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Apple's Next iPhone Could Be Called the "iPhone 7"

Posted by Hatty Hattington , 02 April 2015 · 640 views

Apple is making major changes to the hardware of the iPhone for its next generation device, reports KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo.

The analyst who has an excellent track record says that Apple is investigating two methods of adding Force Touch to the iPhone. The most likely one to get implemented at this point in time is a FPC-made capacitive Force Touch sensor under the backlight, laminated with metal shielding.

Unlike the sensor in the Apple Watch and MacBook, Apple is looking to measure the contact area where your finger presses down to determine pressure.

We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers. Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.

There are two possible structural designs for Force Touch from a technology viewpoint. The Force Touch sensor can either be placed between the cover lens and the In-cell touch panel or under the In-cell touch panel’s backlight. In the first position, the technological challenge lies with how to produce the transparent Force Touch sensor; in the second position, the challenge is how to reduce signal interference from in-cell touch panel. Our understanding of the technology is that producing a transparent Force Touch sensor is more difficult, so the chances are the new iPhone this year will opt for the second position.

Kuo believes that Apple will probably change the design of Force Touch again next year to remove the metal shielding. While this will improve things for users, it creates uncertainty for suppliers of the modules (TPK and GIS) and metal shielding (Minebea, Hi-P, Jabil).

Notably, Kuo says the changes are so significant that Apple could call the new smartphone the 'iPhone 7', rather than the 'iPhone 6s' as is traditionally expected. Kuo also said that it's unlikely a 4-inch model will be released in Q3.


Apple May Only Add Force Touch to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus

Posted by Hatty Hattington , 02 April 2015 · 535 views

Apple may only add its new Force Touch feature to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, suggests a UDN report.

Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls.

Sources familiar with TPK, the company responsible for 90% of the Force Touch sensors in the Apple Watch, say that company will record significant profits this year by supplying Apple with sensors for a new 5.5-inch iPhone. The report does not mention the 4.5-inch iPhone 6.

Notably, those sensors are said to cost 2.5x - 3x more than the Apple Watch sensors.

Supply chain, said, iPhone 6S plus import pressure sensor to determine the upcoming shipment of Apple Watch screen size is only 1.5 inches and 1.65 inches, each pressure sensor connected to a single price for 4-5 US dollars. iPhone 6S plus enlarged to 5.5-inch screen size, so that orders the price rose to 13-14 US dollars, to boost the TPK and industry to profitability will be nourishing pill.

Previous rumors had suggested that Apple will be adding Force Touch to both its new iPhones this fall; however, it's possible that the company wants to further distinguish its iPhone Plus as a higher end product. The iPhone 6 Plus already boasts a better camera than the iPhone 6.


Multify, The Tweak That Brings True Multitasking To iOS

Posted by Hatty Hattington , 31 March 2015 · 514 views

Multify is a new tweak for your jailbroken iOS device that brings true side by side multitasking. Multify, developed by John Corbett and Joel Einbinder, lets you switch between apps instantly, but more importantly -- lets you use multiple apps on the screen at the same time.

With Multify, you can adjust the size and placement of the apps while you multitask, so you can easily place two or three apps on the screen at the same time and interact with all of them simultaneously. For instance, can easily have a YouTube video playing while you read iClarified, or write an email while you browse the web.

You can launch Multify through different activation gestures. Once you launch the app you'll notice a plus icon which lets you add additional apps. Additionally, Multify's edit mode lets you quickly move and resize apps. In the app's settings menu, you can set your favorite apps, change activation methods, and customize the look of Multify.

Multify is available now in the Cydia Store (BigBoss Repo) for $5, of if you're patient you can try it for free via a crack on our repo at some point! It is compatible with all iOS 8 devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Once you've tried it, let us know what you think!

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Cortana comes to iOS and Android!

Posted by Hatty Hattington , 13 March 2015 · 220 views

Cortana comes to iOS and Android! Calling all Spartans, Halos AI "Cortana" comes to iOS and Android soon!

That's right muthalickas,
Microsoft is working on an advanced version of its Cortana digital assistant using research from an artificial intelligence project called "Einstein", reports Reuters. The updated personal assistant will launch with Windows 10 this fall and later will be available as a standalone app for iOS and Android.

The plan to put Cortana on machines running software from rivals such as Apple and Google, as well as the Einstein project, have not been reported. Cortana is the name of an artificial intelligence character in the video game series "Halo." They represent a new front in CEO Satya Nadella's battle to sell Microsoft software on any device or platform, rather than trying to force customers to use Windows. Success on rivals' platforms could create new markets and greater relevance for the company best known for its decades-old operating system.

"This kind of technology, which can read and understand email, will play a central role in the next roll out of Cortana, which we are working on now for the fall time frame," said Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and a part of the Einstein project. "We're defining the competitive landscape... of who can provide the most supportive services that make life easier, keep track of things, that complement human memory in a way that helps us get things done."

Recently, a video of Microsoft new Spartan web browser leaked that showed Cortana integration. The new browser will ship with Windows 10.

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TaiG has been updated to support iTunes 12.1

Posted by cRazEY-G , 21 February 2015 · 799 views
That's riiiiiiiight!!!
Read all about it:
V1.2.1 (2015-2-12)
TaiG can support iTunes12.1 now(By download new driver from a post in 3K BBS)

So head on over to your local TaiG website and get the solution to your winter blues!


Reuters: Apple’s Project Titan involves a self-driving electric car

Posted by god , 14 February 2015 · 314 views

A rumor involving an Apple-branded electric vehicle that The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal threw their weight behind just took an interesting turn with a Reuters report Saturday offering additional tidbits.

The news gathering organization learned from sources that Apple’s electric vehicle is actually an autonomous self-driving car. Apple is reportedly actually “exploring how to make an entire vehicle” rather than just designing automotive software as previously suspected.

The story, however, contradicts The Wall Street Journal which said last evening that developing a self-driving car was not part of Apple’s effort.

“They don’t appear to want a lot of help from carmakers,” the source who declined to be named told Reuters.

Another automotive source told Reuters that Apple “is learning” how to make a self-driving electric car and “is gathering advice” from experts at carmakers and automotive suppliers on parts and production methods.

The company isn’t interested in combustion engine technology or conventional manufacturing methods, the story notes.

As previously reported, last September Apple hired Johann Jungwirth, President & CEO, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, who specialized in integrating smartphone functionality and developing advanced user experiences.

During his tenure at Daimler from March 2009 to September 2014 Jungwirth oversaw Connected Car & UI Telematics, Autonomous Driving, Advanced User Experience Design, Powertrain & eDrive, Advanced Exterior Design and Mercedes Benz style, group research and regulatory affairs, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple’s boss Tim Cook approved Project Titan about a year ago, putting product design Vice President Steve Zadesky in charge.

A former Ford engineer, Zadesky has been a long time Apple employee who helped create the iPod and later the iPhone, and is now said to have created a 1,000-people automotive team at a secret location separate from Apple’s main campus.


Project Titan: Apple’s secret electric car

Posted by god , 14 February 2015 · 334 views

Apple has several hundred employees secretly working on creating an electric vehicle, reported the Wall Street Journal on Friday, citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Code-named Titan, the project currently sports the design of a minivan.

According to the Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook approved the project about a year ago, putting product design Vice President Steve Zadesky in charge. A former Ford engineer, Zadesky has been a long time Apple employee who helped create the iPod and later the iPhone.

Zadesky is said to have created a team strong of 1,000 people, which tends to prove that Apple is serious about the project, rather than considering this electric car a hobby.

But of course, until we get an official confirmation from Apple, project Titan remains just this: a project that may or may not see the light of day. Besides, the technology developed for the project could very well be used for other products (think batteries, a technology in real need of a breakthrough). Either way, if Apple decided to go ahead with Project Titan, it would probably take years for an actual car to go into production.

This report comes a few hours after the Financial Times published a similar story earlier today, claiming that Apple had hired former President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth, a report that has now been corroborated by the Wall Street Journal.

The rumors of Apple working on a car project started last week when mysterious vans equipped with cameras spotted around the country had Apple’s name attached to them. Two days later, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview Apple was trying really hard to hire employees away from his company. It’s now easier to connect the dots.


Apple hiring automotive experts for secret project

Posted by god , 14 February 2015 · 246 views

Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret research lab, Financial Times reported on Friday. Among the new-hires is former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth.

Citing several insider sources, the outlet says Apple set up the new research lab late last year at a confidential Silicon Valley location. And it’s believed that the facility is being used by a team, led by experienced iPhone managers, to research new automotive products.

One theory is that these products include an “advanced software platform” for car-makers that builds on CarPlay. But others feel that the background of the auto-experts being hired and the level of seniority involvement suggest something much bigger is in the works.

“Three months ago I would have said it was CarPlay,” a well-informed source told Financial Times’ Tim Bradshaw. “Today I think it’s a car.” The person added that Jony Ive and his design team have been holding meetings with auto execs and engineers in recent months.

The news comes as rumors of Apple’s interest in the automotive industry are beginning to intensify. Last week a camera-equipped vehicle registered to the firm was spotted driving around San Francisco, followed by reports it’s engaged in a poaching war with Tesla Motors.


New report sheds light on Apple’s ambitious music plans

Posted by god , 14 February 2015 · 272 views

Apple doesn’t just want to compete in the music business, it wants to be the music business, according to a new report from Billboard. Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, the outlet has shed some light on the company’s ambitious plans for the record industry.

Beats co-founder and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine has apparently been holding secret meetings with senior executives from many record labels in recent weeks. The discussions are of course protected by non-disclosure agreements, but details are beginning to trickle out.

Some of it we’ve heard before, such as Apple is looking to launch a revamped streaming service within the next few months, with a monthly price point lower than its competitors. But it’s also apparently looking to do some significant housecleaning within its digital iTunes Store.

“Other clues suggest a major scrub to the iTunes store, which will rid itself of thousands of titles including soundalikes and certain covers, all at Apple’s discretion,” Billboard reports. There is also talk that the ‘Featured’ music section could move from editorial-based to sales-based.

With over $180 billion in cash, Apple has the resources to do pretty much whatever it wants in the music industry. And following its $3 billion purchase of Beats last year, which brought on Iovine and the well-connected rapper and producer Dr. Dre as executives, it also has the clout.

In the photograph above, Iovine sits with Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, former US Vice president Al Gore and former House speaker Nacy Pelosi at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala. Billboard said the group had a ‘Goodfellas’ vibe, with many industry execs coming up to pay their respects.


Apple Pay gets major backing from US Government

Posted by god , 14 February 2015 · 241 views

As Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the President Obama’s Summit on Cybersecurity on Friday, the White House announced that Apple Pay will be enabled for federal payment cards, including Social Security and veterans benefits that are issued via debit cards.

The news represents a major vote of confidence for Apple Pay and Apple in general. While it shouldn’t be considered a proper endorsement from the White House, it is still a major win for Apple.

According to Bloomberg who first reported the news, this deal “includes the Direct Express payment network and government cards issued through GSA SmartPay, which handles more than 87.4 million transaction worth $26.4 billion each year.”

“We’re excited to announce that beginning in September, Apple Pay will be available for many transactions with the Federal Government, for example when you pay for admission to your favorite National Park,” said Tim Cook at the event.

Tim Cook’s speech made a big emphasis of security and privacy, pointing out once again that Apple doesn’t analyze or share any customer data, a subtle jab of course to competitors like Google who exclusively rely on customer data to generate revenue.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt were invited to the summit but didn’t attend it. In view of what Tim Cook shared on stage, it’s no wonder why they all declined the invitation.