The long-anticipated next-generation Apple TV, which is expected to be unveiled at a media event on September 9th alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, will reportedly get a price tag of $149 or $199. The device will become available for customers in October, sources claim.
It is Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at these posts right now.
Earlier this year, a rumor appeared on the Internet suggesting Apple was planning to release a new Apple TV with an A8 chip and a completely redesigned remote control. Last Friday, Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch confirmed the rumor and claimed the new remote will feature motion sensors, physical buttons and a microphone for Apple’s virtual assistant Siri. Apple will also let developers create apps and games for the upcoming set-top-box.
Several new images showing the components of the next-generation iPhone have recently appeared on the Internet. The leaked photos have been shared by 9to5Mac reporters, so I guess we can believe what we see.
According to the latest report from Financial Times reporters, Ian Rogers, former Beats Music CEO and current senior director of Apple Music is leaving Apple. The rumor about his dismissal is rather surprising since nothing indicated the plans of the company to hire a new music industry expert.
Just as we expected, the media event devoted to Apple’s new iPhone and possibly iPad mini will take place on Wednesday, September 9th at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. This time it’s not a rumor; the guys from Cupertino have begun sending invitations to reporters. The tagline of this year’s media event is "Hey Siri, give us a hint".
A sketchy photo showing something similar to the iPhone 6s retail packaging has recently appeared on the Internet. I must admit that the box looks nearly identical to the iPhone 6 retail packaging. You can take a look at the leaked image below.
According to a report from GizmoChina, the design of the widely-rumored iPhone 6c will be identical to the design of the iPhone 5c. This means the handset will get the same plastic body with colorful back shells. Does this mean that the device will be a copy of the iPhone 6 in terms of hardware? Well, we don’t know this for sure, but if to keep in mind that the 5c was a copy of the previous-generation Apple smartphone, such a suggestion really makes sense.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the next-generation iPhone will come in a new rose gold color. This rumor goes in line with previous rumors and leaks suggesting the same.
The front panel of the handset will remain white, just like the panels from gold and silver iPhone 6. The back aluminum shell, however, will get a rose gold color to match the design of the high-end 18-karat gold Apple Watch. Below you may take a look at the new iPhone concept created by a well-known designer Martin Hajek.
Looks like the next-generation iPhone will indeed feature a Force Touch display. A well-known developer Hamza Sood has recently discovered some code in iOS 9 that proves the guys from Cupertino will add the support of Force Touch to the iPhone 6s. This piece of news has been shared by the developer on Twitter.
Below you may take a look at the screenshot proving what I’ve just written.
One more indication of Apple’s plans to release a smaller 4-inch iPhone called presumably the iPhone 6c later this year has recently been spotted on the Internet. According to the report from usually-reliable M.I.C. Gadget reporters, at least one case manufacturer is currently gearing up to start the production of cases for this device. The cases may be released in October or November.
As you know, Apple will soon release a new iPhone. Over the last couple of weeks, a wide number of parts have leaked online, including the front and back panels and the logic board with the updated NFC and LTE chips of the would-be handset. Using these leaked parts as well as some parts from the iPhone 6, MacRumors reporters have managed to create a partially working iPhone unit and showed this device in the short video. This clip is available below, you may take a look and let me know what you think about it.
Apple’s patents covering the ‘slide to unlock' feature are invalid in Germany. The Federal Court of Appeals in Karlsruhe has recently ruled that the aforementioned feature is similar to the feature introduced in the phone released by a Swedish company Neonode back in 2006 and thus can’t be covered with a separate patent. According to the latest report from Reuters reporters, this decision reaffirms the same ruling made by the Federal Patent Court in 2013.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple partners Sharp and Foxconn are currently in talks to create a new joint venture to produce displays for new Apple gadgets. Sharp is expected to produce displays for the widely-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Foxconn will reportedly be responsible for the assembly of LCDs and touch modules and other components. By the way, the company will ramp up the production of iPad Pro in the near future and end up with 4 or 5 million iPad units shipped by the end of this year.
A British firm called Intelligent Energy has recently built a working iPhone 6 unit with a hydrogen fuel cell inside. The most interesting thing about this handset is that it still has a Li-ion battery and its dimensions are the same. The modified iPhone 6 has a tweaked headphone jack, which is now used for refilling and several holes on the back panel for releasing water vapour produced by the hydrogen fuel cell. According to The Telegraph, the device created by Intelligent Energy can work up to one week on a single charge. Yep, that’s right: an iPhone can work for one week without an external battery.