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Apple iPhone 5S gets Faster Processor

Published on August 25, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

Faster Chip for iPhone 5S

Information began to trickle out again Sunday regarding the iPhone 5S.  New rumors are now circulating that the new iPhone 5S will sport the A7 processor, which is expected to be about 20% – 30% faster than the A6 processor found in the current iPhone 5.  Additionally, there is speculation that the iPhone 5S will have a dedicated motion tracking chip.

A7 Prospects Excite Users

Avid Apple followers are claiming that the new iPhone 5S will make use of the newest Apple processor, the A7.  The A6 silicon processor that is standard fare in the iPhone 5 is neither as efficient, nor as fast, as the upcoming A7.  These new rumors are boosting expectations of faster and smoother operation in the next generation of Apple’s flagship handset device.

The improvements offered by the A7 processor will be noticeable in daily operations and uses.  The metrics being utilized to determine the ranges of increased speed are not yet known.  Taking into account the architecture of the processor, those metrics would be extremely helpful in determining how much better the CPUs (responsible for mathematical operations) and GPUs (responsible for driving graphic images) are really operating.

How Apple has managed to eke out a little more horsepower for the new A7 is the subject of some debate among Apple followers.  Whether the increases come from a recent switch to ARMv8 architecture or from the possibility of 64-bit support for the A7 processor, Apple fans are eagerly awaiting the newest, fastest processor yet.

Dedicated Motion Tracking

The dedicated motion tracking chip will supply a whole new layer of interaction for users.  This discrete chip will handle only motion tracking duties and looks as though it may be a special part of the camera package on the iPhone 5S; it may possibly be part of a special post processor package.  Apple followers speculate that the iPhone 5S will feature post processing techniques patented by the company.  Some of these patents include interpolation of camera sensor data for tasks that are unrelated to image output, such as “gaze detection.”  A variety of Apple-held patents feature discrete chips that are able to perform processing duties.  These are typically located on the circuit board for the sensor module.

Anticipating the Media Event

All of the rumors are expected to be put to rest September 10th, when Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C at a special media event.  Until then, rumors will continue to swirl around the newest incarnation of the popular smartphone devices.





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New Apple Patent Raises Privacy Concerns

Published on August 22, 2013 by in Apple, News

New Apple Patent Raises Privacy Concerns

A patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday indicates that Apple is intending to develop technology that will allow any iPhone user to check the availability of any other iPhone user before they even place a call to them.  The idea is to reduce frustration over unanswered calls by letting the caller check to see if the user they’re calling has a low battery, is in Airplane Mode, what strength their signal is and other data.  The patent, aptly titled “Methods to determine availability of user based on mobile phone status,” outlines a process to make this kind of information sharing a reality.

Ending Frustration or Ending Privacy?

If you’ve ever been trying desperately to reach someone, only to have every frantic call go straight to their voicemail, you understand the frustration that Apple is looking to prevent.  With the new feature, you’ll be able to see if they’re available or not before you even make the call.

In order for this to become a reality, your iPhone would communicate with Apple in specific backend communications.  Your phone would report its status on things like battery life, mode (Airplane, Normal, etc.), location and signal strength.  Apple would make this information available on their servers, allowing any iPhone user to see your phone’s status prior to actually trying to place the call.  If the caller sees that you’re not available through the status of your phone, they can choose to try to complete the call or dismiss it.  It would work much the same as instant messaging availability in that it allows another user to see if you’re “online” or not.

Comments from users seem to center on privacy issues with this sort of information sharing.  Apple would likely include a way to turn off or opt out of such sharing, but a lot of users seem to take issue with the feature being introduced in the first place.  While some users liken the process to instant messaging and its visible availability, others contend that a phone is different in that you are never signed in or out; it’s a more comprehensive and present device than an instant messaging service.

Could Be, Possibly

There’s no guarantee that this new feature will ever even be presented as an option for iPhone use.  If it is ever brought out on a comprehensive basis, you can be sure you’ll hear a lot more in the debate over privacy and iPhone availability status.




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Apple inc Looking to Design 3D Feature for iPhone, iPad

A Look at the Future

Your iPhone or iPad might come with 3D object manipulation in the near future.  Apple currently holds a patent filing that carries implications for the company’s future plans for 3D object manipulation.  The filing, with the revealing title “Working with 3D Objects,” was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.  It describes the concept for manipulating objects in three dimensions by way of gestures, meaning that three dimensional object representations will be moved and rotated, stretched and pulled, just by waving your fingers over the device’s screen.


Apple looking to go 3D

How it Works

Users will likely find that getting into 3D manipulation is easier than it might seem.  Common gestures like pinching will allow control in 2D, while getting the object into 3D will only require touching the 2D representation at three points and then lifting your fingers from the screen.  Object manipulation will be simple, requiring only simple gestures above the screen of your device.

Apple’s filing reveals that pinching or pulling gestures will actively affect the representational object by squeezing or stretching specific parts of it, much like working with clay.  This could prove to be a particularly useful modification for use in CAD programs, allowing the designer to modify a 3D object with a whole new set of tools.

The patent application provides the following explanation:

The CAD program may provide a drafting area showing 2D or 3D objects being processed by the user, and menus outside the drafting area for allowing the user to choose from various tools in generating or modifying 2D or 3D objects. For example, there may be menus for 2D object templates, 3D object templates, paint brush options, eraser options, line options, color options, texture options, options for rotating or resizing the objects, and so forth. The user may select a tool from one of the menus and use the selected tool to manipulate the 2D or 3D object.


Viewing in 3D

It’s probable that the use of some type of 3D glasses will be required in order to see the objects properly.  The patent filing allows for a display that utilizes parallax barriers or lenticular lenses.  The display may make use of varied polarizations that are intended for the right or left eye and that will need to be viewed through a polarized pair of 3D specs.  Apple’s technology may be about to take a huge leap forward and users could be looking at it in a whole new way.


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Apple iPhone 5C to replace 5

Published on August 19, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

iPhone 5C to replace iPhone 5

Low-End iPhone 5C May Not Be Low-End After All

The iPhone 5C has been rumored for months.  The general consensus was that it would be in competition with other low-cost smartphones but some prominent Apple followers are now changing their tune.

Low-End?  More Like Mid-Range

The iPhone 5C will sport a plastic case (in a variety of colors) and a four inch screen.  While it was thought to be Apple’s entry into the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, it now actually looks as if it will be a mid-range product.  It won’t be as expensive as the iPhone 5S, but it won’t be anywhere near the cheap side when it comes to smartphone pricing.

Replacing the 4S?

Conventional Apple insider wisdom had coalesced around the idea that the iPhone 5C would replace the iPhone 4S, thereby eliminating the problem of the old 30-pin connectors still being in circulation.  According to new information from reliable sources, the iPhone 5C is not intended to replace the iPhone 4S, which is still very popular with users.  Instead, it looks as though the intention is to replace the iPhone 5.  Serious Apple followers believe that Apple is looking to offer the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S simultaneously.


What to Expect After September 10th

There have been a few hiccups in production of the iPhone 5S.  It looks like Apple will only be able to ship about 5.2 million units in this fiscal quarter.  By contrast, the iPhone 5C is expected to come in at about 8.4 million units during the same time.  In the short run, this may result in the iPhone 5C outpacing the iPhone 5S in sales.

Insiders do not expect that trend to continue for any extended period of time.  The iPhone 5S will likely outsell the 5C once production is fully ramped up.  Apple is reportedly looking to ship roughly 28 million of the iPhone 5S units in the final quarter of its sales year.


Apple Staying Mum

Apple isn’t directly confirming any of these numbers or plans.  The company is famously closed-mouthed about its plans and will likely not officially release any information regarding its new products ahead of the anticipated September 10th media event.  Apple followers, though, are fairly certain that they know what’s to come and they’ve usually been right in the past.

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Leaked Photos Seem to Confirm Apple iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner

Published on August 17, 2013 by in Apple, News, Rumors

Leaked Photos Seem to Confirm iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner

In one of my earlier posts, I outlined the changes that were expected to be presented in Apple’s next offering, the iPhone 5S.  Photos were leaked recently that seem to confirm that at least one of those changes is an almost-sure thing.


Biometric Scanning Rumors

Last year, Apple gained AuthenTec, a chipmaker specializing in fingerprint recognition technology.  Immediately following the acquisition, rumors started to fly that Apple was looking into developing a biometric scanner for its products.  Evidence is coming to light that the rumors may actually be true.

When one of the beta versions of iOS 7 was released, one of the testers discovered code that would work with a biometric scanner.  Newly-leaked photos of the interior of the iPhone 5S show definite changes in the metal spacer cushion in the area of the home key.  These two items together make it highly likely that the 5S will have fingerprint recognition capabilities.


Standing Out From the Crowd

In October of last year, a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office showed up on the Office’s webpage, complete with language regarding fingerprint recognition.  The filing was held by Apple and is one of many filings related to fingerprint scan technology currently held by the company.  It stands to reason that Apple will be introducing some kind of biometric scanning technology.  From the evidence available, it seems we’ll be seeing it September 10th, at Apple’s anticipated media event.

While the question of if Apple will introduce this technology has seemingly been answered, the question still remains as to how it will be received by users.  Some are questioning if the new technology will be the ultimate in iPhone data security or if it’s really just an attempt by Apple to distinguish itself among other smartphone makers.  Is it going to be an awesome alternative to having to enter a password from a locked home screen, or just a mildly interesting addition to an already highly-regarded device?  These questions and others will be answered September 10th, when Apple is expected to introduce its latest iPhone design.



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