Remember not so long ago when the rumor mill claimed Apple wouldn't be unleashing a phablet-sized, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this year due to supply chain problems? Turns out assumption may have been the correct one after all.
iPhone 6, iOS 8, iWatch — there were plenty of news and rumors flying this week about Apple's highly anticipated hardware and software. On top of that, iTunes and Minecraft got updates, Apple's "factory outlet" store returned to eBay, and an iPhone made its way back to its owner after taking a detour to Japan, plus we've got tips for movie editing and for dealing with that pesky "Other" data on your iPhone.
We've long heard that we'll probably see the iWatch go live sometime "this fall," but the latest reports seem to indicate that Apple will be cutting it close. Past reports said that the device would start mass production in July (so much for that) or September, but now respected analyst Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple won't boost production until sometime in November. That means it's possible that we won't see it until December or even 2015.
We've heard a lot about how strong the rumored sapphire crystal screens for the iPhone 6 supposedly are, but a new YouTube video from famed parts leaker Sonny Dickson today may have allowed us to see for ourselves for the first time. The "may" is important, as questions remain as to whether the item is actually sapphire crystal and whether the material can actually withstand scratching or breakage.
How about a few tasty morsels of iPhone 6 rumors before Americans get to enjoy a three-day weekend? There's a second date you may want to pencil in to your calendar, while the 4.7-inch model gets a new video.
According to analyst Steve Milunovich of UBS, you may end up sending more messages via your iWatch with your voice than with traditional text messaging. That, at least, is the vibe Milunovich picked up during a meeting he had with Apple CEO Tim Cook recently, and he relayed his convictions in a letter to investors recently, reports Fortune.
Thin is in at Apple, and the Cupertino company is hard at work attempting making the iPhone thinner than ever. A new report from China Times (via GforGames) states that Apple plans to make its next flagship smartphone even less bulky by cutting the number of brightness enhancement films in the display from two to just one. Unfortunately, this could pose some supply issues.
Apple introduced a pair of new iOS software initiatives — Health and HomeKit — at this year's WWDC that would seem ready-made for new hardware, and now comes a new report claiming the Cupertino company may have designs on "smart home" hardware as well.
Good news for phablet lovers hoping a bigger iPhone will magically drop into their Christmas stocking this year: Sources are now claiming the larger smartphone will launch alongside a 4.7-inch model this fall.