Rumor: Mac mini could see refresh before long

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Processors, Rumor

Although it’s been three years since the Mac mini was last updated, there may be some updates to come.

Responding to an email from MacRumors reader “Krar”, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that while it was “not time to share any details,” he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.

Cook’s response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple’s plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. “The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use,” he said.

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Rumor: iPhone X component suppliers report improved yields, greater ability to meet shipment demands

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The supply stream for the iPhone X may be where it needs to be.

Per sources close to the story, yield rates for some iPhone X have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October.

The sources also reported that yield rates for key parts such as 3D sensing modules have improved as well.

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Rumor: iPad to gain True Depth camera, Face ID support in 2018

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Face ID, Hardware, iPad, Rumor

It probably won’t come as a surprise, but Apple is looking to bring its Face ID technology to the iPad in 2018.

Per a research note released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Kuo stated on Monday that he believes the iPad Pro lineup will be bolstered by the addition of a TrueDepth camera.

By bringing Face ID and facial recognition capabilities to more of the product lineup, developers will be encouraged to create more applications, further strengthening the company’s ecosystem.

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Rumor: iPhone X could face additional delays, see production pushed back to mid-October

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Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

If you’re hankering for an iPhone X, you may have to wait a bit longer.

While Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the handset next month, Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso conducted supply chain checks this morning and shared a note stating that while production delays had already delayed the release of the iPhone X, further delays have occurred recently. He says production is set to start in mid-October, later than earlier predictions. With additional delays, full production ramp up will be delayed into the December quarter.

James offered the following comment:

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV could feature A10X Fusion processor, 3GB of RAM

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Processors, Rumor

It looks like there’s a good chance the next-gen Apple TV will also use an A10X Fusion processor.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been analyzing the firmware files and has discovered signs that the new unit, set to be unveiled officially by Apple tomorrow, will use the A10X along with 3GB of RAM. This represents a big increase in power and may signal a larger direction beyond 4K movies and TV shows.

The upgrade could significantly increase computing power as well as graphics performance.

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Rumor: iPhone X to include 3GB of RAM, iPhone 8 to include 2GB of RAM

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017, 05:41
Category: Developer, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith’s been able to contribute to the rumor mill of late given what he’s been able to glean from Apple’s beta software.

In his latest contribution, he pointed out that the iPhone 8 will feature 2GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will both feature 3GB. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 7 Plus features 3GB of RAM and the iPhone 7 packs 2GB. As you can see, there’s not a huge difference in terms of RAM specs here but

Smith also mentioned that the iPhone X could incorporate a 12MP rear-facing camera with support for 4K video at 60 FPS and 1080p video at 240 FPS. The front camera could feature a 7 megapixel sensor with support for 1080p video at 30 FPS.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to incorporate A11 Fusion processor

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

The near-final beta of iOS 11 has revealed some neat things, including a suggestion that Apple will be incorporating an “A11 Fusion” processor into its next-gen iPhone. The A11 Fusion is expected to have two cores for intensive processing needs, and four high-efficiency cores as well.

Unearthed by Steve Troughton-Smith on Sunday, the iOS 11 leak from the end of the week reveal CPUs labeled 0 through 5 —a total of six. Without expanding on further delving, the developer originally claimed that four are the high-powered “Mistral” cores, with two “Monsoon” cores supplementing the four for lesser computational needs.

As of now, the current A10 Fusion processor found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models feature a pair of high performance cores as well as a pair of high efficiency cores. The A10X in the iPad Pro refresh from WWDC has three high performance “Hurricane” cores, and three high efficiency “Zephyr” cores.

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Rumor: iPhone 8 could be in rare supply until early 2018 following manufacturing difficulties

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Date: Friday, September 8th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

Apple’s “iPhone 8”, complete with an edge-to-edge OLED display and facial recognition, may be a bit hard to get a hold of for a while following “extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The production problems have led to a setback of “about a month” in Apple’s manufacturing timetable, but Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up development and working to hire new employees.

The report supports a statement made months ago by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that iPhone 8 units would be in rare supply until early 2018. Other rumors have pointed towards problems with the display lamination process and other high-tech components like the 3D sensor embedded at the front of the device.

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Rumor: Apple working with Largan Precision to source “above 12-megapixel” lens modules for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s a rumor, but it’s a nifty rumor.

A series of new reports from Apple’s supply chain suggests that the company has turned to its lens supplier for the next generation already in search of camera sensors in excess of 12 megapixels.

The rumor states that Large Precision was the only company to meet Apple’s yield rate requirements and that one of their factories in Taichung has been sourced for “above 12-megapixel lens modules.”

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Rumor: Siri could be activated via sleep/wake button given lack of physical Home button in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 05:18
Category: Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Rumor

If you were worried as to how to activate Siri on a next-gen iPhone, which may or may not feature a physical Home button, you might just be about to hold down the sleep/wake button to trigger the virtual assistant.

The option was allegedly uncovered in source code by Brazilian iOS developer Guilherme Rambo. He didn’t say immediately identify which code, but Rambo was previously responsible for uncovering secrets from leaked Apple HomePod firmware, including the “iPhone 8’s” apparent “SmartCam” feature as well as leaking pictures of the Steve Jobs Theater as it enters its end stages of construction.

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