Will there be Sapphire Crystals in the New iPhone 6?

There are high chances for the new 5.5 inches version of the iPhone 6 to have a display made of sapphire crystals, the third strongest material in the world.

Eighteen months ago, Apple had several discussions with experts in the domain in order to use sapphires for its new iPhone 6, reported the Guardian.

The virtual community has been invaded by a YouTube video presenting a 4.7 inches phone (supposed to be the smaller version of iPhone 6) scratched with a knife, with keys and bent beyond normal standards.

Professor Neil Alford, employee of the department materials within Imperial College, London said that in his opinion Apple had been rather cunning. He stated that he believed that the company had manufactured a screen made of sapphire which was capable to resist any hardship including scratches and bending.

It is a well-known fact that Apple has already used sapphire crystals for the production of its iPhone 5 camera lenses as well as for the finger print sensor belonging to the same iPhone version. However, the sapphire crystals are a better choice if the desire is to make some highly resistant screens that could out pass normal glass and even the famous Gorilla Glass which for the time being is used to cover the screen of most smart phones as well as tablets.

However, this could be quite a costly movement. Thus, the 4.7 inches iPhone shown in the YouTube video has an area of approximately 9.5 square inches. Figures reveal that every quarter, the electronic giant sell about ten million phone units. This means that ten meters of 4.7 inches phones with a sapphire screen would actually need 6 hectares or if you want, 61,290 square meters of the sapphire crystal glass.

Apple joint forces with GT Advanced years ago in order to produce sapphire in huge quantities needed for a very important component.  The trade documents state that the sapphire would be sent in other countries for the assembly processes. In this case, reference could have been made to touch sensors but to mobile screens as well.

Sapphire crystals are not made from standard glass which contains silicon dioxide, but from aluminium oxide powder. After being heated and cooled this powder may be cut and modelled in glass layers, commonly known as sapphire glass. This material is not something new on the market. It has been used for the production of camera lenses and watch screens due to its durability, transparency and resistance.

Alford has spoken about its meeting with the Apple representatives and their interest in using sapphire to produce screens. He believes that since that visit, which occurred eighteen months ago, Apple has been busy producing the sapphire screens. He has also explained that sapphire has been used for the manufacturing of electronic components for some years now. Alford has watched and made comments on Marques Brownlee’s video, in which he “stabs” the phone screen with a pointed knife, then scratches it with his keys and finally bends it under his shoes. The result: a perfect screen, without the slightest damage. Brownlee received the part from the well-known blogger Sonny Dickson. Brownlee told the Guardian journalists that he was quite sure that the screen was made by Apple. In the beginning he had his doubts and though it was just another Gorilla Glass screen, but after performing all those extreme tests he was sure that he was dealing with a sapphire made screen.

Brownlee’s opinion was backed up by Alford’s affirmations, who said that the screen presented in the video might be a sapphire one. He explained that if the sapphire was thin enough and if it was without flaws, than it could be bent beyond the normal limits due to its abnormal strength. In his opinion Apple might be doing a lamination of some sort. They might be binding various crystal sapphire cuts in order to bind them together. He also said that there were high chances for some strain to have been introduced in the glass so as to boost its strength.

Sapphire is a material that is by far more advantageous than glass, but unfortunately is quite expensive although there are plenty of raw materials for its production. The manufacturing of artificial sapphire is not a very difficult problem when it comes to small electronic components; it is quite like producing artificial diamonds for jewellery.

Alford explained the greatest problem was the processes of polishing sapphire due to its hardness. He expressed his believes that the manufacturers would have to use slices of diamonds in order to properly cut sapphire. He also explained that costs were the only problem of having sapphire crystals as part of an iPhone.

There are high chances for Apple and its partner producing sapphires to have patented the process for making sapphire crystals screen. This means that producers like Corning, manufacturer of the Gorilla Glass, will not be allowed to create replicates of the Apple screens.

The Amazing Popularity of iOS 7 in spite of The Soon To Be Here iOS 8

iOS 7 produced by Apple was launched ten months ago. In spite of this, its popularity is still on the ascending trend, whit iOS 7 functioning on about 90% of the gadget having an i at the front like iPads, iPods or iPhones.

Apple pointed out on its developer site, that about 90% of the gadgets that visit the Application Store for the iOS devices were functioning on the latest upgrade of the iOS 7 operating system. Apple analyzed a period of seven days having its end on the 13th of July.

Figures point out that devices running on iOS 7 represented about 87% in the month of April. The 90% obtained in the month of July points out a one per cent increase every month.

This increase occurred in the detriment of gadgets functioning on iOS 6, having a share that experienced a decrease from 11% to about 9%. In the month of April the iOS alternatives having the same release date or even older than iOS 5 were running on only 2 % of all devices that were functioning at that moment.

In December the adoption rate of the iOS 7 dropped down a bit, with only 78% of mobile Apple devices functioning of this system. This revitalization is even more amazing since the new iOS 8 is about to be launched the coming autumn.

The upgraded iOS brings various improvements and new features like the HealthKit fitness application, the HomeKit used for smart home support, open APIs or the integrated Applications for Health.

Many hope that the new iOS 8 will be released with the new iPhone 6 coming in the 4.7 and 5.5 inches version. However, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst working for KGI, considers that the launch of the bigger model will be delayed due to various production problems which include the metal casings as well as the touch panels.

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Is There Any Usefulness in Jailbreak iPhone 5S,4S iOS 7.1 or 7.1.2?

Apple has done a lot of improvements to its recently released gadgets. They added numerous features as well as functions, which before all these upgrades, were available just to the ones daring enough to perform jailbreak. Characteristics like the automatic updating, the background applications or the Control Center which used to be very poplar motifs for jailbreaking devices running on iOS, are now part of the system.

However, possessors of iPhone 5s/5, iPhone 4s/4 iOS 7.1 or iOS 7.1.2 phones still need to jailbreak if they want to perform certain activities with their phones. The activities that can be done with the help of these gadgets as well as the applications needed are presented in the following list.

  1.    1.  Dashboard X for widgets
  2.    2.  AdBlocker for block adds
  3.     3. Rename for renaming applications
  4.     4. Browser Change for managing to change the default set browser
  5.    5.  Maps Opener for changing the default application for maps
  6.   6.   iUSer for setting up the multiple users module
  7.     7. Tether Me for tethering regardless the constraints imposed  by the carrier
  8.     8. Bite SMS for improved message services

Thus, in spite of all new upgrades there are some reasons that might determine users to jailbreak iOS. However, the ones that use such practices must carefully consider the benefits brought up by a jailbreak and disadvantages of a jailbreak must when an improved version of the iOS is launched on the market. Furthermore, it is important remember from time to time that BYOD and jailbreaking do not go hand in hand at all.

A New YouTube Video Claims the Show the “Superhero Powers” of iPhone 6

Phone enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the new iPhones 6 to be released. In the meantime rumors of all kind hit up the network. Thus, according to various leaks the soon-to-be-here iPhone 6 has some sort of superpowers when it comes to its screen- it appears to be indestructible.

Above all pictures that popped up on the web, there is a new YouTube video that is supposed to present the front part of the iPhone 6. Thus, the glass made panel appears to be made out of tiny sapphire crystals which protect the phone from various damages, including knife scratches and bends taken to extreme.

The video was made public by Marques Brownlee and throughout the video he subjects the phone to a series of extreme tests that really go beyond the daily usage of an iPhone. At the end of the video he tells his viewers that the greatest damage brought to the phone surface were his fingertips.

For the time being, iPhone 5 S have the front screens made of Gorilla Glass while sapphire crystals are used for protecting the camera and for the sensors used for Touch ID fingerprint.

The phone presented and tested within the video uploaded on YouTube is supposed to be the 4.7 inches version of the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6. Thus, it is possible that the sapphire made screen would belong only to the smaller version.

After rumors and much speculation, the electronic giant finally decided to come open and announce its future partnership with GT Advanced Technologies located in the state of Massachusetts. As part of this, they agreed to prepay a 578 million US dollars to some facility belonging to Apple and located somewhere in Arizona region. The company is the owner of the furnace that manufactures the sapphire type glass for the giant electronic company, Apple.

During the month of April the web site 9to5Mac specialized in technology news pointed out that Apple had already started to give its suppliers in China sapphire glass produced in the Arizona based factory.

There are various reasons why experts as well as users consider that the sapphire glass will be part of the new iPhone 6. One of these reasons is the much rumoured and long awaited iWatch.

The Mockups of iPhone 6 Lack in Design Originality

In a few days from no we will witness some more Apple iPhone 6 unofficial information and news. The late stream of mockups demonstrated that the final exterior aspect of the soon-to-be-here flagships will not emphasize any radio wire breaks.

This comes sharp contrast to the past mockups. The late input about the 4.7-inch as well as the 5.5-inch variants of the cell phone show that past unofficial information was not correct at all and the exterior appearance of this telephone is going to leave everybody astonished.

As for the games, the past mockups related to the iPhone 6 are highly unrealistic. In spite of the fact that mockups give decent insights about the structure, the buyers should not accept the mockups completely.

In spite of the fact that the general design is pointed out by the dummies, the idea of cheap material is still lingering in the air. Sources claimed that they managed to miss a few development gimmicks and even essential design components.

Nikkei stated that the organization would mix easily the display made of bended glass with the aluminum shell encompassing the gadget. It is said that the aluminum components of the cell phone do not mix very well with the iPhone 6 display. However, sources inside Nikkei have guaranteed that this is not the reality, claiming that the bended display functioned smoothly and perfectly with the shell made of aluminum.

The radio wires, which can be easily noticed in the case of the mockups, have few chances to be incorporated in the final version of the iPhone 6. Prior, expectations revolved around a back panel crossed by some white stripes. Nikkei inside sources states that the iPhone 6 will get on the market without this feature as well.

Users Might Enjoy a Better iPhone 6 Battery

A Chinese web site said that the much awaited iPhone 4 featuring a 4.7 inches display will also receive a better battery, having with 15% more strength than the one belonging to the present iPhone.

Thus, there are many who believe that the iPhone 6 will have a longer lasting battery which will not need constant recharging.

Recent leaks claim the Apple will release its new iPhone 6 in two new versions: the 4.7 inch display and the one with 5.5 inch screen. It is said that the smaller version will have more powerful battery than the one of the iPhone 5. If this is to be true, than it is good news for iPhone users around the globe.

Lots of smart phone possessors complain about the quality of the battery, since it requires daily recharging. However, we have to admit that the quality as well as the technology of the battery has improved a lot during the past years. Nowadays, all types of smart phones have so many features that manage to suck up a phone’s energy in just a couple of hours. Thus, for smart phone creators the ultimate challenge is to find a method to keep phone slim while having a very powerful battery.

If the report made public by IT 168, the 4.7 inch version of the iPhoen 6 will have a battery of 1800 mAh and the phone will still preserve its slim, elegant looks. Moreover, the latest rumours claim that the new iPhones will be even slimmer that the ones extant on the market. The 5.5 inches model will be equipped with a battery having 5.500 mAh, which represents a 60% jump in the performance of the battery if the comparison is made with iPhone 5S.

In spite of the innovations and improvements the new batteries will still leave Apple behind its main competitor Android. Just think at Samsung Galaxy S5 and it battery of 2, 800 mAh. However, the S5 is as heavier and ticker as the present iPhone 5. However, a better battery life might overcome slimness in the users’ eyes.

In a quite rude advertisement which has been launched recently, Samsung called users of Apple smart phone users “wall huggers”, who are constantly looking for a socket to recharge their dead battery.

The obvious plus of the Galaxy S5 is its replaceable battery. If they buy a second battery the S5 users can change them when one’s energy has just drained. They do not need to ask a developer to do that for them, they can do it all by themselves. Since Apple has always cordoned the battery of iPhones, such a swap or replacement is a mission impossible for an iPhone user.

How to Use an iPhone 5S to Measure your Fitness Activity?

Hypothetical situation: an iPhone 5 S user speaking with an iPhone 5 specialist about the possibility to use the gadget as fitness tracker.

iPhone 5 S user:

“I like the profits of utilizing tracker for fitness; then again, I would prefer not to wear a fitness writs bracelet to specific occasions. In the majority of cases, I have my geeky iPhone 5s somewhere in one of my pockets. I was thinking about whether there is an application you know of which mixes the information from the M7 type processor with the one from a tracker of fitness so as to enhance the information? Is it necessary to wear a tracker for fitness is I already have an iPhone 5?”

iPhone 5 S specialist:

I really do not have knowledge of an application that mixes the information from wearable wellness trackers with the overall wellness data produced by utilizing just an iPhone 5 S and the implicit M7 type chip, which monitors a person’s movements, with the help of telephone’s new accelerometer, hi-tech gyroscope and extremely reliable compass. The applications I have found out about and which have the capacity to read the information obtained from the M7 chip located in the telephone mostly measure the number of steps you have taken. However some manage to extrapolate and show you the number of burned calories. This is all right but it cannot replace a fitness band that has the capacity to monitor your activity while sleeping, a thing that phone is not able to do right now.

Thus, if the only use you give to your fitness band is to measure the  number of steps you make, than you do not need to wear the band all the time, especially when your phone is around.

But, because of Apple’s plan of getting involved in health and healthy lifestyle, which is largely due to happen with the arrival of iOS 8 in autumn that might change. One gimmick of this new project, named the HealthKit, should combine information from different sources. Apple itself is supposed to be secretly creating its wellbeing smart watch, which would function in connection with an iPhone.

iPhone 5 S user:

I am considering of purchasing another Windows PC. What is the most recent version launched by Windows?

iPhone 5 S specialist

The most recent adaptation is Windows 8.1, Update 1 (regularly called Windows 8.1.1). This version has numerous procedures to make life all the better for people using the traditional mouse and keyboard and who are not fanatics of touch screens. I am not aware of Microsoft’s arrangements; however the rumor goes around that there may be another upgrade to turn Windows into being much more agreeable for the traditional clients. Additionally, it is generally expected that the electronic giant will launch on the market an entire new alternative: Windows 9, in the coming year.

iPhone and iPad Users Troubled by the iOS 7.1.2 Upgrades

The giant electronic company, Apple, has launched on the phone market its iOS 7.1.2 the OTA version running on iPhones as well as on iPads. This has been the second, not so evident upgrade done to iOS 7.  The upgrade was put on sale having the number 11D257, for everything starting with an i, this including iPdos, iPhones and obviously iPads.

The OTA upgrade has around thirty megabytes for the iPad while for the iPhone it has got thirty-two megabytes.

The iOS 7.1.2 provides a series of bug fixers as well as security upgrades like the “iBeacon connectivity”. This new security feature has the ability to fix bugs with the help of information transfer for accessories of the third party type, which might include scanners for bar codes. The upgrade makes Bluetooth available again on iOS gadgets.

Apple received lots of complaints from its customers regarding the iOS 7.1, after its launch that took place in the month of March. Thus, the company decided to create the iOS 7.1.1 update.

People using iOS7 had problems with sending email, with the Notification Center and the Control Panel that just refused to appear. More than that, they had to face the disappearing content, the battery that needed constant recharging and not to mention the crash of the home screen that was coming out of the blue.

The producers managed to fix many of these problems with the help of iOS 7.1. However, there were still complaints about unauthorized individuals managing to pass the Activation Lock. Also, clients continued to have issues with the battery which had a very short life, with crashing of the Apple applications and others.

For the time being, the users of an iPhone as well as the ones owning an iPad have reported problems while trying to install the new iOS 7.1.2 update. The users remain stuck in the process of upgrading their gadgets. Everything stands still when they reach the Software Update section of their menu.

The problem can be solved by re-setting the iPad or iPhone the users possesses. The gadget owner ought to press the Home and the Sleep/Wake button just for a few seconds till the entire screen goes black. The entire process lasts for about ten to fifteen seconds. After this, the famous Apple logo appears on the dark gadget screen. When this happens, users should stop pressing the buttons and have patience and wait for the gadgets to reassume their normal status.

Moreover, the users keep having problems with the iMessage function that does not allow them to receive written messages when they use another device not running on iOS.

The battery still needs constant recharging. The Apple clients have difficulties with the applications for the camera and with the failure of the SIM card after having installed the new program.

Nobody knows if the company is working at an iOS 7.1.3 version. The new iOS 8 has been scheduled to be launched on the market during the month of September. Users hope that the new iOS will put an end to the problems that iOS 7.1.2 has.