Rumor: TSMC begins producing A-series processors for Apple’s iOS devices

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Date: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 10:44
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has finally begun producing Apple’s A-series processors.

Per the Wall Street Journal and AppleInsider, TSMC started production on its 20-nanometer fabrication lines in the first quarter of 2014, with shipments commencing in the second quarter. While Samsung will reportedly remain one of Apple’s top suppliers for now, the company will split orders with TSMC for the near future.

“Apple’s order is a big deal to the company. TSMC has assigned a large team to support Apple as you know this client is very picky,” a source familiar with the Apple deal told the publication.

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The current rumors have stated that TSMC had begun manufacturing so-called “A8″ chips for Apple’s next-generation iPhones and iPads surfaced in March. Those processors are though to be quad-core models, doubling the dual-core setup of the current-generation A7.

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Foxconn insists robot workers will assist, not replace, human workers on iPhone 6 assembly line

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 11:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

The Foxbots will work alongside and assist their human counterparts and won’t actually replace them…

Per Taiwan’s United Daily News, the 10,000 robotic workers deployed by Foxconn will play a limited role alongside the humans. According to industry insiders, the robots will assist in iPhone 6 production by locking down screws, polishing parts and performing menial duties once installed on the assembly line.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate thinner, higher capacity batteries into upcoming iPhone 6 models

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Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014, 12:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone’s battery could last that much longer.

Per Chinese web site IT168, Apple may be incorporating a 1,000 mAh battery in its upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and a 2,500 mAh battery in the 5.5-inch model.

The end result could be a battery with a larger capacity, an increase of 60 percent from the iPhone 5s to the new battery for the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

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Leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 component could show focus on one-handed use

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Date: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014, 11:01
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The iPhone 6′s front display could be designed around one-handed use.

Per AppleInsider and Chinese web site iFanr, a series of leaked images and a video, the component could be designed around one-handed use, a concept that Apple seemed to have been toying with in 2012, although the company later opted for a larger display on the iPhone 5 and 5s handsets.

The site noted that the edges of the glass have an “arc” to them, sporting curved edges as opposed to the rounded off corners on the iPhone 5 class. The alleged “iPhone 6″ front glass is also noticeably thinner than its predecessor.

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Apple unveils lock adapter for 2013 Mac Pro

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Date: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, 11:13
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, News

You invested in a pretty expensive new Mac Pro.

Now it’s time to lock that thing to the nearest desk.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday introduced the first official hardware security adapter specifically designed for the late-2013 Mac Pro, offering owners basic protection against theft and tampering.

According to Apple’s description of the US$50 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, the accessory clamps on to the machine without need for special tools and is compatible with most third-party Kensington locks or similar products. A lock is not included in the package.

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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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