Apple Rumor Mill Heating Up: iPhone 6 to Feature Qualcomm MDM9625 Modem, iWatch Delayed Until 2015 and More
It is that time of year when Apple news turns into Apple gossip, and there was a lot of gossip the last few days. GeekBar today (via G4Games) posted an alleged image of an iPhone 6 logic board that shows a Qualcomm MDM9625 modem. This means previous rumors claiming that the iPhone 6 will support LTE Category 6 are untrue, if the image is legit. The pictured chipset does support LTE Cat.4 and can reach speeds up to 150 Mbps, but not 300 Mbps like previous reports have suggested. This is not a big deal since most carriers around the world do not even support LTE Advanced.
Yesterday Sonny Dickson posted a video showing off the rumored Lightning cable with fully reversible USB. Several sources claim that all of Apple's next-generation products will ship with the new, easier to use cable. Check out the video below.
The iPhone 6 and next-generation iPad will ship with a new Lightning cable that features a reversible USB, according to leaked images published by uSwitch Tech and Sonny Dickson. The first image shows alleged retail boxes for Apple's rumored revamped Lightning cable. The second image is a closer view of the reversible USB posted to Twitter by Dickson. The new USB connector would put an end to one of the most frustrating problems known to man by allowing the cable to be inserted into a USB port no matter what side is facing up.
The USB Promoter Group in December announced a fully reversible Type-C USB cable was in the works, but this cable will not support current Apple products. However, Apple has been working on its own "dual orientation USB plug connector," according to a patent filed in 2013 (via 9to5Mac). The patent says that the USB would be able to mate with "standard USB receptacle connectors, e.g., a standard Type A USB receptacle connector." This means it will support current Apple computers and accessories, unlike the Type-C USB.
It was a very slow week for the App Store again. This may be a trend until the next-generation iPhones and iPads are announced in September. However, there were a few big announcements made this week and a few games worth looking forward too. iOS users with an Australia or New Zealand App Store account can now download the Call of Duty: Heroes beta. The game is a free-to-play title that "lets you command an army of legendary heroes, elite soldiers, and an advanced arsenal of weaponry from the Call of Duty universe while building up and customizing a small outpost into an impenetrable base," according to the COD blog One of Swords.
Ironhide Games Studio announced a third Kingdom Rush game on its Facebook page. The game's tagline reads, "Every Adventure Has a Beginning". Ironhide said the game will feature "a new world, a new race, a new ancient evil" and it will be available in the fall.
Trolling is not only an art, it is also a new advertising strategy utilized by T-Mobile CEO John Legere and now Samsung. The South Korean company has taken its "Wall Huggers" campaign to select airports to troll customers who are stuck using power outlets to charge their mobile devices. Samsung has placed posters near power outlets that read:
"Samsung Galaxy S5 with Ultra Power Saving Mode. So you have the power to be anywhere but here”
The campaign is obviously aimed at the iPhone and other Apple devices. The posters have been spotted at the Newark airport in New Jersey and will be added to John F. Kennedy International in New York and to O’Hare and Midway in Chicago, according to CNET.
Activision today announced that Call of Duty: Heroes is being released exclusively to iOS devices on Thursday. The beta will soft launch in Australia and New Zealand so users can "provide feedback to improve the final game experience," according to the One of Swords blog. The game will be a free-to-play title where players can build their own impenetrable base from the ground up.
Call of Duty: Heroes will feature characters from the COD universe, like Captain Price, Soap, Harper, and more. Players will be able to buy infantry and drones to defend and attack other bases making the game a lot like Clash of Clans, but with CLAWs, and Dragonfires instead of barbarians and archers. The game will also feature multiplayer elements allowing players to team up, Killstreaks, care packages and other goodies to help you blow stuff up.
T-Mobile plans to start addressing users who are abusing their unlimited 4G/LTE data plans, according to an alleged internal memo published by TMO News. The memo sent to T-Mobile staff reads:
"T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network experience for T-Mobile customers. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will begin to address customers who are conducting activities outside of T-Mobile’s T&Cs.”
The memo also contains a 4-step plan to handle customers who are violating T-Mobile's terms and conditions.
T-Mobile will first contact the alleged abuser to notify them that they are violating their terms and conditions. The customer's account will be tagged with a "Misuse Warning SOC" until their next billing cycle. If the abuse continues, T-Mobile will then throttle the customer's data speeds. The account will also be marked by a "Misuse Throttle SOC" so customer care and other staff will know why that customer is experiencing slower speeds.
2K Games' WWE SuperCard is set to hit the App Store tonight. The app is a collectible card game that allows players to do battle with the best Superstars, Divas, Legends and Managers from the WWE. Players can customize and train their own WWE dream team with over 400 collectible cards.
The game features a Player vs. Player mode that allows you to use a five-man team to compete against other players online. Players can unlock new cards by winning one-on-one matches or by competing in the King Of The Ring tournament. The 16 person multi-day tournament rewards cards based on a player's final ranking.
Apple consistently improves the camera in each iteration of the iPhone, and the iPhone 6 will be no different. The company's secret plans have already leaked, pointing towards several design changes and tweaks that will make the iPhone 6 an even more capable image capture device. The iPhone 5s camera was already proof that Apple is more interested in quality over quantity when it comes to the megapixel race.
The iPhone 6 will certainly build on improvements seen in the 5s. The iPhone 5s improved low light sensitivity by increasing the aperture to f/2.2 and bumping up the image sensor pixel size to 1.5 microns. The most obvious redesign feature involves a protruding lens ring on the iPhone 6. The new device will allegedly be so thin that in order to incorporate an improved camera assembly, an iPod touch style camera lens will be required.
There hasn't really been any new information announced since our original iPhone 6 rumor roundup was published in June, but there have been a lot of leaked images of purported iPhone 6 parts. The Taiwanese blog Apple.club today posted pictures (shown below) showing off a fully assembled display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model. The same blog also posted images of the Apple logo for the back panel, which dispelled rumors that the logo would act as an notification light. Here's what else we think we know about the iPhone 6. Remember, none of this has been officially confirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt.
iPhone 6 Release Date
Wireless charging solutions can be handy, just drop a compatible device onto a charging pad and it will grab some juice. While these solutions eliminate the need for charger plugs and wires in everyday usage, a new patent awarded to Apple takes the concept one step further. Imagine a future MacBook that automatically powers a wireless Magic Mouse, or charges an iPhone anytime the device is placed nearby.
The technology is called wireless Near Field Magnetic Resonance (NFMR) power transmission. The patent awarded to Apple explains that normal batteries could be replaced by wireless power units, which would receive energy from a nearby transmission device. Transmission from a laptop or tablet would create a zone around the computer that could be used to power any peripherals equipped with these units.