It is Sunday today, which means it’s time to take a look at the most interesting posts of the week. Most of the articles deal either with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and their sales during the holiday quarter, or with rumors about the upcoming devices such as the 4-inch iPhone 6c, 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
Apple has slightly increased the prices of several iPhone and iPad models in Germany to comply with the changes to copyright laws that took effect on January 1st. The smartphones sold through Apple’s official online store in this country now cost 5 euros more compared with the prices for December 31st, 2015 and the tablets cost 8 euros more.
According to the latest report from Chinese insiders, the iPhone 7 Plus may get a 256GB storage option as well as larger 3,100 mAh battery. These two things will reportedly differentiate the larger 5.5-inch handset from the smaller 4.7-inch model, the iPhone 7. The report comes from a website called MyDrivers, which can’t be called a very reliable source of information because of inconsistent rumors it shared in the past, however, the specs mentioned in this report are plausible and even long-awaited.
Have you ever thought about controlling a drone with bare hands? Well, looks like it is now possible. Several Taiwanese researchers from PVD+ have recently written an algorithm for the Apple Watch allowing to control the drone using motion sensors inside of the wearable device. This means that now a person wearing the smartwatch has a possibility to transmit both vertical and horizontal movements of hands into signals detected and accepted by the drone.
Below you can take a look at the researcher Mark Ven demonstrating the technology. He uses the Apple Watch and a Parrot AR Drone 3.0.
Apple shares closed 2015 at $105.26, which is more than 4% down in comparison with the start of the year. This is the first negative year for Apple since 2008, Reuters reporters write. They add that In 2008, Apple shares finished down enormous 52%.
David Grimsley, a man from Atlanta, has recently reported that his iPhone 6 Plus went on fire while being plugged in for about 20 minutes. Fortunately, the man saw that something was wrong with the handset and pushed the device off the bed onto a floor to prevent fire. Nobody got injured, so looks like the unpleasant story has a happy end.
It's already 2016, so I guess it's high time we talked about the products Apple may launch this year.
For me personally, two main devices are the Apple Watch 2 and the 4-inch iPhone 6c. The specs for the smartwatch remain unknown, but there’re some rumors about the specs for the smaller iPhone. The device may get Apple’s A9 processor, 2GB or RAM, better battery and a number of other minor enhancements.
Apple has been recently accused of “deceptive trade practices and false advertising’ for not warning people that iOS 9 may noticeably slow down their iPhone 4s units. Plaintiff Chaim Lerman believes that since the update, the phone has become much slower and prevented him and other users from normal everyday usage.
According to the latest report from Reuters, Samsung and LG Display are close to signing a deal with Apple to produce OLED displays for the iPhone. The reporters cite reliable insiders from Electronic Times familiar with the plans of the Cupertino-based tech giant.
According to the latest report from MyDrivers, the long-awaited iPhone 6c that is expected to be released in the first half of 2016 may be equipped with Apple’s A9 processor and 2GB of RAM. Apart from that, the handset will reportedly feature a larger 1642 mAh battery, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a slightly curved display with the resolution of 1136x640 pixels. In terms of design, the 4-inch device will resemble the iPhone 5s released in 2013.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015 are lower that it was originally expected. As noted by DigiTimes reporters, the shipments are 5-10% lower, which indicates that despite strong demand for both handsets during the holiday season, the number of people buying iPhones has decreased this year.
A report from DigiTimes citing reliable Asian sources indicates that the iPhone 7 may become the first waterproof iPhone since the launch of the original iPhone in 2007. The device may also be manufactured out of “new compound materials” to hide the antenna cutouts on the back panel. A Taiwanese firm called Catcher Technology will likely remain the main chassis supplier for the upcoming handset, the sources add. The company will produce about 30-35% of iPhone 7 chassis.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Flurry Analytics, Apple continued to dominate the holiday sales in 2015. 49.1% of new handsets purchased and activated during the holiday period turned out to be iPhones.
As noted by French reporters from a website called Consomac, back in November Apple filed several trademark applications for the following word marks: B2, B3, B4, B5, Beats Two, Beats Three, Beats Four, and Beats Five. The application is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The aforementioned trademark applications indicate that Apple may be planning to expand the Beats radio service in the near future.
A lot of people prefer buying pre-owned iPhones. On the one hand, such devices are much cheaper than new, although offer the exact same functionality. On the other hand, however, a previously used iPhone may be physically damaged as well as locked by carrier and/or iCloud, so it is always good to know what to check before purchasing a second hand iPhone. Below you will find some useful tips.