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This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' rumors galore, Apple goes Back to School, new iOS & macOS betas

An otherwise quiet week was dominated by rumors about Apple's "iPhone 8" —including features it won't have as much as those it will. The company separately released new public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, and announced new data centers in Denmark and China.




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Everything you need to know:



  • The "iPhone 8" may have a rear-facing laser for autofocus and AR > >
  • Software issues could leave some of the phone's key features disabled at launch > >
  • The device may ship 3 to 4 weeks later than Apple's usual launch window > >
  • Four different colors may be available, including a reflective one > >
  • Apple is building a second, $921 million data center in Denmark > >
  • Second public betas were released for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra > >
  • Apple's 2017 Back to School promotion includes a free set of wireless Beats headphones > >


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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:



Apple's 'iPhone 8' to feature rear-facing 3D laser for AR and faster autofocus, report says

Apple's 'iPhone 8' might ship with wireless charging, front-facing 3D camera disabled due to software issues

Bank of America predicts 3-4 week 'iPhone 8' delay, but still a record breaking 2018 for Apple

Rumor: Apple's OLED 'iPhone 8' will come in four colors, including a new mirror-like exterior

Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud data center in Denmark

Apple issues second public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone, iPad

macOS High Sierra public beta testers get second build from Apple

Apple's 2017 Back to School promo offers wireless Beats with Macs & iPad Pros

iTunes' share of video sales and rentals market reportedly in free fall amidst competition from Amazon, Comcast

Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics tech supplier Imagination Technologies

Apple extends free repairs for first-gen Apple Watch back covers to three years

Watch: All the new features and fixes introduced with iOS 11 beta 3

Apple opens first China data center to comply with country's cybersecurity rules

PayPal added as iPhone payment source internationally for App Store, Apple Music

Apple Park drone footage may be ending, with security forces seeking to cease flights

Apple execs Tim Cook and Eddy Cue rub elbows with media elite at Sun Valley retreat