Rumor: Next-gen iPhone home button to incorporate Force Touch features

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 07:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple may be looking to introduce Force Touch features to the home button on the next-gen iPhone.

Citing a report released by analysts at Cowen and Company, a number of supply chain “field checks” have indicated that Apple may do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple’s Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple’s most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.

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Mysterious, tech-laden van on Golden Gate Bridge adds fuel to Apple self-driving car rumors

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Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 08:10
Category: Hardware, News

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This could be either an Apple mapping van or a self-driving car prototype.

During a drive over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, a modified van was spotted.

Among the collection of gadgets on the roof are the spinning Lidar laser sensors often used for self-driving cars. There are also cameras on the roof. And there’s a large antenna above the rear wheel. Yet this car has no obvious markings or insignia to identify it – not even a license plate.

It’s unclear as to which company’s van this might be, but a special web site Apple keeps tracks the movements of its mapping vans. The site lists San Francisco as one of many locations for the period of June 20 through July 3. Still, the list of locations has been virtually unchanged for the past year, so this is up in the air.

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Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for 5.5-inch iPhone 7, other changes for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 08:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.

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Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple Watch units in second half of 2017

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.

Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.

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Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt Display, highlights third-party displays for time being

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Hardware, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C

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Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:

Per Apple:

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.

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Rumor: Unconfirmed leak points to 256GB iPhone 7, “Pro” line

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 09:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The iPhone 7 rumors are coming in at full force following WWDC and an unconfirmed leak from a Chinese web site shows alleged iPhone 7 pricing that has a new 256GB model will almost retain pricing of the current top of the line 128GB model.

A new 256GB model would replace the current 128GB as the top of the line as well as live up to previous rumors of Apple seeking a higher storage capacity. The rumored pricing below is allegedly showing a lineup that would include 32GB, 64GB, and 265GB models for the iPhone 7 and 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB models for the iPhone 7 Plus and a new iPhone Pro line.

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Rumor: 2016 iPhone to see subtle changes, 2017 model to feature dramatic design overhaul

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Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 07:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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This year’s iPhone probably won’t feature a radical redesign save for the removal of the headphone jack.

Still, the dramatic changes may come next year.

A new report states that the 2017 2017 iPhone will be dramatically different, featuring an OLED display like the Apple Watch and embedding the Touch ID sensor in the display while losing the Home button…

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Former Apple engineers found Pearl, introduce RearVision camera accessory for your car

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 10:40
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Software

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While Apple still has yet to publicly acknowledge its car project, a number of former Apple employees have formed a startup called Pearl, which was co-founded by three former Apple engineers. The crew, which helped design several generations of iPods and iPhones in years past, has hired approximately 70 employees and begun working on a rearview camera that’s being unveiled today.

The camera, known as RearVision, functions as a set of rearview cameras that fit around your license plate and sync with your smartphone. The differentiator is the attention to quality and detail that Apple is known for.

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Recent changes to Apple’s retail, online stores may indicate near-term exit for non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive

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Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, retail, Rumor

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The curtain might finally be drawing to a close on the non-Retina MacBook Pro with an optical drive.

Recent changes to Apple’s online store have tucked the model out of the way on the main MacBook Pro page and hidden at the bottom of the ‘buy‘ page. It now appears that the company is doing the same thing in its retail stores to the last remaining product of an optical drive bygone era.

At present, customers can still buy the non-retina 13-inch MacBook Pro in retail locations as well as online, but essentially have to ask for it by name these days. The units, which arrive with 4GB of RAM and a slow 500GB spinning metal drive are still priced at $1,099, just $100 below a starter 13-inch MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB PCIe-based SSD.

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Apple patent highlights dual-layer LCD displays with theoretical 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio

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Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 17:37
Category: Hardware, News

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This could lead to an absolutely amazing display.

In a recently published patent application, Apple describes a technology that could reduce image artifacts in high dynamic range (HDR) dual-layer LCDs, technology that could theoretically boost a typical display’s contrast ratio to 1,000,000 to 1.

In its “Devices and methods of image-splitting for dual-layer high dynamic range displays” application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple touts the optical benefits of dual-layer LCD systems, specifically the ability to reproduce high contrast imagery.

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