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News about Apple’s iPhone range including the new iPhone 5S and 5C, 5, 4S, 4 and forthcoming iPhone 6.

No earphone jack on Apple’s waterproof iPhone 7?

According to rumours back in September, Apple was planning to make the iPhone 7 waterproof. If a recent patent awarded to Apple by the USPTO (patent images below) is anything to go by, the next iPhone will feature a system that seals off ports protecting components that are vulnerable to water damage.

Waterproof but no earphone jack?

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The patent called “Electronic Devices With Housing Port Shutters” is a system that detects the amount of moisture around an iPhone. Once too much moisture is detected, the system closes ports by using shutters, which protects the iPhone’s components from water damage. The system also determines when it is safe to open these shutters.

Back in March, Apple also received a patent that suggests that the next iPhone will be waterproof. The patent describes a process that coats the components of an iPhone with a hydrophobic material. This is applied by exposing the component to fluoropolymer gas in a chamber and then applying voltage. This will allow the gas to turn into plasma, which will stick to the component. This process is similar to Motorola’s nanocoating.

As for the omission of the 3.5 mm earphone jack, Japanese blog Macotakara  claims that the Cupertino firm is planning to make the iPhone 7 thinner by taking away the said jack. If users wish to make use of headsets, they would have to be of the Bluetooth type or connect via the Lightning connector. Apple is said to be planning to bundle earpods that connect to the Lightning port. A 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter is also said to be sold as a separate accessory.

 

So far, we’ve learned from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst known for making accurate predictions on Apple devices, claims that the iPhone 7 will sport 3 GB of RAM and be 6 mm-thin. This year’s Apple iPhone 6S is 7.1 mm-thin.

As for the Apple iPhone 7’s release date, rumours claiming that Apple is planning to release its next iPhone earlier than expected is less likely to be true. Apple is likely to launch the device in September, the same month Apple usually lists the lid on new iPhones.

Want to know more about the Apple iPhone 7? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Apple iPhone 6C with A8 chip to launch in Q1 2016?

Gone are the days when iPhones featured 4-inch screen, or have they? We’ve been hearing whispers that Apple is cooking up a smaller-screened iPhone, and now a new report is claiming that the rumoured 4-inch iPhone will be coming earlier than expected.

iPhone 6C coming in Q1 2016?

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Japanese-speaking blog Mac Otakara is responsible for circulating this new rumour. The site is renowned for leaking accurate information on anything concerning Apple. According to the report, Apple is already mass producing its new 4-inch iPhone. Additionally, the report is saying that the yet to be announced 4-inch iPhone will feature the Apple A8 chip, which is the same processor under the hood of last year’s Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The rumoured 4-inch iPhone is also said to include a better front-facing FaceTimeHD camera, Bluetooth 4.1, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. With these in mind, it looks like the upcoming 4-inch iPhone will be an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S, which made its debut more than two years ago. It still remains a mystery, however, if the device will be constructed out of metal or plastic like the iPhone 5C (the only iPhone clad in plastic).

So when will we get to get our hands on this rumoured 4-inch iPhone? According to the report, the device will be released in the first quarter of 2016 (from January to March), which goes against what previous reports are saying. According to previous reports, the rumoured 4-inch iPhone will be released in the 2nd half of 2016.

Another mystery is what Apple is planning to call its new 4-inch iPhone – that’s if it really exists. If it does exist, the common consensus is that the Cupertino firm will call the device the “Apple iPhone 6C.” However, there’s no way for us to confirm this. The photo of the iPhone 6C shown above is not the real deal, but a concept made by artist Martin Hajek.

Do you believe Apple will release the 4-inch Apple iPhone 6C in the first half of 2016? If you do, would you get your hands on one? Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

Apple iPad Air 3 to be unveiled this year – specs leaked

Last week, Apple officially unveiled the Apple iPhone 6S, the Apple iPhone 6S Plus, the Apple iPad Pro, and the Apple iPad Mini 4. What was missing in action was the Apple iPad Air 3. If you’re worried Apple will no longer has plans of launching a follow-up to the iPad Air 2, a report is claiming that Apple plans to announce its new 9.7-inch iPad later this year. The same report also has specs to reveal.

Rumoured specs

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This is according to a report from Chinese-speaking MyDrivers. It reports that the Apple iPad Air 3 will be officially unveiled later this year or early next year.

The same report claims to more about the tablet’s specs. It claims that the Apple iPad Air 3 will feature the same 9.7-inch screen, but have a resolution of 2334 x 3112 pixels, which is higher than the iPad Air 2’s resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. This would work out to a pixel density of 401 ppi and an aspect ratio of 4:3.

As for the iPad Air 3’s processor, it is said to come with either the A9 or the A9X chip under the hood. As for the device’s RAM, it is said to sport either 2 GB or 4 GB of RAM. The larger Apple iPad Pro also sports 4 GB of RAM.

Although everything else seems to be upgraded, this is not the same case with the Apple iPad Air 3’s battery. According to the report, the upcoming iPad Air will come with a battery with a lower capacity than the 7,340 mAh battery found in the Apple iPad Air 2.

According to previous reports, other rumoured specs include a camera combo consisting of an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The iPad Air 3 is said to be available in the following storage options: 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB. If you’re looking for an extremely thin tablet, then you might want to wait for the next iPad. It is said that the device will be a mere 5 mm-thin. Unlike previous iterations of the iPad, you no longer have to worry about the tablet getting wet. Reports claim that the device will be IP certified. Currently, only the Apple Watch comes with an IPX7 rating, which means it can be dunked in 1 meter of water for as much as 30 minutes and survive.

If the report is accurate, it contradicts previous reports that claim Apple has no plans of lifting the lid on a new 9.7-inch iPad this 2015.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this information with a pinch of salt.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Is this the actual HTC A9?

Just the other day, a photo (see below) was posted online, claiming to be the rumoured HTC A9 (HTC Aero). It looked a lot like the Apple iPhone 6, and turned out to be nothing but a photoshopped image.

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Although the photo above was nothing but a Photoshop job, it seems that person behind the render was given accurate information about the HTC A9, newly leaked photos of the rumoured device have confirmed.

HTC A9?

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Romanian-speaking Mobilissimo.ro is responsible for the photoshopped image of the HTC A9. When the render was first posted online and proven to be a Photoshop job, we dismissed the render as nothing but a baseless rumour. However, if an alleged leaked photo (see above) of the A9 shown alongside the Apple iPhone 6 is genuine, the photoshopped image seems to have been accurate after all.

The newly leaked photo of the HTC A9 comes to us courtesy of Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo (the equivalent of Twitter in China). It shows a person holding the HTC A9 with one hand, with the other hands holding the iPhone 6. Of course, since nothing is official at this point, take the photo with a pinch of salt.

We’ve learned from past rumours that the HTC A9 is said to sport a 5.5-inch screen with 2.5 D curved glass, a groundbreaking new camera, a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core (10 cores) processor under the hood, and 4 GB of RAM. The HTC A9 is rumoured to be constructed out of metal.

Past rumours have also revealed that the HTC A9 and the HTC O2 are two different devices. The HTC O2 is said to be the “Hero” phone Cher Wang, HTC’s CEO, mentioned, when trying appease disappointed investors, after HTC posted dismal earnings.According to reports, the HTC O2 will come with a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 CPU under the hood, and IP certification. Since the Snapdragon 820 will not be launched until Q1 2016, the HTC O2 isn’t expected until the first quarter of 2016 as well.

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iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus pricing in the Netherlands leaked

Saving up for the the upcoming Apple iPhone 6S or the Apple iPhone 6S Plus? If so, we’ve come across a new leak that claims to know how much the new iPhones will set you back.

Alleged pricing

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The alleged pricing of the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus in the Netherlands were leaked by Dutch-speaking Techtastic. The site reveals that Apple will launch the new iPhones in the country on the 25th of September. In the US, Germany, and France, Apple will reportedly launch the two new iPhones on the 18th of September.

Without further ado, here’s how much the two new iPhones will cost in the Netherlands:

iPhone 6S:

iPhone 6S (Space Grey) 16 GB – €699 (£511.09), 64 GB – €799 (£584.21), 128 GB – €899 (£657.33)

iPhone 6S (Silver) 16 GB – €699 (£511.09), 64 GB – €799 (£584.21), 128 GB – €899 (£657.33)

iPhone 6S (Gold) 16 GB – 16 GB – €699 (£511.09), 64 GB – €799 (£584.21), 128 GB – €899 (£657.33)

iPhone 6S Plus:

iPhone 6S Plus (Space Grey) 16 GB – €799 (£584.21), 64 GB – €899 (£657.33), 128 GB – €999 (£730.44)

iPhone 6S Plus (Silver) 16 GB – €799 (£584.21), 64 GB – €899 (£657.33), 128 GB – €999 (£730.44)

iPhone 6S Plus (Gold) 16 GB – €799 (£584.21), 64 GB – €899 (£657.33), 128 GB – €999 (£730.44)

Note that pricing may be slightly different in the UK.

Storage options

Apart from giving us an idea as to how much the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus will cost in Europe, the leak also reconfirms that storage options will not be upgraded in the upcoming models. Past reports said that the base model would be a 32 GB storage option, but this information reveals that the 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB storage options will remain unchanged.

If you’re unfamiliar with the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S, the two are expected to look like their predecessors, but be slightly thicker. Despite no changes in appearance, the two are expected to come with more powerful hardware. Force Touch, a feature that can tell the difference between a soft tap and a hard tap, is one of them. It is currently only found on board the Apple Watch. Another is a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with support for 4K video recording, which is huge improvement from the current iPhones’ 8-megapixel camera. They are also said to have an improved front-facing camera with the screen doubling as a front-facing flash. Recent reports revealed that the two will offer new animated wallpapers. A triple-core A9 chip coupled with 2 GB of RAM is said to be under the hood.

Apple is expected to lift the lid on its new iPhones on the 9th of September.

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