Updates

Since the last release of iOS 10.2 beta 3, Apple has not published any new updates for the iPhone ecosystem. This has been the same for both Xcode and TestFlight, and might mean that the products have become quite stable. We should expect a GM version released soon.

News

Just days after the company launched an iPhone 6 Plus repair program for units impacted by the so-called “touch disease” (a flashing grey bar displayed at the top of screen correlated with the loss of touch function), a new initiative activated on Sunday seeks to replace a batch of iPhone 6s batteries causing unexpected device shutdowns. The batch of faulty devices, which Apply alleged do not present a safety risk,  was manufactured between September and October 2015.

An Apple patent published Tuesday reveals the company has for years been actively investigating a hinged iPhone format, with designs calling for a flexible metal-backed OLED display capable of being folded in half. The foldable phone is achieved by a OLED display and multiple-sections metal support structure. In some two-sections examples, an upper housing might include cameras, display controllers, speaker modules and light sensors, while the bottom portion holds microphones, CPU and GPU, vibrator and other necessary parts. However,  it is unlikely that Apple will release this type of smart phone anytime soon.

Apple is looking into integrating its Siri virtual assistant into the company’s iMessage platform, according to a patent published today, enabling the AI to provide services like directions, retrieve movie times, and assist with peer-to-peer payments,  in the conversation thread. Although the assistant can parse their message in order to work out whether it can help with a task, it will not show the response to the other users.

While the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-lens camera, only the wide-angle lens supports optical image stabilization. KGI Securities analyst, however, believes this could change next year with dual optical image stabilization for the new iPhone.

Image courtesy of Håkan Dahlström

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