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Yesterday, 02:19 PM

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<p>One of the main upgrades to the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-gallery/">nextiPhone’s internals</a> will be a redesigned wireless system featuring a new Qualcomm-made LTE chip, as revealed by images of a prototype iPhone 6S logic board shared by a source. As shown in the image below, the new device will include Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. This new chip promises significant performance improvements over the “9X25″ chip found inside of the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, capable of delivering up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds…</p>
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<p>The new MDM9635M chip was first <a href="https://www.qualcomm...>introduced</a>by Qualcomm in late 2013, nearly two years after the chip inside the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=iPhone%206&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPhone%206&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5D2WRVVKXXODR2WH">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=iPhone%206%20plus&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AiPhone%206%20plus&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=5YJMTLRJ6CPMB5NA">6 Plus</a> was first announced. However, due to standard production lag times, the chip only hit the smartphone market one year ago, as the modem inside a South Korean variant on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=galaxy%20s5&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=9to5maccom-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=7WC6ROFCEY7YYBBF">Samsung’s Galaxy S5</a>. For end users, the most important new feature from the chip will be the potential for up to 300 Mbps download speeds, doubling the 150 Mbps download speeds found in the current generation iPhone lineup. The new chip has the same 50 Mbps upload speed limit, however, and real-world performance is likely to be closer to 225Mbps or lower, depending on the cellular network.</p>
<p>The newer processor also is more power efficient, according to Qualcomm, which could mean improved battery life when the iPhone 6S is used for LTE functionality. We are also told that the new iPhone’s motherboard is slightly narrower and more compact overall than the iPhone 6’s and iPhone 6 Plus’s motherboard, which could mean extra room for a modestly larger battery. Combined with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...h-gallery/">iOS9’s new power-saving features</a> and low-power mode, it would make sense for Apple to also improve battery life by way of upgraded hardware.</p>
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<p>Qualcomm’s new chip saves Apple some motherboard space due to its slightly more compact size. The “9X35″ is built using a newer 20nm production process, more condensed than the 28nm process used for the Qualcomm cellular data chip in the current iPhones. The “9X35″ new chip is Qualcomm’s first built with the new production process, which leads to power efficiency and reduced heat generation. This new chip could prevent iPhones from warming up when under intense data usage.</p>
<p>An upgrade over the “Category 4″ chipset in the current iPhone, the new chip is in the category of “Category 6″ cellular modems due to its speed. “The Category 6 speeds enabled by the Gobi 9×35 will allow customers to enjoy blazing-fast downloads, snappier application performance due to lower network response time, and run more connectivity based applications smoothly, as well as concurrently,” Qualcomm said when discussing the new chip.</p>
<p>It is still “backwards compatible and supports all other major cellular technologies, including DC-HSPA, EVDO Rev. B, CDMA 1x, GSM and TD-SCDMA,” Qualcomm later added. The chip maker also said that the chip enables smartphone makers to “design sleeker devices without sacrificing performance, while at the same time allowing operators to increase their network capacity and efficiency,” which could open up the door for slimmer iPhones in the future.</p>
<p>However, it does not appear that a slimmer iPhone is ready for 2015, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...de-gallery/">asour earlier images indicated no easily discernible external design differences</a> between the upcoming iPhone and the current iPhone line. In addition to more robust wireless networking and potentially improved battery life, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/26/ios-9-supports-iphone-6s-force-touch-may-enhance-imessage-keyboard-apple-pay/">we were told in May that the new iPhone will include a Force Touch display</a> akin to that on the Apple Watch. We’re still tracking additional iPhone 6S details this week, so stay tuned.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/'>iOS Devices</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/20nm/'>20nm</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/3g/'>3G</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/4g/'>4G</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/9x25/'>9X25</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/9x35/'>9X35</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/att/'>AT&amp;T</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/chip/'>chip</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/efficiency/'>Efficiency</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone-6s/'>iphone 6s</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone-6s-plus/'>iphone 6s plus</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/lte/'>LTE</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/mdm9635m/'>MDM9635M</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/processor/'>processor</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/qualcomm/'>Qualcomm</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/sprint/'>Sprint</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/verizon/'>Verizon</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/387127/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=387127&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Check out <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> for more breaking coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/">iOS Devices</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/att/">AT&amp;T</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/07/01/phone-6s-twice-as-fast-better-battery/#comments">Discuss "iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with new Qualcomm&nbsp;chip" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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Jony Ive Officially Takes 'Chief Design Officer'...

Today, 02:05 AM

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Apple senior executive Jonathan Ive has officially assumed the role of "Chief Design Officer" at Apple effective today, after being promoted from his previous role of "Senior Vice President of Design" nearly six weeks ago. Apple has updated Ive's executive profile on its leadership website to reflect the design chief's new position as Apple's third active C-level executive alongside CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri.

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Apple announced in a company-wide email last month that Ive would be promoted to Chief Design Officer on July 1 and turn over his day-to-day management of the company's design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Ive will remain responsible for all of Apple's design, with a focus on redesigning Apple Stores and other larger projects.
Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5000 design and utility patents to his name. His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time. Jony’s design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and, more recently, software UI to the look and feel of Apple retail stores, our new campus in Cupertino, product packaging and many other parts of our company.
Ive spoke with The Telegraph journalist Stephen Fry last month about his decision to relinquish some of his control, stating that he is still in charge of Apple's design departments without needing to focus on administrative and management work, responsibilities that will now fall under his lieutenants Howarth and Dye. The move had been widely expected for several years.
When I catch up with Ive alone, I ask him why he has seemingly relinquished the two departments that had been so successfully under his control. “Well, I’m still in charge of both,” he says, “I am called Chief Design Officer. Having Alan and Richard in place frees me up from some of the administrative and management work which isn’t … which isn’t …”

“Which isn’t what you were put on this planet to do?”

“Exactly. Those two are as good as it gets."
Ive has been a full-time Apple employee since 1992, and rumors about him scaling back at the company have gained momentum over the years. Ive in the past has expressed his desire to spend more time in his native England, where he grew up, and his promotion will enable him to travel more often and possibly work remotely at times. Ive and his family currently live in an upscale neighborhood in San Francisco.


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iOS 8.4 Removes Home Sharing for Music

Today, 01:22 AM

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homesharing.pngJust a day after the release of iOS 8.4, which includes Apple's brand new music service Apple Music, many users on both the MacRumors forums and Apple Support communities are finding that the update removes Home Sharing for music on iOS devices. This breaks the ability for users to share their iTunes Library over Wi-Fi from their mobile devices.

Apple yesterday updated a Home Sharing support document to note that Home Sharing on iOS devices is only limited to video. Thus far, Home Sharing for music still appears to be available for both Mac and Apple TV. Additionally, while the Music page in iOS' Settings once listed a Home Sharing option prior to iOS 8.4, the option is no longer there in the new Apple Music settings page in iOS 8.4.

As pointed out by AppleInsider, the release notes for iOS 8.4 beta 4 mentioned that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently available", offering the possibility that the feature could return in future versions of iOS.

While the possibility of Home Sharing for music returning on iOS devices is there, it's unclear whether Apple would return the option for non-subscribers of Apple Music. The music service includes the ability to sign up for a $14.99-a-month family plan, which allows access for up to 6 people.


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Satechi external batteries are like lightning in your pocket

Yesterday, 07:47 PM

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If your device dies, you can usually find a place to plug in. But that’s only if you carry your charging cord and even if you’re lucky enough to have it on you, you’re stuck at the outlet until you’ve

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Jony Ive officially moves to Chief Design Officer as Dye...

Today, 02:22 AM

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After announcing the change in a company-wide memo last month, Apple today has officially updated Jony Ive’s executive bio on Apple.com to reflect his new role as Chief Design Officer. Ive was promoted from Senior Vice President of Design earlier this year. Ive’s bio notes that he reports directly to Tim Cook and is responsible for all design at Apple, including retail, Apple Campus 2, software, and hardware.

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Apple this evening has also added executive bios for Alan Dye, the new Vice President of User Interface Design, and Richard Howarth, the new Vice President of Industrial Design. The bios for both Howarth and Dye note that they also report to CEO Tim Cook. The memo shared earlier this year implied that Howarth and Dye would report to Ive, but that must have changed at some point between now and then.

Howarth will focus on hardware and has been part of the iPhone team since the device launched in 2007. Dye will focus on software on both desktop and mobile devices and played a major role in the iOS 7 redesign as well as the design of watchOS.

Ive’s new executive bio reads as follows:

Jonathan Ive is Apple’s Chief Design Officer, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Jony is responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Campus 2 and Apple’s retail stores, as well as new ideas and future initiatives.
Dye’s role is described as follows:
Alan Dye is Apple’s vice president of User Interface Design, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Alan joined Apple in 2006 as creative director with the Marketing Communications team, following previous design lead roles at Kate Spade and Ogilvy & Mather.

Before joining the User Interface team, Alan led global design efforts across all aspects of communications, from identity and packaging, through retail and interactive experiences.

And below is Howarth’s role:
Richard Howarth is Apple’s vice president of Industrial Design, reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Richard joined Apple in 1996 and has been involved in the design of nearly every Apple product since the original iMac. He’s led the design of each generation of iPhone and most recently, Apple Watch. As head of the Industrial Design group, Richard leads a multinational team of extraordinarily talented designers, CAD sculptors and model makers responsible for creating and imagining the future of Apple products.

Apple’s executive design shakeup was revealed earlier this year and centers around Jony Ive wanting to take on a smaller role and spend more time with his family and in his home country of England. Ive will still be in charge of the design teams overall, but the day-to-day management will be handed by Dye and Howarth.
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Apple removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS 8.4

Today, 01:46 AM

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Apple yesterday rolled out iOS 8.4 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users and the big news, of course, was the addition of Apple Music and Beats 1. It appears now, however, that Apple removed a feature still used by many from the operating system. As pointed out by several users on Apple’s Support forum, the company appears to have removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS 8.4. The Home Sharing support page has also been updated to reflect that the feature is not present in iOS 8.4.

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Home Sharing allowed users of iOS devices to access their iTunes library from anywhere within their house and stream the content to their phone, iPod, or iPad. The feature originally supported both video and audio content, but now with iOS 8.4 only supports video content. Home Sharing for audio is still live, however, for Apple TV users (via Apple Insider).

The reason for the removal of Home Sharing for music in iOS 8.4 most likely centers around the licensing agreements concerning Apple Music. It’s entirely possible that Apple doesn’t have the rights to allow content obtained via Apple Music to be streamed over WiFi like Home Sharing requires.

The obvious solution to the problem is to switch to Apple Music’s family plan, which allows families of up to 6 to access Apple’s catalog of content for $14.99 per month. Home Sharing originally launched in 2011 as part of iOS 4.3.


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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ wasn’t worth all that Spotify drama

Yesterday, 11:42 PM

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No one has shut up about this album since it came out in October 2014. Taylor Swift’s “1989” sold over a million copies in the first week alone and continues to sell well even today, largely due to the fact

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Apple Maps Vehicles Surveying 13 More U.S. States Later T...

Yesterday, 10:33 PM

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Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data in the United States will begin surveying 13 more U.S. states between July 15 and July 31, including Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wyoming. Apple Maps vehicles have been spotted in 15 states to date and will have reached 28 states in total after this next wave.

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Apple confirmed last month that it is driving vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps, and the mapping imagery is almost certainly being used to create a Google Maps "Street View" competitor. Apple Maps vehicles are also taking photos of businesses and storefronts in major metropolitan areas to replace current imagery provided by third-party sources such as Yelp.

The cities and counties in the 13 U.S. states where Apple Maps vehicles will survey…
Colorado
Denver

Idaho
Ada County (Boise)

Indiana
Marion County (Indianapolis)

Kentucky
Jefferson County (Louisville)

Maryland
Baltimore

Minnesota
Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Ramsey County (St. Paul)

Missisippi
Harrison County (Gulfport)

New Mexico
Santa Fe

Ohio
Hamilton County (Cincinnati)

Oregon
Lane County (Eugene), Marion County (Salem)

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia

South Dakota
Pennington County (Rapid City)

Wyoming
Laramie County (Cheyenne)
Apple has posted a complete list of new areas in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland where it will begin surveying throughout the last two-and-a-half weeks of July on its Apple Maps vehicles website. In addition to 12 new U.S. states, Apple will continue surveying unmapped areas in California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.


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Apple Music will be super cheap in some countries

Yesterday, 08:37 PM

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Apple Music, the new song-streaming platform that started rolling out yesterday, is currently free for everyone while the company shows off how cool its new product is. After the three-month trial period that we’re all enjoying, however, using the full

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