Jobs would’ve despised this BlackBerry-inspired iPhone concept


Steve Jobs
Yep, I somehow don't see this concept meeting with Steve's approval.
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The Apple-watching world just about blew a gasket when the Apple Pencil was first announced for the iPad, given Steve Jobs’ famous assessment that, “If you see a stylus, [Apple engineers] blew it!”

With that in mind, how would people react if the next iPhone went again Jobs’ wishes by taking a note out of BlackBerry’s playbook and included a physical keyboard as part of the handset? Not too well, we’re guessing, but you can make up your own mind about whether or not it would be a good thing or not by checking out the below concept video.

(Hint: it isn’t a good thing.)

Fullscreen iPhone 7 concept runs iOS 10


So pretty and such a beast, yeah!
Could future iPhones get rid of the bezel?
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

We’re around seven months away from the first glimpse of iOS 10 and almost one year from the launch of the iPhone 7, but since when has that been enough to stop forward-looking Apple fans?

With that in mind, designers at DeepMind (not the AI company Google acquired last year) have put together a nifty concept video showing a next-gen Apple handset, running a future version of iOS, optimized for a bezel-less iPhone.

Check it out below.

iPhone 7 rumors and shattering Apple TV remotes on The CultCast


Careful with that new Apple TV remote, mister!
Careful with that new Apple TV remote, mister!
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This week: the new Apple TV remote is unnervingly easy to break; home-buttonless iPhone 7s; the UK wants your Apple devices to be less secure; and we pitch our favorite new Apple TV apps!

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Apple is already ordering chips for iPhone 7


Apple is lining up chip suppliers for the iPhone 7.
Apple is lining up chip suppliers for the iPhone 7.
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The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have barely been out for a month, but Apple engineers are hard at work finishing the iPhone 7, and they’re already placing orders for new chips.

Apple has placed LCD driver orders with Synaptics for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, indicating that the touch and display driver (TDDI) single-chip solutions its been developing in-house aren’t quite ready for prime time.

4-inch iPhone 6s is coming soon, says top Apple analyst


Is the 4-inch iPhone coming or not?
Is the 4-inch iPhone on its way?
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A 4-inch iPhone 6s — resembling an “upgraded iPhone 5s” — is on the way in the first half of 2016, says renowned Apple prognosticator, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo claims the handset will come with an A9 processor and metal casing — although customers shouldn’t expect Apple to incorporate its 3D Touch technology into the handset, as a way of differentiating it from the premium iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.