One of the main complaints about Apple’s mobile ambitions over the years has been a lack of variety. For quite some time, we’ve had our shot at one submission in each category. A single phone, a solo tablet, and not enough variety to keep many users engaged. That’s been changing, and if rumors are true, will continue to. Is Apple finally getting the hint? If they are, let’s hope they’ve learned from past mistakes.
Apple’s rumored smartwatch, currently known only as the iWatch, is reportedly heading into mass production. A Taiwanese plant is said to be starting on the process this July, with an order of roughly 50 million units the first year alone. In addition to the shipment details, we’re also getting info on the form factor the watch will take.
The folks at Unbox Therapy have gotten their hands on what is purported to be an iPhone 6 case, which they've shown off in a comparison video next to an iPhone 5s, as well as a Note 3 and Nexus 5. In addition, some artistic renders of the upcoming iPhone 6 have surfaced, showing off concepts of what the final product could look like.
This week several news outlets - including our own - were quick to the gun with posting some iPhone 6 images that very much appeared to be the real deal. As it turns out, some smudges on the displays of these units gave them away: the same smudge patterns were used on previous renderings, also giving these images away as renderings as such. The whole lot was mocked up by 3D illustrator Martin Hajek.
A slew of somewhat blurry pictures surfaced by way of Sonny Dickson on Twitter today, who claims they feature the iPhone 6 casing. Whilst unverified, they show what appears to be a unibody construction much larger than the current handset's iteration, and follow along after a long string of leaks about the upcoming Apple smartphone.
In the creation of the next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, it's said - and it's been suggested by Apple several times over the course of the last year - that they'll be pushing into the health and fitness arena. You'll have seen quite a few apps and devices doing this over the past year as well, the entire "wearables" industry making their way forward fully intent on taking advantage of the average citizen's wishes to stay in shape.
Over the past year we've had no shortage of rumors surrounding Apple's next iPhone - not all of which were centered on the iPhone coming after the iPhone 5s. This week it would appear that a theme is emerging on more than just the display size in what could be a double-release. While rumors surrounding the iPhone 6's display have thus far suggested that two display sizes are incoming, it's the frontside physical button we're interested in this afternoon.
The next big release from Apple appears to be stacking up as a wearable device, coming up more than just a couple of times with a code-name iWatch. This device has been teased again today with a release inside China with inside sources suggesting Apple has been creating prototypes of the device and is currently testing more than one model. This miniature device is also set to look rather similar to that of the 6th generation iPod nano with a very similar battery size, lending steam to the idea that the change-back to a larger size for the line in favor of the iPod Shuffle was done for more than one easy-to-see reason.
When the redesigned iPhone 5s home button flex cable first appeared with a slightly different configuration from the cable for the iPhone 5, it was suggested to have been to make way for Touch ID. Apple's Touch ID does indeed exist on the iPhone 5s - that's fingerprint sensing technology for iDevices, if you did not know - and a redesigned 5th generation iPad home button flex cable has appeared here via CTech today. The 5th generation iPad is said to be appearing in full as imminent as mid-month here in October, complete with a redesigned body to reflect the new wave with the iPad mini.