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WSJ: Apple prepares record number of 80 million 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones for production

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has told its suppliers to prepare to build a record number of next-gen iPhones. According to the Journal, Apple is looking to produce 70-80 million units by December 30th. As reported earlier this month, both the 4.7-inch and the larger 5.5-inch models of the upcoming iPhone are expected to enter mass production in the coming weeks.

This is a big jump from the previous iPhone models. Last year the company only ordered 50-60 million of the iPhone 5s and 5c. Manufacturing parter Foxconn recently hired as many as 100,000 new workers to help meet the increased demand, and even ordered a custom line of robotic equipment to facilitate the production of iPhone 6.

The larger of the two models is rumored to be experiencing some manufacturing difficulties, however, and could potentially be delayed until early 2015, though some reports say both versions will ship simultaneously later this year. As noted by the Wall Street Journal:

For Apple, one possible hiccup with the larger screen is that display makers for the new iPhones are struggling to improve the production of the larger 5.5-inch screens, people familiar with the matter said. The production is complicated because the displays are using in-cell technology, which allows the screens to be thinner and lighter by integrating touch sensors into the liquid crystal display and making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer.

We’ve seen a host of leaks for the 4.7-inch device in recent weeks, as well as a few for the 5.5-inch variant, though leaks of the larger model seem to be harder to come by. The unannounced phone’s sapphire crystal display was put through a series of stress tests on video and its audio and lightning ports showed up in online photos.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Foxconn, iPhone 6, production

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Intel launches updated Haswell chips, likely to appear in upcoming MacBook Pro spec bump

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Intel has debuted the next generation of its Core i5 and i7 processors, according to a report from CPU World. Each of these updated chips sports a 200 MHz speed boost over its previous incarnation, which can currently be found in the MacBook Pro lineup. It’s likely that these processors will be found in a spec-bumped version of the MacBook Pro later this year.

The current series of MacBook Pro processors are available at clock speeds of 2.0 GHz (in the lowest-end 13-inch model) up to 2.6 GHz (in the top-of-the-line, built-to-order 15-inch model). The next-gen models released this week range from 2.2 to 3.0 GHz, which will provide a decent speed boost to each model.

Earlier this year Apple refreshed the MacBook Air with upgraded Haswell processors after Intel released new versions of the chips in those machines. It’s expected that Apple will do the same for the Pro line following the release of these newer i5 and i7 CPUs. Intel is currently working on its new Broadwell line of processors that will reportedly allow for the creation of a fanless MacBook Air, which will likely open the door a similar move for the MacBook Pro.


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iOS 8 beta 4 brings streaming voice recognition to keyboard dictation [video]

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Toady’s new beta update to iOS 8 features a change to the way the built-in dictation system works. In previous versions of iOS, dictating text into an app would send your voice to Apple’s server once you finished speaking to be analyzed and return the converted text. Siri used to function the same way, but with iOS 8 Apple made changes that allowed voice input to be streamed to the server for conversion while the user was still speaking.

As of iOS 8 beta 4, the system keyboard’s dictation feature now works the same way. Just like in Siri, you can now see each word appear almost immediately as you speak. It allows you to catch errors more quickly as they happen and brings the various voice-powered features of iOS in-line.

Check out the video below to see it in action:

OS X got this same feature when Mavericks launched last year in a mode called “enhanced dictation” that also allowed for offline speech-to-text conversion. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem offline mode is available on iOS just yet, though Apple is reportedly testing that feature now.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: beta, dictation, iOS 8, speech

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Apple announces iTunes Festival London 2014 featuring Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, and more

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Apple has announced its eighth annual iTunes Festival event at the Roadhouse in London through a press release on its website. The 30-day event will run through the month of September and feature over 60 bands, including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, and many more.

As usual, the entire event will be available for live streaming and on-demand viewing online, through the iTunes Festival iOS app, or an on a dedicated Apple TV channel. Fans in the UK and abroad will also have a chance to win free tickets through competitions held by local media outlets and through the iTunes Store.

The full press release is below:

iTunes Festival Returns to the Legendary Roundhouse for 30 Days with the World’s Biggest Artists Including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde & Many More

LONDON―July 21, 2014―Apple® today announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more of the world’s biggest artists will be headlining this year’s iTunes® Festival. Returning to the UK for an eighth year―following a week of incredible live performances in March at SXSW―the iTunes Festival will feature over 60 acts throughout September at the legendary Roundhouse. iTunes performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® and iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV®. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”

Music fans from across the world can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets by entering ballots on iTunes, as well as through select media partners including Global Radio and the London Evening Standard.

Since the inaugural Festival at London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts in 2007, over 430 artists have performed in front of more than 430,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on-demand. Now in its eighth year, the iTunes Festival has played host to performers including Adele, Coldplay, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney and many, many more.

For updates, tickets and additional information, please visit: www.iTunesFestival.com, or join the conversation @iTunesfestival and #iTunesfestival.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.


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Apple announces iTunes Festival London 2014 featuring Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, and more

itunes-festival-EP-Live-justin-timberlake

Apple has announced its eighth annual iTunes Festival event at the Roadhouse in London through a press release on its website. The 30-day event will run through the month of September and feature over 60 bands, including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, and many more.

As usual, the entire event will be available for live streaming and on-demand viewing online, through the iTunes Festival iOS app, or an on a dedicated Apple TV channel. Fans in the UK and abroad will also have a chance to win free tickets through competitions held by local media outlets and through the iTunes Store.

The full press release is below:

iTunes Festival Returns to the Legendary Roundhouse for 30 Days with the World’s Biggest Artists Including Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde & Many More

LONDON―July 21, 2014―Apple® today announced that Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more of the world’s biggest artists will be headlining this year’s iTunes® Festival. Returning to the UK for an eighth year―following a week of incredible live performances in March at SXSW―the iTunes Festival will feature over 60 acts throughout September at the legendary Roundhouse. iTunes performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® and iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV®. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

“The iTunes Festival in London is back with another stunning line-up of world class performers and tremendous new acts,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “These live shows capture the heart and soul of iTunes and we love bringing them to our customers in the Roundhouse, as well as to the millions of people watching all over the world for free.”

Music fans from across the world can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets by entering ballots on iTunes, as well as through select media partners including Global Radio and the London Evening Standard.

Since the inaugural Festival at London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts in 2007, over 430 artists have performed in front of more than 430,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on-demand. Now in its eighth year, the iTunes Festival has played host to performers including Adele, Coldplay, Elton John, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney and many, many more.

For updates, tickets and additional information, please visit: www.iTunesFestival.com, or join the conversation @iTunesfestival and #iTunesfestival.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.


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New photos of purported Lightning and audio connections for iPhone 6 surface

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A user on the MacX forum [translation] claims to have gotten his hands on a part from the upcoming iPhone 6 that features the data and audio connectors, as well as one of the device’s microphones. The source of these photos? According to the poster:

Source is one of my junior high school classmates, he never phones in Shenzhen, the manufacturing industry a few years, I did not ask him where to come

Given the fact that this is from an unknown source, it would be prudent to question the veracity of any claims made regarding these images. That said, there’s also a chance the part could be real. Let’s take a closer look at the second photo:

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In the photo above, the larger white piece near the bottom appears to be the audio out connection, while the wider (also white) part in the middle looks like it could be a Lightning port. The small black and gold part between the two would be the microphone.

For comparison, here are photos of the same part from iFixit’s teardowns of the iPhone 5siPhone 5c, and iPhone 5. As you can see, they’re quite similar.

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Whether this is for the smaller 4.7-inch model, or the 5.5-inch variant isn’t mentioned, but given the relative lack of leaked parts for the larger design, it seems logical that this would be for the smaller version. We’ve already seen a host of parts and design leaks for the 4.7-inch model, including a sapphire display cover, dummy models, and alleged supplier renders for accessory design.

The larger model is said to be facing manufacturing issues that could delay its launch until next year, though both models are expected to be in mass production very soon.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: audio connectors, audio port, iPhone 6, leak, lightning port

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Upcoming Twitter for iPhone update will allow you to browse your entire DM history

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Twitter has announced that an upcoming update to its mobile clients will allow users to go back and review their entire direct message history. Currently the app only provides a limited look back, but that restriction will be removed in a new version that will also make deleting messages more reliable across its web and mobile platforms.

There’s still no word on whether this update will be the one to restore the inability to send links in direct messages, which has been an ongoing issue for several months now for many useres, while others are still able to send URLs in messages with no problem.

 


Filed under: Apps Tagged: app, Messaging, Twitter, update

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