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Rumor: Apple to remove headphone jack from next-gen iPhone, will opt for Lightning connection

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Date: Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 08:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Your next iPhone may not have a headphone jack at all.

The current rumor going through the supply chain is that Apple plans to remove the classic 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for both connectivity and audio output.

Multiple web sites, citing anonymous sources from within the suppliers, have stated that the unit will be without the headphone jack and that Apple is working on its own wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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Ford announces CarPlay for 2017 models with Sync 3 feature, offers Eyes Free for older models

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Date: Monday, January 4th, 2016, 07:11
Category: Android, CarPlay, Hardware, News, Software

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CarPlay will be coming to all 2017 Ford models equipped with the Sync 3 system. Ford has stated that the 2017 Escape, which goes on sale early this year, will be the first to receive CarPlay as well as support Android Auto.

Ford says that CarPlay will also be available as an upgrade to 2016 models later in the year.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus model to feature 256 GB of storage, 3,100 mAh battery

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Date: Monday, January 4th, 2016, 06:14
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is offering some neat options for the iPhone 7 Plus upon its release.

A current report states that the upcoming handset may feature a 256GB storage option and larger 3,100 mAh battery as two differentiating features over the smaller iPhone 7.

The report does not specify if the iPhone 7 Plus will still have 16GB base storage, or if Apple will opt for larger storage options such as 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, compared to the iPhone 6s Plus lineup of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models.

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AT&T confirms move away from two-year contracts, iPhone subsidies beginning January 8th, 2016

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Date: Thursday, December 31st, 2015, 08:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

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This will change your relationship with AT&T a bit.

Starting on January 8, 2016, AT&T will introduce a “pricing simplification effort” that will see the end of device subsidies and two-year contracts. According to an internal training document shared by Engadget, new and existing AT&T customers will only be able to purchase a smartphone at full price or with an AT&T Next payment plan going forward.

The leaked document states that the new rules apply to all of the phones AT&T sells, including smartphones, which will be paid for with new installment plans. Corporate users are said to be able to continue making two-year contract purchases, although it looks like this will change for the consumer market.

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Rumor: Apple “iPhone 6c” to see April 2016 launch, feature 1,642 mAH battery

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Date: Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, 08:31
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There might be a smaller version of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus en route.

Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6c” is rumored to have a 1,642 mAh battery, slightly larger than the iPhone 5s battery’s 1,570 mAh capacity, according to sources.

The report cited “insider Foxconn employees” and also corroborates multiple rumors claiming the 4-inch iPhone will feature an A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB base storage, Touch ID and the same 2.5d curved glass used on the iPhone 6 and later.

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Rumor: Apple said to be “close to agreement” with OLED suppliers for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The rumor mill is acting up with new claims that next-gen iPhones will switch over to OLED displays.

The current word around the camp fire is that LG and Samsung Display are close to a final agreement with Apple for the screens, adding the two Korean firms plan a combined 15 trillion won ($12.8 billion) in capital expenditure to build up OLED production capacity over the next two to three years.

Last month’s claims stated that Apple planned to switch over to OLED screens for the iPhone beginning in 2018, a move that suggests that Apple would stick with LCD units for the iPhone 7 model.

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Rumor: Apple looking into waterproof materials, antenna-concealing design for iPhone 7

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Date: Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 08:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If this is true, it could definitely help where your next-gen iPhone is concerned.

A new rumor has it that Catcher Technologies will help supply chassis components for upcoming iPhones said to be both waterproof and use “new compound materials” to conceal their antennas, according to a new rumor.

Catcher is said to be likely to supply 30 to 50 percent chassis shipments for the new hardware, thereby placing the company as Apple’s largest chassis partner.

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Pay Finders app uses crowd sourcing, allows users to find more than 12,000 Apple Pay vendors in the U.S.

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 11:17
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This could be pretty useful.

Brian Roemmele’s PayFinder app works via crowdsourcing to report over 12,000 merchants in North America that accept Apple Pay, 95 percent of them being small businesses. In parallel, its developer reported that the new app’s users have increased an incredible 750 percent over the past two days, indicating a lot of interest in Apple Pay.

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Hyundai to bring CarPlay features to select models in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 10:31
Category: CarPlay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It looks like CarPlay-based niftiness will be coming to assorted Hyundai models in 2016.

While Hyundai was among the first car makers to promise CarPlay in its vehicles as a selling point nearly two years ago, the automaker so far hasn’t actually shipped the update to add the feature it promised to customers.

This may change come the new year, as it’s been reported that Hyundai is committing to rolling out an update to add the feature early next year.

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Rumor: China Mobile product roadmap indicates 4-inch “iPhone 7c” for 2016

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Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 10:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Sometimes it’s the cell phone carriers that give away what’s coming down the road.

Wireless carrier China Mobile has apparently laid out its product roadmap for 2016, the roadmap itself mentioning a new Apple product. In April of 2016, China Mobile is expecting to launch the ‘iPhone 7c’. This seems to be the 4-inch iPhone device that has been rumored for several months, although the rumor mill moniker has generally settled on it being called the iPhone 6c. It’s also been reported that Apple might dub the handset the “iPhone 7c”.

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