Hovering Gestures for iPhone Displays?

Posted by Kirhat | Sunday, February 07, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Hovering Gesture for iPhone
It appears that for Apple, 3D Touch was just a first step. According to AppleInsider, they just found a new patent that would add a proximity sensor layer into the iPhone display. It would open up a brand new field of interactions for the phone with new hovering gestures.

Behind the scenes, Apple is thinking about integrating tiny infrared sensors inside a multi-touch display. Pixels would emit infrared light and monitor reflected signals. If the infrared light bounces back, it means that there is a finger above this area of the display.

As always with Apple patents, the company doesn't exclude using this technology with trackpads and keyboards. It would be a good way to disable a trackpad if a large portion of the trackpad is covered with the user's wrist. But this technology makes more sense with iPhone displays.

Apple has already added another layer of interactions with 3D touch. Before 3D Touch, users could only tap, swipe and pinch on their display. Now there are two levels of pressure-sensitive gestures as well. And hovering gestures would add another set of gestures.

For instance, it could replace the long press gesture that lets users trigger the magnifying glass and move their cursor in a text area. It could also let Apple remove the proximity sensor that turns off the display when the user is calling someone.

And of course, it would make a lot of sense to use this technology with the Apple Pencil. For example, users could hover over a drawing and press a button to erase an area. Samsung has already integrated hovering gestures into the Galaxy Note phones.

In 2013, Apple acquired PrimeSense, the company behind the original Kinect sensor. Today's patent shows that Apple is still working on new ways to interact with new devices without physically making contact. But it’s unclear if or when Apple plans to use this patent in production devices.

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Apple iPad Still Leads in Shrinking Market

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, February 06, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Apple iPad Tablet Market
Some of the latest numbers are in, and it’s not good news – for tablet sales that is. A pair of new market share reports show declining numbers of tablets shipped in 2015.

According to one report from Strategy Analytics, 224.3 million tablets were shipped last year – a decline of 8 percent from 2014. IDC’s numbers, however, are even worse – with an estimated 206.8 million tablets shipped in 2015, or a 10.1 percent decline from the year prior.

The discrepancies in terms of raw shipments can be attributed to how the firms go about estimating the market size and sales trends. However, both could agree on some larger trends: for starters, Apple continues to lead in terms of tablet market share, though that lead is slipping.

According to IDC, Apple saw a 24.8 percent year-over-year decline in tablet shipments, but it was able to curb the decline in terms of revenue by focusing on higher-priced tablets, like the newly launched iPad Pro.

Meanwhile, Strategy Analytics was more sour on the iPad Pro, saying that while it had long-term potential in the enterprise and verticals, it failed to meet expectations in Q4 2015.

Both firms also agreed that Samsung was ranked as the No. 2 tablet maker despite also declining (by 18.1 percent said IDC). However, IDC claimed Amazon moved into the third spot in Q4 2015, while Strategy Analytics gave that spot to Lenovo, followed by Amazon.

Amazon’s decent-enough ranking, in either case, can be attributed to demand for its super-cheap US$ 50 tablet, which was a holiday season surprise hit. Lenovo and Huawei both also focused on low-end tablets to their advantage, while expanding outside of China.

That being said, IDC said that today's tablet shoppers are not only considering price – they're also interested in performance, and using tablets instead of PC’s.

"One of the biggest reasons why detachables are growing so fast is because end users are seeing those devices as PC replacements," said IDC’s Research Director for tablets, Jean Philippe Bouchard.

"We believe Apple sold just over two million iPad Pros while Microsoft sold around 1.6 million Surface devices, a majority of which were Surface Pro and not the more affordable Surface 3. With these results, it’s clear that price is not the most important feature considered when acquiring a detachable – performance is."

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March 2016 Launching of Apple iPhone 5se

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, February 05, 2016 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 5se
A few days ago, the launch date for Apple’s new product line-up has been leaked. The Cupertino-based company is expected to announce a budget smartphone called the iPhone 5se, a new iPad and Apple Watch accessories.

The iPhone 5se is expected to be announced at an event on 15 March, according to 9to5Mac, alongside the iPad Air 3 and several Apple Watch straps and accessories. The 5se will reportedly mark a return to smaller-screened smartphones for the Cupertino company.

Unlike the larger displays of the iPhone 6 (4.7 inches) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches), the iPhone 5se will revert back to the 4-inch screen size of the iPhone 5 range. The iPhone 5se will replace the iPhone 5s at the bottom of Apple’s iPhone portfolio and is expected to be similar in design to its predecessor.

The big difference between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5se will be on the inside of the device, with a more powerful processor that will allow it to support future software updates from Apple. Improved cameras and support for Apple Pay are also rumored.

The new iPad Air 3 will be the first significant upgrade to the 9.7-inch tablet range since the Air 2 launched alongside the iPhone 6 in September 2014. The Apple Watch additions are likely to include new color options for straps and a potential software update.

Apple will hope the iPhone 5se will give a boost to flagging smartphone sales. The company has focused on premium handsets in the past, however this has alienated developing markets like China and India that offer huge growth potential for smartphone manufacturers.

The firm’s latest quarterly figures revealed sales for the iPhone slowed for the first time since its introduction in 2007.

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Apple iPhone 7 May Look Like iPhone 6

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, February 04, 2016 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 7 Possible Design
It appears that Apple was successful in promoting the new industrial design of iPhone 6 as plans are currently underway to replicate it.

Though the device was impressively slim, it featured a protruding camera and unsightly antenna bands across the back. The iPhone 6 may have been thinner than its predecessors, but it was clearly a design step in the wrong direction compared to the sleek look everyone saw with the iPhone 5 and 5s.

With the iPhone 7, Apple will finally be righting the ship. A new report from MacRumors provides us with the first substantive details we’ve seen yet about the industrial design of Apple’s highly anticipated next-gen iPhone.

Citing a source who has proven reliable in the past, MacRumors relays that the camera on the iPhone 7 will sit flush with the device itself, an impressive achievement given that the iPhone 7 will reportedly be even thinner than the 6s.

While more information about the iPhone 7’s camera technology will be available in just a few months, a thinner camera module makes sense given reports that Apple is already implementing camera technology it acquired when it purchased LinX many months ago. As reported previously by YahooTech, LinX was a company that specialized in delivering extremely small yet highly capable mobile cameras.

What's more, the report claims that Apple will finally do away with the antenna lines on the iPhone 6 and 6s that practically begged users to put the device in a case.

"The other significant change with the body of the iPhone 7 is the removal of antenna bands across the rear," the report adds, "allowing for a cleaner all-metal look on the back. Antenna bands at the sides and around the top and bottom edges are said to remain, however."

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Leaks Reveal Possible iPad 3 Tablet

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, February 03, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Apple iPad 3 Leak
Ever since Apple launch the iPad Pro last November 2015, not much has change to alleviate slumping iPad sales. In fact, Apple’s most recent earnings report revealed that year over year iPad sales were down 25 percent while iPad-based revenue was down 21 percent year over year.

Nonetheless, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly stated that he remains confident in the iPad’s long-term success. Hence, Apple will reportedly release an iPad Air 3 sometime in early 2016. In turn, the volume of iPad Air 3 rumors sprouting up has started to increase substantially over the past few weeks.

Most recently, a new leak of a purported iPad Air 3 case suggests that Apple’s next-gen tablet will feature a four-speaker design and LED flash support (note the shapes of the case cut-outs above).

What’s more, one of the leaked case images includes a cut-out suggesting that the iPad Air 3 will incorporate a Smart Connector for various accessories.

Originally introduced on the iPad Pro, Apple touts its Smart Connector as follows:

"The Smart Connector is a new interface that takes advantage of the two-way conductive fabric in the Smart Keyboard. It allows iPad Pro to provide power to the Smart Keyboard and lets the Smart Keyboard relay each of your keystrokes back to iPad Pro."
Other recent rumors suggest that the iPad Air 3 may include a 4K display, support for the lauded Apple Pencil, a blazing fast A9x processor and a respectable 4GB of RAM.

Also, there are reports that says the battery life on Apple’s next-gen tablet has improved. Notably, one feature not likely to make it into the iPad Air 3 is 3D Touch, this according to hazy reports from Apple’s supply chain.

Finally, it’s widely believed that Apple will officially introduce the iPad Air 3 at a special media event sometime in March, alongside a slightly enhanced Apple Watch and the rumored iPhone 5se.

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Ultra-Luxe Designer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, February 02, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Goldgenie iPhone 6s
Everyone could see it coming a mile away. The luxurious limited edition gold-plated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models are sure to pop up in whatever gathering.

The iPhone has long been a status symbol, and what better way to emphasize that than with a luxurious authentic golden sheen. Not just the regular gold or platinum paint, but the real thing plated onto the iPhone 6s' body.

Goldgenie has been in this business for quite a while, providing socialites with gold-encrusted, or alternatively platinum-laden, variants of high-end smartphones. Once again, it is offering to do the same for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, giving buyers a choice of expensive options.

The company offers the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in either 24K gold, rose gold or platinum, with the 32GB Elite model coming in at US$ 3,500. The price is the same for both devices.

The 64GB model is priced at US$ 3,800, while the 128GB model is priced at US$ 4,200.

The Swarovski Style Brilliance Elite model adds Swarovski-style crystals on the device's bezel and on the top and bottom of the smartphone's back.

The third option is the Supernova model, wherein the whole back cover and sides of the device is embellished with Swarovski-style crystals, along with the Apple logo.

The fourth model, the Crocodile Embossed Leather & Swarovski Style Crystal Logo, coats the smartphone in gold and then the back with either black or red crocodile leather, with the Apple logo then studded with Swarovski-style crystals. This model, however, does not seem to have a version for the iPhone 6s Plus.

For some reason, the Swarovski Style Brilliance Elite, the Supernova and the Crocodile Embossed Leather & Swarovski Style Crystal Logo models carry the same prices as that of the basic Elite model.

The last model, the Diamond Rockstar Limited Edition, finally breaks free from the flat pricing of the different Goldgenie models. The smartphone features 800 VS1 brilliant cut diamonds, which are set into the sides of the device and in the Apple logo at the back. This model only comes with a 128GB capacity at a price of US$ 15,400.

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