Patents are being passed onto Apple from a Virginia based biometric security startup company called Privaris. Privaris are known for there handheld and keyring attached biometric scanners. Rumour has it that Apple are look at introducing a buttonless (built into screen) Touch ID Sensor in 2017.

If the rumours are true and Apple do pair up with Privaris, its fair to assume that the uses for the Touch ID sensors will expand exponentially! Especially with the impending launch of home kit, there’s suggestions that Apple will implement a door unlock feature using just Touch ID.

Although it has been corroborated that Apple have actually purchased patents from Privaris, there’s nothing to say they will actually go on to use them. As Apple have a habit of sucking up patents which never go on to be in production. The flip side being when Apple acquired AuthenTec back in 2012, who Apple rebranded as Touch ID. An quickly implemented their technology across its mobile device range.

Of course, if they do actually  manage to implement the Touch ID sensor in the screen itself, it could spell the end of the home button on the iPhone.  Rumours have been rife since as far back as 2011 suggesting Apple would drop the home button.. The up and coming release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (which have just gone into production) have already but it to bed for another year.

However, that in itself comes with it’s own challenges, the most obvious being a bigger reliance on phone side buttons. Which is something other manufacturers seem to prefer. Only time will tell if Apple do in fact radically change the design and layout of the iPhone. Perhaps we will even see Touch ID in its MacBook range!? Who knows..



iphone-7-xrqA recent announcement form a source (which has often proved to be correct) has suggested Apple’s latest (and greatest yet?) is scheduled to land a little earlier then expected.. KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo tags the iPhone 6s / iPhone 7 release date as being sometime in August, and not the original (and standard) September date.

KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has listed 11 features he suggests we may get to see on the next iPhone revision, and also put to bed rumours of a smaller 4inch model:

  • Screen sizes are to remain at 4.7 and 5.5.
  • A new colour case will be added to the mix, the rose gold colour as featured in the recent Apple Watch Edition releases
  • The rear facing camera is likely to be capable of 12MP snaps, some other sources also suggest the camera will no longer protrude from the flat casing of the phone
  • An additional microphone will be added on the rear of the device to improve voice quality of call
  • The A9 processor will be used, along side 2GB of LPDDR4 memory
  • Several design and mechanical adjustments will be made to prevent potential repeats of ‘bend-gate’
  • Several improvements will be made to the Touch ID chip and workings to further the take-on of Apple Pay
  • Introduction of force sensitive touch screen, enabling more input methods, including handwriting, and signature support

As Ming-Chi Kuo has known to be slightly out on his launch dates in the past, I personally am remaining sceptical on this one.. However, worth reporting non the less – who knows, they may surprise us all!

 

 



Since I installed iOS 8 on my iPhone 5s I’ve been experiencing a strange issue with the predictive keyboard/QuickType. Some words that the predictive keyboard suggested had a large gap at the beginning. Meaning my messages would send out looking something like this:

“The cat sat on the mat” …. This is not something I text a lot but used purely as an example.

I soon started to realise it was words that I had previously added to the dictionary. So I figure clearing the dictionary may fix it.. Which it did!

So if your experiencing issues with the predictive keyboard, then perhaps try deleting your iPhone keyboard dictionary. This isn’t the language dictionary this is purely your own custom words.

To do this, tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary

You’ll them be prompted for your iPhone passcode, once entered the dictionary will be wiped.

Caveat: This will obviously mean you’ll have to build up your custom word dictionary again from scratch.. However it’s a small price to pay!



Managed to make it onto one of the many pre-order lists for the new Apple iPhone 6? Great! Well Giffin Technology have stepped up, and created there very own Pre-order list for iPhone 6 cases. Whats more they are offering a 15% discount across the entire site!

You can bag your discount code, and head over to Griffin by clicking the link below.

This code is only valid THIS weekend! So you don’t have long!

15% Off Site-Wide
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T-Mobile recently released news of a brand new initiative across it’s mobile phone network. Customers are now able to request a trial iPhone 5s handset on their T-Mobile Test Drive initiative.

The trial allows a no obligation, no strings and no costs (asides from your calls and data obviously) 7 day use of Apple’s flagship handset the 5s.

More then 12,000 people have already signed up to the trials.

Although there is no news of the trial being rolled out to other handsets, it’s clear to see the idea has proven popular. So in my opinion it would make perfect sense to do so. No longer will consumers have to buy blind a handset, that they may not get on with..

Great move T-Mobile.




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