Sony readying interchangeable E-Mount lenses for pro mobile photography

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

The Japanese giant Sony is gearing up to unveil a number of new gadgets at the IFA press conference which kicks off tomorrow in Berlin. And with 24 hours until the presser, an ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera has conveniently leaked out.

The latest addition to its QX-branded smartphone and tablet camera accessory lineup, the forthcoming ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera reportedly won’t have a fixed lens and instead will let you use any of Sony’s E-Mount lenses, the oft-reliable SonyAlphaRumors blog reported Tuesday.

As if that wasn’t enough, the ILCE-QX1 is said to feature a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and a built-in flash. That being said, compatibility with the E-Mount lenses is bound to strike a chord with iPhone photography fans. Read More

 

Two times stronger iPhone 6 battery makes another appearance on photos

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

We’ve already seen alleged 1,810mAh, 2,100mAh, and 2,915mAh batteries bound for Apple’s upcoming handsets and now the strongest 2,915mAh module has been showed off on a set of new photos posted Tuesday morning by the French publication NowhereElse.fr [Google Translate].

Featuring a capacity of 2,915mAh versus the iPhone 5s’s 1,560mAh package, this prototype battery should theoretically allow the iPhone 6 to last longer on a single charge and get your through the day without recharging.

On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that Apple will advertise the iPhone 6 as having the same battery life as the iPhone 5s. That’s because an increase in the battery capacity could be offset by a bigger screen which draws more power. Same could be said for other rumored new components such as an NXP-made NFC chip for mobile payments, faster graphics and more. Read More

 

New video compares nearly-assembled 4.7″ iPhone 6 to iPhone 5s

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Yesterday evening, a new video surfaced on the web providing yet another glimpse at Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, which will be officially announced at a media event next Tuesday.

The three and a half minute hands-on clip posted to the Russian YouTube channel Rozetked seemingly compares the current-generation four-inch iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6 assembled from leaked components.

Featuring some rather dramatic closeups, it gives a good look at a 4.7-inch edition of the iPhone 6 and its design aesthetics while depicting a Space Gray variant with both a black and white front plate. Read More

 

Claimed 5.5″ iPhone 6 rear shell caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2014

French publication NowhereElse.fr today published a purported video which seemingly shows off an alleged rear shell thought to be for the bigger iPhone 6 model, giving fans a good look at how the rumored 5.5-inch handset might feel in one’s hand.

The publication adds that the bigger iPhone has inherited the ‘Air’ moniker, first used in respect to iOS devices with the release of the iPad Air.

The iPhone maker is expected to announce the iPhone 6 alongside a wearable device at a media event scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, at Cupertino’s Flint Center for the Performing Arts. Read More

 

Apple mulling $400 price point for wearable device

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2014

Re/code journalists Dawn Chmielewski and John Paczkowski filed a report today claiming that Apple executives internally discussed a price point of $400 for a rumored wearable device, which is believed to be making its debut alongside new iPhones at Apple’s upcoming media event scheduled for Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino.

But cash-strapped would-be buyers needn’t worry — the firm apparently has a lower-priced version of the device and consumers can expect “a range of prices for different models,” as per Re/code’s unnamed sources.

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Is this iPhone 6′s A8 processor?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

If this image published on Weibo is genuine, the Apple-designed A8 processor said to power the iPhone 6 and new iPads may have been finally photographed. Serving as the engine powering the next wave of iPhone and iPad device, the in-house designed A8 processor is said to be clocked at two or more GHz per core, if Chinese media is to be believed.

Other rumors have pointed to the chip being manufactured using a new process technology which allows for smaller components, in turn yielding speedier performance and a lower battery draw. Read More

 

New photos depict alleged production iPhone 6 model with color-matched antenna breaks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

Following a steady stream of leaks of purported iPhone 6 components shown off on numerous photographs and depicted in video clips, French publication NowhereElse.fr Friday morning published a set of high-quality images of a claimed production model of the handset.

The curious shots offer a better look at the antenna breaks visible on the model’s rear casing. Also, the casing itself appears to be a variant of Space Gray finish of the iPhone 5s while the antenna breaks are colored to match the rest of the shell. Read More

 

Wired: iPhone will have NFC chip and feature its own payment platform

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

According to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Wired, the rumors were in fact true as the next iPhone is reportedly going to have a Near-Field Communication (NFC) circuitry and feature an Apple-branded payment platform.

Apple’s contactless mobile payment solution is being described in the report as “one of the hallmark features” of the iPhone 6 when the device is unveiled on September 9 (alongside a rumored Apple wearable device).

“We’re told the solution will involve NFC,” reads the report.

For what it’s worth, the reliable John Paczkowski of Re/code has “been hearing the same” about the NFC-enabled iPhone 6.

Recent leaks of purported iPhone 6 components have indicated that the forthcoming smartphone could indeed be outfitted with an NFC chip by a semiconductor company called NXP, which currently supplies the M7 motion coprocessor for the latest iOS devices. Read More

 

New iPhone 6 parts reveal larger speaker, embedded Apple logo and redesigned vibrator

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

A flurry of photographs of the allegedly leaked iPhone 6 parts published Thursday morning by French blog NowhereElse.fr hint at several design choices Apple engineers took in order to make the device more sleeker and thinner than its predecessor.

Internal and external components like SIM trays, the Apple logo, Home buttons, the internal speaker and vibrator motor all appear to be differently designed and engineered than the comparable parts found in the iPhone 5s.

The leaked parts suggest that the next iPhone will be offered in the same silver, gray and gold colorways as the iPhone 5s while featuring an improved vibrator, the embedded logo on the back and possibly an enhanced sound system. Read More

 

Another purported iPad Air 2 rear panel leaks out showing minor design changes

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2014

A pair of photographs of excellent quality were published Wednesday morning by the increasingly reliable French blog NowhereElse.fr, seemingly picturing a purported rear shell of a sixth-generation full-size iPad. The device, which Apple will probably call the iPad Air 2, should be unveiled in October.

The rumor-mill hasn’t leaked many iPad Air 2 parts so this particular component offers an insight into some of the minor design tweaks.

For starters, the volume buttons are said to be inset in a recess. Also, a hole for the microphone on the back is now positioned alongside the camera rather than being centered on the top.

The device’s interior appears to be revised slightly, too. Read More

 

Scratch that: iPhone 6 ‘Phosphorus’ component likely barometric pressure sensor

By Jake Smith on Aug 25, 2014

An eagle-eyed member of the MacRumors forum says the “Phosporus”component destined for the iPhone 6, leaked on Monday, isn’t a next-generation version of Apple’s M7 co-processor, but instead a barometric pressure sensor. It makes sense given the several rumors that have cropped up in recent months with word Apple plans a barometer used to measure atmospheric pressure in the iPhone 6. Read More

 

Rumor: low-powered M7 successor code-named ‘Phosphorous’ to collect health and fitness data (Updated)

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2014

An Apple chip internally code-named ‘Phosphorous’ has been identified on leaked schematics and thought to replace the M7, a motion coprocessor which debuted inside the iPhone 5s last Fall. (Update: It’s looking like a barometer pressure sensor instead.)

It’s said to include the M7′s motion tracking functions and thought to be able to collect a number of health and fitness data from various health and fitness accessories and specialized medical devices.

This apparently includes heart rates, calories burned, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and more. It’s believed the chip works in tandem with iOS 8 and the new Health app, which allows users to enter a number of health and fitness-related data manually, or automatically collect these from various HealthKit-friendly accessories and wearables. Read More

 

Can’t wait for iPhone 6? Truffol launches reversible Lightning USB cable for $10

By Jake Smith on Aug 22, 2014

Online retailer Truffol has launched a reversible Lightning cable for models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPods that support the connection technology. This marks the first reversible Lightning cable, meaning there is no wrong way to plug it into the USB port on your charger or computer as there is on the official cable sold by Apple.

Apple hasn’t officially launched or embraced a reversible Lightning cable as of yet, but is rumored to do so when it launches the iPhone 6 in the coming weeks. Truffol is allowing you get a leg up on the Cupertino-based company for a measly $9.99. Read More

 

Reuters: iPhone 6 backlight woes affect production plans, could limit launch availability

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2014

We heard before that Apple faced several issues related to manufacture of the upcoming iPhone 6.

This is expected for any major Apple product with a brand new design demanding new production equipment and requiring contract manufacturers to develop custom ways to build and assemble products.

According to Reuters Friday, Apple’s plan to make every iPhone 6 component as thin as possible could backfire because a last-minute design change has sent suppliers “scrambling” to get enough screens ready ahead of the expected September 9 launch. Read More

 

Samsung said to supply RAM chips for iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2014

If a new supply chain report out of Asia Friday is to be trusted, Apple’s arch-rival Samsung is supplying it with RAM chips for the upcoming iPhone 6 refresh. This comes as somewhat of a surprise given Apple’s been fighting tooth and nail to supplant the South Korean conglomerate with alternative component suppliers amid intensifying competition, aggressive advertising and never-ending legal issues plaguing its relationship with Samsung. Read More

 
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