9to5Mac reports that iPhone repair firm iFixyouri has received information on a new part claimed to be the rear shell for the next-generation iPhone. The part is reportedly made of an aluminum alloy that integrates both the rear panel and sides for the device.
Notably, the part is relatively consistent with previous claims that the next-generation iPhone would integrate a “metal panel” to the center section of the device’s back, but in reality the panel appears to simply be a different finish applied to that portion of the casing.
With the part also including the device’s edges, a port for a smaller dock connector can also be seen, as well as larger speaker and microphone grills. The part’s source claims that Apple will take advantage of the space freed up by shrinking the dock connector to enhance speaker performance in the next-generation iPhone.
Finally, the supplier claims that the part is showing up not only in black and white, but also in two other unspecified colors, although it is unclear whether those colors would make it to final production.
Update: The part appears to show the headphone jack being on the bottom of the device as on the current iPod touch, rather than along the top edge as found on all iPhone models to date. That observation would fit with a recent part leak of what was claimed to be the headphone jack and earpiece. But many observers suggested that the center feature on that part looks more like a dock connector than an earpiece assembly. Moving the headphone jack to the bottom of the device would explain the layout of this component.
Update 2: Repair firm uBreakiFix has also received photos of what may be the same part in white. The “iPhone” font on the shell appears to be somewhat suspicious, seemingly of a lighter stroke and/or looser spacing between the letters. But otherwise the part appears identical to the previously-posted part, which seems to carry a more typical “iPhone” typeface.
9to5Mac has received more photosshowing these same parts in black and white, as well as a mid-frame plate.
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In addition, the source has also provided a photo of what is claimed to be the next iPhone’s front panel in black, which shows that the FaceTime camera has been moved from beside the earpiece to above it.
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BGR reports that it has received a set of blurry photos showing portions of the new Maps app that Apple is said to be preparing for launch in iOS 6. Based on those photos, the site has put together a composite mockup demonstrating how the app would appear in its entirety.
BGR has obtained exclusive information and photos of parts of Apple’s new Maps app from a trusted source, and the app features a refreshed user interface including a brand new navigation bar. This bar, we’re told, is silver instead of blue. Since the current Maps app follows the standard blue iOS color scheme, we think it’s possible Apple might shift toward a silver color theme in iOS 6 like on the iPad.
The iPhone version of Maps has a floating locate me button (it sounds very similar to Android’s Google Maps app) in the bottom left corner. To access 3D mode, which will make use of Apple’s C3 Technologies acquisition, you have to peel back the lower right corner of Maps just like the current version and enable 3D mode. Once enabled, you can switch in and out of 3D mode by tapping a 3D icon in the lower left corner.
The full set of actual screenshots, which show the 3D map toggle button, a new silver-themed “Directions” button and several closeups of map content, are available in a photo gallery.
Hewlett-Packard said today it would eliminate 27,000 jobs as the bellwether technology giant restructures its business to cut costs.
The job cuts represent 8 percent of its work force, and would be completed by the end of fiscal 2014, the company said today.
In addition, HP will reduce expenses by streamlining the supply chain, narrowing its product portfolio, simplifying its market strategy and improving its standard business practices. The cuts are expected to generate savings of $3 billion to $3.5 billion after fiscal 2014. The savings will be reinvested in the company, HP said.
HP is in uncertain waters after its former CEO, Leo Apotheker, attempted to transform the business into an enterprise-only operation during his short tenure. Current CEO Meg Whitman opted to keep the consumer business, but has set her own stamp on the business with the dramatic cuts.
The moves will HP remain nimble, simplifying how the business operates and allowing the company to focus on growth areas such as cloud, big data, and security.
“While some of these actions are difficult because they involve the loss of jobs, they are necessary to improve execution and to fund the long term health of the company,” Whitman said in a statement today.
HP will record a pre-tax charge of $1.7 billion in fiscal 2012 to account for the restructuring. Through fiscal 2014, the company expects to record additional pre-tax charges of approximately $1.8 billion.
In line with today’s claims of taller iPhone prototypes with 3.95-inch displays, one of our sources has provided us with images of what are claimed to be new next-generation iOS device parts being carried by a supplier. The most significant of these parts is a claimed front panel from the next-generation iPod touch, with the supplier claiming that the display would be taller than the current model and that the opening in the front panel measures 4.1 inches diagonally.
Apple would undoubtedly use the same display size on the iPhone and iPod touch if it were to bring a larger screen to both of the devices, so it is not entirely clear how to mesh recent claims of a 3.95-inch display with this measurement of 4.1 inches and The Wall Street Journal‘s claim of “at least four inches”, but all of the reports are in the same general size range. The viewable portion of the iPhone’s display is slightly smaller than the opening in the front panel, so that could explain the slight discrepancy in reported sizes.
Our source’s supplier has also included listings for several new parts claimed to be for the next-generation iPhone, including the home button flex cable and front and rear cameras, although the camera parts are listed as needing “verification”, so the supplier may yet be confirming their authenticity. The photos are extremely small, but at a minimum the home button flex cable and front camera assembly show distinct differences from their iPhone 4S counterparts, although they may end up being functionally indistinguishable from the user’s perspective. The rear camera appears very similar to modules used in the last several generations of the iPhone, although it is lacking an associated LED flash.
Left to right: Home button flex cable, front camera, rear camera
Better shots of the cameras have been posted at BadGizmo Repair, which appears to have received its information from the same supplier as our source.
“iPhone 5” front camera (left) and rear camera (right)
Part leaks from Apple’s supply chain have become fairly routine in the months leading up to a product launch, and these latest parts are by no means the first to appear for the upcoming hardware update. The plastic home buttons were the first to leak last month, followed by a micro-SIM tray and what claimed to be a headphone jack/earpiece assembly, although there has been some debate about exactly what the components on that part represent. The authenticity of all of the parts has yet to be confirmed, but past history suggests that these components are frequently genuine parts leaked from Apple’s supply chain.
9to5Mac reports that Apple is currently testing two prototypes of the next-generation iPhone that offer a taller screen while maintaining the existing 640-pixel width. According to the report, the two prototypes carry a display with a height of 1136 pixels, up from the current 960-pixel height and leading to an increase in the diagonal size of the display from 3.5 inches to 3.95 inches.
These prototype phones are floating around Apple HQ in thick, locked shells in order to disguise the exterior design to “undisclosed” employees. We know of two next-generation iPhones in testing with a larger display: the iPhone 5,1 and iPhone 5,2. These phones are in the PreEVT stage of development and are codenamed N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2). Because Apple reserves certain models for internal-only usage (such as the N96 phone we previously reported on), we’re not sure which of the two devices will make its way into the world later this year.
The idea of a larger screen in the range of 4 inches for the iPhone has been gaining momentum in recent weeks, with some sources already having claimed that Apple will achieve that increase with a taller design.
Rendered mockup of taller iPhone with 4-inch display (Source: Ciccarese Design)
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Today’s report indicates that iOS 6 will support this taller screen by displaying an extra row of home screen icons, in line with previous speculation. The new iPhone hardware also reportedly includes the rumored smaller dock connector, with the report’s source pegging its size at between micro-USB and mini-USB.
As most of you know, the 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak is just about to come and from recent tweets of@xvolks, a close friend of pod2g, suggests that the new tool will be named Absinthe 2.0:
This news not only tells us the name of the new tool, but we now also know that there is a usable, working application that can jailbreak 5.1.1 untethered, so the release should be coming very soon.
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A notification banner, first noticed by MacRumors, which bares a striking resemblance to iOS notifications introduced with iOS 5, appears to only be a placeholder. It is vaguely titled “Default Title for English” with a message of “English – This is a test message description.”
The message appears when you log in to your icloud.com account directly from the Web site.
Apple’s preview of Mac OS X Mountain Lionshows off a similar banner notification system, which may be related to the iCloud notifications. Certainly syncing notifications across all iOS devices and your Macs could help ease the burden of checking and acting on every notification on every device you own.
Notifications on iOS alert users about everything from new Mail messages to text messages to new levels on Angry Birds. Options can be customized for your apps by navigating to Settings > Notifications and tapping on each app.
Apple introduced iCloud to replace MobileMe as the de-facto sync tool for iOS devices and PCs and Macs. iCloud users are able to sync their calendars, contacts, mail accounts, and notes, as well as locate their iOS devices and Macs using the Find my iPhone/iPad/Mac apps.
Would you want synced notifications across all your devices? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Last year, both AT&T and Verizon acknowledged that they were working on offering shared data plans, which would allow multiple devices owned by a single user or members of a family to draw data from a single monthly allotment. But while there has been evidence that Verizon is making progress on its plans, AT&T has been relatively quiet about its efforts aside from acknowledging that billing and other issues were complicating the work.
CNET now reports, however, that AT&T may be close to launching its shared data plans. The news comes from AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, who indicates that the carrier knows what it intends to offer to its customers.
“I’m very comfortable with the plan that will be offered to our customers,” de la Vega said on the sidelines of his company’s home security and automation event at the CTIA Wireless trade show. […]
He said the company knows how the plan would be structured. He, however, declined to provide any specific details on timing, and wouldn’t comment on whether it would be out in the next few months or if AT&T would beat Verizon Wireless to the punch.
Shared “family plans” for voice minutes have been available for quite some time, and a similar mechanism for sharing data seems to be a natural evolution. But aside from sharing data among family members, even individuals could see a benefit from the plans, which would allow them to subscribe to a single monthly data allotment that could be used with their iPhone, iPad, and perhaps even a USB modem or mobile hotspot device.