Top stories – iPhone 8 face recognition, lack of Touch ID, & OLED details, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, new apps & updates, & more

In this week’s top stories: New iPhone 8 face recognition and Touch ID details, our 10.5-inch iPad Pro Smart Keyboard video review, new apps and updates, and much more.

This week the latest iPhone 8 reports arrive with two new reports from reliable sources indicating Apple will replace Touch ID in the upcoming device, possibly with a new 3D facial recognition solution. An Apple patent describes bringing similar functionality and more to Macs. A separate report claims Apple is preparing three new iPhone models for 2018 all with OLED displays. And the latest renders imagine the iPhone 8 in white, also showing the expected glass body design and reduced bezels.

Apple releases the sixth iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6 betas. We walk you through how to join the new Apple TV public beta for tvOS 11. A report claims the ban on laptops and tablets for US-bound flights led to a 20% drop in bookings. The US government is reportedly set to intervene in Apple’s $15bn Ireland tax dispute with the EU. And Jeff shows you why the Smart Keyboard makes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro a better device in this week’s top video.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below:

iPhone | iPad 

  • KGI: iPhone 8 features highest screen-to-body ratio in industry, but lacks Touch ID fingerprint
  • Bloomberg: iPhone 8 will replace Touch ID with 3D facial detection, ProMotion possible
  • Latest renders imagine the iPhone 8 in white, showing glass body + reduced bezels
  • Apple reportedly preparing three new iPhone models for 2018, all with OLED displays
  • Comment: KGI has a good track record, but no Touch ID on iPhone 8 still seems questionable
  • KGI: No clear release for Qualcomm’s in-screen fingerprint technology

iOS | macOS | tvOS

  • Apple releases sixth iOS 10.3.3 + macOS 10.12.6 betas
  • As iPhone 8 facial recognition expected, Apple patent describes bringing this & more to Macs
  • tvOS 11: How to join the new Apple TV public beta
  • Affinity Photo gets big update headlined by resolution support for 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Pokémon GO anniversary celebration continues with special Pikachu, limited time items, more
  • Jay-Z’s 4:44 album now on Apple Music as Kanye breaks ties w/ Tidal
  • Little Snitch 4 update brings Touch Bar support, redesigned Network Monitor, more

Mac |

  • As iPhone 8 facial recognition expected, Apple patent describes bringing this & more to Macs
  • Ban on laptops & tablets for US-bound flights led to 20% drop in bookings – AP
  • iFixit launches battery replacement kits for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

AAPL |

  • Imagination Tech slams Apple’s ‘highly regrettable … unsubstantiated assertions’
  • US government reportedly set to intervene in Apple $15bn Ireland tax dispute with EU
  • Jay Z calls out Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine on ‘4:44’ Tidal exclusive

 

 

   
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