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Mom’s iPhone X unlocked via FaceID by son

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Tim Cook joked that the new FaceID of iPhone X can be unlocked by your twin. But it turns out that your kids can unlock it too. That’s what the Malik family found out when 10-year old Ammar unlocked his mom’s iPhone with no issues at all.

And he didn’t even need a fancy 3D printed mask as some security researchers have used to get past Apple’s new biometric security. He has his mom’s genes and that proved enough. Here, watch the mother and son team do a demo:

Apple claims that the chance of a random person unlocking the iPhone X via FaceID is 1 in 1,000,000, compared to 1 in 50,000 for TouchID. That may be true for a random person, but family members obviously have a much higher chance.

Friends of the Malik family say that Ammar looks more like his father though FaceID doesn’t think so – he can unlock his mom’s iPhone X but not his dad’s.

Anyway, it seems that you need to be careful when first setting up FaceID. Doing it indoor at night can mess with the accuracy. When the mom set up FaceID again (in good light this time), Ammar was no longer able to fool the phone.

Earlier, a pair of brothers posted a video of them fooling FaceID but the issue in that case proved to be the PIN – one sibling knew his brother’s PIN and used it to unlock the phone a few times. Each time you unlock the phone with a PIN, FaceID recalibrates so eventually it learned both their faces.

The Maliks claim this is not the case with them as Ammar doesn’t know his mom’s PIN.

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Apple A11X to arrive with octa-core CPU, rumor suggests

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Apple announced its new chipset A11 Bionic in September along with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 duo. The company usually manufactures an X version of its latest chipset for new iPads, so in the spring we should expect the A11X.

According to industry insiders, this will be the first Apple chipset with eight CPU cores and will be built on the TSMC 7nm technology process.

Apple A11X might arrive with octa-core CPU

The new octa-core CPU is expected to come with three powerful Monsoon cores and five efficient Mistral cores. It should start shipping in the first quarter next year, right in time for the iPad Pro 2018 series launch.

The Taiwanese manufacturer is responsible for building all the Apple SoC in the latest years. The close relationship is the main reason Cupertino picked TSMC to keep developing the chips, with the A11X expected to lay the ground for the 7 nm A12 chipset that is bound to arrive in September 2018.

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iPhones in 2019 to come with a 3D sensor on the back too

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Apple’s TrueDepth selfie camera features a 3D sensor and starting from 2019 the rear camera might have a 3D sensor of its own. The company is allegedly talking to several component suppliers and evaluating its options.

The rear 3D sensor will help enhance Apple’s ARKit as it will give true measurements of distance rather than the estimates provided by the camera setup. Presumably it will also be used to enhance Portrait mode, similar to the selfie camera.

Unlike the front sensor – which users the structured light approach of the original Kinect – the rear sensor will use a time-of-flight camera. This is the tech used by the second-gen Kinect(the one that shipped with the Xbox One).

Time-of-flight sensors are already used in Project Tango phones like the Lenovo Phab2 Pro and Asus Zenfone AR.

iPhones in 2019 might have a 3D sensor on the back too

Google has been working with Infineon for Project Tango sensors, which is one of the companies that Apple has been talking to. Sony is another, as well as Panasonic and STMicroelectronics.

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Apple once again leads the wearable market, followed by Xiaomi and Fitbit

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For the third quarter of 2017, Apple was once again the leader of the wearable market. The company making the Apple Watch found itself in that position in Q1 as well, but in Q2 it was overtaken by both Xiaomi and Fitbit.

These are still the names in the top 3 – for Q3 2017 Apple leads, followed by Xiaomi and Fitbit. Apple is estimated to have shipped 3.9 million wearables between July and September. Xiaomi moved 3.6 million units during the same time frame, while Fitbit managed 3.5 million sales.

This means Apple now commands 23% of the wearable market, Xiaomi has to make do with 21% market share, while Fitbit sits at 20%. Huawei is in fourth place, but its share of 6% means it’s unlikely to pose a threat to the top three in the near future. The final entry in the top 5 is Samsung with 5% of the market.

The release of the LTE-capable Apple Watch Series 3 clearly helped Apple in Q3, its strongest quarter so far this year. 800,000 Apple Watch units sold in that three-month period were of the LTE variety. However, the Series 3 failed to reach its full potential in Q3, analysts say, because of limited availability as demand was higher than supply. So it should feature nicely in Apple’s fourth quarter sales numbers too.

While smartwatch shipments have grown, basic fitness bands aren’t selling as fast as they once were, and because of this the overall wearable market fell 2% in Q3 to 17.3 million units.

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Apple to bring a fix to the freezing iPhone X screen

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After complaints started surfacing that the OLED display of the iPhone X get unresponsive at low temperatures, Apple acknowledged the issue. Early adopters were reporting that the new flagship needs just a few seconds to stop detecting touches in temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius (or 32 degrees Fahrenheit).

Apple to bring a fix to the freezing iPhone X screen

In a statement Apple said that issues appear after a rapid switch from warm to a cold environment. Several seconds are needed for the OLED to be working again. Although the problem is not present on all iPhone X units, Apple confirmed it will address it with an upcoming software update.

The company officially says iOS devices should be operated at ambient temperatures between 0 and 35 degrees Celsius. However, if everyone was strictly adhering to that guidance the iPhones wouldn’t be operational in a number of countries for half an year, which is not what you’d expect from a thousand-dollar device. Here’s hoping the fix arrives quickly.

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Measuring the bezels of the iPhone X – can Apple win the bezel-less war?

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“Our vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen” says Apple about the iPhone X. An admirable goal, though Apple is hardly a pioneer here – Sharp went “bezel-less” years ago, Xiaomi pushed the concept into the public consciousness. Still, you can’t deny the X is a massive improvement over all iPhones dating back to the original.

We decided to measure Apple’s achievement – how thin are those bezels? Is it a huge improvement over the iPhone 8 Plus? Obviously yes for the top and bottom bezels, but we think those are of secondary importance.

It’s the side bezels that matter – with today’s large screens, thick side bezels can make the phone so wide as to be impossible to hold comfortably.

We measured the side bezels of the iPhone X at 4.13mm. That’s almost a full millimeter thinner than the iPhone 8 Plus bezels (and don’t forget any saving here counts twice). It’s not as thin as it could have been though, the two Androids we used as control are both comfortably under 4mm.

Perhaps Apple didn’t want to go too thin – the iPads have great palm rejection, but even then you don’t want accidental touches. As you may have noticed, we didn’t include the Galaxy flagships as their curved screens are difficult to measure but also exacerbate the accidental touch issue.

Anyway, if you look closely, you’ll see that the bottom bezel is slightly thinner than the side bezels. So Apple could have gone thinner but chose not to for one reason or the other.

side (mm) top (mm) bottom (mm)
iPhone X 4.13 8.93 3.87
iPhone 8 Plus 5.03 19.44 19.29
LG V30 3.67 7.73 7.27
Mi Mix 2 3.72 4.52 10.57

Note that the “top” bezel includes the notch with the TrueDepth camera. It’s impressive that this notch is smaller than the bottom bezel of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, even though it contains a minified Kinect.

Also, it’s only a millimeter more than the top bezel on the LG V30, despite housing one of the stereo speakers. If you want to imagine a V30 with stereo speakers, you can look at the Pixel 2 XL.

In short, Apple’s engineers deserves kudos – their product strikes a great balance between minimal dead space and ergonomics.

YouTube for iOS now supports full screen on the iPhone X

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The 19.5:9 aspect ratio of the Apple iPhone X is not quite perfect for watching videos when the majority of content out there is at 16:9. Such content covers the equivalent of a 5” screen(a bit less actually) due to letterboxing.

The latest YouTube update allows you to get rid of that and use the screen fully, horns and all. You lose a bit from the top and the bottom of the video while the sides lose bits due to the notch and the rounded corners.

Still, if you want to, you can. All you need to do is a pinch gesture to fill up the screen. Check the App Store for updates, the new version is 12.43.

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