Are Apple’s rumored new iPhone features Android ripoffs, or revolutionary?

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After three consecutive years of iterative iPhone updates that included almost no design changes, Apple in 2017 released a completely redesigned iPhone. No, I’m not talking about the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which recycle Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus designs for the fourth consecutive year. I’m talking about the iPhone X, which is a completely reimagining of the iPhone.

Now that the wheel has been reinvented, however, Apple is expected in 2018 to once again release iterative iPhone updates. Things will get a bit more interesting this year if Apple does indeed release two additional new iPhone models alongside its iPhone X successor, but all three phones are expected to feature the same design as the current-generation iPhone X. But if we look a bit further down the road, the company may be working on new iPhone models that are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before from Apple. I first discussed them on Wednesday, but I wanted to quickly revisit the topic following a wave of presumptive coverage from tech blogs.

Bloomberg on Wednesday reported that Apple’s iPhone engineers are working on some pretty interesting things that could hit the market in the not-too-distant future. As I covered yesterday, touchless gesture control features are reportedly being developed for upcoming iPhones, and Apple is supposedly even testing a new iPhone design that is curved instead of flat, like every iPhone that has been released so far.

Now, it’s important to acknowledge that those are the only two facts pertaining to Apple’s future plans that were included in that Bloomberg report (facts is italicized because the report cites only one anonymous source for each of those claims). Everything else was background, filler, or speculation, like the notion that Apple might be considering a curved iPhone design in order to “differentiate design” in a “crowded marketplace.” Coverage on other sites also included no additional facts, only speculation.

There’s nothing wrong with speculation, of course, but a narrative developed on many sites that seems like it could be way off base. The basic idea presented in posts like this one from my favorite blog Gizmodo (other than BGR, of course) is that Apple’s touchless gesture control and curved screens aren’t novel new ideas. Instead, they’re similar to things that were done on Android phones years ago.

This may be true. Apple may be cooking up pointless touchless gesture controls like we’ve seen on earlier smartphones. Apple might also be toying with curved phone designs merely to “differentiate” its phones in a “crowded marketplace.” Does that really sound like Apple, though? Does the company ever really do silly things like just to be different? Would Apple release a curved phone to differentiate itself after seeing that no one liked Samsung’s curved phone in 2013 or LG’s curved phones in 2014 and 2015? That sounds… unlikely.

What am I getting at here? In a word, chill. Until more light is shed on the internal projects at Apple that Bloomberg revealed, we have absolutely no idea why Apple is working on these new iPhone features, or how they’ll tie in with other new iPhone features. As I mentioned in yesterday’s coverage, these two features may actually be releated. Apple has been working for years on all sorts of exciting new tech, including displays with 3D holographic capabilities.

What if Apple is developing touchless gesture support in order to allow people to interact with objects that appear as though they’re floating in front of the screen? What if Apple is testing curved iPhone designs so that the sensors reading these touchless controls can detect gestures performed so close to the display? We don’t know, and we won’t know anytime soon. Until we get more information, however, let’s try not to jump to any conclusions.

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Stop panicking about Apple’s rumored switch from Intel to its own chips in the Mac

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A lot has been made about Apple’s possible shift to the A-series processor in the Mac starting in 2020 — but this isn’t the first time that Apple has convinced a generation to change hardware architectures.
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Rumored OnePlus 6 price $50 higher than 5T’s, storage upgrades will cost more too

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With the 5T out of stock, the OnePlus 6 can’t be far from store shelves. Some say that it will be unveiled by the end of the month with shipments scheduled for a couple of weeks after that. Which raises the question of how much? OnePlus has a tendency to up the price of each new model and rumor has it that the 6 will be no exception. The rumored prices are as follows: $ 525 for the base 64GB model, $ 600 for the 128GB one and $ 700 for the top of the line 256GB model. Note that these are prices for China (converted to dollars), so American and Euro prices should be higher due to additional…

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Apple Watch S4 Rumored to Sport New ‘Trendy’ Design, Larger Display

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Since its debut, the Apple Watch has sported the same relative form factor and design. But that could change this fall, a new report suggests. The so-called Apple Watch Series 4 could adopt an all-new design, larger battery capacity and a display that’s 15 percent larger than current models, well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo […]
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2018 iPhone X Rumored to Cost $100 Less, X Plus to Start at $999

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This year’s stable of flagship iPhones, which are all rumored to sport iPhone X features, could launch at a reduced price according to a RBC Capital Markets analyst. Apple is largely expected to debut three iPhones this year: a second-generation, 5.8-inch iPhone X; a so-called iPhone X Plus with a massive 6.5-inch OLED display; and […]
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NS P7819 with Snapdragon 845, Android 8.1 surfaces in Geekbench, AnTuTu benchmarks, rumored to be OnePlus 6

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A mysterious smartphone codenamed NS P7819 has surfaced on Geekbench and AnTuTu, which is rumored to be a prototype of the OnePlus 6. This reveals Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB RAM and Android 8.1 for the phone. AnTuTu listing also reveals 64GB storage and a Full HD+ display. In Geekbench is has posted 2546 points for single-core and 8672 points for multi-core and in AnTuTu it has posted 263398 points, on par with other Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones. Recently leaked AnTuTu benchmark scores revealed  276510 points for the phone beating the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s, which could be the score of 8GB RAM version of the phone. OnePlus 6 is said to feature a 6.28-inch (2280 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 aspect ratio OLED display, 16MP + 20MP dual rear cameras and a 20MP similar to the R15 Dream Mirror Edition that was introduced last week. There are also rumors of Ceramic Edition of the phone arriving along with the standard version. The OnePlus 6 might be launching in the Q2 2018, around the time of June much like previous OnePlus flagships. Source 1, 2 | Via
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumored to include in-display fingerprint sensor

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 made a notable change to its fingerprint reader placement compared to last year’s Galaxy flagships, and now a new report says that the Galaxy Note 9 will make another big fingerprint reader change.

Samsung is “seriously considering” adding an in-display fingerprint sensor to the Galaxy Note 9. That’s according to sources speaking to The Korea Herald, who say that Samsung Display has three or four options for an in-display fingerprint sensor and that both it and Samsung Electronics are “seriously considering one of the solutions.”

Today’s report also says that Samsung is expected to make a final decision this month on whether or not it’ll put an in-display fingerprint sensor into the Note 9.

We’ve heard rumors of Apple, Samsung, and other companies being interested in using an in-display fingerprint sensor on their devices, but so far Vivo is the only company that’s actually launched such a device. An in-display fingerprint sensor is an attractive feature because it helps to give your device a cleaner design and also puts the sensor in a pretty natural place, but we’ll have to wait and see if Samsung is happy enough with the actual implementation of this feature to actually put it in a flagship phone.

Is an in-display fingerprint sensor a feature that you want in your next smartphone?

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Rumored Low-Cost iPad Model To Support Apple Pencil

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The assumption may be that Apple’s rumored low-cost iPad will not support the Apple Pencil, keeping the accessory as an iPad Pro-only option. However, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, this may not be the case at all.

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OnePlus 6 specs rumored to include 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage

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Info on the OnePlus 6 began trickling out earlier this month, and now a few more details of the device may have leaked out.

An image is making the rounds on Chinese social networking site Weibo that claims to have some spec details on the OnePlus 6. The device is listed as having a Snapdragon 845, just like a previous rumor, as well as 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 16MP and 20MP rear cameras, and a 6.2-inch screen.

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There’s also a price of $ 749 listed for the OnePlus 6 in this image, but it’s unclear what currency that is.

This leak is still very much unconfirmed, but they definitely sound plausible for a new OnePlus flagship. The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s new flagship processor, and OnePlus has used previous 800-series chipsets in its flagship phones. Also, OnePlus has already sold a OnePlus 5T with 8GB of RAM, so it could do it again with the OnePlus 6.

Based on what we’ve heard about it so far, are you excited for the OnePlus 6?

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