Lately, we have been hearing a lot about OLED panels for future iPhones and from what we have heard, Apple will make the switch to OLED from IPS somewhere around 2018. While that date may seem far away, preparations have probably started as we are talking about the iPhone here!
The truth is that as far as OLED panels are concerned, there aren't a lot of manufacturers that can produce these displays on massive scales. It was thought before that although Samsung is the biggest name in OLED production, Apple might approach JDI or Japan Display Inc. for the supply. The rumors were based on the fact that Apple and Samsung are not exactly on "friendly" terms anymore.
A new set of rumors however, point out that the Korean giant is going to invest anywhere between $6.64 billion to $7.47 billion very soon into their panel production wing. Furthermore, the rumors also state that in 2016 itself, a sum of $2.49 billion to $3.32 billion is going into Samsung's OLED production process. Supposedly, this would bump up the production rate to 30,000 - 40,000 sheets on a monthly basis. An additional $4.17 billion will be invested next year for ensuring 45,000 units are manufactured monthly.
As far as rumors go, these massive numbers are the results of a contract between Samsung and Apple that has already been signed. This is what we have heard so far, but as always, take the "leaks" and "findings" with a pinch of salt as nothing has yet been officially declared.
Many fans were disappointed and may be even annoyed when Apple revealed this year's iPhones without the headphone jack or any significant new innovations, but a man in Dijon, France has taken his resentment to another level! As you can see in the video, the man enters the Apple Store without any prior signs of the imminent violence and simply proceeds to smash multiple iPhones with a metal ball that's used for a French game called Boules. Then he announces something to the camera and the people around in French, before finally proceeding to smash a MacBook.
According to 9to5mac, what the man proclaimed to the audience is the following, "... Apple refused to honour the EU requirement to provide warranty cover for two years after purchase." Now there is a law in certain parts of Europe which makes it necessary for the manufacturer to offer two years of warranty on all goods sold, including electronic devices. Although Apple did not initially adhere to the law, they were forced to offer the same two years of warranty on all their products after being fined $1.5 million by Italy in 2011. Therefore, it remains to be seen if there is any truth to what the man is proclaiming.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Reports from Nikkei suggests that Apple might be striking deals with the two Korean giants, Samsung and LG. Apparently, Apple is looking to buy OLED panels on a massive scale and as a result, they are looking to these manufacturers for providing them with that. If Nikkei is to be believed, then the deals could amount to a total of $12 billion and we could be seeing the first OLED iPhones by 2017.
Provided Apple does not break its previous streak of releasing iPhones that they have followed for the last eight iterations, then we will see the iPhone 7 later in 2016. This would ideally make the iPhone 7s the first Apple phone to sport an OLED panel according to the information we have now. However, this is a prediction made by taking a lot of things for granted and things do not always pan out that way.
Although OLED panels are more expensive than regular LCD panels used in most smartphones nowadays, Samsung had been using their own brand of AMOLED screens for years now. OLED displays offer inky blacks and punchier colors that just look more vivid than even the best of the IPS panels. It is too early to tell for sure, but it seems like after Apple's sales failed to show a significant improvement in 2015, the company is looking for ways to renovate their iPhones.
Apple is doing good on the worldwide market shipments. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a decent track record on Apple-related industry predictions, has estimated that Apple has sold more than 73 million iPhones in the last quarter (Q4,2014) only which includes about 42 million iPhone 6 and 16 million iPhone 6 Plus sold.
For Q1,2015, Kuo is expecting the figure to be around 61.6 million, up 41.1% year-on-year, but 15.6% less than the previous quarter, something which isn't exactly surprising given the fact that it was a holiday quarter.
As for the iPad, total Q4, 2014 shipments stood at around 21.4 million, down 17.8% year-on-year, but up 73.8% compared to Q3. That number is expected to be around 10 million for the ongoing quarter.
According to the China Consumers Association, many of the iPhone models are experiencing a strange issue where the phones are switching off unexpectedly. They are claiming that the affected models so far include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. In fact, this isn't even a localised incident as consumers all over the world have reported similar problems with their iPhones in the last few weeks. Apple had in fact, issued a notice globally on November 20, while addressing the problem.
"Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down. This is not a safety issue and only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015.
If you have experienced this issue, please use the serial number checker below to see if your iPhone 6s is eligible for a battery replacement, free of charge."
However, the Chinese authorities have declared that the battery problem extends beyond just the iPhone 6s and Apple has failed to "meet basic consumer needs for normal wireless communication." Some of the Chinese users are even reporting that changing the battery as instructed by Apple in their notice, doesn't solve the unexpected shutdown problem either.
It is evident that the problem is serious enough for the authorities to take notice of the matter, but Apple has not yet replied to these reports or notices till date.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones this year and they are all going to be borrowing design elements from the current gen iPhone X, according to famous Apple leakster and KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. All of what you are going to be reading next, comes from MacRumors and is backed up by ET News from Korea.
There will apparently be an iPhone X (2nd Gen), iPhone X Plus and an iPhone X SE. The 2nd Gen iPhone X will be exactly the same as the current one in terms of display and form factor, but with more updated specs. The iPhone X Plus will sport a much larger 6.5-inch display, but the rest of the internals will probably match the iPhone X (2nd gen). The iPhone X SE will serve possibly as a low-end device in the middle with its 6.1-inch display. The batterie on these three devices are expected to be 2800mAh, 3,400mAh and 2,950mAh for the iPhone X, iPhone X Plus and the iPhone X SE respectively.
If you think that the iPhone SE sounds perfect, you would be unpleasantly surprised because despite sporting the same form factor as its more premium brothers, it won't have an OLED display, 3D Touch or even the dual camera setup. The already ridiculously expensive Apple phones are going to become even more expensive in 2018 with the iPhone X starting at $1,000 and the iPhone X Plus from $1,200 possibly. The "cheap" iPhone X will start at $700 - $800 in all likelihood. If you thought Samsung flagships were getting expensive, it's time to rethink the situation!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Well-known tech designer Ben Geskin has put together all the reliable rumors and some leaked information to create the outer casings of the upcoming iPhones, and it... looks interesting! Check the photos first before reading further.
The entire tech world is abuzz with how ugly the tri-camera bump will look, if Apple does indeed decide to take that route, and I am personally bothered by it too, albeit for slightly different reasons.
You see, the very first time I looked at the three sensors, it aroused a sense of true aversion in me and that doesn't just happen. I am not the kind of person to be disgusted by a large notch, even though I don't care for it. However, the tri-lens setup actually made me feel weird because it inspires the trypophobia in me. In fact, most people who are calling it ugly, probably do not know it, but it is very likely that they hate it for the same reason too.
Then again, the three lenses will almost certainly be a providing a huge bump (no puns intended!) to the upcoming iPhone's camera performance and it certainly needs that! So, what do you think? Will you accept the three-eyed design if it means massive camera improvements?
Google has just hit Apple where it hurts, as it launching Android Wear for iOS. Yes, Android Wear for iOS should be rolling-out today to iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 or later.
This means that iOS users no longer have to use Apple Watch, they can pick any Android Wear-powered smartwatch in the market and it will work perfectly with all Google iOS apps (Hangouts, Gmail, Google+... etc).
Android Wear for iOS Features :
- Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you'll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch.
- Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate.
- Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say "Ok Google" to ask questions like "Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?" or create to-dos with "Remind me to pack an umbrella."