Additional leaked details indicate iPhone 6 “Phosphorous” sensor may serve barometric function, not health-related function

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Date: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 09:57
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A few new details have surfaced about the apparent “Phosphorous” sensor mentioned yesterday.

Per MacRumors, Weibo user GeekBar continued his leaks of claimed wiring schematics of iPhone 6 components with a new “Phosphorus” component that was interpreted as the next-generation version of Apple’s M7 co-processor. The M7 collects and tracks motion data from various sensors in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini, and with the iPhone 6 rumored to be including a number of new health- and fitness-related sensors, a more powerful version of the M7 seems possible for the new device.

According to MacRumors forum poster leecbaker, who is clearly familiar with these types of components, the item depicted in an accompanying schematic is not a next-generation M7 and actually appears to be a barometric pressure sensor. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to include a number of new environmental sensors such as an atmospheric pressure sensor.

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Apple launches iPhone 5 battery replacement program for units experiencing poor battery life

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Date: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 08:56
Category: battery, iPhone, News

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This could come in handy.

Per Macworld, Apple is offering a second replacement program for iPhone 5 users after offering to replace the sleep/wake button on some models in April. Apple has stated that a “very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices” may be experiencing poor battery life, requiring users to charge the device more frequently.

Affected devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and are within a specific serial number range, Apple says. You can check your serial number on Apple’s site to see if your phone qualifies for a free battery replacement.

If you have an affected device you’ll have the choice to replace your battery free of charge at the Apple Store, an Apple authorized service provider, or you can send it off to Apple Technical Support.

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Analyst: Rumored display shortage will have “no impact” on iPhone 6 launch sales

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Date: Monday, August 25th, 2014, 10:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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In as much as the sapphire display story’s been making the rounds, as have rumors that Apple won’t have enough available to meet demand for the iPhone 6, at least one Wall Street analyst is predicting that this won’t affect sales.

Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall wrote the following in a Monday morning note to investors:

“We believe that initial supply could be slowed somewhat if there is any truth to this but we doubt that iPhone unit volumes in the fall are likely to be impacted.”

Apple suppliers were “scrambling to get enough screens ready” for the launch according to Reuters last week. Two issues — one said to revolve around backlight technology, and another referred to only as involving a “key component” — were pegged as having a potentially serious impact on Apple’s plans.

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Rumor: Apple to include “Phosphorous” coprocessor for iPhone 6′s HealthKit data collection, functionality

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Date: Monday, August 25th, 2014, 08:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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This could be interesting.

In the mix of the latest series of leaks about the iPhone 6, a note published over on the Geek Bar’s Weibo account and noted by G for Games points to a new coprocessor, code-named “Phosphorus”, which may be incorporated into the iPhone 6 handset and could help power data collection for Apple’s rumored iOS 8 Health app.

The Health app, which was announced during this year’s WWDC, will gather and centralize health-related information from various external sources such as third party apps and wearables. The application is also accompanied by a “HealthKit” API which is included in the latest iOS SDK.

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Rumor: Additional evidence surfaces for protruding camera lens ring on iPhone 6 handset

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Date: Friday, August 22nd, 2014, 11:56
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

There’s additional leaked evidence that the iPhone 6 may have a slightly protruding camera lens.

Per MacRumors and French Apple website IGen.fr, a variety of new details about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, including dimensions for each model, info about the protruding camera ring on the rear of both devices, and more. The photos appear to be of internal information residing in a Foxconn factory, as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 carry code names of N56 and N61, respectively.

The information states that the final version of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will measure 158 mm long, 78 mm wide, and 7.1 mm thick (7.7 with the protruding camera), weighing 184.6 grams, or 6.5 ounces. Also spotted is information for a first prototype, which retained the same length and width but was 7.0 mm thick and weighed 168.5 grams, or 5.9 ounces.

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Rumor: LG Display to act as primary supplier of iPhone 6 displays

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Date: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 10:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The majority of the display panels for the iPhone 6 will be made by LG Display.

Per G for Games and MacRumors, LG Display will be the largest supplier of display panels for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.The Korean company allegedly beat out rivals Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display to earn the top supplier spot. A March report had claimed Apple was working with LG, Japan Display, and Sharp on the panels, but a May follow-up indicated Sharp had been dropped over quality issues as Apple turned to Taiwanese company Innolux to fill out its display supplier group.

The original report does not provide details on the number of panels being produced by LG and the other display manufacturers, but analysts predict Apple is preparing to manufacture up to 80 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year.

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Leaked image hints at slightly protruding camera lens for iPhone 6

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Date: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, 11:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

Additional material has leaked about the iPhone 6, in this case a rendered image of a protruding main camera, which matches a feature seen on dummy units of the upcoming handset.

Per GforGames and Taiwanese web site Apple Club, a leaked screenshot depicts some of the iPhone 6′s characteristics for the smaller, 4.7-inch model. Specifically, this leaked schematic suggests that the upcoming Apple flagship phone will have a 0.67 – 0.77 mm protruding camera.

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Video shows new, reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 16:54
Category: Accessory, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, Lightning, Patents, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Last week presented us with a look at a new cable rumored to be coming from Apple with the iPhone 6. This new USB to Lightning cable has a reversible USB connector, meaning you can insert it into an ordinary USB port in both orientations just like the Lightning end. Now MacRumors points us toward a video, posted by the same person as earlier photos, showing the cable being plugged in both ways.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate 150Mbps Qualcomm modem into iPhone 6 handsets

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Date: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 14:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

One does not sneeze at the idea of a 150 megabits per second cellular modem in the next-gen iPhone.

Per AppleInsider and GeekBar, the latest component claimed to be from Apple’s next-generation iPhone is a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which would boost cellular download speeds to 150 megabits per second, which would be 50 percent faster than the modem found in the iPhone 5s.

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The modem, which features a third-generation LTE chipset, was first announced by Qualcomm in February of 2012 and began shipping later that year. A recent post on the GeekBar web site alleges that the LTE Advanced modem is bound for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6.”

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Rumor: Apple unlikely to sell sapphire display iPhones in 2014

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Date: Monday, August 18th, 2014, 12:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with a nigh-indestructible sapphire display, this may not be your year.

Per AppleInsider, J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall has issued a note to investors, in which he reacted to a report from last week suggesting that sapphire display costs remain high. The source of that rumor was The Wall Street Journal, which made highly questionable claims that suggested Apple remains undecided about whether to use sapphire displays on its next iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled on Sept. 9.

Hall noted that Apple’s sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, has acquired a company known as Twin Creeks, which uses a wafering process dubbed “Hyperion” that could help to significantly reduce the cost of building a sapphire screen cover. Apple also has its own patent on sapphire laminates that Hall believes could further reduce costs.

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