• Apple is Reportedly Adding Wireless Charging to iPhone 8

    Posted on February 12th, 2017 Henry | 221 comments

    There’s been rumors over the past few months that the iPhone 8 would be featuring wireless charging and a recent report further confirms it.

    According to KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all three models of iPhone 8 will have wireless charging built-in.

    Apple is expected to release 3 different models of iPhone 8. There would be a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model just like with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it’s said that Apple’s adding a new 5.8-inch model to the iPhone product line with an OLED display.

    To put wireless charging into iPhone’s body, some engineering changes are needed. Apple is said to said to use a new 3D Touch module with “additional graphite sheet lamination,” which can prevent the device from overheating, as glass casing and wireless charging are” unfavorable to thermal system operation,” Kuo says.


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    Here’s one part of Kuo’s report, via MacRumors:

    “While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone.

    Currently we still don’t have much information about how Apple will implement the wireless charging feature. An old report from the beginning of last year claimed that Apple was working with partners in the States and Asia to develop a new wireless charging method that could be deployed on its devices within the upcoming year. If Apple succeeds in that, this year would be a great time point to push it to the market.

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  • Apple’s Planning to Increase App Price in Selected Markets

    Posted on January 17th, 2017 Henry | 656 comments

    According to BBC this week, Apple is planning to increase the prices of apps and in-app purchases in specific markets, including India, the UK and Turkey.

    “Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency eschange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business,” Apple explained. “These factors vary from region to region and over time.”

    The raise of price was the response to a weakening pound sterling against the US dollar following Brexit. In response to that move, some tech companies had chosen to raise the price of their products. One Plus 3, for instance, had its price increased shortly after launch.

    Similar pricing policy with U.S.

    Assume that users are paying $0.99 for an app in the U.S., usually they would be paying $ 79p in the UK, but now with the new pricing method, they would probably be paying 99p. BBC also said that Apple has allowed publishers to adjust the pricing to a lower level to help compensate the changes.

    Developers who spoke to the BBC suggested that they are probably not going to change the pricing of apps as it would mean more money out of their pocket. This is just a balancing of the system.

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  • Google Drive can now back up iPhones and makes Android switching easier

    Posted on December 15th, 2016 Henry | 345 comments

    Google has just updated its website with the guidance for iPhone users to make the switch from iPhone to Android. But the point here is Google adding a new feature to its iOS version Google Drive: the ability to back up data on your iOS device like contacts, calendar, and camera roll and save it in the cloud. With this neat little feature added, you can have all your stuff prepared in Google’s various apps when you want to make the switch from iPhone to Android devices like the Pixel. Data backup is being done automatically, as opposed to the old days when all those data have to be uploaded from several different apps.

    This new data backup option can be found in the settings menu under “backup”. And you’d expect the backup process to be fast and efficient, but in actuality, if you’ve got a lot of stuff on your iPhone, it’s probably going to take a while. Google says that it can take several hours in some cases, so you’d better have your iPhone plugged in and keep it charged and connected to stable Wi-Fi network before you start the process. Also the app have to stay open and on screen during the process.

    This is basically Google’s attempt to make it easier for iOS users to switch to Android. But that’s not what Google Drive is all about, it can do a lot of other great stuff, this new backup feature is more like a bonus from the already awesome program. Unfortunately, you can’t have your texts or music library backup with Google Drive. For that you’ll have to do some extra work, like plugging your iPhone directly into the Pixel or other android phones for data transfer. The Google Drive update doesn’t seem to be available just yet but it should be coming pretty soon.

    Switching from one operating system to another could be painful, which is why a lot of people keep buying phones of the same brand. And even switching to phones under the same brand could be troublesome. Leawo iOS Data Recovery, a program that can back up and recover data types like contacts, messages, call history, notes, calendars and reminder between iOS devices, making phone switching a more pleasant experience.

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  • The First Weekend’s Sales of iPhone 7 Roughly in Line with iPhone 6S

    Posted on September 19th, 2016 Echo Brown | 120 comments

    According to early analytics data, the first weekend of iPhone 7 sales seems to have been on track with past iPhone launches, especially for iPhone 6s released in Sept. 2015.

    The iPhone 7 achieved 1 percent adoption in Localytics tracking of iPhones, with the 7 Plus accounting for another 0.2 percent. That’s roughly equivalent to what the iPhone 6s line achieved in Sept. 2015, the only difference being greater adoption of the 6s Plus at 0.3 percent. The iPhone 6 managed 2 percent in Sept. 2014, with the 6 Plus coming in at 0.3. 2013′s iPhone 5s — which didn’t have a Plus model — hit 0.9 percent during its launch weekend.

    iPhone 7 sales could be significantly higher, since its data only reflects the number of people who already have a device and are using apps. Delivery times for online preorders quickly extended into weeks or even months, an Apple took the unusual step of saying that some models wouldn’t be available at stores on launch day.

    As the hottest topic this September for Apple fans, iPhone 7 is attracting more and more iPhone users to switch from an old iPhone to iPhone 7. After switching to the new devices, the main problem may be how to transfer data from old iPhone to iPhone 7. In order to solve the issue, Leawo Software rolled out a iPhone transfer software to help transfer data between two iOS devices.

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  • Rumored No Longer: Apple Confirms September 7 as iPhone 7′s Announcement Date

    Posted on August 29th, 2016 Yuson Zou | 252 comments

    Apple has made it official that its next iPhone will be revealed to the world on September 7, the first Wednesday in September. Along with the announcement of its next iPhone, most likely called iPhone 7, it is also possible that Apple will roll out its new watch, too. The venue is once again at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, with the familiar start time of 10 a.m. PT.

    iPhone fans are now expecting the iPhone 7 and 7 plus to be unveiled by CEO Tim Cook and company. The current rumor mill points to nearly identical external designs to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, improved cameras (with a dual-lens system on the larger iPhone), and most controversially, no headphone jack.

    The event would also offer the opportunity for Apple to repromote iOS 10, the update to its mobile operating system first unveiled in June. The free upgrade is expected to be rolled out to hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads later in September.

    The Apple Watch, a product that hasn’t been updated since April 2015, is also due for an upgrade. In addition to the new operating system (coming to existing watches alongside iOS 10), new fitness features including rumored GPS tracking could help position a refreshed watch as a better activity tracker.

    Beyond new iPhones and wearables, Apple could also address the smart-home landscape: the launch of a dedicated Home app in iOS 10 means a bigger push for HomeKit-connected appliances and home accessories.

    Apple’s line of Mac computers is also rumored for an eventual refresh including MacBook laptops with an OLED touch bar, but that’s said to be slated for later in the year.

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  • iPhone 7 Release Date Has Been Officially Set to Friday, September 16th

    Posted on July 26th, 2016 David Brooks | 129 comments

    Leaks, rumors and reports upon the highly anticipated Apple iPhone 7 have been flooding the Internet. Now, it might be the right time to mark your calendar. According to the reputable leaker Evan Blass, who wrote in his social Twitter account, the next Apple iPhone model, mostly named as iPhone 7, would be released on Friday, September 16th. Over the weekend, he strengthened that his claim is referring to the retail release date. This means, on September 16th, you could get the new iPhone, if you’ve successfully preordered.

    iPhone-7

    This report seems to be quite convincing. The iPhone 6S and 6 were released on September 25 and September 9 respectively last year. The iPhone 6s hit stores for retail availability on September 25 in 2015, the iPhone 6 debuted on September 19 in 2014 and the 2013 iPhone 5s was September 20. The iPhone 7 release date seems to be a little bit earlier, but not unreasonable. Therefore, it’s not impossible that Apple would officially introduce this new iPhone model to the world on September 7 or 6, since its retail release date is generally about 10 days after its debut.

    As to the features of the iPhone 7, it’s believed that Apple is saving its most jaw-dropping new features for the iPhone 7S. The new camera technology adopted by this new iPhone might be the most interesting part people look forward to.

    It’s long been assumed that the iPhone 7 Plus will come with an advanced dual camera system, but recent product leaks indicate that the camera module on the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is significantly larger and protrudes to a greater degree than the module found on the iPhone 6S. And given how impressive the iPhone 6S camera is, it stands to reason that the camera on the iPhone 7 will be an absolute game-changer.

    Apple iPhone has been long disputed for its bad battery performance. Besides the battery, in recent years, the storage is also a shortage that Apple has worked to solve. According to rumors, Apple would finally abandon the 16GB entry-level model of its iPhone since iPhone 7, and instead start iPhone 7 from 32GB. There would be 3 models to choose: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Of course, the rumors about iPhone 7 256GB is definitely rumor.

    The headphone jack change in the iPhone 7 has been rumored a lot. According to a number of reliable reports, the new iPhone model will not come with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. This would actually be a controversial design change to most Apple customers who use previous iPhones. Instead, to ease us into that transition, Apple will likely provide a lightning to 3.5mm dongle inside every iPhone 7 box. And, the new one will deliver no extra cost to you.

    Besides the official release date and features, there are also reports on the name of the new iPhone. Some reports showed that the new iPhone model would be named as iPhone 6SE to continue the iPhone 6 series. These reports show that Chinese supply chain sources have seen packaging and labelling that indicates the new phone will be called the “iPhone 6SE”. 6SE is a bit too much of a mouthful but who knows? With Apple breaking its typical tick-tock cycle of hardware launches, the name is up in the air. Apple could employ a new suffix, like 6X, or even a word like ‘Pro’ to denote the refinements over last year’s hardware.

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  • iPhone 7 Is Coming in 2016, What We Expect

    Posted on May 26th, 2016 Echo Brown | No comments

    iPhone SE has released for months, now the hottest news about Apple is that iPhone 7, next model Apple will release this year. And after last year’s iPhone 6s upgrade, it’s likely the technology giant will reveal a brand new design for this year’s iPhone 7, which has drawn people’s much attention and expectation.

    Talking about the iPhone 7 release date, Apple followed a set pattern for their release but a few of them were released at completely different time. If apple gonna follow the same cycle as it used for iPhone 5 and 5S, 5C, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6S we can anticipate that the release date of iPhone 7 may fall sometimes in September 2016.

    Expected iPhone 7 Release Date

    Model Name Release Date
    iPhone June 2007
    iPhone 3G June 2008
    iPhone 3G S June 2009
    iPhone 4 June 2010
    iPhone 4S October 2011
    iPhone 5 September 2012
    iPhone 5S and 5C September 2013
    iPhone 6 and 6 Plus September 2014
    iPhone 6S and 6S Plus September 2015
    iPhone SE March 2016
    iPhone 7 September 2016 (expected)

    As Apple fans, people always want to hear the latest news about Apple’s product plans, and expect the latest features on the latest models. Although the rumors and predictions aren’t always accurate, they bring us topics after dinner. The iPhone 7 models may be way different from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.

    Because 2015 marked an “S” iPhone upgrade year that introduced new features such as an improved camera and a better processor, 2016 will bring an even-year upgrade that will include a new iPhone design in addition to new features. And as likely customers, we would like to expect some new features and updates in iPhone 7.

    1. Better Screen

    shattered iphone screen

    Bend gate of iPhone 6 isn’t a piece of latest news anymore, and I believe no one will see that again on iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. In iPhone 7, we would like to see a better screen which isn’t that easy to be broken or shattered. The rumored sapphire display didn’t come on iPhone 6s models, as the GTAT has applied for bankruptcy, so it won’t be able to provide sapphire for iPhone 7. And due to the gross shortage of sapphire displays, there is little chance that iPhone 7 will be equipped with sapphire screen, but we may want a scratch-resistant screen like Sony Xperia series.

    2. Better Battery Life

    Although Apple claims a better battery life after every update, people still don’t see obvious improvement. So we would like to see the improvements on battery life in iPhone 7, at least we would like to see an obvious improvement when comparing with the older models. The battery life of iPhone has been a complaint ever since iPhone 5, and we don’t want to charge our devices once a day. Low Battery Mode is good, but the extra one hour is just not enough.

    3. Improved RAM and Storage

    iPhone 6s models are equipped with 2GB RAM, which a good update from the predecessor, but compared various kinds of 4GB devices in the market, 2GB isn’t that outstanding. So we would like to see an up-to-date RAM in iPhone 7 models. Also, we are expecting the 32GB entry-level iPhone other than 16GB models, because we easily run out of storage space when using 16GB iPhones, and cannot install many apps.

    4. Wireless Charging

    As the USB cable Apple provides with iPhone is easy to be broken, so we would like to see a wireless-charging iPhone 7 in 2016. We can get rid of the troublesome USB cables with a wireless-charging iPhone, and we’ll also benefit from wireless charging if there are some in Starbucks or Walmart.

    5. Waterproof iPhone 7

    Competitors like Samsung and Sony have released their waterproof Android phones years ago, so we also want to see a completely waterproof iPhone 7. If iPhone 7 comes waterproof, it may also come with totally new design. The current design of iPhone is obviously not waterproof, so the next model may adjust its speakers, and the lighting port.

    iPhone 7 will come in order in 2016, and it has become a hot topic not long after the release of iPhone 6s. Maybe the latest iPhone model will bring us more surprise, let’s wait and see.

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  • New Graphite iPhone 5S and iPad mini 2’s cover leaked in high-res video

    Posted on September 2nd, 2013 David Brooks | 147 comments

    Previously, the report of champagne iPhone 5S shows high reliability. Now, there’re new reports which are based on highly convinced high-res video that revealed the 7th generation of Apple iPhone would have one more brother – graphite iPhone 5S.

    This means that besides the traditional black and white, there would be more color selections of the next iPhone, like champagne and graphite. And on the Sep. 10th Apple event, we may get even more choices.

    Aside from the color of iPhone 5S, this newly leaked high quality video also revealed the housing design of the next iPad mini.

    iPhone 5S and iPad mini 2 news

    Though the iPhone 5S looks similar to iPhone 5 a lot, we could still see that in this high quality video, the iPhone 5S is featuring double LED flashlights and a smaller Mic jack. The video provides a fantastic detailed review on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, including additional color frames for the phones. Reportedly, employees of T-Mobile, who requested not to be named – stated they are being told to limit vacation time in September, because all hands will be needed on deck. This of course brings some truth to the release of the highly anticipated iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.

    This video features a surprise visit from the back cover of the Apple iPad mini 2. Originally thought to be seeing the light of day along with the new iPhones on September 10th, those hopes are now dashed. The plastic on the top of the casing lets us know that this particular back is for a cellular enabled version of Apple’s 7.9 inch tablet.

    We’re sure that many of you just can’t wait for September 10th when Apple is expected to unveil the Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5C. right before the official release of Apple’s next iPhone, you could see the Samsung Galaxy Note III, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and the Sony Xperia Z1. We believe the following weeks would be great for those who put fancy on smartphones and tablets. So, keep your eyes here as we would provide more info.

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