Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV remote to feature motion sensors, features targeted at casual gamers

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:23
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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It’s an interesting rumor.

And there’s a decent chance it might be true.

According to recent reports, the next-gen Apple TV will feature an A8 processor, a native SDK for creating apps and a motion sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, complete with a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a microphone for Siri.

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Rumor: Fourth-gen Apple TV to be priced under $200, will debut in October

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Date: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 04:12
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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It’s the rumor mill that keeps things interesting.

With Apple’s September 9th media event coming up, sources have stated that a fourth-gen Apple TV will be available for under US4200 and will become available this October. Apple executives are apparently still finalizing the price of the revamped living room device, but the latest options call for a starting price point of either US$149 or US$199, both higher than the third-generation Apple TV…

The next-gen device will arrive at a premium price compared to the US$60 to US$99 price range found on the current model Apple TV, is anticipated to be similar to the current model in appearance, but will be thicker and slightly wider, sources say.

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Rumor: Apple to keep next-gen iPhone base end storage at 16 GB

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Date: Friday, August 28th, 2015, 12:28
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like 16 gigabytes will continue to remain the low end of storage for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

A purported photo of an iPhone 6S information sheet seems to indicate that Apple will stick with 16 GB of storage for the base model. The image comes from Steve Hemmerstoffer and matches analysis of iPhone 6S components obtained by 9to5Mac back in June, which showed Apple using 16 GB memory chips in preproduction units.

It was initially thought that Apple would bump the low end’s storage up appreciably, although early builds of iOS 9 indicate that the new operating system is more efficient with its storage space.

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Additional iPhone 6s leaks point towards slightly heavier display, mystery chip

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Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 08:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Some additional points have come out about Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset.

Namely, the display panel might be a bit thicker.

And there’s a weird mystery chip with an unspecified function to date.

Following up on an overview of leaked images, numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface options or functionality based on the amount of pressure. This has yet to be confirmed, although a small, rectangular chip has been noted on the rear of the display. It has been seen in all leaked parts seen so far, and its function remains unconfirmed, it’s thought its function is related to a Force Touch feature.

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Leaked iPhone 6s media show new icon of “booting gear” screen

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Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 12:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The part leaks continue and new photos and videos have surfaced showing the components of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a booting gear icon.

The leaked video shows the handset booted to its gear screen and then opened, displaying the device’s component parts. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

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Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program, fold training into larger workshops

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Date: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 07:54
Category: retail, Rumor

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The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

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Rumor: Apple to revamp Genius Bar, workshops, associated web sites on Tuesday, August 25th

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Date: Monday, August 24th, 2015, 09:01
Category: retail, Rumor

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The Genius Bar and its associated web site might be getting revamped in the new future.

A rumor has stated that Apple will begin changing the Genius Bar and its corresponding web site as of Tuesday, August 25th. Through these changes, Apple reportedly plans to move Genius Bar online appointments pages from their separate “Concierge” site into individual Apple Store pages

The new updated web-based service has also been re-written with a focus on accessibility and mobile devices. “Customers with visual or hearing impairments can more easily use the Concierge system,” Apple wrote in a note to retail employees about the upcoming change. As for mobile optimization, the new system will have a unique user interface depending on whether it is used on a desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

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New analytical data hints at “iPad Pro” device with 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution

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Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, 08:25
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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Additional evidence of a forthcoming “iPad Pro” has turned up again, this time in the form of analytics data.

Mobile analytics firm AppSee has reported that an iPad with model identifier “iPad6,8” and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the “iPhone8,1” and “iPhone8,2” in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

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Rumor: Upcoming A9 processor could show 20-30% improvement over A8

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2015, 13:33
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

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If nothing else, the A9 processor will offer a nice speed boost over its predecessor.

That’s what a graph of the forthcoming processor’s performance seems to indicate, Apple’s upcoming A9 chip beating out Samsung’s 8-core chips with a single-core score of 2090 and a multi-core tally of 3569, compared to the respective averages of 1611 and 2892 shown by the A8 found in the iPhone 6 series. The A9X chalks up 2109 and 5101 in the same benchmarks, compared to 1808 and 4526 for the iPad Air 2’s A8X.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV to arrive this fall, streaming TV service pushed back to 2016 as negotiations encounter hurdles

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Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015, 07:43
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor

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If you were hoping for a next-gen Apple TV device, it looks like it will be out this fall.

If you were looking for Apple’s TV streaming service, you might have to wait until next year.

Sources close to the story have stated that while Apple originally wanted to announce a live streaming service at this year’s iPhone event, those plans were put on ice as deals with major networks like CBS, 21st Century Fox and NBC have yet to be brokered.

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