“Quantum dots” — much like “LiquidMetal,” it’s one of those cool yet nebulous technological terms that often seem to find their way into iPhone discussions. While we’ve been waiting for LiquidMetal to make an appearance on the iPhone for years now (above and beyond the little tool to remove sim cards), quantum dots technology is, in spite of its futuristic name, an up-and-coming technology that could very well find its way onto the iPhone 6.
According to a recent report from Business Insider India, the reason for the quantum dots excitement has to do with the fact that 1) the technology is coming into maturity, and 2) Apple has already patented some ideas around quantum dots that would make sense for the iPhone 6 Just as AMOLED has been seen for a long time as next-generation technology for mobile displays, so too could quantum dots be used to take screen resolution and color to a whole new level.
For hardcore Apple users, the iPhone 6 may very well deliver on a long-time desire for a much bigger display. After being at the top of many users’ wish lists for the past few years, finally getting the Phone 6 to boast a screen in the vicinity of competing devices, such as the Galaxy S and HTC One, would be a catharsis.
Apple has been reluctant to grow the screen size, following in the ideological footsteps of the late Steve Jobs, who felt as thought the original Phone’s screen dimensions were optimal for a smartphone. The elongation of the iPhone 5′s screen in 2012 — the sale aspect ratio that carried over to the iPhone 5S and 5C — appeared to be a kind of meeting point between users’ desires and Cupertino developers.
But it still wasn’t enough for many.
Now, with rumors of an iPhone 6 that will sport at least a 4.8-inch screen — a rumor that Apple has not appeared to attempt to mitigate yet (as we have seen them do in the post-Steve Jobs era) — the conceptual artistes are coming out of the woodwork, giving us renderings of what it could like. The question is, would Apple ever build it this way?
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Saturday Feb 8, 2014
The iPhone 4 hasn’t made headlines since the 2010-2011 season, when it exploded onto the scene and led the iPhone franchise into a new era of success. Since then, the bloodline of iPhones that came after the iPhone 4 have been fraught with high sales and mixed emotions. However, the iPhone 4 arguably remained a viable, solid, premium smartphone from its debut in 2010 until 2013, when it was finally phased out to make room for the iPhone 5C, with the 4S taking over as Apple’s budget model.
However, a new report indicates that Apple has fired up production for the iPhone 4 once again in Asia, with plans to reintroduce it into markets like India n the wake of the iPhone 5C’s epic fail.
Rumors of a “locked down” 4.8-inch iPhone 6 display have dominated the rumor mill for some months now, as Apple enthusiasts being to settle in on the belief that the next iPhone will finally deliver on the big, bold screen that many people have demanded for years. To be sure, if Apple does manage to beef up the display size on the iPhone 6, it will be a big story, and while the form factor may remain largely the same, new screen dimensions will give the new iPhone a distinct look for the rest of the roster — particularly if they lose the elongated aspect ratio and go with a more Android-esque shape.
It remains to be seen (at least in my view) that we’ll end up with a display that big — when does Apple ever give us exactly what we wish for? — but assuming this feature is in the bag, what else can we expect from the iPhone 6? Read More
It’s almost incredible to believe, but the iPhone 6 solar powered rumor has caught fire in the rumor mill — enough so that even USA Today ran a video report on it.
In the video above, USA Today reports on rumors that Apple has been steadfastly working on a design that would utilize tiny solar panels to recharge the iPhone in the sunlight. This is rumored to go along with the purported, “locked-down” 4.8-inch iPhone 6 display.
Does the USA Today video piece fill you with good vibrations that the iPhone 6 will be solar powered?
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Tuesday Jan 28, 2014
With Apple’s first-ever gambit to co-release two new iPhones in the same year, one would have expected that the recent iPhone sales numbers would have once again smashed previous records. However, in a stunning reversal of expectations, Apple has posted a rare negative earnings report for its flagship smartphone, which in turn have sent Apple shares reeling in today’s trading (down 7.8% in active trading at the time of this writing).
According to an article on the Wall Street Journal, Apple “sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, up 7% from the year-ago period, after the company introduced two new models in September. Sales of iPhones, however, fell short of analysts’ expectations for 55 million units. In North America, iPhone sales fell, Mr. Cook said.” While it may be easy for consumers to forgive coming up short 4 million iPhones in sales expectations after managing to sell 51 million in the first fiscal quarter, Wall Street rewards the tea leaves on this sort of thing, and they see the failed iPhone sales as yet another sign that Apple may in fact be waning as product leader in the mobile market.
Now may not be the time for the tech community to hammer the nails into Cupertino’s coffin; after all, the company suffered humiliatingly bad products and performance in the marketplace before, only to emerge stronger, more creative, and more competitive. But that was back when they had a guy named Steve Jobs at the helm. Now, with the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, shareholders and Apple enthusiasts alike are being treated to damage control messaging that sounds less like the inspired proclamations of an inspired visionary, and more like someone managing the decline. ”Our objective has always been to make the best, not the most,” said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on a conference call with analysts.
That statement is not only pathetic, it is also bullshit.
Ever since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple has clearly taken a new path towards controlling the narrative in the tech rumor mill. It is no coincidence, for example that pre-release iDevices, which were once so tightly cloaked in the Steve Jobs era, now liberally find their way onto the web months before their official release. However, for as much as Apple thinks it can control the ebb and flow of buzz about its products, Cupertino has not been able to curtail the anticipation for NFC functionality and the long-awaited iWallet feature. Once again, it is being rumored for the iPhone 6, based solely on the discovery of Apple patents. Read More
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