Published on January 30 2016

Apple expected to finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 7

As wireless charging adoption continues to show double-digit annual growth rates, industry pundits have openly wondered when Apple's iPhone would finally take the plunge.

This month, market research firm IHS predicted that Apple would introduce some form of wireless charging on the iPhone 7 expected to arrive in September; that move seems more likely given that Apple introduced an inductive, proprietary charging solution in 2015 on the Apple Watch.

Adding fuel to the wireless charging fire, Bloomberg today reported that Apple is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices in 2017.

"We still expect [wireless charging with the iPhone 7], but this latest rumor suggests a longer term look at much greater spatial freedom -- claiming to take away the charging pad altogether," David Green, a research manager at IHS Technology, said in a report today.

Apple expected to finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 7

Two years ago, the Windows Phone 8-based Lumia 920smartphone introduced wireless charging. Then Samsung launched dual-mode wireless charging on its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones. Now, the focus is on Apple to see whether it will also add wireless charging to the iPhone, Green said.

Wireless charging is proving to be very popular with those who have used it, and the market tripled in size last year compared to 2014, with more than 160 million wireless charging receivers shipped across all markets.

The three major wireless charging industry groups have adopted a form of resonant wireless charging, which allows a more "loosely coupled" approach where handsets can be several centimeters away from a charger or placed at any angle on a charging pad.

For example, AirFuel Alliance's Rezence-specification, which allows charging from across several centimeters, includes the ability to use a charging bowl or charging through a desktop.

There's also uncoupled charging technology, where powering up devices through Wi-Fi, for example, sends low levels of power (typically less than 1 watt) across a room.

Ossia, Energous and uBeam all demonstrated uncoupled charging technology at CES earlier this month.

Loosely coupled charging -- and the Rezence-specification, in particular -- are expected to launch into commercial availability this year, possibly as early as Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, Green said. Uncoupled technology, however, is likely to take longer to reach the mass market.

At least one handset manufacturer partnership with an uncoupled charging technology company is expected announce this year, Green added. But commercial availability by September 2017 would be the earliest expected commercial launch.

In a poll conducted earlier this month by IHS, 90% of respondents indicated they would choose wireless charging technology on their next handset.

In December, market research firm Technavio predictedthe global wireless charging market would have a combined annual grow rate of more than 33% by 2020.

"The integration of wireless charging for smartphones in automobiles will drive market growth," Technavio stated in its report.

As Apple's in-vehicle infotainmment API, CarPlay, continues to gain adoption among major automakers -- allowing iPhone apps and functions to be mirrored to a radio head unit -- allowing the handset to charge at the same time only make sense.

Last August, Juniper Research released a study that found wireless charging adoption for mobile devices will increase rapidly in the coming years, with nearly 40% of households in the U.S. and over 20% in Europe using wireless charging by 2020.

"It remains to be seen which option Apple could be looking at for the iPhone, regardless of whether they will go for industry-standard certified or a proprietary solution," Green said.

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Yesterday numerous reports picked up on leaks regarding radical new iPhone 7 camera technology. As interesting as that news was, however, the coverage skated over what for me was by far the greatest consequence of the story:Apple expanding the iPhone 7 range with a third model…

All we know at this point is this third iPhone 7 model will be a variation of the massive 5.5-inch Plus edition and that it uses dual rear cameras which work together to offer both optical zoom and “DSLR-quality” photos. Would that be the only change? Given Apple would need to accommodate two camera modules, I doubt it and noticeable internal and external changes would be necessary.

Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone 7

Furthermore this dual camera technology (attained via the acquisition of optical specialist LinX in 2015) would strongly suggest the dual camera iPhone 7 Plus would become the new flagship of the iPhone range. This would result in a four model strategy starting with the exciting new iPhone 5SE/iPhone 6C at the (relatively) budget end, followed by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with the dual camera iPhone 7 Plus at the top (‘iPhone 7 DC’?).

So what should we make of this?

Personally speaking, I think it sounds like a terrible idea. Yes, Apple already treats the ‘Plus’ as the top tier model both in terms of features (battery, display and camera) as well as price but splitting it into two variants merely creates confusion. Traditionally simplicity is at the heart of Apple’s hardware and software and an iPhone 5SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and ‘iPhone 7 DC’ wrecks that. If the new camera is great put it in both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus or even just the 7 Plus, but don’t split the Plus into two.

And yet this report can’t easily be dismissed.

The reason for this is it comes from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, dubbed “the best Apple analyst on the planet”. Kuo has a remarkable track record and over the last 18 months broke news of the radical 12-inch MacBook, iPad Pro (including launch), the shift to 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and nailed every major feature of the iPhone 6S four months ahead of its launch.

Consequently the notion that Apple may be considering the creation of a third iPhone 7 model has to be taken seriously. Kuo isn’t wrong often, but for Apple’s sake this time I hope he is…

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The three-year-old Nokia Lumia 520 is still the most popular Windows Phone smartphone

Released back in 2013, Nokia presented the Lumia 520 as an affordable way to bring as many people into the Windows Phone fold as possible. Fast forward three years and the Lumia 520 is still paying dividends for Microsoft, but that might not necessarily be a good thing, reports Windows Central.

According to January’s AdDuplex report, the Lumia 520 makes up 12.9 percent of all Windows Phones handsets worldwide, making it the most popular Windows Phone smartphone. Given how cheap the Lumia 520 was when it originally launched three years ago, and the fact that it’s possible to find the handset for around three Alexander Hamiltons (he’s on the ten-dollar bill), it’s not all that surprising to see the Lumia 520 still at the top of the sales chart in Windows Phone country.

At the same time, however, it shows how unsuccessful Microsoft has been at two key areas: recreating the success of the Lumia 520, which introduced decent hardware at an affordable price, and converting Lumia 520 owners into owners of newer Windows Phone handsets. The latter point is one that Microsoft still seems to be struggling with, as more recent devices like the Lumia 640 (6.3 percent), the Lumia 640 XL (3.3 percent), and the Lumia 435 (3.8 percent) still trail behind the Lumia 520.

Interestingly, these numbers shift significantly when just looking at the United States, where the Lumia 635 is the most popular Windows Phone handset and the Lumia 520 sits at only 3.5 percent.

Lumia devices overall, as a result of Nokia’s deal with Microsoft and Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business, make up a gargantuan 96.97 percent of the Windows phone market. HTC is a very distant second, commanding 1.27 percent, while Samsung sits in third with 0.59 percent.

Finally, in terms of the different Windows Phone versions, Windows 10 Mobile sits in second place with 9.5 percent ownership, and Windows Phone 8.1 still reigns supreme with 77.7 percent.

Overall, these numbers cast an interesting light on the Windows Phone ecosystem. It seems that Windows Phone has had good success in the budget segment of the market, which at this point is what seems like Microsoft’s target audience. However, to have a three-year-old device still at the top cannot be what Microsoft wants.

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Hot iPad Air 3 rumor might make you care about tablets again

When was the last time you really cared about tablets? If you’re like me, it was probably around the time that Apple unveiled its third-generation iPad that had a Retina display. That was all the way back in 2012. Ever since then, despite the release of the iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro models, tablets have gotten less and less interesting.

What can Apple do to make us care about the iPad again? One new rumor indicates that its upcoming iPad Air 3 is going to wow us all with a beautiful 4K display.

Digitimes’ supply chain sources claim that vendors General Interface Solution and TPK Holding have been tapped to supply 4K panels for the iPad Air 3, which will also reportedly come with 4GB of RAM and “improved” battery life. Having a mini-4K TV that you can carry with you anywhere would be pretty cool and that’s before you remember that the device is also a full tablet computer.

Apple is expected to unveil its new iPad Air 3 at an event in March alongside the 4-inch iPhone 5se and new versions of the Apple Watch. We haven’t heard a lot of other information about the new iPad although a report from earlier this week indicated that it could have compatibility with the Apple Pencil stylus that Apple unveiled with the iPad Pro this past fall.

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Published on January 29 2016

Samsung Has INSANE Plans for Its Galaxy Note Line

Samsung could be planning to turn the Galaxy Note series into laptop hybrids

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 did not get a UK release date right off the bat and this was a real shame because there is a lot of love for Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of devices in the UK.

The reason behind WHY this happened is unclear, though it seems likely Samsung wants UK punters to buy its Galaxy S6 EDGE+ — a more expensive version of the Galaxy S6 EDGE.

Obviously, there was something of an uproar and, dare I say, a lot of migration towards Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus. It was a dumb move by Samsung. Mostly because the Galaxy Note 5 looks awesome, but also because A LOT of people in the UK were holding out for the release of the device.

And irked customers are bad business for tech brands. People DO NOT like being messed around and this is EXACTLY what Samsung did in the run up to the launch of the Galaxy Note 5.

Still, the company does appear to have some very interesting plans for future Galaxy Note devices. And we do not see Samsung making the same mistake again in 2016. For instance, the Galaxy S7 will be waterproof and feature microSD-support -- two features A LOT of people asked for.

But where Samsung appears to be taking its Note line is even more intriguing.

A patent has been unearthed by Patently Mobile which showcases how Samsung is considering an interesting hybrid design for future Note devices. The concept has echoes of Asus’ Padfone handset, which could be docked with a large-form tablet, which could in-turn be docked with a keyboard to become a laptop - all of the processing power came from the phone, however.

Samsung’s design illustrates a large phablet-like phone with a laptop dock, as you can see from the image, the phone slots into a port between the keyboard and the laptop display. It also clearly shows that the dock only contains connectors, keyboard, and the display (and likely a larger battery cell, though this isn’t listed) - once again it is the phone that contains all the storage, processor, and software. It appears the phone would function as a touchpad for the laptop when docked.

While the Galaxy Note series is already powerful enough to be considered, like many smartphones, a miniature computer in its own right, the patent implies that a future version will have enough clout and storage to function as a proper computer in this dual-role. It’s something of a logical extension for the Note series which is already focused on productivity tasks and desktop-like multitasking features. The main questions remaining focus on software; we can’t really imagine Samsung abandoning Android, but how this might translate into the laptop experience is something of a head-scratcher.

While Google’s Material Design ethos is leaning towards a unified platform across devices it’s still not quite as desktop orientated as Windows. It’ll be interesting to see how things change as iOS and OS X continue to merge, and Microsoft is understood to have big plans for Windows 10 as a unified system. Is something already afoot at Google HQ in this regard that Samsung knows about? It’s all intriguing stuff, but we probably won’t get any answers for a while. We’ll be sure to let you know when we do hear more about Samsung’s hybrid projects though. Stay tuned.

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When you're looking for a new phone, a handful of names spring to mind. Apple, Samsung, Motorola and LG have spent years establishing themselves as popular household names in the world of mobile devices.

But as the gap between premium phones narrows and as people grow savvier about how much they're willing to pay, you might be looking at cheaper alternatives. Chinese companies like Huawei and Xiaomi are starting to turn heads with phones that pack sophisticated hardware in an affordable body.

One little-known Chinese phone maker, meanwhile, has made waves thanks to an invite-only gimmick that limited how many people could actually buy its phone. You might not yet have heard of OnePlus, but ask your hard-core Android friends, and they may start salivating at its mention. The exclusivity factor had people queueing around the block in many countries to get their paws on an invitation.

Oh, and then there's the phone's modest price as well as its embrace of Oxygen OS, a more open version of Android that lets you easily tweak and customize your phone.

On Thursday, OnePlus removed the invitation requirement after a three-month run, meaning anyone can buy the new $290 OnePlus X directly from the company.

OnePlus has been using the invitations to let it scale up slowly and build a fan community around its devices, which helped get it a dedicated following in Europe and Asia. It has defended the invite system as necessary to balancing supply and demand.

The OnePlus X is the company's third Android phone and has taken much less time than its predecessors to drop the invite-only status. The original OnePlus One, for example, took two days short of year to go on general sale. In a blog post Thursdaythe company said "with every device we release, we grow more mature and more adept at handling the demands and expectations of our community."

It's not clear whether the company will eventually drop its invitation strategy altogether. "We're always looking for ways to adapt the invite system to get more phones in more people's hands," said a OnePlus spokesman.

Just don't expect to see the phone at your local Verizon Wireless , Vodafone or EE store.

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Published on January 21 2016

Another Galaxy S7 model has been spotted in the online wilds of the internet, with the popular benchmarking website AnTuTu reporting this time on the flatter Galaxy S7 model.

Previously the Galaxy S7 Edge was sighted. It offers a SnapDragon 820 processor, 5.1 inch QHD screen, 4 GB of RAM and the smaller resolution main camera. The model now showing up is the flat-screened ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S7. As with last year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, the internal hardware remains broadly similar.

The only different on show between the S7 and the S7 Edge is the choice of the central SoC. The S7 Edge sported Qualcomm’s SnapDragon 820, while the new Galaxy S7 listing uses Samsung’s own Exynos branded SoC, and specifically calls out 8890 as the model number.

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Running with two different processor lines is not a new strategy for Samsung. The Galaxy flagships have, for many years, been produced with the South Korean handsets sporting Exynos chips and the international handsets.

Last year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge proved to be the exception with all of the devices (both South Korean and International) using Exynos chips, dropping Qualcomm out of the picture. Early tests of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 showed a tendency for overheating, and while code changes and engineering have been used in smartphones released later in 2015, the Galaxy S6 would have been going through the design process while these issues were on display, which may have had a bearing on the ’100 percent Exynos’ decision for the 2015 flagships.

With the Galaxy S7, all signs are pointing to a return to normal service in terms of the guts of the hardware.

The Galaxy S7 family will have two simple yet related goals. The first is to stabilise the falling profits and revenue in Samsung’s mobile division. The second is to retune Samsung’s product mix to bias sales back towards the more profitable high-end devices like the S7 and away from devices like the cheaper Galaxy A9.

Unfortunately, the leaks around the product are diminishing Samsung’s storytelling ability at launch. Creating excitement and interest when the product launches and consumers can start considering a purchase is an important part of modern marketing. Every single leak weakens Samsung’s ability to control the story when the South Korean company reveals the handset (or handsets, we’ve got the Galaxy S7, the S7 Edge, the S7 Edge Plus, and whatever regional variations are going to be in the mix).

The hardware is coming into view, and it certainly has the capability to create excitement with the geekerati, but Samsung needs to reach out further than that small pool of users. It needs to be able to sell the next iteration of its ubiquitous flagship to the masses.

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Published on January 21 2016

Last year, Google chose LG and Huawei to make the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, moving away from one mobile launch per year. This year, we may see two new devices launched again, but this time HTC might be in charge of the entire production.

Nexus Codenames

Codenames for the two rumored HTC Nexus devices have been posted today by reliable HTC leaker @LlabTooFeR, adding a little more substance to the existing rumor. The codenames are apparently T50 and T55, which may refer to the rumored 5-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes for the two Nexus devices. HTC has used similar names before. The 5.9-inch HTC One Max was codenamed T6, for example.

Sadly, the leak doesn’t provide any further information on the two devices. It’s also unknown whether these phones are destined for production, or are simply test devices.

HTC Wins Nexus Contract

Earlier this week, a rumor from China indicated that HTC may have won a contract to manufacture two Nexus devices for Google. The post said the two devices may feature smaller 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays, compared to the 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch displays on the Nexus 5X and 6P.

If the gathering rumors are correct, it wouldn’t be HTC’s first time in the Nexus program. The company last worked with Google on the Nexus 9 tablet in 2014, and even though it was well received by reviewers, it failedto reach the same sales figures as previous Nexus tablets. Before this, HTC worked on the original Google Nexus One, the first mobile in the Nexus program launched six years ago.

It’s claimed that Huawei was in the running for the 2016 Nexus contract as well, but Google decided to work with HTC instead. This is surprising, considering Huawei’s meteoric rise in the sales charts over the past 12 months, compared to HTC’s downfall over the same time period.

The Weibo poster making these claims is @Mocha RQ, an avid commenter on all mobile rumors in China. This is one of the few times he has posted a rumor on a company outside of China, after apparently receiving the information from contacts in Hong Kong.

Like all rumors, we should take this news with a large pinch of salt. There’s a long time before the new Nexus phones will be officially revealed, and we could see drastic alterations to HTC over the coming months, so plenty could change. However, we’ll keep you up to date with any more on HTC’s possible Nexus device plans right here.

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Published on January 15 2016

Wondershare MobileTrans is a powerful phone to phone transfer to help you transfer files such as contacts, messages, calendar, photos, videos, music, call logs and apps between iOS, Android, Nokia (Symbian) and WinPhone phones.

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Published on January 14 2016

A new iOS update is brewing, coming soon to your iPhone. iOS 9.3 is now available for developers and includes some welcome upgrades that'll help you sleep better and stay organized.

For now, iOS 9.3 is available as a developer preview, meaning it's not completely finished. There's no word on when it will arrive on your iPhone or iPad just yet, but Apple typically releases a preview just a few months before the final version.

In the meantime, read up on the top new features below before they arrive.

Stay up late with your iPad

You may have heard that your phone's screen is ruining your sleep quality and yet you still fall asleep with it every night. Apple's trying to help you get a better night's rest with Night Shift, a setting that changes the colors on the screen at night.

Researchers believe that blue light emitted by LED screens halts the production of melatonin, the hormone that tells our brains to sleep. Switching from bright white and blue undertones to warmer colors (like red, orange and yellow) is said to be easier on your eyes and allow your body to follow asleep naturally.

7 new features coming to your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9.3

Apps like Flux and Twilight can already do this for your computer and Android phone. Before 9.3, you'd need to jailbreak your iOS device in order to alter the screen colors. Night Shift will be built into iOS 9.3 and let you customize the feature by changing the color temperature (cooler or warmer) and schedule it to run until sunrise.

News you'll (probably) want to read

Apple tried to give us a one-stop shop for news last year with the News app. It's getting more personal with 9.3, showing stories that are more tailored to your interests. You'll see more articles the app thinks you want to read, plus suggested trending topics of news. The app will also get performance updates, so it'll load faster and watch videos from the feed.

Lock up your notes

The humble Notes app gets some love with 9.3. You can now password protect your notes to keep important info safe from prying eyes. You'll also be able to finally sort notes by date or title. Hardly revolutionary stuff, but it does make this simple app much more useful.

7 new features coming to your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9.3
Apple really wants you to use the Health app

Still wondering how to use that Health app? Apple will now highlight third-party apps you can connect to this wellness dashboard to keep tabs on your workouts, weight and sleep quality. And if you have an Apple Watch, you'll be able to see the movement data it collects from the Health app.

CarPlay gets better tunes

Apple's in-car entertainment and navigation system CarPlay gets upgrades courtesy of Apple Music and Maps. You'll get to browse suggested songs and artists in Apple Music before you head out. While you're on the road, a new Nearby feature uses Maps to find food, fuel and other services.

Smart tools for teachers

Everything elseiPads can be incredible teaching tools and now they get extra features to help them better fit into a classroom. The Classroom app helps teachers deliver lesson plans and track their student's progress. Students can share a single iPad by logging in with different accounts to personalize what they see. Apple is also introducing Apple IDs for education that are created and managed by school administrators.

iOS 9.3 adds many more smaller new features and improvements. On the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, there are new 3D Touch shortcuts for the Weather, Settings, Health, App Store, iTunes Store and Compass apps. You can also duplicate photos in the Photos app, if you want to edit one copy and keep the original. Siri now supports Hebrew, Finish and Malay.

We'll be checking out the iOS 9.3 beta to see all of the new features and keep you posted on when the update is available for all. Until then, check out all of our Apple coverage and the latest rumors on the next iPhone.

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