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

Posted by:
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.

(more…)

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

Posted by:
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.

(more…)

2017 iPad Pro marks the first Apple device to use a chip built on TSMC 10 nanometer manufacturing process

Posted by:
Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors

This is pretty neat.

The pros have gotten their hands on Apple’s A10X Fusion processor that shipped with the new iPad Pro and have confirmed that this is the first chip in a device using TMSC’s FinFET 10nm chip fabrication process.

The breakdown, published by Tech Insights, discovered a 96.4 square millimeter die size as compared to the 16nm A9X with a die size of 143.9 square millimeters. Even having the notably smaller die size, the chip has 8MB of L2 cache, three CPU cores, and a 12-cluster GPU assembly.

(more…)

Next-gen iPhone rumored to include faster 10W charging adapter, circuitry

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2017, 05:50
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

This could be nifty.

On Wednesday, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis stated in a research note said the so-called “iPhone 8” will come bundled with a 10W power adapter with a USB-C connector and an integrated USB-C Power Delivery chip.

The Power Delivery chip, which is rumored to be incorporated into both the next-gen iPhone as well as its 10W power adapter, will be the same CYPD2104 chip found in Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and is thought to offer faster device charging functionality.

(more…)

Dummy video offers detailed look at purported next-gen iPhone design

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 29th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID, Uncategorized

This might be the closest approximation of the next-gen iPhone.

Following scores of renderings, dummy models, and design leaks, the cool cats at OnLeaks and Tiger Mobiles have teamed up to present an iPhone 8 dummy model with an edge-to-edge display, a top bar that will accommodate the front-facing camera and sensors, a vertical dual-lens rear camera, and a glossy black chassis made from glass with a matching and indistinguishable steel band around the edges.

The dummy model is similar to that featured in previous leaks, but is closer to what the rumor mill and leaked design drawings have indicated. As such, the next-gen iPhone is thought to incorporate a slim, almost bezel-free design with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the display of the device.

(more…)

Rumor: Upcoming iMac Pro could see server-class processors, ARM coprocessor

Posted by:
Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 05:20
Category: Developer, Hardware, High Sierra, iMac, Rumor

Apple’s forthcoming iMac Pro may get some even meatier specs than anticipated.

The workstation-class computer, which features support for up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor, top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and up to 128GB of ECC RAM could be powered by Intel’s next-generation server-grade Skylake-EX and Skylake-EP processors, which are based on a platform codenamed “Purley.”

The hint towards this comes from sourcing in the information files for the current macOS High Sierra developer beta, which states that the iMac Pro will use Intel’s new server-class LGA3647 socket, not its high-end, desktop-class LGA2066 socket.

(more…)

Apple posts dates for Apple Camp, Kids Hour summer programs

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 05:08
Category: Developer, Fun, Hardware, News, Software, Swift

I wish I’d had this during my summers when I was a kid.

Apple on Tuesday announced its multi-day summer camp sessions, entitled “Apple Camp,” which goes along with the special kid-focused Today at Apple creative workshops. Apple Camp and Today at Apple sessions are free, but space is limited, so you’ll want to grab a slot while you can.

The programs are available at your local Apple store.

Apple Camp itself runs as a three-day program that includes 90-minute sessions for kids age 8 to 12 years old. Apple offers three different sessions: Coding Games and Programming Robots; Creating Characters and Composing Music; and Stories in Motion with iMovie.

(more…)

Computer History Museum talks with Scott Forstall, others, about history of the original iPhone

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 05:45
Category: Fun, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software

This is pretty interesting.

This week, the Computer History Museum posted a full two hour round table lecture/discussion about the creation and release of the original iPhone in 2007. The panel, moderated by John Markoff includes Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra and Scott Herz as well as a follow-up conversation with Scott Forstall.

(more…)

Beta version of NVMe driver in High Sierra builds hints towards Apple’s acceptance of third-party NVMe drives for future Macs

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Developer, Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

Apple may have removed restrictions on the NVMe driver in the High Sierra beta, a move that might suggest that future Macs won’t be limited in which mass-storage flash drives may be used, possibly including both the “modular” Mac Pro and the iMac Pro.

The improved driver was first noted by the cool cats over at The Mac Observer. Through the improved driver, third-party NVMe drives could work on compatible motherboards without the need for a hacked driver.

At present, NVMe drives can only be used in assorted “Hackintosh” computers, as there are no official Macs with a standard NVMe drive slot. The beta for the new driver may resolve this issue, as on the vast majority of the motherboards tested by the community, the driver seems to be able to connect to all manufacturers’ NVMe drives.

(more…)

Apple’s WiFi routers left off CIA’s Cherry Blossom list of hackable equipment

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Apple, Hack, Hardware, News, wireless

At least this will make you feel better about your AirPort router.

Per a series of recently-published documents from WikiLeaks, the CIA has has has apparently been hacking WiFi routers for years to secretly spy on Americans’ internet activity, but Apple’s AirPort Base Stations aren’t on the list. Plenty of other popular basestations are, however, which means the public, home, and business WiFi networks you use could’ve been surveillance targets.

Reports surrounding the CIA’s tool kit used to monitor Internet activity passing through WiFi routers, known as “Cherry Blossom,” mention a variety of hackable router models. Manufacturers of these devices include 3Com, Aironet/Cisco, Asustek, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, US Robotics, and more. Apple’s AirPort Base Station lineup is not mentioned on this list.

(more…)