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Jul 6 2015 11:40PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

More leaked schematics have allegedly appeared for the next generation of iPhones, and the latest ones claim that the smaller "iPhone 6s" might be a bit thicker than its predecessor. In other news, Apple is supposedly bringing Apple-style packaging to a number of third-party products, and a basketball player claims that the iPhone 6's larger screen gave him an injury.

Leaked Schematics Suggest 'iPhone 6s' Will Be Slightly Thicker Than iPhone 6

The leaks just keep coming for the so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, to the point that Apple might not have anything new to show us whenever the company officially announces the device. (A report from China today via Micgadget suggests that date might be September 11, but that seems...unlikely...considering what that date means to Americans.) Just a few days after several alleged leaks popped up last week, Engadget Japan now supposedly has schematics for the shell of the device, which suggest that the smaller of the two rumored units could be slightly thicker at 7.1 mm in order to account for the new Force Touch technology. By comparison, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus measure in at 6.1 mm and 7.1 mm respectively.

If the thicker design isn't meant to accommodate Force Touch, which would likely require a little more room in order to distinguish between different push pressures, it's possible the thickness could be the result of Apple's rumored decision to use 7000 series aluminum in order to make a phone that's less likely to bend.

At the very least, the schematics serve to confirm the most basic assumption about the new units — namely, that they'll look much like the units that came immediately before them but contain significantly improved internal components, as befits Apple's tradition with its "S" iPhone releases. Based on the rumors and purported leaks we've seen so far, those improvements will likely include a Qualcomm MDM9635M chip for faster LTE speeds, a A9 processor yielding 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a new NFC chip for an improved Apple Pay experience.

 

Apple-Style Packaging Coming for Select Third Party Accessories

Apple commonly sells a host of approved third-party accessories for the Mac and iOS lines in its retail stores, but the packaging used for those items often clashes with the minimalist, all-white aesthetic Apple uses for its own products. According to sources who spoke with 9to5Mac, however, that will no longer be the case in the coming days. Now, they say, the Cupertino company is working closely with select third-party manufacturers to create Apple-style packaging for the third-party devices that better resembles that used for Apple's own products.

Thus far, the sources claim that Mophie, Logitech, Tech21, Sena, Incase, and Life Proof are working with Apple on the project. In addition to the austere white look, the packages will also feature "simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling."

The first packages created as a result of the initiative should start showing up in Apple retail stores sometime next week. The shift is quite likely the handiwork of Apple's new retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who has been hard at work revamping the Apple retail experience since she took the position last year, although Apple design chief Jony Ive (who also handles Apple's packaging) may have had a hand in the initiative as well.

 

Basketball Player Blames iPhone 6's Larger Screen for His Poor Performance

Despite the record-shattering success of the iPhone 6, there have been many users who have claimed that the device's screen is actually a little too large. None, however, have pushed those claims quite to the limit as NBA forward Matt Bonner, a longtime player for the San Antonio Spurs basketball team.

In a review interview with The Concord Monitor, Bonner claims he believes that the iPhone 6's larger screen size gave him a bad case of tennis elbow, which in turn led to his poor shooting performance for two and a half months during the 2014-2015 NBA season. The injury hurt so much, he claims, that he'd "almost be cringing before I even caught the ball."

Bonner in 2012, via The Big Lead

"Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it," he says. "When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it."

Keep in mind that at 6'10", the 35-year-old Bonner is a big dude, and he likely has big hands that should make gliding over the bigger screen a piece of cake. Even so, Bonner says his claims are supported by one of the Spurs' strength and conditioning coaches, who claims that he himself suffered from a similar ailment after playing a game repeatedly on his own device.

The article is quick to point out that Bonner is known for hosting comedic projects in the form of YouTube videos and the like, so we can all hope this is a bit of a joke, right?

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Jul 6 2015 11:11PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is taking a seat on the board of SurveyMonkey, the online polling company that was run by her late husband, Dave Goldberg.

Jul 6 2015 10:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday guided for weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings, as a supply shortage plagued its latest smartphone launch and tepid demand from key markets likely undercut sales.

Jul 6 2015 9:01PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm Inc that derive a big portion of their sales from the world's second-largest economy.

Jul 6 2015 8:23PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said April-June earnings will likely miss expectations, deflating hopes for a rapid return to strong growth after supply shortages plagued its latest smartphone launch.

Jul 6 2015 8:19PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Reddit Chief Executive Ellen Pao on Monday issued an apology to users of the popular social news platform over the way the company handled the dismissal of a well-liked employee last week, a move that drew widespread outrage from users.

Jul 6 2015 8:14PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
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Jul 6 2015 7:38PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday that operating profit for the April-June quarter will likely be 6.9 trillion won ($6.13 billion), down 4 percent from a year earlier.

Jul 6 2015 7:10PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new app designed to educate young people about female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Britain on Tuesday amid a government crackdown on people who take girls abroad to undergo the practice during the summer holidays.

Jul 6 2015 6:30PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(This July 1 story has been corrected to remove reference to Brazil being second-largest market for Apple)

Jul 6 2015 6:14PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc lowered its revenue estimate for the second quarter, below analysts' average estimate, saying the demand for personal computers was weaker-than-expected.

Jul 6 2015 6:05PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Italy's Hacking Team, which makes surveillance software used by governments to tap into phones and computers, found itself the victim of hacking on a grand scale on Monday.

Jul 6 2015 5:11PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc lowered its revenue estimate for the second quarter, below analysts' average expectation, saying the demand for personal computers was weaker-than-expected.

Jul 6 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Jul 6 2015 4:36PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc lowered its revenue estimate for the second quarter ended June 27, saying the demand for personal computers was weaker-than-expected.

Jul 6 2015 3:27PM EST | Source: Geek.com
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Jul 6 2015 2:16PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc must face a trademark lawsuit brought by a watchmaker which says the online retailer's search results can cause confusion for potential customers, a federal appeals court ruled.

Jul 6 2015 2:14PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hedging activity is rising for U.S. semiconductor stocks as investors fear that sector earnings may be weak, and share prices may fall after a recent flourish in mergers and acquisitions.

Jul 6 2015 1:03PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc must face a trademark lawsuit brought by a watchmaker which says the online retailer's search results can cause confusion for potential customers, a federal appeals court ruled.

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