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Hours ahead of Apple’s major iPhone event, in which the company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, its partner Qualcomm has stirred controversy by saying that Android smartphone makers are always first to bring new cutting technology feature to their products.

Qualcomm has shared more than 20 examples to make the case for how Android smartphone makers have been the first ones to introduce new features. Some of those examples include – fingerprint under display (Qualcomm Reference Design Handset), bezel-less design (first introduced in Xiaomi Mi Mix from last year), OLED Display (LG Flex 2) and Facial Recognition (Samsung Galaxy S8). Interestingly these all features are expected to be selling points of Apple’s supposedly upcoming iPhone models that the company would unveil later today. Other notable mentions are Gigabit LTE (Samsung Galaxy S8) and Bluetooth v5.0 (everything running the Snapdragon 835 SoC).

The telecom giant’s brutal blog post comes months after both of them have sued each other in global patent licensing dispute. Earlier this year, Apple sued the chipmaker for roughly $1 billion claiming that Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.” At the time, Qualcomm dismissed Apple’s accusation. But months later, it filed a lawsuit against Apple, asking the US trade regulators to ban iPhone imports, as they allegedly infringe on six patents. The patents, owned by Qualcomm, provide technology to improve battery life, Qualcomm said.

Meanwhile, on the blog post published on Monday, Francisco Cheng, director of technical marketing said it has “enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. […] Inventions from Qualcomm lay the foundation for so many technologies and experiences we value in our smartphones today — on Android and other platforms.”

Apple would certainly not appreciate Qualcomm’s constant commentary on how rival products are better, especially on the day when it plans to launch its own flagship iPhone models.



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In today’s weird news, a Chinese billionaire’s son purchased eight iPhone 7 smartphones. But that’s not the weird part. The iPhone 7 smartphones were purchased for the son’s dog. You may need a moment to digest what you just read, but the story is fantastically true.

Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jialin, a Chinese businessman whose net worth is over $30 billion. The son bought his dog Coco eight iPhone 7s, according to a post on the dog’s account on Weibo. Yes, the dog has his own Weibo account too – and, it’s verified. The iPhone 7 in China is priced between CNY 6,388 and 7,988 (roughly Rs. 64,210 to Rs. 80,000), which means Sicong spent upwards of CNY 51,071 (roughly Rs. 5,13,000). For the son of a businessman worth $30 billion, that price would not pinch too much.
While Apple fans in China started lining up outside the Apple Store on Friday, Sicong easily managed to get eight of the latest devices from Apple only to give it to his beloved dog. The dog, of course, is seen happily posing with his new collection.

This isn’t the first time Wang Sicong’s dog has received such spotlight. In May 2015, Sicong purchased two Apple Watch Editions for his dog (named Wang Ke Chi Bi), which the dog flaunted on his two front paws. In fact, the Apple Watch Edition models were a lot pricier compared to the iPhone 7, costing somewhere between $10,000 (roughly Rs. 6,40,000) and $17,000 (roughly Rs. 11,00,000) each.
By the looks of it, Sicong’s dog is an all out Apple fan and one can expect him to sport the latest Apple Watch Series 2 in the near future.


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Complaints of loss of cellular service have emerged after iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus (and in some cases iPhone 6s) users disable Airplane Mode.

Apple released the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to pre-order customers and retail stores in select countries on Friday, and the first round of bugs have already popped up. Complaints of loss of cellular service have now emerged after users turn off Airplane Mode on the device.
Apple has reportedly acknowledged the matter and is investigating the issue, according to MacRumors.

Meanwhile, service providers have reportedly been told by the Cupertino-based giant to inform users to restart their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus if their devices have been affected by the bug. Apple has also advised affected users to remove and re-insert the device’s SIM card if the issue persists. As a last case scenario, Apple is reportedly also willing to replace the device, though the conditions for a replacement are not known.

An iPhone 7 user named Yasser El-Haggan posted a video on YouTube which shows his device unable to receive a signal after disabling Airplane Mode. The iPhone 7 is kept alongside an iPhone 6s device which shows two bars of LTE. Both the devices are said to be AT&T models, which means the iPhone 7 has an Intel modem.
Yasser El-Haggan received a new unit from the Apple Store after the video was posted online. The employee at the store had allegedly seen the issue prior to Yasser El-Haggan and immediately replaced the device as per Apple’s policy.

While most of the cases have been related to the new iPhone 7, some users have experienced the problem on their iPhone 6s. If the rumours are true then it would likely mean that the glitch is related to the new iOS 10 update – and not the new iPhone hardware.
You can expect Apple to address the issue and release a patch in the coming days.


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Apple is expected to release its iPhone 7 sometime in mid-September, and the leaks have been overflowing. The latest brings more mystery into the 3.5mm headphone jack controversy, through a full-blown video comparison of a purported iPhone 7 with its predecessor, the iPhone 6s.



A video released on Weibo shows the two phones held against each other from different angles. While the overall form doesn’t see much change, the antenna bands have been shifted to the edges of the iPhone 7. The visible change at the back is the introduction of a protective ring around the protruding camera lens. The bottom of the iPhone 7 confirms the death of the 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with a Lightning port and two speakers grilles adjacent to both sides, while the predecessor has the audio jack on one side and the speaker grille on the other.

A separate research note (via Business Insider) also sings the same ‘no 3.5mm audio jack’ tune. A research note from Deutsche Bank based on anonymous supply-chain sources claims that Apple will not bundle Lightning EarPods inside the box, but will bundle a Lightning-3.5mm audio adapter in the box instead. This is in contrast with previous rumours that suggest otherwise.

The note also reiterates past rumours of the dual camera setup, touch sensitive Home Button, similar design structure, and possibly better waterproofing. Also, bundling an adapter instead of Lightning EarPods would be an odd way to persuade and encourage users to switch to the new audio input (or wireless input for that matter). Apple would do good to sell this adapter as an additional accessory, as many users would still not want to make the switch if they get the adapter bundled alongside.

The iPhone 7 is pegged to sport an A10 chipset for faster processing. The larger variant is also expected to sport a Smart Connector at the back for connecting a accessories.


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In a new development, Apple has reportedly changed its iPhone product refresh cycle, and will now introduce major redesigns after a gap of three years. Unlike its traditional two years, Apple will now wait for three years to bring in major changes to the iPhone.



This change in the product refresh cycle has been attributed to a slowing market, and low innovation in smartphone functions. Major enhancements have little scope in the smartphone periphery, and hence Apple has changed its strategy.

This is why, all the iPhone 7 leaks show little change with respect to design, apart from the shift of antenna bands. Traditionally, Apple introduces an evolutionary change with its iPhone ‘s’ models, and a revolutionary change with the new numeric. We saw a completely new design with the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s saw hardware and software upgrades with no visible design changes, and users expected the iPhone 7 to go through a complete makeover.

However, Nikkei.com reports that the big change will only come with the iPhone release in 2017, which has previously been reported to be called the iPhone 8 instead of the iPhone 7s. The iPhone 7 will see no drastic change. The report confirms that there will be upgrades in camera, and battery capacity. It reiterates past rumours of the iPhone 7 being water resistant, and also asserts that the 3.5mm audio jack will be removed. It also hints at the rumoured third variant by stating ‘A high-end version of the model will give users better-quality photo capabilities via correction functions.’

Whether all of this is true remains to be seen. So far, rumoured specs include an A10 processor, dual camera setup and a 3GB RAM on the larger iPhone 7, and an upgrade to a new 32GB base variant finally ditching the 16GB storage option.


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The anticipated iPhone 7 Plus aka iPhone 7 Pro aka iPhone Pro’s schematics have been leaked by a Japanese magazine, hinting at a dual-camera setup and a Smart Connector like seen in iPad Pro models. The schematics also show the omission of a 3.5mm headphone jack, something that has been rumoured for the upcoming iPhone models since quite a while. However, there is no difference in thickness compared to the iPhone 6s Plus.



According to the schematics of the ‘iPhone Pro’ shared by Macotakara, Apple may not drastically redesign the iPhone 7 Plus model. However, the rear camera cut out at the back panel is seen to be wider than on the iPhone 6s Plus, indicating Apple may place the rumoured dual-camera setup there. This already has been rumoured several times before.

A Smart Connector placed at the bottom of the back panel is also visible hinting a new method to charge the smartphone. Details are however scarce at the moment. This could also result in better battery cases and docks. Also missing are the antenna lines on the back panel, meaning Apple may have managed to hide them elsewhere – or that the schematics do not show antenna lines.

Largely, the design seen in the image will remain the same as the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus. The front-panel and the side buttons stay the same in terms of design. Curiously, there is no cut out seen for the 3.5mm headphone jack further cementing the rumours that Apple might finally ditch the port in favour of the USB Type-C. However, while previous reports had indicated Apple would reduce the thickness of the smartphone alongside removing the 3.5mm headphone jack, the leaked schematics show the same thickness as the iPhone 6s Plus, at 7.3mm.

Since Apple is yet to confirm any of these aforementioned claims, all of them should be taken with a bit of scepticism. Intel is expected to make cellular modems for the rumoured iPhone 7 – another claim that needs to be confirmed.


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There have been enough rumours for the upcoming iPhone 7, which is likely to launch later this year. Although these rumours make the flagship model sound interesting, analysts from KGI Securities and Barclays hold a contrary perspective. According to them, the Cupertino-based tech firm might witness a decline in growth in 2016, even in its best case scenario, claiming the smartphone will not be sufficiently attractive to users.



Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI Securities, published a research note predicting a decline in the company’s growth in 2016. He says that in the “worst case scenario” Apple could see a downward progression in iPhone shipment numbers in 2016 (190 million units), lower than what it saw in 2014 (193 million units), and a decline of 18.1 percent year-on-year. In addition, it can also be one of the only top-five companies to see decline in shipment year-on-year.

Kuo’s research note (via 9to5 Mac) adds that even in the best case scenario Tim Cook and company could ship only 205 million units of the iPhone, which is a decline of 11.6 percent year-over-year. This is also below the previous predictions made by analysts – 210 million to 230 million.

The analyst says that this decline might occur due to various reasons. First, the iPhone SE would not have much impact on the company’s overall performance. Further, the iPhone 7 won’t have much “attractive selling points”. According to him, the iPhone needs a visual redesign along with new commercial features to attract customers.

Mark Moskowitz, an analyst from Barclays, builds on the same claims adding that the iPhone 7 will be an incremental update and will miss out on major redesign changes. However, it will come with a slimmer body due to the removal of the 3.5mm jack. He adds (via Fortune) that the upcoming flagship smartphone will simply be a “replacement device” for iPhone 6 users.

iPhone sales, as per his prediction, will fall 1.8 percent from 2015 due to the absence of that “must-have” appeal.

He however says that 2017 will be a blockbuster year for Apple as the company might bring a fresh new design for its iPhone, a revamp so major Apple will reportedly forgo the iPhone 7s, and launch the iPhone 8. As per him, Apple will be ditching the “S” generation upgrade and will introduce the iPhone 8 as its latest flagship, instead of an iPhone 7s model. Citing “major form factor changes” he adds that the rumoured iPhone 8 can feature an Oled display, no home button replacing it with a Force Touch-type control interface, and wireless charging. The iPhone 8 is anticipated to boost Apple’s shipments by 10.3 percent.

It is worth mentioning that Apple last week struck a deal with Samsung and ordered as many as 100 million Oled panels from the South Korean tech giant.

Kuo too predicts 2017 as a positive year for Apple because of the redesigned rumoured iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 launch. The analyst says the Cupertino tech firm will use an all-glass iPhone 4-like build for the iPhone 7s and will switch to Amoled displays. It could also launch a 5.8-inch model.


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If a new report is to be believed then Apple will ditch use of aluminium casing for its iPhone next year, in favour of an all-glass enclosure.



The new claims (via 9to5mac) have been made by reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who adds that apart from the all-glass enclosure, the company will also opt for Amoled screen panels – something that’s been rumoured for a while.

One of the reasons why Apple may opt for use of glass instead of aluminium is because majority of handset manufacturers are moving to use of aluminium design and the company may want to differentiate its design with new materials. Unfortunately, the analyst doesn’t detail much about how Apple will make all glass body but does add that drop test won’t be an issue for the all glass iPhone. Further, Kuo claims that this year Apple may not make great design changes to the iPhone 7. The new claims made by analyst also indicate that Apple may want stick to same design and form factor this year while saving the major design revamp for 2017.

Apple typically introduces major design changes in alternate generations, with the ‘s’ representing the evolutionary upgrade. For this reason, there’s also been some speculation as to what this year’s model may be called – with some in the industry leaning towards an iPhone 6SE naming scheme. If it goes with the iPhone 7 name this year, the company may use the iPhone 8 moniker instead of iPhone 7s next year to emphasise the revolutionary new design. Or, as 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of the smartphone lineup, the smartphone may be called the iPhone X.

The above leak should be taken with a pinch of salt as Apple has not mentioned anything about the upcoming devices and the leaks legitimacy remains questionable.

Previously, KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo in an investment note claimed that Apple may see 2016 iPhone shipments fall below 200 million units. He elaborated that the new iPhone, believed to be dubbed iPhone 7, may see lower sales than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

A recent report said that Apple for its 5.5-inch iPhone may use a dual-camera setup. The dual-camera setup has been rumoured for the alleged iPhone 7 for weeks with a cover case featuring massive cut out for the rear camera indicating the feature.

Based on preliminary leaks, some of the biggest changes expected in the next iPhone are dual-camera setup and no 3.5mm audio jack.

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Ever since the iPhone 6, we’ve been hearing that Apple is looking to launch a its 4-inch iPhone, now thought to be called the iPhone SE. It is also expected to launch its flagship models, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro this year. We have also witnessed leaks and rumours hinting their specifications and design.

The latest set of leaks and rumours making rounds on the Internet have now indicated that the smaller iPhone SE will come with high-resolution video recording ability. A separate leaked image shows the rumoured iPhone 7 Pro handset’s dual rear camera setup and the redesigned antennas, corroborating with the previous rumours.

Since Apple will be holding its special Spring event within a week, let us first talk about the rumoured iPhone SE. The 4-inch iPhone handset, which is said to launch on March 21 is tipped to feature 4K resolution video recording capabilities. The Cupertino-based tech firm is planning to tout the imaging prowess of the handset in an upcoming promotional video featuring 4K resolution scene shot completely with the device’s camera, a tipster told Apple Insider.

The tipster added that although it is unknown when Apple plans to showcase the promotional video, the person did see company employees filming on location in New York last week. If the rumours are any indication, it would put the camera of the 4-inch iPhone at par with others in the same segment. The alleged handset was also seen in a video recently indicating that it might sport the same design like that of the iPhone 6 and later models. However, everything is just a rumour for now until Apple confirms it on March 21.

Coming to the two flagship models, rumoured to be called the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Pro, the former smartphone’s alleged rear panel and chassis has leaked in images with one of them coming from Foxconn. Foxconn, for those unaware, is one of the major smartphone component manufacturer for Apple.

The image (seen above) from Foxconn (via Phonearena) shows the bottom half of the alleged chassis of the iPhone 7. The panel is seen with a redesigned antenna, something that has already been rumoured before. There are no horizontal antenna lines but the antenna bands are still visible running along the edges.

The second image (seen above) shows the full rear panel of the iPhone 7 Pro model. The panel is seen featuring a dual rear camera setup as rumoured previously, along with the redesigned antenna lines like mentioned above for the iPhone 7. The dual cameras are seen placed together inside a slightly raised capsule-like casing. Also visible is a three-dot smart connector at the bottom, which we last saw with iPad Pro tablet for connecting the Smart Keyboard. Unfortunately, the image does not show if there will be a 3.5mm headphone jack or not.

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More rumours for the upcoming Apple flagship smartphone, the iPhone 7, continue to pour in. This time a report suggests that handset in question will ditch the rear camera bump seen in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus with the help of a thinner camera module. The antenna bands at the back will reportedly also be removed to give a cleaner look.

A report from Mac Rumors cites a reliable source who says that the handset will still sport antenna bands, which would now stick to the sides, top and bottom edges. The overall design would stay the same as its predecessors. Apple is far from confirming the aforementioned design changes so the information should be taken with a pinch of salt. Nothing specific has been mentioned about the anticipated iPhone 7 Plus in the report.

Both the rumoured iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are said to be unveiled in September this year. While the iPhone 7 is expected to feature a traditional primary camera, its ‘Plus’ sibling is tipped to sport a dual-lens camera design.

Another rumour revolving around the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus is the demise of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The company is said to be working with Beats Electronics to develop “truly wireless” earphones – which is to say, the wireless earphones will feature no wires between the left and the right earbuds.

Previous reports add that the company might also be making its iPhone 7 models “completely waterproof” with the help of nanocoating. However, it is more likely to be water-resistant in reality. Wireless charging support is another functionality that could be debuting this year.

In addition, it has been mentioned that the rumoured iPhone 7 audio system will include new noise-cancellation technology from UK-based Wolfson Microelectronics, now a part of Cirrus Logic. A larger battery and 256GB inbuilt storage variant are also tipped.

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