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Rumor: Apple to bring Force Touch components, other new features to next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 08:27
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple may be bringing its Force Touch technology to the next generation of iPhones along with other changes.

A recent source has indicated that Apple partner TPK could be the sole supplier of force sensing components for the iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. If true, it’s estimated that the parts could increase the cost of the 6s Plus by US$13 to US$14, compared to the US$4 to US$5 it is believed to cost for each Apple Watch.

Such a move would follow Apple’s current practice of integrating more advanced technology in the larger iPhone. The iPhone 6 Plus boasts an optically-stabilized camera, an option that the smaller iPhone 6 lacks.
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Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

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It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.
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2015 Chromebook Pixel released, incorporates USB Type-C, other new features

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Date: Friday, March 13th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Hardware, News

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This USB-C thing isn’t limited to the 12-inch MacBook.

On Wednesday, Google released its 2015 Chromebook Pixel notebook. The new unit incorporates USB Type C, which allows charging as well as high-speed data and display over the same connector and cable. The new Chromebook Pixel incorporates a high-resolution touchscreen, a sleek aluminum body, and smooth glass trackpad as well as a new wide-angle camera lens.

Also featured is 8GB RAM and a 32GB SSD. There’s also an LS (“Ludicrous Speed”) version that’s even faster, both variants claiming 12 hours of battery life and a charging technology that allows for to two hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.

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Apple patent shows potential use of shifting mirrors to help camera/optical stability

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Date: Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents, Pictures

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When in doubt, use mirrors.

A recently published patent application posted on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site shows that Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

The patent, entitled “Mirror Tilt Actuation,” describes an image sensor for small, multifunction devices like an iPhone that would compensate for the user’s hand movement to improve picture quality.

Apple introduced optical image stabilization in its products last year with the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller iPhone 6 accomplishes this through software, while the larger iPhone 6 Plus also uses hardware OIS for superior image taking capabilities.

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To conquer the iPhone, you must first beat its camera

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Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2015, 15:29
Category: Android, Fun, iPhone

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This is worth reading.

An interesting piece over on The Verge discusses one of the iPhone’s chief strengths: being able to take a good picture with almost no fiddling with the controls and being able to take a clear, sharp picture on the very first attempt. This contrasts with the author’s description of his “routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself” and his realization of gadget envy in this regard.

The author then goes on to state that “I saw more iPhones in the hands of CES attendees than I did Android phones across the countless exhibitor booths. From the biggest keynote event to the smallest stall on the show floor, everything was being documented with Apple’s latest smartphone, and it all looked so irritatingly easy. I don’t want an iPhone, but dammit, I want the effortlessness of the iPhone’s camera.”

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Google Translate app updated, now offers Word Lens, fast live action translation

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 11:11
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It always helps to know the local language.

According to the Google blog, Google has released a new version of Translate for Android and iOS.

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Apple panics GoPro stock price with recently-released wearable camera patent

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Date: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, 15:06
Category: Hardware, News, Patents, Wearables

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Wearable camera maker GoPro’s stocks took a 12 percent dive yesterday as a result of Apple expressing an interest in its market.

Per Macworld and PatentlyApple, an Apple patent application for a wearable camera was approved, the end result sending GoPro’s stock price tumbling. The application itself details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

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iPhone 6 optical image stabilization, NFC systems may be vulnerable to interference from strong magnets

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Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014, 11:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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A powerful magnet can still screw up your day.

Or your iPhone 6′s camera stabilization and NFC systems.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of users have noticed issues with the iPhone 6 Plus camera and NFC on both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the cause of the problem — interference from magnets and metal components in accessories — isn’t well documented.

The cause of the issue has been noticed by a small number of users online, and Apple does briefly warn users to avoid accessories that use magnets or metal components in a support document that was quietly updated in the months following the launch of the new iPhones. But it’s not something most users are aware of when purchasing accessories that might end up causing problems for their new iPhone.

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Apple patent explores Gorilla Glass 4, “fall sensor” for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, 18:20
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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Gorilla Glass 4 and a new motion sensor might be the thing that saves your iOS devices from nicks, dents and scratches in the future.

Per Macworld and Forbes, Apple has recently published a patent that covers a “protective mechanism for an electronic device” that would use a motion sensor to tell the processor when your phone is in a freefall. The processor would then “alter the center of mass of the electronic device” so your phone wouldn’t fall on its most sensitive parts like the screen or camera.

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IHS iSuppli completes iPad Air 2 teardown, estimates slightly higher manufacturing and component costs

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Date: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 15:21
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPad

As is customary, the new iPad Air has been torn down to get an approximate fix on his much its component pieces retailed for.

The answer for the iPad Air 2 is about US$275.

Per MacRumors and Re/code, research firm IHS iSuppli has torn down the new iPad Air 2 in an attempt to estimate Apple’s component costs for the device. According to IHS iSuppli’s estimates, the 16 GB iPad Air 2 costs Apple roughly US$275 to build, just one dollar more than last year’s iPad Air.

The report unsurprisingly points out that Apple benefits from stronger profit margins as users move to higher capacity models, with Apple paying only about US$50 more for 128 GB of storage compared to the base 16 GB configuration while charging users US$200 for the upgrade. Still, Apple’s move to eliminate the 32 GB option and slide the 64 GB and 128 GB models down US$100 has slightly eroded Apple’s profit margins at the top end.

The latest report from the research firm IHS, shows that the base model of the iPad Air 2, the 16-GB Wi-Fi version, which sells for a price of US$499, costs $275 to build, exactly one dollar higher than the previous base model. The top-end model, the 128-GB LTE version costs which sells for US$829, costs US$358 to manufacture.

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