Foxconn insists robot workers will assist, not replace, human workers on iPhone 6 assembly line

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 11:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

The Foxbots will work alongside and assist their human counterparts and won’t actually replace them…

Per Taiwan’s United Daily News, the 10,000 robotic workers deployed by Foxconn will play a limited role alongside the humans. According to industry insiders, the robots will assist in iPhone 6 production by locking down screws, polishing parts and performing menial duties once installed on the assembly line.

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Purported iPhone 6 front panel video emerges, shows unit successfully enduring extreme abuse

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Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, 08:13
Category: Uncategorized

You’re going to like the iPhone 6′s front glass component.

Per AppleInsider, hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple’s rumored sapphire crystal “iPhone 6″ display on Monday, a short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.

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Uploaded to YouTube by tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, the video takes a close-up look at the purported iPhone 6 display, but goes further by attempting to scratch, bend and break the part. The display performed surprisingly well and came out of testing unscathed.

Brownlee said the component is made of sapphire crystal and came straight off Apple’s assembly line in Asia, but provided little evidence to support his claims. A number of manufactured materials offer similar properties to those shown off in the video, including Corning’s Gorilla Glass which Apple currently uses in its portable products. The glass maker said its next-generation Gorilla Glass 3 is more resistant to scratches, flexing and shattering than certain sapphire formulas.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate thinner, higher capacity batteries into upcoming iPhone 6 models

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Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014, 12:17
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone’s battery could last that much longer.

Per Chinese web site IT168, Apple may be incorporating a 1,000 mAh battery in its upcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and a 2,500 mAh battery in the 5.5-inch model.

The end result could be a battery with a larger capacity, an increase of 60 percent from the iPhone 5s to the new battery for the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

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Leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 component could show focus on one-handed use

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Date: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014, 11:01
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The iPhone 6′s front display could be designed around one-handed use.

Per AppleInsider and Chinese web site iFanr, a series of leaked images and a video, the component could be designed around one-handed use, a concept that Apple seemed to have been toying with in 2012, although the company later opted for a larger display on the iPhone 5 and 5s handsets.

The site noted that the edges of the glass have an “arc” to them, sporting curved edges as opposed to the rounded off corners on the iPhone 5 class. The alleged “iPhone 6″ front glass is also noticeably thinner than its predecessor.

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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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Apple releases iOS 7.0.3 update, addresses accelerometer, security, assorted issues

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Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 23:37
Category: iOS, News, Software

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You’ve been hankering for this fix.

On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 7.0.3, an updated new version of its operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The new operating system, which weighs in as a 59.1 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices.

- Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts.

- Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use.

- Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search.

- Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users.

- Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating.

- Improves system stability when using iWork apps.

- Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue.

- Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice.

- Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode.

- Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation.

- Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive.

- Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text.

- Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software.

iOS 7.0.3 is available via iTunes or Over-The-Air updating and requires an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, iPad 2, third or fourth-gen iPad, iPod Touch 4th Gen or iPad Mini to install and run.

If you’ve tried the updates and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Skype for iPhone, iPad updated to 4.13, receives iOS 7 UI overhaul, other fixes

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Date: Monday, October 7th, 2013, 07:51
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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On Monday, Skype released version 4.10 of its iOS app.

According to 9to5Mac, the new version includes the following fixes and changes:
- Refreshed look and feel for iOS 7.

Accessibility improvements, including:
- Improved accessibility of dialpad with touchtype support.

- VoiceOver announces the senders name when messaging.

- VoiceOver improvements for group chats.

- General fixes

The update, available as a free download from iTunes, requires iOS 5.0 or later to install and run and is suitable for all iPhones from the 3GS onward as well as all iPads and iPod Touches from 3rd Gen up.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Rumor: Fifth-generation iPad, iPad mini 2 to feature 8 megapixel cameras, Sony to function as exclusive sensor supplier

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Date: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 07:42
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, Rumor

You can’t say the rumor mill isn’t interesting.

Per AppleInsider and a recent report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPad and iPad mini will both sport 8 megapixel rear cameras with new lens elements from Genius and Largan. It’s also been rumored that the sensor modules will be provided solely by Sony.

In his note to investors, Kuo predicts Apple will launch the so-called “iPad 5″ and “iPad mini 2″ later in quarter four, with upgraded 8MP shooters and enhanced lens elements. Separately, an inside source tells stated that Sony nabbed all sensor orders bound for the next-generation tablets.

With the new Sony sensors, Apple will bump resolution to 8MP, up from 5MP in the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini. The boosted specs will be a first for Apple, which traditionally fields tablets with cameras comparatively lower in resolution than the flagship iPhone.

The source did not specify what type of module will be used, but it can be speculated that Apple will employ a backside illuminated component, possibly with larger 1.5-micron pixels, as seen in the iPhone 5s.

As for Kuo’s report, the analyst believes Apple will rely on camera upgrades to further differentiate the iPad from competitors in a tablet market becoming increasingly crowded with high-spec Android devices.

Apple’s previous ace in the hole, the Retina display, has been effectively implemented by a number of other manufacturers. Most recently, Amazon’s 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets boast pixel densities of 323 ppi and 339 ppi, respectively, much higher than the 264 ppi found in Apple’s fourth-generation iPad.

Along with the sensor upgrade, Kuo notes the iPad 5 will sport an updated five-element lens module with larger aperture manufactured by Genius Optics and Largan. The two firms are responsible for the optics used in Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c.

Finally, Kuo forecasts shipments of the iPad 5 at 1.2 million units and 10.5 million units for the third and fourth quarter, respectively. The iPad mini 2 stands at zero units in quarter three and 2.1 million units in quarter four. This last metric aligns with a report earlier today that claimed the mini would see severe supply constraints if launched this year.

This is all speculation at this point, but please stay tuned for additional details as we get them.

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2 update, fixes Lock Screen vulnerability

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Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 12:43
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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It got some negative attention and now it’s got a fix.

On Thursday, Apple released iOS 7.0.2, an updated new version of its operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The new operating system, which weighs in as a several hundred megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:
- Fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode.

- Reintroduces a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry.

iOS 7.0.2 is available via iTunes or Over-The-Air updating and requires an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPad 2, third or fourth-gen iPad, iPod Touch 4th Gen or iPad Mini to install and run.

If you’ve tried the updates and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

iSuppli runs numbers, finds $199, $183 build costs for iPhone 5s, 5c handsets

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Date: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, 07:47
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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If you’re wondering how much Apple’s new iPhone handsets cost to manufacture, they’ve got a number.

Per AllThingsD, a forthcoming IHS iSuppli report posits that Apple spends at least US$191 on components to build a 16GB model of the iPhone 5s and between US$167 and US$176 for a low-end iPhone 5c. Those prices are just a few dollars lower than what Apple spent in order to build the iPhone 5 according to iSuppli’s year-ago report on that device. The firm adds another US$8 in assembly costs for the iPhone 5s, while iPhone 5c assembly tacks on another US$7 to assemble, giving full construction estimates of US$199 for the 5s and between US$173 and US$183 for the 5c.

The iPhone 5, released in 2012, cost Apple about US$205 to produce and sold for between US$649 and US$849 off-contract. Apple saves about US$13 to produce the new high-end iPhone, even considering its beefed up processor and biometric sensor, and Apple sells it for the same price point.

Memory capacity plays a part in the price of an iPhone, with the jump from a 16GB module to a 64GB module adding US$19 to the component cost, plus another US$8 in assembly.

The display components are among the biggest cost contributors for the device, though, amounting to US$41 out of the component cost. IHS believes that Apple’s displays came from a number of vendors, including Sharp, Japan Display Inc., and LG Display.

The use of a polycarbonate shell for the iPhone 5c helps Apple drop the component cost of what is essentially an iPhone 5 even further. Whereas the iPhone 5 was machined from a single piece of aluminum in a costly process, Apple spends only US$173 to build a 16GB iPhone 5 model and US$183 to build the 64GB model.

IHS’ look at the new iPhones seems to agree with some observers’ opinion that the iPhone 5s, despite the addition of a number of technologies, is more of an incremental progression over its predecessor.

“I would say that they’re almost the same phone,” said IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler, “except for that the 5s has the fingerprint sensor, the A7 processor and some newer memory chips that consume less power. Beyond that, they’re basically the same.”

The lower production cost per unit could work in Apple’s favor going forward. The Cupertino company recently revised its guidance for the September quarter after selling more than nine million new iPhone units in the launch weekend. Part of that guidance revision was to orient investors to look toward the upper range of its previous estimate, possibly due to the improved margins on its hot-selling new devices.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.