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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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Nielsen ratings show more than 54.5 monthly Apple Music app users in 2015

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Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 04:56
Category: Android, Apple Music, Google, News, Software

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While specific Apple Music user numbers have yet to be released, the early estimates are looking good.

A year end report from consumer research firm Nielsen states that Apple Music was one of the most popular smartphone apps of 2015, and with more than 54.5 million monthly users ranked among offerings from Facebook and Google.

Apple’s streaming music service came in at No. 9 on Nielsen’s Top Smartphone Apps of 2015 chart, notching over 54.5 million average monthly users in the U.S. from January to October. That number is up 26 percent compared to the same time last year, a growth rate second only to Facebook Messenger.

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Rumor: Apple developing higher-quality audio file format for use in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 21st, 2015, 11:46
Category: Apple Music, iOS, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, News, Rumor, Software

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You can’t knock an upgraded sound file.

Apple is rumored to be working on a higher-quality audio streaming file format for use in 2016 and beyond. Anonymous sources at the Portable Audio Festival in Tokyo cited that the company has been developing Hi-Res Audio streaming up to 96kHz/24bit in 2016.

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Facebook Messenger 52.0 adds Uber ride integration, 3D Touch, other features

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 05:46
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The Facebook Messenger app’s come a long way.

Now at a whopping version 52.0, the latest revision of the app has begun to offer Uber integration, as noted here:

Today, we’re expanding the services available to you with our launch of transportation on Messenger. With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app or leave a conversation. It’s super easy and doesn’t take you away from the plans that you’re making with your friends or family.

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Los Angeles transit information integrated into Apple Maps

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Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:57
Category: iOS, News, Software

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There’s a widespread love/hate relationship with Los Angeles, but at least now you can pull up its transportation data in Apple Maps.

Eagle-eyed IT professional Tom Bridge noticed that Apple has plugged LA’s transportation data into the its Maps app, including rail line schedules, dynamic advisories and integration with directions.

The updated data lets you plot out trips with public transportation options, check for delays at nearby metro stations and more. Apple has yet to announce the addition on its Feature Availability or mapping service acknowledgments webpages.

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Apple adds more than 60 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, rolls in BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:53
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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With 2015 almost gone, Apple added another chunk of banks and credit unions that accept Apple Pay, the big news being that BJ’s Wholesale Club is among the new entries and was the second retailer to allow their store cards to be added to the Wallet app and be used for Apple Pay.

As always, here’s the list:

– American Community Bank of Indiana

– American United Federal Credit Union

– Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union

– Aspire Federal Credit Union

– Bank of Colorado

– Bank of Montgomery

– Catholic Federal Credit Union

– Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

-CFCU Community Credit Union

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