News tagged: Apple iPhone
Internal memos at Apple indicate the company is changing its warranty policy so that third-party iPhone display replacements don't void your coverage. Previously, the moment you went to a local repair shop to fix your display, you lost all your other coverage.
An investigation into an iPhone 7 Plus that exploded and was caught on camera will be carried out by Apple. The video shows a phone smoking and its case melting. It's been viewed well over a million times and shared thousands of times across Twitter.
At least five internal groups at Apple are working on wireless charging ahead of the iPhone 8's release, reports MacRumors. Many rumors have claimed the iPhone 8 will be the first Apple handset to come with wireless charging. Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium.
App-related spending on iOS in the United States increased during 2016, with a significant rise noted in the entertainment category. Sensor Tower reports consumers spent about 130% more year-over-year on entertainment apps such as HBO Now and Netflix.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the iPhone 8 will come with a depth-sensing camera that'll enable 3D photos. The new "revolutionary" camera is going to add 3D data to 2D images. This could be used for upgraded selfies as well as for face and iris recognition.
Apple is going to hold an event next month that'll see the unveiling of new iPad Pro models, a 128 GB iPhone SE, and red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units, reports Mac Otakara. There will reportedly be new 7.9, 9.7, 10.5, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
Apple has reportedly acquired a startup involved in AI-based face recognition, lending support to rumors that an upcoming iPhone will offer facial recognition. The deal between Apple and RealFace, an Israeli startup, is said to have gone down for "several million dollars."
Whether or not Indian government agrees to the incentives Apple has requested, the company is set to begin assembling the iPhone SE in the country. The report says that Apple will start making the iPhone SE at its Bangalore manufacturing plant in India in the coming months.
Some of the features that'll reportedly be found in the iPhone 8 are advanced facial scanning and support for some augmented reality capabilities. Those features were discussed in recent reports from JP Morgan's Rod Hall and Goldman Sachs' Simona Jankowski.
Some reports about the iPhone 8 have indicated the phone is close to bezel-less, suggesting Apple may want to get rid of the home button with it or another upcoming model. If it goes in that direction, a different fingerprint reader setup will presumably be required.
Some OLED displays for next year's iPhone might be sourced from BOE Technology Group, a Chinese company. Bloomberg reports Apple is figuring out how to ensure it has enough OLED displays available for a large-scale shift away from LCD. Apple has been testing its displays.
One of the upgrades present with Apple's rumored iPhone 8 is a switch to stainless steel for the device's frame. While the highest-end iPhone, which is said to cost over $1,000, offers stainless steel, the regular iPhone 7s models are still reportedly going to use aluminum.
According to latest report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo, the upcoming iPhone 8 with OLED panel will have the same physical size as the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, but a much bigger battery. The smartphone is expected to have a battery capacity of around 2,700 mAh, which is a big jump
Samsung Display has signed a deal with Apple to supply the Cupertino-based company with 60 million OLED panels for the next-generation iPhone, in addition to the 100 million units reportedly ordered by Apple last April. The deal is reportedly worth 5 trillion won, or about $4.3B.
An iris scanner will reportedly be included with the iPhone 8, the highest-end iPhone model that'll be released in 2017. The component would let users authenticate themselves just by looking at their phone. DigiTimes says the phone offers an iris scanner and wireless charging.
Pretty much every flagship Android, and now even some mid-range smartphones, come with wireless charging, which is one of the key features that is missing on iPhones. Not for long, as Apple has been working with Foxconn on wireless charging modules for 2017 iPhones.
Apple is widely believed to be making some big changes to the iPhone with the iPhone 8 and according to Fast Company, those changes come with a price. The handset will come in over $1,000, surpassing the top iPhone 7's $969. Part of the price is from its display.
Apple has failed to gain approval to sell refurbished iPhones in India, but it still wants to open up that business opportunity. Bloomberg reports Apple requested during negotiations with the government the ability to import iPhones so that they can be refurbished and sold.
Production of the next iPhone is starting earlier than usual this year, reports BlueFin Research Partners. Analysts with the group say Apple has pushed up the iPhone 8's production timeline, but there's no indication the expected release date has changed.
Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in California that claims the company intentionally broke FaceTime on iOS 6 to push more consumers to iOS 7. The suit also says iPhone 4 and 4s units that were forced to upgrade ended up being more likely to crash.