This has been a record-breaking year for Apple… and the company has only launched one major new product so far in 2015. Stop for a moment to think about how crazy that is. The new Apple Watch is barely a blip on the radar right now where Apple’s bottom line is concerned, but the company is still setting records with no other major launches.
Of course, all that is about to change, and Apple is gearing up for one of the busiest fall seasons in the company’s storied history. Apple fans can expect at least eight major launches squeezed into the remainder of 2015, and they’ll all fall within the span of just a few short months.
What exactly can we expect to see from Apple this fall?
First and foremost, Apple’s flagship iPhone will be refreshed next month. This iPhone 6s will be unveiled during a huge press conference on September 9th, and it’ll likely be released the following week on September 18th.
Want to learn about all of the coolest new features expected to be included in Apple’s refreshed iPhone? Check out the six most exciting new features coming to Apple’s iPhone 6s.
iPhone 6s Plus
Of course, the iPhone 6s isn’t the only new iPhone Apple fans have to look forward to in 2015. Apple’s supersized iPhone 6 Plus will also be replaced by its successor, the iPhone 6s Plus.
Just like the current 6 and 6 Plus duo, the iPhone 6s Plus is expected to be almost identical to the main iPhone 6s, but with a larger display.
iPad Air 3
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus alone might not be enough to top Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter last year, so Apple is also expected to launch a brand new iPad Air 3. Expect upgraded internals and not much else from Apple’s new flagship iPad tablet.
iPad mini 4
As thin as the iPad Air line is, it might still be too big for some users. Apple also reportedly plans to debut a new iPad mini 4 alongside the Air 3, and it should feature similarly upgraded internal components.
That’s right, the new and improved Apple TV we’ve all been waiting for will finally be released this fall, following its unveiling on September 9th. Expect more power, more memory, a new remote and support for third-party apps… finally.
Sadly, you shouldn’t expect Apple’s streaming “pay TV killer” to debut alongside the new Apple TV this year.
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Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.
Information on the materials that will be used to build Apple's so-called "iPhone 6s" was detailed by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, in a research note summarized by Macotakara.
According to Kuo, the next iPhone will be slightly wider and taller by about 0.15 millimeters, while it will be thicker by 0.2 millimeters — changes that could be due to the new Force Touch display expected in the device. For perspective, the current iPhone 6 measures 6.9 millimeters thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 millimeters.
AppleInsider's own sources confirmed in February that Apple plans on bringing its new Force Touch input method to the "iPhone 6s" this year, affirming earlier rumblings. Force Touch debuted in April on the Apple Watch and the company's latest MacBooks, allowing users to press harder on a display or trackpad to gain new contextual options.
Kuo said in April that he expects Force Touch on the "iPhone 6s" to bring about the most significant change to date for the iOS user interface. At the time, he said he believed Apple will implement Force Touch on the next iPhone by using capacitive technology.
As for the 7000 Series aluminum, Apple introduced it in the Apple Watch, touting that it had created an entirely new alloy that's 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, while just one-third the density of stainless steel.
Along with a revised casing material, Kuo also believes the colors on the next iPhone will be slightly tweaked, with the current gold model to become closer to yellow gold, while space gray will become darker than on the current iPhone 6.
Finally, Kuo is also said to have again reiterated that Apple plans to introduce a rose gold colored iPhone this year. The insider first revealed that information in May, but it remains unclear whether Apple plans to introduce simply a rose gold color, or release a premium iPhone made of actual 18-karat gold.
Apple first introduced the "gold" color with the iPhone 5s beginning in 2013. However, iPhone models to date have not been made of actual gold, unlike the luxury Apple Watch Edition which is made of 18-karat gold and starts at $10,000.
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According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is looking into advanced bone conduction technology that would enhance voice communications in an unannounced wireless earphone system.
Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's patent application for a "System and method of improving voice quality in a wireless headset with untethered earbuds of a mobile device" describes a system in which voice input is accepted by one of two earbuds and is passed along to a mobile device based on perceived quality. A variety of sensors, including an inertial sensor monitoring vibrations in a user's bone structure, help inform which signal to use.
Unlike traditional audio-based noise cancellation systems, Apple's version accounts for noise and wind level detected by internal earbud microphones and combines that information with accelerometer output, battery level and earbud position data. With distinct earbud subsystems at work, the design is capable of monitoring and selecting from two signal sources before applying a final noise reduction operation four outgoing audio.
In practice, both earbuds are outfitted with multiple onboard microphones, accelerometers, batteries, communications hardware and logic for audio signal processing. Noise, wind levels and an acoustic signal, in this case a user's voice, are captured by each earbud. At the same time, the accelerometer detects vibrations produced by a user's vocal chords as they modulate through bone and tissue, thus deciphering voiced speech and pitch.
In some embodiments, a first earbud sends acoustic information to a host iPhone after determining its noise and wind levels to be lower than those detected by a second earbud. Alternatively, a first earbud can transmit its acoustic signal and accelerometer data when the second earbud's accelerometer output is lower by a predetermined threshold. Voiced and unvoiced speech are respectively detected by the onboard accelerometer and microphone array.
The system also uses acoustic and inertial sensor data to determine if an earbud is actually in a user's ear, which would in turn default voice output to the second earbud. Power considerations are taken into account during the determination process to ensure uninterrupted service.
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Apple Inc. lost a ruling at Germany’s top civil court over a patent for unlocking smartphones with a finger swipe.
Judges on Tuesday said that the iPhone maker’s method didn’t reach a level of sophistication needed to award patent protection -- backing an earlier patent tribunal ruling in favor of Lenovo Group Ltd.’s Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.
“This user-friendly display was already suggested by the state of the art,” the Karlsruhe-based court wrote. “The contested patent thus isn’t based on an invention.”
Apple’s German press office didn’t immediately reply to an e-mail seeking comment.
Samsung Electronics Co. had initially joined Motorola Mobility in the case, but later withdrew.
In 2012, Apple won a Munich court injunction against Motorola Mobility based on the patent. That case is pending on appeal and was stayed to wait for the outcome of Tuesday’s suit.
Today’s case is BGH, X ZR 110/13.
Apple on Tuesday rolled out a small change to its newly integrated website, allowing customers to easily browse and schedule Workshop appointments with in-store staff at participating brick-and-mortar stores.
Still handled under the "Concierge" banner, which came into being in 2005, Apple's new Workshops selector tool is similar to its Genius Bar reservations system in both form and function.
Users can access the newly implemented subsystem from any retail store webpage under "Store Services" which, depending on the location, includes Genius Bar, Workshops, One to One and Joint Venture options. Workshops are now broken down into distinct sections, with "Featured" workshops headlining a list of product-specific lessons arranged into "Discover," "Organize," "Create" and "Business" categories. For example, workshops from the "Discover" category include Apple Watch and iCloud Basics, while "Create" meetings cover content production apps like Photos, Keynote, Pages and more.
Appointments times are laid out in line with the Workshops browser, meaning customers can search for and schedule a reservation from a single page. The browsing and scheduling process previously involved multiple steps across numerous information submittal pages.
Today's modification is part of a larger initiative to fully integrate Apple's online product research and retail sales assets into a cohesive website, an effort started earlier this month.
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