Adding New Dock Connectors To All iOS Devices This Fall Is A Manufacturing Impossibility

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In today's forecast: Lightning!
There's a good reason why this new dock connector won't be coming to all iOS devices this fall.

It seems like Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will be the first iOS device to boast a brand new, mini dock connector when it launches this fall. But there have been rumors that claim Apple will refresh all its iOS devices to make the new connector a standard across its entire lineup.

Not only does this seem highly unlikely, but there’s one reason why it’s an impossibility: Apple’s supply chain just couldn’t handle a refresh that big.

WSJ Confirms Amazon Is Testing A Smartphone That Could Enter Production This Year

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Amazon hopes to expand its mobile reach with a new smartphone.
Amazon hopes to expand its mobile reach with a new smartphone.

Following earlier rumors that claimed Amazon is gearing up to launch a smartphone that will rival Apple’s iPhone, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed with sources that the retail giant is currently testing the device with its suppliers, and that it could enter production as early as the end of this year.

WSJ: The iPad Mini Is Coming, Will Enter Production In September

What the iPad mini may look like up against its siblings.
What the iPad mini may look like up against its siblings.

Following yesterday’s report from Bloomberg that revealed Apple plans to release the long-awaited iPad mini this September, a new report from The Wall Street Journal has this morning added even further credence to those claims.

According to “people familiar with the matter,” Apple’s suppliers are preparing for mass production of a new iPad with a display smaller than 8 inches, which is expected to begin in September.

WSJ: New iPhone With Display Of ‘At Least 4 Inches’ To Enter Production Next Month

It may not look exactly like this, but you can expect Apple's next iPhone to ship with a larger display.
It may not look exactly like this, but you can expect Apple's next iPhone to ship with a larger display.

With so many contrasting rumors in recent weeks, it has been hard to predict whether or not Apple will increase the size of the display for its sixth-generation iPhone. But according to sources for The Wall Street Journal, the Cupertino company is preparing to break away from its existing 3.5-inch panels in favor of a display measuring “at least 4 inches diagonally.”

Apple OKs Environmental Groups To Inspect Their Factories

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With worker overtime now reduced, Foxconn simply can't assemble as many iPads as it used to.
With worker overtime now reduced, Foxconn simply can't assemble as many iPads as it used to.

While investigations into the working conditions in its Chinese factories still underway, Apple has now commissioned an independent environmental group to review its supply chain and identify any environmental concerns. The reviews are set to begin next month, and will focus on the environmental impact of factories belonging to Foxconn and one other unnamed supplier.