Rumor: Apple looking to Amphenol for thinner, metal injection mold-made hinges for next-gen MacBook

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 07:52
Category: Hardware, MacBook, Rumor

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Following up on a rumor from November that Apple was working with suppliers to “fully redesign” many of the MacBook’s internal components to achieve a slimmer design, it appears that Apple might be making a move towards metal injection mold-made hinges.

Metal injection molding is a metalworking process that’s used to create very small metal pieces that are typically used by Apple for the internals of products like iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple is apparently looking to use the technology for its MacBook hinges to save space and achieve an “ultra-thin” design on its next generation of notebooks.

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Rumor: Apple has begun signing component orders for Apple Watch 2 parts

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The Apple Watch 2 components are apparently starting to come together.

Apple has reportedly started signing component orders for the second-generation Apple Watch, a possible sign that version two of the wearable will begin mass production within the next few months.

The list of partners includes Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Samsung, Amkor, STATS< ChipPac and Kinsus Interconnect Technology. (more…)

Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to be 20% to 40% thinner

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 09:33
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s a rumor, but it’s interesting.

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton on Friday issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

The most prominent point expressed was White citing a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

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White claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, the iPhone 7 helping Apple and its supplier return to growth in the second half of 2016.

White also predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch could be seen in the next two to three months and could be 20 to 40 percent thinner and could be unveiled by June, possibly at the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Finally, White predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch will not appear until September, but would debut alongside the iPhone 7.

Whether the Apple Watch 2 is introduced in June or September, it appears clear that Apple may be elongating the wearable’s release cycle beyond one year to avoid consumer exhaustion. Many customers only received the Apple Watch in December during the holiday shopping season, so a new model launching this spring may be considered too soon. A closer to year-and-a-half refresh would seem more appropriate.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors

Rumor: 2017 iPhone to feature AMOLED display, other changes

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2016, 08:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The mighty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities released a new note to investors stating that Apple is likely to release a new iPhone with glass casing and an AMOLED display. This somewhat contradicts an earlier note from the analyst that said Apple was aiming for an AMOLED iPhone by 2018.

Kuo cited that he believes Apple will decide between a glass, plastic and ceramic casing for the 2017 model, but will ultimately settle on glass, as it did with the iPhone 4, given that “plastic doesn’t offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic.”

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Rumor: FBI reaches out to Israeli mobile forensics company Cellebrite to help unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016, 07:31
Category: iPhone, Rumor, security

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When in doubt, go to the Israelis for help.

The so-far unnamed third party that’s helping the FBI try to unlock the iPhone 5c linked to the San Bernadino shootings is Cellebrite, a mobile forensics company based in Israel.

The FBI has reportedly contacted Cellebrite to help break the encryption on the infamous iPhone according to sources close to the story. Cellebrite has not responded to the report. But if it is indeed the “third party” in question, and it is able to break into the terrorist’s iPhone, it would bring the high-stakes legal showdown between the government and Apple to an abrupt end. Cellebrite, considered one of the leading companies in the world in the field of digital forensics, has been working with the world’s biggest intelligence, defense and law enforcement authorities for many years. The company provides the FBI with decryption technology as part of a contract signed with the bureau in 2013.

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Rumor: Apple working on “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks for second quarter

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, 08:53
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor

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It wasn’t mentioned in the press event yesterday, but Apple may have some “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks en route.

According to the sometimes-very-accurate DigiTimes, Apple may have the new notebooks ready for the end of the second quarter.

The second calendar quarter ends on June 30, meaning that new Macs could feasibly be introduced by WWDC 2016, which will likely take place between June 13-17 based on scheduling information available from the Moscone Center.

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Rumor: 9.7-inch iPad to begin at $499

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Date: Friday, March 18th, 2016, 08:21
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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With the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s announcement around the corner, a fairly grounded set of rumors pertaining to the price have surfaced.

The tablet will arrive at a starting price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and the high end will arrive with 128 GB of storage and Wi-Fi/LTE capability, albeit its final price is not yet known.

Apple is expected to announce the new iPad at its media event on Monday, March 21st.

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iPhone SE leak indicates 16GB base capacity, NFC chip for Apple Pay

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Well, this kind of thing happens sometimes.

Supply chain personnel in China have apparently snapped a specifications sticker for the upcoming iPhone SE.

According to the sticker, Apple will drop the “5” from the new handset’s name, sticking instead with “iPhone SE.” The device will be available in a 16-gigabyte capacity and carry an NFC chip for Apple Pay support.

The leaker also seemed to indicate that the iPhone SE will arrive in a 64-gigabyte configuration, with four color choices — presumably silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. The tipster also wrote that the overall design of the iPhone SE is similar to the iPhone 6s, which matches up with numerous previous predictions.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus could incorporate 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 09:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s been speculated that Apple could sell an iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage, the NAND flash memory chip hailing from SanDisk.

Italian website HDblog has shared pictures of a SanDisk 256GB NAND flash memory chip that could be appropriate for the next-generation smartphone.

Apple has used SanDisk flash memory chips in a number of previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, while other models have used NAND flash chips from Samsung, SK Hynix, and Toshiba.

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Evidence begins to point towards Energous’ development of long-range wireless charging technology for upcoming iPhone models

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 08:22
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There’s evidence that Apple is looking towards a wireless charging feature for its upcoming iPhone models, albeit it’s been a bit scattered.

It was reported in January that Apple has been working on a wireless-charging technology with partners that would allow its devices to siphon power from “further away from than the charging mats used with current smartphones.”

A Morgan Stanley analyst note from February says the same thing: It expects wireless charging to be added to the iPhone in the next year or two, based on industry experts.

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