Rumor: Apple may switch away from Qualcomm for next-gen iPhone modems, could source from multiple vendors

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple may be switching away from Qualcomm modems for its next-gen iPhones.

During Wednesday’s conference call to analysts, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is “assuming” a major Qualcomm customer will be giving modem orders to another company. While Mollenkopf didn’t mention Apple by name, Apple and Samsung are Qualcomm’s largest clients, and Samsung is already known to use multiple suppliers.

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Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance, other changes in 2016 12-inch Retina MacBooks

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 14:01
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.

Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

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Apple releases updated 12-inch MacBooks, now with faster Skylake processors, boosted graphics and Rose Gold color option

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 08:27
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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It was a pretty quiet update, but the new MacBooks are out.

Apple on Tuesday announced its updated 12-inch MacBooks, complete with sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors with speeds up to 1.3 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics 515 system, PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life and 1866 MHz RAM.

The notebooks retain their two pound weight and 13.1 mm thickness as well as their Force Touch trackpad. The 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents to speak of.

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Rumor: Apple looking to shift from aluminum to “all glass” enclosure with AMOLED screen for iPhone 7

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2016, 07:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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When KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers a research note, people tend to listen.

Recently, Kuo offered a report stating that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This corroborates a previous report offering hints of a fairly radical redesign to be seen in the near term.

Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.

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Rumor: Apple, Samsung Display sign $2.59 billion deal to supply 100 million OLED units to Apple in 2017

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung, Wearables

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Past (and present) lawsuits aside, there’s plenty of money to be made when Apple and Samsung join forces to create something.

A new report has stated that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal to supply 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017.

The agreement between Apple and Samsung is reportedly worth around $2.59 billion and the two companies are expected to maintain the agreement for at least three years. Furthermore, the agreement is for 100 million 5.5-inch OLED displays. The report makes no mention of Samsung providing any 4.7-inch panels.

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Rumor: Apple looking to Amphenol for thinner, metal injection mold-made hinges for next-gen MacBook

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 07:52
Category: Hardware, MacBook, Rumor

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Following up on a rumor from November that Apple was working with suppliers to “fully redesign” many of the MacBook’s internal components to achieve a slimmer design, it appears that Apple might be making a move towards metal injection mold-made hinges.

Metal injection molding is a metalworking process that’s used to create very small metal pieces that are typically used by Apple for the internals of products like iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple is apparently looking to use the technology for its MacBook hinges to save space and achieve an “ultra-thin” design on its next generation of notebooks.

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Rumor: Apple has begun signing component orders for Apple Watch 2 parts

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The Apple Watch 2 components are apparently starting to come together.

Apple has reportedly started signing component orders for the second-generation Apple Watch, a possible sign that version two of the wearable will begin mass production within the next few months.

The list of partners includes Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Samsung, Amkor, STATS< ChipPac and Kinsus Interconnect Technology. (more…)

USB Implementers Forum draws up certification, verification program for USB-C cables, devices

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Date: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 09:40
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, USB-C

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USB-C is coming along and a lot of nice things are being said about the technology, but there hasn’t been a ton of verification and certification, especially among cheaper cables.

This may change soon.

Under its new program, the USB Implementers Forum will test and certify USB-C cables, chargers, and other devices. End-user products — such as computers and mobile phones — will be able to cryptographically verify that the cable or charger to which it is connected has been certified and has not been tampered with.

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Some iPhone SE users complain of Bluetooth audio issues, Apple has yet to offer official comment

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 12:58
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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Well, this could be one for the bug team to sort out.

A number of oPhone SE early adopters have reported audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when the smartphone is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset. The issue extends to GPS voice navigation for some, but streaming music over Bluetooth appears to be unaffected.

The users claimed to be experiencing distorted, staticky, or inaudible phone calls when using an iPhone SE over Bluetooth. Many of those affected noted that their previous iPhone model had “crystal clear” audio quality.

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DisplayMate releases full analysis of 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen, hints at possible interesting iPhone 7 screen upgrades

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News

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The cool cats at DisplayMate have just released their usual insane analysis of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and confirmed that this is the best iPad display to boot, but have also hinted that this could lead towards iPhone 7 screen upgrade possibilities.

In its report, which compares the new device to not only current iPads but also other top tablets from Microsoft, Samsung and others, DisplayMate shows how the new iPad achieved record results for its display in a number of categories, including: “Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for any display for Both Color Gamuts (1.35 JNCD), Lowest Screen Reflectance for any mobile display (1.7 percent), Highest Peak Brightness in a full size Tablet for any Picture Level (511 nits), Highest Contrast Rating in High Ambient light (301), and Smallest Color variation with Viewing Angle (all under 2.0 JNCD).”

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