Last minute iPhone 7 leak shows new LED flash, glossy black colorway & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2016

We have some last minute images of claimed iPhone 7 units leaked by Vietnamese outlet Techsignin ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 event today. A pair of photos provide yet another look at the backside of the iPhone 7, showing a rumored new four-part LED flash, a slightly curved camera design, a waterproof SIM tray and more.

Of course, the photos also show off that new black colorway that many people seem to be clamoring for. Check out the images and post your thoughts in the comments. Read More


Apple trademarks “iPhone 7”, “Iris Engine”, “Touch Bar”, “Smart Button”, ”AirPod Case” & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2016

With 24 hours left until the iPhone 7 keynote, a bunch of Apple trademark filings have now surfaced, as recently discovered by lawyer Brian Conroy. The documents provide some solid hints as to some of the gadgets the Cupertino firm may have been working on and could release at tomorrow’s event.

One of the more peculiar trademark filings is that for “Iris Engine”, potentially hinting at iris scanning capabilities believed to be coming to a future iPhone.

Another one is for “AirPod Case”, which probably denotes a carrying and charging case for AirPods, Apple’s alleged Bragi Dash-style high-end Bluetooth in-ear buds. Read More


Apple Watch 2’s larger battery shouldn’t make the device any thicker

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2016

Byte, a UK-based retailer that sells Apple-certified accessories and parts, recently posted a video in which they showed off a few supposedly genuine parts for a second-generation Apple Watch, including a thinner OLED Force Touch display and a significantly thicker battery potentially giving the wearable device a few more hours of run time.

Today, Byte published precise measurements for the above components and the numbers lead to the conclusion that Apple may have been able to squeeze in a much more powerful battery without making the Apple Watch 2 any thicker. Read More


All iPhone 7 models are allegedly capable of shooting 4K video at a silky smooth 60 FPS

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 6, 2016

The iPhone 6s series brought the biggest camera jump so far, with the front shooter upgraded to a five-megapixel lens and the rear one going from eight to twelve megapixels with the ability to capture 4K video at thirty frames per second (FPS). Aside from other changes in the camera department, the next iPhone is said to double the frame rate for 4K recordings, letting you capture action at a silky smooth 60 FPS, according to a Vietnamese site that has allegedly used a real iPhone 7. Read More


Here’s your final look at latest iPhone 7 dummies before Apple’s big reveal

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

Tech reviewer Michael Kukielka aka DetroidBORG recently published a quick preview of what the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are probably going to look like when they’re announced this Wednesday. The video on his YouTube channel actually compares high-quality iPhone 7 dummies that are mostly based on rumor-mill reporting. Now, I know we’ve posted our fair share of these mockups in past months.

But with Apple’s big reveal almost upon us, I thought you guys might want to take another look at the iPhone 7’s design before the shiny new devices are unveiled. Read More


iPhone 7 could provide at least 33 percent faster CPU performance than iPhone 6s

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

Alleged GeekBench CPU scores posted back in the summer suggested modest performance gains for the iPhone 7’s A10 chip versus the iPad Pro’s A9X processor, but were debunked as fake soon after.

Today, genuine-looking results of the GeekBench 4 synthetic benchmark of the iPhone 7’s CPU were posted on the website of PrimateLabs, the company that makes and sells the GeekBench suite.

According to the published data, the iPhone 7 could have its CPU performance boosted by at least one third, or about 33 percent, versus the iPhone 6s. Read More


Piano Black and Dark Black colorways “confirmed” by new iPhone 7 test unit stickers

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

A pair of images posted Monday on Twitter by smartphone leakster The Malignant gave as another hint that the iPhone 7 lineup could introduce two new dark-shaded colorways: a highly glossy variant, called Piano Black, and its matte counterpart, aptly named Dark Black.

The photographs show alleged stickers used to identify test iPhones that seem to have been obtained from Foxconn. The stickers label these prototype iPhones in the rumored Piano Black and Dark Black colors. Read More


Sonny Dickson posts video showing a supposedly working iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

Australia-based Sonny Dickson used to be a prolific gadget leakster before he went on to work on other projects. Understandably, he still leaks out stuff from time to time. Last month, for example, Dickson posted claimed photographs showing a 4.7-inch iPhone 7 next to its 5.5-inch brethren.

And now, he’s back with another leak in the form of a short video that appears to demonstrate a working iPhone 7 Plus in the wild. Read More


Concept imagines iPhone 7 Plus in rumored new Piano Black and Dark Black finishes

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

Mac Otakara, a fairly reliable Japanese blog, recently learned that a claimed new Apple Watch-like Space Black color option for the next iPhone it originally described as Deep Blue actually resembles a Darth Vader-like glossy black. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo followed up with a report of its own, describing two new colorways replacing the current Space Gray choice: one called “Dark Black” and the other named “Piano Black”.

Thanks to a new concept created by Arabic blog called, we now have a good idea what an iPhone 7 Plus in the new glossy/matte finishes would look like. Read More


Apple increases iPhone 7 production orders ahead of Wednesday’s event

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

With just two days left until Apple’s big reveal, the Cupertino firm is said to have increased production orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. According to supply chain sources that spoke with Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes, Apple has boosted its original prediction by ten percent for parts and components needed for production of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 7. Read More


Foxconn giving bonuses to assembly line workers ahead of iPhone 7 introduction

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 5, 2016

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is giving bonuses to employees in an effort to maintain workforce ahead of the iPhone 7 introduction, trade publication DigiTimes quoted Taiwanese media as saying this morning. The contract manufacturer has reportedly been “encouraging internal recommendations” by treating each employee who recommends qualified workers to a cash bonus of up to CNY1,400, or about $209. Read More


KGI on iPhone 7: IPX7 waterproofing, 2.4GHz chip, new Force Touch sensor, LED flash & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2016

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is probably the most reliable analyst out there when it comes to predicting Apple’s unannounced gadgets and today he issued a new report to clients, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac, to discuss some last minute details ahead of Apple’s September 7 event.

In it, he shares many previously undisclosed iPhone 7 features, including a lot faster new chip, some new and updated sensors, significantly improved cameras with an upgraded LED flash system and more, plus specifics on waterproofing, new colors options, display technology and so forth. Read More


Tenth Anniversary iPhone said to include iris scanning capabilities

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2016

Rumored iris scanning capabilities may be coming to a future iPhone a year earlier than expected, with Chinese-language MoneyDJ quoting supply chain sources as saying that the feature would be making its debut on the Tenth Anniversary iPhone launching in 2017. The iris scanner for 2017 iPhone refresh should be manufactured by Taiwan-based Xintec. Read More


iPhone 7 Plus could come bundled with Apple’s new AirPods Wireless Earphones

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Another day, another iPhone 7 leak. A high-resolution photograph of an alleged iPhone 7 Plus packaging that surfaced this morning would have us believe that a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 model could ship with Apple’s new wireless earbuds in the box.

The info sticker on the back of supposed packaging shows the details for a 32-gigabyte handset model, suggesting the purchase is bundled with an “AirPods Wireless Earphones”. The purported photo was uploaded anonymously and sent to AppleInsider. Read More


Apple Watch 2’s thinner screen & larger battery allegedly caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Supply chain rumors have asserted that a second-generation Apple Watch 2 could offer a few additional hours of battery life while replacing the current models’ Glass on Glass (G/G) touchscreen with a thinner and lighter screen based on One Glass Solution (OGS) display technology. These two features—a thinner display assembly and a bigger battery—are allegedly shown in a video posted by Byte, a UK-based retailer that sells Apple-certified accessories. Read More


New Beats products to be unveiled at iPhone event next week

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Beats emailed French media earlier this morning to inform them that “a selection of new Beats by Dre products will be unveiled” at the iPhone 7 event on September 7. However, it would seem that Beats’ public relations department sent the email prematurely as at least one French outlet,, was contacted by Beats PR and asked to take down the screenshot from the email, which they did. Read More


Suppliers gearing up for production of iPhone 8’s curved-glass chassis

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

In 2017, the iPhone should undergo a top-to-bottom industrial design overhaul with a number of hardware improvements planned for the handset, such as a wraparound AMOLED display curved at both sides like that on Samsung’s Note 7 and the Galaxy S6/S7 range, as well as an all-new glass enclosure.

According to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report cited by DigiTimes, Taiwanese suppliers are now ordering machinery for the production of curved glass chassis for next year’s iPhone lineup. The glass casing should help differentiate the Tenth Anniversary iPhone, as the media affectionally calls the device, and give Apple fans more reasons to upgrade. Read More


Samsung allegedly readying dual-camera Galaxy S8 with 4K screen for February 2017 unveiling

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, along with the recently launched Note 7, may not be enough to steal Apple’s thunder as the Cupertino firm preps to unveil its next iPhone on September 7.

According to the rumors, a sophisticated dual-lens camera system is expected to give the iPhone 7 DSLR-like features with RAW camera capture, optical zoom, better lowlight photography and more.

With that in mind, little wonder that Samsung is now reportedly looking to update its flagship smartphone line with dual cameras of its own. Read More


iPhone 7 might ship with Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

An image of another claimed spec sheet has surfaced on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, indicating that the iPhone 7 could come with both a Lightning edition of Apple’s wired EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box. As a result, the iPhone 7 should provide its owners with an appropriate solution for connecting their existing wired headphones to the handset right out of the box, without requiring them to purchase a standalone adapter. Read More


Faulty speakers and dual-cameras could cause iPhone 7 shortages at launch

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

Apple’s suppliers are ramping up production of iPhone 7 parts ahead of the big reveal on September 7, but some manufacturers have been reportedly experiencing serious defects in the waterproof speaker and dual-camera modules for months now, and are yet to be resolved.

As a result, customers may initially face iPhone 7 shortages at launch as Apple’s supply chain deals with low yields, according to a recent report in Nikkei Asian Review. An industry source familiar with the matter did not name any suppliers beyond indicating they’re struggling to produce iPhone 7 parts in volume. Read More