These may be the real McCoy where the long-fabled Lightning-enabled EarPods are concerned. After a series of fakes were found online, MobileFun posted a video of a working pair of Lightning EarPods, and the overall look of the accessory appears more in line with Apple’s design than any of the previous leaks.
The structure features a clean, white design alongside left and right markers on each earpiece, in-line volume and play/pause controls. Interestingly, the in-line controls are placed farther down on the EarPods, directly below the right/left split in the cable design. If real, this would mark a design change from the current generation, which places the volume rocker along the right cable, above the bifurcation in the cord.
The most notable part is the addition of the Lightning plug on the EarPods, which lends credence to the idea that the 3.5 mm headphone jack will be removed from the next-gen iPhone. The plug on the Lightning-enabled EarPods appears slightly bigger than Apple’s traditional Lightning adapters thanks to the inclusion of a digital-to-analog converter needed for music playback and not just straightforward charging.
Apple could in fact have their eye on releasing on new Apple Watch in 2016.
According to an investor note sent out by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is said to be planning two new models of the Watch for 2016. The bigger upgrade, dubbed “Apple Watch 2” for now, will reportedly have “the same general design” as the current Watch, but include new internal components such as a GPS radio, a barometer, a thinner display, and a new, faster 16nm processor from TSMC. These features will require a larger battery, according to Kuo, preventing Apple from cutting down on the device’s size.
After years of legal patent-based squabbles between Apple and Samsung, a recently published Samsung patent application surfaced entitled “Wearable Device” featuring form factor patent figures that were actually Apple Watch designs
The Samsung patent, first discovered by Patently Apple, presents patent figures that are clearly Apple Watch designs with its classic backside charging mechanism that Samsung doesn’t incorporate and various Apple band styles. Nowhere in the patent do they reference the designs as being from Apple.
A series of leaked pictures show what might be a fully assembled “iPhone 7,” with the shots showing a functional device that may have Apple’s hardware pre-release “Switchboard” toolset installed.
The pictures came from a China-based team that specializes in mobile device repair. Some applications are shown on the display such as the radio transmitting and receiving tester “WiPASmini,” as well as “MesaCal” which is used for testing Touch ID.
These applications are associated with Apple’s “Switchboard” pre-release testing suite, which has accidentally appeared on consumer devices from time to time.
That’s the current rumor, as cited by noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Increasing built-in memory capacity at next-generation smartphones, including new iPhone devices, will further ramp up demand for memory products in the third quarter, said sources, noting that the mobile DRAM capacity of the next-generation iPhone is expected to increase to 3GB from 2GB previously.
The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.
A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.
The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.
Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.
Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.
On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.
In short, this could stop the transmission and thus better protect the user’s privacy.
The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.
The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.
Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.
On Thursday, Apple was hit with yet another class action lawsuit, the suit alleging that the company has been replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with refurbished units. This isn’t the first suit of its kind in this regard and similar suits have been filed in the past.
This lawsuit, filed today in California, accuses Apple of not holding true to the AppleCare+ contract, which states that devices replaced as part of the program are the “equivalent to new in performance and reliability.” The lawsuit was initiated by Vicky Maldonado and Joanne McRight.
It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.
Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.