Apple patent filing hints at NFC, digital wallet technologies

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Date: Friday, August 29th, 2014, 09:58
Category: News, Patents, Software

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Sometimes it’s the patent filings that really tell you what’s coming down the road.

Per BusinessInsider, a newly public patent application from Apple describes a detailed backend architecture for a mobile wallet designed to hold digital credit, debit cards and coupons issued by a range of merchants and financial institutions.

The filing describes the system as capable of powering mobile transactions conducted via QR codes, the cloud, and contactless NFC (near field communication). It’s also explicitly engineered to handle large bursts of traffic, “such as can occur on a so-called ‘launch day’ of a client device.”

The patent application describes an “omni-wallet,” which allows other parties to securely send data to Apple device owners, using sophisticated encryption and secure hardware to prevent fraudsters from intercepting or duplicating sensitive information such as digital credit cards.

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Apple announces September 9th media event

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Date: Friday, August 29th, 2014, 08:57
Category: iPhone, News

Even if only a fraction of the rumors about the upcoming Apple products are true, this one’s straight from the horse’s mouth.

Apple has announced that it will be holding a press event on September 9, kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern. Invitations dispatched to press on Thursday morning were even more cryptic than usual, with a white-on-white Apple logo, the date, and a message reading “Wish we could say more.”

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The event takes places at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, an unusual venue for the company, which either tends to use its own campus’s Town Hall or the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

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Leaked iPhone 6 component pictures show purported SIM card tray, Apple logo and speaker elements

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Date: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 09:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

A series of new photos shows a variety of components that are said to be destined for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and Nowhereelse.fr, images of the device’s SIM card trays, an embedded Apple logo and the internal speaker and vibrational motor have been leaked.

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The first set of images show SIM card trays and home buttons in a range of three different colors, which may indicate that the iPhone 6 will keep the same space grey, gold, and silver options from the iPhone 5s. This is in line with a previous leaks, including one from last month which also showed SIM trays in three different colors. The SIM trays shown in the photos also appear to be slightly curved, and was likely designed with the iPhone 6′s thinner, rounded chassis in mind.

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Rumor: Apple to unveil iWatch alongside iPhone 6 at September 9th media event

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Date: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 08:28
Category: iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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In spite of the rumors of delays, Apple’s “iWatch” may be introduced to the public sooner than expected.

Per AppleInsider and the well-connected John Paczkowski of Re/code, who referred to the device as a “new wearable” that will be worn on the user’s wrist. He also reaffirmed claims that the device will tap into the new HealthKit and HomeKit functions of Apple’s forthcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system update.

Paczkowski had previously reported in June that the “iWatch” event would be held in October, but said on Wednesday that plans appear to have changed recently. He still expects that the company will hold an October event, presumably to introduce its fall lineup of iPads.

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Rumor: Apple to release thinner MacBook Air in late 2014, early 2015

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Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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The MacBook Air could get even thinner by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Per MacRumors and DigiTimes, supply chain sources in Taiwan have noted that component production has already begun in small volumes. Apple will also reportedly cease production of the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro by the end of 2014.

A report last month claimed that Intel’s continued delays of its Broadwell chip may cause Apple to push back the release of its 12-inch MacBook until late this 2014 or early 2015. The 12-inch MacBook is said to include a Retina display and may either be a successor to the MacBook Air or join Apple’s current 11-inch and 13-inch models.

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Leaked component image bolsters rumors of redesigned True Tone flash for iPhone 6

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Date: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, 08:51
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

A leaked image could possibly confirm rumors of a redesigned “True Tone’ flash unit for the iPhone 6 handset’s camera.

Per AppleInsider, Chinese smartphone repair company ElekWorld posted pictures of newly stocked parts, including purported “iPhone 6″ power flex cables with round multi-colored flash assemblies.

The cables, which are now available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations, feature what appears to be a dual-LED flash assembly with “cool” and “warm” tints, a hallmark of Apple’s branded True Tone technology.

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Further, the round flash lines up with a series of purportedly leaked iPhone 6 rear shells, each featuring a round hole for the rear camera’s flash unit. It was previously speculated that the circular opening was merely a placeholder for what would ultimately house the familiar pill-shaped port seen in the iPhone 5s.

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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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