Apple's COO to meet with Foxconn to discuss iPhone X production delays

In the midst of rumored production problems involving the Apple iPhone X, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams plans to meet with the chairman of contract manufacturer Foxconn later this month in Taiwan. While Apple uses a number of different companies to assemble the iPhone and iPad, the iPhone X is being put together exclusively by Foxconn. The latter’s chairman, Terry Gou, will discuss with Williams the production delays that could limit the number of iPhone X units available to consumers by launch day, November 3rd.

As we told you earlier today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi …


Apple's retail chief says Apple Stores won't upsell the iPhone X to customers


Imagine this scenario. You walk into the Apple Store near you sometime in 2018 and the location has a number of Apple iPhone X units running on one of the tables. But you walk right past the premium tenth anniversary model and pick up the Apple iPhone 8 because that is the model you want. And just as you are ready to pay for the device, a member of the Apple Store team starts to upsell you on the iPhone X. It has an OLED screen, a larger battery, and of course it features Face ID. And that edge-to-edge display is gorgeous. Before you know it, your $699 purchase has turned into a budget busting …

Did you know: Apple's earth-friendly packaging comes from the Swedish forests

Finally, the veil has been lifted, and the mystery solved, for the relief of Apple’s packaging suppliers who had to keep a secret for a decade. Apple prides itself in the fact that it wraps its iPads and iPhones for shipment in tight-footprint boxes made of sustainably produced cardboard, and pays attention to every little detail that goes into the content itself. With the iPhone 7, for instance, Changes to the tray and EarPods carrier contributed to an 84 percent decrease in plastic usage for iPhone 7 packaging compared to iPhone 6s. For the iPhone 8, Apple went even …

Apple's iOS 11.1 beta 2 update is out, brings a truckload of new emoji

Apple promised that there will be new emojis coming with the iOS 11.1 update, and delivered with the release of the second beta. There are no less than 59 new designs, while the first set was shown on World Emoji Day back in the spring, and included Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position, as well as new items in the food section like Sandwich and Coconut. 

There are the obligatory diversity faces and colored hearts, but also dinos, and even a curling stone for the sporty types, check out all of Apple’s new designs above. …

Apple's Free App of the Week is no more

Week after week, we used to tell you which paid app was designated by the guys in Cupertino as the Apple Free App of the Week. From Thursday of each week through Wednesday night, the Free App of the Week would cost iOS users nothing more than the time it took to install the app on an iPhone or iPad. Well, you might have noticed that we have not written any stories about the weekly free app since the middle of last month. That’s because ever since the launch of iOS 11, Apple has done away with the freebie.

The revamped App Store does have a tab titled “Today” that features an “App of the …

Skype keeps crashing on Apple's new iPhone 8/8 Plus, a fix is in the works

Apple has just started shipping its new iPhone 8/8 Plus smartphones and it looks like early adopters have issues with some of the apps that usually work smoothly on iOS devices.

It appears that the latest version of Skype does not function well on the new iPhones. Many customers who purchased the Apple’s handsets complain that Microsoft’s app crashes due to a mysterious bug.

That’s the bad news. The good news is Microsoft is already aware of the issue and is working on a fix, which will be delivered in the form of maintenance update sooner rather than later.

We …

NVIDIA permanently drops the base price of the Shield TV to $179 to compete with Apple's TV 4K

In a move meant to make one of its products more competitive on the market, NVIDIA announced it has cut down the price of its Shield TV set-top box by $20. While that might not sound much, it’s no coincidence that the base price of the NVIDIA Shield TV starts at $179, the same as Apple’s TV 4K.

The bad news is aside from the 16GB streaming device, you’ll only get the remote. For an additional $59, you can buy the game controller as well. In fact, NVIDIA offers another bundle for $199 that includes the remote and game controller, so if you’re into Android gaming, …

Here's what iPhones and iPads are compatible with Apple's augmented reality ARKit framework

iOS 11-bundled ARKit is out and neat augmented reality apps are already available for users to download and freely use on their iOS 11-powered devices.

A virtual ruler? Check! An interactive furniture designer? Sure thing! An augmented car showroom? You bet!

An AR-powered human atlas that allows you to explore livers, digestive organs, and lungs from the inside? Ugh… yeah, sure….
The potential benefits and uses of AR are huge and quite possibly the next big mobile software trend that’s …

The most expensive Huawei flagship will cost more than Apple's iPhone X

If you’re tempted to wait for Huawei’s Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro instead of going for Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, then don’t do it for the price. Even the iPhone X, which is expected to go on sale in early November for $999, will be cheaper than the most expensive Huawei flagship.

New information coming from China suggests the most powerful Huawei Mate 10 Pro will cost $1,138, but it will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal memory. The other three Mate 10 Pro models will be available for purchase for $1,024, $941 and $835, but they will come with 6GB RAM / 256GB ROM, 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM …

Check out Apple's new ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but don't miss the fine print

Apple’s latest ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is interesting if you keep your eyes on the fine print at the bottom of the screen. For example, the commercial shows the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone getting splashed by water. In fine print on the bottom of the screen, Apple reminds you that liquid damage is not covered under the warranty for either phone. We also get to see the two handsets charging wirelessly on an AirPower mat. And while any wireless charger using the Qi platform will currently work, the ad tells us that the AirPower mat and software will be available …