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iPhone 6 to come with Sapphire front glass and a larger screen

Published on July 23, 2014 by in iPhone, News, Rumors

Apple has decided to go with the flow and try to gain more market share by releasing an iPhone with a larger screen, but wait there’s more… not only will the new iPhone 6 have a larger screen, it will come with a sapphire front glass (technically it is synthetic sapphire glass). If you are not familiar with what sapphire glass is, it’s a very durable and almost scratch proof material that you will find on most high end watches and not being incorporated into the next iPhone.
According to several rumors and some close sources to the manufacturer the next generation iPhone will come in a couple sizes, 4.4” and 5.5” screen options. The guys over in Cupertino, CA are so confident in the next release that they have reportedly asked their suppliers to manufacture between 70 to 80 million units, this is definitely up from the 50 to 60 million units of iPhone 5S and 5C.
So what does everyone think about this… will Apples bet pay off and continue their success or will they have too many units laying around during launch? I for one think that with this new larger version, especially with the 2 choices in size they will sell out.

 
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Apple iOS 8, what users want

iOS 8 What users want to seeThe latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, has been getting a lot of attention.  While many users are ecstatic over the new functionality offered by iOS 7, there could be a few more useful changes.  When iOS 8 comes out sometime in 2014, it would be nice to see some of the following changes implemented.

Hide Those Pesky Default Apps

Don’t get me wrong, I love most of the iOS default apps for email, browsing and other activities, but it would be nice to be able to pick non-Apple apps for these kinds of things.  It probably won’t happen, but would it really be so tough for Apple to let users hide those default apps?  This is something that Apple enthusiasts have been less than enthused about since the first iPhone came out.  Maybe iOS 8 will provide an option to hide the default apps, but don’t hold your breath.

Accounts for Guests or Kids

Yes, it would be nice if Apple’s dream of everyone owning their own device were somehow magically transformed into reality, but a lot of families just don’t have the financial wherewithal to get an iPhone for both parents and each of the kids.  It would be peachy if Apple would figure out how to provide a guest/child account that doesn’t affect the principle settings and data on the device.  Surely, it wouldn’t be that difficult to provide the structure for a single-tap account that does not save its own settings and data.

Managing Apps

With the advent of iOS 7, apps can now be automatically updated, but this should not be the end of it.  Developers have a tough time dealing with app data on iCloud when it should be fairly easy to save (or restore) the app’s associated data when an app is removed or reinstalled.  It wouldn’t be too terribly difficult to offer app trials along with paid versions so that developers don’t have to do the in-app-purchase or replacement app shuffle, either.

Inter-App Communication Improvement

We’ve all been in the middle of using an app, only to be transferred to another app.  When you get done with the secondary app, you don’t always get shunted back to the original app.  The workflow between apps when making changes to documents presents its own nightmare landscape because the document won’t always update in the other relevant apps, leaving you with various stages of the document in several different apps.  This shouldn’t be too difficult to correct; it just requires better inter-app communication.

Improved Management of Documents

All right, I’m just going to say it outright: Can we please get some type of centralized document access in iOS?  Sure, you can employ Dropbox as a surrogate for a real file system, but iCloud could provide the service, if Apple would just take the time to integrate all the discrete parts of the current iCloud configuration.  The lack of a serviceable workflow in iCloud is extremely disappointing.

FaceTime Conferencing

This one isn’t specifically tied to iOS, but FaceTime got its beginnings on Apple’s mobile operating system, so that’s probably the best place to start trying to implement FaceTime conference calling.  Wouldn’t it be great to make a FaceTime call that included several devices, rather than having a whole crowd of people trying to share a single device?  FaceTime is awesome, and this limitation just doesn’t make sense.

Do Not Disturb Upgrades

While iOS 7 does make some improvements to the Do Not Disturb function, it can still only handle a single schedule.  Introducing separate schedules for weekend and weekday use would be a huge improvement to the current Do Not Disturb option.

Apple, We’re Giving You a Year

The new iOS 7 provides some pretty neat new features and functions, but it’s still missing some of the basic improvements listed above.  Users are already talking about what they’d like to see in the next version, so Apple might do well to heed the rumblings coming from the masses that use their devices.  Most of these changes wouldn’t be terribly hard to make into reality.  Apple, we’re looking forward to iOS 8.  Can we have some of these options, pretty please?

 
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Apple’s Experimentation with Phablets

Published on September 6, 2013 by in Apple, Rumors

Apple’s Experimentation with Phablets

There has been a definite trend among Apple’s competitors in recent years to provide their users with ever-expanding screens for their smartphones.  Apple’s 4-inch screen for the iPhone looks positively puny in comparison to the offerings from Samsung, HTC and others.  These larger smartphones have earned the moniker “phablet.”  Apple has been conspicuously absent from the phablet arena, but that may be about to change.

Sampling Screen Sizes

Apple may be toying with the idea of giving the iPhone a larger screen, putting it in competition with Samsung’s Galaxy phablets and HTC’s One.  These phablets feature large screens with resolution that rivals that of the iPhone 5’s screen that comes in at just four inches.  The iPhone 5 can also still be held in just one hand, while some phablets have gotten so large that they are uncomfortable to try to hold in one hand for calls or other actions.  Apple purportedly wishes to avoid this problem, and while they’ve been looking at screens ranging up to six inches, it is most likely that the larger screen would still be less than five inches.  The screen size that is reportedly drawing the most attention from the company’s developers appears to be around 4.8 inches, meaning that the larger iPhone would fall somewhere between the size of the Galaxy S4 and that of the HTC One.

How iPhone Might Measure Up

Samsung recently released its Galaxy Note 3 at the Unpacked Episode 2 event in Berlin.  That phablet features a 5.7 inch screen.  The Galaxy Mega could be considered as just a smaller tablet with smartphone capabilities.  It’s huge, sporting a 6.3 inch screen.  Apple won’t cross the line of a five inch screen, though.  Avid followers point to the company’s commitment to keeping one-handed use possible, meaning that Apple is inherently limited in the size increase it could employ on future generations of the iPhone.

No Murmurs for September 10th Event

While Apple is expected to unveil the latest generation of iPhones in just a few days, there has been little-to-no speculation that they will sport larger screens.  Rather, the unveiling of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C is expected to focus on the new biometric security features of the 5S and the lower cost and redesigned case for the 5C.  There is also a lot of speculation that the new iOS 7 will be introduced and discussed in detail.   That’s not to say that the new iPhones won’t have a larger screen, but from what we’ve seen and heard recently, I’d say the chances of such a change are pretty slim during the September 10th media event.

 

 

 

 
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Another Day, Another Leak about iPhone 5S

Published on September 6, 2013 by in Apple, News, Rumors

Another Day, Another Leak about iPhone 5S

We’ve seen lots of leaks regarding Apple’s upcoming media event, where the company is expected to introduce the next generation of its flagship handset, the iPhone.  The latest leak purportedly shows a detailed view of the biometric scanner that may be employed in the iPhone 5S.  The photos show a component that will sit under the Home key of the handset.  It is widely believed to be a fingerprint scanner that will add an additional security layer to the device.

The high-resolution photos popped up online today, published by Australian teen, Sonny Dickson.  The images show hardware with a circular area that would incorporate the actual scanning mechanism within its center.  Lower-quality images were floating around at the beginning of the week, and while the earlier images cannot be matched 100% due to the difference in quality, they do appear to be of the same component.  These new images show the part in much better detail.

Leaked photos from August showed a definite change around the Home button of the purported iPhone 5S and rumors of other internal design changes have been flying through the online grapevine.  This makes sense, as a fingerprint scanner would be much more complex than the traditional Home button mechanism.

Developers who have been working with the Beta version of iOS 7 have found evidence for a “Biometric Kit” within the code, giving credence to speculation that the next generation of iPhones will employ some form for biometric scanning.  Also within the code was a description of an image showing someone being “recognized” by the device after placing their thumb on the Home button.

Rumors of biometric scanning have been circulating since Apple acquired AuthenTec last year.  AuthenTec had been developing semiconductor-based sensors that could detect the ridges and valleys inherent in a fingerprint in enough detail to be used as a security device.  The company had already developed much of the needed technology and had constructed a very small device for biometric identification when Apple acquired them for around $350 million.

With the September 10th media event just around the corner, speculation about Apple’s plans and new devices seems to grow as each day passes.  Today was no different, and I’m sure tomorrow has more tidbits in store.  Stay tuned for the latest news from Apple and keep up on all the latest on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Siri, iOS and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Samsung Confirms Galaxy Gear Rumors

Published on August 29, 2013 by in Apple, News, Rumors

Samsung Confirms Galaxy Gear Rumors

All the rumors swirling around Samsung’s anticipated Galaxy Gear device appear to have had their basis in fact.  September 4th will see Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 and the definite unveiling of the company’s latest foray into the smart watch market.

According to The Korea Times, Samsung’s executive vice president of its mobile business, Lee Young-hee confirmed the existence of the wearable computing device dubbed Galaxy Gear.  The Korea Times reported that he referred to the Galaxy Gear as a “concept device,” meaning that it is likely not ready for release to the public at large.  It was also revealed that the display on the device will not be flexible.  Previously, it had been speculated that the device could possibly incorporate a flexible screen.

Unpacked Episode 2 will take place at the IFA consumer electronics show.  The show will happen in Berlin next week and is expected to showcase some of the most cutting-edge products in the consumer electronics industry.  Samsung plays a big part with the unveiling of the new Galaxy Gear smart watch device, as well as the anticipated introduction of the Galaxy Note 3.  It is the latest addition to Samsung’s family of large smartphones.

In comments to The Korea Time, Samsung’s Lee stated that the new Galaxy Gear device would “enhance and enrich” users’ experiences with existing smart mobile technology.  The company seems to be confident in the impact that its new device will have on the mobile industry.

The Galaxy Gear represents a third attempt at entry into the smart watch field for the electronics giant, Samsung.  Two previous incarnations of a wearable smart watch-type device met with defeat.  This third stab at smart watch technology, Lee says, will “add meaningful momentum” in the mobile technology arena.

It’s important to note that Samsung has applied for a U.S. trademark for the Galaxy Gear name.  Though it looks like we won’t be seeing a mass release for the device on September 4th, we can rest assured that it’s not too far over the horizon.  With the new Galaxy Gear, the limits of mobile technology just expanded past what we see in today’s smart phones.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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