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Six new Apple rumors are ready to have their future read…
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The iPhone 6 is nearly here and the rumor mill has ramped into overdrive with new details leaking about the iPhone 6’s True Tone flash module, rumblings that sapphire might not make the cut this year, and possibly a hint that the next iPhone won’t even be called the iPhone 6.
We’re ready to give you the full reading on what the future holds for these rumors and more, just click through the gallery to find out what the future holds.
Sapphire for the high-end
The Rumor: Only high-end iPhone 6 units will get a Sapphire display.
The Verdict: Probably. We’ve heard rumors for months that Apple is having a hard time making enough sapphire for the iPhone 6. The Wall Street Journal is the most reliable source yet to have claimed only some units will get sapphire glass. Offering one hardware feature on one iPhone model but not others would be an unprecedented move, but then again, Sapphire glass is an unbelievable material and might be worth the upgrade if you’re prone to cracking your screen.
iPhone 6 front panel leaks
The Rumor: This is the iPhone 6’s front panel.
The Verdict: Odds are likely. Feld & Volk has been this year’s most surprising source of Apple leaks, and each glimpse of the iPhone 6 they’ve given us has been gorgeous. With iPhone 6 production getting into full swing, it’s only inevitable that we’ll see more complex components leak over the next three weeks.
Reader-friendly iPad Air
The Rumor: The iPad Air 2 will come with a new anti-reflection coating.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Production is ramping up on the next gen iPads, and while Apple could use some whiz bang features to boost sales, making it slightly easier to read the iPad outdoors probably isn’t going to be enough on its own. Limited supplies might be available at launch, but with the 2014 holiday season zooming around the corner, you can bet Apple’s going to pump out enough reader-friendly iPads to make add a few more billion to its cash piles.
Upgrading the iPhone's flash...
The Rumor: iPhone 6 will get a round True Tone flash.
The Verdict: Looks like the real deal. The True Tone flash module will also get two more LEDs which should make it a little more powerful and improve color balance. Previous case leaks have supported this rumor and we all know the iPhone needs all the help it can get with night photography.
Don't call it iPhone 6...
The Rumor: Apple told Thai officials that the next smartphone might not even be named the ‘iPhone 6.’
The Verdict: Early signs point to this happening. Apple was livid with Thai officials for revealing Apple’s plans to launch two new iPhone 6 models, but supposedly told them that a name change up might be on the way. I’d certainly be in favor of ditching the numbering system for something a little more subtle, so if Tim Cook does announce a 4.7-inch “iPhone Air” in September, I wouldn’t be surprised.
iPhone production is booming...
The Rumor: iPhone 6 production lines are ready to roll
The Verdict: You better believe it. The iPhone 6 announcement is less than 4 weeks away, which means the big iPhone 6 making machine in China needs to start churning out units as fast as possible.
The successor to the iPad Air will feature a new anti-reflection coating designed to make reading easier, according to a report today from Bloomberg.
Apple has reportedly begun the production process for the next-gen 9.7-inch iPad and smaller iPad mini. As expected, both are on track to debut before the holidays.
iPad sales have been declining, and without some other whiz-bang new features, it’s difficult to imagine what will make new iPads interesting this fall.
First debuted in November last year, the iPad Air is coming up on a year old. In Apple terms, that means it’s due for an upgrade, but we still don’t know what the iPad Air 2 will be. Will it be a spec bump, or will it be a redesign?
According to new leaks from China purporting to be the rear shell for the iPad Air 2, the correct answer is: “A little bit of column A, a little but of column B.”
Apple might have its most exciting product pipeline in years underway, but exactly when we’re going to see these devices is another question.
According to new reports in the Taiwanese media, the reported 5.5-inch iPhone 6 has yet to enter production, and is being pushed back to September. The report doesn’t state whether this decision is deliberate on the part of Apple — perhaps as a way of confusing the market by launching two new iPhones simultaneously — or is being forced on the company as the result of manufacturing problems.
A pretty sketchy rumor coming out of China claims that the new model iPad mini 3 might borrow the “Air” moniker of its bigger brother, and be a whopping 30 percent thinner than its predecessor.
The report also claims that this new iPad mini Air will rely on the as-yet-unnannounced A8 processor currently manufactured by TSMC.
Everyone knows that Apple does a stellar job of getting its users to upgrade to its latest version of iOS, but how does it do at convincing customers to buy its latest iPhones and iPads, rather than settling for cheaper older models?
Very well, and getting better all the time, according to new market research from the Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
Looking at consumer data for the calendar quarter which ended June 30, CIRP noted that the flagship iPhone 5s accounted for an impressive 62 percent of total iPhone sales in the quarter, while the iPad Air took 52 percent of all iPad sales in the quarter. Why is this significant?
An iPad case should:
- Add features
- Look good
- Not weigh a ton
The Logitech Hinge manages the first three of these, and were it not for the failure on point No. 4, it would be my new favorite case. As it is, the cool Logitech Hinge is my favorite case for using around the house.
Logitech’s updated Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air replaced its predecessor mere months after the original’s launch. The most obvious difference between the two is the flip-out hinge that joins the keyboard to the iPad like a cover to a book, but in reality the two devices are completely different.
Is the new one better? In one way yes. In others? Nope.
The Walden is the first of Pad & Quill’s top-notch cases that I would actually use. That’s because it ditches the wooden frame of the company’s usual bookbindery cases, instead offering a minimal slipcover that uses adhesive strips to hold an iPad Air in place.
The result is a case as beautiful and classic as other P & Q cases, but slim and light enough to match the slender Apple tablet it protects.