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

Apple requests suppliers to get ready for a 85-90 million-unit production of the iPhone 6S before the end of the 2015?

We know that the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shown below) will sell well this year. But the question is, how well? According to a report, Apple is expecting to break sales records once again, as it is asking suppliers to get ready to produce 85 to 90 million units of its next iPhones before the end of the year.

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This is according to WSJ‘s sources. It reports, “Apple is asking suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 31, according to people familiar with the matter. The screen sizes are the same as in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.”

Apple produced a record-breaking 70 to 80 million combined units of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus last year.

Further, WSJ’s sources say that the upcoming iPhones’ resolutions will remain the same. This goes against previous rumours that claim Apple will increase its next iPhones’ resolution.

As for colour options, the sources say that Apple will offer a fourth colour option aside from the usual silver, gold, and space grey. Word on the street is that the fourth colour option will be pink.

Going back to production, the sources note, “Apple may adjust orders based on its projected demand, and it doesn’t inform all suppliers at the same time.”

The sources also revealed, “Some component suppliers started manufacturing parts for the new iPhones in large quantity earlier this month.”

Word on the street is, Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus on the 11th of September and launch them on the 18th of September.

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Photos allegedly show iPhone 6S housing – changes inside but not outside

Apple is expected to lift the lid on the Apple iPhone 6S and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus in the fall, but we still don’t know for sure what the two will look like, until now.

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The photos above allegedly show the iPhone 6S’s housing, which were sent to 9to5Mac by one of its sources within Apple’s supply chain. The photos reveal that the next iPhones will look exactly like its predecessors, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, but will sport different hardware. This is suggested by the new mounting points for the motherboard. This in line with past rumours that claim the next iPhone will make use of a combination of System in Package technology (SiP) and a PCB. Apple is said to phase out PCB completely for its future iPhones in 2016. Using SiP translates to more space, which could mean a larger battery.

A recent Apple patent filing suggested that the Cupertino firm would make use of a material for iPhone housings, which would eliminate the need to make use of those unsightly plastic antenna lines. These photos, however, reveal that the antenna lines will still be present in the next iPhones.

The photos also reveal that the microphones, speakers, and connector ports will be found in the same position as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Lastly, the photos reveal that the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus will not sport dual cameras, as previously reported. The next iPhones are expected to come with 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, a bump up from the current 8-megapixel cameras.

The next iPhones are also expected to feature Force Touch, which was first featured in the Apple Watch.

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iOS 9 to come with updated Maps app

At WWDC 2015, Apple introduced iOS 9, which will be available for the iPhone and the iPad in July. iOS 9 will include new features and enhancements. One of which is the updated Maps app.

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Here’s Apple‘s description of the new Maps app:

Get around. And see what’s around.

Now you can use public transportation with Maps as your guide. In select cities around the world, a new Transit view shows you lines and stations right on the map. When you plan a route, every step of your trip is laid out from point A to point B. And with the Nearby feature, it’s easier to see what’s around you and decide on places to shop, eat, and more.

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Maps now features Transit view, bringing you public transit information with routes and directions. Transit is customized for each city, where available — so you’ll easily recognize signs and be able to pinpoint the nearest subway station entrance or bus stop. You can even ask Siri for transit directions. And since Maps is also an OS X app, you can plan a trip on your Mac and follow the route on your iPhone or Apple Watch when you’re on the go.

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When you search in Maps, you’ll see a list of categories including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun, and more. And you can explore within each category to see what’s around you. For example, under Food you’ll see Popular, Restaurants, Groceries, Fast Food, Cafés, Bakeries, and Desserts.So you can find just what you’re looking for.

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iPhones and iPads to get updated Notes app with iOS 9

Apple has introduced iOS 9 at WWDC 2015. The latest version of iOS will include the updated Notes app. The update will be rolling out to iPhones and iPads in July.

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According to Apple:

Now more noteworthy.

The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more. Want an easy way to make a checklist of to-dos? Consider it done. Or add a photo, map,or URL to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger. And thanks to iCloud, changes to your notes will be updated across all your devices and on iCloud.com. So you’ll always have your latest notes in hand.

Add to your notes. From whatever app you’re in.

Tap the Share button in Safari, Maps, and lots of other apps to save attachments — maps, URLs, Pages documents, and more — to a new or existing note. Can’t remember which note you added something to? The Attachments Browser organizes all the items attached to your notes in one simple view, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

Turn lists into checklists.

Add bullets with a tap to create checklists. Make a grocery list, a wish list, or a to-do list — and check off items as you go.

Sketch your thoughts.

Use the tip of your finger to draw right in your note. A selection of drawing tools lets you choose different brush styles and colors. And a handy ruler helps you keep things straight.

Note it with a photo.

Now you can take a photo from within the Notes app.Or tap to access your photo library and add an existing photo or video to a note.

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Messages app bug also affects Twitter and Snapchat on iOS

Recently, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac users have been complaining about the Messages app bug. Once a malicious test message is received via the app, the iDevice crashes. Apparently, the bug can also be triggered via the Snapchat and Twitter iOS apps.

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This is according to TheGuardian. According to security researcher Mikko Hypponen, the “message can be sent over Twitter” via either “direct messages or public mentions.” Once the message is received, the iDevice will crash. The same happens when the message is received via the Snapchat text chat.

Here is Apple’s workaround:

If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text with a specific string of characters

Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.

  1. Ask Siri to “read unread messages.”
  2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you’ll be able to open Messages again.
  3. If the issue continues, tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

Apple is yet to make a fix to the problem available.

iOS users can also protect themselves from crashes by disabling notifications. However, this will not prevent Snapchat and other third-party apps from being disabled.

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