Earlier today the repair firm iLab Factory has posted what is claimed to be a design schematic for a next-generation iPhone front panel part. The schematic matches up closely with leaked part photos, showing a taller display and the FaceTime camera above the device's earpiece.
Evidence of the purchase has been revealed in the weekly bulletin of Italy’s antitrust regulatory body AGCM. The most relevant portion of the bulletin published on May 28 said (English translation):
Apple's secrecy surrounding its product line is legendary. Apple cofounder Steve Jobs even identified secrecy as one of the specific tenets at Apple that has been responsible for its success. And now Apple plans to become even more protective going forward, the company's chief executive said in an interview to the All Things D.
Questioned by journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, Cook revealed that Apple plans to "double down" on product security and secrecy. "We're going to double down on secrecy," Cook said Tuesday. "I'm very serious about this. Double down."
Here's some clips of the jailbreak dream team presenting at HITBSecConf last week posted by JailbreakCon.
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9to5mac site have received more images of iPhone 5 body parts that are high-resolution. New shots showcase both black and white versions of the next-generation iPhone 5 back. Both are made out of metal and look quite cool.
These photos also show some of the features of the next-generation iPhone.
Another repair firm uBreakiFix has also received photos of what may be the back part of iPhone 5 in white. This one looks a bit suspicious, f.e. there is looser spacing between the letters. But otherwise the part appears identical to the previously-posted part. Both parts show similar look, a smaller dock connector and a headphone jack at the bottom of the device.
The iPhone repair experts from iFixyouri have forwarded 9to5mac site a new part that entered their catalog. It could be the aluminium back plate for the upcoming new iPhone 5 or one of the early prototypes. The Chinese parts supplier is claimed to be a reliable one and that they are actually selling these parts.
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Apple is reportedly testing its 3D technology in build 10A314 of iOS 6. The renderings are quite accurate, from what the sources say. From what we've heard the 3D icon only exists on the iPad version.
RBC’s analyst Amit Daryanani issued predictions that Apple would revamp its MacBook portables later this quarter and release a new iPhone in September or October, echoing expectations for Apple's near-term plans.
The iPhone is the company's "flagship product". 43 percent of Apple's revenue in fiscal 2011 came to iPhone. Apple's apparent two-year design cycle could cause "increased seasonality" as consumers catch on to it and hold off on purchases. That explains just 21 percent growth in iPhone shipments year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 91 percent growth in Q4 2010.
The New York Times claims that Facebook is drawing upon former Apple engineers and has hired "more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone" to develop its own phone. The New York Times’ report also said that Facebook is interested in buying a smartphone company. It raised $16 billion during its recent IPO, enough to purchase either Research in Motion or HTC.
One tipster suggested that the current effort is the company's third attempt to build a smartphone. People who reportedly worked on the first attempt told the Times that the project fell apart because it proved to be more difficult than expected. As a result, Facebook is believed to have realized that it needs industry-experienced veterans to develop hardware, specifically Apple alumni.
DigiTimes reports that demand for Apple's redesigned line of 2012 MacBooks is so strong that Apple’s component suppliers are facing a labor shortage as they racing to produce enough parts to supply the Mac maker's production lines.
"Component manufacturing plants in eastern China have been suffering from labor shortages for a long time, and although May and June are the IT industry's traditional slow season when shortage issues are usually not as significant, the strong orders from Apple's new MacBook are leaving many upstream makers unable to satisfy demand."
Back in 2007, then the first-generation iPhone was launched, Steve Jobs offered an idea of a stylus for the iPhone. And it seems that Apple is still researching his ideas for stylus-based input. Unwired View has recently posted Apple patent applications filed in late 2010, highlighting optical and haptic stylus concepts. However, there is no evidence that Apple is seriously looking at incorporating a stylus into its products, but it remains clear that the company is thinking about how such pen-based input could be used in novel ways.
Apple's optical stylus is based on a tiny camera on the tip of the pen, allowing it to track patterns on a device's screen that is invisible to the user's eye.