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‘iPhone 6 SE’ Could Be the Name of Apple’s Next iPhone [Leaked Pictures]

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In two weeks, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced with the same overall design as the iPhone 6/6s series. The phone will not have a headphone, a small rear camera, nor will it have the same antenna design. However, the phone will have the familiar curved aluminum case that meets curved glass. The front of the phone will also look similar with thick top/bottom bezels, thin side bezels, and other features. New images of the alleged box for the new phone have surfaced. They claim to show Apple may be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6 SE.’

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Packaging for ‘iPhone 6 SE’ leaked, which may be Apple’s next iPhone, credit: 9to5Mac

Instead of the long-rumored and expected name of ‘iPhone 7’ for the next iPhone, the box shows ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Before we immediately dismiss it as fraudulent, I wanted to propose a case as to why Apple would choose such a name. For starters, Apple released the iPhone SE in the spring, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5s. It has the same specs of the iPhone 6s, but in a 4-inch screen size. It allows customers who like the smaller screen size to upgrade without getting a much larger phone. It was rumored to be called the ‘iPhone 5 SE’ but Apple dropped the number from the name. Releasing a second ‘SE’-branded iPhone would not be crazy for Apple to do. The iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s with subtle design changes and internal upgrades. The new iPhone will be the iPhone 6s with design changes and internal upgrades as well. Using an ‘SE’ name would make sense for this year’s iPhone.




Additionally the naming scheme of ‘SE’ for this year’s iPhone compared to next year’s iPhone would make more sense. This year’s phone will look similar to its past predecessors (iPhone 6 and 6s) while next year’s will be a complete redesign. It would be much easier for Apple to announce this phone as ‘iPhone 6 SE’ and next year’s redesign as ‘iPhone 7.’ Instead, the rumors suggest this year will be ‘iPhone 7’ and next year is ‘iPhone 8.’ The rumors completely ignore an ‘7s’ line, Apple’s history of redesigning every major number generation, and the new three-year cycle they are supposedly following. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple will be slipping back to a three year cycle instead of their regular two year. This means every three years there will be a completely redesigned iPhone, instead every two years. Apple currently uses the following naming scheme: ‘iPhone #’ (ex: iPhone 6, major redesign) and ‘iPhone #s’ (ex: iPhone 6s, upgrade internal specs.) The company could, then, add ‘iPhone #SE’ to the end for the third year. It would have an upgraded design with upgrade specs. Apple would then change the number and cycle through it again.

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The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ packaging cannot be easily discredited since the name actually makes sense, credit: 9to5Mac

Other blogs who have reported the leaked box wrote it off as fake or Photoshopped, but I took a closer look to dispute their claims. Looking at the side of the packaging where ‘iPhone 6 SE’ is written, the ‘SE’ may appear to be off-center. However, the ‘iPhone 6 SE’ writing is perfectly centered on the side of the box. There is the same amount of spacing between ‘iPhone’ as there is to the ‘6’ and the ‘6’ to the outline of ‘SE’ box. Also, the ‘SE’ box is larger in height than the ‘6’ but it is the same extra height on both the top and the bottom. On the back of the box there are spacing issues, but most of the Chinese writing matches up the iPhone SE box. Also, there is a new model number listed for the iPhone (A1758) that does not match with any of Apple’s other phones and it follows the same pattern. The ‘A’ is Apple’s identifier that is on all their products and the ’17’ corresponds to the year of announcement. While it does not specific the year, it does identify with other products that were announced the same year. For example, the iPhone SE came out this year with model number ‘A1723.’

While the box may be fraudulent or unlike Apple to do, the name of this year’s iPhone cannot be discredited immediately because of a leaked box. The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ name lines up with the name of previously release products, it would continue the new three-year cycle, and the packaging is accurate in a few places. If it was Photoshopped, the designer would likely not spend as much attention to detail as I did in writing this post. If it was Photoshop, I would expect more sloppiness and less accuracy.

Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be announced in only two weeks at a special media event. The phone will be announced alongside the second-generation Apple Watch and the release date for iOS 10.

iPhone 6s Outperforms Galaxy Note 7 in App Speed Test

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In a new video, last year’s iPhone 6s is matched up against this year’s Galaxy Note 7 for a performance and speed test of opening apps. The iPhone 6s came out last September with Apple’s A9 dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM while the Galaxy Note 7 came out this month with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. For twice the amount of cores and RAM, the Note 7 should outperform the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 6s and Note 7 are put side-by-side to test their speed opening and using fourteen apps. For a real world setting, there are stock apps, games, entertainment, and shopping apps. The first test shows the phones opening the apps for the first time, while the second test shows the phone re-opening the apps. This tests the phone’s capability of running apps in the background.

Initially the Note and iPhone are running about the same speed until the Note gets stuck on the first game. They both open it quickly, but it takes longer for the Note to get to the main screen. By then, the iPhone 6s is already an app ahead. The iPhone 6s finishes both tests in 1m and 51s while the Note 7 took nearly a minute longer. It finished in 2m and 49s

The advantage the iPhone 6s has over the Note 7 is that Apple designed both the software and the hardware. The Note 7, however, relies on Google’s Android software, Samsung’s design, and Qualcomm’s processor.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced next month with a faster processor, more RAM, and the speedier iOS 10 software. If the iPhone 6s is already ahead of the Note 7, the iPhone 7 will be on another level entirely.

 

Solartab: A Unique Charger That Uses Renewable Energy

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Originally launched as a Kickstarter project, the Solartab is a unique charger that uses a massive solar panel and internal battery pack to keep smartphones and tablets fully charged. It received more than 200% of its requested funding and was sent out to backers around the world a year after the project ended. The team worked diligently to finalize the design, have it assembled correctly to their specifications, and make it the best solar panel charger on the market. Two years later, the Solartab is still being used by the Kickstarter backers and others. Below I share my first thoughts as one of the original Kickstarter campaign backers.

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The box comes with the Solartab and a micro-USB charger and wall adapter.

The Solartab is a unique solar panel charger with an external battery that uses either the sun’s energy or the included USB cable and adapter to store power to charge smartphones and tablets. I tested the Solartab by charging a nearly dead iPhone 5s and the phone’s battery was literally increasing by at least 1% every minute. The battery inside the solar panel charger has a capacity of 13,000 mAh, which is over seven times the battery capacity of the iPhone 6. The device has two USB ports and one micro-USB port on the outside, a button that shows the amount of power left and a white light that illuminates when the solar panels are being used. The Solartab is enclosed in a case that is very similar to Apple’s Smart Cover for iPad. It protects the solar panel against damages and scratches and allows to be placed in three directions for the best sun exposure.

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The Solartab is a perfect fit for the dashboard of your car. It can take in all the sun’s rays to charge your phone while you drive.

 

After using my Solartab for the past few days, it has become one of my most favorite iPhone accessories. The solar charger is about the size of an iPad so it’s very portable and the cover protects the panels against damage. Recently I went on a trip with my family and I put my Solartab in the rear back window of the car. It was able to charge both my iPad and iPhone to nearly a full charge. When we stopped at a red light and were in a shadow, the battery pack inside would take over until the sun became visible again. It worked very well and intelligently switched over from solar panel to battery pack to keep my devices charging.

There are only two flaws that I have seen so far with the Solartab, but they won’t be preventing me from using mine nor will they prevent me from recommending it to others. First off, the Solartab is glued to the case so if your case gets dirty, you won’t be able to remove the Solartab to clean it. This also prevents you from switching out the color so make sure you are ready to have the same case color for life. Secondly, the USB cables slightly stick out from the ports so they don’t appear to be fully plugged in even though they are. However, these flaws are minimal and I highly recommend the Solartab if you live anywhere there is sun (so pretty much every location on Earth).

The Solartab can be purchased from our store here for a limited time price of $109 with free shipping.

Apple Watch 2 Coming with GPS Chip, No Cellular This Year

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The second-generation Apple Watch, which is expected to be called the ‘Apple Watch 2’, will apparently not have all the features previously rumored. Reports had hoped the watch would be not be dependent on the iPhone, but this won’t happen with this generation. According to a new post by Bloomberg, there are technological limitations that will prohibit Apple from making the watch completely independent.

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Citing people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, Bloomberg reports the Apple Watch 2 will not have a cellular chip. It will instead use GPS which uses less power and only tracks location. The cellular chip would have allowed the watch to use its own data plan without requiring an iPhone for connection to the Internet. This, however, uses much more battery power and battery life is already an issue. Future generations of the Apple Watch will likely have a cellular chip, but Apple has tabled the idea until they can find one that uses less power.

In place of the cellular chip, Apple will install a GPS chip which will track location. It will be more accurate in following fitness activities, calculating speed and distance, and not require the iPhone to always be nearby. Running would be so much easier with only the Apple Watch for tracking instead of the Apple Watch and the iPhone.

Previous reports also indicated that the watch would have an advanced Wi-Fi chip. This would allow the watch to be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi without being in Bluetooth range of the iPhone. The watch could use email, messages, and show notifications without an iPhone. Plus GPS and Wi-Fi would better triangulate the user’s position instead of GPS alone.

The Apple Watch 2 is still on track to be announced at Apple’s rumored event on September 7th. It will have a similar design with a more powerful SoC processor, barometer, and better waterproofing.

New Leaks Confirm Name and Release Date for ‘iPhone 7’

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With Apple’s rumored special event fast approaching, the name of the next-generation iPhone and the release date is in question. There have been reports suggesting the name and release date, but they have not been confident in their findings. Two reliable leaks have come forward with details about the iPhone with more details that may be trustworthy.

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iPhone 7 mockup in rumored “space black”, credit: @The_Malignant

Citing “reliable sources,” Japanese blog Macotakara claims the new iPhone will be called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus.’ This squashes the rumor that Apple would be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6SE‘ because of its similar design. It also discards the rumor of Apple adding ‘Pro’ to the iPhone name. Additionally, the report confirms that the iPhone 7 will have the A10 processor, a tactile Home button, and come in five colors. Macotakara previously suggested a “space black” and a deep blue color, which could two of the five colors.

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AT&T leak reveals September 9th and 23rd as potential dates for iPhone 7, credit: 9to5Mac

The second leak comes in the form of a retail schedule from AT&T that details the days for resetting merchandise. It claims that both September 9th and 23rd will be reset days, which is the season of the iPhone release. This suggests the 9th as the iPhone 7 pre-order date (rumored), and the 23rd as the release date (one week later than rumored.) 9to5Mac also reports that store managers were informed that a major phone would be released to carriers on September 23rd. The next-generation iPhone is usually released on a Friday so a release date of either Historically Apple has released a new iPhone on a Friday so either the phone is coming out on the 16th or the 23rd.

The iPhone 7 is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6/6s series with an aluminum rear shell, antenna lines on the back, and a rear protruding camera. The phone will likely be announced alongside the Apple Watch 2 at the rumored event on September 7th.

Analyst Expects Three iPad Pros in 2017, OLED Coming in 2018

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This year is summing up to be a minor refresh year for iPhone and iPad, but next year there will be radical changes with both devices. The 2017 iPhone will get the complete redesign it deserved this year and the 2017 iPad Pro lineup will be shaken up with new display sizes. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple is planning to announce at least three iPad Pros next year.

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The rumored 10.5″ iPad Pro will fit nicely between the 9.7″ (on the left) and 12.9″ (on the right), credit: Laptop Magazine

In a new report, Kuo suggests Apple will be updating their iPad Pro lineup with three display sizes instead of the current two. The iPad will come with a 12.9”, 10.5”, and 9.7” screen size. The second-generation iPad Pro will not come out this year, and instead be updated next year with the other iPads. The 12.9” and 10.5” iPad Pro will be powered by A10X processor and the 9.7” iPad Pro will retain the A9X processor. Additionally, the smaller iPad will be offered as a low-cost option for the iPad Pro lineup.

The following year, 2018, will also be a major update for iPad. Apple is planning to replace the current LCD with a flexible OLED display. This does not necessarily mean the iPads will be more flexible, but they will likely incorporate 3D Touch.

There are no reports for the next-generation iPad Air or iPad mini, which may mean these iPads are likely to be discontinued. The rumored iPad Air 3 turned out to be the 9.7” iPad Pro. If Apple were to release another iPad Air, it may cause of cannibalism of sales for two iPads with 9.7” screen sizes released together. The iPad mini 4 was released only a year ago so it is possible for Apple to release another iPad.

If Kuo’s analysis is correct, then the iPad will likely not be at the special media event planned for September 7th. Hopefully Apple will be planning an event in the spring, which would be one year after the 9.7” iPad Pro was released.

New Set of iPhone 7 Pictures Leaked Show Dummy Units and Alleged Display Assembly

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With only three and half weeks until the expected announcement for the iPhone 7, many sources will come forward daily to confirm previous rumors and show off their own leaked pictures. Today is the start and we have high-resolution pictures of a dummy unit of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Additionally, there are pictures of the display that cause us to question the authenticity of them.

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Dummy units for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, credit: Letemsvetem

The first set of pictures comes from Czech blog Letemsvetem which are of dummy units of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These devices are not real and they are likely based on blueprints from Apple (or other rumors). Subtle details like the smoothness of the Apple logo, FCC regulation icons, and model numbers show they are not real. However, everything that has come out for the iPhone 7 is in these pictures.

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Front of the iPhone 7, credit: Letemsvetem

The iPhone 7 will come in two storage sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″ like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The smaller phone will have a single rear camera that protrudes from the frame, the antenna lines are limited to the top and bottom edges, and the display looks very similar to the iPhone 6s. Since it is a dummy unit, it is difficult to tell if the Home button will be haptic or a physical button. The larger phone has a similar design with a dual rear camera. It does not, however, have the rumored Smart Connector.

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Alleged display for the iPhone 7 upside-down, credit: GeekBar

The next pictures claim to show the assembled iPhone 7 display and were posted by Weibo user GeekBar. Without getting too technical, the display is very questionable because of the location of the flex cables. They are located at the top of the display pictured, however, the display is upside down. Looking at the bottom of the display pictured, there is a line with a hole in the bottom center and one off to the left. The center line is the ear speaker, the bottom center hole is for the proximity sensor, and the left hole is for the front camera. For every iPhone since the iPhone 5, the flex cables cover the ear speaker and front camera to connect the display at the top to the logic board. This picture suggests Apple moved it to the bottom of the display.

The significant issue with moving the flex cables to the bottom of the display versus the top is that the iPhone is opened from the bottom. The flex cables being on the bottom make the phone more difficult to open. Plus Apple would need to change the logic board so there are ports for the flex cables to plug into. Based on this, either the display is fake or it was not assembled correctly. Apple is playing it safe this year with the iPhone design. They are not completely redesigning the inside of the iPhone only to redesign it next year. Since there are Apple logos on the flex cable, which is typical of Apple, it is likely that the display is not assembled correctly.

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iPhone 7 LCD with 3D Touch, credit: GeekBar

The second picture shows the LCD display for the iPhone before it is attached to the glass. It looks very similar to the iPhone 6s with the extra shielding to protect the phone from forceful touches. It also has the chip in the upper left corner which is on the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be announced in September alongside the Apple Watch 2 and iOS 10. In addition to the above rumors, the phone will also be powered by the A10 processor, start at 32GB of storage, and have a second speaker in place of the headphone jack.




 

Analyst Predicts GPS, Barometer, and New Processor on Apple Watch 2

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Based on Apple’s history, the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 should be completely redesigned with new internal components and external housing. Since this is major iPhone year and this is the second-generation Apple Watch, a redesign for both is typical for Apple. Unfortunately it appears that Apple is playing it safe with both of these devices with a complete redesign next year instead. A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo claims the Apple Watch 2 will have the same physical design as its predecessor with updated internal components.

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KGI Securities analyst expects the same design for the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch 2, credit: Apple

The Apple Watch 2 will be loaded with new sensors and a better processor for updated graphics and performance. The watch will include a GPS, barometer, the second-generation SoC processor, and be more waterproof. Other reports have rumored a cellular or Wi-Fi antenna and camera as well. The new SoC will improve the GPU and CPU of the watch for better performance. Next year’s watch, the Apple Watch 3, will be completely redesigned with a new form factor and potentially new casing materials.

According to Kuo, the current Apple Watch will not be discontinued but instead, upgraded. The watch will feature the new SoC processor and be priced for much less. It previously saw a price drop of $50 in the spring so hopefully the next price drop will put it below $200. The Apple Watch 2 will take over the prices of the current Apple Watch.




The new Apple Watch 2 is expected to be announced alongside the iPhone 7 in early September. Kuo predicts the watch will come out in late 2016, which would means September to December according to Tim Cook. He previously confirmed the definition of “early,” “mid,” and “late” meaning the first four months, middle four months, and last four months, respectively.

Leaked Pictures Show Working iPhone 7 Prototype, New Rumor Emerges

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At this point, the design of the iPhone 7 is all but confirmed by Apple. Several leaks have come out that all show the same information. Until now, though, we have only been looking at mockups and various components. Sina, which is a Chinese news website, shared pictures leaked by a Chinese social media user that are allegedly of the iPhone 7.

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Fully functional iPhone 7 rear shell design, credit: Sina

The set of pictures were originally leaked by Weibo user @GeekBar and shows the iPhone 7 running a special operating system used internally by Apple. The case design matches up to what is expected for the iPhone 7. Instead of the headphone jack on the bottom, the phone will have a second speaker. This allows the phone to be more symmetrical with speaker grills on both sides of the Lightning port. Users will rely on Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. The phone also has a rear protruding camera that is part of the frame. It is much larger, closer to the left edge, and the microphone hole appears to be slightly smaller. Additionally, the antenna lines are limited to the top and bottom edge of the phone instead of also extending across the back.

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iPhone 7 running a special software for internal testing, credit: Sina

Looking at the front of the iPhone, the setup is quite similar to the iPhone 6s. It unfortunately does not match up to previous rumors that suggested new locations for more advanced display sensors. The speaker grill, proximity sensor (small black dot in top center of display), and front camera (larger black dot on left) look the same as the iPhone 6s. It is also difficult to tell if the home button is a physical button or more of the rumored haptic touchpad.




Sina reports that a friend claimed the iPhone 7 would have more of a curved screen with the transition from glass to aluminum be more rounded. The battery would also be slightly larger, as we have shared, and the biggest changes are in relation to the cameras. Hopefully this means we will have a better sensor in the front-facing camera.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced a media event in early September. It will come in at least one new color, likely a darker space gray, and start with 32GB of storage.

Blue iPhone 7 Plus Mockup Shown in New Video on YouTube

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In early September, Apple is expected to announce their next-generation iPhones, likely called “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus.” The screen sizes will be the same as the iPhone 6s/6s Plus with 4.7″ on the iPhone 7 and 5.5″ on the iPhone 7 Plus. Unlike last year’s phones, though, there will be much more than screen size to differentiate the two phones. A new video was posted by Unbox Therapy on YouTube that claims to show a mockup of the new phone and shares details about what exactly will be different.

Unbox Therapy, the group known for unboxing videos and leaking unreleased Apple products, released a video of an “accurate” iPhone 7 Plus mockup. They obtained it from a Chinese headphone manufacturer. The mockup is blue, which is one of the new colors rumored for the iPhone 7. It also has the dual rear camera, Smart Connector, less visible antenna lines, and no headphone jack. The dual rear camera will allow the phone to simultaneously take two videos at the same time and capture a better picture. The Smart Connector will work with third-party accessories requiring power instead of utilizing the Lightning port which is needed for playing audio. Finally, the headphone jack has been replaced by a second speaker. As pointed out in the video, the phone is not thinner than the iPhone 6s Plus. Rumors suggested Apple removed the headphone jack to make the phone thinner, but this doesn’t seem to be correct. The mockup appears to be about the same thickness as the iPhone 6s Plus.

Check out the full video below.

Unlike the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the new iPhones will have a few features that differentiate the models. The iPhone 7 will have a single rear camera and no Smart Connector. This iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual camera setup and the Smart Connector for working with third-party accessories. Apple may further differentiate them with internal specifications, like allowing only the larger iPhone to have 256GB of storage.




The iPhone 7 are expected to be announced in early September alongside a new thinner Apple Watch 2 and an updated iPad mini.