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iPhone 6 Rumors: 1GB RAM, 1810mAh Battery, No Sapphire, More Photos [update]

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Excitement is building toward September 9, when Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6. Rumors continue to swirl in the blogosphere regarding details of the new device. According to a post on AppleInsider, a newly leaked document suggests the A8 chip will have 1 GB of RAM, the size that Apple has been using since 2012 and that's smaller than competing Android phones. The post explains the tradeoff: more RAM would be nice but it also reduces battery life. The downside of less RAM is that iOS closes background tasks and refreshes tabs in Safari. For its part, Apple never divulges how much RAM a device has. [Update: blogs are now saying that the leaked document that suggested 1GB was misinterpreted and actually was referring to a component other than the A8 processor.]



Could the Next iPhone Work on Multiple Carriers?

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There is a good article over at CNET on how an iPhone 5s from Verizon could work on AT&T. I won't go into the details here, but suffice it to say, as carriers standardize on LTE, it is possible to make a phone that works on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other carriers. Indeed customers already could migrate between AT&T and T-Mobile, which use GSM SIM cards. In fact, I use an old AT&T iPhone on Consumer Cellular's service.



iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Is the Big Question--WSJ Says Limited to Pricey Models

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One of the biggest question marks surrounding the iPhone 6 is whether it will use a sapphire crystal display or a sapphire laminate. Thursday's Wall Street Journal reported that the material isn't quite ready and that if it's used, it will only be in high-end versions of both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch phones. Citing sources "familiar with the matter," the Journal says that it simply depends on whether enough sapphire can be manufactured.



More Purported Photos of iPhone 6 Parts Appear, Including Assembled Front Panel

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It's now less than a month until the rumored September 9 announcement of the iPhone 6, and photos of parts have appeared online. Notably, the Taiwanese blog AppleClub has posted photos of the front screen assembly. We had already seen photos and videos of the front glass, but this is the first time photos have been posted of the glass mounted in its casing. The photos show both the outside and inside of this front assembly. There's no way to tell the exact size, but it's clearly larger than the iPhone 5s, and likely has the rumored 4.7-inch display.



Don't Wait to Upgrade, says Radio Shack

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Carriers and mobile retailers have created their own dilemma by signing up users for two year contracts. This means that retailers won't get another shot at their next iPhone for 23 months or more. Given the rapid pace of innovation, many users are either left out or finding creative ways to upgrade. Personally, I leverage our Family Plan so I can get the latest iPhone each year and hand down my one year old model to a family member.



Apple News: Where Might Your Next iPhone Be built?

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It's no secret (except to this guy) that the next iPhone will be built in China, but for years this has meant Foxconn, the mammoth independent manufacturing firm that has been plagued by reports of poor working conditions. Recently, Apple has decreased their dependence on Foxconn and farmed out more manufacturing work to Pegatron, a competitor to Foxconn.


Apple News: Healthy Future for HealthKit

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Apple didn't introduce an iWatch or fitness band at their Worldwide Developers Conference, but they introduced technology to make it easier for others to do so.  HealthKit is a framework for developers and gadget makers that can help them integrate fitness and wearable gear with iOS.  And Apple isn't taking a backseat to see what happens.  They are actively recruiting hospitals and healthcare firms to make the next generation of health products.



Apple Rumors: iPhone 6 Enters Test Production Phase; On Track for Sept 9 Announcement

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The iPhone 6 is said to now be undergoing "product validation testing," meaning that Apple is doing test production runs to see how successfully the new phone can be manufactured. According to the rumor, the yield rate is at 90%, which is good enough for Apple to begin mass production.



Apple News: More iPhone 6 Spy Shots

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As we get closer to September 9th, the rumored launch date for the next iPhone, more parts and photos are leaking out.  The latest, from Sonny Dickson, shows a scratched up back casing.  There's a lot to learn from these photos, assuming they're real, of course.  But they do jibe with previous leaks and Sonny has a good record.



Waterproof Battery Case: Review of the iBattz Refuel Aqua

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Yes, it's true.

You can now have the convenience of a waterproof and battery case at the same time. 



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