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Additional iPhone 6s leaks point towards slightly heavier display, mystery chip

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Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 08:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized


Some additional points have come out about Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset.

Namely, the display panel might be a bit thicker.

And there’s a weird mystery chip with an unspecified function to date.

Following up on an overview of leaked images, numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface options or functionality based on the amount of pressure. This has yet to be confirmed, although a small, rectangular chip has been noted on the rear of the display. It has been seen in all leaked parts seen so far, and its function remains unconfirmed, it’s thought its function is related to a Force Touch feature.


Leaked iPhone 6s media show new icon of “booting gear” screen

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Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 12:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The part leaks continue and new photos and videos have surfaced showing the components of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a booting gear icon.

The leaked video shows the handset booted to its gear screen and then opened, displaying the device’s component parts. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.


Apple initiates repair program to address blurry iPhone 6 Plus camera issue

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 07:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News


If the pictures taken by your iPhone 6 Plus have been blurry, there’s an explanation for that.

A number of users who’ve experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus’s iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a “small percentage” of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

The program, dubbed the “iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus,” is available to any iPhone 6 Plus owner whose device is producing blurry photos and carries the problematic part. Affected users can check their serial number at Apple’s website, linked below.


Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new processor could drive three 4K monitors simultaneously

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Date: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 08:49
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.

The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.

The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.


New analytical data hints at “iPad Pro” device with 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution

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Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 08:25
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor


Additional evidence of a forthcoming “iPad Pro” has turned up again, this time in the form of analytics data.

Mobile analytics firm AppSee has reported that an iPad with model identifier “iPad6,8” and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the “iPhone8,1” and “iPhone8,2” in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”


Rumor: German wireless carriers back September 18th for next-gen iPhone release date

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Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 08:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, wireless


Sometimes it’s the German wireless carriers that give away the details you want to hear.

A group of German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next-gen iPhone on September 18th, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

At least two out of three major German carriers have apparently signed on for September 18th. The carriers are thought to be at least two out of three, the German market being controlled by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile DE (owned by Deutsche Telekom). All three will likely be ready on the same day, since they already carry the iPhone 6.


Rumor: Upcoming A9 processor could show 20-30% improvement over A8

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 13:33
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Processors, Rumor


If nothing else, the A9 processor will offer a nice speed boost over its predecessor.

That’s what a graph of the forthcoming processor’s performance seems to indicate, Apple’s upcoming A9 chip beating out Samsung’s 8-core chips with a single-core score of 2090 and a multi-core tally of 3569, compared to the respective averages of 1611 and 2892 shown by the A8 found in the iPhone 6 series. The A9X chalks up 2109 and 5101 in the same benchmarks, compared to 1808 and 4526 for the iPad Air 2’s A8X.


Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 05:59
Category: Hardware, Review

Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 6

There aren’t many products that I can unequivocally recommend, but the Mophie Juice Pack Air is one of them. It’s a battery case for the iPhone 6 that gives you a charge when you iPhone’s battery dies – which can be a real lifesaver.

If you’ve ever had an unexpected after work event, late evening activity, or woke up after forgetting to charge your iPhone overnight, an extra battery is practically essential. Even if you don’t regularly run out of battery in a normal day, a charged Mophie juice pack is a great thing to keep in your gear bag just in case, mine has saved my bacon or more than occasion.


Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV to arrive this fall, streaming TV service pushed back to 2016 as negotiations encounter hurdles

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Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


If you were hoping for a next-gen Apple TV device, it looks like it will be out this fall.

If you were looking for Apple’s TV streaming service, you might have to wait until next year.

Sources close to the story have stated that while Apple originally wanted to announce a live streaming service at this year’s iPhone event, those plans were put on ice as deals with major networks like CBS, 21st Century Fox and NBC have yet to be brokered.


Apple quietly recalling some Apple TV units, cites Wi-Fi issues

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Date: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News


This is why recall programs exist.

Apparently, a few Apple TV units have been quietly recalled due to Wi-Fi-related problems. In one case, a user received an email from Apple Apple informing him that his device has a faulty part.

Apple is offering affected customers the opportunity to exchange their faulty Apple TV unit for a functional one. The company is reaching out to each affected customer individually and has not updated its website to acknowledge the recall, suggesting that only a few users received Apple TVs with the faulty part.