iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus Pricing Tipped; Leaks Point to New Features

With less than two weeks left for Apple’s mega event where it is expected to launch the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, plenty of new interesting information about the flagship smartphones has surfaced on the Web. New leaked images give us a glimpse at the changes the company has made to the FaceTime camera, alongside showcasing what seems to be Force Touch parts. Also a new report claims that the price of the new iPhone models will remain the same as its last year’s counterparts.

Previous reports have suggested that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will offer support for Force Touch technology, a feature that senses the level of force exerted on a touchpad (or display) and responds accordingly. New leaked images (via ) show off what seems to be the display components that power Force Touch. Previous reports have suggested that the Force Touch feature will be used in the new iPhone models to access shortcut options, turning on new functions and pull-up menus.

The images also show off a larger camera sensor on top of the new iPhone models, suggesting that the FaceTime camera is receiving some improvements. The development is in line with several reports that have previously suggested that the FaceTime camera will see some improvements. Previous reports also claim that Apple plans to introduce software-based flash photography capabilities to improve selfies.

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More interestingly, a new report also suggests that the two anticipated iPhone models – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus – won’t cost you more than last year’s models. The report citing purported plans of a Dutch-based carrier, reveals that the iPhone 6s will start at EUR 699 (roughly Rs. 52,000) while the iPhone 6s Plus will start at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 59,500). The report also reveals that Dutch telecom carriers will start the pre-orders on September 11, and will start shipping the phone on September 25 (a week after the USA, and other European nations). The new information also insists that the 16GB variant in the new iPhone is here to stay, despite the introduction of 4K video shooting capability in the new iPhone (which eats up a large chunk of data).

YouTube Gaming Launched; Android and iOS Apps to Roll Out Gradually

YouTube on Wednesday strode into an arena dominated by Amazon-owned Twitch, with the launch of a service tailored for the hot trend of video game play as a spectator sport.

The rollout of YouTube Gaming marked the public debut of an online venue where video game lovers can find commentary, live play, on-demand snippets and more.

YouTube Gaming had been in a test phase since it was shown off at an Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) extravaganza in June.

“As promised, and after some excellent road-testing by thousands of dedicated gaming fans, YouTube Gaming is now available,” YouTube engineering manager Frank Petterson said in a blog post.

“Blending gaming videos and live streams, YouTube Gaming brings you closer to the games, gamers, and culture that matter to you.”

An English-language website at gaming.youtube.com was being rolled out in countries where YouTube is available, according to Petterson.

He said that a YouTube Gaming application was being made available in Britain and the United States for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software, with more countries to be added “soon.”

“Having a destination where you can get all the gaming content you care about is really important,” Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s head of gaming partnerships, told AFP at E3 while showing off the online venue for live or on-demand video focused on gaming.

“That is why we created this,” he said.

Massive online audiences
Billions of hours of video related to gaming are watched monthly on YouTube, from “walk-through” clips showing players how to handle challenges, to comedic commentary and in-game action, according to Wyatt.

The online arena for video game channels incorporates the search smarts of Google, which owns YouTube, to surface fresh or must-see content.

US online retail giant Amazon last year snatched up Twitch and its huge audience for live-streamed gaming.

The acquisition was one of the largest in Amazon’s history $970 million in cash for the three-year-old Internet company.

Twitch Interactive streams games being played for non-playing viewers to watch, and hosts gaming events.

It allows viewers to chat with the players and others, lending it some of the qualities of social networking websites, and it also sells advertising to generate income.

The takeover came with a boom in online viewing of real-time video game or computer game play as “e-sports” attract growing crowds as spectator events.

iPhone 6s Details Tipped by China Telecom Representative; Video Surfaces

Adding to a number rumours and leaks on the Web, a new report now has quoted a telecom operator representative to detail some of the features of the anticipated iPhone 6s. Another report in the meanwhile features a video and some images purported to be of the smartphone’s innards, giving some additional details.

A social media representative for China Telecom has confirmed some of the iPhone 6s features in a Weibo post (via GforGames), details which have already been in rumoured since May this year. The representative states the iPhone 6s will come with Force Touch technology, improved camera, and 2GB of RAM. While we have already heard about these features, the representative has added that until now he has not heard any news on the Pink/ Rose gold-coloured iPhone 6s variant, the image of which was spotted online last week.

In the meanwhile, a video via MacRumors is claimed to show a ‘partially-functioning’ iPhone 6s assembled from various components that have seen leaks in the past few months. The video shows the individual powering on the smartphone, which then shows a gear icon on the display. The device does not boot to iOS. Design-wise the handset appears the same as the current iPhone 6 model.

Several images have also been published showing the device’s logic board and an unnamed processor, which is said to be the rumoured Apple’s A9 processor. While in the previous leak by 9to5 showing the logic board, we were shown that the smartphone would use Qualcomm MDM9635M LTE modem with increased data speeds, the new image shows us the Qualcomm WTR3925 RF chip. The second image shows the alleged A9 processor alongside the A8 processor found in current models. The chip is however unnamed so nothing can be said for sure. The final image shows the display panel, which is rumoured to sport the Force Touch feature. However, the image fails to prove the rumour.

Whatever the final product may be, it would not stay hidden for long as there are only few weeks remaining for Apple’s anticipated September 9 event where it is expected to show off the new iPhone models, the new Apple TV, and new iPad models.

Top German Court Rejects Apple ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent Appeal

Apple Inc patents covering the “slide to unlock” feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany’s highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the US company’s claims by a lower court.

The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in Karlsruhe covers one of the Apple iPhone’s most popular defining features, of which makers of rival Android-based phones have developed their own versions.

In a statement, the appeals court said it confirmed a ruling by the lower Federal Patent Court that cancelled Apple’s German patent, based on the technique’s similarity to a phone released by Swedish company Neonode Inc a year before the iPhone’s 2007 launch.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Neonode N1 had substantially similar technical features, the patent court had found. It ruled Apple’s easier-to-use interface was not in itself patentable.

Neonode sold tens of thousands of phones before declaring bankruptcy in 2008. It reorganised itself as an intellectual property firm licensing its patented optical technology for use in phones, tablets, readers and other touchscreen devices.

Motorola Mobility, at the time a unit of Google Inc but now owned by China’s Lenovo Group Ltd, filed the original suit in a Munich court against the Apple user interface patent.

iPhone 6c Reportedly Set for November Launch; iPhone 6s Availability Leaks

New reports now indicate Foxconn has hired more workers to pump up the production of the rumoured iPhone 6c. It has been also reported that the handset would now launch in November instead of September. Details on pre-order and launch dates of the rumoured iPhone 6s have also emerged on the Web.

The news of iPhone 6c launching in November comes not too long after tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) tweeted the iPhone 6c would launch alongside the anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in September. The news of a November launch instead was reported by Chinatimes (via GforGames). A Foxconn insider has also been reported to have said that the company has received a shipment of 4-inch displays for the handset in question – contradicting a recent report of the iPhone 6c bearing a 5-inch display.

The iPhone 6c handset was last month said to sport a full metal build and not the plastic casing as seen with the iPhone 5c model, according to Jefferies, a brokerage house. The news was initially reported by the Barrons blog. Also mentioned was that since the handset is supposed to be a cheaper version of the rumoured iPhone 6s, it might miss out on Force Touch technology.

Meanwhile, a website claims a French carrier has announced pre-orders for the much talked-about iPhone 6s handset will start from September 11, and that shipment would commence from September 18, something which has been rumoured before. The news was initially reported by the Mac4Ever website.

Earlier this week it was said that some German carriers have also started pre-registrations for the iPhone 6s model. Carriers like Vodafone Germany and T-Mobile have started issuing interest forms and tickets. Another report suggested the device to reach on September 26 to countries in the second phase of rollout

iPhone 6s Rose Gold Image Leaks; iPhone 6c

Another series of rumours on Apple’s upcoming iPhone models have hit the Web. This time the reports include insight on the Rose Gold iPhone 6s, handset reservations from telecom carriers, and some details on the iPhone 6c. Also, the iPhone 6s is said to hit the markets starting September 18 following the keynote event on September 9.

The alleged Rose Gold iPhone 6s image, which comes from 996.com, a blog, shows a pink-coloured iPhone in the box with an Apple Store bag in the background. However, as per 9to5Mac the handset model seen in the image seems to be a fake. The image first emerged in March this year, but started spreading online starting this week along with other images claiming to show similar yet questionable images. The image however, gives us an idea of what might the final Rose Gold colour variant iPhone might look like. Also, introducing a new colour variant with iPhone 6s makes sense since the company with its last ‘S’ iPhone model brought the Gold colour in the lineup.

iphone_6s_rose_gold_rumour_996_website.jpgGerman carriers have also reportedly started pre-registrations for the iPhone 6s model. Carriers including Vodafone Germany and T-Mobile have started issuing interest forms and tickets respectively for the next iPhone model. These forms and tickets, as one would expect, can be used for priority purchasing of the upcoming models.

Another report from GforGames suggests that Apple could be working on a 5-inch iPhone 6c or 6s model, which would also be arriving in 2015. Notably however, previous rumours had tipped a 4-inch iPhone 6c model, though other reports indicated a 2015-launch of the model was not likely. Most recently, tipster Evan Blass, of @evleaks fame, had claimed the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6c would be launched simultaneously.

The Cupertino-based tech firm might also be incorporating Intel-based wireless modem on the next year’s iPhone model, according to Digitimes, which adds Qualcomm will be the vendor to the new iPhone models this year with modem chips made using TSMC’s 20mm process.

Furthermore, a report from a German website called Macerkopf, states the next-generation iPhone models will hit stores on September 18 this year, which is in line with Apple’s traditional iPhone release cycle by being a Friday. Pre-orders are expected to commence soon after Apple’s September 9 event. Another report from Netherlands suggests that after the first wave of countries, the second tier regions could receive the iPhone models by September 26.

Recalling Apple’s history of iPhone launch dates, the firm held the iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012 and launched the device on the following Friday on September 21. Similarly in case of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C, the company held the event on September 10, 2013, and launched the smartphones the following Friday on September 20. As for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the event was on September 9 followed by the launch on September 19, which again was a Friday.