According to the latest reports from people familiar with the matter, one of Apple suppliers has been recently accused of violating the rights of its workers. The name of this supplier is Catcher and its factory is situated in Suqian, China. In case you don't know, Catcher is responsible for the production of casings for iPads and MacBooks.
As noted in the latest report from The New York Times, Apple's long-anticipated iWatch will boast of flexible screen and wireless charging. The display of the wearable device will get a sapphire cover. Moreover, the same report suggests that the upcoming iPhone 6 will offer its users a one-hand mode. The reporters cite supply chain insiders, or, how they call them, "people knowledgeable about the product".
Apple on Thursday was granted a patent for a technology of hardening the sapphire structure. The patent application was published on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office official website. The patent is entitled "Sapphire property modification through ion implantation" and it describes a method of adding ions in a sapphire structure so that it becomes stronger and prevents this material from cracking. The advantage of the new technology is that it allows to make the sapphire stronger without using the chemicals.
You have probably seen Microsoft's ads comparing Apple's iPhone and Siri to the devices working on Windows Phone 8 platform with a virtual assistant called Cortana. A new interesting piece of news appeared on the Internet today, which deals with Cortana. As it turns out, the actress Jen Taylor, who is the voice of Microsoft's virtual assistant, is actually using an iPhone.
Apple on Tuesday seeded OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 to developers for testing. The release comes two weeks after the release of the sixth Yosemite beta, which contained a wide number of important bug fixes, improvements and design tweaks.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes, Apple's suppliers are currently ramping up the production of components for the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad Air that is expected to be officially unveiled this fall alongside the Retina iPad mini. The new tablet will boast of faster A8 processor, improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor and some other hardware and software enhancements. Reliable insiders also believe that the tablet will become thinner. At the same time, the size and the display resolution of the device will reportedly remain unchanged.
Several new images have been recently shared by Nowhereelse.fr, which show something what appears to be a battery for the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 6. What is interesting about the leaked part is that it can boast of the capacity nearly two times larger than that of the battery of the iPhone 5s. For those, who don't know: the battery capacity of the iPhone 5s is 1.560 mAh, while the same specification of the next-gen iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch screen is 2.915 mAh.
According to what people familiar with the matter write, Apple's long-anticipated iWatch won't be released until 2015 as it is currently in the engineering verification testing (EVT) stage. Before entering the mass-production stage, it has to go through the production verification testing (PVT) and this requires time.
A new video that shows us a device very similar to the fully assembled iPhone 6 has recently surfaced on the Internet. This is not the first video depicting the upcoming 4.7-inch handset, however, it allows us to take a closer look at the smartphone that is expected to be officially unveiled on September 9th.
A new video has recently appeared on the Internet, which shows us something very similar to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 rear shell. The back panel looks just like it should look and goes in line with all the previous reports and leaked images. The short clip has been shared by Nowhereelse.fr and I must admit this is the first hands-on video that shows us this particular leaked part for the upcoming handset. This source is reliable, which means you can believe what you see. The video is available below, so you may take a look if you want.
Microsoft released a new ad today, which shows us Apple's Siri compared to Cortana. The short clip is entitled Siri vs. Cortana – Mirror Mirror and features the iPhone 5s and the HTC One M8 for Windows 8. The ad mocks Apple and its products again, but this is what the guys from Redmond usually do in their ads. The commercial is available below, so you may take a look if you want.
Last week, a rumor appeared on the Internet that suggested that the guys from Cupertino would release a redesigned Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector. The rumor was followed by a set of leaked images showing the new cable. It looked as if Apple indeed decided to equip its next-generation iPhone with a brand new accessory.
As you probably know, Apple is currently working on its own mobile payment system based on the Near Field Communications technology. This is probably the main reason for the inclusion of the NFC chip to the company's new handset. Such a system will allow iPhone 6 users to make fast and secured purchases.
It is Sunday today and that means I have to tell you about the most popular posts of the past seven days. There're many interesting articles, so let's not waste time and take a look at them.
According to the latest report from Re/code, the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to set a price tag for the upcoming iWatch at about $400. It should be noted, however, that there will be iWatch models with lower and higher prices. The cost of the long-anticipated wearable device will reportedly depend on the size of its display and hardware differences.