We've heard a lot of good things about the so-called iPhone 6, but the word from Peter Misek, an analyst from Jefferies, is that Apple is trying to get carriers to raise the price of the device by a full $100, up from its base cost of $199. At the moment, carriers are allegedly fighting the Cupertino company's advances, but that could change as the iPhone is the only significant smartphone scheduled for launch later this year.
More rumors about the "iWatch" today, and they show just how risky it is to take them at face value. According to the latest report from DigiTimes (the same folks who relayed the news about the "August" release date just yesterday), three of Apple's suppliers have delivered samples of the flexible circuit boards intended for the iWatch.
If the latest rumors from China are correct, we may be getting the iWatch on our wrists a lot more quickly than anticipated. As reported by the Economic Daily News, Apple's long-rumored piece of wearable tech will be built by Quanta Computer of Taiwan, who'll be manufacturing 65 million units at first. And we could see it as early as August.
It's not certain, but there's a slim chance that we know exactly what the next iPhone looks like. Late last week Japan's MacFan magazine posted (via MacOtakara) what it claims are schematics for the upcoming (also alleged) 5.7-inch and 4.7-inch iPhones, and French website Nowhereelse.fr teamed up with famed concept artist Martin Hajek to determine what the content of those schematics would look like in real life.
Why wouldn't we start in with the iPhone 6 rumors already? The year is creeping on by, getting ever closer to the next handset drop date, so let's see what's cooking in that and other stories this week. But as we look forward to the iPhone's future, we also get an inside look at the past, where it all began. Plus games and TV news and more in this week's hottest news roundup.
The latest word from the rumor mill suggests that two new iPhones from Apple will launch "as early as September," according to Japanese business publication Nikkei. The site's sources claim that Apple is well along in the production cycle for the supposed models with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, and that components such as the LCD driver chips and fingerprint sensors are already being produced.
Some new purported leaks about iOS 8 just rolled in, and as before they're from the usually reliable 9to5Mac. We've already heard about additions like Apple's so-called Healthbook and the new Maps app, and recently we saw some screenshots that allegedly show what some of the new apps will look like. But now the rumors go deeper. The site claims to know some of the key changes Apple is considering for the next version of its mobile operating system.
Apple may have wowed competitors with the announcement of its A7 chip for the iPhone 5s (even in spite of some vocal dissenters), but now it's already moving past that and starting production of its new A8 chip. And guess what? Samsung isn't making it.