Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could include cellular functionality

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Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 13:06
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables


While it’s been estimated that the Apple Watch has sold 12 million units within the device’s launch year, it’s hard to know exactly how many have gone out the door or what’s in store for the next generation.

Either way, a new rumor has it that that Apple Watch 2 will include cellular connectivity and a beefier processor so apps will load more quickly. That might mean yet another data plan to pay for, but the watch would function on its own instead of being tethered to an iPhone.


Rumor: Apple may switch away from Qualcomm for next-gen iPhone modems, could source from multiple vendors

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


It looks like Apple may be switching away from Qualcomm modems for its next-gen iPhones.

During Wednesday’s conference call to analysts, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said he is “assuming” a major Qualcomm customer will be giving modem orders to another company. While Mollenkopf didn’t mention Apple by name, Apple and Samsung are Qualcomm’s largest clients, and Samsung is already known to use multiple suppliers.


Rumor: Apple looking to shift from aluminum to “all glass” enclosure with AMOLED screen for iPhone 7

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Date: Monday, April 18th, 2016, 07:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor


When KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers a research note, people tend to listen.

Recently, Kuo offered a report stating that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This corroborates a previous report offering hints of a fairly radical redesign to be seen in the near term.

Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.


Rumor: Apple, Samsung Display sign $2.59 billion deal to supply 100 million OLED units to Apple in 2017

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung, Wearables


Past (and present) lawsuits aside, there’s plenty of money to be made when Apple and Samsung join forces to create something.

A new report has stated that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal to supply 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017.

The agreement between Apple and Samsung is reportedly worth around $2.59 billion and the two companies are expected to maintain the agreement for at least three years. Furthermore, the agreement is for 100 million 5.5-inch OLED displays. The report makes no mention of Samsung providing any 4.7-inch panels.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.”


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


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.


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


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.