Apple iPhone 7 Could Come With Periscope Camera

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, March 06, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 7 with Periscope Camera
What is interesting about Apple iPhone rumor is that it may change every day, but it builds on what was released earlier. This was confirmed by the new patent sightings on the innovations allegedly programmed for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7.

According to the latest application, Apple has been working on improving the optical image stabilization feature on its phones using mirrors. In Apple's quest to transform its phones, the company has also been making strides improving the photo taking capabilities of its handsets.

In a recent patent filing, United States Patent Application 20150042870 entitled "Mirror Tilt Actuation," Apple appears intent on improving its iPhone cameras. The technology features an image sensor compatible with small, multifunction devices (iPhone) that can compensate the hand movement of the user to enhance overall picture quality.

According to the patent's abstract: "Some embodiments include an image sensor and a zoom lens assembly including a plurality of movable lens elements arranged to be moved independent of one another. In some embodiments, the “plurality of movable lens elements focused on shared optical axis.” Some embodiments include a lens and mirror assembly for admitting light to the miniature camera."

Apple initially incorporated the optical image stabilization feature in its iPhone 6 series. The iPhone 6 Plus works with a hardware OIS to guarantee superior photo taking whereas the smaller iPhone 6 does this through a software. In Apple's latest patent, the company explains how the iOS adjusts the camera's field of view direction to work with the user's motion. As with other patents, this may or may not find its way to the upcoming iPhones depending on Apple’s discretion.

In another report by The Korea Times, Apple’s foray into more innovative products may be costing it more enemies as Samsung accuses the company of poaching its employees. According to Samsung, Apple has been offerings its engineers and technicians competitive annual salary packages and benefits.

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"Power Reserve" Could Save Apple Watch

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, March 05, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Power Reserve for Apple Watch
In a few days, the public will learn more about the features of Apple Watch, including the issues that come with it. One of those that have been the growing concern involves the alleged low battery life. However, the tech company may have found a way to fix it – or at least help it.

The New York Times has just reported that the Apple Watch comes with a feature called "Power Reserve." The low-energy mode will let the Apple Watch continue displaying the time (and nothing else) even with scant battery life left.

Battery life has been a major concern for the Apple Watch and other wearables — with current battery technology, there just isn't much space for a battery cell that can keep the device charged for a long time. When the Moto 360 was launched, for example, critics slammed it for its short battery life (Motorola has improved battery life through a software update since).

Initial reports say that the Apple Watch will require nightly charging.

The article also mentions a few details about the behind-closed doors development of the Apple Watch. Amusingly, Apple engineers who've been putting the device through its paces have kept the Apple Watch in a case that makes it look like one of Samsung's Gear smartwatches.

The report also says that designers originally intended to include sensors to monitor stress and blood pressure, but those ideas were dropped after struggles with the sensors.

If this information is true, it sounds like it could be a potential lifesaver for the Apple Watch. If the Apple Watch's most important feature is telling the time just like Apple says it is, the watch needs to be able to do that whenever possible. Without that functionality, user will be left with a powerless black screen strapped to their wrist.

Expect to learn more about the Apple Watch at Apple's upcoming event on 9 March 2015.

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Apple Poised to Challenge Samsung's Gear VR

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, March 02, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Samsung Gear VR
Usually, Apple lets other companies enter a category first before it dives in, just like what it did to smartphones and smartwatches. The same might be true for virtual reality headsets.

The company was awarded a patent on 17 February 2015 for a head-mounted display that could be powered by an iPhone, resulting in a system very similar to Samsung's Gear VR.

According to Apple Insider, Apple first filed for the device way back in September of 2008, just a year after the first iPhone debuted. The patent says that "the portable electronic device may be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device and head mounted device can communicate and operate with one another." Again, just like the Gear VR.

The most intriguing bit about the concept is that it includes a remote control, which looks similar to an Apple TV remote. This accessory would allow the user to control on-screen content, although it's possible Apple is also working on gesture-based controls. The Gear VR uses a touchpad mounted on the headset itself, but it also supports Bluetooth-enabled gaming controllers.

However, just because Apple has intellectual property related to VR, that doesn't mean the company is going to act on its patent any time soon. It's been awarded all sorts of patents that never left the concept stage.

For the moment, Samsung has a clear advantage in that it has established a partnership with the leading name in virtual reality – Occulus VR – whose software powers the Gear VR. Although the Gear VR's content and app selection is skimpy at the moment, Samsung is working fast to remedy that with its Milk VR store. Plus, Facebook, which acquired Oculus for $2 billion, just announced that it is working on Facebook apps for the platform.

As Apple Insider notes, Apple has also been awarded patents for head tracking and augmented reality, so Tim Cook & Co. are probably at least exploring this space. Should it decide to challenge the Gear VR directly, Apple certainly wouldn't have any difficulty drumming up developer support.

Today, the Gear VR works with only the Galaxy Note 4, but it's safe to assume that Apple's headset would support both of its flagship phones. It's also easy to envision Apple creating dedicated VR sections of the iTunes and App Stores. For now, Samsung has the first-mover advantage, but we'll have to see how long that might last.

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Apple Watch to Fight the 'Sitting' Cancer

Posted by Kirhat | Sunday, March 01, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Cook on Apple Watch
Not a few critics predict that the Apple Watch will ultimately fail to get consumer’s attention because of its US$ 350 price tag and clunky design compared to the Moto 360.

However, Apple CEO Tim Cook was quick to counter the claims and said that the Apple Watch possesses several unique strengths, including a variety of designs, Siri integration and, yes, the ability to fight "the new cancer": sitting.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference last 10 February 2015 in San Francisco, Cook likened today's smartwatches to early MP3 players before the iPod came along.

"We weren't the first company to make an MP3," Cook said. "They were fundamentally too hard to use, and the user interface was really bad."

Cook was clearly drawing parallels to today's smartwatches. Android Wear devices, for example, involve a fair amount of swiping to get things done. The Pebble Watch, which uses a somewhat awkward button-based interface, is now on more than a million wrists, but that doesn't impress Cook.

"There are several things that are called 'smartwatches' that are shipping," he said, "but I'm not sure you could name any."

So how does Apple plan to shake up the market? By "changing the way you live your life," according to Cook and that could include saving it. Apple's CEO told conference attendees that the Apple Watch will give you a little tap 10 minutes before the hour if you haven't moved within the hour. Why? The answer Cook gave is, "because a lot of doctors believe that sitting is the new cancer, right?"

Apple's CEO said a lot of his employees who use the watch are now standing up and moving around at 10 minutes before the hour. In addition, the Apple Watch has the ability to track your activity and exercise. But that's not all the Apple Watch will do for health.

Dexcom's upcoming Apple Watch app, for instance, will be able to help diabetes patients report glucose levels on a graph by working with a tiny monitor that's inserted under the skin. The app has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Cook believes that, just like the iPhone, the app selection for the Apple Watch will be a huge differentiator to separate Apple's offering from those of its competitors.

"The things third parties are working on? — I'm super excited about," Cook shared. "Just like when the App Store came out, and you remember the tagline, 'There's an app for that?' And the way you felt with your favorite apps, and so you're going to have a feeling like that."

It's not as if other smartwatch platforms are standing still. At last count, there were nearly 200 Android Wear apps in the Google Play store, 4,200 Pebble apps and watchfaces and more than 1,000 Tizen-based apps.

With Google I/O coming up in May, we expect to see many more enhancements for the Android Wear platform in general, as well as new designs to battle the Apple Watch. Pebble, too, has promised new hardware and software for this year.

However, Cook seems confident that the Apple Watch will rise above the competition, and will be much more than a novelty.

"There's just an enormous number of things that it will do," Cook said, "and I think you're going to find it something that you're going to think, 'Wow, I can't live without this anymore!'"

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What 9 March Could Mean for Apple Watch

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | | 0 comments »

Spring Forward
Every Apple follower already know that the tech giant is planning to launch Apple Watch in April, but it appears that spring has a new meaning for them. Something big is being planned and it may come earlier than expected.

According to a reliable source that spoke with MacRumors, “Apple is planning to begin moving Apple Watches to centralized distribution points in the U.S. during the first few days of the month, with an Apple Watch release possibly coming during the first full week of April, between April 6 and April 10.”

The April release may have prompted the Cupertino giant to send out an invitation on 9 March where they are expected to reveal the Apple Watch’s official release date and hopefully spill some more details on it. The invites identified Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco as the venue for the event.

However, as typical for the company, the invite said very little, offering nothing but a colorful graphic and the tagline "Spring forward," referencing the switch to Daylight Saving Time that occurs the day before.

The reference to time strongly suggests that Apple will discuss the Apple Watch at the event and an unnamed "person familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg News that the smartwatch will be the focus. Apple plans to launch its smartwatch in April, CEO Tim Cook said in the company's earnings report earlier this month; the gadget was introduced last fall at the same time as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but few people have had the chance to get their hands on one.

The last time Apple held an event in March, it was to show off the third iteration of the iPad, and there have been rumors that Apple has been developing a larger iPad aimed at the enterprise market. That March 2012 iPad unveiling didn't last long, however – Apple introduced a new full-sized iPad just more than six months later, in October.

Apple also introduced an updated Apple TV at the March 2012 event, and that offering has not been updated since.

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Next iPhone and iPad Will Have Massive Memory Upgrade

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, February 27, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 7 Memory
In preparation for this year’s major launches — including the Apple Watch, iPhone 6S and iPad Pro — Apple was reported to be bulking up on one crucial component that might otherwise be in short supply later this year.

According to some research notes flagged by Barrons, Apple is expected to increase RAM in its upcoming mobile devices and that’s why it’s trying to secure enough supplies to prevent shortages from hindering its device launch plans.

Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan says that the next-gen iPhone might ship with 2GB of RAM on board, and the Apple Watch should have 0.5GB of RAM. More interesting is the amount of RAM the analyst quotes for the iPad Pro — according to him, the bigger 12-inch tablet is "likely" to use 4GB of RAM.

Apple isn’t the only company seen increasing RAM memory in smartphones and tablets, as LG and Samsung are also increasing RAM content per phone, the analyst said.

RBC Capital’s Doug Freedman, who just issued an Outperform rating for RAM maker Micron, also believes that RAM demand will significantly increase in the second half of the year.

"We think the Street expectation is that the '6S' AAPL smartphone could ship 1.5-2GBs (or more) of DRAM in the smartphone, so not only is [Micron] losing unit volume, they also experience less of the impact from increased content," he wrote.

"AAPL will be at 1GB DRAM/ phone for most of the year as they will sell 6/6+ until late September. We estimate that AAPL could sell 60-70mil “6S” units from October-December. So that means that if AAPL sees a 1 GB increase in DRAM and assuming 95% of units are next-gen, that is 65mil more GBs of DRAM (65mil units x 1 additional GB). Total AAPL content would be 130mil gigabytes of DRAM assuming 2GB/phone. Samsung handling ‘at least half’ would be 65mil gigabytes of DRAM content. The magnitude of the shift does not seem to justify the decrease in stock price."

Earlier this week, reports revealed that Samsung has scored massive contracts with both Apple and LG for supplying RAM for upcoming flagship handsets, including the iPhone 6s and the LG G4.

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