter of 2018, which encompasses January through March of next year.

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 8 have eliminated my interest in 4-inch iPhones, but I know the form factor continues to have a devoted fanbase. My wife being one of them. Not a month goes by without her asking if there are any rumors of a new iPhone SE. She has no interest in carrying a larger phone — it’s not comfortable for her to hold and none of them fit in her jeans’ pockets. She’s going to be very happy about this rumor. And the supposed release window is conveniently timed — it’ll be about two years after she purchased her current iPhone SE, which is exactly when she planned to buy a new phone.

Siri Leadership Has Officially Moved From Eddy Cue to Craig Federighi ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Apple has updated its executive leadership page to acknowledge that software engineering chief Craig Federighi now officially oversees development of Siri. The responsibility previously belonged to Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I’m starting to question Eddy Cue’s effectiveness. He loses the App Store to Phil Schiller in 2015, which has since seen several major improvements — a complete redesign in iOS 11, subscription pricing for non-media apps, and so on. More recently, there have been rumors of Apple having difficulty in securing deals with media companies, which is Eddy Cue’s responsibility. And now Craig Federighi is taking over Siri.

Maybe Cue just had too much on his plate. And it’s not like I expect Apple to give him the Scott Forstall treatment. But the September 12 event would be a good time for a slam-dunk product from one of his departments.

Apple May Announce Amazon Echo Competitor at WWDC ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Apple’s widely rumored Siri-based smart speaker and home hub has an “over 50 percent chance” of being announced at WWDC, scheduled for June 5-9, according to often-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

If this is announced at WWDC, I hope it will come alongside a robust Siri SDK that will allow developers to extend Siri’s functionality in ways that aren’t possible today. It would also be nice if it could function as a Wi-Fi router, replacing the AirPort Express.

And I still like John Gruber’s idea from last year, Apple should call it the Hi-Fi.

Apple Online Store Going Down for ‘Maintenance’ Tomorrow ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Apple has updated its System Status page to indicate that its online store will be “updated and unavailable” due to “maintenance” tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21, between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time (or the equivalent in other time zones, such as between 3:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time).

The timing of the downtime will naturally stir speculation given that Apple is rumored to launch new products as early as this week. Moreover, Apple commonly issues press releases at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, which is exactly when the so-called “maintenance” update is scheduled to be completed.

This maintenance could be nothing of interesting. But, if Apple was releasing new products in a press release tomorrow, I think minor iPad and iMac updates are the most likely announcements.

Ming-Chi Kuo: All 2017 iPhones Will Have Lightning Connectors ➝

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:

Kuo expects Apple to retain the Lightning port given it has a slightly slimmer design compared to a USB-C port, to sustain MFi Program licensing income from Lightning accessories, and because he believes USB-C’s high-speed data transmission is “still a niche application” for iPhone.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro already supports USB 3.0 speeds and fast charging with a Lightning to USB-C cable, while iPhones and other devices with a Lightning connector still transfer at USB 2.0 speeds.

This should allow for backwards compatibility with existing cables and accessories while improving charging time and data transfers when using a Lightning to USB-C cable.

I think Nick Heer had the best take on this:

One of the great things about the Lightning connector is how it’s able to abstract all of this under-the-hood stuff and make it really consumer-friendly. […] Lightning is just Lightning, even when it isn’t; the only thing consumers will notice about the new iPhones will be how much faster they charge.

Third-Party iPhone Screen Repairs No Longer Void Warranty ➝

Joe Rossignol, reporting for MacRumors:

iPhones that have undergone any third-party screen repair now qualify for warranty coverage, as long as the issue being fixed does not relate to the display itself, according to an internal memo distributed by Apple today. MacRumors confirmed the memo’s authenticity with multiple sources.

This is surprising news. I never would have expected Apple to change a policy like this. But I suppose it does make logical sense. If the third-party display isn’t causing the newly found problem, it shouldn’t affect whether Apple is willing to perform the repair.