News tagged ‘smartphone’
Apple remains top U.S. smartphone manufacturer. According to the latest report from a research firm comScore, the market share of the company from Cupertino was equal to 44.2% during the period of three months ending in July. Such vendors as Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC occupy the places in the top-five list.
Apple’s main rival, Samsung, has recently announced the Samsung Gear S2, a smartwatch with a round display. This Apple Watch rival comes in three versions, namely, Classic, standard, and 3G. The first model can boast of a black leather band and a black case while the second one features a gray case and a rubber band. The third model, as can be guessed from the name, is capable of connecting to 3G networks and thus can be used without the smartphone as a separate device.
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.
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.
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.
As it turns out, some iPhone 6 Plus units may have faulty iSight cameras. According to Apple, there’s a small percentage of devices with components inside that may fail by themselves making the photos taken with the help of the iPhone 6 Plus look blurry. Because of the problem, the guys from Cupertino have just launched a special replacement program. Users with faulty iPhones may have their devices repaired for free.
Apple’s main rival, Samsung, has recently launched a new promo campaign for iPhone users called Ultimate Test Drive. The participants of this campaign can get any Samsung smartphone they choose for one month for just one dollar. The main aim of the Ultimate Test Drive is to make iPhone users switch to Samsung devices. The launch of the program comes simultaneously with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It is very likely that most participants will select these two smartphones as iPhone alternatives.
According to the latest report from a research firm Gartner, global iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year. Quite obviously, the market share grew as well if to compare with the same quarter of the last year. As noted by the analysts, iPhone market share in the second quarter of this year was equal to 14.6%. That’s a 2.4% improvement in contrast with the Q2 2014. The guys from Cupertino managed to sell more than 48 million iPhones over the past couple of months.
According to the results of the research conducted by a firm called Fiksu, we’ll see two new iPhones this fall. To be honest, I’m a bit confused with this piece of news as earlier today a well-known expert claimed that the guys from Cupertino were planning to release three handsets on September 9th, namely, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone 6c with a smaller 4-inch display.
More and more things point to the release of the next-generation iPhone on September 9th. Yesterday, I showed you a video featuring the iPhone 6s front panel with display assembly compared to the same parts of the iPhone 6. Today, a new video appeared on the Unbox Therapy YouTube channel that shows the leaked back panel for the upcoming handset.
According to the latest report from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, the mass-production of the next-generation iPhone is delayed approximately 1-2 weeks. Looks like Apple faced some unexpected difficulties in assembling the smartphone. In fact, Apple asked its partners to produce less iPhone 6 units, so that they can focus on the assembly of new devices, which are expected to be released later this year.
According to the latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in the second quarter of 2015, iPhone’s market share grew noticeably in such countries as Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The share on Apple’s native U.S. market saw a decrease. It should be noted, however, that this happens every year before the release of the new iPhone model.
A photo showing something similar to the battery for the upcoming iPhone 6s has recently appeared on the Internet. The image has been first spotted and shared by French reporters from Nowhereelse.fr, so I think we can believe what we see.
Although the battery contains all the usual references to Apple’s battery supplier, its capacity leaves much to be desired. As can be seen on the image below, the leaked part has a capacity of only 1715 mAh, which indicates that it may have been manufactured for the smaller 4-inch iPhone. In case you don’t know, the guys from Cupertino have reportedly decided to put off the release of a smaller handset until the next year.