Jet Black iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units in short supply, manufacturing difficulties cited in recent research note

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Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, retail


There’s a reason why the new Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is out of stock.

The new handset faces a global shortage as the new high-gloss finish has proven challenging for the company’s manufacturers.

The Jet Black models apparently suffer from a low casing production yield rate of 60 to 70 percent, meaning 30 to 40 percent of units do not pass Apple’s quality standards test and must be retooled. The report comes from a recent note hailing from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


Samsung cites nearly 60 percent return rate for faulty Note 7 devices

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Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 05:16
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung


The Samsung recall on the Note 7 device and its affected batteries seems to be working.

As of Monday, 57 percent of Note 7 owners had swapped for new devices, Samsung Europe said. Note 7s were available for pre-order only days before the recall, limiting the number sold in the region, it said. Most of the devices to be recalled in the region were in Britain, France and Germany.


Some iPhone users fall for tutorial video, attempt to drill headphone jack into iPhone 7 handsets

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Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, 05:11
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, News


This started as a joke.

And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.

A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.

And it certainly voids the warranty.


Speed test comparison of every iPhone released

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Date: Monday, September 26th, 2016, 05:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone SE, News


Since no one can ever get enough of speed tests and comparisons, the cool cats at EverythingApplePro released a comparison video of the iPhone SE against every model iPhone ever made.

All in all, 13 iPhones were tested including the newly released iPhone SE in order to demonstrate not just how fast the iPhone SE is when compared with the iPhone 5s and 5c it effectively replaced, but also how well it compares with the latest and greatest handsets to come out of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. There’s even a brief segment on running temperatures for all phones.


IHS completes initial teardown, estimates iPhone 7 component costs around $220

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


They’ve run the numbers and after a preliminary teardown, iPhone 7 component costs are estimated to start at $219.80, which is $36.89 higher than iPhone 6s, according to a preliminary teardown of a 32GB model by IHS Markit.

According to the report, the display remains the most expensive component, clocking in at an estimated $43 while the Intel modem and other baseband chips retail for about $33.90.

Apple’s quad-core A10 Fusion chip is the third most expensive item on the bill of materials, costing an estimated $26.90. Meanwhile, the larger 1,920 mAh battery is said to cost just $2.50.


Rumor: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, may be focusing on two-wheeled vehicle technologies

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:39
Category: Hardware, Rumor


Moving beyond the McLaren rumor, Apple is also said to be talking to Lit Motors, a small company that participated in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF back in 2012, a contest they finished second in.

The San Francisco-based startup is developing a new kind of electric vehicle vehicle that seems something like a two-wheeled motorcycle that can’t tip over thanks to built-in stabilization technologies.

Lit is said to have only raised $2.2 million in total in venture capital and it’s unclear if the company still has money today to survive as an independent entity or if it has been looking for an acquirer.


Rumor: Apple looking into acquisition, strategic investment of McLaren for car project

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 11:56
Category: Apple, Hardware, Rumor


If you’ve ever drooled a bit over a parked McLaren on the street, then you’ve got something in common with Apple.

The current rumor has it that Apple has approached British supercar-maker McLaren to discuss an acquisition or a strategic investment in the firm. The talks are said to have been in progress for several months.

McLaren is best known for its Formula One racing team and also has a fast-growing road cars division that started up less than a year ago. The company has also received accolades for its million-dollar P1 hybrid hypercar and its line of supercars. McLaren also has a large consulting division and a technologies group that acts as a parts supplier to other carmakers and race teams.


Some users experiencing connectivity glitches with Lightning-based EarPods, Apple promises forthcoming fix

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, 05:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor


Well, this is sort of a mess.

Apple is presently working on a fix for an issue that can cause the new Lightning EarPods designed for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to stop working properly, the company said in a statement issued on Monday

When using the EarPods, there’s an occasional bug that can cause the remote portion of the accessory to become unresponsive. While audio will continue to play, the remote does not work, so there’s no way to control the volume, access Siri, or answer a phone call.

As of now, the glitch seems to be intermittent and random and it’s been reported that unplugging the Earpods and plugging them back in seems to temporarily resolve the issue.

Apple plans to issue a fix in an upcoming software update, albeit there’s no word on when it might be released. It’s not known if third-party Lightning-based headphones are affected, but there have been reports of similar bugs with the Lightning adapter. Some headphones, such as Beats headphones with a 3.5mm connector, appear to have a non-functional remote when plugged into an iPhone with the Lightning adapter.


DisplayMate publishes full review of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus cameras, gives new hardware top marks

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 13:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


Every so often, Dr. Raymond Soneira tests a new display and/or camera system.

The man goes thoroughly bananas with his tests.

And this time he focused on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays and cameras, especially compares to the iPhone 6 and 6s cameras and displays.

His new review points out the following:


Some iPhone 7 users report hissing sounds, no clear cause named as of yet

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2016, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


The iPhone 7 may, in fact, hiss at you.

A number of early iPhone 7 adopters have reported that both the regular iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus producing hissing sounds when they’re subjected to a heavy processor workload, such as a game. They continue to function, but it’s a bit disconcerting when most phones are virtually silent.

It’s currently unknown as to what’s causing the hissing sound and suspected causes include coil whine or similar electromagnetic effects.