August 2014

Monday Morning News

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 10.38.49 pmPhotos and even more photos of the battery for the 4.7-inch iPhone surfaced over the weekend, which means there’s a pretty good chance a 1810mAh capacity battery will make an appearance in the next iPhone. The capacity differences between the current iPhone 5s and upcoming iPhone amount to no more than 250mAh, which seems about right for a battery that may be physically bigger but also thinner.

And on the even larger iPhone, what in the world is an iPhone 6L? L for leaked, perhaps, but also L for larger. New photos of the unit show an even larger battery capacity — 2915mAh — as well as a wider display panel. Looking at the leaked photo doesn’t make the screen seem all the much bigger than the 4.7-inch model it’s compared to, but perspective could be playing a part in that.

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Friday Morning News

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.21.04 amPhotos of what’s purported to be the fully-assembled iPhone 6 logic board have surfaced, and AppleInsider says it all looks pretty legitimate. The mounting holes line up with rear case leaks, and the overall size and shape matches up to previous circuit board leaks. Sadly, all the components are covered up, but if we’re getting this close to production of the next iPhone, then these kinds of leaks are only going to be all the more common.

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Thursday Morning News

siri_ask_screenAnother day, another set of high-quality photos of next-generation iPhone parts. The front panel, power button, and mute switch of the next iPhone have been shown off on camera, and interestingly enough, the front panel appears to have a taper we haven’t seen on any other Apple device before. The new mute switch also appears to have a different switching mechanism compared to previous iPhones.

In Thailand, Apple has received approval to sell two different models of the upcoming iPhone. A1586 and A1524 are the two model numbers that have received certifications from the relevant authorities, but they likely don’t mean anything beyond identifying two separate models just yet.

Rumour has it Apple’s iPhone is at the final stage before mass production. A new report claims the devices will be on track for a September 9th debut, or whenever Apple decide to take the wraps off their latest and greatest. You might have expected Apple would have begun production by now, but I guess the timing is about right if they want to launch the devices next month.

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Wednesday Morning News

iphone6-camThe real deal. That’s what they’re saying about the latest leaked pictures of the iPhone 6 backplate, and if the photos are anything to go by, there’s no blurrycam here: only the highest-resolution photos. The level of detail in the shots certainly supports the theory of genuine parts. Even the rear shell features the circular True Tone flash as featured in yesterday’s news.

Apple has released their diversity report, and it probably comes as no surprise to say Apple are a company made up of mostly male caucasians, at least in the US. Apple CEO Tim Cook published a note with the release of the reporting, saying “as CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page”. 9to5Mac has republished his thoughts on Apple’s diversity in full, and ifoAppleStore has the Apple Retail perspective on the numbers, which may be the current biggest contributor to Apple’s diversity. Or perhaps more accurately, lack thereof.

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Tuesday Morning News

mac-pro-go-case-100370574-galleryThe latest part leak for the next iPhone is the True Tone flash, as seen in the current iPhone 5s. Only this part is a circular version of Apple’s previously oval-shaped True Tone flash, with the part showing both amber and white LEDs within a circular flash component. And that’s just about it for news this morning, although there are (as usual) plenty of Apple-related tidbits…

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Monday Morning News

flush_full_2xNew photos may provide us with the closest look ever at the front panel for the next iPhone, but to be honest, there’s not a lot to see here. It’s said to be the part for the 4.7-inch iPhone, but nothing appears out of the ordinary compared to a current-generation part besides the lacking of a receiver, front-facing camera, and so on. The rear shell has also been exposed in a new set of images, showing off recessed volume buttons, a scratch-resistant Apple logo, and a protruding camera ring that may or may not be destined for the camera lens on the next iPhone.

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Friday Morning News

beats-header-hero-2014“Rumors jump back and forth between Apple using synthetic sapphire glass for the next iPhone display, and sticking with Corning’s Gorilla Glass because there isn’t enough sapphire to meet production needs”, says The Mac Observer regarding sapphire displays on the next iPhone, and you know what? They’re not wrong. In the same article, they go on to talk about the hoard of sapphire GT Advanced have, which shouldn’t be discounted when considering whether the next iPhone will have a sapphire display or not.

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Thursday Morning News

iphone-6-mockup1VentureBeat claims they know the specs of the next iPhone, which is set to debut in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors. The upcoming iPhone will support 802.11ac for faster Wi-Fi, an improved fingerprint sensor for more accurate scans and less false rejections, and, of course, Apple’s next-generation SoC, likely dubbed the A8. A separate rumour claims the next iPhone will sport a 2100mAh battery, a 46% increase over the 1440mAh in the current iPhone 5s. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Ars Technica catches you up with all the iPhone rumours so far.

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Wednesday Morning News

img_9278Re/code have the news this morning Apple will hold their iPhone event on September 9. They name no source for their claim of Apple scheduling a big media event, but the news is consistent with previous rumours stating a mid-September announcement for the next iPhone. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see — if their news is on the money, the invites can’t be too much further away.

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Tuesday Morning News

9c047e07gw1eiyg5836d5j20hs0vlgooOne analyst is saying Apple could equip the larger of the two upcoming iPhone models with a more powerful processor than its smaller-screened sibling, only to then give us exactly zero reasons why that might be the case. I guess that’s why analysts get paid the big bucks — pat on the back, job well done, etc, etc. If I had to guess, the processor might be the same but clocked faster on the larger model due to a higher TDP.

What’s claimed to be the rear shell of the next iPad Air has been leaked, showing off larger speaker holes, recessed volume controls, and a new microphone next to the rear camera lens. There’s no cutout for the mute switch so 9to5Mac isn’t really sure how legitimate the part is, but it does give us an idea of how subtle the changes on the next iPad will be.

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