New photos show 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models side by side

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2014

Some new photos of alleged iPhone 6 models surfaced this morning, courtesy of Sonny Dickson. We’ve seen several photos of physical mockups to date, but these by far offer the best representation of what Apple’s next smartphone is expected to look like.

It’s believed that the iPhone 6 will come in two display sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, and today’s images show the two variants sitting side by side. This not only give us a good idea of the handset’s design, but it also indicates how the two models will vary in size… Read More

 

New report claims Apple will charge $100 premium for larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2014

In line with a report from Jefferies’ Peter Misek earlier this year, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt issued a claim this morning that Apple will charge a $100 premium for the larger of two iPhone 6 models expected to launch this fall.

In a research note to investors, McCourt said he is confident Apple will charge a $100 more for the 5.5-inch version of its new smartphone, citing higher-priced components and more complex production processes as reasons for the bump… Read More

 

Report says iPhone 6 will feature NFC, wireless charging and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2014

It seems like we have a pretty good idea of what to expect, in terms of appearance, for the iPhone 6. Several reports have pointed to the handset having a larger display and a new iPad-like design, and most of the leaked cases and components we’ve seen thus far match up with that.

But when it comes to features and functionality of the new iPhone, things aren’t so clear. The latest of a number of scattershot reports comes from VentureBeat, which cites sources saying that the device will have built-in support for NFC tech, wireless charging capabilities, and more… Read More

 

Personnel issues and internal politics blamed for lack of iOS 8 Maps announcements at WWDC

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2014

Mark Gurman has established himself as the most reliable Apple blogger out there so we were confused seeing his sources fail him so badly in predicting announcements Apple should’ve made at WWDC.

For instance, he called for new hardware at WWDC, but Apple’s developers conference focused – rather predictably, I should add – on software.

Gurman also said Apple would give OS X a larger presence at the five-day event whereas the company didn’t discriminate between iOS 8 and Yosemite.

Most importantly, he made several claims concerning Apple taking iOS 8 Maps to the next level by adding public transit directions, a car finding feature, more points of interests, better labels and so forth. In reality, the Cupertino firm only briefly mentioned that it’s updated iOS 8 Maps in China with vector graphics. So, what’s going on here? Read More

 

New photos of alleged iPhone 6 shell surface

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2014

A new set of photos has appeared online this weekend, showing off an alleged iPhone 6 shell. We’ve seen 1 or 2 similar components in the past, but these images give us—by far—the best look at the part, and the best indication of what the device could look like.

In terms of design, this shell appears to match the one we saw back in May almost detail for detail. Note the thick antenna breaks towards the top and bottom of the part, as well as the cutouts for the iSight camera, the round flash, and the rear-facing Apple logo… Read More

 

Apple’s new Adaptive Display framework hints at larger iPhone

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 6, 2014

Just in case there weren’t already enough signs pointing towards the launch of a larger iPhone or two later this year, a new Adaptive Display framework in iOS 8 is a telltale clue that wider and taller screens could be on the horizon. As reported by The Guardian, the developer protocol is called UIAdaptivePresentationControllerDelegate, and works with a presentation controller to determine how to respond to size changes in apps.

If that sounds like a bunch of garble, allow me to explain in slightly more simplified terms. Apple has improved two frameworks called UIKit and AppKit, making it easier for developers to support multiple screen sizes and orientations. Apple does have multiple screen sizes, ranging from 3.5-inch and 4-inch iPhones to 7.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPads, and the consensus is that 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will soon crack the list.

This screenshot on Apple’s WWDC sessions page could be a subtle hint…  Read More

 

Apple said to be working on master list of games that support MFi controllers

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2014

Apple is reportedly working on a way for its users to view a master list of games that support MFi (made for iPhone) controllers in the App Store. The feature works a lot like App Match, which can point users to compatible apps of recently attached accessories.

The company first introduced the MFi controller specification in iOS 7 last summer, and a number of third-party accessory makers have since created gamepads. The new platform, however, has been hobbled by the lack of user knowledge of compatible iOS titles… Read More

 

iWatch components said to be going into production this month

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2014

Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White reports that several components for the so-called iWatch are going into mass production this month. The analyst believes that Apple is planning to unveil the long-rumored smartwatch in September, perhaps alongside the iPhone 6.

White bases his report on his recent tour of Computex, Asia’s largest technology show, where wearables were by far the most talked-about products. There, sources from supply chain companies told him iWatch component production would soon begin ramping up… Read More

 

Evidence of Retina iMac found in OS X Yosemite beta

By Cody Lee on Jun 4, 2014

Folks wanting an iMac with Retina display will be happy to hear that some evidence has surfaced in favor of the mythical machine. The recently-released OS X Yosemite developer preview includes a new file that defines display scaling resolution options for an iMac.

The native resolution of the computer is not mentioned, but the file includes a series of scaling resolution options that max out at 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800 as a Retina display. It’s likely the display will scale down to a lower resolution like the MacBook Pro… Read More

 

Apple reportedly solves battery issue with 5.5-inch iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2014

In the world of iPhone 6 rumors, the narrative thus far has been that Apple is working on two models: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. Both would feature similar specs, much like the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini.

Unfortunately, for those wanting the latter model, supply chain chatter has indicated that battery issues may push the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launch into next year. But according to a new report, Apple has solved the issues and is back on track… Read More

 

Resizable simulator in Xcode 6 hints at new iPhone screen sizes

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

Let the digging commence! Apple just released iOS 8 and Xcode 6 betas a few moments ago, and folks have already begun to search them for clues to future products. And those efforts have just yielded some results by the way of a new feature in Xcode Simulator.

As noted by Chicago Sun-Times tech columnist Andy Ihnatko, Xcode includes ‘resizable iPhone and iPad simulators.’ This seems to reaffirm the rumors that have been floating around for the past 6 months that Apple is working on an iPhone with a larger display… Read More

 

Last minute WWDC rumors: new iBeacon tech, smart home toolkit and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2014

We’ve already given you a rundown of what to expect to see at Apple’s WWDC keynote. The event, which is in less than 12 hours now, is expected to bring about a redesigned OS X, and a familiar-looking iOS 8 with new apps and features.

But as usual, there are some last minute reports making the rounds regarding today’s big announcements. In addition to the above items, it’s now believed Apple could introduce new iBeacon features and a ‘smart home’ toolkit for developers… Read More

 

WWDC roundup: what to expect from Apple’s keynote

By Cody Lee on Jun 1, 2014

We’re now less than 24 hours away from Apple’s highly anticipated WWDC 2014 keynote. Beginning at 10 AM PST tomorrow, Tim Cook and other executives will take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to give us all a glimpse of the company’s future.

We don’t know exactly what’s going to be talked about, outside of new versions of OS X and iOS, but the rumor mill has provided us with a bevy of possibilities. So, as we do every year, we’ve put together a roundup of all the things we’re expecting Apple to announce… Read More

 

Trademark filings discovered for Healthbook, HealthKit and iResearch

By Cody Lee on May 30, 2014

With Apple’s WWDC keynote now just a few days away, speculation regarding what the company will announce on Monday is heating up. We saw the iOS 8 and OS X banners earlier today, and now we have some mysterious trademark filings.

The folks over at MacRumors have discovered several trademark applications related to the term ‘Healthbook,’ which is a new app rumored for iOS 8. The documents don’t say they were filed by Apple, but looking at the clues, it’s fairly obvious… Read More

 

Apple gets help from Chinese authorities to fight iPhone 6 leaks

By Joe Rossignol on May 30, 2014

There has been an abundance of iPhone 6 rumors and leaks over the past several months, ranging from alleged photos of the back cover and backlight panels to 3D printed mockup models and purported cases for the 5.5-inch smartphone. But the leaked information could be coming to a halt, as the well-connected Sonny Dickson tweets that Apple has enlisted the help of 200 security officers in China to catch anyone suspected of selling iPhone 6 accessories…  Read More

 

Photo of alleged iPhone 6 back cover surfaces

By Cody Lee on May 29, 2014

While we’ve seen a number of physical mockups and case leaks for the iPhone 6, we haven’t seen very much in the way of actual components. There was the front panel, the tray full of batteries, and this recently-leaked backlight panel, but that’s pretty much it.

We’re adding another part to the pile tonight, though. Macfixit Australia says it has obtained what is believed to be the back cover of an iPhone 6. The site says that it belongs to a 4.7-inch model—one of two rumored to be released this year—and is silver in color… Read More

 

Apple reportedly in talks with retailers over mobile payment service

By Cody Lee on May 29, 2014

According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple executives are in discussions with directors from retail chains over a mobile payment service. Citing sources familiar with the project, the site says the talks have taken place over the past few months at ‘high profile’ retailers.

Apple has long been said to be interested in the mobile payments space, which has several players right now but no clear leader. It’s believed the Cupertino company could leverage its 800 million iTunes accounts and iPhone user base to come in and disrupt the market… Read More

 

Rumored iOS 8 split-screen feature won’t be ready for WWDC

By Cody Lee on May 29, 2014

Earlier this month, a report surfaced that Apple was working on a new feature in iOS 8 involving split-screen multitasking. Designed specifically for the larger iPad, the addition reportedly allows two apps to run side-by-side while in landscape mode.

Word of the feature spread quickly through the tech world, and many were hoping that Apple would demo it during its WWDC keynote next week. But don’t get your hopes up, a new report says that it won’t be ready for preview in time for the conference… Read More

 

Apple to announce $3 billion Beats acquisition this week

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2014

Apple has remained mum on rumors that it’s looking to acquire Beats Electronics, but it appears it’s finally ready to break the silence. The New York Post reports tonight that the Cupertino firm is expected to announce the acquisition within the next few days.

Perhaps even more interesting is that the Post says Apple has managed to trim some $200 million off the price tag during the past two weeks of negotiation. According to the outlet’s sources, the company has reached a deal to buy Beats for an even $3 billion… Read More

 

Billboard: Apple-Beats deal delayed due to valuation, role uncertainties

By Cody Lee on May 24, 2014

Billboard is out with a new report this weekend, claiming that it’s learned why the Apple-Beats acquisition has not been announced yet. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet says that there are at least 5 things holding up the deal.

First, the buyout is ‘complicated.’ With this being Apple’s largest purchase ever, the folks in Cupertino want to make sure they cross every and dot every i. And second, the iPad-maker was nowhere near ready for details of the negotiations to leak… Read More