Tag - Display
Apple has been granted a pair of patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, for two different types of imaging technology. One patent filing describes a "transparent electronic device" that could be used for augmented reality, while another suggests a potential design for an "electronic device with wrap around display," one that could be employed in the creation of smartphones and tablets with curved screens.
If we saw you out and about with one of the new MacBooks, we would ask you about whether you're happy with the pink -- sorry, rose gold -- color long before we'd talk about the screen resolution. That pink is surprisingly good, isn't it? You're always able to spot your MacBook in a crowd. However, when we're using one for ourselves, we do think about screen resolution and we do change it.
Apple is tasking Samsung with producing OLED displays for a future iPhone, after allegedly placing an order with the electronics giant. A report claims Samsung will be supplying iPhone-sized display panels, measuring five inches, which are destined for use in Apple's famed mobile device, with the deal said to be worth 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) and involving the shipment of an estimated 100 million OLED displays to Apple each year.
New and in-depth testing on the display of the latest 9.7-inch iPad Pro by monitor lab DisplayMate has revealed that not only is it an improvement over the screen used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a "major upgrade" over the iPad Air 2, but that it handily beats all other mobile displays the company has ever measured. In an unusually praise-filled analysis by the AMOLED-favoring company, it notes that while the latest iPad Pro's display is the same size, ratio, resolution and PPI dot pitch as the iPad Air 2 it replaced, various improvements -- including the use of two color gamuts, and being 20 percent brighter than the previous model -- make it "very likely better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV" on the market at present.
Foxconn may be preparing to develop its first AMOLED displays that could be used in a future version of the iPhone, according to a report. The acquisition of Sharp, which completed at the end of last month for a reduced $3.5 billion, is said to have been driven by Sharp's display manufacturing capabilities, with Foxconn apparently gearing the company up to prepare for large-scale production of AMOLED panels for potential use in iPhones.
In new tests, the forthcoming four-inch iPhone SE has emerged as the smartphone of choice among premium models -- if users prize battery life above display quality. The new, smaller iPhone handily beat (by two hours) the iPhone 6s, or for that matter the iPhone 5s it replaces, and beat Samsung's Galaxy S7 by three hours. The 10-hour battery life comes at a cost, however: the new iPhone's display is slightly lower resolution that the bigger models, with lower quality color and contrast, plus it lacks the 3D Touch feature found on the larger iPhone 6s line.
You can usually make this bug happen, if you really want to, by signing out of iCloud on your iPhone, and back in again. That's how we found it: having done that to fix another problem, we discovered that our Apple Watch then permanently displayed "No More Events," regardless of how busy our day really was. There are apparently other ways, other combinations of situations that make this happen, but there's one solution to fix them all.
The short version of today's Pointers is that your battery is fine, it just doesn't look like it's charging. So the answer is to not worry about it, but that's fine to say to you now, it's not fine when it's late afternoon and you cannot tell whether your phone is going to make it through the evening. While there is as yet no fix for the bug, if you're seeing the problem, then take these steps, and it'll help.
The 21.5-inch iMac with 4K P3 Retina display -- like its big brother, the 27-inch iMac with 5K P3 Retina display -- is among Apple's best bang-for-your buck Macs. The way it blends a thin, compact enclosure with a top-notch display panel and decent computing components as a single solution is particularly elegant. It's price point is also attractive, offering potentially more performance than either Apple's Mac mini line, or Apple's MacBook Pro line for each dollar spent. Read on to find out our first impressions of the 21.5-inch 4K iMac, the first 21.5-inch iMac to get the Retina display treatment.
It just works. Connect up your iPad to your Mac with a Lightning cable and if you have Duet Display 1.2.0 installed on iOS plus Duet Display 18.104.22.168 on your Mac, then your computer now has a second display. That's it. Duet Display is so simple, so straightforward and so completely without any fuss that we're struggling to have anything to say –– except that you'll come to think this is a standard feature on Macs because it works so seamlessly.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE