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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 4

This week Apple released watchOS 4, the fourth major update to its flagship wearable device in the two years since it’s been available. While the Apple Watch had a fairly basic start with the first iteration of its operating system, Apple provided more frequent updates, with watchOS 2 redefining the experience and watchOS 3 significantly increasing performance and interactivity. With watchOS 3 having finally established a solid foundation for the wearable user experience, watchOS 4 seems to begin an era of more iterative improvements that refine, rather than redefine, the user interface.

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iPhone X production faces further ‘incremental delay’ to mid-October

Apple’s new iPhone X is experiencing an “incremental delay” in its build plans that will likely delay production until mid-October, according to a new investor note obtained by Barron’s. The note reveals that production of the flagship iPhone doesn’t appear to have started yet, and the mid-October production start represents a one-month delay compared to previous expectations. The investor note primarily concerns itself with aspect of when Apple would be able to realize earnings from the sale of the new iPhone, noting that production would shift more into “the December quarter” and that it relates to the “tone and expectations” for that quarter. It’s not entirely clear, however, whether Apple has already factored in these production delays into its promised Nov. 3 ship date, or whether that date could possibly slip, however the note does seem to make it more likely that availability of the new iPhone X may be more limited than originally anticipated.

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Daily Deal: Freeter Pro

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering Freeter Pro for only $9.99 — that’s 65% off the regular price. This personal productivity app lets you gather everything you need in a single, easy-to-use interface, so you can quickly and directly access analytics, open task manager, fire off a line of code, or do whatever else your project needs quickly and easily.

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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 11

Although it received no special mention at last week’s event, Apple quietly released tvOS 11 yesterday alongside its considerably larger updates to iOS 11 and watchOS 4. While it’s a surprisingly minor update considering the new version number, tvOS 11 does add a few small and interesting improvements that help enhance the Apple TV experience.

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Review: Tronsmart Element T6 Bluetooth Speaker

One of the most interesting things to come out of the manufacturing boom in China is the new crop of brands — perhaps the most notable of which is Anker — that sell direct to the consumer, rather than producing goods for other brands that do little more than change the label and add margin. These brands have gained internet fame, since their products are often surprisingly reliable considering their low prices. Tronsmart is one such brand. Based out of Shenzen, China, Tronsmart offers a wide range of electronics, including portable batteries, cables, and Bluetooth audio gear. Up for review today is the Tronsmart Element T6 Bluetooth speaker. Though we think it could benefit from a little less bass boost, we're impressed with this device.

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Toshiba nears deal to sell chip business to group that includes Apple

Toshiba has chosen a group led by Bain Capital — which includes Apple — to buy its ailing chip business, The Wall Street Journal reports. Toshiba has outlined a plan to stay involved in the business after the estimated $18 billion sale, signing a “nonbinding document saying they intended to reach a deal by September 30.” The deal still has to clear a review from antitrust regulators and objections from Toshiba partner Western Digital, which claims it has the right to veto the sale. Toshiba disputes that claim, and the issue is headed for international arbitration. If the deal ends up going through, Apple would likely find it much easier to secure its chip supply as demand continues to increase. Some Apple products have seen slight price increases in the past few weeks, leading to speculation that rising memory costs could be to blame, so locking down a reliable supply would leave one less thing for Apple to worry about as it continues pushing the limits of its internal components and trying to bring more of its production in-house.

Ikea, Overstock.com, Game Insight, Strava and more launch ARKit apps

With the release of iOS 11, a series of companies are debuting their ARKit apps to the world. Ikea’s Ikea Place app — first revealed at WWDC — allows users to place models of Ikea furniture right in their room to see how it would look at home in real time, and a similar feature in Overstock.com’s app allows the placement of thousands of the site’s products in a similar fashion. SmartPicture Technologies’ PLNAR app will help users measure the dimensions of the room itself, providing digital measurements of any surface by mapping the room’s anchor points. Strava has used the framework to create Fitness AR, an app that lets users see the surroundings from their planned rides, runs and hikes plotted out on a 3D map that shows terrain and elevation. Game Insight’s My Country and Guns of Boom games are both adding new AR capabilities, allowing users a bird’s eye view of the game environments. These are just a few of the ARKit apps popping up so far, so let us know in the comments what you’d like to see or which new apps you find useful and entertaining.

Apple still working bugs out of Apple Watch Series 3 Wi-Fi connectivity, iOS 11 Mail app

While Apple has done extensive hardware and software testing before rolling out its new products, reviewers have found a serious problem with the way the Apple Watch Series 3 handles Wi-Fi connectivity, The Verge reports. The new LTE Apple Watch is supposed to be more of a standalone device than the previous models, able to use cellular data rather than relying solely on Wi-Fi, but the reviewer found that two separate Apple Watches both experienced the same problem of trying to connect to unknown (and potentially dangerous) Wi-Fi connections rather than switching to cellular. With the device set to ship Friday, Apple has admitted that the company has “discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”

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Apple waiting on iPhone X performance to decide if 2018 iPhones all get Face ID

Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already turned his focus to next year’s iPhones, claiming that Apple is waiting on the reaction to the iPhone X to see if all the 2018 models should feature Face ID, according to a report seen by 9to5Mac. If the customer reaction proves positive, all of next year’s models could get the TrueDepth front camera that facilitates Face ID. Even if the reaction is mixed, Face ID could still come to all the next iPhones due to difficulties in embedding a fingerprint sensor under the 3D Touch-capable screen to eliminate the home button. But if Face ID is a flop with users, Kuo says it might be worth the effort for Apple to kunckle down and get the fingerprint scanner working after all.

Daily Deal: TREBLAB XR500 Wireless Sports Earbuds

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the TREBLAB XR500 Wireless Sports Earbuds for only $36.99 — that’s 79% off the regular price. These wireless sport earbuds fit securely into your ears and provide sweat resistance, a nine-hour battery life, and CMC 6.0 noise cancellation, taking your workouts to a whole new level.

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