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Fingerprint modules on smartphones typically require you to press your finger on a raised button, meaning they must be mounted externally. LG's South Korean outfit Innotek is innovating on this front, though, and has created a fingerprint sensor that doesn't require a button at all and is mounted beneath the screen, thus offering the functionality without interfering with the form.
With the sensor out of the way, companies can be more free with their smartphone designs.
While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are the current flagship smartphones from Apple, we're months away from the purported iPhone 7 - and years away from the iPhone 8. That however, doesn't stop the rumor mill from spinning out rumors on the iPhone 8.
The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a system-on-chip on the 7nm process, which should deliver a huge jump in performance, and hopefully, battery life. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature wireless charging, and the lack of the TouchID-based home button.
Barclay's analyst Mark Moskowitz has said that there might not be an 'S' cycle next year, with Apple skipping the 'S' series smartphone and jumping directly from the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 8. Moskowitz said: "Silver lining - there might be no "S" cycle in C2017. Our conversations with industry participants suggest Apple could skip the "S" cycle next year and instead jump to IP8. The jump could showcase major form factor changes, including OLED, no home button, and wireless charging. In our view, these potential changes could drive a mega cycle, underpinning our C2017 iPhone unit growth estimate of 10.3%, vs. 6.3% previously".
Apple's thin and light Macbook, a return to the popular less expensive non-pro brand, has been updated with new Skylake processors that should help increase already great battery life and boost performance while still keeping it just as petite.
The exterior has retained the same svelte 11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52-inch and 2.03lbs dimensions, but pick up a new Rose Gold finish to compliment the Space Grey, Silver and Gold options already in the store. The changes under the hood are evolutionary, changing out the Broadwell M processors for Skylake M. Now the $1,199 model comes standard with a new 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 attached to 256GB of PCIe-based storage with 8GB of LPDDR3 1866 and Intel's HD 516 pulling graphics duty. The more expensive $1,599 model switches to a Skylake-based 1.2GHz Intel Core M5, 512GB of PCIe-based storage and the same 8GB of LPDDR3 1866. There's an option for both models to upgrade their storage and the processor to a more speedy M7 variety as well.
One of the major complaints against the re-envisioned Macbook was that the storage was much slower than it should have been, being purely SATA based, which has now been fixed at absolutely no price increase. The inclusion of the new processors should help with battery life and even the overall experience. Battery life is quoted as being an hour longer at around 10 for browsing and 11 fro movie playback. The original is a testement to the memory management and general efficiency of OSX, with most tasks being completed with ablomb. You won't use it as a primary video editing platform, however.
Apple is feeling generous, auctioning off a one-of-the-kind iPad Pro, Smart Cover, and Apple Pencil to London's Design museum to raise money.
The Apple products were donated by Jony Ive and the Apple design team, with the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Apple Pencil produced for a once off in these colors. The three products are all made from the same materials the normal versions are made from, but the color scheme is custom.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a greenish yellow color, while the Smart Cover is blue leather, and the Apple Pencil looks like it arrives in a slick leather case, in orange. There's a nice gold band around the top of the Apple Pencil, too, which makes it even more unique.
Some new leaks on the Galaxy Note 6 have arrived, teasing the 5.77-inch 2560x1440 display, which should arrive with a new Slim RGB AMOLED panel.
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 6 should rock a 5.7-inch 1440p panel, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64/128GB UFS 2.0 storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, the infamous S-Pen, and more. As for the processor, we should expect the purported Galaxy Note 6 to rock the Exynos 8890 processor.
It looks like Verizon is preparing a new set-top box based on Intel technology, something it acquired a few years ago.
Intel sold its Internet television project to Verizon a few years ago for a rumored $500 million, but nothing much came of it - so the new rumors from Variety are pointing to the new STB from Verizon to launch with their Fios markets by the end of 2016.
Variety reports that Verizon filed documents with the FCC earlier in the week, looking for approval on a new "video set-top box". The purported set-top box is codenamed Mallard, and is considered the crowl jewel in Verizon's upcoming service. It will reportedly offer a new UI that won't look like the current Fios TV service, with the company reportedly starting work on the project before it acquired Intel's TV technology.
Two days ago, AMC CEO Adam Aron considered the prospect of bringing texting and phone use to his movie theaters, and it hasn't taken long for the idea to get canned. As was the case when Regal Entertainment brought it up two years ago, public feedback was resoundingly against it, and so the company has publicly announced it will not happen.
"We have heard loud and clear that this is a concept our audience does not want," Aron wrote in an open letter to customers, later continuing, "With your advice in hand, there will be NO TEXTING ALLOWED in any of the auditoriums at AMC Theatres. Not today, not tomorrow, and not in the foreseeable future."
Sharp is launching a phone in Japan that's also a tiny robot: it dances, speaks, projects videos and photos, and costs $1,800.
RoboHon, as it's known, supports 720p resolution for projection, LTE, and three voice recognition technologies (which cost you a small monthly fee, unlike with most devices). Sharp plans to have it help users call taxis or find nearby restaurants and the like via apps.
RoboHon will launch in Japan, with other regions anticipated to see it later on.
Adam Aron, new CEO of movie theater giant AMC is pondering allowing texting and phone use during films in a bid to get more millennials into seats.
"There does seem to be a consensus that there are pockets of consumers who do not see as many movies as other segments of the population and that we can be doing more to attract those people. Millennials come to mind," he said to Variety. "We need to reshape our product in some concrete ways so that millennials go to movie theaters with the same degree of intensity as baby boomers went to movie theaters throughout their lives."
Asked if this would include allowing texting or phone use, he replied positively.
Some new screenshots have shown up that seem to show a few, albeit small, changes to Windows 10 Mobile. These new, small, improvements are supposedly part of a new build that'll be making it into a public build that'll be rolling out very soon. Or so sources say.
The changes focus on making significant changes to the Action Center and how it's arranged. In this, as of yet unknown version number, build it looks like you're able to rearrange quick actions by dragging them and dropping them where you'd like them. Microsoft, if these are to be trusted, has put a few settings in different places, such as the Glance screen now being in the Personalization section, which makes a bit more sense.
Other than that, there are some other improvements, or additions, in what might be the next build. A new Active Hours and a custom restart time. But aside from these screens, there's really no concrete information about what they're planning for the next Windows Mobile builds. This is, however, part of the Redstone branch of updates, which means that it's only available for those that are already running Windows 10 on their phones, or have been invited to update already. There'll be no updating for any phones any older than those already inducted into the Windows 10 hall of fame.
These aren't exactly ground-breaking changes, but it does show that they're looking at making usability a prime concern for them. These small adjustments show a willingness to listen to feedback. Even though this is an internal build at the moment, it might be heading to the inside preview program quite soon. We expect to see it within a week or slightly more.