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27
Dec

Rumor Says Apple Will Introduce New 5-Inch ‘iPhone 7s’ With Dual Vertical Cameras


Apple may introduce a new 5-inch iPhone model that sports a unique vertical dual-camera system that sits alongside the existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch models, according to Japanese blog Mac Okatara. The 5-inch model would act as the medium size in the 2017 lineup.

The report, which comes from a Taiwanese supplier, says that the new models, dubbed the iPhone 7s, would be an updated version of the iPhone 7. The new 5-inch model, however, would rearrange the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual camera into a vertical alignment rather than a horizontal one.

Earlier this month, Mac Okatara reported that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would retain the aluminum design of the iPhone 7. However, the report said the new phones would come in an all-new red color. Multiple reports have stated that there will be three new iPhone models in 2017, including updated 4.7- and 5.5-inch models with LCD screens and a premium model with an OLED display and glass casing.

The new report corroborates an earlier Nikkei report that said a new 5-inch iPhone would arrive in 2017. However, Nikkei reports that the three iPhone models in 2017 will have new glass-backed designs. In November, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said it’s likely the 2017 iPhones will switch to new glass casings to support wireless charging.

While Mac Okatara was the first to report that Apple would replace the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and debut a new gloss black color, its track record is not perfect. In November, it reported the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus would get a new “Jet White” color that has not yet materialized.

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22
Dec

Shortage of OLED Making Machines Could Potentially Impact Production of 2017 iPhone


Amid rumors suggesting Apple is planning on introducing at least one iPhone model with a flexible OLED display in 2017, Bloomberg has taken a closer look at Japanese company Canon Tokki, the corporation responsible for making the machines that will likely be used to create OLED displays for the iPhone.

Canon Tokki is said to produce nearly all of the machines that make OLED Displays. Each ELVESS OLED machine is actually a vacuum production system that’s 328 feet in length and is used to deposit red, blue, and green pixels on a glass surface using evaporating organic materials.

Canon Tokki has developed key technologies for the production process that have significantly reduced the margin of error, leading to much higher yields that other companies can’t compete with.

According to Bloomberg, Canon Tokki reportedly makes less than 10 machines per year and has two-year backlog due to high-demand, but it is not clear if this will have an impact on Apple. Apple is rumored to be using OLED displays produced by Samsung, and much of the equipment may already be on hand.

Samsung’s own line of smartphones have used OLED displays for several years, but Blooomberg does warn that Samsung may not be able to make enough OLED displays to meet Apple’s demand due to low yield rates.

The potential production bottleneck is raising questions over Apple’s ability to feature OLED displays in next year’s iPhones, and whether the Cupertino, California-based company will be able to line up additional suppliers. The current wait for a machine, which can cost more than 10 billion yen ($85 million) each, is about two years.

“We are doing all we can to increase output and make that wait shorter,” said Chief Executive Officer Teruhisa Tsugami, adding that demand from display makers, including Samsung Display Co., LG Display Co. and Sharp Corp., will remain strong for the next three years.

OLED displays offer superior contrast and better power efficiency for improved battery life compared to traditional LCDs. OLED displays can also be made from flexible plastic and can be made much thinner.

According to rumors, Apple will release at least one iPhone model that uses an OLED display in 2017, but rumors have disagreed on what the display will look like. While some rumors suggest the iPhone 8 will use a curved OLED display that wraps around the edges of the device (similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge), others point towards less dramatic curves, suggesting a flat OLED display that eliminates all bezels for an edge-to-edge design.

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18
Dec

OLED iPhone 8 to Feature Curved Display and New Touch-Sensitive Technology


Apple’s high-end OLED iPhone 8 will use a curved display rather than a flat panel and could potentially feature new touch-sensitive technology, according to a report published on Sunday.

Multiple sources have claimed Apple is planning a 5.5-inch “premium” version of its 2017 iPhone with an OLED screen alongside new models with traditional LCD displays, but today’s report underlines Apple’s intention to use a curved screen similar to that found in Samsung’s Galaxy S7, which has been described as having the best smartphone display on the market.

“The OLED version of the new iPhone will all be curved as Apple ordered all plastic OLED — not glass — from Samsung Display. Samsung is capable of supplying a little less than 100 million units of curved OLED displays to Apple,” a source familiar with the matter told The Korea Herald.

Previous rumors outlining Apple’s intention to launch multiple iPhone models have been dogged by suggestions that it could delay adoption of OLED technology entirely due to supply constraints. Samsung is Apple’s sole supplier of OLED displays in 2017, with LG and Sharp among the companies tapped to ramp up production for 2018, but the latest report indicates that limited supply may indeed shape differentiation in next year’s 10th anniversary iPhone line-up.

According to the Herald, Samsung’s curved OLED capacity for Apple is estimated at around 70 million to 100 million units. That’s in line with previous estimates, but it’s less than half of Apple’s annual sales of the iPhone series, which stand at around 200 million units a year.

The paper’s source goes on to state that next year’s iPhone won’t be foldable, but in order to set it apart from Samsung’s phones it could feature new sensing technology which “enables the phone to respond when users touch any side of the device”. No further details are forthcoming, but the source notes that Apple may ultimately choose not to adopt the technology.

Other rumors suggest Apple’s major iPhone redesign could include wireless charging and a glass body, no physical Home button, and an edge-to-edge, bezel-free display with embedded Touch ID fingerprint sensor and camera.

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11
Dec

What will we see from the iPhone 8?


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Rumours have already started sweeping across the internet about what will be the key features of the Apple iPhone 8. With just months since the iPhone 7 wowed critics, there’s been plenty of speculation about how Apple can stay ahead of its rivals in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.

It’s expected that the next iPhone will be unveiled in September 2017. And seeing as the launch will mark the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone, it will skip the ’s’ stepping stone, and will be branded as an iPhone 8, rather than an iPhone 7s.

In terms of the aesthetics of the mobile device, it’s been reported that Apple could be making a return to the glass casing that featured on the iPhone 4s models. But what will make it all the more stylish are the rumours that the device will have a curved screen and no home button.

This sleek screen will be able to display more media content such as movies and online games, with a 5.8-inch OLED display meaner than the phone will be sleeker and lighter than ever.

The iPhone 7 won many plaudits due to the incredible power of the A10 Fusion chip, and many have already suggested that Apple’s growing relationship Qualcomm could see Intel being ditched in the bid for processor glory.

This should mean that the new device will be able to take advantage of a possible iOS 11 split screen capacity to use Lucky Nugget Casino’s intuitive touch controls for their table and slots games whilst celebrating a win with a well-timed selfie on Instagram.

Camera technology will once again be a central feature of the iPhone 8 with a 3D dual-lens camera being amongst some of the more imaginative rumours. Although with other reports saying that the smartphone will include wireless charging, it seems that anything goes in this fascinating tech area.

Other interesting innovations that are being lined-up for the iPhone 8 include the likes of facial recognition and iris-scanning being a key part of the increasingly important security issue.

And although the iPhone 8 is reported to be much sleeker than the previous model, it’s attempting to overcome criticisms of the battery of the iPhone 7 by having a longer battery life. This will be because of advances in processor efficiency meaning that we’ll be able to check notifications and play casino games without having to stay close to the plug socket!

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