Apple Watch Series 3 with glass-film touch display to ship in second half of 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 21, 2017

A third-generation Apple Watch is expected to adopt a different display technology based on glass-film panels versus touch-on-lens panels utilized on Apple Watch Series 2 and glass-on-glass (two pieces of glass) ones on the original Apple Watch. Shipments of the tentatively named Apple Watch Series 3 are expected to start in the second half of 2017, as per sources cited in a Tuesday report from DigiTimes. Read More

 

PerfectFit automatically resizes ‘outdated’ apps to support newer iPhone resolutions

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 20, 2017

Every so often you might come across an app you need from the App Store where the developer hasn’t even bothered to update the interface for the latest iPhone resolutions. In most cases, this means they’re still designed to work on the iPhone 4s resolution or earlier, and this leaves unsightly black bars at the top and bottom of the app.

As frustrating as this is, Apple still allows the apps to run (not for much longer), but they just won’t look as nice. A new free jailbreak tweak called PerfectFit by Tony Kraft can force these apps to run at a much more native-feeling resolution so they look better too. Read More

 

Apple reportedly orders 160 million OLED panels for iPhone 8 from Samsung Display

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Apple has apparently signed a deal with Samsung Display, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, to build an additional 60 million organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels for iPhone 8, The Korea Herald newspaper reported Monday. The deal is worth five trillion Korean won, or about a $4.3 billion.

The deal is in addition to an agreement that Apple and Samsung signed last year to supply 100 million OLED display panels for iPhone 8.
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CRSettings lets you apply an image background to the Reachability view

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 10, 2017

I feel like Reachability is a must-have feature on any 5.5-inch display, but Apple really just wastes all that space at the top of the screen by not using it for anything.

A new free jailbreak tweak called CRSettings by ChanYu makes use of the empty space in a particularly fun way by filling it with a background image of your choice. Read More

 

OLED for iPhone 8 could add $50 million to Apple’s March quarter expenses

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2017

iPhone 8, or 10th Anniversary iPhone as affectionately dubbed by the media, is expected to adopt the unrivaled organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology as utilized on Apple Watch screens and the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar.

OLEDs are more difficult and pricier to produce than the traditional LCD panels so the decision to outfit iPhone 8 with an OLED-based screen could cost Apple approximately $50 million in incremental costs in the March quarter, according to an investor memo from Cowen & Company’s Timothy Arcuri obtained Monday by AppleInsider. Read More

 

WSJ: Japan Display creating flexible LCD panels for 2018 iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2017

iPhone display supplier Japan Display has devised new manufacturing processes for mass production of flexible liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. According to a report Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal, Apple is considering using flexible LCD panels in iPhones launching in 2018 and beyond.

This is an interesting development in light of rumors that iPhone 8 will be equipped with a flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen. While not as flexible as curved OLED panels, Japan Display’s new processes do allow for the creation of bendable LCDs that support designs like Samsung’s curved-screen Galaxy Edge series. Read More

 

Apple and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn may build highly automated $7B display plant in U.S.

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2017

According to Japanese outlet Nikkei Asian Review, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou told journalists who attended his company’s end-of-year corporate party that Foxconn is considering a joint investment with Apple topping $7 billion for a highly automated display facility in the United States.

It would eventually create 30,000-50,000 jobs. Read More

 

Samsung seeks arbitration against Sharp and other LCD panel makers over supply halt

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2017

Samsung Electronics has filed a request for international arbitration against Sharp and two other LCD panel makers over supply panel halt, The Korea Herald reported Friday.

Owned by iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, Sharp said recently it would stop supplying LCDs to Samsung.

The Galaxy maker is now seeking $492 million in compensation from Sharp and other vendors, said industry sources. Samsung reportedly filed its request with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Read More

 

Latest macOS Sierra beta informs you when your Mac’s display is using significant energy

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 17, 2017

The latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 provides a brand new display brightness energy saving recommendation for extending battery life under the Battery menu bar item, MacRumors has discovered. It appears in macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 when display brightness is set above the 75 percent mark. Read More

 

LG teases big 5.7″ screen, smaller body, waterproof design & more for upcoming G6 flagship

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 13, 2017

LG Electronics is teasing an upcoming G6 flagship smartphone in a new 45-second teaser video posted to its YouTube channel yesterday.

Listing some of the things people apparently want in an ideal smartphone, the clip seems to tease a minimum-bezel 5.7-inch waterproof phone (you’ll recall that Apple’s iPhone 8 is rumored to feature increased IP68-rated water resistance).

Although it does not specifically mention G6, the clip asks you to “imagine how your wishes will come to life” before hinting it’ll all happen in February, when G6 is expected to be formally announced at Mobile World Congress. Read More

 
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