Rumor: Apple Watch 2 has GPS, is more waterproof and tracks swimming

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

A second generation Apple Watch is rumored to embed not only cellular connection for network connectivity without its paired iPhone, but also a dedicated GPS for accurate workout logging without the need to carry the handset. That’s assuming you believe a sketchy report published this morning by 9to5Mac and credited to an anonymous source with unproven track record.

The same source also said that the Workout app on the Apple Watch 2 would gain the ability to track swimming. Read More

 

Next-gen MacBook Pro to integrate Touch ID into the Power button?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Apple is believed to be working on the next MacBook Pro upgrade that should include, among a faster Intel processor and graphics and other hardware-related enhancements, an OLED bar replacing the row of function keys on the keyboard with programmable touch-sensitive shortcuts that could automatically change from one app to another.

In a new report Monday, 9to5Mac has learned from a sketchy source that the rumored OLED touch bar might be accompanied by a Touch ID sensor for fingerprint login. Read More

 

iPhone 7 rumor: Home button with haptic feedback, Apple Watch-like Space Black variant

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Remember the iPhone 5’s Darth Vader-like black appearance? It’s still my favorite iPhone colorway even though Apple has since moved to a more subdued Space Gray finish for subsequent models. Mac Otakara, the Japanese publication which claimed the iPhone 7 would come in a new Deep Blue variant, has now backtracked on the report, saying the device would include a Space Black colorway akin to the Apple Watch. Read More

 

Google-made smartphone designed to take on the iPhone allegedly due this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Although Google’s Android software is on four in five phones sold worldwide, the iPhone remains the king of the hill when it comes to the lucrative premium segment of the handset market. The Telegraph is now reporting that Google will step up smartphone wars with release of its own handset later this year, a move that’d see it compete directly with the iPhone. Read More

 

Sharp to begin producing OLED screens for a future iPhone before 2018

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

In addition to LG Display and Samsung’s mobile display arm, both of which are now pouring significant resources into ramping up OLED panel production ahead of Apple’s switch from LCDs to OLEDs for iPhones, Japanese outlet Nikkei is reporting today that Sharp is expected to do the same before 2018.

Apple is widely expected to make a switch to OLED screens in time for a tenth anniversary iPhone, due in 2017. Read More

 

2017 Apple Watch could use power-sipping micro-LED panels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Apple is reportedly prepping to switch from flexible OLED screens utilized on the current Apple Watch to a more power-efficient micro-LED display technology that could be used for an Apple Watch hardware update in 2017, DigiTimes reported Friday. The Taiwanese trade publication said Apple could replace OLED displays in the Apple Watch with micro-LED panels as early as the second half of 2017. Read More

 

Obstacles to launching Apple Music in Korea reportedly removed

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Although Apple had previously attempted to roll out its subscription-based music-streaming service in Korea, the Cupertino firm ultimately failed to reach a consensus with local music copyright associations. But as of recently, Tim Cook & Co. have apparently managed to cut deals with local right holders and copyright associations.

As a result, the service could launch in South Korea, a 50 million people market, sooner than later, according to a news report today by The Korea Herald. No firm date for the launch was given at post time. Read More

 

TextEdit app spotted on iPad’s Home screen in WWDC session video

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016

TextEdit, one of the stock applications for the Mac, might be coming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, suggests an icon spotted on an iPad during one of the WWDC 2016 demos.

As first discovered by MacRumors, the “What’s New in Metal, Part 1” WWDC session video shows (mark 17:58) a TextEdit icon on the iPad’s multitasking app switcher screen and on the Home screen. Read More

 

Did iPhone 7’s touch-sensitive Home button just leak?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2016

Many sources are adamant that we’ll have to wait until a tenth anniversary iPhone next year for a bezel-less device with an integrated Touch ID sensor and no Home button. As for the upcoming iPhone 7 revision, the most recent leak from MobiPicker suggests that the iPhone 7 might come outfitted with a touch-sensitive Home button that sits flush with the surrounding bezel, requiring users to perform tapping actions due to the absence of any moving parts. Read More

 

Apple Watch 2 rumored to debut later this year

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2016

A second-generation Apple Watch will most likely launch either alongside Apple’s iPhone 7 this September or later this year, according to supply chain sources who spoke with DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication with a hit-and-miss record in reporting Apple rumors. Read More

 

LG Innotek could be exclusive supplier of dual cameras for iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016

It looks like Apple has turned to LG’s Innotek division as a source of dual-camera modules for its upcoming iPhone 7 refresh. Industry sources told Business Korea that “LG Innotek will exclusively supply dual camera module to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, which will come out in September this year”. Read More

 

Rearchitected iTunes said to permit Apple to “more easily drop music downloads”

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

After learning last month that Apple could terminate iTunes music downloads for good by 2018, Digital Music News is back with some new tidbits of information. Insiders say Apple is “keeping their options open” regarding the rise of Apple Music subscriptions and the streaming service potentially replacing music downloads altogether. Read More

 

Chinese supplier claims MacBook Pro/Air refresh could happen this month

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2016

The new twelve-inch MacBook is the future of Apple’s notebook lineup, but the MacBook Pro family being overdue for a refresh doesn’t necessarily mean that the MacBook Air will be going away. According to the fairy reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara this morning, citing an unnamed Chinese supplier, Apple will be announcing some updated MacBook Airs and Pros later this month, possibly at WWDC. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Samsung to launch two fully bendable phones in early-2017

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2016

Samsung could release a pair of smartphones early next year capable of bending and folding in half “like a cosmetic compact,” without damage, and one of them should be a five-inch model that could be opened to an eight-inch tablet size, Bloomberg reported this morning, citing unnamed people familiar with the project. Read More

 

Apple Pay rumored to be expanding to Switzerland next Monday

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2016

After launching in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore, Apple Pay is about to make its debut in Switzerland on Monday, June 13, German-language financial outlet Finews reported this morning.

It will reportedly be supported at launch by Swiss private bank Corner Bank but it’s unclear from the report whether major banks UBS and Credit Suisse will work with the service beginning next Monday. Read More

 

Thunderbolt Display won’t be refreshed at WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Without naming a specific source, iMore’s Rene Ritchie has reportedly heard that Apple is not planning to refresh the aging 27-inch Thunderbolt Display at WWDC this month after all. “I asked around, and it’s not happening at the keynote or any time in the immediate future,” he wrote. Read More

 

Updated Thunderbolt Display rumored to include 5K resolution and integrated GPU

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

Stock of Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt Display has been dwindling ahead of the WWDC keynote, leading us to suspect that the product is about to be upgraded soon. The display, which was first introduced more than four years ago, should see its resolution bumped to match the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display. The hardware refresh might integrate an external graphics card, reports 9to5Mac. Read More

 

Analyst: iPhone 8 will rock Galaxy Edge-like wraparound AMOLED screen

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

IHS Technologies analyst Kevin Wang writes on Chinese social network Weibo that the iPhone 8, which we believe will release in the fall of 2017, will come outfitted with a dual-curved display similar to that found on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 edge, for a virtually bezel-less appearance. He also said just yesterday the next iPhone would replace the entry-level 16GB tier with a more capacious 32GB SKU. Read More

 

Both iPhone 7 models to include 256GB version, replacing 64GB with 128GB SKU?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

Leaked components and sketchy rumors have led us to take for granted the theory that only the flagship, pricier iPhone 7 Plus model will exclusively include a new capacious 256-gigabyte model.

That assumption is now being challenged by researchers at TrendForce.

The research firm reported on Wednesday that the rumored 256GB SKU will actually extend to both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, possibly even replacing the most popular 64GB storage model. Read More

 

Analyst sees Apple finally dropping much-loathed 16GB iPhone from lineup

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple could be finally ditching the oft-criticized sixteen-gigabyte iPhone from the mix and replace it with a thirty-two gigabyte SKU as the new baseline model. That’s if you believe what an IHS Technology analyst posted on Chinese social media this morning, as per 9to5Mac. Read More

 
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