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It’s been a slightly hectic week as far as current technology companies, potential future tech, and upgrades to existing platforms are concerned. We have only just got into March, and already 2018 has given us an interesting insight into what’s potentially going to come during the next 9 months. However, in some true fashion, we are seeing a huge money deal for Ring, iPhone X “Plus” leaks, and an upgrade to Apple Watch Series 3 which will directly benefit those focused on health and fitness.

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Source code for iOS 9’s ‘iBoot’ component reportedly leaks online

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Source code for what is claimed to be the iBoot component of Apple’s iOS, software that handles secure booting of the operating system, was published on GitHub by an unknown party on Wednesday, a development that could lead to the discovery and exploitation of currently unknown vulnerabilities.
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Component supplier says production cut to iPhone X not as severe as reported

Nikkei Asian Review reported that Apple will halve iPhone X orders, based on information from the supply chain. The predicted number didn’t quite line up with other estimates and it seems that the component suppliers themselves are hearings different numbers. Murata claims “the figure sounds a little bit bigger”, referring to the 20 million iPhone Xs estimate by Nikkei. Murata provides some of the wireless connectivity components for this generation of iPhones. The company has heard talks of production cuts, though it seems no one is certain of the extent of those cuts. Apple will… – Latest articles

Supply chain in uncharted territory with three iPhone flagships, bracing for reduced component orders

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Component producers in Apple’s supply chain for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are expecting orders for the parts to reduce in the first quarter of 2018, but it appears that they are using previous sales metrics based on two flagship model phones, rather than three for the predictions.
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Apple Met with AR Glasses Component Suppliers at CES

Apple met with suppliers who produce components required for augmented reality glasses at CES this week, according to a new report.

That tidbit of information was buried in a story published by Bloomberg on Friday. Reportedly, Apple representatives met with firms that manufacture the “nuts and bolts” required to make AR glasses a reality, but the publication gave no additional information about the meeting, what was discussed, or which companies Apple met with.

Along with Apple, Bloomberg noted that representatives from Google and Facebook also met with AR parts suppliers at CES.

Despite the lack of details about the meeting, Bloomberg’s report is yet another piece of evidence that corroborates previous rumors of an augmented reality platform under development at Cupertino. Those rumors have been swirling the tech industry for years, but the pace of reports has picked up in the last few months.

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Last November, Bloomberg reported that Apple was working on a “breakthrough product” that could eventually leapfrog the iPhone as the company’s flagship device. That device would be a standalone augmented reality platform that would have its own display, processor and even a custom operating system internally dubbed “rOS” (for reality operating system).

At the time, Apple’s engineers were reportedly refining how a customer would interact with the AR glasses and its OS, exploring everything from hand gesture-based controls to touch panels and Siri voice activation. Presumably, the company has made progress on the UI and UX elements of the product by now.

Engineers were also testing prototypes of a wide variety of applications, including virtual meeting rooms and 360-degree video playback. When it launches, the AR headset could even have its own version of the App Store.

Apple’s rOS team, which also worked on the company’s ARKit platform for iOS, is also said to be working on several other projects under the internal code name of “T288.” But if the reports are true, then it’s worth venturing that an AR product could the most important project they’re developing.

Supplier Reports

But while Apple’s engineering teams are hard at work developing the software and operating system, Apple has also made recent modes to built out the hardware for its augmented reality device.

A supply chain report published by Nikkei in November suggested that Apple had tapped one of its metal casing suppliers, Catcher Technologies, to help it produce the frames for its AR device.

Also in November, another Apple supplier hinted that a breakthrough AR device was on the horizon. Quanta Computer, which assembles MacBooks and Apple Watches for Cupertino, announced that it was working on the optical technologies for an AR product.

Again, we’re not sure what suppliers Apple met with at CES this week, but the fact that they did suggests that the company is already laying the groundwork for the production of its AR glasses.

Apple Glasses Release Date

The timing of such a device hitting the market is still a bit hazy at this point. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans, market analysts, and supplier comments all seem to suggest a tentative launch date in 2019 or 2020.

Bloomberg reported that Apple would have the underlying technology ready by 2019, but added that the actual device would be unlikely to hit shelves until 2020. With recent reports, however, it’s certainly seeming like an Apple AR headset is on the way — and could hit shelves sooner than later.

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Physicists Just Invented an Essential Component Needed for Quantum Computers

In 2016, the Nobel Prize in Physics went to three British scientists for their work on superconductors and superfluids, which included the explanation of a rather odd phase of matter.

Now, for the first time, their discovery has a practical application – shrinking an electrical component to a size that will help quantum computers reach a scale that just might make them useful.

In a collaboration with Stanford University in the US, a team of scientists from the University of Sydney and Microsoft have used the newly found phase of matter – topological insulator – in shrinking an electrical component called a circulator 1,000 times smaller.

That’s super good news when it comes to squeezing more qubits into a small enough space.

If you missed the fuss last year, a trio of physicists received the Nobel Prize for discovering that under certain conditions some materials could easily conduct electrons along their surface, but remain an insulator within.

Most importantly, they discovered cases where matter transitioned between states without breaking something called symmetry, as happens when water atoms rearrange into ice or vapour.

As we shrink electrical components down to virtually atomic scales, the way electrons move in different dimensions becomes increasingly important.

Enter the qubit – a chunky piece of electronics that uses the probabilities of an unmeasured bit of matter to perform calculations classical computers can’t hope to match.

We can make qubits in a variety of ways, and are getting pretty good at stringing them together in ever larger numbers.

But shrinking qubits to sizes small enough that we can shove hundreds of thousands into a small-enough space is a challenge.

“Even if we had millions of qubits today, it is not clear that we have the classical technology to control them,” says David Reilly, a physicist at the University of Sydney and Director of Microsoft Station Q.

“Realising a scaled-up quantum computer will require the invention of new devices and techniques at the quantum-classical interface.”

One such device is called a circulator, which is kind-of like a roundabout for electrical signals, ensuring information heads in one direction only.

Until now, the smallest versions of this hardware could be held in the palm of your hand.

This is now set to change as scientists have shown a magnetised wafer made of a particular topological insulator could do the job, and be made 1,000 times smaller than existing components.

“Such compact circulators could be implemented in a variety of quantum hardware platforms, irrespective of the particular quantum system used,” says the study’s lead author, Alice Mahoney.

In many respects, we’re still at the pre-vacuum-tube and magnetic tape phase of quantum computers – they’re more promise than practical.

But if we keep seeing advances like this, it won’t be long before we’ll be bringing you news of quantum computers cracking problems which leave our best supercomputers gasping.

This research was published in Nature Communications.

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Face ID, TrueDepth camera component supplies ‘stable,’ technology will span 2018 iPhone line

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the 2018 model-year iPhone will launch "on time" and with a "stable supply" sporting the existing TrueDepth system, and Face ID user authentication.
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Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

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Apple’s iPhone X production woes are nearing an end, according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says shortages of key components like specialized handset circuit boards should end in November.
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Apple lowers iPhone X component orders

Apple told suppliers of iPhone X components to reduce shipments, according to Taiwan-based insiders. Only 40% of the expected amount is shipped for the initial launch of the new Apple flagship, the sources confirmed. Some manufacturers, though, still struggle to cope even with the new, lowered orders. Apple iPhone X The low percentage should not worry iPhone fans. The Cupertino company followed the same strategy with the launch of the iPhone 7 in 2016. Back then, only 60% of the materials required were shipped for the launch, with the following 40% of orders left for the… – Latest articles

Apple’s ‘iPhone 8’ orders, Samsung demands impacting Chinese component supply for other vendors

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Supply chain reports suggest that Apple’s and Samsung’s rapacious demand for smartphone components will deeply impact parts available for other manufacturers, with industry-wide shortages expected in the second half of 2017.
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