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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Leaked pictures purportedly show finished iPhone 6 handset

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Date: Friday, August 15th, 2014, 11:20
Category: iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

A new set of leaked photos apparently shows the final, finished and working iPhone 6 handset. With less than a month until its anticipated, TMZ was able to grab shots of the upcoming device.
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Per The Mac Observer, the photos landed in the hands of the tabloid site TMZ which said the iPhone in the shots was smuggled out of the Foxconn factory in China where it was assembled. The iPhone 6 in question was apparently snatched by an employee who used to work in Foxconn’s hardware department and was involved in designing the device’s outer case.

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Rumor: Apple ready to begin mass production of iPhone 6 inventory

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 10:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The iPhone 6 is ready to begin mass production.

Per The Mac Observer and G4 Games, Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of its anticipated September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company’s smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6′s projected release date.

Sources speaking with Chinese media claim Apple is currently in the PVT stage, which is the final point before production goes into full swing.

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Apple releases Safari 7.0.6, 6.1.6, addresses WebKit security issues

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 10:12
Category: News, security, Software

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On Wednesday, Apple released version 7.0.6 of its Safari web browser for OS X Mavericks and version 6.1.6 for its OS X Lion and Mountain Lion operating systems. The new version, features fixes for several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim’s computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.

According to the security release notes, seven security issues were patches, all related to WebKit memory corruption. The notes state, “These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.”

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Rumor: Next-gen iPads to feature matte display, not glossy, for easier reading

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Date: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, 10:35
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor, Uncategorized

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The anti-glare/matte display you love may be en route for the next generation of iPads. Per The Mac Observer and Bloomberg, sources have claimed that a 9.7-inch iPad is in production and a 7.9-inch iPad will enter production later this year, both with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare.

Sources stated that Apple is going with a non-glare display for easier reading. They also said initial availability may be limited when the new iPad ships because of production issues related to the anti-glare coating.

Apple hasn’t dropped any hints about what to expect from the next iPad refresh — or when to expect an announcement. The company has shifted to fall iPad launches, so it’s likely we’ll see new models in time for the holiday buying season.

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Photos of purported iPhone 6 rear shell surface

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, 09:13
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos continue to come in.

Per MacRumors, images of the iPhone 6′s rear shell have been let into the wild by part leaker Sonny Dickson. The part shown in the photos also appears identical to the rear shell shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk, hinting that this may be a legitimate component.

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Additional iPhone 6 component pictures linked, some images emblazoned with Apple logo

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Date: Monday, August 11th, 2014, 11:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Pictures, Uncategorized

The leaked iPhone 6 part photos are coming in. And they look interesting.

Per AppleInsider and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, an assortment of part images, some emblazoned with the Apple logo, have surfaced, including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device’s rear camera lens.

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Also included is what appears to be an external camera ring, though the likelihood of the next iPhone featuring a protruding lens seems suspect. It’s possible that the component — or all of the parts — could actually be for a next-generation iPod touch, as the current fifth-generation model does feature a protruding lens.

The other parts appear to show mounting brackets for an upcoming Apple device, whether it be an iPhone or iPod. They include a headphone jack hole, support around a home button, as well as a space for a Lightning connector, all of them lacking any electrical components.

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Microsoft ends Skype support for users running Mac OS X 10.5.8 and earlier

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Date: Friday, August 8th, 2014, 11:35
Category: News, Software

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If you love older versions of the Mac OS X operating systems and Skype, you’re out of luck.

Per AppleInsider and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it has ended support for Macs running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard or earlier.

Starting last week, Skype users began to complain on the company’s forum that they were being locked out from accessing the popular voice over IP service. As complaints mounted, it was guessed that Skype was no longer operational on Macs running older versions of OS X.

Microsoft today confirmed the change in service in an answer to a question regarding Skype compatibility with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which will for now remain unaffected.

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Detailed report highlights possible iPhone 6 spec list

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Date: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 10:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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A new report may point towards a final spec list for the iPhone 6 handset.

Per MacRumors and VentureBeat, a detailed overview of features for the iPhone 6 has emerged from an unspecified source.

According to the site’s source, Apple will introduce both the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones at its upcoming September 9 event, but while the 4.7-inch version will ship in mid-September, the larger 5.5-inch iPhone won’t ship until up to a month later. This is in line with rumors suggesting the 5.5-inch iPhone isn’t entering mass production until August or September, a month to two months after production is said to have began on the 4.7-inch iPhone.

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