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Apple to Introduce Redesigned Headphones for New iPhone?

Vietnamese website  Tinhte.vn (via MacRumors) has published a video and high quality images of what it claims to be redesigned headphones for the new iPhone which is expected to be revealed soon. The site claims that the in-ear headphones came from a Vietnamese Foxconn plant as cable labeling reads “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam.” However, since the validity of the claims can’t be verified, the site says that the build quality of the part has them convinced it is a legitimate Apple product.

The “leaked” in-ear headphones seems to be a significant change from the current earphone models from Apple. This new design seems to feature a teardrop shape and is supposedly more comfortable than the previous set supplied with the iPhone.

Apple is widely expected to announce the next-generation iPhone on September 12th.

 

Next-Generation iPhone to Use A6 Chip?

As the next-generation iPhone revelation comes closer, rumors are all over the place. Today, a new photo shows a new system on a chip for Apple’s next iPhone labeled “A6″. The latest part leak was posted online by Sonny Dickson. Dickson claims that this chip will indeed be included in the next iPhone. If true, the naming of the chip suggests that the new processor would be a significant upgrade. Currently, the iPhone 4S uses an A5 chip and an A5X chip in the third-generation iPad.

In the recent weeks, several photos of the device’s logic board have leaked. However, due to the low quality of the photos or the presence of a covering on the part have left the identities of the chips on the part unknown. Apple is expected to reveal the next generation iPhone on September 12th.

 

Apple’s Next iPhone Not Expected to Support NFC

Rumors are in full swing for the next generation iPhone as the revelation for it comes closer. A couple of reports now suggest that the Apple’s next generation iPhone is unlikely to support near-field communication technology (NFC).

This week, AnandTech took a closer look at rumors surrounding Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. Since the new handset is expected to include a metal backside, they concluded that NFC is unlikely to appear in Apple’s next handset.

Given the primarily metal backside of the new iPhone, it’s highly unlikely that NFC is in the cards for this generation. In fact, given the very little space at top and bottom dedicated to those glass RF windows, you can almost entirely rule it out.

The well connected Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has also shared his thoughts via a simple “Yep” confirming that AnandTech was correct in its conclusion. I’m not surprised by this. After Passbook’s and EasyPay’s introduction, why would anyone think the next iPhone would have NFC? Companies tried to educate consumers about NFC and it didn’t work. Not to mention the implementation of NFC is also horrible.

Apple is expected to reveal the next generation iPhone on September 12th.

RIM, Focus on Consumers, Not Carriers

RIM’s next smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, is expected to hit the market next year. It has already been delayed, and since the launch is still far off, RIM is apparently trying to drum up interest in its new platform by showing it off to its carrier partners, who seem to “love” it.

RIM showcased early versions of new BlackBerry devices to carriers in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and here’s what they had to say about it:

“The response that we got back from the executive team at some of the Canadian carriers was tremendous.

They were visibly positive and visibly enthusiastic.”

While RIM will be launching these devices globally, it stated that it intends to focus on its home market, Canada.

With still around a year to go, RIM may be too late to market and is likely to fail. Another thing — RIM still doesn’t seem to get that it’s not about the carriers (it might have been the case earlier, but the iPhone changed the game), but the consumers.

It needs to focus not on making carriers happy with its platform and devices, but on making consumers happy. The days when carriers ruled the smartphone space are gone. RIM needs to learn that ultimately, it’s the user who will decide whether or not its devices are hits, not carriers. Until it does that, it can hardly even think of displacing the iPhone or Android.

Not focusing on the end user has led to its grip on the enterprise mobility space slowly loosening in the last couple of years, as the iPhone and Android devices gained traction in that space. If it doesn’t learn from its mistakes, it might be too late, if it isn’t already.

via The Star

Two Separate Apple Media Events for New iPhone and iPad Mini?

Rumors up to this point have pointed towards an iPad mini and next generation iPhone revelation at the same time. However, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber makes a strong case for why Apple would hold two separate events. He suggests that since the iPhone is Apple’s single most important product, it would be unlikely that Apple would share the spotlight with another product. Gruber’s points are very valid and makes an excellent point. His theory of two events is that one will be for the iPhone and iOS 6 and then hold a second “iTunes” event to talk about the smaller iPad, new iPods, and possibly the rumored iTunes 11 update. Last year’s iPhone 4S event was nearly 100 minutes long covering iOS 5 and the revelation of a new iPhone.

Famous Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple also hints at two separate events. He is known for his “yep” confirmations to Apple rumors and has posted a message suggesting that Apple will hold two separate media events this fall for the new iPhone and iPad mini.

It was previously been confirmed from many sources that Apple will hold a media event on September 12th to announce a new product, which is presumed to be the next-generation iPhone and an iPad. However, Dalrymple’s track record makes it seem possible that the new iPhone will be revealed first and a smaller iPad later in the fall during a separate event.

Facebook Releases Much Faster iPhone App

Today, Facebook released a completely rewritten iOS app, which took more than six months of work to build. The brand new app is a native app and is twice as fast. Facebook engineers have also dumped the HTML5-based app and rebuilt it using Objective-C programming to make it perform more like a native iOS app. It was built from the ground up using Apple’s iOS SDK. The app update has already been made available.

“Up until now we’ve looked at scale,” iOS Product Manager Mick says, “but we’ve become aware that while we have a great mobile website, embedding HTML 5 inside an app isn’t what people expect.”

In addition to significant speed improvements, Facebook has also added a bunch of features and tweaks straight from the iOS SDK. New animations and gestures are a nice touch too. One new feature is a “New Stories” banner that pops up at the top of your screen while you browse the News Feed. Another new feature is a gesture that enables easier one-handed browsing when you are browsing a photo.

I have been testing out this brand new version and can already notice significant improvements. Finally! Facebook for iPhone is available for free via the App Store. [Direct Link]

LG Begins Mass Production of Displays Rumored to Be for Next iPhone

Ahead of the new iPhone launch, the rumor mill is in full swing. Today, Reuters reports that LG has officially announced that it has started a mass production of news displays. These displays are rumored to make their way into the next-generation iPhone. In fact, this news follows similar comments from Sharp as MacRumors pointed out earlier this month. This news comes just three weeks ahead of Apple’s expected media event to introduce the new device.

The report also claims that the new iPhone displays will be measured at four inches diagonally and will have in-cell technology to embed touch sensors directly into the display, which would help decrease the thickness of the component. The Wall Street Journal also has a similar report discussing Apple’s plans for the panels.

WSJ’s report also goes on to say that LG, Sharp, and Japan Display are all producing displays with in-cell touch sensors for the next-generation iPhone. It is also reported that these suppliers will be able to meet their production goals despite the challenges of the new technology.

Apple’s ‘Unbreakable’ iOS Device Encryption Highlighted

Technology Review highlights the evolution of security that has occurred on the iPhone. The article notes how Apple has been able to gain acceptance among the government and enterprise by overcoming its initially loose stance on device security  to roll out industry leading encryption options. These options help defeat essentially all attempts at accessing properly protected devices.

At the heart of Apple’s security architecture is the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm (AES), a data-scrambling system published in 1998 and adopted as a U.S. government standard in 2001. After more than a decade of exhaustive analysis, AES is widely regarded as unbreakable. The algorithm is so strong that no computer imaginable for the foreseeable future—even a quantum computer—would be able to crack a truly random 256-bit AES key. The National Security Agency has approved AES-256 for storing top-secret data.

In a a recent white paper (PDF), Apple has highlighted this hardware security. Such hardware security involves the incorporation of a unique AES-256 key fused into each iOS device and which can not be directly read. In addition, access to the device’s software can be restricted via a PIN passcode. In fact, to break iOS passcodes, brutal force attacks are required and needing the device to be run at 80 milliseconds per.

Most of the information in the article is not, but the article does offer an overview of the layers of security Apple has built into its products.

Pre-Orders for Next-Generation iPhone to Start September 12?

Last month, iMore was the first to report that Apple will be holding its media event to introduce the next-generation iPhone on September 12. Now, the blog reports that pre-orders for the device will occur on the same day ahead of the rumored launch date of September 21st.

Usually, Apple’s first launch wave includes the United States and perhaps twenty four other countries. iMore also notes that the upcoming wave of launches after the first launch will bring the device to additional countries is scheduled for the first week of October.

The report also notes that this sequence of events will be similar to last year’s iPhone 4S introduction. Apple’s iPhone 4S was introduced on October 4th and pre-orders began three days later on October 7. Then a week later, the iPhone 4S launched in the United States and six other countries on October 14. Remember, all these dates are speculation and nothing is confirmed until Apple confirms it.

Target And Best Buy Cut Prices On iPhone 4S, iPhone 4

Target And Best Buy Cut Prices On iPhone 4S, iPhone 4

In anticipation of the upcoming new iPhone, Target and Best Buy have slashed the prices of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S on AT&T and Verizon have been cut from $199 to $179 (16GB), but there is no word on whether or not the prices of the Sprint phone have dropped or if the 32GB or 64GB iPhone are included in this deal. However, Sprint is currently offering the iPhone 4S for $149.99 with waived activation fees via their official store. This deal is currently available from Target.

Best Buy has chosen to drop the price of the iPhone 4 on Verizon and AT&T from $99 to $49.99. Once again, there is no word on whether or not the Sprint model is included in this offer.

To me, these deals are great for anyone who doesn’t care about having the latest iOS hardware that’s coming next month. However, iOS-addicts, like me, will not be amused by these price cuts as the phones will be outdated in just over a month. In the comments, let us know if you will be taking advantage of this offer from Target, Sprint or Best Buy.

Source: Apple Insider
Image Source: Yutaka Tsutano