Apple has a history of shrouding their products in mystery until launch, and that makes rumors about product specs and features all the more interesting. Apple’s next mobile device, the iPhone 6, which apparently will be launching in late September, has a slew of rumors surrounding it. Most recently, the camera and graphics processing unit (GPU) have been discussed.
Imagination Technologies might improve graphics on a future iPhone Courtesy Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies announced Wednesday a new graphics architecture with ray-tracing capabilities. Apple employs Imagination’s PowerVR G6430 graphics package in the iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina and iPhone 5s, so it’s easy to speculate that the A8 processor, currently being produced by Samsung and TSMC, will contain the next version of Imagination’s software. The images released with the announcement show a high level of detail from the mobile GPU.
The dazzling debut of the new iPhones last weekend, with 9 million sold, proves the Apple AAPL faithful still come out in force for pretty much anything new from Cupertino. That serves the company well when there is something new but has a downside. Consider 2012, when Apple rolled out a bevy of products between the launch of the iPhone 5 in September and the significantly redesigned iMacs in December only to go quiet through most of 2013. Apple management gave some indication it wasn’t entirely happy with the scenario, but it seems to be playing out almost precisely the same in 2013. Is it deja vu all over again for Apple?
It was a good weekend for Apple Inc., which sold 9 million iPhones after its launch of two new models on Friday. Yet while fingerprint sensors and a new operating system might be the most visible new features to come with the more expensive iPhone 5s, in the long term, nothing probably matters as much as another native feature: two glue strips smeared onto the interior of the phone’s aluminum case.
As revealed in a 5s teardown by iFixit, a California-based company that advocates for product repairability, the purpose of the strips (which are on the cheaper 5c model as well), is to secure the iPhone’s battery. They work nicely: iFixit was only able to remove the 5s battery by using its “iOpener”– a sock-like tool heated in a microwave and then placed against glued-together components until they soften.