Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Will Have A 720p HD Display, Not 1080p

#GalaxyA5 #GalaxyA7 – Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) Will Have A 720p HD Display, Not 1080p – Samsung is rumored to be working on its second-generation “A” series handsets and will refresh the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A7.

Various rumors of the devices have popped up online and latest reports suggest that the upcoming Galaxy A5 (2016) will have a 720p HD display, not a 1080p display as previously speculated.

A Hungarian website was the first to spot a user agent profile of the new Galaxy A5 with model number SM-A510M on Galaxy’s own website.

According to the user’s agent profile that appears on the Hungarian website, the display of the Galaxy A5 will feature 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

However, previous reports have claimed that the Galaxy A5’s display will include 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. If the rumors are legit then the Galaxy A5 (2016) will sport the same display resolution as its predecessor.

The leaked user agent profile also suggests that the Galaxy A5 will come with an ARMv11 64-bit processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The user agent profile does not reveal any other features of the smartphone.

Based on other rumors, the new Galaxy A5 is expected to tout a 5.2-inch full HD display. The original Galaxy A5 sports a 5-inch display. It is speculated that the next-generation Galaxy A5 (2016) will run on Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 7 processor and 2GB of RAM.

Taking pictures with smartphones have become a common function for most of the handset owners. Many customers are on the look out to purchase a mobile phone with enhanced camera capabilities.

The original Galaxy A5 is equipped with a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. Customers will hope that the Galaxy A5 (2016) features a better camera in comparison to its predecessor.

Just like the Galaxy A5, the next-gen Galaxy A5 (2016) is also speculated to include 16GB of internal storage with the option to expand the storage capacity with a microSD card.

The Galaxy A5 (2016) is estimated to come running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. However, customers will hope that the smartphone is pre-installed with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system instead.

Samsung has not confirmed any details about the Galaxy A5 (2016), which means customers will have to take all rumors regarding the handset with a pinch of salt for now. Source: Techtimes

Lumia 950 XL And Lumia 950 Now Available For Pre-order On Amazon

#Lumia950XL #Lumia950 – Lumia 950 XL And Lumia 950 Now Available For Pre-order On Amazon – Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL devices are now available for pre-order from Amazon.in.

Amazon has the following pre-order offers,

Get free Microsoft HD-500 Display Dock for Lumia 950/950XL

Additional Rs. 3,000 Amazon.in Gift card for customers availing Lumia Device Buyback.

Free Display Dock offer ends on Dec-15th And Lumia BuyBack offer on Dec 31st.

Amazon Developing tvOS Solution To Bring Prime Video To New Apple TV Soon

#AppleTV #Amazon – Amazon Developing tvOS Solution To Bring Prime Video To New Apple TV Soon – In October 2015, Apple TV and Chromecast item listings from Amazon’s Web page completely disappeared, and this caused some confusion among customers.

The e-commerce company justified its action by saying that the gadgets do not feature its Prime Video streaming service, and that might confuse Amazon fans.

That same month, Apple took a lot of flak over the apparent decision to reject Prime Video’s application on Apple TV. However, the Cupertino-based company later explained that “all are welcome” on the streaming platform.

The absence of Prime Video actually had a much simpler and logical explanation – Amazon did not send a dedicated app for the tvOS platform at the time of the Apple TV’s launch.

On Apple TV, all the streaming that a standard user would want can be found, such as Hulu, HBO Go, Showtime, YouTube and obviously, Netflix.

At the time of Apple TV’s release, Amazon refused to comment on its absence from the cohort of popular streaming names.

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks asked Amazon about the issue, and got wind of the fact that the retailer is developing a tvOS app for Prime Video, which may be launched before 2015 ends.

“Hopefully, within a few weeks’ span, you will be able to see the Amazon Instant Video app feature on your Apple TV,” the company’s representative replied.

The tvOS app that Amazon is working on would allow Apple TV owners to access Amazon Video, which currently permits Prime members to stream a lot (read: tens of thousands) of TV episodes and movies.

Thousands of cinema-hours can be enjoyed by Amazon Prime members at the moment, and extending it to tvOS would be the next logical step in the evolution of Amazon’s streaming.

Amazon Prime members can download the Amazon Video for iOS free of charge on the App Store. The streaming service works on a myriad of ecosystems, such as Fire OS, Amazon Fire TV, Android, PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Xbox 360 and One, Nintendo Wii and U.

A couple of Blu-ray players and TVs also support the streaming service, for example those manufactured by Vizio, Panasonic, LG, Sony and Samsung. Source: Techtimes

Apple Patent For Electronic Shutting Ports Another Proof Of Waterproof iPhone 7

#iPhone7 #Designs – Apple Patent For Electronic Shutting Ports Another Proof Of Waterproof iPhone 7 – It comes as no surprise that device manufacturers are planning to implement waterproof designs on their future devices.

Apple is already along the way with its water-resistant iPhone 6s, and now the company is taking a step forward with its recently approved patent.

Just recently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved and published one of Apple’s filed patents that can use sound to eject liquids from speakers, and it’s called “Liquid Expulsion From An Orifice.”

This time, a new patent called “Electronic Devices With Housing Port Shutters” found on USPTO’s website will add another layer of defense against water.

The technology involved can employ shutters to seal openings over important components of a device to block off any liquid substance, including the speakers, microphones and headphone jacks as well as SIM card slots. The concept can be applied to almost any gap on the iPhone 7.

The shutters close entry points off from the inside, and they would activate automatically when the device detects any damaging element, such as water or airborne contaminants. It’ll also trigger when ports are not in use or when the environment is determined to be harmful.

Owners of the device can also manually turn on these protective shutters via voice command, a physical switch or a digital button on the screen.

It’s worth mentioning that the designs of upcoming iPhones won’t be compromised because of this measure. As said earlier, these shutters are inside, which means that these won’t affect the aesthetics of the smartphone line. In other words, owners won’t be able to see or touch them, so there’s little or no effort required to get used to them.

Right now, there’s no official word about the patent rolling out on the upcoming iPhone 7, but with this evidence, it’s pretty clear that Apple wants to make a consumer-ready waterproof iPhone in the near future. Source:Techtimes

Did The iPad Pro Kill The MacBook Air? Rumors Point To Last MacBook Air In 2016

#iPadPro #MacBookAir – Did The iPad Pro Kill The MacBook Air? Rumors Point To Last MacBook Air In 2016 – The thing about rumors, especially in the tech industry, is that some of them sound so good, so futuristic that we want them to be true.

On the other hand, some rumors (like this one) mark the end of an era and we wonder if they’re really true or not. Will the Macbook Air really come to an end? Will the iPad Pro and the teeny tiny Macbook replace it?

First, word of warning, these are all rumors. For all we know, the Macbook Air could be making a strong comeback in 2016. We hope it does, but most of what’s leaking online suggests otherwise.

Of Apple’s entire Macbook lineup, its Air line is the technological straggler of the group. In fact, so far this year, the Macbook Air hasn’t gotten any love at all – no updates, no upgrades.

Though we still have about one more month left in the year for things to change, Apple’s upgrade cycle around its Macbook Airs have long since gone.

That’s one of the first rumors we could safely set aside, a new Macbook being released in 2016. Others even suggest that the entire Macbook Airline has already been scrapped in favor of the iPad Pro.

“All [notebooks]need to be more mobile, so something like the Air doesn’t need to be branched out anymore … and it’s to Apple’s benefit not to have so many ‘families’ of Macs,” Carolina Milanesi, Chief of Research & Head of US Business at KANTAR WORLDPANEL ComTech, reports.

If anything, Apple’s family of Macbooks is getting a bit overcrowded between the Macbook, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro.

In addition, if Apple does intend for the iPad Pro to replace a laptop, that makes for even more Apple devices competing against each other.

The industry was already a bit caught off guard with the release of the Macbook early this year – what did its entry mean for the Air?

If the Macbook Air is to get one final hurrah, rumors are saying that it will finally, FINALLY get a Retina display. In fact, it may borrow from the best of the Macbook and Macbook Pro.

Along with a much-awaited high-resolution display, the Macbook Air is reported to get 3D Touch capabilities and USB Type-C support. Of course, the Air’s greatest feature – all day battery life – should remain, if not improve.

As with all rumors, it’s a waiting game. If the Macbook Air does indeed have to go, then we hope it goes with a high-resolution display on its wafer-thin lid as its final salute. Source: Techtimes

MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date Update: Top 3 Reasons Apple Will Shift From Intel Chip To A10X Mobile Processor

#MacBookAir #Mobile – MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 2016 Release Date Update: Top 3 Reasons Apple Will Shift From Intel Chip To A10X Mobile Processor – The latest rumors indicate that in time for the 2016 release date of both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, Apple would shift from Intel to its next-generation A-series mobile processing chip.

Any of the A9X, which powers the iPad Pro, and the A10X chip is prime candidate, a new report suggests.

While the Intel Core M or even the Intel Skylake chip fully satisfies Apple’s design and roadmap for the MacBook models – slim, lightweight but powerful computing devices – it remains likely that the tech giant will abandon its mobile chip partnership with Intel in favor of its A-series chips that power the iPhones and iPads.

If indeed Apple is dead serious on making its MacBook lines as the future of notebooks then the company could soon exclusively use the A9X or the upcoming A10X application processor, Patently Apple said in a new report.

And here are the reasons why the tech giant will make the jump:

Desktop-class capabilities

Apple has been touting that the A9X boasts of 64-bit desktop-class architecture that will be further improved when the A10X chip comes to town.

Any of these chipsets have “the power to easily take on tasks that were once reserved for workstations and PCs,” the iPhone maker said, which should be the most solid argument for the eventual switch.

Efficient power use

Yet while the A9X or the A10X is mightily capable, efficient power use is also hardcoded with the chipsets, which means that the device or laptops they will fire up are assured of longer battery life.

The current generation of MacBook models assures of at least 10 operating hours that in the near future could be further extended with the A-series chips.

MacBook as a hybrid device or powered by iOS

Replacing Intel, however, with A9X or A10X could also mean that the MacBook is in for a major redesign.

Either the notebook will ditch OS X as its operating system for iOS (to be compatible with the A-series chipset) or it will transform into a hybrid device like the Surface Book that Microsoft has recently introduced.

While Apple CEO Tim Cook has already dismissed the likelihood of the company venturing into the hybrid market, Patently Apple reminded that there was a time Cook also downplayed the possibility of the iPhone becoming a phablet. The iPhone 6 Plus was eventually born so it is not remote that a MacBook will roll out in the foreseeable future. Source: yibada

A9X Teardown Shows Biggest, Most Powerful Apple Chip Ever

#A9X #AppleChip – A9X Teardown Shows Biggest, Most Powerful Apple Chip Ever – Powering Apple’s largest, most powerful tablet ever is also the company’s largest, most powerful chip ever, too.

Apple’s iPad Pro has been long around enough for reviewers to put the device through its paces. The Cupertino company’s professional-grade tablet is in fact powerful enough to keep up with some i7-powered Macbook Pros when exporting 4K video.

All that power begins in Apple’s new A9X chipset. The original A9 powers the iPhone 6 and 6s allowing those devices to have a buttery-smooth performance and compete even against higher spec’d Android devices. The A9X builds on that, primarily in size.

“Driving its high level of performance is the powerful A9X chip. It was specifically designed for iPad Pro, and to meet the demands of a much larger display. Its size lets you do and see more,” says Jony Ive in the iPad Pro’s introductory video.

Because of the iPad Pro’s sheer size, Apple had the opportunity to build an equally larger A9 chipset. As a result of the extra legroom in the device, the A9X measures 146 square millimeters, or nearly 0.23 square inches – 40 percent larger than the size of the A9 chip inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

To Apple’s credit, it’s quite the feat to pull off since an increase in area also means an increase in transistor count, which is doubly more difficult to make, especially for the first time on a new device using fairly new manufacturing technology.

In the teardown conducted on the A9X, it was observed that the chipset contains a 12-cluster GPU, two CPU cores, and an absence of level-three cache memory that was found inside the A9 chip.

It seems that Apple’s custom 12-cluster design on the A9X is built on what they had previously done in last year’s A8X chip. As for the lack of on-die cache memory?

“The A9X features a memory interface that’s twice as wide as the one on the A9, allowing the chip to pass data to and from memory at twice the rate that the A9 can,” notes Dick James, Chipworks’ teardown contact.

Thanks to the iPad Pro’s size, and of course, Apple’s engineering prowess, the A9X is the most powerful mobile chip today and that should keep both customers and investors happy. Source: Techtimes

Apple Watch Sales Improve Over Holiday Weekend At Apple Store, Best Buy and Target

#AppleWatch #Wearable – Apple Watch Sales Improve Over Holiday Weekend At Apple Store, Best Buy and Target – It appears the Apple Watch may be ready to make its move. After a relatively slow start, a new report indicates consumer interest in the device is ramping up just in time for the holidays.

The launch of the device this past April was possibly the most maligned and glitch-laden introduction of a new Apple product ever. For the first time, consumers could only purchase a new Apple product online, and not in Apple’s iconic retail stores.

Dedicated Apple fans who stayed awake for the late night Internet launch of the Apple Watch were roundly discouraged when it appeared that all of the most popular and coveted models were unavailable just minutes after the sale went live, with wait times of up to several months to receive the device imposed on even those who showed up right at the prescribed launch hour.

When the device finally hit the street, reviews were mixed, and many owners complained about the lack of optimized apps available for the product. Apple remained coy on sales figures, indicating that the much-hyped new product category was potentially a bust.

Now, FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives has indicated that the Apple Watch is seeing “signs of life.”

“We have slowly seen momentum in the field over the last few months,” Ives told clients in a note released on Black Friday. “This morning, we heard of ramping interest/sales among consumers based on our conversations at various Apple, Target, and Best Buy stores.”

In fact, Target, which offered Apple Watch purchasers a $100 gift card, has already announced that in store sales for the smartwatch were very strong. Ives predicted that total sales for the device in Q4 2015 should now be between 5 and 6 million.

That’s just a small percentage of the 75 million plus iPhones expected to be sold in the same time frame, but Ives says the Apple Watch is an important component of Apple’s overall strategy and future.

“The wearables category is an important area for Apple going forward, and [Apple Watch] sales are being closely watched into the holiday season as a barometer for future growth/product areas,” he noted. Source: Techtimes

iPhone 8 To Feature OLED Screens From LG? LG Invests In $8.7B Plant

#iPhone8 #OLED – iPhone 8 To Feature OLED Screens From LG? LG Invests In $8.7B Plant – According to the latest rumors, iPhone 8 is reported to sport an OLED display. The transition will be made in 2018, which is the approximate date of release of iPhone 8.

The screens will be from South Korean companies Samsung and LG, according to The Korea Times.

Both companies manufacture OLED displays and currently use them in their respective devices. The companies have contracts with the Cupertino-based company and have been providing screens to the company.

“Samsung Display has recently renewed talks with Apple to supply its small-sized OLED displays for the next iPhones to be released in a few years, which I believe is around 2018,” an anonymous industry executive told the publication.

This rumor is supported by the recent report that LG will invest more than 10 trillion won ($8.71 billion) to build a large plant to make panels using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels, raising its big bet on the ultra-clear display technology, according to Reuters.

Production of OLED screens is expected to commence in 2018. Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review reported citing an unnamed source that the investment was made in anticipation of Apple’s orders for OLED screens in the future.

Meanwhile, before iPhone 8 is released, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be showed off next year. According to a latest report from research firm TrendForce, the next generation of iPhone will feature 3GB of RAM and waterproof design.

There is no confirmation from Apple yet. Source: yibada

Apple Store Return Policy: Holiday Purchases Must Be Returned By Jan. 8

#AppleStore #BlackFriday – Apple Store Return Policy: Holiday Purchases Must Be Returned By Jan. 8 :Christmas shopping is in full swing and so is Apple’s holiday return policy. If you buy an Apple product between Nov. 1-Dec. 25, you have until Jan. 8 to mail or bring it back to the Apple store. That means if you bought a new iPhone 6s or iPad Pro on Black Friday,  you have just over a month to return. Customers in Germany, Sweden and the UK have until Jan. 20.

Apple’s standard return policy is 14 days. Most of the same rules apply . Take a look at Apple’s ineligible items list before you head to the store, but staple products such as the iMac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Macs are eligible for return. Gift Cards cannot be returned.

Don’t forget to grab all items that were in the original packaging, including the instruction manual. Accessories such as headphones, charging cables must be in the box when you return.

Feel free to use the device, but if it’s damaged it’s not eligible for exchange or return. If you ordered the product online, contact Apple to schedule pickup or bring the device to the Apple retail store.

Check the bottom of your receipt to confirm the last day you can return. Emailed receipts also show the return date. View on the accounts page of the Apple Store website. When purchasing products at other retailers, like Target, Best Buy or Walmart, you must follow their return policy, not Apple’s.

Walmart : Items purchased from the electronics department between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, like computers, tablets and phones, must be returned by Jan. 10. Without a receipt, the refund will be put on a Walmart Giftcard.

Target: The general return policy is 90 days, but different products may have different return dates. Electronics purchased during Target’s holiday season , Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, may be subject to a 30-day return window starting Dec. 26. Check your receipt for the specific date.

Best Buy: Products purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 may be returned until Jan. 15. Devices with a carrier contract are not eligible for the extended return period. Source: idigitaltimes