Apple Inc. has renewed its exclusive contract with Liquidmetal Technologies to use the latter’s metal alloys in its products, reveals a document (via MacRumors) filed with the SEC. It has fueled speculations that the next iPhone, likely to be called iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, may see the use of Liquidmetal’s technology. The Cupertino-based tech giant had first inked the deal with Liquidmetal in 2010, but has done little with the technology.
How to put a lid on your iPhone’s cellular data use—and avoid nasty surprises on your monthly wireless bill.
Sure, four (or six, eight, or more) gigabytes of cellular data probably sounded like a lot when you first signed up for your iPhone data plan. But thanks to the latest data-hungry iOS apps and features, a GB of mobile data isn’t what it used to be.
Indeed, you’d be amazed how quickly your iPhone (or your LTE-enabled iPad, for that matter) can gobble up mobile data—particularly if you’re, say, watching HD-quality Netflix videos, streaming iTunes Match songs, using your iPhone’s personal hotspot with your laptop, or letting iOS update your apps automatically.
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One of the things iOS 9 is slowly fixing is the storage issue that has prevented many users who were not familiar how iOS updates work from upgrading. Instead, they found themselves delaying the move to iOS 8 because there wasn’t enough storage space on their devices to perform over-the-air (OTA) upgrades. But Apple’s actions also seem to indicate that despite the recent move to increase double the storage on its mid-tier and high-end iPhones, the 16GB iPhone is probably here to stay.
After seeing all the complaints from iPhone and iPad users who weren’t able to upgrade to iOS 8 because they didn’t have enough storage space to download the update wirelessly and then perform the install – they could easily have done it by hooking the device up to a computer and let iTunes do the job – many criticized Apple’s decision to launch 16GB iPhone 6 models, instead of simply making 32GB the entry-level memory tier for new iPhones.