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How to disable Face ID discreetly

November 20, 2017
The advent of Face ID has ushered in a new era of convenience in biometric security. It’s also prompted privacy-minded folks to contemplate potential scenarios where police officers may attempt to unlock a confiscated iPhone X by holding the device up to the owner’s face.
Like with Touch ID, Face ID can be disabled quickly and discreetly at any time, even when the phone is in your pocket, with a quick and useful shortcut.
When disabled that way, Face ID stays off until you type in your passcode.

How to temporarily disable Face ID

To temporarily disable Face ID, do the following:
1) Press and hold the Side button and either Volume button.
2) After a second or so, up pops the “Slide to power off” screen with a pair of quick options for powering down the device or initiating a call to your local emergency services.
As soon as you summon this screen, iOS temporarily disables the Face ID feature.
Your face remains registered and Face ID is still turned on in Settings, but you can no longer unlock the phone with your face until your passcode is entered on the Lock screen.
3) Tap Cancel at the bottom or press the Side button again to dismiss this screen.
TIP: To prevent the “Slide to power off” screen from starting a countdown timer and playing a loud alert sound indicating an emergency call is about to be placed, disable the option labeled Auto-Call in Settings → Emergency SOS.
And there you go, boys and girls.
Temporarily disabling Face ID before nap time is the best way to make sure that no one can unlock your phone by scanning your face while you’re asleep—which is why you should never disable Face ID’s Attention Awareness capability.

Smart speakers with pico projectors and 3D sensing features due in 2018

November 20, 2017
Smart speakers coming in 2018 will have more functions, including 3D lenses for increased distances sensing accuracy and features like integrated pico projectors.
Trade publication DigiTimes reported today that a number of Taiwan-based hardware suppliers are currently developing pico-projection modules and 3D lenses that industry sources claim will be incorporated into smart speaker devices coming next year.
Lite-On Technology could develop invisible LED discreet components for 3D lenses based on time-of-flight sensors, the report added. Such lenses are said to “help users’ space and distance sensing accuracy or enhance the surveillance capability of smart speaker products.”
Shipments of those modules are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018 at the earliest.
Nikkei Asian Review speculated that a future HomePod might use facial recognition which would presumably require some sort of dedicated 3D sensing hardware to make the gadget easier to use and people’s lives more convenient.
However, Apple’s Siri-driven HomePod smart speaker won’t be arriving in December as originally promised because the company needs a little more time to finalize the product.

Apple has reportedly downsized its Micro-LED development team in Taiwan

November 20, 2017
Apple has reportedly downsized its research and development team in Longtan, northern Taiwan. The R&D lab was tasked with the development of Micro-LED display products.
As reported Monday by trade publication DigiTimes, Apple has simply realigned the personnel of its Micro-LED team and will continue to develop this upcoming display technology for wearable devices like Apple Watch and AR/VR applications.
The Cupertino giant is reportedly collaborating with its supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop applications based on silicon wafers aiming to sidestep the bottleneck that’s currently plaguing the mass transfer of LED chips.
Apple in May 2014 obtained patented technology for mass transfer of small micro-LED chips through the acquisition of US-based Micro-LED developers LuxVue Technology. However, volume production of Micro-LED panels has been held back by the slow progress in the development of appropriate mass transfer technology.
The sources added that the downsizing could indicate that Apple has shifted the R&D focus back to the United States as the initial phase of the research project being carried out at LuxVue has now been reportedly completed.
Micro-LEDs bring low power consumption, high resolutions, quick response times and high luminance. As explained, micro-LEDs consume 90 percent less power than LCD and half the power of OLEDs, making the technology a potential OLED replacement.

How to unlock an iPhone X with Face ID after a failed attempt without leaving the Lock screen

November 20, 2017
Face ID is Apple’s latest attempt to revolutionize mobile device authentication, and it is magical when it works as intended. However, if you have spent a significant amount of time with the iPhone X and Face ID, you are likely to be familiar with a few semi-frequent incidents of Face ID failures. When the system fails to authenticate you, an annoying situation arises in which it is not clear as to how to trigger another attempt by Face ID to recognize your face without swiping up to trigger a second attempt and subsequently sending you to your Home Screen or last used app. If the user simply wants to unlock the iPhone X to view notifications on the Lock screen, there initially does not seem to be a simple way to do this.
It may seem as if your only option is to lock and then wake your screen to trigger another Face ID attempt. While this works, it can be tedious and annoying if Face ID fails often for you. Luckily, there is an unmentioned, yet far more convenient way to trigger this second Face ID attempt.
After a failed attempt, you can trigger a second attempt by attempting a gesture that may seem somewhat difficult at first. On the Lock screen after a failed authentication, slide slightly up and then down on the Home Bar at the bottom of the screen. This may seem difficult on your first few tries, but once you successfully complete it the gesture begins to feel natural. If after completing this gesture you successfully unlock your phone with Face ID, your notifications will unlock and be available for viewing.
It is unclear if this is a feature included intentionally, but regardless it is a more convenient option than locking and waking your screen to activate a second unlock attempt.
That is all there is to it! If you have any questions or comments, let us know down in the comments below.

Apple is “working like gangbusters” to make its devices entirely from recycled materials

November 20, 2017
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, yesterday sat down for an interview with to talk environmental initiatives following the company’s pledge to build its devices entirely from recycled materials.
In April, Apple announced as part of its 2017 Environment Responsibility Report, that it’d strive to build devices entirely from recycled materials such as aluminum, copper, tin and tungsten to “stop mining the earth altogether,” an unprecedented goal for the technology industry.
Jackson told that Apple remains committed to using 100% recycled and renewable materials like bioplastics to make iPhones, Macs and other products.
Jackson said:
What we’ve committed to is 100% recycled material to make our products, or renewable material. We’re working like gangbusters on that. As far as I know, we’re the only company in the sector trying to figure that out. Most people talk about recycling electronics but the material is not necessarily used in new electronics.
The article states that Apple has produced “low carbon aluminum” for iPhone 8 as a part of its quest to produce greener products. Jackson, who was the former boss of the nations’s Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama, responded to criticism that Apple has been hesitant to open up its devices to unqualified third-party repairers:
Let’s be really clear, there is nothing about Apple’s thinking on our devices that isn’t for having a long lasting device that’s great for the planet, that can then be recycled, and hopefully be reused to make more devices. That’s our goal ultimately.
We run our own repair programs and then authorize and certify repairers. The question is in a device that is increasingly complex, what is best for the customer? And third-party, unauthorized repairs are exactly what they sound like.
We want to make sure repairs are done correctly.
Apple has one of the most aggressive sustainability and recycling programs in the industry.
Earlier this year, the company said it would temporarily stop using cobalt, a key component in lithium-ion batteries mined by hand in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than half of the world’s cobalt comes from the the Democratic Republic of the Congo and about 20% of it is mined by hand in hazardous conditions, often by children.
Last week’s report by Amnesty International ranked Apple first among the technology giants like Samsung, Dell, Microsoft, BMW, Renault and Tesla in terms of how much they had improved their cobalt sourcing practices since January 2016.

Upcoming iMac Pro to include A10 Fusion chip with 512 MB of RAM

November 20, 2017
The soon-to-launch iMac Pro is only weeks away (to meet its late-2017 deadline) and tidbits of data have started to leak about what we can expect in Apple’s new pro machine. One of those is the including of the A10 Fusion as a coprocessor for the first time.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has dug into the BridgeOS 2.0 package from Apple and discerned that the upcoming iMac Pro will be including Apple’s ARM-based A10 Fusion processor with 512 MB of RAM.
He hypothesizes that this low-powered processor can be used for things like the macOS boot process, security processes, and possibly even “Hey Siri” support.
Looks like the iMac Pro's ARM coprocessor is arm64 🤔 Seems to handle the macOS boot & security process, as expected; iMac Pro lets Apple experiment with tighter control without the rest of the userbase freaking out. More info & download here: 
This looks like the iMac Pro's coprocessor (Bridge2,1) will be an A10 Fusion chip with 512MB RAM 🤔 So first Mac with an A-series chip
He also notes how it would allow Apple far tighter control without causing a panic with developers and users.
Apple has long been rumored to eventually move the Mac lineup from Intel processors to their own in-house design. This of course would be a big change, and adding the A10 Fusion as a coprocessor is a small first step toward their larger goal.
Apple currently has their own ARM chipset in the newest MacBook Pros known as the T1. The T1 is utilized by Macs for the new TouchBar, and Touch ID.
The A10 Fusion processor would be the first A-series chip to be added to a Mac.
The iMac Pro still has yet to receive a firm release date, but Apple is still expected to release it before the year is done.

Do you think the A10 Fusion processor is a big deal? Will you be picking up an iMac Pro this holiday season? Sound off below!

Once again, earn an exclusive Activity badge and iMessage sticker for completing a 5K on Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017
Just like last year, Apple is once more challenging Apple Watch owners in the US to complete a 5K on Thanksgiving. That is just over 3 miles of either walking or running. If they are able to do so, they will earn a special badge in the Activity app, and an exclusive sticker for use in iMessage.
This challenge mimics last year’s challenge that had the same goal, and while the sticker and badge look the same, the body color has shifted to blue.
This comes swiftly on the heals of the last Apple Watch Activity Challenge just a week on ago for Veteran’s Day.
Similar to the last challenge, it will be limited to US Apple Watch owners.
Do you plan on taking part in Apple’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Challenge? Let us know in the comments!

iMac Pro to feature ‘Hey, Siri’ support for the first time on the Mac

November 20, 2017
It appears that iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has been able to confirm the upcoming always on “Hey, Siri” feature on the new iMac pro. He was able to dig into the BridgeOS 2.0 package from Apple and find the setup process that will guide users through the initial voice enrollment process.
“Hey, Siri” allows you to access Siri simply by your voice, instead of having to invoke a keystroke or clicking the icon. The feature has existed for iOS users for some time now.
Siri came to the Mac only recently, and it still has lacked behind its mobile counterpart. There are several limitations including “Hey, Siri” and HomeKit support.
“Hey, Siri” will only be coming to new Macs, like the iMac Pro. It will rely on a BridgeOS device, such as the A10 Fusion processor debuting in the iMac Pro. The Apple designed A-series chip will always be running, even when powered off. This always-on functionality will allow to handle these background tasks, like listening for the “Hey, Siri” voice prompt.
One big difference between iOS devices and Macs, is that your iPhone or iPad is often a personal device. Computers can often be shared by a whole family. That means Apple had to reevaluate how “Hey, Siri” would work. For the first time, multiple voices can be enrolled on the same device. This would allow any user of the device to activate Siri through their voice.

How often do you use Siri on your Mac? Does the including of “Hey, Siri” make the iMac Pro more enticing?

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally has a release date: November 22

November 20, 2017

Nintendo’s forthcoming iOS game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp that was previewed a month ago finally has a release date. It will be coming to mobile devices worldwide on November 22nd.
This will be the third movie game from Nintendo, after the release of Super Mario Run, and Fire Emblem Heros.
Unlike Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing will be a free-to-play game.
The upcoming title has been made available for quite a while now as a soft launch.
We took a look at what you can expect in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp after Nintendo gave an early look at the game, last month.
As a refresher, the camping-themed simulator allows people to collect, craft, and design their own personal campsite, as well as visit their friends. There are the usual time-barriers seen in freemium titles, such as the time it takes to craft items. All of which can be sped up via premium currency, available through micro transactions.
Are you looking forward to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp? Do you like the free-to-play model they’ve adopted, or would you rather it take the Super Mario Run approach, and unlock most features via a one-time purchase? Let us know below!

Your iPhone Automatically Remembers All Your Passwords for You

November 19, 2017
Passwords protect your personal information from being stolen, and that's pretty important. Some websites allow you to create passwords that are easy to remember, while others require the works: upper case letters, symbols, numbers, eight characters in length, and your first born child. OK, maybe not the latter.
That's a lot to remember, especially considering the number of websites you visit each day that require passwords. Well, as it turns out, you don't ever need to remember your passwords, because your iPhone does it for you.
If you weren't aware of this feature before, get ready to have your mind blown.
Here's how to find all your passwords you've ever created:
  • Go to your Settings
  • Click on Accounts & Passwords
  • Click on App & Website Passwords
credit: Jill Layton
You'll be asked to enter your Touch ID to access a page that securely holds the logins and passwords for every website you've created them for. There's even a search button to help you find what you're looking for quicker.
So, you don't need to deal with sending a request for a forgotten password ever again—they're all literally right at your fingertips.

How to convert Animoji to GIF

November 18, 2017


Before we get started converting your Animoji to the GIF format, you are going to need to download Apple’s own Workflow app for free. This app allows you to perform a variety of complex actions very easily, and I urge you to explore what it can offer in addition to the one example in this tutorial.
Once you have downloaded the Workflow app, it’s time to add the proper Workflow to your collection of Workflows. It is titled: “Convert Animoji To GIF”, and you can either search for it via the search tool within the app or find it within the featured iPhone X Workflows section within the Gallery. Once you tap it to open it, you can add the Workflow to your collection by selecting “Get Workflow”.

Create and save your Animoji

Next, you will need to go ahead and create an Animoji recording as you normally would. After sending an Animoji within the messages app, press and hold on your creation in order to either copy it to your clipboard or save it to your camera roll.

The conversion

Now, head back over to the Workflow app and open up our previously mentioned Workflow. Tap the play button at the top to get started. Shortly after starting the Workflow, the app will prompt you to input an Animoji wether from your camera roll or clipboard. Very soon after you make your choice, the Workflow will output a GIF of your Animoji. It is as simple as that, and I have provided an example of an Animoji in GIF form below.

It is that simple, and Workflow is available for free in the App Store to boot. Let us know in the comments below if you have any other interesting Animoji tips!

Beginning April 1, 2018, Apple will stop accepting updates to watchOS 1 apps

November 18, 2017
Starting on April 1, 2018, all updates to Apple Watch apps must be built for watchOS 2 and up, while new submissions must be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later, Apple said today.
Apple will cease accepting updates to watchOS 1 apps. It also reminded developers that the size limit of a watchOS app bundle has increased from 50 megabytes to 75 megabytes.
The Cupertino giant wants to purge App Store of watch apps that don’t take advantage of the latest hardware and software technologies. And rightfully so, if I may ad. The original Apple Watch and the initial watchOS 1 SDK were very much beta products.
WatchOS 1 apps are not native. They’re slow, cumbersome to use, unimpressive and at times just downright stupid. Apple has since addressed most of these complaints by updating Apple Watch hardware every year while adding new features to the watchOS SDK.
watchOS 2, for example, brought early support for native features.
With the latest watchOS 4 and its accompanying SDK, developers can now build apps that run independently of a paired iPhone and connect to the Internet on their own.
watchOS 4 also brings faster performance, new background modes for navigation and audio recording, built-in altimeter capabilities, direct connections to accessories and more.

Apple posts iOS 11.1.2 with fix for unresponsive iPhone X screen in cold weather

November 18, 2017
Apple on Thursday released software update iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads. As you can see in the above screenshot, the update includes a fix for the issue that caused iPhone X displays to become temporarily unresponsive to touch after rapid temperature drops. It also addresses the issue that can potentially cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X.
Apple acknowledged the iPhone X touchscreen issue earlier this month, when a Reddit post regarding the bug gained traction within the tech community.
I’ve noticed that my iPhone X screen becomes very unresponsive as soon as I step outside. It literally takes two seconds from going inside to the cold outdoors and my screen stops being very responsive. I try swiping on websites and it doesn’t register my finger. It’s very noticeable. Is anyone else having this problem?
Folks on non-iPhone X devices will still see the update, just know that it doesn’t contain any other major changes or features. Apple is, however, currently beta testing iOS 11.2, which does include support for its new Apple Pay Cash mobile payment platform and other improvements. We expect that update to become available to the public sometime in the next few weeks.