KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report stating that the 2017 iPhone will feature wireless charging for the first time ever. Instead of plugging in a cable, iPhone 8 owners will be able to charge their batteries using an inductive pad similar to how the Apple Watch charges. While many Android phones support wireless charging with plastic and metal chassis, the report says Apple’s switch to a glass casing for iPhone 8 will enable wireless charging at fast speeds with minimum disruption from frequency interference.
The report also stated that Apple may not bundle a wireless charger with every new model and that these may be limited to the more-expensive, higher-capacity units. Apple is though to be aggressively pursuing wireless charging through 2018 and buyers of base end models may have to buy an additional accessory for this feature.
An Apple patent published on Tuesday showed the company’s years-long investigation into a hinged iPhone format, the designs calling for a flexible metal-backed OLED display capable of being folded in half.
The patent, numbered 9,504,170 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and dubbed “Flexible display devices”, describes an iPhone with a foldable full-screen display. Such a device could be folded in half and easily put away.
In order to achieve the flexibility required, the document proposes nitinol, a nickel and titanium alloy known for its elasticity and unique shape memory abilities. Alternative embodiments involve flexible polymers.
The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro notebooks has its fans and its detractors, but the fact that developer Adam Bell was able to run a copy of the classic shooter “Doom” on it is nothing short of awesome.
Keep in mind that since the Touch Bar is essentially a mini Apple Watch jammed above the notebook keyboard, there’s no reason it too can’t get involved. Bell stepped up to the plate for this one, uploading the following killer video to YouTube:
If you’re an iPhone 6s owner, you might want to look into this.
Apple has launched an iPhone 6s repair program focused on users that are affected by a battery flaw that causes their iPhone 6s to unexpectedly shut down.
Apple claims that the issue plagues “a very small number of iPhone 6s devices” that were manufactured between September and October of 2015. To remedy the problem, Apple is offering to replace the battery on affected units, free of charge.
The company has pointed out that this issue does not affect user safety in any way and offered the following comment on the issue:
As much as you love your AirPort router, it may be the last of its kind.
Apple has apparently disbanded its wireless router division, having moved personnel away from this to focus on products that generate more revenue.
Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said sources who asked not to be named because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced.
The bad news is that Apple may be throttling the LTE performance on the Verizon iPhone 7 to keep it on par with the AT&T model. According to research conducted by Twin Prime and Cellular Insights, the Verizon iPhone 7 performs about as well as the AT&T iPhone 7, but it does not reach the data transfer speeds that it is capable of hitting.
The Verizon (and Sprint) iPhone 7 models use different LTE hardware than the AT&T (and T-Mobile) iPhone 7 models, adopting a Qualcomm LTE modem instead of an Intel LTE modem.
The Qualcomm modem is capable of reaching a maximum theoretical download speeds of 600Mb/s, while the Intel LTE modem tops out at 450Mb/s, but the Qualcomm-equipped Verizon iPhone 7 is only marginally outperforming the AT&T iPhone 7. Researchers believe Apple may be hobbling the Verizon iPhone 7 by not taking advantage of “a crucial component,” thereby ensuring all models of the iPhone 7 perform at a similar level.
Apple has responded to the “touch disease” issue present in some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units and has offered a reduced repair price of $149 to resolve the issue.
The problem, described in August as “touch disease” by repair guide website iFixit, is characterized by a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and an unresponsive touchscreen. The issue affects both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
This definitely qualifies as a mess between privacy, security and law enforcement.
While Apple emerged as a guardian of privacy earlier this year, fighting the FBI’s demands to help crack San Bernadino shooter Syed Farouk’s iPhone, implementing improved encryption for all its handsets and refusing to undermine that encryption, it appears that private data is being sent to the iCloud without user consent.
Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has found that Apple’s mobile devices automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled — but the data gets uploaded in many instances without user choice or notification.
“You only need to have iCloud itself enabled” for the data to be sent, said Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft.