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If Positive, the First Bluetooth Pregnancy Test Gives Important Advice on What to Do Next

A pregnancy test can tell you if you can expect a little bundle of joy in nine months, but not much else. So working with Qualcomm, First Response has created the first Bluetooth app-connected pregnancy test that provides other crucial info and guidance if you are indeed expecting.

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Andrew Liszewski

January 6th

Gadgets

How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations

drone sunset sunrise GoPro started working on drones a few months ago in order to stake a claim in this multibillion-dollar market. This is a natural for them, as they will be able to offer the best flying immersive camera on the market — completely autonomous, no pilot required. We explain here why they could be the next big player in the emerging drone market. Read More

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Patrice Lelaisant

December 28th

Gadgets

Report: Apple developing thinner & brighter screens in secret Taiwanese lab

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Image Credit: Maurice Tsai / Bloomberg

According to a report out of Bloomberg, Apple has opened a secret production laboratory in northern Tawain to focus on developing new display technologies. The report claims that the lab, located in Longtan, has at least 50 engineers and various other employees working to develop iPhone and iPad displays.

Apple has reportedly recruited its employees for the lab from competing display makers AU Optronics and Qualcomm. Apple allegedly opened the lab earlier this year, hoping to make displays that are thinner, lighter, brighter, and more energy-efficient than other options currently on the market. In order to achieve those goals, the company is said to be switching to organic light-emitting diodes, which are thinner and don’t require a backlight.

Another goal of Apple’s with developing its own screen technology is to reduce reliance on suppliers like Samsung, Sharp, and Japan Display. Apple already does a lot of the research for its devices in-house, but outsources the actual manufacturing processes to several other companies.

Apple is said to have moved into the Taiwan lab in April. Qualcomm Display occupied the lab from 2008 until this year. Earlier today, Morgan Stanley issued a report in which it claimed Apple would see its first ever drop in iPhone sales next year due in large part to robust inventories rather than weak demand. One potential thinking on Apple’s part could be that if it begins to manufacture more components in-house, they could have a stronger control on the flow of production.

A report from last month claimed Apple will shift iPhone displays from LCD to OLED in 2018. That technology could very well be what Apple is working on in its new Taiwan lab, especially when you take into consideration a Ming-Chi Kuo report that said Foxconn has recently invested $4 billion into a new LCD display plant.


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Chance Miller

December 15th

Apple

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 Chips Will Provide Better Signal and Battery Life

Qulacomm has announced its next generation or chip in the form of the Snapdrgaon 820—and it hopes to usher in better signal and longer battery life to the next slew of high-end phones.

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Jamie Condliffe

November 11th

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Intel reportedly partnering with Apple to provide chips for the next-gen iPhone

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According to a report out of VentureBeat, Intel has built a team of more than 1,000 people to build chips for the next-generation iPhone. Specifically, Intel hopes to supply its 7360 LTE modem chip to Apple for the device, and if all goes well, even take part in the manufacturing.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus both feature Qualcomm’s 9X45 LTE chip. Intel hopes to next year provide its modem for at least some of the iPhones Apple produces in 2016. Qualcomm is currently tasked with providing modems for all of Apple’s phones.

Intel’s 7360 LTE modem is expected to begin shipping by the end of this year with device manufacturers beginning to implement it during 2016. Intel reportedly sees its partnership with Apple as crucial to its future in the mobile space. Obviously, Apple is a very demanding client with incredibly large-scale production, hence the need for over 1,000 employees on the account.

It’s important to note, however, that Intel has yet to fully reach an agreement with Apple. At this point, Apple is still waiting to see if Intel can hit all of the milestones on the project before officially inking the agreement. Another possible reason that the deal has yet to be fully reached, however, is that the partnership may go deeper than just the LTE modem.

VentureBeat further suggests that Apple would like to create a system-on-a-chip for the next-gen iPhone that combines both its Ax processor and the LTE modem chip. Doing this would provide improved speed, better power management, and thus better battery life. It would also make for a smaller chip, allowing more to be put inside the device itself, such as  a bigger battery. As part of this process, Apple would design the system-on-a-chip and apply its name to it, therefore licensing the LTE modem from Intel.

While Apple would create the chip, Intel would handle the production of it using its 14-nanometer process. Currently, Samsung and TSMC share the production task, but use a 20-nanometer processor. Intel 14-nanometer process would lead to superior density and gate pitch, according to the report. Intel is also currently working on perfecting its 10-nanometer process, in which Apple is very interested.

While none of this is confirmed, and likely won’t be until Apple officially announces its next-gen iPhone in 2016, Apple has been sending engineers to work with Intel on the project.


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Chance Miller

October 17th

Apple

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Qualcomm Unveils its First Computer Board for Drones

Qualcomm, one of the world’s leading developers for smartphone chips, marched into the consumer drone market this week with a platform that could soon be steering a new generation of UAVs with bigger brains and smaller price tags.

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Maddie Stone

September 12th

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iPhone 6s rumor roundup: fake Rose Gold image, Germany reservations, Intel modems, 5-inch model

pink iPhone 6S

Another day, another series of iPhone rumors. Yesterday’s roundup included the latest information about a September 18th next-generation iPhone launch date, faked benchmarks, and new system-on-a-chip schematics, and today our roundup covers a likely fake rose gold iPhone 6S image, reservations for the new phone from carriers, and Germany, and a pair of claims out of China about future iPhone models. Let’s start with the rose gold image:

Based on claims from reliable analysts, and Apple’s history of expanding colors and features across1426643685288 its product portfolio, a rose gold or pink version of the iPhone 6S sounds highly likely. But that does not mean that an image to the right from blog 996.com is legitimate. This pink iPhone image originated in March 2015, but it only started spreading around online this week, along with a compendium of similarly questionable images that purport to show a pink iPhone. Nonetheless, it shows what could be expected on September 9th.

The China-based website claims to have gotten its hands on a photo of a Rose Gold iPhone 6S in packaging, complete with an Apple Store bag in the background. The presence of packaging plus the bag indicates to us that someone with some extra time on their hands put this together and sent it around to websites covering Apple news.

With its last “S” iPhone upgrade, Apple launched a now-popular gold color, so with this 6S coming up, it would make sense for Apple to expand either rose gold or a less gold-tinted pink color over to the aluminum casing of the iPhone.

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Moving on to German-carrier iPhone reservations. In what seems to have become an annual tradition since the iPhone 3G launch all the way back in 2008, multiple carriers in Germany are already offering pre-registration for the next-generation iPhone. Vodafone Germany has a form up on its website to register interest, while T-Mobile has already begun issuing tickets that can be stored in the iOS Passbook/Wallet app. These passes and paper tickets sent out to customers can be taken to a T-Mobile store in Germany for priority purchasing of the new iPhone when it ships on September 18th.

In a pair of less reliable rumors, website GForGames has summarized reports that the 2016 version of the iPhone will use an Intel-made wireless modem and that a new 5.0-inch “iPhone 6C” is in the works. Starting with the bit about Intel: this is not the first time that we’ve heard Apple is considering switching up its wireless component partner from Qualcomm to Intel. Today’s rumor originates at, of course, Digitimes:

Qualcomm will still supply all the modem chips needed for the upcoming iPhone, but Apple is mulling multiple suppliers of modem chips for its 2017 series, industry sources have claimed.

Qualcomm is partnering with TSMC to supply 100% of the modem chips for use in the new iPhones slated for launch in September 2015, the sources said. The chips are built using TSMC’s 20nm process, the sources noted.

The sources believe that Intel is unlikely to obtain modem chip orders for the upcoming iPhones. However, Intel could win orders for the 2017 iPhone models as Apple is searching for additional modem chip suppliers apart from Qualcomm, the sources noted.

As for the new iPhones next month, Apple will include more efficient and faster chips from Qualcomm. Finally, a “Foxconn insider” has posted a hand-drawn photo of what he claims to be a new 5.0-inch iPhone 6S to the Feng forum:

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The claimed insider says this phone will ship in addition to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models and will include an A9 processor. We find this extraordinary unlikely as a 5-inch model would sit fairly closely to both the standard iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in terms of size in the lineup. Additionally, the sketchy nature of the blog post as well was the hand-drawn photo makes the possibility of new 5.0-inch model fairly unbelievable.

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Filed under: iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: 5-inch, 6C, 6S, fake, Intel, iPhone, Qualcomm, Rose Gold, Rumor Roundup

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Mark Gurman

August 18th

Apple

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iPhone 6s rumor roundup: fake Rose Gold image, Germany reservations, Intel modems, 5-inch model

pink iPhone 6S

Another day, another series of iPhone rumors. Yesterday’s roundup included the latest information about a September 18th next-generation iPhone launch date, faked benchmarks, and new system-on-a-chip schematics, and today our roundup covers a likely fake rose gold iPhone 6S image, reservations for the new phone from carriers, and Germany, and a pair of claims out of China about future iPhone models. Let’s start with the rose gold image:

Based on claims from reliable analysts, and Apple’s history of expanding colors and features across1426643685288 its product portfolio, a rose gold or pink version of the iPhone 6S sounds highly likely. But that does not mean that an image to the right from blog 996.com is legitimate. This pink iPhone image originated in March 2015, but it only started spreading around online this week, along with a compendium of similarly questionable images that purport to show a pink iPhone. Nonetheless, it shows what could be expected on September 9th.

The China-based website claims to have gotten its hands on a photo of a Rose Gold iPhone 6S in packaging, complete with an Apple Store bag in the background. The presence of packaging plus the bag indicates to us that someone with some extra time on their hands put this together and sent it around to websites covering Apple news.

With its last “S” iPhone upgrade, Apple launched a now-popular gold color, so with this 6S coming up, it would make sense for Apple to expand either rose gold or a less gold-tinted pink color over to the aluminum casing of the iPhone.

telekom

Moving on to German-carrier iPhone reservations. In what seems to have become an annual tradition since the iPhone 3G launch all the way back in 2008, multiple carriers in Germany are already offering pre-registration for the next-generation iPhone. Vodafone Germany has a form up on its website to register interest, while T-Mobile has already begun issuing tickets that can be stored in the iOS Passbook/Wallet app. These passes and paper tickets sent out to customers can be taken to a T-Mobile store in Germany for priority purchasing of the new iPhone when it ships on September 18th.

In a pair of less reliable rumors, website GForGames has summarized reports that the 2016 version of the iPhone will use an Intel-made wireless modem and that a new 5.0-inch “iPhone 6C” is in the works. Starting with the bit about Intel: this is not the first time that we’ve heard Apple is considering switching up its wireless component partner from Qualcomm to Intel. Today’s rumor originates at, of course, Digitimes:

Qualcomm will still supply all the modem chips needed for the upcoming iPhone, but Apple is mulling multiple suppliers of modem chips for its 2017 series, industry sources have claimed.

Qualcomm is partnering with TSMC to supply 100% of the modem chips for use in the new iPhones slated for launch in September 2015, the sources said. The chips are built using TSMC’s 20nm process, the sources noted.

The sources believe that Intel is unlikely to obtain modem chip orders for the upcoming iPhones. However, Intel could win orders for the 2017 iPhone models as Apple is searching for additional modem chip suppliers apart from Qualcomm, the sources noted.

As for the new iPhones next month, Apple will include more efficient and faster chips from Qualcomm. Finally, a “Foxconn insider” has posted a hand-drawn photo of what he claims to be a new 5.0-inch iPhone 6S to the Feng forum:

130654ohzh5b5th5amrp9t

The claimed insider says this phone will ship in addition to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models and will include an A9 processor. We find this extraordinary unlikely as a 5-inch model would sit fairly closely to both the standard iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in terms of size in the lineup. Additionally, the sketchy nature of the blog post as well was the hand-drawn photo makes the possibility of new 5.0-inch model fairly unbelievable.

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Mark Gurman

August 18th

Apple

Mac

This is the processor that’ll power the main iPhone 6s rivals next year

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Specs Release Date

Qualcomm had a rough year when it comes to its flagship processor. The Snapdragon 810 came with overheating problems that some Android device makers acknowledged and others denied, and Samsung was one of Qualcomm’s primary clients that decided against using the CPU in its Galaxy S6 flagship handsets. But Qualcomm has a brand new top-of-the-line processor in the works, one that’ll likely power many of the most important iPhone 6s rivals next year.

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Chris Smith

August 5th

Mobile

Qualcomm’s Wireless Charging Just Got Better

Rezence, Qualcomm’s horse in the wireless charging standards war, just got a neat upgrade: it will now work in phones with metal backs.

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Chris Mills

July 29th

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