Rumors

Apple is known to launch a new smartphone every fall. This year we await the iPhone 6. As expected, there have N number of rumours about the new iPhone. Last year Apple brought a new line of plastic body iPhones called the iPhone 5c. We aren’t sure if that lineup will continue, but for the flagship 5s, the expected list of upgrades is huge.

Below is a list of features, we expect the iPhone 6 to have –

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Phones displays are getting bigger by the day. Today, the average screen size of a phone would be in the range of 4.7-5 inches. Apple has definitely been losing out on customers due to the small screen size of previous generation iPhones. Hence, most likely the iPhone 6 will have a bigger screen. Rumours say that Apple will launch two variant – a 4.7 inches and a 5.5 inches iPhone. This will allow the iPhone 6 to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5 (5.1 inches), Sony Xperia Z2 (5.2 inches), LG G3 (5.5 inches) and Nokia Lumia 930 Windows 8 (5 inches).

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From just a slight chest pain to getting a major heart attack may not take more than seconds. Is there a way to give us a signal of an approaching heart attack? Till now – NO but, maybe the iWatch could change this. There have already been numerous rumours about the upcoming wearable from Apple i.e. the iWatch having the ability to detect an heart attack. And, with this retweet below, did Apple CEO, Tim Cook confirm those rumours?

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Last week we reported about the progress of Apple music streaming service, iRadio, being delayed because of pricing issues between record labels and Apple. It was reported that Apple was willing to pay a mere 6 cents per 100 songs to the record labels as compared to the industry standards of 21 cents per 100 songs. Even reputed services like Pandora and Spotify pay as high as 31 cents per 100 songs currently which is way higher than what Apple has been offering to the record labels to sign a contractual agreement. Apple’s main reasoning was its advantage over rivals of having millions of users already using iTunes and iOS platforms who will also migrate to its music streaming service when launched. But a report that emerged on Tuesday claims that Apple has almost done a deal with two major record labels that would accelerate its launch plan for iRadio service.

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AppleInsider reprots of three different patents filed by Apple that aim at improving the accuracy of pedometer implementation using current devices or any device supporting a gyroscope and accelerometer. Apple’s patent suggest it being keen on creating a dedicated health accessory or to implement it in their current mobile devices itself. Accessories like FitBit, Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up and Samsung’s recently showcased watch all aim at helping user track their daily calorie burning and help them in gamifying their daily target for burning calories. Currently Apple provides APIs for users to track a users motion so that it can be implemented in their mobile applications (eg: Nike +) but there seems to be no advanced way of having a better accuracy.

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More rumours pour in about Apple’s fingerprint technology that might be included in the next version of iPhone, Apple iPhone 5S. Analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital believes to have gathered enough information in his recent trip to China and Taiwan where he had meetings with component suppliers as details given by AppleInsider. Apple might use the fingerprint scanner for enabling better security for device operation and payment operations that might replace credit cards. Having better security will also help Apple to extent its enterprise market penetration that considers device security on all aspects to be an important aspect.

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The Wall Street Journal reported that its sources close to the iPhone production confirmed that iPhone 5S, Apple next generation iPhone, will be produced this quarter itself for a possible summer launch of the iPhone which might be right at this year’s WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) that might be scheduled for June 2013. Apart form that Apple is supposedly working with many manufacturing partners in Asia to work out its plans for the much rumoured low cost iPhone that might be launched in second half of the year, possibly in August 2013. The low cost iPhone will differ a bit in configuration and built material as per rumours.

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Reports have been flowing in about the stage at which iOS 7 development is currently, what to expect from it and when to expect it. A interesting thread on Branch where the top tech bloggers around have put in their thoughts and information is shedding quite a bit of information regarding iOS 7. John Grubber of DaringFireball said that his sources indicated a delay in development of iOS 7 and that Apple has been moving engineers from OSX 10.9 development team on to iOS development team to quicken things. Apart from that Apple has been said to be very careful with securing iOS 7 UI to not leak out by installing polarisation filers atop of test devices that will reduce viewing angles drastically so that people passing by won’t be able to view the screens.

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AU Optronics (AUO), is currently one of the suppliers for the LCD display on the 7.9″ iPad mini. Apple faced shortage of iPad mini supply last quarter because of LCD manufacturing delays caused by AUO. But with scaled up operations and faster manufacturing AUO is apple to meet with current demands of iPad mini displays. It is reported that the next generation iPad mini will use oxide based TFT technology to create the retina display instead of typical amorphous Silicon TFT used in current generation of iPad mini. The oxide based LCDs seem to save more power compare to the amorphous silicon LCDs which is one of the reasons why Apple will be opting for them. With the current manufacturing setup that AUO possesses, it will not be able to manufacture the oxide based TFT LCD display in such a large scale as to meet with Apple’s demand.

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Well, there are already rumours that Facebook is all set to unveil a Facebook phone in collaboration with HTC with even deeper Facebook integration. But lately, 9to5google sources have more information about what could be the tweaked Android Operation System might be called. According to these sources, ‘Facebook Home’ is the name of the upcoming Android OS system from Facebook.

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The invitations which Facebook has sent to the media also hints towards the fact that the Android OS might have the keyword ‘Home’ in it. If you have read the invitation, it says – “Come see our new home on Android”. Although Android is pretty much obvious, but home is something which is not usual for any company like Facebook to include in an invite. Also, it has been previously reported that the design of the Facebook phone with HTC could resemble to an iPhone with a home button at the center, and two capacitive button beside it. [click to continue…]

Apple’s long time rival has been Samsung in the smartphone segment but with the rumoured X Phone from Motorola things might change in favour of Motorola and away from Samsung. One of the most haunting thing about Android is lack of software updates, even the best of the flagship devices fail to provide early updates and in most of the cases totally cease to provide updates after a year or so. But the scenario is quite different for Nexus devices that are controlled by Google directly but manufactured by various OEMs. Most of the Nexus devices get an early update and are supported with timely updates for a period of two to three years. Apart from that, the stock look of Android is more appealing that the skinned version which adds unnecessary noise.

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