Big increase in Apple spending suggests major new products incoming

By Cody Lee on Jul 25, 2014

For those of you still skeptical that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall, check out this report from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. The analyst dug through its just-released 10-Q filing, and she says it reveals a lot about its upcoming plans.

Huberty explains that the company’s significant increase in spending all-but-confirms that we’ll see some major new products this year. In fact, its quarter-over-quarter increase is the largest we’ve seen since it introduced the first iPhone in 2007… Read More

 

Chinese sources: mass production of 4.7″ iPhone 6 begins, 5.5″ and new iPads start in September

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2014

As the purported parts and cases thought to belong to the iPhone 6 continue leaking out, Apple is now said to have started mass production of a 4.7-inch handset variant. As for a bigger 5.5-inch version, the handset is understood to enter production in September, alongside upcoming new iPads.

If true, there may after all be some truth to the rumors that the two phones won’t launch simultaneously in order to avoid cannibalization. Just yesterday, for instance, the hit-and-miss DigiTimes said the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 will launch separately as Apple wants to “avoid competition between the two models”Read More

 

Spigen introduces new cases for 4.7-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014

We’ve seen a handful of alleged iPhone 6 cases in the past few months, but for the most part they’ve been nameless one-offs. Today, however, major accessory-maker Spigen has thrown its hat into the proverbial next-gen ring with new Thin Fit and Thin Fit A cases.

For those unfamiliar with Spigen, it’s an Irvine, California-based company that makes cases, screen protectors and various other accessories for smartphones and tablets. And clearly, it’s very confident that it knows what Apple’s next handset is going to look like… Read More

 

iPhone 6 parts continue leaking out: Touch IDs, SIM trays, Wi-Fi, power button and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2014

With Apple’s assumed iPhone 6 launch in September about two months away, supposed device components continue leaking out of China almost on a daily basis, so much so that one will soon be able to reconstruct the entire device from leaked parts.

This is entirely expected: as the launch day draws nearer, resellers in China and third-party repair shops are finding it easier to obtain genuine parts from Apple’s component suppliers.

Today, we’re taking a look at multiple components such as the sleep/wake button, a pair of Home buttons suggesting Touch ID for both upcoming new iPhones and iPads and more… Read More

 

Poll: should iPhone 6 have a lit Apple logo?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2014

A pair of high-quality photographs of an alleged rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 obtained by uSwitch are making the rounds this morning. The popular theory is that the device may have an illuminated Apple logo on the back, similar to the logo cutout on iPads and just like Apple’s MacBook series of notebooks.

Rumors of iPhones outfitted with a lit Apple logo have persisted for years, but this is the first time a concrete part has surfaced that suggests an Apple logo-shaped cutout on the back.

In today’s poll, we’re asking if you think whether the next iPhone should come with the glowing Apple logo on its back… Read More

 

WSJ: Apple gearing up for record production of 70 to 80 million iPhone 6 units

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2014

Apple is gearing up for its largest initial production run of iPhones ever, according to a new report this afternoon from The Wall Street Journal. The Cupertino company is betting big on its larger-screened handsets, which it believes will garner record sales.

Citing sources “familiar with the matter,” the outlet says that Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture somewhere between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two larger display iPhones, one 4.7-inch model and one 5.5-inch, by the end of December… Read More

 

Samsung posts new ‘Screen Envy’ ad in response to iPhone 6 rumors

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2014

Samsung has posted a new ad to its YouTube channel this afternoon entitled ‘Screen Envy.’ The spot addresses rumors that the iPhone 6 will come with a larger display, saying that Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones have had 5-inch screens for years.

The commercial literally opens with an iPhone user telling his friend that Apple is working on a larger-screened smartphone. The friend, who is of course using a Galaxy S5, is clearly unimpressed by the speculation, saying “that hasn’t happened yet?” Read More

 

Infographic offers overview of iPhone 6 rumors

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

With so many leaked parts, mockups and insider reports raining down each week, it can be hard to keep up with the iPhone 6 rumor mill. Luckily, our friends at Nowhereelse.fr have compiled an infographic that offers an overview of the latest chatter.

The following image lists some of the more popular iPhone 6 rumors we’ve heard thus far, and the likelihood that they’ll materialize. The data used to create the graphic comes from various tech outlets including AppleInsider, BGR, and of course, iDB… Read More

 

New scratch test video suggests iPhone 6 front panel may not be sapphire

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

The consensus thus far has been that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire-covered display. Apple recently opened a plant to produce large amounts of the material, and we’ve seen videos depicting purported iPhone 6 panels as virtually indestructible.

But a new scratch test video suggests that the leaked iPhone 6 front panels floating around may not actually be made of [pure] sapphire. In the clip, YouTube veteran Marques Brownlee puts the panel to the test using Mohs scale of mineral hardness… Read More

 

Mass production of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to begin this month, 5.5-inch in August

By Cody Lee on Jul 17, 2014

Reuters is out with a report this evening regarding the production timeline for Apple’s iPhone 6. Citing local media sources, the outlet says that the 4.7-inch model is set to begin mass-production later this month, with the 5.5-inch ramping up in August.

The bulk of the manufacturing will take place at Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, also known as FoxconnPegatron is also said to be taking orders for the upcoming handset, and both companies have gone on hiring sprees to handle the workload… Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6 to adopt Sony’s 13-megapixel Exmor IMX220 camera sensor

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

Most of the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the blogosphere seem to point to Apple passing on the megapixel race. The firm instead appears to focus on advancing mobile photography using a number of hardware and software techniques to produce better-looking images.

These range from optical image stabilization to using larger pixels and enhanced filters for better low-light performance to providing a wider aperture to let more light in.

And just as the pundits have started to accept that the iPhone 6′s back camera will be eight megapixels comes a new report alleging that Apple will switch to a Sony-made 13-megapixel module in its upcoming iPhone refresh. Interestingly, the same unit is expected to appear on the Sony Xperia Z3 handset… Read More

 

Claimed photo shows alleged 15 percent stronger iPhone 6 battery

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2014

There has been some commotion lately as to whether or not Apple’s iPhone 6 will have a longer battery life due to a larger enclosure potentially housing a stronger battery pack.

A new claimed photo surfaced Thursday purportedly depicting an iPhone 6 battery showing an increased capacity of 1,810mAh.

To put it in context, both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have a a 1,570mAh battery so this alleged component could provide a sixteen percent boost in battery capacity… Read More

 

Can’t wait for the official iPhone 6? Here come the clones!

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

If the very thought of waiting until September when Apple is expected to formally announce its next iPhone is making you nervous and edgy because you simply need an iPhone 6 now, your best bet is one of the iPhone 6 knock-offs that are now cropping up all over the place in China.

Granted, it’s easy to make the argument that Apple should send its legal sharks after China’s well-versed knock-off makers and put a stop to them.

However, these iPhone 6 lookalikes are already here and not really going anywhere, as is limned in a pair of videos embedded right after the break… Read More

 

Could this be iPhone 6′s improved, more durable Touch ID sensor?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014

Purported iPhone 6 parts continue leaking out ahead of the handset’s assumed September unveiling. We were recently treated to a stress, bending and scratch test videos of a piece of a purported sapphire-coated iPhone 6 cover glass.

And earlier this summer, alleged leaks revealed a claimed front LCD frame, an alleged rear shell and a SIM card tray, while questionable mockups piqued everyone’s interest. It’s now time to turn our attention to Apple’s next-generation Touch ID.

As you know, the sophisticated fingerprint scanner debuted as an iPhone 5s exclusive last September. Touch ID is expected to expand to new iPhone and iPad models this year and TSMC is said to be already building a more durable variant of Touch ID.

New images that surfaced Wednesday promise to offer a glimpse of what an improved, slightly revamped Touch ID for the iPhone 6 looks like… Read More

 

Apple allegedly brings new supplier on board to help solve iPhone 6 battery production woes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Problems with mass production of ultra-thin batteries is among the reasons cited for a rumored delay of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model.

Last month, Asian sources said both LG Chemical and Samsung, Apple’s battery cell suppliers for the iPhone, were struggling to produce battery components measuring 2mm or less.

Apple’s technical requirements apparently pose technical challenges as standard smartphone batteries have a thickness of roughly 2.8 – 2.9 millimeters. A new report alleges that Apple has now solved the issue by bringing a new supplier on board, Hsin Chu, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies… Read More

 

Noted analyst claims 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could delay until 2015 over production woes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

In his new research note issued to clients Monday, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo cautions that Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be delayed until after October and possibly until 2015, over yield issues with its in-cell touch panel and metal casing.

According to the analyst, panels this large exhibit issues where the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Also, under Apple’s new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, “color unevenness is an issue,” wrote Kuo… Read More

 

Video: ultimate torture test reveals what it takes to shatter iPhone 6′s sapphire cover glass

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

Earlier in the week, a scratch test captured on video had us marveling at the virtually indestructible sapphire-strengthened cover glass purportedly making its way to Apple’s forthcoming new iPhones.

The test, posted by YouTuber Marques Brownlee, showed scratching the protective cover with a set of keys and even a large folding knife yielded absolutely no damage. As Brownlee noted, the part’s scratch resistance and proneness to bending and twisting is beyond any smartphone cover glass you’ve ever seen.

Despite trying, Brownlee just couldn’t break the part under his own power. But anything in this world can be broken to pieces. We’re a curious bunch here at iDownloadBlog and have been wondering a lot what it’d take to push this alleged sapphire cover glass beyond the point of breaking.

I’ve just stumbled upon a torture test video which answers that question quite effectively. It’s included after the break so give it a quick watch and meet us in comments… Read More

 

New photo shows alleged iPhone 6 front LCD frame

By Cody Lee on Jul 10, 2014

Continuing on with the barrage of iPhone 6 part leaks we’ve seen over the past few weeks, Apple.club.tw today shares a new photo of what is believed to be the front LCD frame of the handset. It looks to be complete with metal shielding, and Home button bracket.

In a complete iPhone, this component would sit in between the front panel and the rear shell, both of which we’ve seen in other leaks.   It also contains the all-important LCD panel, and helps sandwich in the battery, logic board, and various other internal pieces… Read More

 

Apple reportedly orders 68 million iPhone 6 units ahead of launch this Fall

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Apple is apparently so confident that the iPhone 6 will be its fastest-selling handset that it’s reportedly ordered a massive 68 million iPhone 6 units ahead of the Fall launch.

According to Chinese media reports, Apple is expecting high demand for the handset. It’s not just the case of pent-up demand, however.

Provided rumors are true, this Fall will bring the first iPhablet in the form of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, a popular form factor that should help bring customer who have switched over to Samsung back into the fold… Read More

 

Questionable report revives iPhone haptics rumor

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Since the original iPhone’s inception, Apple’s been expected to add haptic feedback technology to its iconic smartphone. This hasn’t happened to this date, despite several Apple patent filings related to an enhanced haptic feedback on mobile devices.

A new Chinese rumor has been making rounds on the web Thursday, reviving the old-standing rumor which calls for an iPhone with haptic feedback.

According to sources, the next iPhone(s) will incorporate tactile feedback in order to augment the sense of touch with subtle vibrations when virtual keys are pressed… Read More

 
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