Apple jumps gun on iDay, announces new, waterproof, GPS-enabled Apple Watch via Twitter

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 11:29
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Watch OS, Wearables


Apple may have jumped the gun on iDay thanks to Twitter in a tweet that has since been nixed.

The company announced its next-generation smartphone in a promoted tweet shared at the beginning of its annual press event on Wednesday.

The device, which is available for pre-order on Friday Sept. 16, is water resistant.

This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook began the event by recapping the 17 million subscribers to Apple Music along with 140 billion downloads from the App Store this year, up 106 percent from last year.

Among the larger announcements was the Apple Watch Series 2, a new, waterproof Apple Watch which looks similar to the first-gen Apple Watch, but is apparently 50 percent faster, has a brighter display and built-in GPS.


Rumor: Apple working with Sony to bring Apple Pay to Japan via FeliCa

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:48
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


Apple Pay may be en route to Japan with a little help from Sony.

The current rumor has it that Apple has partnered with Sony to bring its Apple Pay service to Japan. As has been previously rumored, Apple will make future versions of the iPhone compatible with Sony’s FeliCa technology to allow Japanese citizens to use Apple Pay for contactless payments at FeliCa-compatible terminals.

FeliCa is Sony’s tap-to-pay format, which has been widely adopted in Japan. It’s used to access the country’s railway and bus system, and it’s able to store e-money that can be used at vending machines, cafes, and other locations equipped with FeliCa systems. FeliCa is able to process transactions in a fraction of a second, making it suitable for use in a fast-paced transit environment.


Rumor: Top 15 iPhone 7 features leaked

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:48
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID


This may be the curtain being lifted ahead of time.

With the iPhone 7 release just over the horizon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has perhaps released that 15 major changes coming to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets:

New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots


Apple iCar round up article released, addresses everything that’s currently known

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, Software


Beyond all the rumors and speculation and theory, these guys did the digging.

A lengthy article over on describes billions of dollars in R&D, more than 1,000 developers, an assortment of mysterious workshops and a name – the “iCar” – that could be the biggest thing to the auto industry since Karl Benz’s ground breaking Benz Patent-Motorwagen first introduced the world to the motorised carriage 130 years ago.

The piece describes a shell company, an assortment of innocuous real estate and properties and the project, termed “SG6”, as being housed in Sunnyvale, California with only city council documents pointing to it.


Leaked photo hints at Lightning EarPods, Lightning jack to replace 3.5mm headphone jack, 256GB capacity for iPhone 7

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Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, 05:32
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, photos, Rumor


The Lightning port replacement for the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack rumor might have just been corroborated along with the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus” name.

A leaked image of a purported packaging insert for Apple’s upcoming new phone. If the photo is to be believed, Apple will indeed be calling its larger new phone the ‘iPhone 7 Plus’, with the ‘iPhone 7’ name being taken by the 4.7 inch sibling.

The photo also indicates that Apple will be bundling Lightning EarPods in the box with every iPhone 7, as a consequence of the missing 3.5mm headphone jack. The leak suggests Apple will also be including a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack adaptor as a bundled accessory.


Corning announces “Gorilla Glass SR+” product for wearable devices

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Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, 05:25
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, News, Wearables


Back in 2015, Corning announced that it was working on “Project Phire”, a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire. On tuesday, the company announced that the result of that project is ready to launch.

Now called “Gorilla Glass SR+,” Corning’s latest product is a composite material for wearable devices. It’s been designed to cut down on visible scratches while continuing to deliver all of the features of the original Gorilla Glass.

Gorilla Glass SR+ apparently offers scratch resistance similar to sapphire with 70 percent better damage resistance against impacts and 25 percent better surface reflection. Corning says these optical improvements enable better battery life and improved outdoor readability.


Users launch class action lawsuit over iPhone 6 “Touch Disease” units

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News


Apple’s “Touch Disease” issue on some of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets has just become a class action case.

The company has been sued by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable.

Per the complaint, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it.


Rumor: Apple working on professionally-gear iPads, new iMacs, new notebooks and is collaborating on a 5K monitor with LG

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Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016, 05:52
Category: Apple Pencil, Hardware, iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Samsung, Sierra, USB-C


Apple is rumored to be planning a slew of updates across its iPads, notebooks and desktops according to sources.

The company is said to be expanding its operating system support for the Apple Pencil while widespread hardware changes will emerge in next-gen versions of the iMac, MacBook Air and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner MacBook Pro notebook.

Apple is thought to be shipping an updated iPad next year, while new Macs are expected in late 2016 according to anonymous sources. Apple has declined to comment, but it’s been said that in the wake of iPad unit sales declining year-over-year for nine straight quarters, Apple is looking to create more professionally-geared models that have produced the first increase in quarterly iPad revenue in more than two years. New features aimed at higher-paying professional customers could support this trend, while the goal of the Mac updates is to keep the line’s sales numbers stable even as sales of rival personal computers continue falling.


Apple releases invitations for September 7 media event, iPhone 7 announcements likely

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Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016, 10:37
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables


When the media invitations go out, you know something’s on the horizon.

Apple on Monday distributed media invitations an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The invitations include the tagline of “See you on the 7th”.

The event is expected to include the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.


String in macOS Sierra beta code points to possible USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3 support in future Mac hardware

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Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 05:29
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, macOS, News, Sierra, Software, Thunderbolt


It’s the beta code that sometimes points out nifty Mac hardware to come.

Next-gen Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second according to code strings found in the latest macOS Sierra beta build.

A string in the Sierra beta mentions SuperSpeed+, a term reserved for Gen 2 ports. In fact it also specifically cites the 10-gigabit speed cap, twice as fast as Gen 1.