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Apple, Samsung in talks to help create standardized e-SIM card

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

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When Apple and Samsung aren’t actively suing each other, they can get some killer stuff done.

This may be what they’re trying to do, as the firms are reportedly in “advanced talks” with telecom operators from all over the world to launch new electronic SIM cards. These e-SIM cards would be standardized among both smartphone makers and come embedded in their devices, creating a “common architecture.” Unlike physical SIM cards, e-SIM cards offer more flexibility to users. Instead of being locked into a cellular plan, you will be able to sign up to a new plan or switch plans instantly.

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Apple releases updated iPod touch, adds improved hardware to device

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Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2015, 09:33
Category: Hardware, iPod, iPod Touch, News, retail, Uncategorized

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Apple may not have done much with its iPod shuffle and nano models outside of changing the color offerings, but it beefed up the iPod touch in a big way this week.

The iPod touch’s camera is now on par with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, going from 5 megapixels in the last generation to 8 in the new version. Apple also incorporated an iPhone M8 motion coprocessor for better activity-tracking and a new 64-bit A8 chip to make the unit that much faster. A new 1136 x 640 resolution Retina display rounds things out and makes the device that much more robust.

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Apple Pay launches in the UK

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:24
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Software, Wearables

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As of today, Apple Pay has officially come to the United Kingdom and are available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

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“Staingate” controversy gains traction, cites Apple as responsible for screen coating damage on Retina display notebooks

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Date: Monday, July 13th, 2015, 08:37
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

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This is pretty much the digital version of the local peasantry showing up at your front door with torches and pitchforks.

A small number of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their notebooks after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed “staingate.”

The problems manifest themselves in the form of blotches, streaks and other anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook’s display surface. The origin of this “staining” is unknown, though some have speculated a combination of high humidity and over cleaning might be contributing factors.

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Leaked iPhone 6S schematic shows minimal exterior changes for next-gen handset

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Date: Monday, July 6th, 2015, 07:57
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If nothing else, a leaked schematic should do the trick.

The cool cats at Engadget Japan have published what’s apparently a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 6S, which came from a source in the Chinese supply chain. The schematic shows a handset with only minimal changes from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to retain similar appearance to first gen model, will feature larger battery

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Date: Friday, July 3rd, 2015, 07:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch 2 will look pretty much the same but run for a longer period of time.

And that’s a decent thing.

Apple’s second-generation Watch is unlikely to see any external changes, a Thursday morning report from South Korea suggests, with the company instead focusing on tightening up internal components in order to fit a larger battery.

Following up on yesterday’s report that Apple is working with South Korean firms LG and Samsung to produce thinner OLED displays for its Watch revamp, the new rumor is that Apple is working on a larger battery for the wearable.

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Rumor: Apple to improve brightness on Apple Watch 2, looking into pink color, new features for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 08:25
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s hard to say if a pink next-gen iPhone is your dream phone.

I mean, that’s really up to you.

But it’s among the latest set of rumors that just came from the supply side, so that’s saying something.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE chip, will boast potential download speeds up to 300 Mbps

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Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2015, 09:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It came from the rumor mill and it’s pretty interesting.

An anonymous source leaked that Apple will be using a new LTE chip manufactured by Qualcomm in the next-gen iPhone. The MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform, promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds.

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Rumor: Apple begins manufacturing of next-gen iPhone, will include Force Touch systems in all models

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Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 09:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Whatever the next-gen iPhone is packing for features, they’re apparently building it right now.

This is the rumor, as Apple has started early production of its next-generation iPhone models that will retain 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors and integrate Force Touch technology.

A Bloomberg article has sources close to Apple suppliers stating that they’re in the midst of an early manufacturing run of the company’s next iPhone models, which will bring pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology to the device.

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DisplayMate runs full comparison between glass, sapphire Apple Watch displays

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Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 09:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Dr. Raymond Soneira went bananas yet again, this time pulling out all the stops and testing the Apple Watch glass and sapphire displays.

The testing seeks to answer the question as to whether there’s a visual difference between a watch that uses sapphire versus glass? If the two were held up side by side, the one with a glass crystal would be about 20 percent brighter than the one with sapphire (due to fundamental principles of optics that reduce its light transmission), so it appears somewhat darker and duller, particularly because the light has to pass through the crystal twice.

As such, what are the tradeoffs to using a sapphire display, especially when it’s important to minimize screen reflections and sapphire has almost double (191%) the reflectance of glass.

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