Report: Apple Watch Series 3 will have LTE, no direct calling
What's going on Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for everything, good and bad inside the whole the baffle.
It's another pack show with the Apple watch and the iPhone but let's start with the latest it's all about the Apple TV.
Now the Wall Street Journal reports Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to produce original content over the next year.
We've been asking for something like this forever and we said it over and over again, content is king.
Now one billion is about half the amount HBO spent on the content last year and just happens to be the home of the show you might have heard called "Game of Thrones".
I've always wanted to say that.
Now, all it takes is a couple legitimate hit shows to get people's attention.
And it's about time they dip into their 260 plus billions of cash they're sitting on.
Apple because an instant player because of its size, but they have a lot of catching up to do.
For example, Netflix.
They spent six billion dollars on content in 2017 alone.
And they're putting out so much good stuff, you can't even keep up anymore.
But what were the hits that started it for them all?
How about House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, and come on now!
Shonda Rhimes just left ABC for Netflix, that's how powerful they've become.
Plus, those Scandals scenes can get really steamy.
At least that's what I've been told.
Now we've seen the leaks about a potential 4K Apple TV coming this year as well, so put this all together and there's some nice momentum in the Apple TV space.
Plus, ESPN just launched a new version of their Apple TV app that allows you to watch up to four live streams simultaneously Perfect for college football season.
Now there will be other modes like split screen, picture-in-picture or three games at a time.
ESPN is also considering using one of the screen tiles for stats and scoreboard updates in the future.
But these are the types of apps we wanna see on Apple TV.
Things that you can't do anywhere else, but it's taking a long time to get there.
All right, another video service is coming.
A native VUDU app for the flourishing Apple TV is expected to arrive on August 22nd.
The video service has more than 100,000 titles to rent and buy, but the best part is support of 4K streaming of many titles, the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Audio.
This could line up perfectly, again, for the rumored 4K Apple TV.
And if you want to see a leak that it was totally true or totally false, and this is a real reach, but a user on the Chinese microblogging sight Weibo released pictures of what he described as Apple's OLED TV spy photos.
It still doesn't make sense for Apple to jump into a low and crowded TV set business.
But I'll just leave those right there.
And tons of Apple Watch users read the Economic Daily News reports.
The Series 3 Apple watch has entered the final testing phase in the manufacturing process with mass production starting soon after that, and everything lining up for a September release.
A new report from KGI securities Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the new Apple watch will bring LTE support for the first time, but it's unlikely to support direct phone calls.
Now, Kuo says it probably won't support phone calls this year because Apple wants to improve the user experience.
With making calls before they roll it out.
Instead, it can support voice over IP services like FaceTime Audio or Skype.
Now he also adds that the Apple Watch is likely to use an eSIM, or what we call an embedded SIM, instead of a physical slim slot due to the lack of physical space in the Apple Watch.
Now rumors have also pointed to the new LTE Apple Watch being supported by major carriers in the US.
But that may not be the case.
With international carriers on its launch.
Quo says the form factor and watch faces will stay the same size at 38 millimeters and 42 millimeters with LTE really being the main selling point.
Also, CNBC reports we can expect to see a new Apple Watch announced at Apple's September iPhone event.
No one else has confirmed that.
And we don't even have a date for Apple's event yet.
So we'll just have to wait and see.
All right, let's jump to the iPhone 8.
We saw the Apple TV leak earlier.
But if you're really into low quality looking videos from inside a factory, another leak from Weibo allegedly shows rear shells for the iPhone 8 from a production line.
Getting polished with a little wax on, wax off.
And then another video where they're hanging on racks.
Now the one thing to pull away from this if.
They are true is that there's no sign of a touch ID button on the rear shell.
I'm also curious, what type of spy cameras are we using these days?
It's 2017, and I'm not expecting iPhone quality, but I know we can do better than this, can't we?
You know what?
That deserve a bad apple.
[SOUND] All right, and look at this.
These images claim to be the wireless charging pad components for the iPhone 8, earlier claims said it would be sold separately, might even arrive late alongside an iOS 11.1 update after the iPhone launches.
So with the next iPhone just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to see what does Apple By Nation think they'll end up calling the new iPhone?
Now here's the result from over 1700 respondents on the Twitter, And it was really close between the iPhone Pro and iPhone 8, with the iPhone Pro getting 31% of the votes, and iPhone 8 getting 29%.
Now you know me, I also gave people a chance to send in their write ins.
Douglas Jones called it the iPhone $+.
I'm down with that.
Marco Don Juan wants it to be called the iPh8ne.
What the heck is that?
And I would tie here they should definitely call it iPhone future and give me a cut.
Okay, let's not forget about the iPhone 7S, or what's believed to be called the 7S.
Alleged design schematics reveal that the 7S design will be slightly bigger by less than a millimeter by dimensions of height, width And thickness.
Now the speculation is that it's related to the new iPhone's glass backing that's needed to support wireless charging.
The lens bump is believed to actually shrink a little from 8.18 millimeters to 7.92as well.
Now there's been no leaks related to measurements for the seven s plus up to this point.
And IOS 11 released its sixth beta release this week along watchOS, Mac goes High Sierra.
But the biggest thing that stuck out to users in iOS 11, Apple changed the App Store icon for some reason, and left it to the Internet to compare it to popsicle sticks or arts and Crafts at your local pre-school.
This guy said, hey.
That's the same logo as my wife's company.
No matter what you do, Apple, sometimes you just can't win on the Interwebs.
That's going to do it for this week's show.
You can email us at email@example.com or tweet me at Brian Tong.
Thanks so much for watching.
We'll catch you next time for another bite of the apple.
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