Rumor: Apple could look to MediaTek for iPhone modem components as legal dispute with Qualcomm drags on

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, Rumor

Amidst the ongoing legal kerfuffle between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple may be eyeing a partnership with Taiwan’s MediaTek, which could supply baseband modem chipsets for iPhones beginning in 2018.

The story was first broken by DigiTimes, which has a hit-or-miss track record on stories such as these, but has landed some good scoops where iPhone components are concerned.

An anonymous source stated that MediaTek “has a chance” to secure modem orders from Apple. As of now, Apple has already transferred half of its iPhone modem chipsets from Qualcomm to Intel, following Apple’s lawsuit filed earlier this year, accusing Qualcomm of withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to feature upgraded TrueDepth camera system, larger-capacity batteries

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Date: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, 03:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

It’s thought that an upgraded TrueDepth camera system in a next-gen iPhone, while spiffy, will require larger-capacity batteries.

Per KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries.

The analyst offered the following quote regarding the topic:

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Apple admits to throttling iOS performance on older iPhone models since 2016, cites battery-related/altruistic reasons for practice

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:45
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Well, this isn’t good.

Following years of suspicion from critics, Apple may have admitted to secretly stifling the performance of older iPhones.

After years of anecdotal evidence that the company was purposely slowing performance to compel users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model, Apple admitted to the practice on Wednesday, offering the following comments as to the practice:

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Apple’s rumored “Marzipan” project might allow iOS apps to run under macOS, could be part of development efforts in 2018

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Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 03:12
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, macOS, News, Software, WWDC

A new Apple project could allow thousands of iOS applications to run under macOS.

Apple is reportedly working to overcome challenges in getting software developers to embrace the Mac App Store. With the expected upcoming changes, developers will be able to create a single application that can work with either a touchscreen, a mouse, or a trackpad.

The project, reportedly codenamed “Marzipan”, will allow macOS and iOS applications to essentially blur together with the hope that applications on the Mac will be updated more frequently and be of higher quality than their current state. A Bloomberg report cited the official Twitter app, which is regularly updated for iPhone and iPad, but less frequently so for Mac.

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iPhone X availability improves to same-day pickup in most Apple Store retail locations, one-day shipping times in the United States, United Kingdom

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Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 03:41
Category: iPhone, News, retail

If you’re looking to snag an iPhone X for the holidays, you’ll probably be in luck.

Apple’s updated online store now reflects the improved availability of the handset in the United States. As such, potential customers can most likely pick up an iPhone X from an Apple Store retail location or via next-day delivery.

According to the Apple website, orders in the United States for all combinations of color and capacity of the iPhone X are claimed to be “In Stock” for deliveries, with orders arriving with customers as soon as “Tomorrow.” This appears to apply to devices for all four major carriers, as well as the SIM-free variant.

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iOS 10.2 and later now include Emergency SOS feature

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Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017, 03:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

This could help keep you safe.

iOS 11 now includes an SOS feature which allows you to make emergency calls with three clicks of your iPhone’s sleep/wake button. Just click this button between sleep and wake mode three times and your iPhone will use your GPS coordinates to notify local emergency services.

You can find preferences for the feature under the general Settings feature, whereupon you can configure a countdown sound and whether emergency services require three or find clips of the sleep/wake button to activate. Users can also configure their medical information, which can be sent along to emergency services as well.

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iPhone X delivery times improve dramatically, drop to one to three days in some locations

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Date: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 03:32
Category: iPhone, News, retail

It’s now a bit more likely that the iPhone X you ordered will ship in as few as one to three days in some locations.

Apple’s website has U.S. orders for all iPhone X models attached to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as SIM-free versions, deliver in 3 to 5 days, a marked improvement over recent ship-by estimates. Shipments of T-Mobile iPhone X units are pegged at nine days.

The lead times have improved in international markets such as Canada and China, these countries both showing estimated delivery dates of one to three business days. In the European market, ship times in Germany and the UK pegged at 3 to 5 days, and France at nine days.

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Jony Ive to return to leadership post with Apple’s design team

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Date: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 03:14
Category: Hardware, iMac, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

The master is returning to head up Apple’s design team.

Per Bloomberg, Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, has reportedly resumed management of the company’s design team, in a move that should influence the direction of future products.

The news came from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman after Apple removed both Alan Dye and Richard Howarth from its Leadship profiles page. The pair had taken over daily affairs when Ive assumed the Chief Design Officer position in 2015.

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Rumor: Apple to release three new iPhone models in 2018, 6.1-inch unit could feature LCD screen, metal back

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Date: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 03:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The rumor mill is churning and it’s thought that Apple will release three iPhones in 2018, including two OLED models and one LCD model that could feature a metal back like the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, reports Nikkei.

Nikkei has cited an anonymous source “privy to the company’s product designs,” the source stating that one of Apple’s 2018 models will boast a 6.1-inch LCD display while the two OLED models will measure in at 5.8 inches and either 6.2 or 6.3 inches.

Apple’s LCD model will boast a metal back that will “come in several colors,” with the body for the device potentially being manufactured by Casetek, a Pegatron subsidiary.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate flexible circuit boards made from liquid crystal polymers in next-gen products

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, MacBook, retail, Rumor

Analyst and assorted Mac guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has issued a new investor note stating the Apple is working to integrate faster and more versatile circuit boards across its product lineup come 2018.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets currently use a new flexible circuit board made from liquid crystal polymer. Both phones use it in their antenna designs, while the iPhone X also uses it in its TrueDepth camera. This LCP FPCB technology allows for high-speed and low-latency data transfer.

Kuo has stated that manufacturer Career is presently working on incorporating this technology into the MacBook notebook lineup. Such a practice would allow Apple to save a considerable amount of internal space inside the casing as well as allow for easier adoption of USB 3.2 and other I/O ports.

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