iPhone 6 coming in August, earlier than previously thought
May09

iPhone 6 coming in August, earlier than previously thought

With all this talk about the LG G3, HTC One Mini 2, and a possible premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5, it’s easy to forget that Apple will also announce new smartphones later this year. So far the rumors on the matter have focused on telling us that Apple will release two new iPhones, either both this year, or one being pushed to 2015. One of those, many previous leaks claimed, would have a 4.7-inch screen, and the other would fit into phablet territory with a 5.5-inch display. These two upcoming models have been ‘confirmed’ by another report from the Far East, once again supposedly quoting sources from the supply chain. Many rumors originate at these sources, but not all pan out – keep that in mind. What’s new today is that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is said to become available in August, around a month earlier than previously anticipated. Perhaps Apple, finally realising a 4-inch flagship is simply too small in this day and age, is now rushing to feed people’s thirst for bigger devices. The 5.5″ or 5.6″ other iPhone (it’s unclear what this will be called) will then follow along and arrive in stores in September, around one year after the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Apparently, Apple has ordered 80 million units of the two new iPhone models. Via...

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iPhone 5S now just $99.99 with contract, or even free with trade-in
Apr18

iPhone 5S now just $99.99 with contract, or even free with trade-in

Many Android-powered smartphones see hefty discounts at third-party retailers, some even days after they launch. It’s not unusual to find such a company selling an Android device for half of what carriers are asking for it. But things are and always have been different when it comes to iPhones. They’re usually not ever seen on sale at anything other than the recommended price – which, for the current flagship, is $199.99 with a two-year contract. Sometimes certain retailers such as Walmart take that price around $10 down, but that’s mostly it. So you should be surprised then, and perhaps a bit happy, to find out that you can now buy an entry-level iPhone 5S for just $99.99. Obviously you still need to sign a new two-year contract with a carrier, your choice being between AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. But that’s a cool $100 saved compared to what you’d need to pay should you go directly to those carriers. Furthermore, if you trade in an eligible iPhone (say, an iPhone 4S), then you can get the iPhone 5S for free. This amazing offer is available at RadioShack, though you can’t take advantage of it online – you’ll have to go to a brick-and-mortar store to do the deed, if you so wish. Via Phone...

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iPad 4 replaces iPad 2 as Apple’s cheap 10″ tablet, 8 GB iPhone 5C launched
Mar18

iPad 4 replaces iPad 2 as Apple’s cheap 10″ tablet, 8 GB iPhone 5C launched

Apple has launched an 8 GB version of the iPhone 5C in Europe, China, and Australia – and perhaps even more places, but, interestingly, not the US. At least not yet. This is now obviously the cheapest iPhone of the models launched last year, though it’s anything but cheap. If you’re in the UK, for example, and want to get an 8 GB iPhone 5C unlocked you’ll need to pay £429 for the privilege. That’s £40 less than the 16 GB model (which was previously the base one). However, there are at least six (if not more) Android flagship smartphones that can currently be had for less than that, according to Cult of Android. Sure, iOS is one thing and Android is another, but this goes to show just how preposterous Apple’s pricing is in places that aren’t as in love with subsidies as the US is. And – once again – we said flagship Android smartphones, not midrangers or anything like that. Of course, the saying goes ‘to each his own’, so if you were looking to buy an iPhone 5C but for some incredibly obscure reason didn’t want 16 GB of storage, your savior has come. Apple’s also done away with the iPad 2 today, and for good – thankfully. The incredibly old tablet (pre-Retina displays even, if you can remember those times) has been replaced in the company’s portfolio by the iPad 4. This will now serve as Apple’s entry-level 10-inch tablet, complementing the iPad Air. The iPad 4 is priced the same as the iPad 2 used to be – $399 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only model. That’s $100 less than the iPad Air, and this switch-up may ensure that more people get an Apple tablet in the future. Apple’s made one of its products that isn’t selling well cheaper, and ousted another one from its roster completely. So let’s rejoice,...

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Apple may have canceled 12.9″ iPad Pro. Next Nexus tablet could have 8.9″ screen
Mar14

Apple may have canceled 12.9″ iPad Pro. Next Nexus tablet could have 8.9″ screen

A 12-inch iPad has been rumored for a very long time. Longer, in fact, than a 12-inch Samsung tablet – which, by the way, got official this January at CES in two iterations, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Apple, however, has stayed mum on going bigger with its iPad line. And if you were craving that oft-leaked 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you could be rather unlucky. That’s because the company may have shelved plans to bring such a big tablet to market. This is according to DigiTimes Research, the research arm of the notorious Taiwan-based publication that feeds our need for rumors originating in the “upstream supply chain” of big corporations. There’s no direct reason given for the move, but it’s been said that “most of the large-size tablet projects face difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems” – whatever that means. It’s pretty clear that 12-inch tablets aren’t going to go mainstream any time soon, so their main uses may be in enterprise environments. Samsung’s pricing of its 12-inchers suggests that it’s not going after consumers either. However, enterprise apps for Android and iOS are generally inferior (especially in terms of productivity) to their PC counterparts, and with prices starting at around $650 12-inch tablets are certainly not cheaper than most entry-level business-focused laptops. So why would a company choose such tablets over good ol’ laptops? Exactly. Because of these issues, DigiTimes says Samsung will only manage to sell around 1 million 12″ tablets this year. Moving on, a Nexus 8 tablet has long been rumored to arrive this year. It was said that this would effectively replace the Nexus 7 in Google’s portfolio, as very heated competition in the 7-inch space has meant that the second-generation Nexus 7 has had worse sales numbers than the original model. Hence, Google apparently wants to move its small tablet efforts to another bit of the market, one that isn’t served by affordable devices right now. Yet new information from the same DigiTimes source now claims that the 8-inch Nexus will actually come with an 8.9-inch touchscreen, which would make it closer to a 9-inch tablet. This is reportedly Google’s first tablet project for 2014, so it could in fact serve as a replacement for the aging Nexus 10 from 2012, and not the Nexus 7 – which may even get a successor at some point this year, complementing the 8.9″ Nexus. The 8.9-inch Nexus tablet is expected to be affordable, just like all of Google’s tablets have been, but exact pricing is unknown right now. As is the detail about who...

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Apple’s next iPhones will look like both the iPhone 5C and the 7th-gen iPod Nano, iOS 8 details leak
Mar11

Apple’s next iPhones will look like both the iPhone 5C and the 7th-gen iPod Nano, iOS 8 details leak

This year, Apple has long been rumored to launch two new iPhones, both of them larger than any handset the company has released before. This would make a lot of sense, seeing as how the Android world has moved towards 5-inch smartphones being the new norm at the high-end space, while Apple’s current iPhones only have 4-inch screens. That said, Apple has resisted dramatic changes for its mobile devices many times before, so let’s not forget that these are all nothing but rumors right now. Speaking of rumors, we have a new one that speaks about the purported design of the upcoming iPhones. First, it reiterates something we’ve heard before – namely, that one of them will have a 4.7-inch screen, and the other will come with a 5.7-inch display (making it Apple’s first ever phablet). Ignoring for a second whether Apple would actually go that large in one fell swoop, let’s go on. The rumor claims these devices will look like something of a cross between the iPhone 5C and the seventh generation iPod Nano (both pictured below). Those devices are plenty colorful, however the iPhone 5C is made out of plastic, whereas the Nano achieves many different color versions on an anodized aluminium shell. We’re assuming Apple will use the latter for its next iPhones, as otherwise it would lose a whole lot of customers who think plastic phones are by default inferior to metal ones. The 5.7-inch iPhone won’t be a midranger meant to replace the iPhone 5C, but a full high-end device, so Apple could use the same hardware innards for both it and the smaller, more mainstream 4.7-inch model. The mute and volume buttons of the bigger handset will have the same shapes as those seen in the iPhone 5C, and the device itself will feature rounded back edges a la the 5C. Further following the design language of the iPhone 5C will be the iPhone phablet’s speaker and mic holes on the bottom. The phablet will be around 16 cm long, 8 cm wide, and 7 mm thick. However, Apple may decide to make it 7.5 mm thick in production models, so as to not have the camera protrude too much. This is apparently the same thing that’s happened to the iPad Air, when going from concept to actual device. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be approximately 14 cm long, and 7 cm wide. It may also be around 7 mm thick. Both of these devices should launch running iOS 8, and today we get the first details regarding this next version of the company’s mobile software. Apparently it will be a release focused...

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Apple wants to sell 90 million iPhone 6 units. 3 million iPhone 5C handsets are now in inventory
Mar06

Apple wants to sell 90 million iPhone 6 units. 3 million iPhone 5C handsets are now in inventory

Apple has high hopes for its next iPhone, it seems. The company is reported to have ordered no less than 90 million iPhone 6 units from its manufacturing partner Foxconn. This comes from an analyst at Citigroup Global Markets, who was quoted by the Chinese-language Commercial Times in Taiwan. This info was then picked up by DigiTimes, the Taiwan-based source for rumors and speculation originating in the “upstream supply chain” of most smartphone makers out there. Unlike what it has projected for the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5C isn’t doing at all well for Apple, according to another DigiTimes report, this time coming straight from those infamous “Taiwan-based supply chain makers”. They claim that there’s currently an inventory buildup of 3 million iPhone 5C units just sitting around – 2 million of which are at Pegatron, the company that makes them, and one million at different carriers and distributors. Shipments of the iPhone 5C have dramatically declined starting in late 2013, and this inventory buildup is apparently the result of that (or rather – the consequence of Apple overestimating iPhone 5C sales). Apple has reacted to the very weak demand for the iPhone 5C, as it decided to stop placing orders for the handset at the end of last year, but that obviously didn’t help with the inventory situation. Unfortunately, all this stock isn’t likely to result in price cuts for the iPhone 5C at carriers across the world, because of their contracts with Apple and the prices they’ve already agreed to pay for the smartphone. As for why the 5C is doing so badly, the main reason is probably that it’s not cheap enough to become a better seller than the higher-end iPhone...

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TSMC starts making A8 processors for Apple’s next iPhone
Mar05

TSMC starts making A8 processors for Apple’s next iPhone

According to sources in Taiwan, TSMC has already started producing A8 processors for use in Apple’s next-generation mobile devices, presumably the iPhone 6 as well as possible new iPads to be unveiled later this year. Despite the fact that production for the new chipsets has started so early, Apple isn’t expected to make its new wares official before the third quarter of the year (which starts in July and ends in September). It might, however, unveil the iPhone 6 in early Q3, which may mean during the month of July. The next iPhone could come with a 4.7-inch screen, finally breaking Apple’s tradition of using only much smaller displays for its phones. TSMC has long been rumored to be the only manufacturing partner for Apple’s A8 chips. That comes after Samsung made most of Apple’s mobile processors ever since the first iPhone got official. This shift can obviously be interpreted as Apple wanting to get rid of Samsung because of the growing competition between the two firms in the mobile space, but there might be a much less sinister-sounding, and much simpler explanation: yield issues. Namely, as designed by Apple, the A8 has to be made using a 20nm process, and Samsung may have had problems with yields for that particular process. Hence, Apple had to go somewhere else, and TSMC just happens to be the world’s biggest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, so what better company to turn to when in need? Sure, the “Apple ditches Samsung because it claims the Korean company copied its iPhones” narrative sounds nice – and makes for good headlines – but we’ve already reported that Apple has signed a further chipset manufacturing contract with Samsung for the next generation of iDevices, those that will be out next year. For them, Samsung will make processors based on a 14nm manufacturing process. The contract has been rumored to be for three years, and Apple reportedly agreed to pay Samsung 20% more per chip than during the two companies’ previous arrangements. That definitely looks like a big win for Samsung, so TSMC’s fame as sole mobile chipset supplier to Apple may be very short lived. Via...

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iPhone 6 to come in two sizes in September
Feb12

iPhone 6 to come in two sizes in September

These days, most leaks are about the Samsung Galaxy S5. That’s understandable, since the handset is due to be announced in less than two weeks. However, you may be craving some iPhone-related rumors – if so, this is for you. Not that we haven’t already heard a myriad of scenarios for the iPhone 6, mind you. But here’s a new one. Apparently Apple will go the way of Oppo and release two versions of the iPhone 6. Two similarly high-end iterations, as there won’t be an iPhone 6C. The C line, it seems, starts and ends with the iPhone 5C. The cheap iPhone option will be the iPhone 5S from the point when the iPhone 6 gets unveiled. That, by the way, will happen in September. So Apple won’t break its yearly release cycle and put a new smartphone out before that. The two iPhone 6 models will have different screen sizes, one being 4.7-inch and the other 5.5-inch diagonally. This info reportedly comes from “industry insiders who have seen the prototypes”, according to the South China Morning Post. The iPhone 6 models will have screens made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which is second only to diamonds in terms of scratch-resistance – though it shatters more easily than other hardened things that phone displays are covered with (think Gorilla Glass). So far, Apple has used sapphire for camera sensors and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S, but now it’s going all-in with the material by using it for screens. However, that ‘sapphire crystal screen for iPhone 6’ rumor is contradicted by a report from China from a couple of days ago, which basically states (according to “industry sources” yet again) that it’s unlikely to happen. The reasons have to do with both cost increases which Apple wouldn’t tolerate, as well as limited production capacity for such screens. So what will it be, in the end? At this point there is an iPhone 6 prototype being tested with the sapphire crystal display, so it could go either way. The ‘design freeze’ for the iPhone 6 is set for April, so until then things are in flux. One of the iPhone 6 versions will come with a 441 ppi pixel density, equaling that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (though not that of the Galaxy S5, if it indeed comes with a 2,560×1,440 panel). Apple has long been rumored to make its smartphones’ screens larger, but so far it’s been way behind the curve on the matter. Though now that we’re seeing 5-inch and larger devices become more and more successful, the American company may have no choice but...

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iPad 2 now just $299 at Walmart, even less with trade-in offer
Feb06

iPad 2 now just $299 at Walmart, even less with trade-in offer

It may seem odd at first, but Apple is still selling the iPad 2, because it’s billing it as its very own entry-level 10-inch tablet. The iPad 2 has been around for a very long time, though, which kind of makes Apple’s asking price of $399 seem like a bit too much for most people. After all, the brand new latest model iPad Air is just $100 more. To sweeten the deal somewhat, Walmart is running a promo for the next 30 days, whereby you can get an iPad 2 for $100 off its normal price. Hence, you’ll only need to pay $299 if you need to buy this classic Apple tablet. That makes it a lot more enticing, though as they say – wait, there’s more! Walmart is also in the process of offering you up to $300 in credit if you trade-in an old device (which has to be working, mind you). According to Phone Arena, the retailer guarantees a trade-in value of at least $100 for any iPad you bring into the store – so you could further cut the iPad 2’s price all the way down to a pretty unbelievable (for an Apple product) $199. However, the only iPad that’s older than the iPad 2 at this point is the original, so unless you have that one trading in another iPad for an iPad 2 doesn’t make much sense (though we assume you may perhaps want to get rid of an iPad Mini too – say because you think its screen is too small or something like that). You could also get an iPad Air for just $399 by trading in an older iPad, which is a pretty decent deal as well. The trade-in offer doesn’t only apply to iPads, though. You can get up to $300 if you part with an old smartphone or tablet, but if you go for a new smartphone you’ll need to sign a two-year contract with either AT&T or Verizon in order to take advantage of the deal. Helpfully, over here you can find out in advance how much credit you’ll receive for the old device you want to bring in to Walmart – so you know exactly what to expect. And if you’re interested in purchasing a cheap iPad 2 from the retailer, this is where you need to...

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New iPhones with larger screens ‘confirmed’ by yet another report
Jan23

New iPhones with larger screens ‘confirmed’ by yet another report

A bigger iPhone has been rumored for many years, and we got that in the form of the iPhone 5 (and its successors, the 5S and 5C, obviously). But in the past couple of years, the mobile world has become even more enamored with big smartphone screens. After all, a year before Apple finally decided to go beyond 3.5 inches, Samsung was unveiling the 5.3-inch original Galaxy Note that changed everything (after being laughed at by many for quite some time). As devices with 5.3-inch screens become the norm for the high-end space, at least in the Android world, Apple is still trapped in a 4-inch mindset. That will certainly change – because it has to. And since this year we should be getting a proper iPhone 6, and not just an “S” variant, it stands to reason that Apple will finally go even bigger in 2014. And thankfully, we’re not seeing any signs (read: rumors) about it doing so incrementally, to 4.2 or 4.3 inches or something like that. Just a few days ago we told you that Apple may release two new iPhones, one with a 4.7″ screen, and the other being a true phablet with a 5.7″ display. Today a report from WSJ comes to confirm this, in a way. It speaks about Apple working on two new handsets. It says they will both be out this year. It claims that one will have a screen size of at least 4.5 inches, and the other’s will be bigger than 5 inches. That’s all well and good, but apparently only the smaller model is in the process of being prepared for mass production at the moment, being further along in development. The phablet is still in preliminary development stages. Oh, and according to the anonymous sources behind this information, Apple’s plans could change at any time (which is a nice thing to say if you don’t want people to question your accuracy in such reports). A 4.5-inch iPhone (or even 4.7-inch) does sound believable for a 2014 release, but going all-in the phablet market so soon strikes me as less plausible. Sure, every analyst under the sun says it will happen, but analysts like to make stuff up. A lot. This report being from WSJ lends it a bit more credence, though. One more thing: the plastic casing seen in the iPhone 5C will be dropped, as both rumored models for this year will have metal designs similar to what is used in the currently selling iPhone 5S. That must have been influenced by the pretty bad sales the iPhone 5C...

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