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Rumor: Apple said to be “close to agreement” with OLED suppliers for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is acting up with new claims that next-gen iPhones will switch over to OLED displays.

The current word around the camp fire is that LG and Samsung Display are close to a final agreement with Apple for the screens, adding the two Korean firms plan a combined 15 trillion won ($12.8 billion) in capital expenditure to build up OLED production capacity over the next two to three years.

Last month’s claims stated that Apple planned to switch over to OLED screens for the iPhone beginning in 2018, a move that suggests that Apple would stick with LCD units for the iPhone 7 model.

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Rumor: Apple looking into waterproof materials, antenna-concealing design for iPhone 7

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Date: Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 08:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If this is true, it could definitely help where your next-gen iPhone is concerned.

A new rumor has it that Catcher Technologies will help supply chassis components for upcoming iPhones said to be both waterproof and use “new compound materials” to conceal their antennas, according to a new rumor.

Catcher is said to be likely to supply 30 to 50 percent chassis shipments for the new hardware, thereby placing the company as Apple’s largest chassis partner.

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Apple adds 2008-2009 Macs, other hardware to “vintage and obsolete” list

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Date: Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 06:09
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPod Touch, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Time Capsule, Uncategorized

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It’s not the easiest news to hear, especially if your product is in the list, but Apple on Tuesday updated its official list of “vintage and obsolete” hardware. This list is used to determine whether or not the company will repair or otherwise support any hardware problems.

Under Apple definitions, “vintage” products have been out of production for more than five and less than seven years, meaning that limited support may be available in some regions. In California, for instance, Apple is legally required to provide support for Macs, iPhones, and iPods.

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Rumor: China Mobile product roadmap indicates 4-inch “iPhone 7c” for 2016

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Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 10:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Sometimes it’s the cell phone carriers that give away what’s coming down the road.

Wireless carrier China Mobile has apparently laid out its product roadmap for 2016, the roadmap itself mentioning a new Apple product. In April of 2016, China Mobile is expecting to launch the ‘iPhone 7c’. This seems to be the 4-inch iPhone device that has been rumored for several months, although the rumor mill moniker has generally settled on it being called the iPhone 6c. It’s also been reported that Apple might dub the handset the “iPhone 7c”.

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Rumor: Apple to delay 3D Touch on iPad Air 3 until second half of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:15
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPad, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

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As much as you love the 3D Touch feature on your new iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac trackpads, it won’t come out for the iPad Air 3 until sometime in 2016.

The current rumor is that the iPad Air 3 will be released in the first half of the year, but it will be missing the 3D Touch feature. Anonymous sources at KGI Securities have been quoted as saying that “production issues within Apple’s supply chain” have led to the delay.

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Second-generation Automatic hits, allows for feedback from your car to iOS or Android device

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 10:16
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, iOS, News

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It’s sort of like a FitBit for your car.

And it includes a free travel cup and crash notification service.

Automatic has released the second generation of its Automatic Adapter, an adapter that plugs into the ODB-II port under your car’s dashboard. The Automatic then sends data via Bluetooth to your iOS or Android device, measuring things like driving speeds, acceleration, braking and other data prior to giving you a score for your driving.

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Jackery Giant + allows for two devices to be charged simultaneously, sports, 12,000 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, News

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This is one of those accessories for when you don’t have time to muck about.

Or want to charge two accessories at once.

The Jackery Giant + by Jackery allows for two devices to be charged simultanesouly. The unit is powered by a 12,000 mAH battery and features some pretty nice specs, including a 10.4 ounce weight and 2.9 full charge cycles for even an iPhone 6s Plus.

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Tim Cook reacts to “The Hump” nickname for iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, talks up accessory’s positive points

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be an unfortunate nickname that just sticks with a product.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, while attending an Hour of Code event in New York, spoke to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case.

During the interview, Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the “hump,” a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” Cook said.

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Apple files patent for self-healing materials to be used in devices

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Hardware, News, Patents

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This could potentially turn into something extremely cool and useful.

An Apple patent application on Thursday suggests a method of portable device weatherproofing that buries sensitive electrical device contacts beneath a layer of self-healing elastomer, allowing connectors to penetrate without leaving lasting aesthetic or structural damage.

The patent, entitled “Electronic device with hidden connector” details a method of protecting electrical device connections commonly exposed to the elements with specialized self-healing elastomeric material. Probes attached to power, data or audio feeds are able to puncture the elastomer, which re-seals itself upon their extraction.

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iFixit completes, posts full teardown of iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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You’ve gotta love the teardowns.

With the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case in mind, the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of the external battery. What they found after removing massive amounts of adhesive, a lining that had to be heated before it could be stripped away, three proprietary screws and a metal reinforcement plate was a 7.13 Whr (1877 mAH at 3.8 V) capacity battery.

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