The Week in Apple News: iPhone 8 rumors, March iPad events rumors, Apple Park opening in April, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending February 24, 2017.

The week in Apple news

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 24, 2017

There are rumors of an iPad event next month, and we’re seeing more speculation about the next iPhone as the year progresses. But besides anything i-related, there are plenty of Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Check them out in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

iPhone 8 rumors: 3D camera sensor for AR and facial recognition, but no curved display

From Macworld:

Early reports about the iPhone 8’s OLED display indicated that Apple was aiming to make a curved screen. It appears that plan may have been squashed after prototypes failed to hold up to drop-testing.

Apple will debut new iPad Pro lineup at March event

From Macworld:

Japanese site Mac Otakara released a report claiming that Apple will host an event in March with its new iPad Pro lineup in the starring role. According to the report, Apple will announce new 7.9-inch and 10.5-inch models, and will refresh the existing 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros.

Apple buys Israel’s facial recognition firm RealFace

From The Times of Israel:

Realface, set up in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse Barzilai and Aviv Mader, has developed a facial recognition software that offers users a smart biometric login, aiming to make passwords redundant when accessing mobile devices or PCs.

Apple’s Turi acquisition funds new $1M UW professorship in AI and machine learning (GeekWire)

Apple’s new HQ, Apple Park, will open in April

From Macworld:

While the new campus is designed for Apple employees, normal folks will be able to scope out Apple Park for themselves. An on-site visitors center with an Apple Store and a café will be open to the public, for those who want to see Jobs’s masterpiece in person.

Apple quietly bought domain, shuts down eponymous social network

From TechCrunch:

The domain—which is now controlled by Apple—was one of the last major iCloud-based web addresses that was not owned by the company. (Perhaps the last major one? not quite, there is also, owned by Dennis Publishing.)

Apple accuses EU of a litany of “breaches” in defense of Irish tax deal

From Ars Technica:

Apple has attempted to school the European Commission on how it interprets Irish law, by lodging no less than 14 pleas in its challenge against competition officials in Brussels who have ordered the iPhone maker to pay Ireland €13 billion (£11.1 billion) in back taxes.

Apple’s ‘secret’ Cambridge Siri lab is no longer quite so secret (Cambridge News)

What We Know About Apple’s Secret Data Center: Project Isabel

From Fortune:

The new 372,893-square-foot data center would include a build out of eight clusters as well as an administration building, garage and generator yard, according to a building permit accessed using Buildzoom, an online service that matches property owners with contractors.

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