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    iPhone 6c Or 7 RUMORS




    According to a report out of VentureBeat, Intel has built a team of more than 1,000 people to build chips for the next-generation iPhone. Specifically, Intel hopes to supply its 7360 LTE modem chip to Apple for the device, and if all goes well, even take part in the manufacturing.

    The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus both feature Qualcomm’s 9X45 LTE chip. Intel hopes to next year provide its modem for at least some of the iPhones Apple produces in 2016. Qualcomm is currently tasked with providing modems for all of Apple’s phones.

    Intel’s 7360 LTE modem is expected to begin shipping by the end of this year with device manufacturers beginning to implement it during 2016. Intel reportedly sees its partnership with Apple as crucial to its future in the mobile space. Obviously, Apple is a very demanding client with incredibly large-scale production, hence the need for over 1,000 employees on the account.

    It’s important to note, however, that Intel has yet to fully reach an agreement with Apple. At this point, Apple is still waiting to see if Intel can hit all of the milestones on the project before officially inking the agreement. Another possible reason that the deal has yet to be fully reached, however, is that the partnership may go deeper than just the LTE modem.

    VentureBeat further suggests that Apple would like to create a system-on-a-chip for the next-gen iPhone that combines both its Ax processor and the LTE modem chip. Doing this would provide improved speed, better power management, and thus better battery life. It would also make for a smaller chip, allowing more to be put inside the device itself, such as a bigger battery. As part of this process, Apple would design the system-on-a-chip and apply its name to it, therefore licensing the LTE modem from Intel.

    While Apple would create the chip, Intel would handle the production of it using its 14-nanometer process. Currently, Samsung and TSMC share the production task, but use a 20-nanometer processor. Intel 14-nanometer process would lead to superior density and gate pitch, according to the report. Intel is also currently working on perfecting its 10-nanometer process, in which Apple is very interested.

    While none of this is confirmed, and likely won’t be until Apple officially announces its next-gen iPhone in 2016, Apple has been sending engineers to work with Intel on the project.





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    Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' expected to pack 3GB of RAM into 'A10' CPU in late 2016


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    Apple's next-generation plus-sized iPhone model will feature even more RAM, reaching 3 gigabytes in total embedded into a next-generation "A10" processor, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

    Kuo's latest details from Apple suppliers were published in a research note Tuesday evening with KGI Securities, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. In it, he revealed that while the 4.7-inch "iPhone 7" is expected to have the same 2 gigabytes of RAM as the iPhone 6s, the larger "iPhone 7 Plus" will add another gigabyte for even greater performance.

    Despite the anticipated RAM difference, both phones are expected to run a next-generation mobile processor architecture from Apple, likely to be known as the "A10" CPU.

    To date, the main differentiating factor for the 5.5-inch "Plus" models, aside from screen size, has been improved cameras. Specifically, both the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6s Plus have exclusively boasted hardware optical image stabilization capabilities, which are not found in their smaller 4.7-inch counterparts.

    It's likely that a new "iPhone 7" will debut in September of 2016, sticking with Apple's usual annual release pattern. It's also expected that Apple will introduce a revamped external design for next year's handset, though Kuo did not shed any details on those changes in Tuesday's report.

    However, he previously revealed in September that the "iPhone 7" is on track to be Apple's thinnest iPhone yet, with the company said to be aiming to make the 2016 upgrade as thin as 6 millimeters. That would be even thinner than the latest iPod touch and iPad Air 2.

    Kuo has an extremely strong track record in predicting Apple's future product plans. In particular, he correctly predicted all of the company's fall 2015 product updates, including a slightly thicker iPhone 6s with Series 7000 aluminum and Force Touch input, as well as a larger iPad Pro with pressure-sensitive stylus.

    He also correctly predicted in April that Apple would not launch a new 4-inch iPhone model this year, though he said on Tuesday that he expects Apple will launch a metal handset with an A9 chip in that size in early 2016.





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    Apple to launch new metal 4-inch iPhone with A9 CPU in 2016, insider says




    Next year could mark Apple's return to the popular 4-inch iPhone form factor, as one well-connected insider believes the company is preparing to mass produce an iPhone 5s upgrade boasting a powerful A9 system-on-chip, metal casing and next-generation software.

    In a research note obtained by AppleInsider on Tuesday, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose predictions have in the past been accurate, said he expects Apple's upcoming 4-inch iPhone to be functionally similar to a buffed iPhone 5s, the last iPhone model to sport a 4-inch display.

    Kuo says demand is still present for a smaller Apple handset, and the company plans to capitalize come next year. Mass production will likely start sometime in the first half of 2016, suggesting a potential product launch alongside next year's "iPhone 7" lineup.

    Not much is known about the upgraded 4-inch unit, though Kuo said to expect a metal casing wrapped around the usual assortment of sensors, circuits and processors. As with past low-end offerings, Apple will likely include an A9 SoC, which will be a last-generation component when the handset debuts.

    Unfortunately, Kuo anticipates Apple to hold back on building in force-sensing 3D Touch capabilities in an effort to differentiate the 4-incher from its flagship iPhone lineup. An enhanced version of Force Touch, 3D Touch debuted as a tentpole feature on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in September, granting users access to new UI controls like Peek and Pop previews, Quick Actions and more.

    From Kuo's details, it looks like Apple might market the 4-inch iPhone as a "budget" model, meaning the target demographic does not include customers looking for the latest technology in a smaller form factor. The company's last attempt at the low end was the plastic-backed iPhone 5c.

    Finally, Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, is thought to have a good chance at being the exclusive supplier of the as-yet-unnamed iPhone. Kuo forecasts 20 to 30 million unit sales in 2016.





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    iPhone 7: Accurate Apple insider reveals three new models coming in 2016




    The iPhone 6s has barely been out for six weeks and we’re already starting to see rumors swirling around next year’s iPhone 7. Interestingly enough, it turns out that Apple in 2016 may release not two, but three different iPhone models.

    A new research report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – largely considered the most accurate Apple prognosticator on the planet – relays that Apple has plans to release a new 4-inch iPhone model sometime during the first half of 2016. The new 4-inch device is likely to be an enhanced version of the iPhone 5s and may feature the same blazing fast A9 processor currently found in Apple’s iPhone 6s lineup. As it stands now, the only 4-inch iPhone Apple still sells is the 5s, a device released more than two years ago.

    Originally discovered by MacRumors, Kuo’s report reads in part:


    As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line. Because the iPhone 5s is more popular than the iPhone 5c, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5s. We predict Apple will mass-produce this new 4-inch iPhone in 1H16 with metal casings. In order to make the current iOS 9 or next-generation iOS 10 run smoothly, Apple may adopt an A9 chip for this new phone.


    Unfortunately, those who prefer a smaller form factor but still enjoy the latest technologies Apple has to offer may be out of luck. Kuo anticipates that Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone model won’t incorporate 3D Touch in an effort to push users towards the more margin-friendly and larger-screened iPhone 7 models.

    With respect to a new flagship iPhone, it’s a safe bet that Apple next year will release an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While not much is yet known about Apple’s next-gen iPhones, Kuo writes that Apple may try and differentiate the two models by bestowing the larger-screened 7 Plus with a generous 3GB of RAM. By way of contrast, both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus currently sport 2GB of RAM. This tidbit is particularly interesting given that Apple is notoriously stingy with RAM. If the iPhone 7 Plus does, in fact, come with 3GB of memory, one has to imagine it will need it for a rather interesting reason. Additionally, Kuo anticipates that Apple’s next wave of iPhones will come with a brand new A10 processor.

    While more substantive iPhone 7 rumors are still a few months away, we have already seen a few interesting reports emerge in recent weeks. Some of the iPhone 7 rumors we’ve spotted thus far include reports that the next-gen iPhone will be incredibly thin and will measure in anywhere between 6 and 6.5 mm thick, easily making it the thinnest iPhone ever released. By way of contrast, the iPhone 6 was 6.9 mm thick while the iPhone 6s is 7.1 mm thick. Design wise, it’s a safe bet that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will feature a completely revamped form factor given Apple’s history of changing things up every other release cycle.

    A few other rumored iPhone 7 features we’ve stumbled across (some of which should be taken with a huge grain of salt) include much-improved battery life and an OLED display. Further, an iPhone 7 rumor published in Macotakara this past September claims that the next iPhone will be completely waterproof and dustproof.

    Lastly, the most out-there iPhone 7 rumor we’ve seen thus far comes from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster who anticipates that Apple’s next-gen iPhone may incorporate a sapphire display and a wild new design without the mechanical home button we’ve come to know, love, and rely on over the last 8 years.





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    Apple considering earlier-than-usual launch for 'iPhone 7' in 2016, source says


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    Though Apple has used the month of September to introduce new iPhones for four straight years, that could change in 2016 with an earlier than expected debut for the '"iPhone 7," a source has told AppleInsider.

    Since the iPhone 5 launched on Sept. 21, 2012, all proceeding iPhone models have launched around that same late-September period. Most recently, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus arrived in the hands of consumers on Sept. 25.

    But that pattern could end next year with an earlier launch, a reliable source told AppleInsider on Wednesday. The same person has, in the past, provided accurate information about the Apple's future product plans.

    Exactly how early it might launch, however, remains unknown. Up until the iPhone 4s in 2011, the first four generations of iPhone upgrades launched in the summer, in the months of June and July.

    The lone outlier from those launch windows was the iPhone 4s, which became available in October.

    Though plans can change as a product makes its way to market, Apple is apparently hoping to complete the development cycle of its "iPhone 7" faster than in previous years. It's expected that the next-generation handset will feature a completely new external design, as the company has traditionally done with new model numbers.

    This year's iPhone 6s upgrade features largely the same external design as the iPhone 6. That has prompted concerns among investors that demand for the iPhone 6s could wane, particularly toward the tail end of the product cycle, as consumers await a new-look "iPhone 7" next year.

    Launching the "iPhone 7" in an earlier window of 2016 would be one way for Apple to address those concerns, and to help avoid a potential year-over-year decrease in sales as the iPhone 6s product cycle winds down.





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    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, another reliable insider on Apple's future product plans, said on Tuesday that Apple also plans to begin mass production of a revamped 4-inch iPhone sometime in the first half of 2016. That suggests Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones in 2016, joining an "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus."

    According to Kuo, the "iPhone 7" series is currently scheduled to begin production a little later, in the third quarter of calendar 2016. That would place manufacturing anywhere from July to September, according to his sources.

    Kuo also said that Apple is expected to bump up the RAM in the "iPhone 7 Plus" to 3 gigabytes, an increase from the 2 gigabytes of RAM found in the iPhone 6s series, and three times that of the 1 gigabyte in the iPhone 6 lineup. He believes the 3-gigabyte boost will be exclusive to the larger 5.5-inch Plus variant, with the smaller 4.7-inch "iPhone 7" staying at 2 gigabytes in its "A10" processor.





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    Apple predicted to launch A9-powered 4-inch iPhone in mid-2016




    Yet another report claims that Apple is planning to refresh its 4-inch iPhone model with revamped hardware next year, and with an earlier than usual timeframe.

    IHS analyst Kevin Wang posted to his Weibo account to share the details, referring to the rumored handset as an "iPhone 6c." Apple currently sells a 4-inch iPhone 5s for $449, or free with a new two-year service contract.

    According to Wang, Apple is apparently planning to debut its improved 4-inch iPhone in mid-2016 powered by an A9 processor. If accurate, that would be a change for the company, which has launched new iPhones in the fall in recent years.

    AppleInsider's own sources indicated this month that Apple is considering an earlier-than-usual launch for the anticipated "iPhone 7" as well. The rumors would seem to suggest that Apple could debut both a next-generation iPhone model, as well as a faster 4-inch model, at the same time. Monday's report was first spotted by G for Games.

    Wang's claims corroborate details shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also expects that Apple will launch a new 4-inch iPhone with A9 system-on-a-chip next year. Kuo expects that Apple will stick with a metal casing for the new, smaller iPhone, rather than using the plastic back it adopted for the iPhone 5c.

    Kuo also suggested that Apple would withhold its force sending 3D Touch capabilities from the new model, leaving that exclusive to higher end offerings.

    As for Wang, he correctly predicted earlier this year that the iPhone 6s would boast a 12-megapixel rear camera with smaller pixels. Pixel sizes on the iPhone 6 lineup were 1.5 microns, but that shrunk to 1.22 microns with the launch of the iPhone 6s.





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    Report says iPhone 7 will be waterproof and pack even more RAM




    The iPhone 7 isn’t due for another ten months, but more reports are already revealing certain details about Apple next-gen iPhone. In a new analysis, TrendForce says that Apple “will edge closer to Samsung in smartphone market share” next year, suggesting that the Korean smartphone maker might not be able to introduce new “hardware innovations” for flagship devices in 2016. The new iPhone, meanwhile, is getting more RAM and a waterproof design.

    “Apple will release the upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series in the second quarter of 2016,” the company says. “The next iPhone (currently dubbed “iPhone 7”) will be introduced in the second half of next year. The major selling points of the next iPhone will be the 3GB memory upgrade for the 5.5-inch model and waterproof feature.”

    Recent reports have claimed that Apple will launch a new iPhone 5s version as soon as next summer, well ahead of the expected iPhone 7 fall launch. It’ll be strange to see Apple only boost the RAM of the 5.5-inch model next year. So far, the only difference between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, aside from screen size, was support for optical image stabilization.

    Trendforce expects Apple to ship 260 million iPhones next year, a 12.5% increase compared to 2015, getting Apple 18.5% of the market. Samsung’s smartphone shipments are expected to reach 310 million (that’s a 4% drop, and 22% market share). TrendForce smartphone analyst Avril Wu said that “Samsung’s flagship devices for this year have hit the ceiling in specs, so the South Korean powerhouse will be straining to bring hardware innovations to its next smartphone release.”

    The company also expects Samsung to struggle against Chinese smartphone makers that are selling flagship handsets at bargain prices, with Apple, Samsung and others also seen making a determined attack on India, a top priority when it comes to emerging markets next year.

    Trendforce also says that high-end smartphones will use 14/16nm chips, 4GB/6GB of RAM and Full HD to QHD displays. Mid-range devices are expected to pack 28nm processors, 3GB of RAM and Full HD screens.


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    Apple Will Edge Closer to Samsung in Smartphone Market Share in 2016, Says TrendForce

    Nov. 19, 2015 –- Total smartphone shipments for 2015 are projected to decline by 9.7% to 1.286 billion units, according to the latest report from global market research firm TrendForce. Though Chinese vendors have seen their shipments weakened as part of the ongoing slowdown in the worldwide smartphone market this year, their performances are above the global average. The combined shipments (including exports) from Chinese brands are estimated to grow 14.5% annually this year, accounting for 41% of the global smartphone shipments.

    “Double-digit shipment growth is a thing of the past for vendors as the global market has begun to plateau in 2015 after years of growth” said TrendForce smartphone analyst Avril Wu. “While Samsung has kept its shipment title through the year, it is struggling against Apple in the high-end market and being pushed out of the mid-range and low-end segments by Chinese competitors. Facing challenges on two fronts, Samsung’s smartphone business will operate in an increasingly difficult situation in the near future. Closely trailing Samsung in global shipments is Apple, which remains as the dominant and most profitable vendor in the high-end market. As for Chinese brands, they are expanding overseas to gain market share. Huawei’s shipments surpassed 100 million units this year and became the third leading vendor on account of its export efforts. Xiaomi and Lenovo are also branching into the emerging markets.”

    Looking ahead to 2016, TrendForce expects the smartphone market to remain saturated. Annual shipments are estimated to grow 7.3% to about 1.4 billion units. Major development trends are as follows:

    Shipments from Chinese brands will stay above the global average as Lenovo and Xiaomi scramble for India

    Huawei’s smartphone shipments skyrocketed over 40% in annual growth to above 100 million units in 2015. Compared with other Chinese brands, Huawei’s supply chain is the most complete in terms of vertical integration. The vendor also has the support of its subsidiary IC design company HiSilicon in the development of its high-end smartphones. Taken together, the shipment growth of Chinese brands will exceed the global average next year, Wu pointed out. However, the performance of each vendor will be dependent on its overseas sales. If Chinese vendors only achieve limited progress in their target foreign markets, they will have to fall back to the domestic market, where the raging price war will shrink their margins further — even to the point of selling at a loss.

    India is the emerging market that all smartphone vendors have set their sight on. Besides an increasing presence of Chinese brands (e.g. Lenovo and Xiaomi), a number of domestic brands such as Micromax are also rising rapidly. The Indian market has a huge room for growth since only 20% of the country’s 1.3 billion inhabitants own a smartphone, noted Wu. Smartphone shipments in India are projected to maintain an annual growth rate of at least 30% in the next few years. Furthermore, Chinese vendors will continue their strategy of selling high-end smartphones at low prices as affordability is the main consideration of Indian consumers.

    The scope of hardware innovations is limited for Samsung whereas Apple plans to introduce waterproof iPhones

    Apple will release the upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series in the second quarter of 2016. The next iPhone (currently dubbed “iPhone 7”) will be introduced in the second half of next year. The major selling points of the next iPhone will be the 3GB memory upgrade for the 5.5-inch model and waterproof feature. Based on TrendForce’s estimation, about 260 million iPhones will be shipped in 2016, representing an annual growth of 12.5% and a market share of 18.5%. With the smartphone market becoming less profitable, iPhone will still have the highest margin next year compared with products from rival vendors.

    As for the current market leader Samsung, Wu believes that the vendor will still have the largest market share worldwide in 2016. However, Samsung’s shipments are anticipated to drop 4% annually to 310 million due to Chinese competitors undercutting its prices. Apple is anticipated to significantly narrow its market share gap with Samsung next year as well. TrendForce analysis indicates that Samsung will hold 22% of the global smartphone market in 2016, a decline from 2015. Wu added that Samsung’s flagship devices for this year have hit the ceiling in specs, so the South Korean powerhouse will be straining to bring hardware innovations to its next smartphone release.

    Hardware advances will be mainly related to processor manufacturing technology, mobile memory and displays

    Processors made on 14/16nm manufacturing processes will be the first choice for smartphone vendors when it comes to building their next year’s high-end products. The advantage of advanced processes is the ability to make chips that use less power and are less susceptible to overheating. Since much of the 14/16nm capacity next will be used to supply chips for high-end smartphones, the production of components for low-end and mid-range devices will concentrate on the 28nm process.

    As the next-generation mobile memory, LPDDR4 accounts for a growing share of the overall mobile DRAM production. Since DRAM manufacturing will be mainly on the 20nm process next year, the share of 8Gb/6Gb mono die in the mobile DRAM production will also increase, significantly raising the memory density of each smartphone unit. Most mid-range devices for next year will have 3GB of memory while high-end devices will be equipped with 4GB/6GB of memory.

    In terms of display specs, FHD will prevail over HD as the mainstream display technology for smartphones next year. Vendors will even use QHD display to separate their top-of-the-line devices from products of the lower segments. More models will also feature narrow bezel and curved screen.





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    Apple rumored to ditch headphone jack on 'iPhone 7' for Lightning connector audio





    Apple's next-generation iPhone design is so thin that engineers are mulling the removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning users might have to invest in Lightning or Bluetooth-connected headphones, according to a rumor on Friday.

    Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, Mac Otakara reports next year's iPhone, tentatively dubbed "iPhone 7," will come sans headphone jack to accommodate a form factor that supposedly shaves more than 1mm off current iPhone thickness. The change is perhaps inevitable, as the existing 3.5mm industry standard jack module is already a tight fit in Apple's iOS hardware.

    As part of the transition to Lightning, Apple will reportedly outfit its gratis EarPods headset with a digital-to-analog converter integrated into its plug. Third-party manufacturers might be forced to follow suit or create a Lightning-to-analog adapter if one is not provided by Apple.

    Apple hinted at a potential move to Lightning-enabled headphone accessories at a "Designing Accessories for iOS and OS X" session at WWDC last year.

    Apple's solution breaks out analog audio from iPhone's full digital signal, offering increased bandwidth and access to system controls. In addition, the Lightning standard can supply power to advanced headphone models, obviating the need for bulky battery packs. At the time, Apple said it was working on low-profile connector modules for manufacturers looking to build in hardware support.

    Some companies are already taking advantage of Lightning audio, including Philips and JBL, which debuted new Lightning-compatible models at CES earlier this year. Philips was first to market in 2014 with its Fidelo M2L, a high-end headphone featuring onboard amplification and a 24-bit DAC.

    Apple has been investigating 3.5mm jack alternatives for some time, likely knowing the component would one day be a limiting factor in its increasingly thin device designs. A patent published in September, for example, outlined a tip-ring-ring-sleeve (TRRS) plug and receptacle that cut down on excess material by employing a D-shaped connector.




    A comparison of the relative thickness of the headphone and Lightning jacks on an iPhone 5s.





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    TSMC may assume full control of 'A10' chip manufacturing for Apple's 'iPhone 7' in 16




    With next year's anticipated "A10" processor expected to power the next-generation iPhone, TSMC will likely gain complete control of Apple's processor manufacturing orders, according to a new report.

    Production of A9 chips is currently skewed 60 to 70 percent toward Samsung, and 30 to 40 percent toward TSMC, HSBC analysts Steven Pelayo and Lionel Lin said in a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider. Apple's A8 chips from 2014 were produced largely by TSMC, with Samsung — formerly the only A-series chipmaker — taking a backseat.

    Apple is rumored to be TSMC's first customer to use its integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging in mass production. The technology allows chips to be stacked on top of each other and mounted directly to a circuit board, instead of onto a substrate first, reducing both the thickness and the weight of devices.

    The InFO deal could add over $300 million to TSMC's 2016 sales, reaching $1 billion in 2017, the analysts predicted. It's estimated that the company could pull in between $2.2 billion and $2.5 billion in revenue from "A10" production.

    TSMC is in fact forecast to make over $4.6 billion in total from Apple orders next year, up from roughly $3.7 billion in 2015.

    A recent teardown of the A9X processor found in the iPad Pro suggested that TSMC may be the sole manufacturer for the 12.9-inch tablet's desktop-class chip.

    Various reports have hinted at TSMC becoming the exclusive manufacturer of a so-called "A10." While that could create supply bottlenecks if TSMC runs into problems, there might also be technical advantages, and in recent years Apple has preferred to distance itself from Samsung, the world's leading smartphone maker and its main competition.

    Despite complaints about battery life and/or the difficulty of gripping current models, Apple is expected to make next year's iPhones even thinner, between 6.0 and 6.5 millimeters thick, putting them in line with the iPod touch and iPad Air 2. In fact, it's even been rumored that Apple might ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and ask people to use Bluetooth or Lightning accessories instead.





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