Rumor: Fifth-gen Apple TV could feature version of Siri being developed to compete with Amazon Echo

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Date: Friday, May 27th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor, WWDC

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With rumors that Apple is working on a device to compete with Amazon’s Echo, it’s been suggested that a fifth-generation version of the Apple TV will eventually get its own microphone and speaker, and that Apple will be improving its computing infrastructure to handle more Siri queries.

Supporting these developments will be the previously-rumored Siri SDK for developers, allowing them to hook third-party apps into the platform, the source noted.

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Rumor: Apple in talks with companies about charging technologies for Apple Car battery

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 08:46
Category: battery, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple is looking towards a means of charging its cars, whenever they may happen to debut.

The company is rumored to be in talks with several charging station companies about their underlying technologies.

The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.

The charging firms themselves are reportedly treading carefully and limiting they information with Apple, which may wind up being a competitor in the next decade.

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Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter MacBook with OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID components

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Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, 07:09
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID

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When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.

A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones could see antenna redesign, camera upgrades, 256GB storage modules

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Date: Monday, May 23rd, 2016, 08:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like you might get the 256GB iPhone you’ve been hankering for.

Late last week, a leaked image corroborated a previous rumor that Apple may be offering a 256GB storage tier for the next-gen iPhone.

In addition to showing a dual-camera module, a series of Weibo images claim to show a 256GB memory chip, suggesting that Apple for the first time will introduce a higher storage variant with the iPhone 7 lineup. What’s notable, though, is that the images show 16GB, 64GB, and 256GB chips, perhaps implying that the 128GB model will be replaced all together with the new 256GB model. Judging by this leak, however, the 16GB model is here to stay.

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Rumor: Apple looking to Catcher to help provide glass-backed iPhone for 2017

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Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016, 08:43
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that Apple is looking towards a glass-backed iPhone for 2017.

This is according to Allen Horng, Chairman and Chief Executive of Catcher, a supplier that builds metal casings for Apple’s iPhone line.

Speaking at his company’s annual shareholder meeting, Horng said Apple plans to unveil an iPhone with a glass casing and a metal frame. He said the metal frame for the glass-exterior phone will require “advanced processing technology,” and that it won’t be cheap to manufacture.

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New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor under screen of next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 10:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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A newly-published patent shows that Apple may be going the way of a bezel-free iPhone wherein the display extends all the way to the edges of the handset.

The patent describes three different technologies that can be used for fingerprint sensors, and says that the third of them – ultrasonic imaging – would not only allow the reader to be embedded into the display, but would also be even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used by Touch ID today.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature edge-to-edge display, other features

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 09:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The idea of an edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone 7 is a concept at this point.

But it’s a pretty cool concept, you have to admit.

The current rumor has it that the iPhone 7 will sport a very similar look to the iPhone 6s line, an assortment of major form factor changes arriving in 2017. As of late, blogger John Gruber dropped some “scuttlebutt” over on his The Talk Show podcast, the rumors including an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature same length, width as iPhone 6s

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Date: Monday, May 9th, 2016, 08:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The overall iPhone 7 shape and size may just be identical to that found in the iPhone 6s.

A purported sketch obtained by nowhereelse.fr points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The drawing, which has yet to be verified, shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

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Rumor: TSMC finalizing “A11” processor for limited production in Q2 2017

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Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016, 08:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple is starting the queue up design elements for its A11 processor.

Apple processor supplier TSMC is rumored to be designing an A11 chip that could be manufactured in small quantities as soon as the second quarter of 2017.

Sources have said the chip design is based on the 10-nanometer FinFET process TSMC is still working on. Certification for that process is only expected in the fourth quarter of 2016, and product samples would only be delivered to Apple in the following quarter.

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Rumor: Apple ups iPhone SE component orders to meet demand

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Even with declining iPhone sales, the iPhone SE might just prove to be a hit.

A new supply chain rumor has indicated that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

The supplies have been constrained since launch and as of Tuesday, predicted shipping times run from two to three weeks on Apple’s web site.

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