Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature upgraded TrueDepth camera system, larger-capacity batteries

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

It’s thought that an upgraded TrueDepth camera system in a next-gen iPhone, while spiffy, will require larger-capacity batteries.

Per KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries.

The analyst offered the following quote regarding the topic:

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Rumor: Apple developing next-gen Apple Watch with built-in EKG reader

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Date: Friday, December 22nd, 2017, 03:01
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Health, Rumor, Wearables

It’s a rumor, but it’s an interesting rumor.

Apple is thought to be building an EKG heart monitor into the next generation of its Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 3 already features an all-day heart rate monitor that tracks beats per minute while wearing, but third-party accessories are needed to add EKG functionality.

It’s thought that the version being tested will have the user squeeze the frame of the Apple Watch with two fingers from the hand that’s not wearing the device according to one of the sources. The Apple Watch will then pass an imperceptible current across the person’s chest to track electrical signals in the heart and detect any abnormalities like irregular heart rates.

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Apple admits to throttling iOS performance on older iPhone models since 2016, cites battery-related/altruistic reasons for practice

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:45
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Well, this isn’t good.

Following years of suspicion from critics, Apple may have admitted to secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

After years of anecdotal evidence that the company was purposely slowing performance to compel users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, offering the following comments as to the practice:

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Analyst predicts second-get AirPods due in second half of 2018

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Date: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017, 03:47
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

Apple seems likely to release an upgraded version of the AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Per Kuo’s latest research note:

Media reports over the past few days on brisk AirPods demand and Apple struggling to keep up with holiday season demand align with our findings and positive predictions on AirPods in several previous reports. […]

In 2018, we predict AirPods shipments will grow 100% YoY to 26-28mn units. We forecast the ASP of RFPCB for upgraded AirPods in 2H18 may increase, further benefiting business momentum of Unitech and Compeq.

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Apple launches iMac Pro, 8-core, 10-core, 14-core and 18-core models available for order and pre-order

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Date: Friday, December 15th, 2017, 03:20
Category: Hardware, iMac Pro, News, retail, Thunderbolt

The all-powerful iMac Pro you’ve been hankering for is now available.

Apple has announced that its 8-core and 10-core iMac Pro models start at $4,999 and $5,799 respectively and currently ship by late December in the United States, while 14-core and 18-core models starting at $6,599 and $7,399 can also be ordered today, but aren’t estimated to ship for 6-8 weeks, which pushes deliveries into February.

Each iMac Pro configuration has optional upgrades for storage, memory, and graphics, the ultimate, maxed-out, high-end 18-core unit with 4TB of SSD, 128GB of ECC RAM and an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics processor with 16GB of HBM2 memory retailing for $13,199.

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8 and 10-core iMac Pros to ship this week, 14 and 18-core units to ship in early 2018

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Date: Thursday, December 14th, 2017, 03:26
Category: Hardware, iMac, iMac Pro, News, Processors, retail

There’s a timeline for the release of the iMac Pro you might be hankering for.

The iMac Pro’s 8 and 10-core models will be available this week while the high-end 18-core iMac Pro will ship early next year, alongside an unannounced 14-core model that will apparently be added to the lineup for a total of four Intel Xeon processor configurations.

In early testing, the 10-core iMac Pro clocked in at 3.0GHz with a Geekbench score just over 37,400. This puts the computer at 93 percent faster than the latest 27-inch 5K iMac and up to 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro.

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iMac Pro to incorporate T2 chip to handle discrete functions, security functions and secure enclave processes

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:50
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, security, Touch ID

The upcoming iMac Pro will feature new security hardware in the form of a new custom chip dubbed the T2, serving as a secure enclave for encrypted keys, giving users the ability to lock down their Mac’s boot process and also handling system functions like the camera, audio control, and managing the solid-state hard drive.

Details about the new T2 chip were revealed by Caleb Sasser, cofounder of Panic.

Per Sasser, the T2 chip combines previously discrete functions, such as the system management controller, image signal processor for FaceTime camera, audio control, and SSD control.

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Rumor: iMac Pro could be available for sale as early as Thursday, December 14th

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Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, 03:53
Category: Hardware, iMac, retail, Rumor

The iMac Pro you’ve been hankering for could go on sale via Apple’s website as early as Tuesday, December 14th, the mighty Phil Schiller having been quoted as saying that a release was coming in “a matter of days.”

The desktop is rumored to be the answer to the professional community’s demands and feature Xeon processors, a 5K display, and include a Radeon Vega GPU, among other extremely high-end specs such as a 10-core CPU and is said to start at a price point of $4,999.

The entry-level model features an 8-core processor with 32 gigabytes of RAM and a 1-terabyte solid-state hard drive. With a 27-inch Retina 5K display, the chassis boasts four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, four full-size USB 3 ports, an SDXC card slot, and 10Gb Ethernet.

Users can upgrade the RAM to 64 or 128 gigabytes while the SSD is also configurable to 2 or 4 terabytes of storage.

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Jony Ive to return to leadership post with Apple’s design team

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:14
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

The master is returning to head up Apple’s design team.

Per Bloomberg, Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, has reportedly resumed management of the company’s design team, in a move that should influence the direction of future products.

The news came from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman after Apple removed both Alan Dye and Richard Howarth from its Leadship profiles page. The pair had taken over daily affairs when Ive assumed the Chief Design Officer position in 2015.

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Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in 2018, 6.1-inch unit could feature LCD screen, metal back

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The rumor mill is churning and it’s thought that Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Nikkei has cited an anonymous source “privy to the company’s product designs,” the source stating that one of Apple’s 2018 models will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Apple’s LCD model will boast a metal back that will “come in several colors,” with the body for the device potentially being manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

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