Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-gen handset

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the well-known “Plus” moniker for its next-generation 5.5-inch dual-lens iPhone, and drop any reference to “Pro” altogether.

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Apple rolls out iPhone carrier billing systems in Taiwan, Switzerland

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Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016, 07:17
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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This could be helpful if you’re traveling.

Apple on Tuesday launched a new carrier billing options in Taiwan and Switzerland that lets users charge iTunes purchases directly to their monthly cellphone bill.

Like carrier billing systems already available in Germany and Russia Apple’s Taiwan rollout lets customers pay for apps, music, Apple Music subscriptions and more using their phone number.

The same features have also been rolled out in Switzerland and in Taiwan, the alternative payment plan will first be available to monthly contract customers for area telecom Far EasTone.

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Rumor: New Space Black iPhone 7 shots emerge

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 07:26
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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Some new photos of a Spack Black iPhone 7 have surfaced and they’re starting to look good, even at lower quality.

Since June, the idea of a Space Black color has been floated and considered to be a fairly credible rumor. Other color possibilities, such as a dark blue next-gen iPhone, seem to have gone by the wayside and become that much less likely. Still, this one is holding on and gaining credence at this point in time.

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Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for this yet to be be announced

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2016, 07:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.

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Apple patent hints at wearable device sporting electrocardiographic features

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 14:20
Category: Apple, Hardware, News, Patents

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Apple may in fact be working on an EEG device or functionality.

A recently published Apple patent application filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company’s continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

The patent application addresses a wearable, not specifically the Apple Watch, that can be used on any limb of the body, and compensates automatically for differences in electrocardiographic measurements on side of the body, or distance from the heart. The measurement is started by the user pressing a surface electrode on the device, with the measurements and data correction necessary taking place after a period of measurement.

There’s no direct sign of the Apple Watch within the filing and the device is replaced by a generic graphic of a wearable technology in the diagrams.

A rumor on Tuesday suggested that Apple was looking at developing an entirely new piece of health-tracking hardware for a launch in 2017. The report pointed to a product that would “accurately collect users’ personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information.”

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Rumor: New photos show gold iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, photos, Rumor

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It’s time for photo leaks of the next-gen iPhone again.

A series of high-resolution leaked images show what are apparently an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The photos claimed that in addition to the usual color options of Rose Gold, Gold, and Silver, Apple will offer the new iPhone in a variant of Blue. This resurfaces a rumor from earlier in the summer, which was believed to ultimately be a mistake and that this “Deep Blue” iPhone 7 is actually just a new shade of Space Gray.

The photos show both the front and rear side, albeit it’s difficult to confirm if the rumor regarding a traditional, tactile Home button instead of the flush, Force Touch-enabled Home button is present.

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Rumor: 4K video of purported iPhone 7 variants leaks, adds credence to previous rumors

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016, 12:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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This is the video you may have been hankering for.

A 4K video comparing three dummy iPhone 7 units has hit, the video lending credence to the rumor that Apple will offer the next-gen handset in two sizes.

The video, picked up by Dutch blog TechTastic.nl, was posted on YouTube by the account ‘Bshop Kuwa’, which appears to be linked to a Japanese iPhone reservation store.

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Rumor: Fully-functional Lightning-enabled EarPods may have been leaked

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016, 08:18
Category: Accessory, Hardware, iPhone, Lightning, Rumor

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These may be the real McCoy where the long-fabled Lightning-enabled EarPods are concerned. After a series of fakes were found online, MobileFun posted a video of a working pair of Lightning EarPods, and the overall look of the accessory appears more in line with Apple’s design than any of the previous leaks.

The structure features a clean, white design alongside left and right markers on each earpiece, in-line volume and play/pause controls. Interestingly, the in-line controls are placed farther down on the EarPods, directly below the right/left split in the cable design. If real, this would mark a design change from the current generation, which places the volume rocker along the right cable, above the bifurcation in the cord.

The most notable part is the addition of the Lightning plug on the EarPods, which lends credence to the idea that the 3.5 mm headphone jack will be removed from the next-gen iPhone. The plug on the Lightning-enabled EarPods appears slightly bigger than Apple’s traditional Lightning adapters thanks to the inclusion of a digital-to-analog converter needed for music playback and not just straightforward charging.

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Leaked pictures show alleged, fully-assembled next-gen iPhone, test software

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Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 08:09
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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This might just be the real McCoy.

A series of leaked pictures show what might be a fully assembled “iPhone 7,” with the shots showing a functional device that may have Apple’s hardware pre-release “Switchboard” toolset installed.

The pictures came from a China-based team that specializes in mobile device repair. Some applications are shown on the display such as the radio transmitting and receiving tester “WiPASmini,” as well as “MesaCal” which is used for testing Touch ID.

These applications are associated with Apple’s “Switchboard” pre-release testing suite, which has accidentally appeared on consumer devices from time to time.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to receive 3GB of RAM

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Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 07:13
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone could carry 3GB of RAM.

That’s the current rumor, as cited by noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Increasing built-in memory capacity at next-generation smartphones, including new iPhone devices, will further ramp up demand for memory products in the third quarter, said sources, noting that the mobile DRAM capacity of the next-generation iPhone is expected to increase to 3GB from 2GB previously.

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