New video shows off three different iPhone 7 dummies in crisp 4K resolution

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

I known we’ve had enough of uninspiring iPhone 7 mockups. Also, dummy iPhone cases like this one are a dime a dozen on Chinese sites like Ali Express as vendors have always been eager to produce rumor-based iPhone housings to gain free press.

That said, the 4K video you’re about to see offers a different look at three iPhone 7 dummies—one is 4.7-inch and the other two are 5.5 inches—in line with questionable rumors that Apple could ship two different versions of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. Read More


Is this our first glimpse at iPhone 7 motherboard?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

The same source that posted images allegedly showing a claimed iPhone 7 chassis alongside a bunch of SIM trays in Apple Watch-like Space Black finish has now re-published a new photo that seems to picture iPhone 7 logic boards, obtained from Ming Technology on Weibo. Prolific leakster Steve Hemmerstoffer also posted his own iPhone 7 motherboard images. Read More


Did China Unicom just hint at Deep Blue iPhone 7?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

Apple’s carrier partner China Unicom may have just hinted subtly that the next iPhone could come in an all-new Deep Blue colorway, as first suggested two months ago by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

According to Dutch blog, China Unicom on its Facebook page posted an image featuring an iPhone 7-like dual lens camera superimposed on a huge “7” surrounded by four squares that allude to existing Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold colors, plus the rumored Deep Blue colorway.

Soon after, the carrier removed its post from Facebook. Read More


Bloomberg: iPhone 7 to ship with touch-sensitive haptic Home button

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

Bloomberg this morning ran a report which seemingly lends credence to earlier rumors that the next iPhone may include a pressure-sensitive Home button with Force Touch haptic feedback akin to the MacBook trackpad, in addition to improved low-light photography, cleaner antenna bands, iPhone 6s-like design, no headphone jack and more. Read More


Kuo: faster Apple Watch 1, new Apple Watch 2 with GPS coming this year

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2016

Apple is planning to release two new Apple Watch models this year, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. The noted analyst issued a note to investors on Sunday, saying he has learned that both a faster Apple Watch 1 and an all-new Apple Watch 2 are in the pipeline for the second half of 2016. Read More


Sonny Dickson posts nice-looking iPhone 7/Plus photos, but are they genuine?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

Noted Australian leakster Sonny Dickson, who made a name for himself by supplying a steady stream of photos showing genuine components for unreleased Apple products, has been pretty silent lately. Silent, but not inactive.

Yesterday, Dickson re-joined the rumor game by tweeting out a pair of quality images that appear to show off a 4.7-inch variant of the iPhone 7 next to its 5.5-inch brethren. Both devices are in Rose Gold and have a tweaked camera design on their backside. Read More


Apple said to be building wireless earbuds with low-power Bluetooth chip

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2016

Apple has spent the last few years developing a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds, reports Forbes. Citing a source with knowledge of the project, the outlet says the earbuds could be ready to launch this fall.

If true, the timing makes sense, given that Apple is slated to unveil a new iPhone in September. The handset is expected to ship without the customary headphone jack, indicating the company is going all-in on wireless. Read More


Report: Apple talking to programmers about creating a digital TV guide

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2016

Apple has started talking to TV programmers about creating a digital TV guide, reports Recode. The guide would work on both Apple TV boxes and other devices, like iPhones, allowing users to quickly find their desired TV shows and movies, and play them with a single click.

The new direction is a spinoff of the skinny-bundle TV service the company wanted to launch last year. After several years of failed negotiations with networks and studios, Apple has decided to just build an interface for content, and let everyone else worry about the red tape. Read More


Will overhauled Apple Store shopping app launch today or next Thursday?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Welcome to Thursday, when Apple typically refreshes its app and content stores with new apps, games and media. Bloomberg said last week that Apple was working on a totally overhauled Apple Store shopping app that should include a “For You” tab and have the same basic features and interface across the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Reports on Twitter and MacRumors reveal that a banner for the new Apple Store app has now gone live on some international App Stores, suggesting imminent launch. Read More


Supposedly fully functional iPhone 7 caught on video, its display turned on

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

We’ve seen our fair share of iPhone 7 mockups and dummy cases, but these are all based on rumors. Not once in the past did we see images or videos showing a prototype, if not a fully assembled iPhone 7. Well, that may have changed today as French blog re-published photos from a Weibo account of what site owner Steve Hemmerstoffer described as a possibly functional iPhone 7. The images depict a device with Apple-like fit and finish, the display turned on and showing what’s unmistakably the iOS interface.

UPDATE: The claimed device has been caught on video, too. Read More


New iPhone 7 mockup shows blue finish, Smart Connector and other features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

An earlier report from Japanese blog Macotakara alleged that the next iPhone might bring out a new deep blue color option, later described as being closer to a “dark Space Black,” similar to that used for the Space Black stainless stell Apple Watch.

Be that as it may, a new video from Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy shows off an iPhone 7 mockup with kind of blue-ish, purple-ish tone to it. It’s “a very unusual color for Apple and it doesn’t exist anywhere else in the product line,” says Hilsenteger. Read More


New rumor reaffirms iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

An Apple-designed A10 chip that will power the next iPhone should be outfitted with 3GB of RAM on the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus model, according to previous analyst reports from TrendForce, Deutsche Bank and KGI Securities. DigiTimes has now corroborated these rumors, noting that the mobile DRAM capacity of the next-generation iPhone is “expected to increase to 3GB from 2GB previously”. Read More


Purported Mute switch leak reaffirms rumors of Space Black iPhone 7 model

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

A lot of people seem to be excited for the supposed iPhone 7 variant in Space Black, resembling the Space Black stainless steel Apple Watch or the dramatic Darth Vader-like black-clad appearance of the iPhone 5. Dutch publication on Monday published a photo of an alleged Mute switch for the next iPhone.

What’s especially interesting about this particular part leak is the part’s finish that strongly suggest—assuming the component is genuine—that the next iPhone will in fact be offered in Space Black. Read More


Apple Watch 2 could employ One Glass Solution technology for a thinner, lighter display

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Aside from other rumored hardware improvements, a second-generation Apple Watch should ditch the current Glass on Glass (G/G) Retina touchscreen and replace it with a thinner and lighter display based on so-called One Glass Solution (OGS) screen technology, according to Apple supplier TPK Holding cited Friday by Taiwan’s infamous hit-and-miss trade publication DigiTimes.

Because OGS eliminates a layer, adopting the technology should help the Apple Watch 2 conserve space and potentially even accommodate a larger battery. Read More


New Apple Store app in the works with ‘For You’ recommendations

By Cody Lee on Jul 28, 2016

Apple is currently working on a redesigned version of its Apple Store mobile app with new recommendation features, reports Bloomberg. Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says the updated app could be rolled out in the next two weeks.

At the heart of the refresh is expected to be a “For You” tab, that will suggest products based on prior orders—similar to what does with its recommendations. So after buying an iPhone, the app could recommend cases and other accessories. Read More


Bloomberg: Apple’s Project Titan prioritizes autonomous driving amid new hirings

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s rumored electric vehicle project has shifted its focus towards autonomous driving systems although that shouldn’t be interpreted as Apple abandoning efforts to design its own vehicle, Bloomberg reported today.

After bringing former hardware chief Bob Mansfield back from retirement to run its Project Titan initiative, Apple has now hired BlackBerry and Ford talent to help perfect its secret self-driving software. Read More


WSJ: Apple’s “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have “alienated” cable providers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Apple’s stubbornness and “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics have backfired and “alienated” cable providers, who say the firm is a cheapskate in terms of paying for digital content, reports The Wall Street Journal. For years, Apple’s been persuading cable firms to let it sell their cherry-picked programming in a skinny TV bundle of its own for about $30 per month vs. $80+ for traditional cable subscriptions. Read More


iPhone 7 pre-orders to kick off on September 9?

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

Last week, revered leakster Evan Blass of @EVLeaks predicted that Apple’s next iPhone would launch on the week of September 12. He later clarified that he was referring to the iPhone 7’s retail release—which should happen on Friday, September 16—not the launch event. Following up on his claims, Blass wrote today on Twitter that Apple will kick off pre-orders for the device on Friday, September 9. Read More


Rumor: Apple is going to refresh MacBook Air after all and it’ll have USB-C

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

DigiTimes, a Taiwanese trade publication that more or less accurately reports unknown features of unreleased Apple products (although the timing on its rumors is usually off), is out with a new story Wednesday claiming that USB Type-C connection is coming to a next-gen MacBook Air, implying Apple might update its most popular notebook after all. Read More


Reports reaffirm non-moving Home button for iPhone 7 with haptic feedback simulating clicks

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2016

If you believe certain analysts, supply chain chatter and reports from outlets like Mac Otakara, Apple’s next iPhone will feature an all-digital, touch-sensitive Home button flush with its front face. A pair of new rumors, first discovered by AppleInsider, have now reaffirmed that the iPhone 7’s non-moving Home button won’t physically click when pressed, instead simulating a click with vibration much like the trackpad on MacBooks uses haptic feedback to provide a click sensation. Read More

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