With WWDC fast approaching, and rumours of Apple’s next-generation iPhones continuing to swirl, a lot has hit the newswire over the last few days that we think you should know about.
Here’s what you may have missed …
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo kicked off Tuesday morning by announcing there is a ‘rising probability of worst-case scenario for iPhone shipments.’
“While we are positive on potential replacement demand triggered by OLED iPhone, it’s too early to determine if demand will shift fully in that direction. We recommend investors keep tabs on the following issues:
(1) whether the 3D sensor of OLED iPhone provides an innovative user experience; (2) whether OLED iPhone cancels Touch ID (fingerprint recognition); and (3) whether Apple’s competitors launch more innovative products which could compete with OLED iPhone in 4Q17-2Q18,” the analyst wrote.
Meanwhile new renders of the iPhone 8 surfaced – this week.
The digital renders originally leaked via MySmartPrice’s Gear blog claimed to be ‘based upon factory CAD’ information and included both a video and 3D look at the company’s proposed design for the smartphone.
On the back of speculation surrounding the iPhone 8, Apple’s iPhone 7 was this week named the world’s “Best Selling Smartphone” for Q1 2017.
“We estimate Apple iPhone 7 shipped 21.5 million units and captured 6 percent marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017″, said Juha Winter, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.
“The iPhone 7 is by far the world’s most popular smartphone model, due to a compelling blend of user-friendly design, extensive supporting apps, and widespread retail availability for the device. Apple iPhone 7 Plus, with its bigger screen and higher pricing, shipped 17.4 million units for second place and 5 percent marketshare worldwide in Q1 2017. Apple today accounts for two of the world’s top five smartphone models,” the analyst concluded.
Wednesday brought yet more supposed leaks relating to Apple’s plans for the iPhone.
A leak from Weibo (published by SlashLeaks) specifically claimed to show the rear glass panel that would feature on this year’s redesign of the top-selling smartphone, although the actual authenticity of the image (seen above) is still in question …
This was followed by a separate report by DigiTimes that broke on Thursday afternoon in which it was claimed Apple’s manufacturing partner, TSMC, had officially begun producing the chips the would be required to power the so-called “iPhone 8.”
Korea Economic Daily later ran a report claiming that the Cupertino company had made a partnership with LG Innotek – the claimed market leader in the smartphone camera module market, last year, in order to develop “the world’s first 3-D facial recognition camera system.”
This system, it said, could be used for “a variety of applications” from biometric authentication, to games …
Finishing the week off in terms of iPhone news, Apple today published a new video series to its official YouTube channel.
Called ‘How to Shoot on iPhone 7,’ the series will aim to teach iPhone owners how best to shoot action shots with the smartphone, alongside how to shoot in low light, take panoramas, close-ups, and how to shoot a great portrait.
You can watch the full series of videos each of which last just 40-seconds – below.
In terms of what’s new and notable on the App Store, Pixelnest Studio has finally launched its frenetic and chaotic space shooter – Steredenn.
Carved in “big beautiful pixels,” with insane boss battles, the game will see you embark on a journey in a ship as you engage the fight against dreadful space pirates in a never-ending combat for your survival …
Meanwhile Grailr LLC’s fringe-science title Artificial Superintelligence will see you take the role of a startup founder, as you attempt to build the world’s first sentient supercomputer!
Slide either left or right to train your AI, handle the bizarre requests of Silicon Valley residents, and explore parallel universes. If you can keep your employees, your investors, the government, and the internet from tearing apart the fabric of society, then maybe you’ll actually bring about the Singularity.
Looking for something with a bit more story? … If you are, new story-driven experience To The Moon by X.D. Network Inc. – which charts the tale of two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man’s memories to artificially fulfill his last wish – is definitely worth a look!
There’s a few major new music releases you should know about this weekend, ahead of THEHOTLIST 39.
One of the biggest, Harry Styles.
The former One Direction lead has officially released his debut album.
Styles’ first LP release comes on the heels of Apple Music announcing behind-the-scenes film: ‘Harry Styles: Behind the Album’ which saw its exclusive premiere in L.A. – earlier this week, and is expected to drop for service subscribers on May 15.
Meanwhile, alt-riser Amber Mark has dropped her debut recording: 3:33am. The S P A C E New Yorker provides a sonic melting pot that “reflects her childhood spent travelling multiple continents,” the iTunes editors note.
Paul Weller is back with 29-track offering: A Kind Revolution.
… and Imagine Dragons have announced new album Evolve.
Following a report last week from Re/code, which suggested Amazon and Apple had finally put their differences aside and inked that long-awaited deal to bring Prime Video to the Apple TV, Buzzfeed this week corroborated that the on-demand video service is in fact coming to Apple’s streaming box at WWDC, citing that Amazon is also expected to resume Apple TV sales upon its launch in the tvOS store.
“As part of the arrangement between the two companies, Amazon — which stopped selling Apple TV devices two years ago, when it also banned Google’s Chromecast devices from its virtual shelves — will resume selling Apple’s set-top box,” the site wrote.
Several notable movies are getting their release this weekend, too.
The most notable of those is, of course, being sci-fi horror ALIEN: The Covenant – which is now available for digital pre-order on iTunes – alongside HD movie bundle Alien Anthology dropping to a limited-time price.
Prometheus is also currently available to own for just £3.99 HD.
Want to reminisce? … Apple is this weekend also offering up a whole range of ’80s movies at just £3.99 HD each!
Titles which qualify for the promotion include:
– Dirty Dancing
– The Neverending Story
– Trading Places
– Coming to America
– The Breakfast Club
– Field of Dreams
– The Untouchables
– Conan the Barbarian
– The Karate Kid
– The Thing
– E.T: The Extraterrestrial
– The Police Academy
– The Meaning of Life
– National Lampoon’s European Vacation
– The Secret of My Success
– An Officer and a Gentlemen
– The Fly
– The Man with Two Brains
– Out of Africa
– Purple Rain
– Die Hard
– Fatal Attraction
– Chariots of Fire
– Sixteen Candles