iPad Air 2 Photo Leak May Show More Powerful A8 Processor

October 15 2014No Commented

Categorized Under: Tablets


Apple is likely to unveil two next-generation iPads at its event this week, but leaked photos that purport to show inside the new iPad could satisfy your Apple hunger until Thursday rolls around.

The photos, which were published by the blog Apple.club.tw, allegedly reveal the tablet’s logic board, processor and Touch ID sensor, which is Apple’s fingerprint scanner.

If reports hold true, the most notable element is the iPad’s inclusion of an A8X chip — the bright-colored square piece, near the center, pictured below. It’s a souped-up version of the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; the last iPad Air had the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5S.



An image that supposedly shows the iPad Air 2’s A8X processing chip.


Other earlier generations of the iPad included variants of their iPhone counterparts’ chips. The iPhone 5, for example, contained the A6 chip, while the iPad 4 used the more powerful A6X.

This could prove Apple’s return to manufacturing specialty processors for iPads

This could prove Apple’s return to manufacturing specialty processors for iPads, which would mean higher-quality gaming and app performance.


The leak also includes a Touch ID sensor:




In a separate photo leak claiming to show a prototype model of the iPad Air 2, there was no apparent inclusion of the mute switch on the tablet’s side. These images seem to corroborate those pictures, as only the volume buttons are immediately visible on the lower end of the image.




Mashable could not independently confirm the veracity of these images, but we won’t have to wait long for the company’s official word.

Source: mashable


iPhone 6 Release Date News and Rumors

September 3 2014No Commented

Categorized Under: Cell Phones

iphone 6 is expected to be releases soon. For more info, read below

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Latest update: The time is nigh, people. The invites are out. Apple is hosting an event in Cupertino on September 9, with the tagline ‘Wish we could say more’.

The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand’s history – with the iPhone 5S andiPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there’s a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.

We’ve already been given a small sneak peak at what Apple may have in store for us on the iPhone 6 thanks to the announcement of iOS 8 at WWDC – from a bigger screen and camera to health monitoring and more storage.

One thing is for sure, with the Samsung Galaxy S5LG G3Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 now out in wild, Apple needs to be on its game with the new iPhone – and many believe a bigger screen is simply a must.


iPhone 6 release date


Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A major revision of the iPhone including entire design
  • When is it out? September 9 for the launch, September 19 on sale.
  • What will it cost? Prices are likely to start at around £550 / $650 / AU$869

iPhone 6 release date

The iPhone 6 release date is virtually certain for September, which would fit in nicely with the rollout of the newly announced iOS 8.

More exactly, the iPhone 6 launch date momentum has been set forSeptember 9, an idle Tuesday at the start of the month.

The standard launch cycle will be likely followed, which means the Tuesday announcement will be followed by an on-sale release date 10 days later – which means Friday September 19 will be the first time you’ll be able to get your mitts on it.

It’s looking increasingly likely that we’ll see more than one Apple handset this year, with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch phablet – possibly dubbed the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L – coming alongside. The latter was rumored to be pushed until later in the year, thanks to problems with the battery and production, but recent updates seem to say these have been solved.

TechRadar’s sources have also intimated that both models will launch together, so we’re pretty confident that will happen.

TechRadar Logo

On top of that, the iWatch now looks very likely to appear at the same time, with re/code stating that Apple’s wearable will appear next to one or two phones in September, rather than later in the year (or possibly in 2015) as previously predicted.

The launch could still be split – it makes sense to launch an iPhone Air and iWatch together at an event – but that would be too many in the space of a few months, so an iPhone 6 and iPhone Air dual announcement makes sense.

And it sounds like production is about to start, as the Economic Daily News reports that the 4.7-inch has already gone into production, while the 5.5-inch handset will enter production soon too – so it could be the release dates for the two models are split.


iPhone 6 user guide


With the launch likely happening soon it’s little surprise to find that the iPhone 6 user guide may have been leaked. Nowhereelse.fr got hold of it and it’s possible that it’s fake or a non-final version as the bezels shown are a lot larger than we’re expecting, but even if Apple hasn’t finalised the guide yet the mere fact that it’s out there suggests the iPhone 6 will soon be on sale.

After trawling through all the iPhone 6 rumors we kicked our render machine into gear and came up with a concept of what we’d like Apple’s eighth generation flagship smartphone to look like.

Check out our creation in the video below.

iPhone 6 price

There’s one thing we can be sure about when it comes to the iPhone 6 – it won’t be cheap.

Apple’s legacy is a long line of premium devices sporting premium price tags and you can expect that trend to continue with the iPhone 6.

One analyst even goes as far as predicting that Apple will hike up the price of the iPhone 6, possibly by as much as $100 (around £60, AU$110). With a larger screen, new glass covering the front and possibly even a new, more impressive, material used in construction, we can see the price being hiked.

We’d be surprised is the mooted 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would get such a massive price bump, as it needs to stay competitive, but the hike does make sense if Apple launches a larger, phablet sized iPhone.

We have also got wind of possible pricing for the 4.7-inch model and it’s reportedly starting at around £500 for a 32GB handset, which is around the same as a 16GB iPhone 5S, so if anything it might be a little cheaper, but that still leaves the 5.5-inch model open to being more expensive.

Indeed the latest pricing rumors echo the £500/$858/AU$915 pricing for the 4.7-inch model, but add that the 5.5-inch handset is likely to start at around £563/$966/AU$1030 and those are based on Chinese prices, so won’t account for local taxes.

Interestingly the same sources claim that the 5.5-inch handset will be called the ‘iPhone Air’.

iPhone 6 design

Update: The most recent leak surrounding the look of the iPhone has beengiven to us by network China Telecom, which seems to have shown off the first press shot of the new iPhone.


iPhone 6
Credit: Sina Mobile News


The leak could be hoaxed, as to accidentally publish such an important picture on social networks seems unlikely.

That is, until you see that the same colours are mirrored precisely in leaked pictures of the forthcoming iPhone SIM trays fromNowhereElse.fr, which has good form in leaking new iPhone components.


iPhone 6
We’ll call these colours Blazing Sun, Old Glue and Broken Daydream (Credit: NowhereElse.fr)


The home buttons also make an appearance, and a side pic of the tray ‘confirms’ the curved edge of the new iPhone.

Other very recent images posted to WeiFeng also align with this, showing a very similar looking phone to the ones in the press shot above.


iPhone 6 WeiFeng


We could see up to three models coming on September 9: an iPhone 5C sequel, an iPhone 6 and an iPhone Air, with the latter being a larger size to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Note 3, as phablets are becoming hugely popular in areas like Asia.

“If the iPhone 6 doesn’t have a Liquidmetal body, then we’ll probably never see one.”

One thing you probably can expect is more premium metal to come your way with the iPhone 6, and Apple patents forliquidmetal 3D printing suggest there may be a new way to form the sultry chassis on the new iPhone.

Writing in early January 2014, MacRumors quotes a batch of liquidmetal patents reportedly filed by Apple employees.

This has been doing the rounds for a while though, and apparently it’s a tricky material to work with. A new videopurportedly showing the iPhone 6 also suggests that it won’t be liquidmetal at all and will instead be aluminium, but that it will have a liquidmetal Apple logo.

Liquidmetal or not, that chassis could well be the thinnest yet – with word that Apple will slim down the svelte 7.6mm 5S body for the iPhone 6, and ifleaked images of the phone’s case are legit the handset may well be shockingly slender.


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Credit: C-Tech


These shots are similar to another picture claiming to show the internal body work of the iPhone 6, where the LCD display would sit plus further snaps of the rear picked up by MacRumors – adding yet more detail to the collection of leaks we’re gathering.

Newer, more detailed images give us an even clearer look at its slimline shell, as well as showing it in a fancy new dark grey colour, which may be one of the colour options come release.


iPhone 6 shell


Another thing to take away from this image is that the Apple logo is a cut-out. There are several possible reasons for that, and given Apple is looking to add NFC into the phone for the first time then having a metal free section makes perfect sense, backed up by more recent leaks with the new logo cut-out.


Apple logo


We’ve since seen images of a thin plastic Apple logo in the slot, thin enough that light could shine through it, leading to suggestions that it will light up, possibly to alert users to notifications.

With talk of larger screens, we can expect the body of the iPhone 6 to grow and leaked schematic designs claim the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be 66mm wide and 7.0mm thick (the 5S is 58.6 x 7.6mm).

The larger 5.5-inch handset is said to be 77mm in width and a super svelte 6.7mm in depth – the Galaxy Note 3 is 79.2 x 8.3mm. An image of the 5.5-inch chassis has popped up on BestTechInfo and it certainly looks slim.


iPhone 6L


The 5.5 inch model is rumored to be called the iPhone Air, so it makes sense that it would be exceedingly slim.

These super slim dimensions have been given a little more firepower as we’ve now had multiple sources claiming to have case designs and schematics for the new iPhone 6, showing off designs similar to the iPad Airand Mini 2.

The newer pic shows the iPhone 6 actually running iOS 8 – it’s not clear if this is a final version, but it is swiped from Foxconn apparently.


iPhone 6
Credit: TMZ


But how will the iPhone actually look? Well it’s going to be rounded, larger (of course) and with lines running over the top and bottom sections, presumably to improve reception and overall connectivity, as we saw in early assembly snaps.

Compared to the iPhone 5S, it’s taking design cues from the iPad Air andMini 2 – that’s something we think would be a great idea, as those both have a great feel in the hand.


iPhone 6 dummy


Aside from the change in size and shape the other visible difference is that the power button has been moved to the side of the handset, as it’s going to be larger and hitting the top will be tricky. The rear of the phone will have a slightly protruding camera as Apple tries to keep things thin but pack in slightly more camera tech to keep pictures looking great.

This is seen in both the TMZ leak (as a final unit, apparently) and in components found by nowhereelse.fr. The two tone flash, which gives great colour but was an odd oblong last time out, has been made circular to fit with the more rounded finish of the phone, it seems.


iPhone 6
Credit: TMZ


A set of dummy images from 9to5Mac, show the new handset in gold, silver and grey and they more or less match the previous ones, with a rounded design and a power button on the side.


iPhone 6 dummies


One of the big clues about how the new iPhone 6 will look is from Taiwanese actor Jimmy Lin, who posted a photo of himself holding an iPhone 5S and what he claims is an iPhone 6.


iPhone 6
Credit: KitGuru


Why is this significant? Well Lin posted pictures of the iPhone 5C ahead of its launch last year, so it looks like he may have repeated the trick in 2014.


iPhone 6 - LEAK
Mr Lin with the iPhone 6 (credit: Jimmy Lin, Weibo)


Mr Lin may also have the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (or at least a mockup unit) in his possession, after he posted another photo online which a big looking iPhone sitting on a work bench.


iPhone 6 - LEAK
Is this really a iPhab? (credit: Jimmy Lin, Weibo)


The same design keeps popping up in the leaked photo, and surely this isn’t coincidence as even more images along the same design lines pop up from Sonny Dickson – again claiming to show the iPhone 6.


iPhone 6 - LEAK
Credit: Sonny Dickson


Sonny Dickson has gone one further though after getting his hands on mockups of two sizes of iPhone 6 handsets, giving the clearest look yet at the probably final designs.


iPhone 6 - LEAK
Credit: Sonny Dickson


Apparently the iPhone 6 has also been snapped alongside the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, all three of which are showing off their TouchID sensors as well.


iPhone 6 - LEAK
The iPhone 6, Air 2 and Mini 3? (credit: AppleClub)


Feld & Volk has posted images to Instagram, showing what’s supposedly a fully assembled handset and it matches everything else we’ve seen so far, though even if it is genuine it’s likely that Apple with give it a touch of polish before the final launch.


iPhone 6


A larger body housing a larger screen would mean there would be some additional space which a larger power pack could accommodate, and we’ve even spotted an image claiming to show the iPhone 6 battery on the production line.

In other areas, patents show that Apple has been thinking about magical morphing technology that can hide sensors and even cameras. Will it make it into the iPhone 6? Probably not.

And one final nugget to chew over before you head into the wonderful world of whether the iPhone 6 will have a sapphire screen: will Apple be launching a more premium version later in the year with that harder, less breakable sapphire display to satisfy those that want the best iPhone whatever the cost?

Seems unlikely to us, but Wall Street Journal reckons it’s highly possible.

Source: TechRadar


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 review

April 5 2014No Commented

Categorized Under: Cell Phones, Handhelds

Samsung galaxy Note 3

Late last year, a video showcasing the prototype of a modular phone – Phonebloks – circulated virally around the Web. The idea of a phone that can be whatever you want it to be definitely met with approval, and we might soon see it turn into reality, thanks to Motorola.

Samsung seems to have the same goal, but its approach has been to create a new model for every possible need. Did we hear someone enquiring about a smartphone with a 5.1-inch screen and top-of-the-line specs? We have the Galaxy S4/S5 for you. No? Do you want a slightly bigger screen with a full-HD display and a stylus? Take a look at the Galaxy Note 3. You think that’s too expensive but don’t mind a slight compromise on the screen resolution and camera specifications? Enter its younger sibling – the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

For the uninitiated, this cacophony of device names might be unnerving. Did we mention there is also a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Duos? Now, while we are at the topic of bewildering monikers, check this out.

The Neo is slimmer and sleeker than its namesake, and Samsung is also blowing its trumpet about the hexacore processor housed inside the device. Is the younger sibling rough around the edges? How is the performance compared to the Note 3 which is slightly more expensive? Is there a single redeeming feature for us to recommend the Note 3 Neo? Read on to find out.



Look and Feel
This ‘lite’ edition also has the faux leather plastic back with a distinctive stitch design running across the border akin to its elder sibling. The Neo feels comfortable to hold if you have big hands, but it isn’t too comfortable for single-handed operation. Reaching the top of the screen with your thumb is bound to be a hassle.

Looking at it from the back, the camera and flash modules sit on top of the Samsung logo running across the breadth of the device. Removing the rear cover reveals the removable 3100mAh battery, a slot for the SIM card, and another one for the microSD memory card. It is interesting to note that the NFC module is a part of the battery.



We reviewed the alluring white edition and it is definitely a dust magnet. However, the Neo is also available in classic black and cool mint (which looks rather bland). This phablet has a single physical button for the home function which is flanked on either side by the back (right) and menu (left) buttons. Right above the screen is the earpiece grille. To its right are the proximity and light sensors, and the front camera module. To its left, you can see a discreet (almost invisible) notification LED. A bit too cramped in our opinion.

A chrome trim runs around the border, which houses most of the buttons and ports. The left edge has a volume rocker and the power button sits on the right edge, which is great for accessibility considering the size of the device (we’re looking at you, HTC). The bottom is the busiest, with the Micro-USB charging/data port, speaker grille, microphone, and enclosure for the S Pen stylus. The top is also crowded, with the 3.5mm jack, extra microphone for the speakerphone, and an infrared LED.

The oft-used statement ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ holds true in the case of the Neo, since the faux leather might give it a premium look. Once we pry open the rear cover, it is unmistakably and unapologetically plastic. Despite this, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a sturdy device with no signs of flex.



Features and Specifications
The USP of this Samsung phablet is the hexacore processor, which includes a quad-core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.3 GHz and a dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15, supported by a Mali T-624 graphics subsystem. The Neo has 16GB of internal memory and supports up to 64GB more using a MicroSD card. Two gigabytes of RAM are available for the user, which is a gigabyte less than on the Note 3. The rear camera is an 8MP variant (again stripped down from the Note 3’s 13MP) with flash and there’s also a 2MP front-facing camera capable of capturing 1080p video for those long Skype sessions.

Coming to the connectivity, Samsung has all bases covered, with 2G, 3G, LTE (no support for 2.3GHz band, though), GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. Moreover, Samsung has added a multitude of sensors including an accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor and compass.

Since the Neo is supposed to be a stripped down version of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has made a compromise on the screen, which is a 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED capacitive touch panel. It translates to a pixel density of approximately 267 per inch. Despite being a PenTile screen, it isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the accurate colour reproduction and impressive viewing angles are an advantage. The screen also has Gorilla Glass 3 for protection just like the Note 3, which should allow it to handle a few scratches.


Colourful wallpapers and icons are standard for TouchWiz – Samsung’s custom UI on top of all its Android (4.3 Jellybean, in this case) devices. It is garish, loud, cartoonish, and we are no strangers to it anymore. Nothing’s changed in the case of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

The Neo carries forward all the software embellishments Samsung introduced with the Note 3. The most interesting of the lot is Air Command, which uses the S Pen (capacitive stylus) exclusive to the Note series. Basically, the moment you detach the S Pen, you’ll see a semi-circular wheel of commands on screen. Using the S Pen, the user can select any of the following tools: Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S-Finder and Pen Window. Except for Pen Window which is used to launch apps compatible with Samsung’s multitasking scheme, the rest of the features seem to have limited value. Still, we noted that the S Pen works better than any stylus in the market.

A few other features like Smart Stay, Smart Scroll and Smart Pause are present too. They work occasionally, but using Smart Scroll, for example, appeared to bystanders as though we were performing advanced neck exercises.


Samsung provides a panel of applications that the can run on screen simultaneously, and we found ourselves using this quite often, especially when we wanted to watch a video and do other little things such as sending a text message alongside.

TouchWiz offers a plethora of options in the notification panel and frankly, despite looking messy, it is indeed functional. Also, Samsung’s default keyboard includes a number row on top of the QWERTY layout which is handy. Another nifty addition is the handwriting-to-text feature on the keyboard that works like a charm.

Users can find the regular set of Google apps, including Chrome, bunched up in a folder. We can always expect Samsung to fill their devices with bloatware, and they don’t disappoint in the case of the Neo. Here is the laundry list: Samsung Apps, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, S Voice, S Health, Group Play, Story Album, and S Translator.

Samsung also bundles Evernote, Dropbox, Flipboard and Tripadvisor with the device. The apps are placed in a folder called Galaxy Plus. Samsung teams up with Flipboard for content syndication for the Magazine app and tries to emulate the functionality of HTCs Blinkfeed, which in itself shares design ideologies with Flipboard. The user can swipe from the bottom of the screen to pull up Magazine.

Samsung’s idea is to give the user plenty of choice, but these apps are a part of the core system, and there’s no easy way to delete them.


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