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Apple and AmEx rumored to team up for iPhone payments [u]

08/31, 12:38pm

Discussion of deal in place mirrors that of earlier Apple and Visa deal

[Updated with claims of Visa, Mastercard deals] According to financial industry sources, credit card company American Express is teaming up with Apple on an iPhone payments system. The new offering is said to allow holders of an iPhone 6 to use the upcoming device in lieu of a physical card in retail shops with compatible hardware. It is not known if the feature will debut with the iPhone 6, or with a future software rollout.

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Developer finds evidence supporting 3x resolution coming to iPhone

08/29, 10:14pm

Could offer resolutions as high as 2208x1242, likely for larger devices

It has been speculated for some time that if Apple does decide to make larger iPhone screens as it now appears to be doing, that resolution would have to increase dramatically, which could cause headaches for developers. However, new testing by Dragthing creator James Thompson has revealed that Apple may instead rely on pixel-tripling, asking developers only to provide assets at 1x, 2x, and 3x the logical screen resolution. This could yield Retina-quality images on devices with larger displays.

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Leaked iPhone 6 logic board shows NFC chip, 16GB of storage [u]

08/29, 2:30pm

May confirm two important points

(Updated with video showing powered-on device) A new set of photos from Feld & Volk and well-known leak source Sonny Dickson show what appears to be a complete logic board for the iPhone 6. Significantly, the board contains both an NXP-made NFC chip and what's believed to be 16GB of Toshiba flash memory. Plans for NFC are now widely reported, and the photos may back a claim that Apple will retain 16GB as an option.

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Photos show what may be near-complete rear shell for iPhone 6

08/29, 10:27am

Bands may be colored to better blend in

Photos obtained by French site Nowhereelse show what may be a finished rear shell for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Unlike ones in previous leaks, the new shell -- all silver -- appears to have had the bands between sections colored in to better match their surroundings. Similar touches could be applied to the gold and space gray versions of the phone.

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NFC chips in iPhone 6 coming from Netherlands' NXP, report says

08/29, 9:45am

Evidence mounting that NFC may happen

Apple is indeed planning to incorporate NFC into the iPhone 6, using chips from Dutch firm NXP Semiconductor, say sources for the Financial Times. The technology is mainly expected to be used for mobile payments and ticketing, but might enable functions in an "Internet of things" (home automation) context. Both Apple and NXP have refused to comment on the matter.

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'Massive structure' in place at Flint Center ahead of Apple event

08/28, 1:25pm

Purpose so far unknown

A "massive structure" is being constructed on the campus of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, the site of Apple's September 9 press event, witnesses say. The structure is encased in a white barricade, and appears to be about three stories tall. "Scads" of security staff are reportedly protecting it, and administrators will only say that they "are not at liberty to discuss that [structure] due to client wishes."

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Apple officially announces September 9 press event [u]

08/28, 12:51pm

Expected to feature iPhone 6, iWatch

(Updated with Bloomberg claims of iWatch debut) As anticipated, Apple has formally announced a September 9 press event. Unlike past fall events, however, this one will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, rather than the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. It will begin at 10AM Pacific time, or 1PM Eastern.

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Report: iPhone 6 will include NFC-based payment tech

08/28, 11:41am

Details of platform still under wraps

The next-generation iPhone should include NFC-based mobile payment technology, sources tell Wired. The magazine doesn't go into specifics, except to claim that the mobile payment system will be "one of the hallmark features of the device when it's unveiled on September 9." A past report from The Information suggested that there might be a "secure element" in the new iPhone that would safeguard financial information, presumably a reference to allowing Touch ID to verify NFC purchases using the secure enclave.

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Photos indicate silver, gold, space gray colors for iPhone 6

08/28, 10:47am

Device should also have larger internal speaker

New photos from French site Nowhereelse indicate that the iPhone 6 will again come in silver, gold, and "space gray" tone. SIM trays and Touch ID sensors all show the same range of colors used for the iPhone 5s. The trays may also be somewhat curved, presumably to fit the rounded edges on the iPhone 6's chassis.

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Costco phone kiosks will begin selling AppleCare+ tomorrow?

08/27, 11:25pm

Extended warranty available for both iPhones and iPads

A leaked internal memo seems to reveal that Costco's in-store wireless kiosks may begin offering AppleCare+ on iPhones and iPads beginning on Thursday, August 28. The offer applies only to devices activated at the kiosk rather than iPhones or iPads that may be offered on the main sales floor. Costco resumed selling iTunes gift cards after a nearly four-year dispute with Apple ended in early June; iPhone and iPad sales were resumed just before the end of that month.

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California court denies Apple injunction against Samsung products

08/27, 4:03pm

Motion involved infamous 'slide to unlock' patent, others

The US District Court for the Northern District of California has again denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung products accused of violating three of its patents. Although the court and a jury found that Samsung did indeed infringe Apple IP -- including the famous "slide to unlock" patent -- the judge in the case, Lucy Koh, explains that Apple couldn't show that an injunction was warranted. The ruling is related to one of the post-trial motions stemming from the second Apple-Samsung patent trial. Koh also denied any injunctions on products found guilty of infringing from the first trial as well.

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Briefly: PayPal's 25 percent off UK iTunes cards, DJ Player updated

08/27, 12:56pm

PayPal offering discounted UK iTunes cards at 25 percent off

PayPal is currently offering digital iTunes cards at 25 percent off for UK customers. Users can purchase iTunes codes to redeem for music, films, TV programs, games, apps and more from the iTunes Store, iBooks Store and the App Store. Content purchased can be accessed on iOS devices and Mac or PC computers. The discount offer is available until tonight at 11:59 BST.

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Online Apple store now offering iPhone upgrades via AT&T Next

08/27, 12:07pm

Verizon, T-Mobile upgrade support only being piloted at retail

Apple's US online store is now offering iPhone shoppers the chance to purchase a device via an AT&T Next upgrade plan, instead of just choosing a two-year contract or going unlocked. Previously, people on a Next plan had to upgrade through AT&T itself. Apple's site provides a chart illustrating the differences between the 12- and 18-month Next plans and going with a regular contract.

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Briefly: T-Mobile iPhone sale, Otterbox exploring buyout

08/26, 8:30pm

T-Mobile will discount some models of iPhone by $50 off full price

Starting on Wednesday, T-Mobile will offer a discount of up to $50 off the full price of all iPhones, according to a leaked internal memo. The offer will not affect subsidized iPhones, but applies to "device only" (no contract) sales. The discount will vary depending on the model and capacity, notes TmoNews, and is likely a reaction to recent price-cutting of contract phones by retailers like Walmart, which has dropped the price of the iPhone 5c to 97 cents and the iPhone 5s to $79 with a two-year contract.

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Quick Start guide may show design, announcement date for iPhone 6

08/26, 2:33pm

Source's track record may back guide's authenticity

French site Nowhereelse has published a photo of what it claims is the Quick Start guide for the iPhone 6. If authentic, the guide shows the layout of the device, including a sleep/wake button relocated from the top to the side, presumably because of the phone's larger size. The date on the phone is also set to "Tuesday, September 9," when Apple is generally expected to announce new iPhones. Past Quick Start guides have also used announcement dates.

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Verizon draining remaining 32GB iPhone 5c stocks, source says

08/26, 1:16pm

5s, 16GB 5c still in plentiful numbers

Verizon is deliberately letting its remaining 32GB iPhone 5c inventory run dry, a source tells AppleInsider. The carrier has allegedly "retired" the model, as it prepares for Apple to launch new iPhones next month. The Verizon online store is in fact already out of the 32GB 5c in all colors except for blue. Every 16GB model is still in stock, as are all editions of the iPhone 5s.

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RBC: Manufacturing cost rise for Apple heralds several new products

08/25, 8:38pm

Costs are up 18.5 percent year-over-year, signaling additional products

An analyst with RBC Capital Markets has told investors that a strong increase in Apple's manufacturing costs means that the company is gearing up for more than just refreshes of existing products. Amit Daryanani has noted that Apple's component and manufacturing costs are up 18.5 percent despite generally-falling component prices, suggesting both Apple's raised expectations about the success of the iPhone 6 (which may or may not comprised two new models) and the alleged "iWatch."

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Some iOS apps vulnerable to auto-dialing URLs, developer notes

08/25, 4:48pm

Major apps identified as culprits

A number of iOS apps -- including Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and Google+ -- have a security vulnerability that could allow malicious parties to force an iPhone to auto-dial, observes Romanian developer Andrei Neculaesei. iOS supports a tel:// URI that can make a call automatically, even though developers are allowed to bypass confirmation prompts for the dialer if they want. Through a vulnerable app and the right web code, a person could potentially be tricked into dialing a toll number. A FaceTime variant could let someone capture images of a person before disconnecting.

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Google debuts Slides app for iOS, updates Docs and Sheets

08/25, 2:19pm

Fills out iOS productivity suite

Google is today launching a new iOS app, Slides. Much like Microsoft PowerPoint, Slides lets people create and edit presentations. Because these files are stored in the cloud, users can start work on one device and continue on another, including via the Slides web app. Collaboration features let several people work on a presentation simultaneously; any changes to a file are saved automatically, and the app can work both on and offline. Offline changes are uploaded after reconnection.

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TSMC to ramp up 16nm production early next year for Apple's A9 chip

08/25, 12:50pm

Firm already tied to A8 production

Even though the A8-based iPhone 6 has yet to ship, TSMC is already preparing to ramp up production on its 16nm lines to meet demand for the A9 processor, according to Chinese-language publication the Economic Daily News. The company is said to have been targeting 16nm volume production for the second quarter of 2015, but moved its schedule up to the first. Although A9 chips probably won't roll off assembly lines until later next year, TSMC will allegedly be ready to churn out 50,000 16nm wafers a month starting in Q1.

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Samsung allegedly coming back into Apple DRAM supply for iPhone 6

08/25, 11:35am

Company excluded since iPhone 5

Samsung has been brought back into the iPhone DRAM supply chain for the iPhone 6, says Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. The company was shut out of DRAM for the iPhone 5 and 5s, presumably because of Apple's desire to distance itself from its main competitor and legal antagonist. For the iPhone 6, Samsung is reportedly being joined by Micron and Elpida.

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Latest iPhone 6 leaks hint at M8 coprocessor, new power adapter

08/25, 10:01am

'Phosphorus' chip could track many different health stats

In the run-up to an official announcement in September, several new leaks have emerged concerning the iPhone 6. Among these is another schematic from Chinese repair firm GeekBar, said to show the device's motion coprocessor -- codenamed "Phosphorus," but which may be called the M8. The M7 on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and Retina iPad mini enabled more precise motion tracking.

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Briefly: Kaebo cloth Lightning cable, bike mount case for iPhone

08/22, 7:45pm

Juno Power announces cloth braided Lightning cables

Portable power solutions company Juno Power has announced its newest line of Lightning adapter cables, named Kaebo. An Apple-certified charge-and-sync cable, the Kaebo features high-strength cloth that is resistant to rips or tears. Its aluminum build is designed to withstand most accidental damage. The cable is equipped with an aluminum connector and USB head for optimal performance, and is available in silver, light gold, and slate gray. Measuring at one meter (3.3 feet) long, the Kaebo is priced at $22 through Juno Power and Amazon.

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Judge: BlackBerry-esque Typo case will face contempt of court charge

08/22, 3:55pm

Company accused of bypassing sales embargo willingly

Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo, manufacturer of physical keyboard cases for the iPhone, has run into more legal trouble. BlackBerry has been allowed to proceed with contempt of court charges, alleging that Typo has been selling its keyboards which have been ruled to violate BlackBerry intellectual property, contravening a court order to stop doing so.

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Purported Foxconn images confirm iPhone 6 lens protrusion, case info

08/22, 9:18am

Reports, if accurate, shed light on earlier reports of thin device

A French Apple enthusiast site has published some photos from a screen, alleging that they come from Foxconn, detailing construction details and dimensions of Apple's new iPhone line. The screenshots, dating in some cases back to February, confirm the raised camera lens detail demonstrated in leaks a few days ago.

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Backlight redesign reportedly hampered iPhone builds in June, July

08/22, 8:54am

Issue resolved, stemmed from Apple seeking thinnest device possible

Adding to the mystery of the iPhone 6 and its shipment date, reports are circulating that Apple's suppliers were "scrambling" to source enough screens for the new device, because of a shift in design. Not known is if the problem, linked to the backlight, will lead to shipping delays or extremely tight sales constraints on launch.

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Briefly: Otterbox's Alpha Glass protectors, Booq's Cobra Brief

08/22, 12:53am

Otterbox introduces Alpha Glass fortified glass screen protector for iPhone, Galaxy S5

Rugged accessories producer Otterbox has announced its introduction of a new screen protection product for iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Alpha Glass consists of fortified glass that features reactive touch and anti-shatter properties. Suitable for standalone use as a screen protector, Alpha Glass is installed by lightly coating the protector with its accompanied alcohol wipe, clean with the microfiber cloth and align it against the screen. Gentle pressure secures the protector, pushing out air that can create bubbles. Alpha Glass is removable, with no leftover residue. Priced at $30, the new screen protectors can be purchased online through Otterbox.

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Apple searches for engineers to work on VoLTE tech for iPhone

08/21, 3:17pm

Tech may appear in iOS 8, new iPhone models

Apple has posted two job listings asking for people with experience in voice-over-LTE technology, better known as VoLTE. The first asks for a "cellular systems protocol engineer," while the second asks for a "wireless communication software engineer" familiar with "SIP, RTP, and VoIP related protocols." Although it's dependent on carrier support, VoLTE can allow for much better call quality than regular or even 3G voice channels.

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Schematics suggest iPhone 6 may come in 16, 64, and 128GB models

08/21, 11:25am

Might discount claims of 16GB being dropped

Another new schematics leak from Chinese repair firm GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 6 may come in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. Modules from suppliers Toshiba and Hynix are listed, notably excluding 32GB. If the schematics are indeed representative of planned iPhone models, it may hint that Apple is doing a significant shakeup of its usual 16/32/64GB tiers.

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Briefly: Walmart iPhone sale, new Tesla car-starting app

08/21, 12:52am

Walmart puts iPhone 5c up for $1, iPhone 5s for $79 under contract

Giant retailer Walmart has lowered the cost of the 16GB iPhone 5c to a mere 97 cents as part of what appears to be an early move to clear stock ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6, or to bring in back-to-school shoppers. The chain has also lowered the price on the 16GB iPhone 5s to $79, cut from $99 previously. Both offers require signing a new two-year contract with either AT&T, Verizon or Sprint (T-Mobile is not included in this promotion).

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Alleged iPhone 5.5-inch chassis backplate leaked in photos

08/20, 10:00pm

Rare part for 'phablet' iPhone emerges, but could be intended for knockoff

New photos allegedly from "deep within Apple's supply chain" have revealed what could be the backplate for the little-leaked 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show the chassis of the larger "phablet" device next to the same part from the 4.7-inch version, suggesting that the models will be similar apart from sizing. It should be noted that these images could well be from Chinese knock-off devices based on rumored specs, such as the Android-based Goophone.

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AAPL closes at 52-week high, approaches all-time record

08/19, 9:51pm

Compelling endorsement from Morgan Stanley may encourage buyers

Apple's stock closed on Tuesday with a new 52-week high, and at one point in the day threatened to top its all-time highest stock price (based on straight split-adjustment). It officially closed at $100.53, not far from its all-time split-adjusted high of $100.72, though it hit $100.68 in intra-day trading. The company's valuation also rose to a market cap of $602 billion.

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Latest Xcode 6 SDKs hint at possible iPhone 6 resolutions

08/19, 4:16pm

Three main candidates exist so far

A "plist" preference file in the past two Xcode 6 beta SDKs may point at possible resolutions for the iPhone 6. Specifically, the file is connected to the iOS 8 homescreen, and refers to a 16:9 resolution of 414x736. Because the iPhone SDK handles hardware resolutions through point values, actual Retina resolutions should be two to three times greater. That suggests that 828x1472 and 1242x2208 are possibilities, both of which would have enough pixel density on 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens to maintain Retina status.

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LG Display picked as main display supplier for iPhone 6

08/19, 1:22pm

Wins out over Samsung, Sharp, Japan Display

Apple has picked LG Display as its primary supplier of display panels for the iPhone 6, according to supply chain sources cited by Chinese site Feng.com. The firm is said to have beat out Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display for the bulk of orders. Otherwise, however, it's not specified what the balance will be. The implication is also that Sharp is indeed in the supply chain, despite a May report claiming it had been dropped in favor of Innolux due to quality control problems.

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Volvo, Mercedes-Benz delay CarPlay support into 2015

08/19, 12:35pm

Mercedes working on 'highly sophisticated head-unit based solution'

Two of the core automakers supporting Apple's CarPlay -- Volvo and Mercedes-Benz -- have both confirmed that they won't have vehicles with the technology in 2014, despite earlier promises. "As of now, we do not support CarPlay in our series production cars," the latter party says. "We are working on a highly sophisticated head-unit based solution, which will enable CarPlay as well as other systems (e.g. MirrorLink) … we are not quite sure if we will feature an aftermarket solution. CarPlay won't be available by the end of this year, but in 2015."

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Rumor: iPhone 6 may support 150Mbps LTE-A

08/19, 9:29am

Would only be half of standard's maximum

Continuing a series of rumors, Chinese repair firm GeekBar is claiming that the iPhone 6 will also use a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, which supports LTE-A, but only up to 150Mbps. That would be an improvement over the 100Mbps limit in the iPhone 5s, but only half the full potential of LTE-A, which is 300Mbps. Carriers across the world are only just beginning to deploy LTE-A-compatible networks, so Apple may not be worried about maximizing speeds within the expected life-cycle of the iPhone 6.

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RBC: Apple could sell 75 million 'iPhone 6' units by year's end

08/18, 9:00pm

Prediction makes assumptions on launch availability, but based on supplier data

Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets, who currently forecasts sales of 56 million iPhones in the December quarter, has told investors that depending on availability and features, the next generation of iPhones could sell as many as 75 million units in the final quarter of the year, which would be an all-time record for any manufacturer, even Apple itself. By comparison, last year Apple ordered 60 million units ahead of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c debut.

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Briefly: Gazelle locks iPhone sell price, Airmail 1.4

08/18, 8:17pm

Gazelle offers locked price for selling iPhone before new release

Gazelle, a company which focuses on buying used phones, has announced a limited offer on locking-in the current selling value of an iPhone. Until September 9, Gazelle will give customers who wish to sell their current iPhone a locked price value, allowing the sellers until October 10 to send the device in. The purpose of this promotion is to maintain the same price value for a phone to be traded in, even after the anticipated release of the iPhone 6, which will inevitably decrease the value of iPhones currently owned. Once Gazelle receives a traded-in device, it is inspected to verify the claimed condition, and a payment is then sent within one week. Gazelle accepts smartphones from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other major cell phone carriers, in addition to Apple products.

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Photo shows Lightning cable with reversible USB connector

08/18, 1:06pm

Slight change could make cables more convenient

A new photo (below) from well-known leak source Sonny Dickson shows what's said to be an Apple Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector. While current official cables are reversible on the Lightning end, the USB connector can only be facing a single direction when it's plugged into a computer. Dickson isn't the first person to show images of updated Lightning cables, but a leak from last week came from a more questionable source, especially since third parties manufacture Lightning cables with and without Apple's permission.

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'Misunderstood' iPhone ad takes home Creative Arts Emmy

08/18, 11:15am

One of Apple's earliest efforts in current theme

Apple's "Misunderstood" iPhone ad, aired during the holidays last year, has been awarded a 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Commercial. The spot was produced with the help of TBWA/Media Arts Lab and Park Pictures, and features a boy who appears to be ignoring friends and family in favor of his iPhone, but is really shooting and editing a special video (said to be based on a true story). It beat out efforts on behalf of corporations like GE, Nike, and Budweiser.

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Rumors give iPhone 6 just 1GB of RAM, 1,810mAh battery [u]

08/18, 10:30am

Specs would put device behind current competition

[Updated with clarity on RAM issue, NFC chip] Schematics leaked by Chinese repair firm GeekBar may suggest that the iPhone 6 could ship with as little as only 1GB of RAM, the same amount used in the iPhone 5 and 5s. If accurate, that figure would leave the device behind current high-end Android and Windows Phone devices, which typically have 2GB. Although Apple is known to optimize its hardware and software, this could mean that the iPhone 6 will have to halt background tasks and refresh browser tabs as much or more than the 5s, since it will have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. The schematics may, however, be referring to NAND flash memory (the "temporary storage" on the device), rather than DRAM.

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Picture of claimed 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' parts published

08/15, 11:00pm

Report is very questionable, claims product will be called '6L'

Taiwanese Apple blog Apple Daily has published pictures of three components it claims are parts from the oft-discussed but little-seen 5.5-inch version of the "iPhone 6." The photos show what are said to be the display, logic board and battery of the device, but at least two of the three parts are identical to the claimed 4.7-inch iPhone, casting doubt on the entire report. The battery, however, may be a genuinely new part, and is said to be nearly double in capacity compared to the current iPhone 5s battery.

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Assembled iPhone 6 allegedly leaks in photos, compared to iPhone 5s

08/15, 7:32am

Images show alleged completed iPhone 6 with protruding rear camera lens

An assembled version of the iPhone 6 has allegedly leaked from the factory, new photographs reveal. The complete device, shown with the same back cover and marginally-protruding rear camera lens as an earlier leak, is said by sources of celebrity gossip site TMZ to be "noticeably lighter" and has a new yet unknown sensor mounted to the front of the device.

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Higher-end iPhone 6 models may get sapphire screens, says WSJ

08/14, 4:20pm

Effort dependent on getting enough sapphire in time

Apple is "considering" using sapphire screens for more expensive models of the new iPhones it's planning to ship this fall, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The prospect is said to be dependent on whether or not it can get enough sapphire. Numerous earlier reports have gone back and forth about whether Apple will use the material, which is costly in large part because it's in short supply.

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Photo may show fully-assembled iPhone 6 logic board

08/14, 3:12pm

Key components hidden under shielding

A photo obtained by a Taiwanese news site is said to show a fully-assembly logic board for the iPhone 6. Some visible components include the SIM slot, Toshiba flash memory, and what may be a Wi-Fi module at the base. Other important components however, like the processor, are concealed by electromagnetic shielding.

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Apple meets with Thai officials in wake of iPhone 6 disclosure

08/14, 12:19pm

Company claims confidential information was published

Apple has already met with officials from Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to complain about the announcement of the iPhone 6's certification in the country, according to local newspaper Thai Rath. Although NBTC Secretary General Takorn Tantasith only disclosed the general name of the product and two model numbers -- A1586 and A1524 -- and was allegedly following government guidelines in doing so, Apple argues that he released confidential information.

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Pegatron taking half of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 production, rumors say

08/14, 9:33am

Foxconn, Pegatron may ship 50 million units by end of 2014

Pegatron has won half of Apple's orders for production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, supply chain sources tell Digitimes. The remainder are expected to go to Foxconn, Apple's primary assembly partner. Together the two manufacturers are forecast to churn out 50 million iPhone 6 units by the end of the year.

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Apple announces ban on n-hexane, benzene for its products

08/14, 2:00am

Investigation showed no danger to Apple workers, but risks too great

Thanks to the work of activists in raising awareness of the potential risks of some chemicals used in the production process of its products, Apple has announced that it is now restricting suppliers from using n-hexane and benzene in the final assembly process, even though the company's own investigation showed there was no direct danger of contamination for Apple workers. Because of the potential effects, the chemicals (used mostly for cleaning) are no longer permitted.

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New iPhone 6 part leaks include front panel, buttons, SIM tray

08/13, 4:07pm

Close-ups show tapered front edges

Luxury customization outfit Feld & Volk has published new photos of a collection of alleged iPhone 6 parts. The most prominent depict a front panel, offering a closer glimpse at cables, attachments, and edges. The edges are visibly rounded, presumably meant to blend seamlessly with the phone's back panel.

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AT&T offers $200 off 4G iPads with Next upgrades to iPhone 5s and 5c

08/13, 12:41pm

Carrier likely clearing out stock ahead of next-gen hardware

AT&T has begun a new promotion aimed at people on Next upgrade plans. If a subscriber buys an iPhone 5s or 5c, the carrier is offering $200 off a cellular-equipped iPad. That brings the price of a 16GB cellular Retina Mini down to $329, and an equivalent Air to $429. There are other stipulations as well however, namely that an iPad has to be activated under a two-year wireless agreement on a Mobile Share Value plan or a standalone data plan.

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