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Next-gen iPad Air front panel with integrated display reportedly shown in leaked photos

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New photos that reportedly show the front panel of a next-generation iPad Air have surfaced. Originally shared by One More Thing, the front panel appears to have an integrated display. This notable change could result in an even thinner iPad Air, or leave room for Apple to rework the hardware and add additional components.

According to One More Thing, these picture came from a “trusted Dutch source with connections in China.” The leaked photos arrive just days after a rumored iPhone 6 front panel surfaced. The iPad Air is already a very thin and sleek device, but thinner is better right?

There’s no way to tell if these are parts that legitimately belong to the next iPad Air. It’s definitely possible that they are just elaborate clones, but One More Thing seems to be confident in their source and has decent track record of reliable Apple rumors. We won’t know for sure until later this year when Apple’s next generation iPad Air is rumored to launch alongside a massive Q3 rollout.

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Dubious iPhone 6 cases already rolling in

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It may be five or so months before Apple launches the iPhone 6, with very little known for sure at this stage, but the case makers have already started firing-up their 3D printers.

French site NoWhereElse has posted photos of what claims to be transparent cases for the iPhone 6, with a cut-out for the rumored new position of the power button, on the side of the phone, opposite the volume buttons. Oddly, however, there is also a button-shaped cut-out on the top of the phone.

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NWE acknowledges that the source of the photo has no track-record of leaks, and we can’t see any reason to believe this is anything more than the usual attempts by case companies to guess what Apple plans to launch – a move that can sometimes have expensive consequences.

However, it has been known for case makers to get it right, basing their designs and measurements on molds from Chinese manufacturers, so it can’t be entirely discounted.

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Apple reportedly looking to expand sapphire glass plant

Late last year, Apple signed a five-year, $578 million deal for sapphire manufacturing with GT Advanced Technology. The plant is based in Mesa, Arizona. Construction is still underway, but Apple is already seeking to build an expansion, reports AppleInsider.

According to the report, “multiple companies are already posting bids to build out a proposed expansion.” This expansion is believed to take place behind the current plant, pictured below.

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Though it isn’t clear whether this expansion would be used for increased production of sapphire glass, it looks likely. Sources say that bids are currently being fielded from existing construction companies and suppliers for the original plant. The plant is already up and generating product, and it is believed that construction will be fully completed by June.

Apple is thought to be working on sapphire production for use in touchscreen displays. Just yesterday a patent application was published that shows the company is trying to create a smudge-resistant coating for sapphire screens. An expansion of its production plant would be another pretty clear indication to get ready for sapphire in a future generation of touchscreen devices.

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China Mobile adds 1.34 million users, led by Apple’s iPhone

China Mobile just posted its first profit decline in years, but Apple is not to blame. Of the carrier’s million-plus new mobile subscribers in February, about one million of them are iPhone users, reports The Wall Street Journal.

“We added 1.34 million new 4G users in February and most of them are iPhone users. We are happy with the progress as we are still building our 4G network and the coverage is only available in some major cities,” China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua told the Journal.

That’s certainly not bad news for Apple, but it’s a little lower than expected. Some analysts were anticipating yearly sales as high as 17 million units, which doesn’t look likely to happen at this point.

These lower-than-expected sales aren’t entirely surprising. After all, China’s “4G” network is still in its infancy, and the iPhone is an expensive device. It’s still possible for sales to pick up in the future, though, especially as 4G access spreads, and Apple’s access to the carrier’s 760 million subscribers is only a good thing.

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United to give free in-flight movies, TV for laptops and iOS while Android is grounded

Got an upcoming flight on United in April or beyond? Make sure you pack your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or laptop in a carry-on because you’ll have access to free movies and TV shows over Wi-Fi during the flight, according to PatentlyApple. And you’ll be able to pause or rewind content you might missed when paying attention to the drink cart, notes the LA Times.

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United Airlines will offer 150 movies and nearly 200 television programs to compatible devices. Not only is the content available at no charge; you won’t even have to pay for the Wi-Fi connection since you’ll be using an on-board network. Flyers that want to browse the web and access sites back on the ground will still have to pay for in-flight access as that will use satellite service for the connection.

The content will stream directly through United’s iOS app although laptop users will have to install a browser plug-in to watch movies or television programs. But if you have an Android phone or tablet, you’re out of luck for now.

I strongly suspect the reason for that is because there are so many different Android device models as well as various versions of Android running on them. There’s simply no way that United can guarantee a good experience on every Android device and it wouldn’t want its flight attendants to play the role of I.T. support personnel in that case.

Although the new system will be in place by next month on some United planes, it will take all year before the majority of aircraft have the necessary equipment installed for the service.

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United to give free in-flight movies, TV for laptops and iOS while Android is grounded

Got an upcoming flight on United in April or beyond? Make sure you pack your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or laptop in a carry-on because you’ll have access to free movies and TV shows over Wi-Fi during the flight, according to PatentlyApple. And you’ll be able to pause or rewind content you might missed when paying attention to the drink cart, notes the LA Times.

Airplane Sunset

United Airlines will offer 150 movies and nearly 200 television programs to compatible devices. Not only is the content available at no charge; you won’t even have to pay for the Wi-Fi connection since you’ll be using an on-board network. Flyers that want to browse the web and access sites back on the ground will still have to pay for in-flight access as that will use satellite service for the connection.

The content will stream directly through United’s iOS app although laptop users will have to install a browser plug-in to watch movies or television programs. But if you have an Android phone or tablet, you’re out of luck for now.

I strongly suspect the reason for that is because there are so many different Android device models as well as various versions of Android running on them. There’s simply no way that United can guarantee a good experience on every Android device and it wouldn’t want its flight attendants to play the role of I.T. support personnel in that case.

Although the new system will be in place by next month on some United planes, it will take all year before the majority of aircraft have the necessary equipment installed for the service.

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United to give free in-flight movies, TV for laptops and iOS while Android is grounded

Got an upcoming flight on United in April or beyond? Make sure you pack your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or laptop in a carry-on because you’ll have access to free movies and TV shows over Wi-Fi during the flight, according to PatentlyApple. And you’ll be able to pause or rewind content you might missed when paying attention to the drink cart, notes the LA Times.

Airplane Sunset

United Airlines will offer 150 movies and nearly 200 television programs to compatible devices. Not only is the content available at no charge; you won’t even have to pay for the Wi-Fi connection since you’ll be using an on-board network. Flyers that want to browse the web and access sites back on the ground will still have to pay for in-flight access as that will use satellite service for the connection.

The content will stream directly through United’s iOS app although laptop users will have to install a browser plug-in to watch movies or television programs. But if you have an Android phone or tablet, you’re out of luck for now.

I strongly suspect the reason for that is because there are so many different Android device models as well as various versions of Android running on them. There’s simply no way that United can guarantee a good experience on every Android device and it wouldn’t want its flight attendants to play the role of I.T. support personnel in that case.

Although the new system will be in place by next month on some United planes, it will take all year before the majority of aircraft have the necessary equipment installed for the service.

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