Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to use specialized laser with rear-facing camera

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s a rumor, so part of it must be true…

Apple is said to be working on implementing a specialized rear-facing laser system in its upcoming “iPhone 8” that will facilitate augmented reality applications, like those produced with ARKit, as well as faster and more accurate autofocus capabilities.

Per a source close to the story, Apple will apply VSCEL technology to the rear-facing camera. This system, in turn, calculates distance to a target using light pulses and time of flight (TOF) measurements, would allow for extremely accurate depth mapping, a plus for AR applications.

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Apple extends warranty program to three years to address detaching back cover issue for first-gen Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

If you’ve had problems with the back cover detaching from your first-gen Apple Watch, Apple has extended its program to offer a second year of free repair coverage for the issue. In addition, a service document shows that this program has been extended to three years

Per the document:

Apple has determined that under certain conditions on some Apple Watch (1st generation) devices the back cover may separate from the watch case. Apple will service eligible devices free of charge. Apple will authorize coverage for three (3) years from the date of purchase.

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Notebook travel ban could be lifted soon following security upgrades

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Date: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 05:47
Category: Hardware, News, security

The notebook travel ban may be lifted in a relatively short period of time.

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said if security measures are increased at the airports in coming days and weeks, the restriction will be removed.

Back in March, the United States banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone from the cabins of flights coming to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Officials feared that the devices could be used to smuggle explosives on board.

The electronics ban remains in effect for U.S.-bound flights from airports in Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Apple sets up offices near Imagination Technologies’ headquarters, reportedly poaching staff for GPU development

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, 05:15
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

Apple seems to be making moves to poach additional staff from Imagination Technologies, the British chip designer behind the GPUs used in iOS devices. Per the Telegraph, Apple has established its own GPU design team in offices just a few miles from Imagination’s offices in St. Albans.

The report states that Apple has already hired individuals such as COO John Metcalfe and that in setting up the localized office, they’ll be able to recruit Imagination staff members without requiring them to move or relocate.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones may not feature inductive charging upon release

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2017, 05:47
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone

Apple’s 2017 iPhone models might not feature inductive charging after all.

Per a tweet by Mac guru John Gruber, a tipster has indicated that that the new charging technology “might be late” and not launch until iOS 11.1 is released.

Gruber has likened the delay of wireless charging to the delay of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 plus. While Apple demonstrated Portrait Mode when the handset was being unveiled, the feature wasn’t made available to the public until iOS 10.1, a month after the device’s release.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could also arrive in new reflective/”mirror” color

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Date: Monday, July 10th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

Apple’s next-gen iPhone handset is now rumored to arrive in four difference colors, including a new reflective “mirror” version that’s never been seen before.

The rumor comes from a tweet posted by Benjamin Geskin, who said the handset will come in four total colors, one of them new. He also posted an iPhone 6s mirror-like case to to offer an idea of what the reflective design might look like.

Since Geskin only identified one color as new, it’s thought that the other colors might be similar to the six different shades currently offered on the iPhone 7 handset.

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Rumor: Apple looking to release three OLED iPhone models in 2018, will include OLED functionality on all 2019 iPhone models

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Date: Friday, July 7th, 2017, 05:27
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

Apple may just be going all in with OLED iPhones come 2019.

A supply chain report published by Nikkei said that Apple plans to make all of its iPhones with an OLED screen by 2019. Apple was believed to be preparing to adopt OLED panels for 60 million units of the “iPhone 8” in 2017, and then the company would double the adoption of OLED panels in 2018 before wholly transitioning to OLED-only iPhones in 2019.

Per two industry sources, the timeline has been bumped up a bit, as Apple is planning to use OLED displays “in all new iPhone models launched from the second half of 2018.”

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iFixit announces DIY MacBook Pro Retina Battery Fix Kits

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Date: Friday, July 7th, 2017, 05:02
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News

This will come in handy.

The cool cats at iFixit have come up with a fix to the issue pertaining to Retina display MacBook Pros that have plagued the notebook since their release in 2012: Inordinate amounts of glue holding the battery in place that make it next to impossible to replace.

As such, iFixit has released a DIY battery replacement kit.

In their own words:

“We’re fixers; it’s in our blood—so when manufacturers present us with a device that’s practically impossible to repair, like the MacBook Pro Retina, we take it as a challenge.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature wireless charging as an option, will continue to include standard 5 watt USB-A power adapter

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, 05:10
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It looks like there’s some interesting news where the 2017 iPhones and their charging features are concerned.

A current rumor has suggested that the iPhone 8 and its companion devices, the “iPhone 7s” and the “iPhone 7s Plus” will all adopt glass bodies with metal frames to facilitate WPC-standard wireless charging functionality. WPC-standard refers to the Wireless Power Consortium, which supports the Qi wireless charging functionality built into many Android devices.

Per KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, wireless charging will be available as an option accessory alongside the new iPhones. As such, it might not be a default feature out of the box. The rumor is in line with predictions that the iPhone 8 will support inductive charging rather than a true wireless charging feature.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could replace Touch ID with facial recognition

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Date: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

It’s a rumor, but it’s a pretty interesting rumor.

Bloomberg has reported that Apple is currently testing using 3D facial detection as a replacement for Touch ID fingerprint authentication. The report also states that the next-gen iPhone could include the ProMotion increased refresh rate displays seen in the new iPad Pros as well as a dedicated Apple Neural Engine chip for handling AI.

As quoted:

With the iPhone 8 expected to feature a design with a dramatically reduced bezel, analysts have made various predictions about where Touch ID will go including within the display (as Qualcomm recently displayed), behind the iPhone, and in the power switch.

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