TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer for iPhone 7’s A10 processor, will begin full production in June

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Date: Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

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It looks like TSMC will be taking on the full manufacturing load for the iPhone 7’s processor.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced that they’ve reached a deal to produce the A10 processor and will most likely use a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. Full production is slated to begin in June.

Along with the 10-nanometer production process, TSMC is said to have beaten out rival Samsung for the contract given its better power performance and efficiency.

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Rumor: Apple working with partners to develop wireless charging feature for next-gen iOS devices

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 11:42
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Rumor

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It’s about time for wireless charging to come to your iOS devices.

That being said, Apple is rumored to be working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to sources close to the story.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the sources said, asking to remain anonymous. Apple is apparently looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed.

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Apple acknowledges battery percentage indicator bug for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhones, states fix is in the works

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Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 08:43
Category: battery, iPhone, News, Software

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Well, this is why they invented software updates.

Following a plethora of complains, Apple recently posted a new support document acknowledging an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that causes the battery percentage indicator in the status bar not to update as the battery itself drains. This means that the battery percentage icon could display that you have much more battery life left than you actually do.

The support document states that Apple is working to address the issue and assures issues that the company is working on a fix. Strangely, Apple also states that the issue is caused by time zone changes, whether done manually or automatically while traveling.

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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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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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Jackery Giant + allows for two devices to be charged simultaneously, sports, 12,000 mAH battery

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Date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, News

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This is one of those accessories for when you don’t have time to muck about.

Or want to charge two accessories at once.

The Jackery Giant + by Jackery allows for two devices to be charged simultanesouly. The unit is powered by a 12,000 mAH battery and features some pretty nice specs, including a 10.4 ounce weight and 2.9 full charge cycles for even an iPhone 6s Plus.

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Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to OLED displays in 2018

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:07
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED displays hold up over time versus LCD displays before committing to the switch. Both Samsung and LG, which currently produce OLED panels, are expected to be primary suppliers of OLEDs for iPhones, which would negatively impact current LDC display partners Sharp and Japan Display.

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iFixit completes teardown of iPad Air, posts findings

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 07:22
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News

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Without question or delay, the coolest of felines over at iFixit tore the new iPad Pro down and posted the results.

And there’s some pretty cool stuff in there.

The teardown process found the following components within the unit:

– A 38.8 watt-hour battery split into two cells.

– Four self-balancing speakers with accompanying enclosures.

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Facebook iOS app update resolves battery drain, reasons for the bug explored

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015, 08:12
Category: iOS, News, Software

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With any luck, this nipped the Facebook app’s battery drain issue.

Facebook on Thursday released a new version that it states will fix a major battery draining bug that some Facebook users have been experiencing in recent weeks. Affected users were seeing large amounts of battery drain on their iPhones due to Facebook running in the background, something that happened even when background app refresh was toggled off in the Settings app.

While the app’s release note don’t specifically reference the issue, Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant wrote a post explaining the issues behind the battery drain and what Facebook has done to fix it. According to Grant, there were several factors that contributed to the problem, including a “CPU spin” in the network code and silent background audio sessions that kept the app awake even when it wasn’t open.

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Apple releases watchOS 2.0.1 update, offers multiple fixes, access to new emoji symbols

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Date: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 04:18
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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It’s not a huge update, but it could offer a few handy fixes.

On Wednesday, Apple released watchOS 2.0.1, the latest update for its Apple Watch operating system.

The update includes the following fixes and new features:
– Improvements for poor battery life.

– Fixes for stalling software updates.

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