Leaked packaging confirms ‘iPhone SE’ name, 16GB baseline model and NFC for Apple Pay

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

Thursday, a photo of what appears to be Chinese packaging for Apple’s upcoming four-inch iPhone refresh was posted on Chinese social network Weibo.

The image allegedly shows the specifications sticker affixed to the box for the upcoming device while specifically mentioning ‘iPhone SE’ branding.

The ’16GB’ label on the sticker suggests that the iPhone SE will start out at sixteen gigabytes of storage, just like current iPhone models do. Additionally, the technical specifications section mentions Apple Pay compatibility, meaning the iPhone SE will include NFC, like previously suspected. Read More

 

iPhone 7 Plus to get iPad Pro’s Smart Connector?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Chinese website Bastille Post on Tuesday published a purported image of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 Plus that it swears is the real deal.

The photo, obtained from an unnamed source,  seems to corroborate prior rumors that the iPhone 7 Plus will come outfitted with a dual-lens camera system on the back.

It also reveals a curious hardware addition that the rumor-mill has not predicted thus far: a Smart Connector. If true, the Smart Connector may be coming to all iOS devices. As you know, Apple first unveiled the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro last fall.  Read More

 

Leaked iPhone 7 drawings reveal flush camera, no band seams on the back

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 14, 2016

Leaked third-party cases based on various iPhone 7 rumors have seemingly corroborated the notion that the device will have stereo speakers, a thinner Lightning port, dual cameras on the back and more.

Claimed device schematics, published by French blog NowhereElse.fr, appear to confirm that the iPhone 7 has a nearly flush camera and no antenna seams on the back. Read More

 

Claimed iPad Air 3 case has holes for quad speakers, Smart Connector and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

After posting images of a purported iPhone 7 case with holes for a pair of speaker grilles and dual cameras on the back, gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer today posted on Twitter images of a claimed iPad Air 3 case.

Corroborating the notion that Apple’s third-generation iPad Air is basically a smaller, 9.7-inch iPad Pro with the same A9X processor, Smart Connector and a four-speaker setup like the iPad Pro, the images show off openings in the right places for quad speakers and the Smart Connector. Read More

 

Purported iPhone 7 frame has leaked, but it’s 5.2 inches and has a hole for the headphone jack

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 29, 2016

A batch of images have been leaked on the web by an Apple supplier, potentially giving us a look at a purported chassis for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7.

Published by French blog NowhereElse.fr, which does due diligence before posting part leaks, the photos show what looks like a Unibody frame handled by a factory worker, resembling Apple’s design style for the iPhone 6/6s series.

Reality checks, however, lead us to the conclusion that this likely is not a genuine iPhone 7 part, but a frame belonging to another handset. Read More

 

Leaked iPhone SE screen assembly lacks 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2016

Just as so-called ‘iPhone SE’ is about to enter mass production, we have become exposed to its very first claimed component leak. Saturday, the reliable French blog NowhereElse.fr posted a purported image of the iPhone SE’s screen assembly which supports the thesis that 3D Touch will remain exclusive to the iPhone 6s as a differentiating feature.

3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus uses an additional layer with 96 pressure-sensing sensors and is found between the display itself and the backlight module. No such layer could be identified in the leaked image. Read More

 

Leaked iPad Air 3 design drawing points to four speakers and LED flash

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

A purported drawing published Monday by French blog NowhereElse.fr indicates that Apple’s third-generation iPad Air might borrow the iPad Pro’s four-speaker setup for better audio reproduction.

In addition, the tablet could sport a LED flash. The site has obtained the design drawing from a fairly reliable source though it couldn’t vouch for the veracity of the leaked image. Read More

 

Did this video just show us Apple’s upcoming four-inch iPhone refresh?

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016

M.I.C. Gadget, which in the past supplied genuine pictures and clips of unreleased Apple devices, today published a video which they claim shows off Apple’s forthcoming four-inch iPhone obtained from a source at Foxconn.

The clip could be an elaborate hoax, of course, but it looks genuine if you consider that the device appears to resemble a four-inch iPhone with an iPhone 6s-style design, as the rumor-mill’s predicted. Read More

 

Native Facebook Messenger for Mac app revealed in leaked photo

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2016

Facebook may be bringing its popular messaging app to the desktop, according to a blurry photo obtained by TechCrunch which appears to show a native application being tested on a Mac notebook by an employee.

Facebook currently provides the Messenger app for a number of mobile platforms, in addition to a dedicated web interface at messenger.com and built-in messaging functionality available through its desktop UI at facebook.com. Read More

 

iPhone 7 gets its first purported part leak

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

With a dozen or so rumors published thus far about Apple’s next iPhone—let’s dub it an ‘iPhone 7’—today we finally get our first look at a claimed display backlight module for the device, courtesy of Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw.

Not much can be gleaned from the images except for some minor changes in the location of a flex cable and a chip that controls the 3D Touch sensor array. If Apple sticks to its release schedule, the iPhone 7 should hit the store shelves in early fall. Read More

 

Apple website leaks gorgeous new Space Black color option for Apple Watch’s Milanese Loop band

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016

You will soon be able to buy a Milanese Loop band in gorgeous Space Black finish to complement your Space Black stainless steel Apple Watch case. As spotted by 9to5Mac, the company’s Czech Online Store briefly published a new page for the Space Black Milanese Loop band, but it’s since been pulled indicating the company probably leaked this band option for Apple Watch buyers prematurely. Read More

 

AT&T to stop offering two-year phone contracts next month

By Cody Lee on Dec 30, 2015

AT&T plans to stop offering two-year phone contracts next month, reports Engadget. The outlet on Wednesday published an internal document that says the carrier will launch a “pricing simplification effort” on January 8 that will effectively get rid of contracts.

According to the document, starting on the 8th, AT&T Next and full-retail will become the only purchase options for smartphones. Folks looking to buy a flip, or “basic,” phone from the carrier will also have to choose between paying full-retail or an installment plan. Read More

 

Moto 360 Sport, 2nd gen Moto 360 and ‘shatterproof’ Motorola phone due this year

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

It pays to keep tabs on competition. Just as Google released Android Wear for iPhone earlier today and LG announced a gold-plated limited-edition of its Urbane watches, noted gadget leaker Upleaks published some interesting tidbits and press renderings for Motorola’s upcoming smartwatches and phones. According to these leaks, a second-generation Moto360 smartwatch is allegedly coming in September.

A Sport variant of the current-generation Moto 360 smartwatch should be due a month later, Upleaks claims. In addition, the Lenovo-owned company is purportedly working on a high-end smartphone that should be shatterproof. Read More

 

New leak suggests that the iPhone 6s will feature a 16GB model

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 28, 2015

Despite rumors that Apple would finally be dropping its anemic 16GB model for the next iPhone refresh, a new leak from well-respected leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer is suggesting otherwise.

Hemmerstoffer, who is no stranger to leaking details about upcoming mobile devices, posted a photo of the sticker that normally resides on the back of an iPhone’s box. As you’re probably aware of, the stickers glued to the back of the box are what provide statistical details relating to storage size, network compatibility, etc.

If this leak is true—and I’ve seen nothing to make me believe otherwise—there’s going to be some disappointed people come September 9th.

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New purported details about next iPhone and iPad’s ‘A9’ chip emerge

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2015

Interesting tidbits regarding Apple-designed ‘A9’ chip said to power the upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ handsets surfaced Monday, offering some previously unknown details regarding its performance and design.

It appears that the next iPhone and iPad’s processor could employ so-called system-in-package (SiP) design which squeezes some additional components into a tiny chip, including the baseband modem and the power management circuitry.

Moreover, a leaked benchmark purports to compare single and multi-thread performance of several unreleased mobile processors, such as NVIDIA’s Denver 2, Samsung’s Exynos M1, Huawei’s Kirin 950, LG’s NUCLUN 2 and Apple’s A9 and A9X. Read More

 

iPhone 6s screen assembly revealed in leaked video

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

With just a few weeks until Apple’s rumored September 9 media event, small wonder we’re now seeing a bunch of parts for the upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones leaking out from Asian supply chain.

European repair firm MacManiack was able to get hold of a fully assembled display component for the iPhone 6s from a supplier and today posted a video of it. This could also be a ploy to steal free publicity on the part of MacManiack so take the report with healthy skepticism. Read More

 

Leaked CAD drawing and claimed chassis video show radically thinner iPad mini 4 design

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 10, 2015

Claimed CAD drawing published Monday by the usually reliably OnLeaks provides yet another indication that Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will be the slimmest 7.9-inch iPad yet, basically supporting the theory that the iPad mini 4 will match the thinness of the iPad Air 2.

The device’s profile is expected to go from 7.5mm down to the iPad Air 2 thinness of just 6.1mm, or less than the iPad mini 3 thickness of 7.5mm. In addition to the technical drawing of the iPad mini 4, OnLeaks posted a nice hands-on video showcasing a claimed iPad mini 4 housing. Read More

 

Could iPhone 6s lose protruding camera after all?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2015

The slightly protruding camera lens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that Apple’s design tzar Jony Ive likened to “a really very pragmatic optimization” could become a thing of the past after next-generation iPhones arrive next month.

Monday, uSwitch published claimed CAD design renders for upcoming iPhones which were obtained from @OnLeaks. The drawings depict a little thicker next-generation ‘iPhone 6s’ than the current model, measuring 7.1mm thick versus the current iPhone 6 with a thickness of 6.9mm, without the protruding camera.

However, renderings of an ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ suggest the phone is 7.8mm thick with the camera protrusion versus the current iPhone 6 Plus that measures 7.1 mm deep. Unless erroneous, the discrepancy might hint that the protruding camera that featured on the iPhone 6 “could be missing from the iPhone 6s but will reappear on the iPhone 6s Plus,” notes the publication.

Again, the 0.5mm camera bulge is present on renderings of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s, but is nowhere to be found on technical drawings depicting the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Read More

 

iPhone 6s display assembly with claimed Force Touch sensing layer surfaces

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2015

A trio of claimed spyshots were published this weekend by French blog NowhereElse.fr, ostensibly offering a first look at a fully assembled ‘iPhone 6s’ display with Force Touch technology. At first look, the part appears to be virtually unchanged from the front display assembly on the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in shape, size and overall design.

Upon closer inspection, however, some differences become apparent. For instance, you’ll notice strange black dots running across the sides of a shielding which some folks say may or may not be related to Force Touch technology. Read More

 

Could this be a front panel for iPhone 6s?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 23, 2015

According to the rumor-mill, Apple’s suppliers have recently begun volume production of key components for the upcoming iPhones, such as an Apple-designed ‘A9’ processor and chassis. These parts will be soon, or already are, all over the place in Asia so little wonder we’re now starting to see first component leaks.

The leakage kicked off with a claimed rear housing which has seemingly confirmed minuscule changes to the interior and a stronger body. The leaks now continue with a photo of a rumored front panel of the ‘iPhone 6s,’ published Thursday by French blog NowhereElse.fr. Read More

 
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