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The iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual-lens camera, if a supposedly leaked schematic of the Apple smartphone is to be believed. A report supposedly showing the next-generation of iPhone suggests it will be similar in size to the iPhone 6s Plus, but it will have a few major changes, with the altered camera accompanied by the claim that it will lose the headphone jack, something that has surfaced in other rumors about the expected upcoming releases.
So the regular-as-clockwork cycle is broadly that Apple has a big event, people spend a day or two split between talking about what was launched, complaining about what wasn't, and explaining away any mistakes they made in their rubbish predictions. Then within a week at most, we're back to the rumors for next time, and we stay there until two key moments in time.
A new video from the same company that hosted a report last month about unauthorized iPhone upgrading in a China market in Shenzhen has returned to the location to discover an "iPhone SE" -- the rumored four-inch iPhone model Apple is thought to be announcing at its event on March 21 -- being sold in the market, though it is highly likely to be a counterfeit device based on rumored specifications than a genuine iPhone. In the pictures and video supplied by Beeep, the device looks similar to a rose gold but smaller iPhone 6.
Welcome back to the beehive of questionable activity and scurrilous gossip that is the Rumor Roundup, the forge in which a good deal of future truth is revealed -- amongst a steaming pile of second-guessing, market manipulation, misfiring guesses, and outright magical thinking. This week's predictions range from the probable (Apple will finally bring Siri to the Mac in the next major OS X upgrade) to the questionable (new iPhones will be bright pink, no wait ...) to the good old-fashioned plain old wrong (mean old Apple will take away iPad Pro Apple Pencil navigation!) and more.
Just like rust, the rumor mill never sleeps. Following a leak and confirmation that Apple Pay will be debuting in China later this week, a French website has posited that a formal announcement of Apple Pay coming to France will be made in the next few months, possibly on or around the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. In other news, the alleged "iPad Air 3" and "iPhone 5se/iPhone 6c" will debut in stores on March 18, just three days after its alleged announcement, there's more guessing about the "iPhone 7" (and even the iPhone 7s!), and a new iCar rumor is amusingly debunked and walked back.
This edition of Rumor Roundup will begin with what we understand is a fact: Apple VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky is leaving Apple. The Wall Street Journal reports that he has informed colleagues of his departure for personal reasons. The loss will be a blow to the company: Zadesky worked on the iPhone and iPad, and has been working extensively with Liquidmetal -- the special alloy Apple owns the rights to under license. However, it is his rumored role as the head of the Apple car-technology project, which allegedly stems from is former role as a Ford engineer, that feeds the rumor mill.
Following the release of an obviously fake video purporting to be the "iPhone 6c," an alleged budget iPhone model with a four-inch display that -- depending on who is reporting -- is either an enhanced iPhone 5s or a smaller and dumbed-down iPhone 6. The latest twist in the tale has the rumored imminent new iPhone model now dubbed the "iPhone 5se." In other rumor news, a former major event in March that was to debut the next Apple Watch has been considerably scaled down.
A known supplier of the chassis used in the current iPhone is said to be working on new "compound materials" that could be used to help better disguise the non-metal areas where the antennas need to be placed, according to a new rumor from Taiwan's Commercial Times and DigiTimes, both of which have a very mixed track record on such speculation. Catcher Technologies, which is currently thought to be Apple's primary supplier of the iPhone chassis, is also likely to be working on further ways to make future models more water-resistant.
At a recent conference, representatives from China Mobile claimed that among their plans for the new year was a new four-inch iPhone from Apple that they called the "iPhone 7c," which would debut in April. While the claim of an April debut falls in line with previous rumors about a new or revamped four-inch device, it's unclear if the company's spokespeople are assuming the rumors are true, or if they have been briefed on the product and spoke about it accidentally.
Yesterday, in part one of this two-part series, we took a look at two leading rumors that are founding on rather simple guesses -- that Apple will likely update its MacBook line of products -- specifically the MacBook Air, which is in sore need of an upgrade to Retina screens, and might follow the path of the Retina MacBook with a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, new keyboard and Force Touch trackpad in a much thinner form factor. Today, we tackle the loudest but most ill-defined of the current rumors -- that Apple is making a new four-inch iPhone, and that a fifth-generation Apple TV will debut next year.
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Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49
Pandora bleeding slows, posts $28.9M Q1 loss
Streaming music service Pandora today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016, posting a loss of $28.9 million, an improvement from the $48.3 million loss it showed in the year-ago-quarter. Total consolidated revenue was $297.3 million, growing 29 percent year-over-year. Total listener hours grew 4 percent to 5.52 billion for the first quarter of 2016, compared to 5.30 billion for the same period of the prior year. Active listeners were 79.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2016, up compared to 79.2 million for the same period of the prior year. http://pdora.co/1WtxdkW