Early iPhone 7 case leaks point towards revamped camera, speaker systems

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 08:29
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

Sometimes it’s the leaked cases that reveal the most about an upcoming product.

To the point, one Steve Hemmerstoffer has leaked photos one of the first cases prepared for Apple’s next-generation flagship smartphone.

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The case has a larger cutout for either a traditional camera and LED flash setup, or possibly dual cameras. There are also two openings for stereo speakers in lieu of a 3.5mm headphone jack on current iPhones.

The case seems to closely represent an iPhone 6s, but includes cutouts for a possible all-in-one Lightning connector, pill-shaped volume buttons, and side-facing power button in their traditional places.

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Apple adds mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, others to vintage and obsolete products list

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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As much as you may love the mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple just added it to its vintage and obsolete products list.

The notebook joins the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro and the early 2009 Xserve and are now generally no longer eligible for hardware service. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five but less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago.

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Rumor: Intel may provide LTE modems for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 07:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Intel is looking to be a provider of some dead-nifty LTE modems for the next-gen iPhone.

CLSA Securities analyst Srini Pajjuri has corroborated multiple reports claiming that Intel will supply LTE modems for the iPhone 7, according to a research note obtained by NDTV.

Pajjuri stated that Intel has acquired a “significant portion” of the LTE chips, this percentage thought to be around 30 to 40 percent of production. While supplier Qualcomm will be tasked with the remaining orders, Apple is apparently looking to cut some of its reliance on Qualcomm and is thus looking to Intel to pick up some of the slack.

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Rumor: Apple looking to switch to OLED displays for 2017 iPhones

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Date: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 08:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple will switch over to an OLED display for its next-gen iPhones as soon as 2017, a year earlier than previous estimates and in the face of initial supply constraints.

Sources close to the story have said that Apple has reached out to South Korean display suppliers LG and Samsung in December to discuss the viability of ramping up OLED production in time for next year’s iPhone launch, Nikkei reports. Along with the two tech companies, Apple also informed the appropriate industry associations of the potential change.

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Rumor: 9.7-inch iPad Pro to feature 12 megapixel rear camera

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Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, 08:18
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro is thought to be similar to the 12.9-inch version of the tablet, but it may boast a superior camera to the larger model.

Source close to the story have indicated that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro may feature a 12 megapixel rear camera comparable to the sensor in the iPhone 6s. The 12.9-inch model that shipped this past November has an eight megapixel rear camera.

Given that the smaller display yields a more portable form-factor, it would make sense for Apple to promote improved photography on its 9.7-inch tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s predecessor, the iPad Air 2, includes an eight megapixel rear camera. Like all recent iPad models, the new version will include a FaceTime HD camera on the front above the display. Like the 6s, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro would also record 4K video.

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Rumor: Apple moves media event to March 21st

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Date: Monday, February 29th, 2016, 08:40
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Rumor

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The Apple media event you’ve been waiting for will apparently occur on March 21st, not March 15th, as had originally been thought.

The event has been pushed back the better part of a week, albeit the company is expected to introduce the 4-inch iPhone SE, a new 9.7″ iPad and new Apple Watch bands.

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Rumor: Apple to release “iPhone 5se” under “iPhone SE” product name

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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016, 09:24
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Rumor

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Never doubt the words “Special Edition” when it comes to marketing.

A current rumor has it that Apple’s “iPhone 5se” will simple be offered as the “iPhone SE’, making this the first iPhone upgrade without a number in its name and would logically remove it from a yearly update cycle.

This makes sense, as Apple would have been moving backwards to having the number “5” in the product’s name at a time when the company is in the “6” lifecycle. The iPhone SE will replace the existing iPhone 5s and will take its price points.

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DisplayMate posts results of Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge shootout

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Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016, 08:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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It’s a little off topic here at the PowerPage, but the new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature some of the best OLED displays on the market. Samsung, which has been alternately releasing one of these models every six months, has created a situation wherein there are two OLED generations per year. Each new generation has provided significant enhancements and improvements, so they leapfrog each other in display performance, resulting in a new best performing display with each new generation. As a result, OLEDs have developed into excellent high performance displays.

The guys at DisplayMate have done an extremely in depth analysis and review of the displays and has tracked the OLED market from its inception to 2010. This is important, as it’s that that Apple will be switching the iPhone to OLED displays in 2018, or possibly 2017 for premium models.

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Samsung announces 256GB flash chips, could point the way towards increased storage for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 13:40
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could turn into something really cool.

Samsung announced on Thursday that it’s now mass producing 256GB embedded flash memory chips for smartphones and other devices. The new memory chips are smaller than a microSD card and can pack up to 256GB thanks to Samsung’s V-Nand technology.

Based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 specification, the new memory is almost twice as fast as SATA-based solid state storage drives on PCS, Samsung says. The new memory uses two lanes of data transfer to reach speeds of up to 850 megabytes per second (MB/s).

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Leaked schematics shows similarities, differences between iPhone 5s and iPhone 5se models

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Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 08:51
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Sometimes it’s the accessory and case makers that can tell you the most about an upcoming product.

The iPhone 5se, according to an unnamed case maker who offered schematics, seems to line up almost exactly with the dimensions used in the iPhone 5s.

The case maker stated that the product’s dimensions are indistinguishable from the iPhone 5s, meaning that the new device will fit inside of existing iPhone 5s cases. There are a couple of changes, however. First, these schematics indicate that the sleep/wake/power button has been relocated to the side.

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