Recent iPhone 6 mockups may not be final design, back panel expected to feature glass similar to 5s model

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 10:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Following the recent parade of iPhone 6 mockups, a new report by Japanese web site Nikkei (spotted by G Games) claims that the final iPhone 6 design will have straight lines across the back and that the back will look largely similar to the current iPhone 5s model.

The report could also explain why most mockups to date have strangely shown round camera flash parts. Apple switched to a pill-shaped dual-color “True Tone” flash starting with the iPhone 5s last year, a feature the company will likely continue to offer with this year’s flagship model.

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iFixit performs full teardown of 16GB 2014 iPod touch, finds similar components to larger capacity models

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Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014, 11:32
Category: Hardware, iPod Touch, News

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The 16GB 2014 iPod touch is out, it’s gotten some favorable feedback, is available for US$199 and apparently includes the same internal design and an identical rear facing iSight camera, a teardown of the device has revealed.

Upon getting their mitts on the new iPod touch, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the unit, revealing a near-identical build to previous models with the exception of a 5-megapixel rear camera as well as a button for the iPod touch loop to accommodate Apple’s US$9 strap for the device.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate 128GB capacity into 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, limit storage space to 64GB for 4.7-inch model

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Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014, 12:53
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you want the 128GB iPhone 6, you’ll have to buy it in the larger 5.5-inch size.

Per Chinese Apple blog Feng.com, Apple will constrain its 128GB capacity iPhone to the 5.5-inch version of the upcoming handset, implying that the 4.7-inch version’s maximum capacity will be 64GB.

The report comes on the heels of another questionable rumor from Wednesday that predicted Apple’s next iPhone will launch on September 19th.

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Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant will feature optical image stabilization feature

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Date: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, 12:22
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you’re hankering for an iPhone 6 with optical image stabilization (OIS), it may only be available on the rumored 5.5-inch version.

Per AppleInsider, a research note published by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that while the iPhone 6 will use a middle-mount open-loop voice coil motor, not an OIS VCM. The part is said to be an updated version of what is being used in the iPhone 5s.

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Unlike common VCMs, an OIS system mechanically controls a light path as it travels from lens to sensor either through manipulation of lens elements or the sensor itself. OIS modules are more expensive than middle-mount VCMs and, in some cases, can be heavier as well.

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Apple switches iPhone 6 chassis suppliers, may have dodged major manufacturing hurdle

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 15:31
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple may have dodged its first major obstacle in manufacturing the iPhone 6 handsets.

Per Boy Genius Report and DigiTimes, Apple has had to overcome a serious issue with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6′s housing. The report claims that orders were first placed with component supplier Catcher for the metal phone cases, but Apple has been forced to reject the company’s chassis due to defects involving the “connecting areas between the plastic and metal parts.”

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Rumor: Apple to begin manufacturing 12-inch MacBook Air notebook in Q3

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Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 11:17
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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If there’s a rumor, there’s usually a kernel of truth to go along with it.

A new report via the sometimes-accurate DigiTimes claims that Apple’s supply partners will begin production of an anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air sometime in Q3 of this year. The current estimate points towards July and Apple is apparently planning to stick with the current MacBook Air design, with only minor unseen tweaks to rearrange certain internal structures and accommodate an adequately sized battery.

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Rumor: Apple to boost Touch ID component production, improve durability of units

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 11:37
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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The Touch ID sensor in the upcoming iOS devices (including the iPad) will be both more plentiful and more durable.

Per an article in the China Times, manufacturer TSMC will boost its Touch ID production 233 percent to 120 million units. The component will also purportedly become more durable in the process.

It’s been thought that Apple will incorporate the Touch ID sensor in both the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone handsets as well as the forthcoming iPad Air and iPad mini generations. Until now Touch ID has been limited to the iPhone 5s, in part because of the limited amount of sapphire available for cover glass. Apple has partnered with GT Advanced on at least one sapphire plant, however, which should make widespread use cost-effective.

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Sources cite 2.5-inch curved display, October ship date for upcoming iWatch

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 12:25
Category: Hardware, Rumor

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The iWatch you might or might not be hankering for will begin production in July and ship in October.

Or at least that’s how the current rumors and leaks have it.

According to Reuters, anonymous sources have states that the iWatch will be manufactured in July, ship in October and feature a 2.5-inch display as well as a curved surface.

The report has it that manufacturer Quanta will be involved in most elements of the production with one source citing that the unit will feature wireless a touch interface and charging capabilities.

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British iOS device repair firm finds connection between third-party USB adapters and damage to iPhone 5 power management components

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

You know those nice, cheap third-party iPhone cables you can buy for dirt cheap at the check out line at the convenience store? They might be capable of damaging a power management component in the iPhone 5 handset.

Per iOS device repair firm mendmyl, a series of damaged power management components in Apple’s iPhone 5 handset has been traced back to unofficial USB adapters as well as USB-to-Lightning cables.

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The working theory, though not officially confirmed, is that the third-party charging accessories do not properly regulate electrical current as it flows into the handset, which will then either burn out or render a power distribution component labeled “U2″, which is located just beneath the A6 processor on the iPhone’s logic board. The U2 component routes power to the iPhone 5′s battery and integrated charging controller as well as the sleep/wake button and controls certain USB functions for the handset.

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Teardown of low-end 21.5-inch iMac finds RAM soldered to the motherboard

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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You won’t be able to upgrade the RAM on the new, low-end 21.5-inch iMac.

Per MacRumors, the cool cats at Other World Computing have performed a full teardown and discovered that the 8 GB of RAM that the iMac ships with is permanently soldered to the motherboard.

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