We have some potential bad news for those that have been patiently waiting for an iPad mini with Retina display, as it appears that Apple is working on a new non-Retina model of the 7.9-inch tablet.
Since acquiring security firm AuthenTec for $356 million in July 2012, it has long been rumored that Apple would eventually integrate its fingerprint scanning technologies into future products. And that move could be happening in the near future, as hidden code in iOS 7 beta 4 — discovered by Hamza Sood (via 9to5Mac) — suggests that Apple is in fact working on a fingerprint scanner that will be built into the home button.
The uncovered code, located within the folder “BiometricKitUI.axbundle” under Accessibility, shows strings that VoiceOver would read to an iPhone user. “Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the Home button with their thumb,” it reads. (more…)
A picture showing a bin full of “iPhone 5C” packaging has surfaced on Chinese website WeiPhone, leading to great speculation as to what the name could stand for. It is rumored that the iPhone 5C could be the name of the low-priced iPhone, but what does the “C” stand for if so?
The most obvious guess would be that “C” stands for “color,” as the purported budget iPhone is expected to be available in a myriad of different colors. But, a number of other guesses have also been put on the table, ranging from California and China to cheap and polycarbonate. (more…)
This morning, a report originating from German website iFun [Google Translate] (via MacRumors) suggested that Apple could launch its next-generation iPhone 5S at a September 6th media event. We were immediately cautious about this rumor because of its unproven source, and our assumptions proved to be correct.
The well-connected Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has put this rumor to bed with a simple “nope,” and that’s that. Nevertheless, a September — October timeframe for release is still anticipated. When do you think Apple will pull the curtains back on its next iPhone?
Apple is testing larger screens for iPhone and iPad, according to officials at the company’s suppliers. The prototypes include smartphone screens exceeding 4 inches, and screens for tablets that measure just under 13 inches diagonally. The latest iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch display. The iPad mini has a smaller 7.9-inch screen. (more…)
At a time when sales are increasingly shifting towards smartphones, leading handset maker Samsung is looking to bring back the flip phone. After conquering the market with a myriad of Android-based smartphones, the South Korean giant plans to release a Galaxy feature phone in the coming weeks.
The device, which will allegedly be called the Galaxy Folder, is expected to have an 800 x 480 pixel display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, LTE connectivity and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Look for the Galaxy Folder to launch in South Korea in the coming weeks, according to Korean website Digital Daily.
And here I was, thinking that flip phones were a thing of the past.
As usual for this time of year, speculation surrounding the next-generation iPhone 5S is beginning to heat up. In addition to a rumored 12-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and fingerprint scanner, among other features, Jonathan Geller at BGR believes that Apple will turn to LiquidMetal casing for its latest iPhone.
Geller has come to the realization that the purported SIM trays for the iPhone 5S that his website exclusively leaked are injection molded out of LiquidMetal, a strong and durable material that is highly resistant to cosmetic wear and tear. In other words, the days of scratching your iPhone could be long gone. (more…)
A report coming out of the Taiwanese newspaper Commercial Times was picked up by Bloomberg this morning, claiming that iPhone 5S production delays are due to a late decision by Apple to switch from a 4-inch to larger 4.3-inch display. While multiple sources label the story as being highly unlikely, it does raise an interesting question — does the iPhone need a larger screen?
Apple stuck with a 3.5-inch display on the first five iPhone models, finally going with a taller 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5. But with the competition going with larger and larger screens — just look at the 4.7-inch HTC One or 5-inch Galaxy S4 — does Apple need to think even larger? Would an iPhone with a 4.3-inch display be the sweet spot?
Just yesterday, it was reported that production of the mid-tier iPhone has begun. Moreover, it was noted that the next-generation iPhone 5S would hit the assembly chain by later this month, ahead of a September or October release. The insider scoop came from Jeferries analyst Peter Misek, someone that doesn’t have a particularly strong track record at speculating on Apple product plans.
Nevertheless, it appears that Misek was correct about at least one of those forthcoming devices this time around. The analyst’s claims about the iPhone 5S were corroborated today by John Paczkowski of the credible AllThingsD, who cited multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. And while he did not confirm the existence of a lower-cost iPhone, Paczkowski did explain why it could make sense. (more…)
Tom Warren of The Verge reports:
Microsoft’s prototype smartwatch testing has moved over to its Surface team. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is now prototyping devices directly under the Surface team as the firm moves its wrist-worn device closer to reality.
Microsoft joins the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung as companies that are allegedly working on wearable wristband technologies. Pebble most recently hit the market, and we could see products like the so-called “iWatch” and “Surface Watch” follow suit by later this year or early 2014.