News tagged ‘design’
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple may replace the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone with a multi-purpose Lightning connector. Apart from that, the new phone called presumably the iPhone 7 may come with redesigned EarPods supporting the new output method. Such rumors have been shared by a Japanese website Mac Otakara. The website has a good track record when it comes to Apple gadgets, so it is a pretty reliable source of information.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes reporters, a firm called Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) has reportedly received orders to produce SiP (system-in-package) modules for Apple in 2016. The Asian manufacturer also plans to spend $200 million to expand the existing production lines in the near future and this is another indication of possible partnership with the Cupertino-based company.
Following the teardown of the Apple Pencil, the iFixit team has just recently performed a teardown of the Smart Keyboard for the long-awaited 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The experts have found out that thanks to using special materials and fabric, the accessory is extremely durable as well as water and stain-resistant. The drawback is that the keyboard can’t be disassembled and repaired without being damaged and made totally unusable. According to iFixit experts, the repairability score is 0 out 10, where 10 is the easiest to repair.
It is Sunday today, so I think it is time for me to tell you about the most interesting articles we have published on our website during the past couple of days. Most of the posts deal with Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the stylus designed to work this device called the Apple Pencil. There are also some articles that tell us about the next-generation iPhone 7 and its specs, as well as about the widely-rumored 4-inch iPhone, which may be released in the second quarter of 2016.
As it was already mentioned on our website, the iPad Pro went on sale on November 11th. Together with this device, Apple released one smart accessory targeted at designers, photographers and all those who plan to use the 12.9-inch tablet for work. This accessory is called the Apple Pencil and this is a stylus capable of functioning on the 3D Touch display of the large tablet.
The Apple Pencil is equipped with a Lightning connector for charging and this is probably the weakest component of the device that can be easily broken by neglectful users while being on charge. At least you might think so.
Rumors about the release of a 4-inch iPhone early next year are becoming more and more informative. According to the latest report from Macotakara reporters, Apple already has a second-generation iPhone 5s ready for production. Reliable sources close to Apple’s supply chain claim this device is equipped with an A8 processor. Other specs include Wi‑Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, better FaceTime camera and possibly something else.
In the most-recent interview to The Telegraph, Jonathan Ive, the Chief Design Officer at Apple has shared some interesting facts about the Apple Pencil. According to Ive, the company wanted to replicate the natural feel and functionality of a pen or pencil and make the iPad Pro stylus work as good as possible. Thanks to the advanced technologies developed by Apple, it became possible to use the Apple Pencil with iOS and write, draw and perform other input operations by applying force to the display. Just like you do with a real pencil.
Apple has just launched its streaming music service called Apple Music on Android. Just as it was announced earlier this year, the service costs $9.99/month and offers users unlimited access to thousands of songs of various genres. Family membership requires Mac or iOS device, however, that’s not strange for the service created by Google’s market rival.
It is Sunday today, which means you are ready for our traditional roundup of the most interesting stories of the last couple of days. Quite surprisingly, most of the articles this week deal with the next-generation iPhone and its release date. There are also some posts that tell us about iOS 9 adoption rate and bugs as well as about the fourth-generation Apple TV and the Apple Watch sales.
As it was reported earlier this week, Apple may be planning to change its usual product update cycle and release new iPhones much earlier than in September of 2016. In particular, a smaller 4-inch iPhone may be released in the first or second quarter of the next year and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with new A10 processors as well as 2GB and 3GB of RAM respectively may be unveiled in June or July.
The design of new Apple-branded smartphones remains unknown and this allowed the SET Solution experts to create a beautiful and quite realistic iPhone 6c concept. The video demonstrating the colorful device made of high-quality plastic is available either below, or on SET Solution’s official YouTube channel. Take a look.
It looks like Google has decided to follow in Apple’s footsteps and start designing its own chips for future smartphones and tablets. Such a step requires serious research work and money, however, it can make Android devices much more competitive.
Yesterday, a well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple may launch a smaller 4-inch iPhone early next year. Today, a new rumor appeared on the Internet suggesting that Apple may change its usual product update cycle and release the next-generation iPhone earlier than we expect.
According to the latest report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to release a smaller 4-inch iPhone in early 2016. The handset may be equipped with the A9 processor and look like a slightly redesigned and upgraded iPhone 5s, which is still pretty popular among the customers. However, there will be no 3D Touch display. As noted by the analyst, because of the strong demand for a 4-inch device, next year, the company may sell as many as 20-30 million units of the updated smartphone.
Looks like Apple has a bunch of hidden applications on the App Store. One of such apps has been recently discovered by a software developer named Steve Stroughton-Smith. It is called Indoor Survey and as it can be easily guessed from its name, it serves for indoor positioning. People familiar with the matter claim that it can be used to mark certain locations inside of various buildings, for example, stores, restaurants etc.
Apple TV is currently available for purchase in a wide number of countries worldwide. First lucky customers have recently started receiving their brand new set-top boxes and posting first hands-on videos showing the retail packaging, external design and the functionality of the fourth-generation Apple TV and the dedicated App Store with applications and games.
If you haven’t yet decided whether to purchase the set-top box or not, the videos below will surely help you to make up your mind. These clips offer a quick look at the Apple TV and are recommended to be watched before the purchase.