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2018 OLED IPHONE ‘X PLUS’ AND 6.1-INCH LCD MODEL: KEY (LIKELY) DIFFERENCES

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Japan Display’s 6-inch ‘Full Active’ LCD.

Apple will likely reveal at least three new iPhones this fall. Here’s key technology that is expected for the two entirely new models.

Namely, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone and the 6.5-inch OLED “iPhone X Plus.”

Display tech:

The cheaper 6.1-inch iPhon will use LCD technology from suppliers like Japan Display Inc. (JDI) — to date a major LCD source for Apple.

Last year, JDI announced “Full Active” LCD tech in a 6-inch size that allows for nearly bezel-free (borderless) displays. Here’s what JDI said:

This newly-designed LCD module structure will allow the size of a smartphone device to be nearly the same as the display size. It is expected that these features will contribute to create entirely new smartphone designs.

–”Japan Display Inc. Announces Mass Production of ‘Full Active‘”

Persistent rumors from reliable sources point to Apple readying a 6.1-inch bezel-free LCD iPhone (with a notch at the top). So, at the very least, JDI’s tech — if it’s feasible for mass production — would be a good match.

The 6.5-inch OLED “iPhone X Plus” will get the latest and greatest OLED display tech, almost certainly from Samsung.* Apple is trying to find other OLED suppliers like LG Display — and even JDI.  But it’s not clear if LG Display is able to produce in the volume and quality that Apple demands and JDI “has been unable to mass produce OLED displays” according to Nikkei. (Though JDI has plans for mass production of smartphone OLED displays in 2019.)

Reports say the 6.5-inch iPhone will have a 1,242-by-2,688, 455 pixels-per-inch (PPI) display while other supply-chain chatter says it’s closer to 500 PPI. By comparison, Samsung’s 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch OLED at 2,960-by-1,440, which is a 521 PPI.

The Galaxy Note 8 reference is important because Apple’s OLED display, as stated above, will likely come from Samsung. The Galaxy Note 8′s display is a nearly bezel-less, edge-to-edge OLED.

Credit: wylsa.com

iPhone X (L), 6.1-inch LCD, and 6.5-inch OLED.

Size:

Both phones will continue the design ethos begun with the iPhone X: that is, a large-screen edge-to-edge phone that is not much bigger than existing models.

Japanese site Mac Otakara said in May that the 6.5-inch iPhone will be similar in size to (i.e., not much bigger than) the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. That’s possible because the 6.5-inch iPhone’s front is entirely screen, so there’s no wasted bezel space (which is substantial on the iPhone 8 Plus).

The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone falls between the updated 5.8-inch iPhone X and 6.5-inch iPhone, based on the render above (courtesy of wylsa.com). But it won’t have the bells and whistles of the OLED iPhones (more on that below).

The edge-to-edge display also means the end of the home button.

Credit: Apple

iPhone 8 Plus: lots of unused bezel space.

Price:

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said in a research note that the next iPhone X will be priced at $899 and the iPhone X Plus at $999 — the latter the same as the current iPhone X. And the 6.1-inch mid-range iPhone (LCD) would slot in at $799. That’s just speculation of course. The 6.1-inch model could be a little cheaper and the high-end 6.5-inch more pricey.

Apple will keep the 6.1-inch iPhone relatively inexpensive by stripping it of features such as wireless charging and sophisticated rear cameras (i.e., opting for a single-lens camera).

Of course, the less-costly LCD tech will keep the price down too. Interestingly, a recent Wall Street Journal article said that “one hardware engineer at Apple said the company has yet to find a clear advantage for OLEDs over LCDs.”

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*In displays, Apple is playing catch up to Samsung. The South Korean electronics company to date has had a stranglehold on smartphone OLED displays. So, it’s been leading the way with the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 Plus, which have large 6.3- and 6.2-inch OLED displays respectively.  But the dynamics are changing. LG Display is getting ready to step up production of smartphone OLED displays (and will likely be a future Apple supplier) and other manufacturers, such as Japan Display, may also become OLED suppliers.

Credit: Samsung

Samsung leads the way with large OLED display phones.

 

 

 

 

Source: Forbes

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APPLE EXPANDING HAPTIC TOUCH FEATURE IN IPHONE XR WITH IOS 12.1.1 UPDATE: REPORT

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Apple’s new iPhone XR comes with Haptic Touch as a replacement for the 3D Touch sensor. This allows consumers to launch the camera app or turn on the flashlight by using a long-press gesture, though it is not as functional or as quick in terms of response as 3D Touch, which has been part of the iPhones since the iPhone 6s.

Right now Haptic Touch capabilities are limited on the iPhone XR, but Apple could be expanding this with future iOS 12 updates. A report by 9to5Mac says they have spotted new features in the iOS 12.1.1 beta 2, which will increase the capabilities of Haptic Touch on iPhone XR and allow users to expand notifications by long pressing them.

On the iPhone XS, thanks to the 3D Touch display, long pressing on a notification opens up a pop-up menu and action buttons. With the iPhone XR, the rich content will soon be visible thanks to a long press and users will be able to reply, market an email as done, etc depending on the type of notification. Currently users have to swipe left to view the message to take any action, which is tedious on the iPhone XR.

However, the Peek and Pop feature on 3D Touch displays which is used by many apps will not be possible on the iPhone XR. This shows a rich menu when a user long-presses on the icon of particular app. Once again the reason for this is that Apple iPhone XR does not have pressure sensitive display like the other two new iPhones.

 

Given the iOS 12.1.1 beta has the feature, Apple should add the capability to the iPhone XR when the next iOS update is formally rolled out.  The iOS 12.1.1 update will likely start rolling out to the public by the end of this year, though Apple has not confirmed when it will be officially released. The company just released iOS 12.1 which added the Group FaceTime feature, new Emojis, as well as the dual-SIM feature to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR

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SAMSUNG SAYS IT’S WORKING ON FOLDABLE LAPTOP DISPLAYS

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Samsung is expected to unveil its foldable smartphone concept next month, but the company is also working towards bigger devices with foldable displays. “Like foldable smartphones, Samsung is collaborating with display makers to develop laptops with foldable displays that will not just simply fold in and out but create new value and user experience, amid the changing market trends for laptops,” said Lee Min-cheol, vice president at marketing for PCs at Samsung, during a laptop event in South Korea earlier this week.

Foldable displays in laptops could transform the market for 2-in-1 devices. Existing convertible laptops attempt to flip and twist into tablet and media modes, but a foldable display would certainly help create new designs. Samsung hasn’t revealed which companies it’s working with, or any expected date for a prototype or retail device. Still, laptops like HP’s new Spectre Folio would be an ideal candidate for a flexible and foldable display, or even potential devices like Microsoft’s “pocketable” Surface.

The Korea Herald reports that Lee also revealed that Samsung sells around 3.2 million PCs each year, and that they “play a centric role among IT products in increasing connectivity with other mobile devices.” Samsung also recently revealed an ARM-powered Surface-like 2-in-1 recently, complete with LTE connectivity and the promise of up to 20 hours battery life.

 

 

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APPLE’S ICLOUD SERVICES SUFFERED AN EXTENDED OUTAGE

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Apple’s iCloud service appears to be experiencing an extended outage today, with some users reporting problems accessing iCloud-based apps and services like Notes and Find My iPhone. In an update of its System Status page, Apple notes that iCloud is suffering a widespread service disruption of some sort. Not everyone appears to be affected by whatever the issue is.

The outage looks like its affecting some key Apple software services, including iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, and a number of productivity apps that sync using Apple’s cloud platform. And beyond Find My iPhone and Backup, there are quite a few serious software tools that rely on the iCloud infrastructure, like iCloud Keychain for secure login and general account sign in for iOS devices and Macs, that are seeing problems.

There’s no official word yet from Apple, which does not operate a public-facing iCloud Twitter account or other channel for updating users on service status beyond the status page. (The official verified @Apple account typically wipes its tweet history every now and again, and at the moment includes no tweets whatsoever.)

But these issues have been persisting for hours, according to a number of anecdotal accounts on Twitter. We’ll update this post when the situation has been resolved or when we have additional information.

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