Report: next iPhone to feature Tap to Wake and fast charging

By , Jan 5, 2017

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The next iPhone may feature Tap to Wake, fast charging and other new features, reports Forbes. The outlet spoke to noted tipster Sonny Dickson, who laid out what he expects from Apple’s next handset.

First Dickson says the new iPhone will include a “Tristar 3, Hydra” chip, which manages the charging port and supports fast charging. He doesn’t offer up any additional details, though, and notes that just because it supports the tech, doesn’t mean Apple will utilize it.

Next he tells Forbes that the new iPhone will include a Tap to Wake feature, similar to that seen on Android devices. This will allow users to wake the display to view Lock screen info by tapping the screen. Currently you have to physically move the iPhone, tap the Wake button or use a non-Touch ID finger to do things like view the time or see what song is playing.

Finally Dickson reiterates previous rumors that Apple plans to release 3 new iPhone models this year. He refers to them as an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which share hardware designs with the current crop of iPhones, and a radically redesigned iPhone 8.

Amidst slumping iPhone sales and approaching the handset’s 10th anniversary, speculation has run wild regarding Apple’s flagship smartphone. Reports suggest it could include a curved edge-to-edge display, truly wireless charging and AR/VR software features.

Source: Forbes

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  • jOn Garrett

    OK so this is all great and will pair well with that beautiful edge to edge curved AMOLED display.

    So let’s not be hypocrites when you see the first droids with some rumored feature or new color that might come with an iPhone.

    • ravinigga

      The curved sounds nice but how will apple the same issue like galaxy when u hold the phone the screen detects the fingers on the side.
      That’s annoying

      • jOn Garrett

        If they have the same problem they can fix it the same way–a simple patch to lessen the sensitivity on the sides.

      • Diego Milano

        Yeah, I suppose that should be fine. Even though none of that has anything to do with tap-to-wake.

      • The King

        They actually fixed it on the Edge. Or I don’t notice or see it happening for me. The case helps, but without the case, the fingers don’t trip up the edge of the phone.

  • askep3

    Tap to wake is going to be great! It’s amazing on the Apple Watch! It’s going to be a bit useless with the raise to wake but for when that doesn’t work it’s gonna be a lifesaver.

    • jOn Garrett

      Raise to wake makes much more sense and when coupled with vibrate for missed notifications it’s priceless.

    • Diego Milano

      Honestly raise-to-wake is pointless if you use a stand. I’d rather do tap-to-wake or similar alternatives such as Wave2Wake or any other similar tweaks on jailbroken devices that allow you to just use the proximity sensor. Having to actually GRAB the phone and raise it and then put it back is impractical.

      • jOn Garrett

        Raise to wake isn’t pointless when your phone is laying on a desk or table unless you actually carry a stand with you.

        I like the Samsung approach with always on display and vibrate on missed notifications. Add to that the notification LED then everything else is obsolete.

      • Diego Milano

        That’s why I explicitly stated it is pointless IF and only IF you are using a stand, which is at least my case when I’m working or at my desk.
        I think having different alternatives and the ability to disable them individually would be most appropriate here.

      • askep3

        The majority of people don’t use stands, much less own one, but jay has summed up a good reply for you below

      • Diego Milano

        Like I said on another comment, as long as I can keep each of these alternatives on or off, I’m game. Can Raise2Wake be disabled?

    • Jay

      Tap to wake will still come in handy as well. Suppose the phone is on a mount or on a table or just camnot be easily picked up at the time. I’ve envied this Android feature for quite some time.

      • askep3

        Exactly just anytime raise to wake doesn’t work or can’t work, it will eliminate the use of the lock button to turn on the phone

  • Johnny

    I would rather see always on display like samsung have

    • Diego Milano

      Does it dim at least? Cause I wouldn’t want to have a pseudo-flashlight sitting in my dark room while sleeping. Plus, I wouldn’t want to see new notifications coming in, there comes a time in the day I put the phone to a side and move on with life.

      • jOn Garrett

        It’s dim and does nothing at all to give off even the slightest illumination. You can adjust the size of what’s displayed as well as colors.

        You don’t have to have anything on your lock screen that you don’t want. Notifications can be displayed if you wish, with our without content or turned off.

        I only keep owner info on mine so if lost an honest person can return it.

      • Diego Milano

        I wonder if Apple would do it the same way there, considering how ugly and little customization the lockscreen is and has.

      • jOn Garrett

        That’s what I don’t understand about apple and what I really dislike about them. They want to control how users use their devices. Having those options is great and only makes people like and use their phones more.

      • Rowan09

        Honestly it doesn’t. Most people don’t do any of those things you mentioned.

      • jOn Garrett

        Most people? Yeah if you’re talking about iOS user. They can’t use what they never had.

        Obviously many iOS users want these things hence why jailbreaking has been around since day one.

      • Rowan09

        Are you serious? Less than 10% of IOS users jailbreak. If you actually think most Android users are techies you must be joking.

      • jOn Garrett

        If so then it’s still 50 million devices that are jail broken which is a lot.

        You don’t know anything at all about Android users. Android users are people who are much more tech savvy than iOS users.

        Visit any iOS forum and the only technical discussions centre around jailbreaking.

        Visit any Android forum and people are talking about building entire ROMS from the ground up!!!

        iOS has way too many limitations to be taken seriously.

      • Rowan09

        Stop. I visit both and unless you’re visiting a site where it’s know for techies, it’s just a blog to find out information. I know nothing yet I owned one since the Note 2, have a S7 Edge and allowed downloading from Unknown sources with the original fire tv when it wasn’t allowed. IOS has way too many limitations to be take seriously really? You do know more developers develop and make money on IOS right? People who run to Android are usually doing so for pirating things. Come on man you’re talking to the wrong one.

      • Jay

        With an amoled display it shouldn’t produce that much when when in always on mode. Its pretty dim and not much of the screen is actually on.

  • Diego Milano

    Just use the proximity sensor like Wave2Wake on jailbroken devices.
    Tapping would be OK as well, I suppose, and probably consume less battery.

  • Vinnie Bones

    i don’t know, “Tap2Wake” could easily applied with a software update.

    • Diego Milano

      It requires the screen to be always on which consumes battery even if at the lowest brightness, I’d think (I could be wrong). In any case, it could definitely be achieved via software, just like most things that don’t require new hardware technology (unlike ForceTouch, and yet even this can be mimicked via software).

      • jOn Garrett

        No the always on has practically zero effect on battery life.

        Remember, it’s not the whole display that’s lit, only individual pixels.

        Force touch was done via software on the Galaxy S3’s air view and on other phones with long press.

      • Diego Milano

        Right, and that’s why I’ve been saying we eagerly need OLED on an iPhone because it has many advantages. I use a fake ForceTouch emulated by software on my iPhone 5s, it is a really nice implementation I would have been very happy to use it if it were my main device.

      • Jay

        It wouldn’t need the screen to always be on just the digitizer which is fine as the sensor detecting if its moved and held in the correct position is always ready to detect.

  • John Smith

    As far as I know the iPhone already supports some kind of fast charging, but the charger that comes in the box is not fast

    • Rowan09

      Apple is playing themselves wife the cube for the Plus devices, it’s not even close to being powerful enough. I use my iPad cube and it works great. Fast charge is ok and it kills your battery quicker, but I change my phone every year so I won’t have that problem.

  • Andrieux Querido

    iPhone really need USB 3.0 or USB C

    • Rowan09

      Why?

      • Jay

        Because apple is starting to fragment their connections. The new macbooks have little to no USB connections. An adapter needs to be purchased/used in order to charge your brand new iPhone that came out before the computer.

      • Andrieux Querido

        Because its really slow to restore your iPhone, specially when you have lots of apps. Or you want to send large files to the iPhone or iPad.

      • Rowan09

        You’re not understanding what USB C actually is by making that statement. USB C is a connector the speed comes from the hardware being about to handle it and the USB standard. USB 3 max at 5Gbps and USB 3.1 is 10Gbps. Apple doesn’t need a USB C connector for faster transfer speeds they just need the devices to be able to handle USB 3.1 standards.

  • Specially the first charging feature is more great . I applaud your post . Hopefully always you will share such post with us .