With the tenth anniversary of iPhone being this year, many of us are expecting a big redesign with new features - that is exactly what the “best Apple analyst on the planet” has said. Finally, late to the party, wireless charging will be coming to Apple’s smartphone this year.
Foxconn Technology Group, the manufacturing plant responsible for building the iPhone in New Taipei City, Taiwan is making wireless charging modules to fit into Apple’s next smartphone - eliminating the need for a power cord.
“But whether the feature can eventually make it into Apple’s updated devices will depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on,” the industry source told Nikkei.
Now, to do wireless charging on a phone, you’ve got to take into account the increased amount of heat dissipated from the module. The next iPhone will have an additional graphite sheet laminated on, to prevent any overheating.
But this isn't the only likely rumoured upgrade to the eighth iPhone, and trust me when I say it gets interesting…
It is also rumoured there will be a curved edge-to-edge OLED display in one of the three models (not two this time), whilst the remaining two will have standard LCD panels. These models will come in the following sizes - 4.7 inches, 5 inches and 5.5 inches.
But wait, with a edge-to-edge screen, that means they won’t have any room to fit a home button? Well, they’ve thought about that too as a recently awarded patent describes technology that enables the phone to scan fingerprints from anywhere on the device’s screen.
All of this would make the home button obsolete, leaving an almost Black Mirror-esque panel of display.
What do you want to see from the next iPhone? The return of the headphone jack? New camera technology? Shoot off in the comments below!
A car that rises up to drive over traffic… Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it is I’m afraid. While the Hum Rider is a real car, it’s simply a marketing stunt for Verizon.
Sex toys have taken another step forward with the Flashlight Launch - a masturbation machine that takes all the manual arm work out of reaching climax.
Snapchat story clones are cropping up everywhere in Facebook-owned apps and it’s not necessary. Would you ever want to post the same story across four different platforms? Or course not.
What is the future of wearables? I went to The Wearable Technology Show and found out - writing for BBC Science Focus magazine.
Forget everything you knew about smart homes and the Legend of Zelda… One particular fan has managed to create a home automation system that is controlled by playing the Ocarina.
Following the instant success of Pokémon GO in summer 2016, rumours began that developer Niantic was working on another game – simply named Harry Potter GO. This is fake news, so please stop sharing it.
A team of researchers have done something incredible yet terrifying - using sound waves to hack a smartphone, using a method that could be used to theoretically control any technology with an accelerometer.
I get it - the headline sounds terrifying. But Switzerland’s EPFL has just invented a medical masterpiece that could help to reinvent robotic healthcare. These gelatinous machines could soon be crawling around your insides and performing operations.
A study has found that violent video games have zero long-term effects on a person’s empathy, no matter how little or how much they play.
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