New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor under screen of next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 10:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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A newly-published patent shows that Apple may be going the way of a bezel-free iPhone wherein the display extends all the way to the edges of the handset.

The patent describes three different technologies that can be used for fingerprint sensors, and says that the third of them – ultrasonic imaging – would not only allow the reader to be embedded into the display, but would also be even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used by Touch ID today.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update, includes fixes for iPhone SE among changes

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Date: Monday, May 16th, 2016, 13:16
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Software

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Apple released a smorgasbord of updates today, among them iOS 9.3.2.

The update, which can be snagged over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE.

– Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail.

– Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature edge-to-edge display, other features

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 09:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The idea of an edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone 7 is a concept at this point.

But it’s a pretty cool concept, you have to admit.

The current rumor has it that the iPhone 7 will sport a very similar look to the iPhone 6s line, an assortment of major form factor changes arriving in 2017. As of late, blogger John Gruber dropped some “scuttlebutt” over on his The Talk Show podcast, the rumors including an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

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Google releases Gboard, a third-party keyboard app, for iOS

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Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 08:25
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.

Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature same length, width as iPhone 6s

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Date: Monday, May 9th, 2016, 08:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The overall iPhone 7 shape and size may just be identical to that found in the iPhone 6s.

A purported sketch obtained by nowhereelse.fr points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The drawing, which has yet to be verified, shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

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T-Mobile to begin roaming, other services in Cuba this summer

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Date: Monday, May 9th, 2016, 08:23
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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This is sort of nifty.

T-Mobile on Monday announced a deal with Cuban carrier Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA) that will see its customers get access to voice, text and data while traveling to Cuba as well as lower rates on calls to landlines and wireless phones in the country from the US.

As of now, roughly 36.6% of Cuban-born wireless customers subscribe with T-Mobile.

Through the collaboration, customers will be able to make calls for $0.60 per minute from the US to landlines and wireless phones in Cuba via the carrier’s $15/month “Stateside International Talk” plan.

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Rumor: TSMC finalizing “A11” processor for limited production in Q2 2017

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Date: Friday, May 6th, 2016, 08:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It looks like Apple is starting the queue up design elements for its A11 processor.

Apple processor supplier TSMC is rumored to be designing an A11 chip that could be manufactured in small quantities as soon as the second quarter of 2017.

Sources have said the chip design is based on the 10-nanometer FinFET process TSMC is still working on. Certification for that process is only expected in the fourth quarter of 2016, and product samples would only be delivered to Apple in the following quarter.

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Apple vows to appeal Chinese court’s “iPhone” trademark ruling

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Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 07:56
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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It has to sting when a Chinese clothing company wins the exclusive right to the “IPHONE” name in court.

In a recent statement, Apple has declared that it will appeal a Chinese trademark ruling which saw the company lose exclusive rights to the iPhone name, allowing other Chinese companies to use the name for leather goods products. Obviously, the iPhone is Apple’s cash cow so the initial ruling was a big blow allowing legal dilution of its most-valuable brand.

Apple will take the appeal to the Supreme People’s Court, the highest court in the Chinese law system.

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Apple loses exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark name in China

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 13:37
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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Well, this is a bit awkward.

In a strange turn of events, Apple has lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name in China thanks to losing a trademark suit against a Chinese company which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE.”

The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, state media Legal Daily reported. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

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Rumor: Apple ups iPhone SE component orders to meet demand

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Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 08:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Even with declining iPhone sales, the iPhone SE might just prove to be a hit.

A new supply chain rumor has indicated that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

The supplies have been constrained since launch and as of Tuesday, predicted shipping times run from two to three weeks on Apple’s web site.

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