Rumor: Apple to debut Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC in June

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:02
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, macOS, News, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

Apple may have an Echo competitor in the works that could be announced at WWDC next month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in with details on Apple’s first home artificial intelligence product in a note to investors on Monday. In the note, Kuo stated that he believes there is more than a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the product at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, before launching it in the second half of the year.

Kuo also stated that the device would feature a woofer and seven tweeters in order to provide rich sound. He also stated that the unit will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer.

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Rumor: Apple to improve battery life in next-gen iPhone via 2-cell design, transition to OLED display

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Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2017, 05:41
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

The current rumor has it that the next-gen iPhone’s battery will be able to get over power consumption and space-related hurdles, potentially allowing for longer battery life than ever.

Rumor has it that this year’s flagship “iPhone 8” will boast a large 2,700 mAh battery, on par with the high-end 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

The next-gen iPhone is said to have dimensions similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, which features a 1,960 mAh capacity battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery.

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Rumor: Apple could be exploring space-based broadband Internet options via ex-Google hires, discussions with Boeing

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Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 05:19
Category: Rumor

Apple may be getting involved in orbital communications satellites.

A recent report has stated that Apple poached two Google satellite executives to form a new hardware team within the company. The new hires, John Fenwick and Michael Trela, headed up Google’s spacecraft operations and satellite engineering, respectively.

The report noted that both Fenwick and Trela will report to Greg Duffy, the founder of Dropcam who was hired by Apple earlier this year. The trio is though to be working on a project to develop Apple’s own satellite program to beam broadband Internet access to assorted locations.

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Rumor: Intel to unveil Basin Falls platform in May, could launch Coffee Lake chips in August

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iMac, Mac Pro, Processors, Rumor

Intel is rumored to be moving the launch of its 13-nanometer Coffee Lake processors from January 2018 to August of 2017 due to “increasing competition from AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors.”

The rumor has it that Intel will release several K-series Core i3, i5, and i7 processors starting in August, along with its Z370 chipsets. Additional CPUs will come at the end of 2017 or early in 2018.

Intel is also rumored to be unveiling its Basin Falls platform, complete with its Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which is set to take place two months earlier than usual and will run from May 30th to June 3rd.

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Rumor: Apple to continue supplying Lightning to 3.5 millimeter headphone adapter with next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor, USB-C

Apple seems likely to continue bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with its new lineup of iPhones this fall. The inclusion, which was implemented with the release of the iPhone 7 last fall, was put into place to help ease the transition to a handset without a traditional 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

The news is according to a research note out today from Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis who speculates that Apple will likely drop the complimentary adapter sometime in the future, possibly with the 2018 lineup.

Curtis offered the following comment in his notes:

Debate whether Lightning adapter stays in box, we believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model

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Rumor: Next-gen “iPhone Edition” to feature polished stainless steel frame, vertical camera for VR photography

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Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, 05:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

There has to be a nugget of truth in all these rumors.

Apple’s widely rumored and anticipated iPhone with an OLED display is said to feature a polished stainless steel enclosure sandwiched between front and back glass. This is the same iPhone 4-like design that reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has expected since last year.

The handset, which has been rumored to be called the “iPhone Edition”, will feature an improved variant of the Apple Watch’s stainless steel enclosure. As such, it’s thought to include a conventionally flat OLED display with 2.5D cover glass along the edges.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch may include glucose sensors, address diabetic market’s concerns

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Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2017, 05:11
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

The next-gen Apple Watch may feature glucose sensors.

CNBC, citing sources close to the story, has reported that Apple has reportedly hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive glucose sensors for integration in Apple Watch, a solution that could lead to continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels for users with diabetes.

The small biomedical group is apparently part of a “super secret” initiative, first imagined by late cofounder Steve Jobs, to create a noninvasive glucose monitoring solution. The company is said to have been working on the project for five years now.

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Analyst: Apple may be developing its own power management chips, could be veering away from Dialog

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Date: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

Apple may be developing its own power management chips according to a report from German private bank Bankhaus Lampe.

The report, which was released on Tuesday, precipitated a sharp drop in the share price of Dialog Semiconductor, which functions as Apple’s current supplier.

Per analyst Karsten Iltgen:

“The teams of both companies collaborate very closely and thus, Dialog cannot be replaced by a third-party supplier. However, Apple itself could replace Dialog.”

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Apple patent application hints at waterproof next-gen AirPods case capable of charging assorted devices

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2017, 05:50
Category: AirPods, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, MacBook, Rumor

Sometimes it’s the patent applications that offer the most insight.

A recently published patent application from Apple highlights the notion of a future AirPods case that could also serve as a wireless charging dock for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

The patent application depicts the AirPods charging case doubling as a charger for a variety of products, including the Apple Watch, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone may be available for pre-order in September, some shipments may be delayed until “several weeks later”

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2017, 05:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

The next-gen iPhone may ship a bit later than usual.

A new rumor has it that the upcoming handset will likely be available to pre-order in September, but deliveries of the 5.8-inch model will not begin until “several weeks later” according to longtime Apple analyst Brian White.

White issued the following comments in his research note to investment banking for Drexel Hamilton:

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