Apple Shows Off Face ID in New iPhone X Ad

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is highlighting Face ID on the iPhone X in a new ad where a quiz show contestant has to remember his bank account password. The pressure is on because time is about to run out and he can’t remember. The ad is called “Memory,” and it’s both a clever and fun reminder of how handy Face ID can be.

iPhone X Shipments Continue to Dominate

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Was there ever any doubt? Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has been maintaining all along, since it shipped, that the iPhone X is the best selling iPhone. But it’s also killing the competition as well. Business insider reports: “Thanks to the iPhone X and the iPhone 8, recent estimates show that Apple once again holds the top two spots for the most-shipped smartphone models in the world, debunking reports that demand for the iPhone X was lacking.” And here are the numbers. Oh, and by the way, the iPhone 8 was #2 for 1Q 2018.  Not bad.

iPhone X Shipments Continue to Dominate

The 2019 iPhone Could Have Three Cameras

· Andrew Orr · Rumor

This matches rumors of an iPhone with three cameras, and it could even tie into rumors that the next iPhone X could have a rear sensor system to match the front.

iOS 12 Wants to Help You Stop Taking Accidental Screenshots on Your iPhone

· Jim Tanous · News

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The use of the side and volume up buttons to take screenshots on the iPhone X results in many accidental screenshots due to their position on the sides of the device where users normally grab onto. Here’s how Apple is hoping to improve the iPhone screenshots experience in iOS 12.

Brace Yourselves, the iPad is Getting a Notch

· Jim Tanous · Rumor

ipad notch mockup

The launch of iOS 12 beta this week indicates that we’ll see more than a simple performance upgrade to the iPad this year, with several changes pointing to a new design that looks a lot more like the iPhone X, including Face ID, no home button, and a notch.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Returns to Predict More Aggressive iPhone Pricing

· Jim Tanous · Rumor

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After leaving KGI Securities, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back to predict “more aggressive” iPhone pricing for the upcoming 2018 models. Kuo believes that Apple wants to reassure investors concerned with the iPhone X’s $1,000 base price, as well as make technologies like Face ID more accessible.

Apple Ad Highlights Animoji Ahead of WWDC Keynote

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

An Animoji ad originally posted to Apple’s Korean YouTube channel last month was just posted on its main channel today in the hours before the company’s WWDC keynote. The ad features three Animoji characters singing along to Citizen Kane by the Korean group HYUKOH. The timing of the video’s re-posting suggests that the Animoji feature may see updates during today’s keynote, both in terms of capabilities and device compatibility. The song is kind of catchy, too.

These iOS Ringtones Use the Maximum Potential of Your Speakers

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Reddit user u/ILIJAC recently made a post about how he created special iOS ringtones. Mr. Cvetkovski is a sound designer and wanted ringtones that used the full potential of the iPhone X. He did this by testing the frequency range of the iPhone X speakers, and designed the ringtones with a specific EQ and limiter. By using pink noise, he figured out the frequencies in which the speakers sound distorted, and leveled them. Then he boosted the other frequencies where the loudness level is greater. This results in ringtones that are clean and at the maximum safe level the iPhone X allows. All of Mr. Cvetkovski’s ringtones are free to download here.

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These iOS Ringtones Use the Maximum Potential of Your Speakers

Apple's New 'Taxi Driver' Commercial: Animoji and Great Song from Korean Band Hyukoh

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new commercial out called Taxi Driver to promote Animoji. It’s an intense animated spot with a drawn romp through a city as the backdrop to the Animoji figures. But the reason I love this spot is the tune—called “Citizen Kane,” rather than Taxi Driver—by South Korean band Hyukoh. This isn’t super-produced K-Pop, either. Hyukoh is an indie band with real musicians playing music they wrote. 9to5Mac noted that Citizen Kane dropped over the weekend, a single for an upcoming Hyukoh EP. In any event, I am effectively obsessed with this tune, and I love Apple’s Animoji commercials. Your mileage may vary.

Samsung Thinks Galaxy S9 Is at Least Better than iPhone 6

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check it out. Samsung is positioning its two-month old flagship Galaxy S9 against an iPhone. And when I say “iPhone,” I mean iPhone 6 [via MacRumors]. The ad appears to be a pitch to owners of old iPhones, but it feels more like a Freudian slip to me. “This,” Samsung appears to believe, “is all we can do.” Even if the psychology behind the ad isn’t as twisted and warped as my Samsung-loathing mind wants it to be, comparing a brand new flagship device to a three-and-a-half year old competitor is terrible, awful, absurd positioning. Perhaps that’s part of why iPhone 7 is still selling as well as the Galaxy S9, let alone the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, all of which handily outsell the Samsung device. Anyhoo, you can watch it and judge for yourself.

Classic C1 iPhone X Case on Indiegogo Inspired by iMac G3

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the Classic C1, an iPhone X case inspired by the iMac G3. Why? Apparently getting an iMac G3 from his mom when he was a kid was this huge and awesome moment for the company’s founder. That’s great inspiration! The company—Spiegen—has already raised more than $112,000 on Indiegogo, blowing past their $5,000 goal with a month left to go. The $100,000 milestone was to add a model for iPhone 8, too. It has a two-layer design that looks like you’re peeking into the device, and I think it’s cool. Funding options that include a case start at $35, with shipping in June of 2018.