News tagged ‘design’
Apple’s Global Smartphone Market Share Falls in Q1 - Gartner
According to the latest data shared by a research firm Gartner, Apple’s global smartphone market share fell to 14.8% in the first quarter of 2016. The number of iPhones shipped to customers accounted for 51.6 million and the number of smartphones sold globally by all vendors in the first quarter grew from 336 to 349 million units. Last year, Apple’s share in the same quarter was equal to 17.9%, so the decline is easily noticeable. Despite the overall growth of the smartphone market, the demand for iPhones becomes weaker.
Apple Patents Method of Embedding Touch ID into Display
Apple has been granted a patent describing a method of embedding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor right into the display of the mobile device. This patent proves the rumors suggesting that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning a major redesign of the iPhone lineup aimed at ditching the headphone jack and the Home button to reduce the thickness of the device. Together with the rumored OLED display and new iOS version, the aforementioned changes can result in a completely new user experience.
Apple Suppliers Start Hiring New Workers for iPhone 7 Assembly
According to the latest report from supply chain sources, Apple suppliers have recently begun hiring workers for the assembly of the new iPhone that features a ‘more complex' design compared to the predecessor. Usually, mass hires begin later, but looks like the complexity and design peculiarities of the upcoming model will require additional knowledge and skills from workers. This can result in longer learning and training period.
Top 10 Stories of the Week
It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the last couple of days.
Since the release of the next-generation iPhone is becoming closer, more and more rumors about the device appear online. Below you can find the information about the design peculiarities and possible tech specs of the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apart from that, there’re some posts that deal with iPhone sales, Apple’s market capitalization and Apple Music.
Take A Look at New Video Showing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Mockups
If you’re interested in how the iPhone 7 might look like, you will surely like the latest video shared by uSwitch and OnLeaks. This short clip is based on the most recent leaks of CAD drawings and offers a 360 degree look at the mockups of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both handsets are expected to be unveiled in September and feature some noticeable design changes.
The video proves earlier rumors that suggest Apple will ditch the headphone jack and redesign the antenna bands of the iPhone. Apart from that, we can see the rumored dual camera on the larger model. Finally, the iPhone 7 Plus has a Smart Connector.
Apple to Change iPhone Design in 2017 - Rumor
According to John Gruber, Apple will change the iPhone design dramatically in 2017. Gruber, who is considered to be a well-known Apple expert, believes the device will get “an all-new form factor”. In particular, the next-generation iPhone may get an edge-to-edge display with no bezels on the top and bottom sides as well as Touch ID, speakers, front camera and other elements embedded directly in the screen.
Top 10 Stories of the Week
It is Sunday today, so looks like it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the articles worth your attention.
Here’s How iTunes 12.4 Will Look Like [Images]
According to the images that surfaced online earlier this week, iTunes 12.4 will feature some noticeable design changes and tweaks. The first change is a new dropdown menu for fast navigation to Music, TV Shows, Movies and other types of content. A persistent sidebar is another major change that will let users look for songs in their music library faster. Finally, there will be some changes for menus making them more intuitive and easy-to-use as well as minor enhancements for the built-in mini player.
TSMC Completes Design of A11 Chip for iPhone 7s - Rumor
According to the latest report from reliable insiders, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already completed the design of the 10-nanometer A11 chip that is expected to be used in the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. As noted by DigiTimes, first samples for testing may be ready in the first quarter and the mass production of new processors may start in the second quarter of 2017. First devices with new chips on board will be released in the second half of 2017, sources add.
Another Former Google Car Expert Hired by Apple
Apple has hired a former Google engineer who was previously engaged in the development of electric car charging systems. According to the latest rumors, Kurt Adelberger, who left Google in 2015 and joined Apple shortly after, is now listed as one of the inventors of the "Mediator device for smart electric vehicle charging", a technology described in Google’s recent patent application. It is currently unclear whether Apple had known about Adelberger’s background before it offered him a job last year. Anyway, his experience will likely be used during the development of the widely-rumored Apple’s car codenamed “Project Titan”.
Apple to Introduce Redesigned Apple Music Service at WWDC - Rumor
Apple may be planning to introduce some major changes to Apple Music at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Bloomberg analysts report. The company may completely revamp the design of its streaming music service to make it more user-friendly and add some new features and improvements to its online radio and the way users download and stream their music. The rumors about the overhaul have been shared by insiders familiar with the matter who ask not to be identified.
iPhone 7 to Feature Separate Headphone Jack… Or Not?
A new image showing something what appears to be a headphone jack module for the upcoming iPhone 7 has recently appeared on the Chinese social network Weibo. This piece of news contradicts the rumors suggesting that Apple was planning to get rid of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in the next-generation iPhone.
Apple Watch to Take 40% of High-End Smartwatch Market Share by 2020
According to the latest report from Business Insider, by 2020, the Apple Watch may occupy about 40% of the luxury smartwatch market. In other words, in four years, nearly the half of wearable devices sold across the globe and costing more than $350 may be Apple Watch units. The information comes from a reliable source, so I think we can rely on the figures we have just seen.
Apple Launches Redesigned Support Webpage
Apple has just launched a redesigned support website for users seeking help with company’s products or services. The design of the new webpage is similar to the current design of the main site and features three main blocks that help users search for the information they need.
Schematics for iPhone 7 Pro Appear Online - Rumor
According to the latest report from Macotakara, the schematics for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Pro have been recently published in the latest issue of the local magazine called Mac Fan. As noted by the reporters, the upcoming handset will have the dimensions of 158.22 x 77.94 x 7.3mm and a dual rear camera. Apart from that, the device will lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.