GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, could raise production of sapphire coating materials for iPhone 6, other devices

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Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 10:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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Apple should be able to make its quota for items that require a sapphire coating, especially the iPhone 6, with the opening of GT Advanced Technologies’ new factory in Arizona.

Per AppleInsider, GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

In its released results for the second fiscal quarter of 2014, the company revealed that its 1.4 million-square-foot plant in Arizona — a joint Apple build dubbed Project Cascade — is nearing completion, meaning the facility’s output should hit mass production levels in the near future.

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iPhone 6 clones almost perfectly mimic an Apple device

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Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Android, Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone 6, User Interface

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Apple may have a new competitor to its upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6, but now they’ll have to compete against their own designs. Some sources have been reporting that iPhone 6 “clones” are showing up in China that closely resemble the so-called iPhone 6 prototypes that have been leaked. One such reporter, Danny Winget, got his hands on one and created a video showing off the device. The device looks like it is running iOS (although he keeps saying iOS 8, I don’t see anything indicating this instead of iOS 7), but the device is in fact running a version of Android with an impressive iOS makeover.

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Rumor: 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could feature larger, more powerful processor

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Date: Monday, August 4th, 2014, 11:19
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It may pay to go with the larger iPhone 6 size upon its release.

Per AppleInsider, at least one Wall Street analyst believes that the component makeup of the rumored 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch “iPhone 6″ variants will diverge when it comes to their application processors and touch modules.

Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri cited Asian supply chain checks when making the prediction in a Monday morning note to investors.

Arcuri’s sources signaled that the 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a more powerful application processor than its smaller sibling, though no details were given as to the disparity. Apple has made similar moves in the past; the A7 processor in the iPad Air is clocked at 1.39 gigahertz, for instance, compared to 1.29 gigahertz for the otherwise-identical part in the iPad mini with Retina display.

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Apple Store locations to begin repairing damaged iPhone 5s screens on August 4th

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Date: Friday, August 1st, 2014, 10:59
Category: iPhone, News

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If you drop your iPhone 5s and crack its screen, you’ll be able to take it to an Apple retail store location.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores via its Genius Bars in the coming days, according to several sources.

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Images of possible iPhone 6 Home button surface

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Date: Friday, August 1st, 2014, 10:32
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures

This could be what the upcoming iPhone 6 Home button will look like in both its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch incarnations.

Per French web site nowhereelse.fr and AppleInsider, a pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple’s anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch “iPhone 6″ models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.

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Rumor: Apple to launch iPhone 6 handset on October 14th amid “incredibly busy” month

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Date: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 10:29
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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The current iPhone 6 rumor mill is now pointing towards a specific release date of October 14th, one month after an unveiling in September.

Per MacRumors, a source with knowledge of an Apple Store meeting has indicated that Apple is planning to announce the next-generation iPhone 6 at an event scheduled for September 16th, to be followed by an initial rollout on October 14th.

The source notes that a senior Store Leader mentioned October 14th as being an “immense” day for Apple, adding that the whole month of October would be very busy for stores and the company itself. Apple is also said to planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, coming a month ahead of the device’s launch.

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Facebook to remove messaging from iOS, Android apps, push users toward Messenger app

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Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 11:54
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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You’re going to have to start using Facebook’s Messenger app.

Per TechCrunch, Facebook has announced that the service will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, has begun rolling out the plan to its entire user base. The company has stated that people on Messenger reply about 20% faster, and not supporting multiple version of mobile chat will help it make both its main apps and Messenger better.

Mobile web, iPad, feature phone, Windows Phone, Paper, and desktop users can still message in their main Facebook apps or sites like before, and will be spared from this forced migration for now.

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Rumors of 5.5 inch iPhone 6 logic board with photos

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Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014, 16:47
Category: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, News, photos, Rumor

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Amid the many MANY iPhone 6 rumors comes this one from a Chinese repair company called GeekBar, who posted these pictures of what is supposedly the new logic boards for a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone 6. The boards do not have components attached, but some Chinese sources say that the new device will sport a next-generation “A8″ CPU, and have faster 802.11ac wireless networking chips as well as NFC hardware. Expectations of NFC (Near Field Communication) hardware in the iPhone have been around for some time, but Apple’s direction has clearly favored BlueTooth LE technology as used by their iBeacon hardware. The likelihood of any NFC hardware making it into Apple hardware is a stretch and questions the reliability of the report.

According to reports on the rumored 5.5 inch iPhone 6, manufacturing delays put the device’s debut closer to the end of 2014 or later.

 

 

Apple posts $37.4 billion in revenues, $7.7 billion profit for Q3 2014

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Date: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, 18:52
Category: Finance, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News

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Apple’s money train kept rolling into the third quarter.

Per Macworld, the company posted revenues of US$37.4 billion and a net profit of US$7.7 billion, making for a record June quarter for the company.

Those numbers were up from the third quarter of 2013, when Apple tallied US$35.3 billion in revenue and US$6.9 billion in net profit.

For the 2014 third quarter, Apple earned US$1.28 per diluted share, up from US$1.07 a diluted share the company earned in the year-ago quarter. Apple has declared a cash dividend of US$0.47 per share of the company’s common stock.

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Jonathan Zdziarski’s talk at hacker conferences shows backdoors on every iOS device, questionable services being run

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Date: Monday, July 21st, 2014, 16:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security

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There’s apparently a back door access point on every iOS device on the market.

Per The Apple Core, forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (in PDF format) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.

Zdziarski, better known as the hacker “NerveGas” in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is the author of five iOS-related O’Reilly books including “Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.”

In December 2013, an NSA program dubbed DROPOUTJEEP was reveled by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum that reportedly gave the agency almost complete access to the iPhone.

The leaked document, dated 2008, noted that the malware required “implant via close access methods” (presumably physical access to the iPhone) but ominously noted that “a remote installation capability will be pursued for a future release.”

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