Rumor: Apple working with Largan Precision to source “above 12-megapixel” lens modules for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

It’s a rumor, but it’s a nifty rumor.

A series of new reports from Apple’s supply chain suggests that the company has turned to its lens supplier for the next generation already in search of camera sensors in excess of 12 megapixels.

The rumor states that Large Precision was the only company to meet Apple’s yield rate requirements and that one of their factories in Taichung has been sourced for “above 12-megapixel lens modules.”

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Apple recategorizes sixth-gen iPod nano as obsolete, discontinues obligatory repairs and service for device

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, iPod Nano, News

As neat as the sixth-generation iPod nano is, it’s now officially obsolete.

Apple has updated its web site, stating that the device is no longer supported by Apple customer service for repair or servicing.

The move comes after Apple discontinued the entire iPad nano and iPod shuffle brands earlier this year. Now that the sixth-generation iPod nano is formally obsolete, Apple is not obligated to provide support except in California where state law requires extended coverage.

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Rumor: Siri could be activated via sleep/wake button given lack of physical Home button in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, 05:18
Category: Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Rumor

If you were worried as to how to activate Siri on a next-gen iPhone, which may or may not feature a physical Home button, you might just be about to hold down the sleep/wake button to trigger the virtual assistant.

The option was allegedly uncovered in source code by Brazilian iOS developer Guilherme Rambo. He didn’t say immediately identify which code, but Rambo was previously responsible for uncovering secrets from leaked Apple HomePod firmware, including the “iPhone 8’s” apparent “SmartCam” feature as well as leaking pictures of the Steve Jobs Theater as it enters its end stages of construction.

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Purported photos of iPhone 7s components, including logic board and A11 processor, leaked

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

A series of leaked photos has shown what might be iPhone 7s components.

The photos, tweeted by Benjamin Geskin, show what is purported to be an A11 processor, a logic board and other components.

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Rumor: Apple could be slating September 12th for next-gen iPhone announcement, wireless carriers to focus on date

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

It looks like Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 12th.

Citing a number of wireless carrier sources, Mac news site Mac4Ever says that mobile phone operators have already been told when to expect the Apple announcement as they have to prepare inventory and marketing for the imminent new devices.

While Apple has yet to release an official statement, the likely dates in the past have put the event between September 6th and the 12th.

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Rumored 3D sensing camera module for next-gen iPhone leaked

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Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

As of late Monday, a leaked photo had surfaced of an alleged leaked 3D sensing camera module destined for the upcoming “iPhone 8”. Apple is said to have radically revamped its front-facing camera for its OLED iPhone, adding 3D sensing capabilities for facial recognition.

The leak dovetails with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo having stated that the next-gen iPhone’s camera will consist of three modules: a standard camera front-facing camera module, an infrared transmitting module, and an infrared receiving module, all of which will allow the iPhone 8 to perform 3D sensing and modeling functions.

It’s also been rumored that the front facing camera might support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The rumor is based on code references found without the HomePod firmware leak. It’s also been argued that this feature could be limited to the rear camera as opposed to the rear camera.

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AirPod shipping estimates drop to two to three weeks

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, 05:29
Category: AirPods, Bluetooth, iPhone, News, retail

The shipping estimates for Apple’s AirPods are improving.

The current estimates have come down to two to three weeks in many countries around the world, suggesting Apple is one step closer to achieving supply/demand balance for the much-desired earphones.

The AirPods, which shipped back in December, have been in short support, with Apple estimating shipping times around six weeks. As of early August, these shipping estimates had dropped to four weeks.

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Rumor: Case manufacturer Nodus cites lack of Touch ID on next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

Sometimes it’s the case and accessory designers that have the most information about an upcoming Apple product.

Accessory maker Nodus has finalized the case design for Apple’s next-gen iPhone. The overall design appears largely congruent with recent parts leaks and supposed insider information, featuring a nearly bezel-free full-face display with telltale sensor “notch.”

Interestingly, Nodus’ design seems to corroborate the findings in Apple’s HomePod firmware leak. Specifically, the “iPhone 8” software will include graphical assets like a split status bar to present the sensor “notch” as an integrated piece of the onscreen UI.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could see increased thickness with switch to glass backing

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Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The next-gen iPhone could be a bit thicker than the current model.

A current rumor has it that one planned change for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones expected next month is a material return from aluminum backs to glass, and now a new rumor claims that shift will result in a slightly thicker casing.

Giga Apple, a German web blog, has cited a case maker who claims to have contacts within iPhone maker Foxconn. The blog has reported at least a 0.1mm increase in thickness. The blog quoted a leaked spec document that stated that the upcoming iPhone 7s will have a slight increase on all dimensions.

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New hints surface from leaked HomePod firmware, hunt at 240 fps 1080p video capture, biometric authentication for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 02:38
Category: Developer, HomePod, iOS, iPhone, Rumor, Software

As it’s being studied, the leaked HomePod firmware continues to be a treasure trove of upcoming Apple features for the upcoming iPhone.

In addition to recent findings, iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has uncovered even more strings hidden inside of Apple’s HomePod firmware, which could possibly point to new features in upcoming iPhone hardware.

The strings highlight the presence of a camera capable of supporting 240 frames per second video capture at a 1080p resolution. The current iPhone 7 is also able to capture video at 240 fps, but it’s limited to just 720p resolution. 240 fps video capture results in smoother slow motion video, and having that video at full HD resolution would make for a significant increase in quality.

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