iPhone 7 leak, video shows possible changes for next-gen handset

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2016, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The iPhone 7 rumor/leak train keeps rolling on.

On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.

The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.

Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in the video as well as other features like a Smart Connector and the removal of the classic mute switch. The larger camera opening could possibly be reserved for the dual-camera system expected to arrive on only some of the new models. In the video, the mute switch is once again present.


New iPhone 7 leaks show possible Smart Connector, lack of mute switch

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, 09:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


Another day, another set of iPhone 7 leaks.

Per a series of pictures released on Chinese social media website Weibo, the latest iPhone 7 photos appear to show a very similar design to the iPhone 6s Plus … with the interesting addition of a Smart Connector, visible at the bottom of the device on the back side.

In addition to previous rumors, a new rumor has sprung up about a flush capacitive Home button for the next-gen iPhone, albeit details are still murky.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the new photos of the iPhone 7 Plus do not include a mute switch. A toggle to enable and disable the ringer cannot be seen in its usual location above the volume buttons. This is the first time the removal of the mute switch has been floated for consideration, albeit the source is still considered murky at this point.


Rumor: iPhone 7 image leak shows redesigned antenna lines, larger camera for 4.7-inch model

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2016, 08:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


With roughly eight weeks before the next iPhone debut, a newly-leaked image shows the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 back casing. The most obvious change is the redesigned antenna lines. Rather than extending lengthways across the main body of the phone like the current iPhone 6s, the iPhone 7 antenna lines are sleeker and smaller. As shown in the picture, the white antenna lines are only visible at the top and bottom edges of the device.

The photo also highlights changes to the camera system as well. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 seems to incorporate about a 25 percent wider camera hole, meaning a revised or updated camera will probably be used.

As of now, it’s unknown as to whether the new camera will incorporate more megapixels or allow in more light to take better photos. The 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to feature a dual-camera component system which will take even better photos thanks to the larger sensors. One rumor indicated that the Plus’ dual-cameras are a set of twin 12 megapixel sensors.


Cirrus Logic releases Apple-authorized Lightning headphone development kit, strengthens rumors of headphone jack removal on next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 12:26
Category: Bluetooth, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, News


It’s looking less likely that the next-gen iPhone will feature a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

Amidst rumors that Apple will remove the headphone jack, supplier Cirrus Logic this week announced the release of a new development kit that will enable companies to make Made for iPhone-certified Lightning headphones.

The development kit is geared towards helping to transition products away from the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack toward Apple’s digital Lightning connector. Using the kit, manufacturers will have an easier path to migrating existing products to deliver audio over Lightning.


Rumor: Next-gen iPhone home button to incorporate Force Touch features

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Date: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, 07:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


Apple may be looking to introduce Force Touch features to the home button on the next-gen iPhone.

Citing a report released by analysts at Cowen and Company, a number of supply chain “field checks” have indicated that Apple may do away with a physical home button, instead adopting a home button that sits flush with the phone.

Apple’s Force Touch technology will reportedly be built into the home button to provide haptic feedback when pressed, much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple’s most recent MacBooks. With haptic feedback, iPhone users would still feel the sensation of pressing on the home button even without a button to actually depress.


Mysterious, tech-laden van on Golden Gate Bridge adds fuel to Apple self-driving car rumors

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Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2016, 08:10
Category: Hardware, News


This could be either an Apple mapping van or a self-driving car prototype.

During a drive over San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, a modified van was spotted.

Among the collection of gadgets on the roof are the spinning Lidar laser sensors often used for self-driving cars. There are also cameras on the roof. And there’s a large antenna above the rear wheel. Yet this car has no obvious markings or insignia to identify it – not even a license plate.

It’s unclear as to which company’s van this might be, but a special web site Apple keeps tracks the movements of its mapping vans. The site lists San Francisco as one of many locations for the period of June 20 through July 3. Still, the list of locations has been virtually unchanged for the past year, so this is up in the air.


Rumor: Leaked images show dual-camera component for 5.5-inch iPhone 7, other changes for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 08:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


In the latest round of leaked images, a new series of iPhone 7 camera components show a new dual-camera that will be exclusive to the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus screen size. There appears to be about a one centimeter gap between the two inner cameras enclosed in a pill-shape protruding component.

The smaller 4.7 inch iPhone 7 will also receive a camera upgrade, according to these leaks. The hole is substantially larger and the entire component has been aligned closer to the corner of the device, indicating some kind of upgrade.


Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple Watch units in second half of 2017

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables


Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.

Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.


Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt Display, highlights third-party displays for time being

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Hardware, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C


Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:

Per Apple:

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson.


Rumor: Unconfirmed leak points to 256GB iPhone 7, “Pro” line

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Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 09:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


The iPhone 7 rumors are coming in at full force following WWDC and an unconfirmed leak from a Chinese web site shows alleged iPhone 7 pricing that has a new 256GB model will almost retain pricing of the current top of the line 128GB model.

A new 256GB model would replace the current 128GB as the top of the line as well as live up to previous rumors of Apple seeking a higher storage capacity. The rumored pricing below is allegedly showing a lineup that would include 32GB, 64GB, and 265GB models for the iPhone 7 and 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB models for the iPhone 7 Plus and a new iPhone Pro line.