iOS 10’s elusive Dark Mode shown in Settings app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2016

Five days ago, iDownloadBlog’s own Andrew O’Hara first wrote about jailbreak developer Andy Wiik‘s discovery of Dark Mode resources buried deep within iOS 10’s Messages app.

During the weekend, Wiik shared a few new screenshots showing a dark mode for the Settings app, running in iOS Simulator, strongly suggesting that these Dark Mode resources may not have been left within iOS 10 code by accident. Read More

 

Code found in macOS Sierra hints at rumored OLED touch bar, Touch ID support

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2016

Some evidence has been discovered within the code of the initial macOS Sierra beta that suggests there may be some truth to the rumors that Apple is building a MacBook Pro with a built-in OLED touch bar and Touch ID support. As noted by French site Mac Generation, there are several mysterious ‘kHIDUsage_LED’ references in macOS, as well as mention of support for “biometric devices.” Read More

 

Amazon to take on Apple and Spotify with new streaming music service

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2016

Amazon is preparing to launch a new standalone streaming music subscription service, reports Reuters. The tech giant is currently finalizing licenses with labels for the service, and it’s aiming for a late summer or early fall launch.

Of course, Amazon already offers a limited music service for free to Prime subscribers. But this new service will cost $9.99 per month and offer a much more competitive catalog, putting it squarely up against Apple Music and Spotify. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple to announce Apple Pay for websites at WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2016

Apple is preparing to take on Pay Pal and others by expanding Apple Pay to the web, reports Digital Trends. Citing an anonymous source, the outlet claims that the company will announce that it’s launching Apple Pay for websites during its WWDC keynote on Monday.

The report offers up few details about how web-based Apple pay will work, and whether or not it’ll be compatible with non-Touch ID devices. The site does say, however, that the service will initially be limited to select retail partners, and it’ll be much faster than PayPal. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Intel cellular modems will be reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Supply chain whispers recently claimed that a significant portion of LTE cellular modems for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would be built by Intel instead of Qualcomm and now Bloomberg is reporting that Intel modems will be actually reserved for AT&T iPhone 7 models.

Qualcomm is expected to remain Apple’s modem provider for Verizon and China-bound iPhone 7 handsets. Qualcomm’s boss had said he expected a major customer to diversify its supplier base. Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 7 to come in new deep blue color

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2016

Apple’s next flagship smartphone, currently being called the iPhone 7, may come in a new “deep blue” color, reports Macotakara. Citing an informed source, the website says that Apple plans to add the new colorway this fall as a replacement for its Space Gray offering.

It’s not hard to imagine Apple introducing new color options for its handset this fall, as it’s done so several times in the past. And with few major aesthetic changes expected for the iPhone 7, this would be a way for customers to distinguish the new model from its predecessors. Read More

 

Check out this awesome MacBook Pro concept with OLED touch panel

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2016

Well known designer and mockup artist Martin Hajek released a new concept for the MacBook Pro on Thursday. As usual, Hajek’s renderings are gorgeous, and the details of the laptop design match up closely with recent rumors and reports.

Perhaps the most prominent feature is the OLED touch panel that sits above the keyboard, in place of the function keys. The panel first popped up in an investor note from Ming-Chi Kuo, and it has since been corroborated by other sources. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple will introduce iMessage for Android at WWDC

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2016

Apple is planning to bring its encrypted messaging service iMessage to Android, reports MacDailyNews. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the site says that the company plans to announce the move at its WWDC keynote next week.

If true—and that’s a big if—the move would push Apple further into the messaging space as it tries to grow its ‘Services’ category on the back of dwindling iPhone sales. Note that the Cupertino firm already offers Apple Music on Android. Read More

 

Mark Gurman shares more details about upcoming WWDC announcements, new iPhones, and more

By Sébastien Page on Jun 4, 2016

While in between two jobs, reporter Mark Gurman appeared on the latest episode of The Jay & Farhad Show podcast, where he shared more details about what we might see at WWDC this year, including new iOS features and design tweaks. Gurman also revealed more information about this year and next year’s iPhone models.

While most of Gurman details were already known or rumored for a while, he did also offer information about features we hadn’t heard of until now. Read More

 

Photos of alleged MacBook Pro seemingly confirm OLED touchpad rumors

By Cody Lee on May 31, 2016

New images surfaced on Tuesday of what is said to be a chassis for Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro. Cult of Mac says they were sent the photos by “an anonymous source who claims to work for one of Apple’s manufacturing partners in China,” but that of course cannot be confirmed.

The so-called spy shots are interesting because there’s a noticeable gap in the laptop chassis, just above the keyboard. The oddity lines up with a recent investor note from prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which called for this year’s MacBook Pro to feature an OLED touchpad. Read More

 

First Lightning-to-headphone adapter surfaces, offering a sign of things to come

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple is widely believe to remove the more than century-old 3.5mm analog audio jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-enabled headphones and wireless Bluetooth headsets. Chinese vendor Tama Electric is advertising at Computex 2016 in Taipei the first Lightning-to-headphone that would let folks connect their existing analog headphones based on the 3.5mm audio jack to the iPhone 7.

The listing was first discovered by the oft-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

 

How Apple’s advanced self-learning technologies could make Siri a lot smarter

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

The assistant wars are in full swing, with Google Assistant and Viv entering the fray and existing players such as Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Hound and Google’s Now all stepping up fight for consumers’ hearts and minds.

Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo competitor, which VentureBeat believes is a next-gen Apple TV, could blow all the assistants out of the water when it comes to deciphering complex natural language queries.

And powering it—VocalIQ, a sophisticate technology Apple acquired back in October 2015. Tech Insider provided an in-depth overview of how VocalIQ could make Siri a lot smarter than it is today.  Read More

 

Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo competitor may be new Apple TV

By Cody Lee on May 26, 2016

Apple’s rumored Amazon Echo competitor may come in the form of a new set-top box, reports VentureBeat. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the outlet says the iPhone maker is working on a new Apple TV with an improved version of Siri.

“They want Apple TV to be just the hub of everything,” the source told VentureBeat. Earlier this week, The Information reported that Apple is building a new device with a speaker and always-on microphone to rival products from Amazon and Google. Read More

 

Apple developing Siri SDK and device to compete against Amazon Echo

By Cody Lee on May 24, 2016

Apple has big plans to step up its game in the field of intelligent assistants, reports The Information. Citing sources familiar with the plans, the outlet claims the company is preparing to introduce a Siri SDK for third party app developers at WWDC next month.

Additionally, the report says that Apple is also working on an Amazon Echo-like device with a speaker and always-on microphone that people can use to do things like turn on music, get news headlines or set a timer. Google unveiled a similar device last week. Read More

 

Kuo: thinner MacBook Pro models coming with OLED touch bar and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models later this year with a thinner design, built-in Touch ID and other new features, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors on Monday, the high-profile analyst said the Pro laptops will make their debut in Q4 of this year.

Kuo says this will be the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” In addition to an all-new thinner and lighter design, and Touch ID, the new MacBooks will also include an embedded OLED display touch bar, that will be located above the keyboard. Read More

 

Another leaked schematics reaffirms dual-camera as iPhone 7 Plus exclusive

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2016

Differences between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6/6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus are mostly confined to screen size, battery and optical image stabilization on the bigger model.

With the next iPhone, this imaging gap between the regular-sized model and its 5.5-inch brethren is expected to widen by a significant margin.

Purported iPhone 7 technical drawing discovered on Chinese forum Baidu by Italian-language HDBlog serves as yet another indication that the flagship iPhone 7 Plus model will be exclusively outfitted with a rumored dual-camera system, leaving the regular-sized iPhone 7 model with modest photography improvements stemming from a larger camera package. Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 7 Plus parts reaffirm dual cameras, suggest 16/64/256GB models

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

French leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer yesterday republished an image of some claimed iPhone 7 Plus components, found on Weibo.

The photo appears to show an alleged dual-camera module said to be destined for the handset’s refresh, along with NAND flash chips which suggest that the iPhone 7 could include a new 256-gigabyte model.

The presence of both 16GB and 64GB memory modules on the photo might indicate that, disappointingly, the iPhone’s highly criticized low-storage 16GB model won’t be going away with the forthcoming hardware refresh. Read More

 

Odd iPhone 7 prototype shell with iPad Pro-like four speaker setup leaks

By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2016

Thus far, we’ve heard conflicting rumors regarding the next iPhone’s speaker setup, with some sources being adamant that the handset would arrive outfitted with stereo speakers and others shaking their head in disagreement, suggesting the iPhone 7 would have the plain old single-speaker setup, like prior models.

Well, how about four speakers?

Prolific leaker Steven Hemmerstoffer today posted on his French-language blog NowhereElse.fr a set images of images of an alleged iPhone 7 prototype case which shows not one, not two, not three but four speakers, two at the top top and an additional two at the bottom. Read More

 

You could soon be able to unlock your Mac using Touch ID on your iPhone

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

Apple engineers are designing a remote unlock function that would allow an iPhone to unlock a Mac when in close proximity, reports MacRumors. The feature would use the handset’s Touch ID hardware, and is slated for the upcoming OS X 10.12 update.

The site notes that this will use Bluetooth LE frameworks, and will likely work similar to the solution found in the Apple Watch. Passcodes on the Apple Watch can be bypassed by entering your iPhone passcode or using Touch ID on the connected iPhone. Read More

 

Apple supplier says iPhone with glass casing coming in 2017

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2016

Apple is moving forward with plans to change its iPhone casing from metal to glass next year, says Catcher Technology CEO Allen Horng. Catcher is a Taiwanese metal casing maker and a key player in Apple’s current iPhone supply chain.

Following the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, Horng told reporters that Apple hopes the move will help differentiate its handsets. He also dispelled rumors that the change will cause Catcher to lose their iPhone business. Read More