Rumor: Apple to boost Touch ID component production, improve durability of units

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Date: Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 11:37
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

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The Touch ID sensor in the upcoming iOS devices (including the iPad) will be both more plentiful and more durable.

Per an article in the China Times, manufacturer TSMC will boost its Touch ID production 233 percent to 120 million units. The component will also purportedly become more durable in the process.

It’s been thought that Apple will incorporate the Touch ID sensor in both the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone handsets as well as the forthcoming iPad Air and iPad mini generations. Until now Touch ID has been limited to the iPhone 5s, in part because of the limited amount of sapphire available for cover glass. Apple has partnered with GT Advanced on at least one sapphire plant, however, which should make widespread use cost-effective.

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British iOS device repair firm finds connection between third-party USB adapters and damage to iPhone 5 power management components

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Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

You know those nice, cheap third-party iPhone cables you can buy for dirt cheap at the check out line at the convenience store? They might be capable of damaging a power management component in the iPhone 5 handset.

Per iOS device repair firm mendmyl, a series of damaged power management components in Apple’s iPhone 5 handset has been traced back to unofficial USB adapters as well as USB-to-Lightning cables.

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The working theory, though not officially confirmed, is that the third-party charging accessories do not properly regulate electrical current as it flows into the handset, which will then either burn out or render a power distribution component labeled “U2″, which is located just beneath the A6 processor on the iPhone’s logic board. The U2 component routes power to the iPhone 5’s battery and integrated charging controller as well as the sleep/wake button and controls certain USB functions for the handset.

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Will Siri have to answer to Samsung?

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Date: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Apple, Business, iPhone, Mac, News, Samsung, Siri, Software

siri-icon-ios7According to The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the voice-recognition tech company behind Apple’s Siri assistant may be in talks with Samsung to sell its technology to Apple’s most notorious competitor. Nuance has reportedly been in talks with several potential buyers as the company seeks to sell off its highly sought after voice-to-text translation software. According to some sources familiar with one of the companies involved, Samsung and other private-equity firms have been part of discussions surrounding a possible sale of the company. In addition to Siri, Nuance provides the technology behind Dragon Naturally Speaking software for both Mac and PC, as well as Samsung’s own phones, tablets, and wearable devices.

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Foxconn could include Sharp in production of next-gen iPhone displays

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Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014, 11:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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In spite of disagreements over the years, legal tussles and injunctions galore, there’s still money to be made in cranking out iPhone handset displays.

According to Electronista and the United Daily News, Apple’s main assembly partner, Foxconn, is in talks to use Sharp technology to help build iPhone and iPad displays. Sharp is presently one of several companies already involved in producing displays for Apple products, other partner companies including LG Display and Japan Display.

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New 5.5-inch iPhone 6 prototype comparison pictures leaked, additional details shown

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Date: Monday, June 16th, 2014, 11:06
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

The early iPhone 6 picture leaks continue and they’re churning up some interesting comparisons.

Per Boy Genius Report, Insider Sonny Dickson, who published images of unreleased Apple devices before their launch last year, has now posted new images on Twitter showing the two iPhone 6 models side by side.

In an interesting set of changes, the iPhone 6 phablet has the power button relocated to the right side and slimmer volume rockers. On the back, the 5.5-inch model has the same camera and antenna design as the current 4.7-inch model, including a new camera flash design, while on the front side the only thing different is a new hole next to the FaceTime camera.

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Apple recalls millions of European iPhone chargers, focuses on A1300 model

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Date: Friday, June 13th, 2014, 17:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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No one ever said a multi-million item recall would be pretty.

Per Boy Genius Report, Apple on Friday announced a new program that invites millions of iPhone users across 37 different countries to swap out their iPhone chargers, which may be faulty. According to Apple’s website, the company has determined that one of its iPhone charger models can potentially overheat and pose a safety risk. The company says overheating may onl occurs in rare cases, but it apparently decided to play it safe and offer users the opportunity to swap affected chargers out for newer models.

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Additional iPhone 6 production, comparison photos leaked

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Date: Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 11:11
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

The iPhone 6 leaks and early images continue…

Over on the Weibo photo sharing service, a user with the handle “dreamerJimmy” has posted additional shots of the supposed iPhone 6 design, including a comparison shot of the upcoming handset against the iPhone 5s. Apparently, dreamerJimmy was able to get early shots of the iPhone 5 and 5c handsets before their release, so the source seems reliable.

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Per 9to5Mac and French web site Nowhereelse.fr, in the first image, the much thinner bezels of the supposed new device can be clearly seen, to maximise the screen space on the front side. The distance between the Home Button and the display has also been shortened.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta hardware requirements released, remain unchanged since OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 11:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software

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If you’re running OS X 10.9 Mavericks, it looks like you’re going to be able to run OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Per AppleInsider, the following system requirements have been released for the first OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta:

– MacBook Pro: mid-2007 or newer

– MacBook Air: late 2008 or newer

– iMac: mid-2007 or newer

– Mac mini: early 2009 or newer

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PayPal is eager to integrate Touch ID

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Date: Friday, June 6th, 2014, 08:07
Category: Apple, Finance, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, retail, security, Services, Software

touch-id_PaypalLittle was said about Touch ID in the WWDC keynote except that the API would be opened to third-party developers for use in iOS 8. Craig Federighi did show a nice pie chart claiming that since the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, 83% of users now use passcodes, up from the 49% that used their iPhone’s security previously. Just days after this announcement, PayPal is reportedly dipping their toes into the Touch ID API with hopes of incorporating fingerprint recognition into their iOS app’s authentication system. This isn’t really surprising as it has already done this on Android with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Hopefully the process will be more hacker-proof on iOS.

PayPal may just be the first of several companies including other mobile payment services, banks, and even large retail chains, to take advantage of access to Apple’s fingerprint scanner. Getting users familiar with using Touch ID for purchases may be just the first step in Apple’s own long rumored plans to get into the mobile payments game, using it in tandem with their Passbook software. Apple is expected to start building Touch ID sensors into all of its mobile hardware soon. Here’s hoping the technology becomes more reliable than many users’ past experiences or people may get frustrated with the process and just not use it.

 

 

Your next Apple headphones may have a Lightning connector

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Date: Thursday, June 5th, 2014, 08:50
Category: Accessory, Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Lightning, music

iPhone5-lightningAccording to 9to5Mac, Apple has quietly introduced a new specification in its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program that allows headphones that connect to iOS devices use a Lightning connector instead of the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. The ability to use such hardware doesn’t exist on iDevices yet, but a software update sometime in the future will likely enable this function. The advantage of using a Lightning connection would be to create “smarter” headphones.

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