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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