News tagged ‘Hardware’
It is Sunday today, which means it's time for me to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last couple of days.
Most articles this week deal with Apple’s software. In particular, the company released new pre-release versions of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra and stopped signing iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3. There are also some posts about the new iPhone lineup and possible features of the new handsets.
According to the latest report from iFixit, which is based on data from multiple third-party repair shops and posts on Apple Support Communities and other online resources, there is a major problem affecting many, if not all, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units. With time, users start seeing a gray bar at the top of the screen and face problems with touch input. But that is not the only bad news.
According to the latest rumors from reliable insiders, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Apple are already working on a brand new 10-nanometer A11 chip for the iPhone model planned for 2017. Earlier this year, rumors surfaced on the Internet suggesting that TSMC has become an exclusive supplier of the A10 and A11 chip for the iPhone 7 and a 2017 model of the device. Previously, Samsung has been working alongside the Taiwanese tech giant.
First video showing a working iPhone 7 prototype has been recently shared on the Chinese social network Weibo. As can be seen below, the phone is a gold model with a working rear camera and a number of diagnostic applications used to test the functionality of the upcoming handset. The device from the video has a redesigned back panel with larger protruding camera and redesigned antenna bands. Moreover, there is no headphone jack. Finally, one can spot two stereo speakers for better audio playback.
It is Sunday today, so I guess it's time to discuss the most interesting posts of the last couple of days.
Most of the articles this week deal with the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus or Pro. A number of images and even videos that appeared on the Internet earlier this week have shown the design of the new handset. Apart from that, as the release date comes closer, more rumors about the hardware used in the iPhone 7 surface on the Net.
New images showing the iPhone 7 CAD renders have been recently shared by a French website Nowhereelse.fr. First spotted on of the Chinese social networks, the photos go in line with the latest rumors and show a larger cutout for the enhanced camera, dual speakers, lack of the headphone jack and the redesigned antenna bands. There is also a separate image that depicts an opening for the dual camera that may become an exclusive feature of the larger iPhone 7 Plus or Pro.
A new alleged iPhone 7 photo has been recently spotted on the Internet. This time the image was posted on the website called techtastic.nl that has been correct in the past. The latest photo is quite similar to all previous leaks and shows a redesigned and slightly larger camera as well as new antenna bands. The handset depicted below apparently lacks the headphone jack, however, because of the poor quality of the photo we can’t be totally sure the 3.5mm connector is indeed missing. In general, the photograph goes in line with all current rumors and reports from reliable insiders.
The Pangu team has recently demonstrated the untethered jailbreak of iOS 10. Unlike iH8Sn0w, who teased the jailbreak compatible only with older devices like the iPhone 5, the Chinese developers showed their jailbreak on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s that both feature new hardware. This means that the hackers used the exploits that are different from those utilized by iH8Sn0w earlier this year.
A well-known designer Martin Hajek has recently created a new iPhone 7 concept that is based on the latest rumors about the upcoming device. In particular, the concept shows a new ‘Space Black’ color option, the rumored Force Touch Home button integrated in the front panel and new EarPods with a Lightning connector instead of the outdated headphone jack. You can take a look at the images below.
Two new images have recently appeared on the Chinese social network Weibo that once again prove Apple may be planning to ditch the headphone jack from the next-generation iPhone. The photos show something similar to the EarPods, but with the Lightning connector instead of the standard headphone jack. You can take a look at the leaked images below.
The widely-rumored iPhone 7 may get a brand new Home button, reliable insiders believe. According to the latest report from 9to5Mac reporters, Apple may replace the standard button with the one supporting Force Touch and providing haptic feedback. In addition to this, there will be no deep blue iPhone finish. It appears that this color was confused with a much darker gray option called presumably ‘Space Black’ that will debut this fall to match a similar Apple Watch colorway.
According to the latest report from The Telegraph, Google may be planning to launch its own smartphone by the end of this year. As noted by the reporters, the Google branding may allow the company to compete with Apple, Samsung and other vendors on equal terms. Currently, Google has a lineup of Nexus devices, however, aside from Google’s branding, these devices also have the name of the actual manufacturer on their bodies.
Apple has begun pulling the 2012 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro models from the shelves of Apple Stores in the United States. While the laptops are still available for purchase, they are no longer showcased to customers. They can’t take a closer look at the older devices and test them with their own hands. This may mean that Apple is preparing the ground for the rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro model with an OLED touch panel instead of function keys.
Two new images showing the front panel of the iPhone 7 have recently appeared on the Internet. What is interesting about these images is that they depict a touch-sensitive Home button instead of the physical one that was present in Apple handsets since the very first model. The photos also reveal narrower bezels of the front panel.
According to the latest report from Digitimes reporters who cite supply chain sources, the next-generation Apple Watch will be launched in the fall alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As to the shipments of components for the new smartwatch, they should begin in the third quarter of 2016.