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As hype builds for Apple's Sept. 9 announcement, yet another report chimes in with alleged details, saying the company's wearable "iWatch" will sport a flexible screen and wireless charging, while the company's larger iPhone models will apparently offer a one-handed mode for ease of use.

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The details were attributed to unnamed "people knowledgeable about the product" in a Thursday report from The New York Times. Most interestingly, the report said the device will boast a flexible display panel protected by a cover made of sapphire.

In addition, Thursday's report claimed that the so-called "iWatch" will rely on a wireless charging method. It added that Apple tested solar charging for the device but couldn't get it to work.

Like other recent reports, it claimed that the so-called "iWatch" isn't likely to launch until next year, while pricing remains unknown.

Sources who spoke with the publication said Apple's wearable device is one of the company's "most ambitious projects to date." It's said to include advanced sensors that will track movements and vital signs, including heart rate, more accurately than any product currently on the market.

Alleged 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups with iPhone 5s. | Source: TechSmartt via YouTube


As for the so-called "iPhone 6," the report claims that the two new models sized 4.7 and 5.5 inches will come with updated software to accommodate for the larger displays. Specifically, it was said that an optional "one-handed mode" will be included to make it easier to type and control.

Both the new iPhone and "iWatch" are expected to be tightly integrated with one another, utilizing the new "Handoff" functionality of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And both devices are also rumored to feature near-field communications technology for e-wallet mobile payment services.

The report from the Times comes on the heels of a separate story from The Wall Street Journal, published earlier Thursday, claiming that both Apple's "iPhone 6" and "iWatch" will include NFC functionality for mobile payments. That report also reaffirmed that the "iWatch" will apparently boast a curved OLED display.




It's been claimed that the wrist-worn device will come in two-different sizes, potentially intended for both men and women. Multiple recent reports have suggested the "iWatch" will miss the lucrative holiday shopping season, and will become available to customers in early 2015.

Customers likely won't have to wait that long for the new iPhones, though, as Apple is expected to make them available soon after the Sept. 9 event. If the company sticks to its usual release pattern, the "iPhone 6" will hit store shelves on Sept. 19, though there have been rumors that the 5.5-inch model could launch after the 4.7-inch variant due to alleged production issues.

All is expected to be revealed at Apple's media event next Tuesday, which kicks off at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. AppleInsider will be there live, and readers can get up-to-the-minute alerts with the official AppleInsider app for iPhone and iPad.
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flexible sapphire screen?

sapphire thats flexible  hmmmm

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Specifically, it was said that an optional "one-handed mode" will be included to make it easier to type and control.

 

Yes, it’s called MAKING YOUR PHONE SMALL ENOUGH TO BE USED WITH ONE HAND. Enjoy looking like an idiot alongside the 5.5” Android user. The lack of plural is correct.

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The NY Times is massively trolling Apple. They sure know what will get hits.

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I cannot confirm this, but all these "reports" today are apple-coordinated.

I don't think so. All these rumours do is bring disappointment when unrealistic things are stated that don't happen and kill the reveal when the things that are accurate get talked about days, weeks and months ahead of time. None of that helps Apple.

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It'd be so funny if the iwatch launched this quarter instead of Q1 2015.
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flexible sapphire screen?



sapphire thats flexible  hmmmm

I assume they mean it uses a flexible display to create a curve which then has a sapphire cover on it. I don't think that the sapphire will be flexible.

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I cannot confirm this, but all these "reports" today are apple-coordinated.

More will come before day is over
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I don't think so. All these rumours do is bring disappointment when unrealistic things are stated that don't happen and kill the reveal when the things that are accurate get talked about days, weeks and months ahead of time. None of that helps Apple.

Right. But let's consider the fact the on the same day as all these reports flood in-Yes they usually do-But this time Apple launches a countdown website, something I cannot remember them doing in recent history.

Apple usually does not bring this much hype, as far as countdown clocks go. It's quite plausible.
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FLEXIBLE or CURVED ????
If Flexible... Oooohoooo!
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I assume they mean it uses a flexible display to create a curve which then has a sapphire cover on it. I don't think that the sapphire will be flexible.
Here's the thing if it turns out to be a curved screen, then it would have to be anti-glare. Because in the case where you hold a curved screen, no matter how much you tilt it, there is a persistent glare. With a non-curved screen you can get rid of glare.
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Yes, it’s called MAKING YOUR PHONE SMALL ENOUGH TO BE USED WITH ONE HAND. Enjoy looking like an idiot alongside the 5.5” Android user. The lack of plural is correct.

 

5.5

 

Guess i was right

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The only website I can being correct within days of any Apple annulment is the WSJ.

I dont buy flexible sapphire for a second. Curved?


I also don't see them doing wireless charging unless iPhone has it as well. Otherwise, people might justifiably say, I will wait for next years iPhone with wireless charging.
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I see AAPL is down another 1% when the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all up on the day. Another analyst coming out and throwing cold water on the "iWatch" and that Apple's product cycle peaked with iPhone 6. Here's my question: all the rumors point to new product categories and new services like mobile payments. What more is Wall Street expecting Apple to do? And why are Apple's competitors priced as though they have limitless growth and upside but yet Apple is treated as though it has no place to go but down?
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It'd be so funny if the iwatch launched.

 

There... fixed that for you.

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The NY Times is massively trolling Apple. They sure know what will get hits.

Hmm...not so sure. This comes out on the same day Apple puts up a live web stream page with a count down clock. Who knows if all of these rumors will turn out to be correct but I doubt they're all BS either. What I think will be most impressive (and completely overlooked by the mainstream press there) is the chip technology. All the stuff Bob Mansfield has been working on in his special projects role. I'm excited to finally see what's been cooking these past couple years.

I love it though that none of these rumors are coming from wonder boy Mark Gurman. Must drive him crazy that he's had next to no scoops on this event. 1biggrin.gif
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5.5

Guess i was right
Not yet.
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flexible sapphire screen?



sapphire thats flexible  hmmmm

I assume they mean it uses a flexible display to create a curve which then has a sapphire cover on it. I don't think that the sapphire will be flexible.

If the sapphire layer is thin enough (probably the top layer of a laminate) then in principle it could be sufficiently flexible for this purpose.
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I see AAPL is down another 1% when the likes of Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all up on the day. Another analyst coming out and throwing cold water on the "iWatch" and that Apple's product cycle peaked with iPhone 6. Here's my question: all the rumors point to new product categories and new services like mobile payments. What more is Wall Street expecting Apple to do? And why are Apple's competitors priced as though they have limitless growth and upside but yet Apple is treated as though it has no place to go but down?

 

Don't worry about Wall Street clowns.  If Apple continues to grow earnings we see $125 next year.

 

The stock is down because of short termers, traders, option players, weak hands, ect.  IMO, I think we test $110 by EOM

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If the sapphire layer is thin enough (probably the top layer of a laminate) then in principle it could be sufficiently flexible for this purpose.

I designed an optical sensor used in quite large volumes, used a short piece of hemi-spherical  'rod' which contacted the (moving) part being sensed'. I tried so very long to get a thin piece of sapphire that i could bend- unless you know of some special method - Apple has somehow managed to modify the lattice structure to make it flexible

Actually I doubt its a flexible sapphire window - I go with the consensus that says its curved, but still rigid

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Right. But let's consider the fact the on the same day as all these reports flood in-Yes they usually do-But this time Apple launches a countdown website, something I cannot remember them doing in recent history.

Apple usually does not bring this much hype, as far as countdown clocks go. It's quite plausible.

Right, but there is NFW that Apple is strategically leaking these details in advance of the big reveal.  The worst thing that can happen is if the story on Tuesday is "Apple delivered on only x% of the things that were expected."

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Apple is going to announce that Siri is being replaced by the consciousness and voice of Jobs, they built a base on the dark side of the moon and Steve Balmer has been hired to head product development.

 

The one that is the most possible is the least likely ;) 

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If the sapphire layer is thin enough (probably the top layer of a laminate) then in principle it could be sufficiently flexible for this purpose.
I designed an optical sensor used in quite large volumes, used a short piece of hemi-spherical  'rod' which contacted the (moving) part being sensed'. I tried so very long to get a thin piece of sapphire that i could bend- unless you know of some special method - Apple has somehow managed to modify the lattice structure to make it flexible
Actually I doubt its a flexible sapphire window - I go with the consensus that says its curved, but still rigid

It's only going to work as part of a larger structure that constrains the local radius of curvature. I'm not surprised that you were unable to make a freestanding flexible sapphire rod. I'm talking about thicknesses of no more than a couple of tens of microns, probably less.
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Don't worry about Wall Street clowns.  If Apple continues to grow earnings we see $125 next year.

The stock is down because of short termers, traders, option players, weak hands, ect.  IMO, I think we test $110 by EOM
I'm seriously thinking of getting out even though I've always been long AAPL because I can't deal with the nervous nellies who pump the stock one minute and run away like scared little girls the next. Wall Street's really quaking in their boots over the Note 4 and these stupid smartphones on a wrist? Seriously?
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Please stop parroting the word report. These are all rumors, unless those two words are somehow synonymous these days
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Don't worry about Wall Street clowns.  If Apple continues to grow earnings we see $125 next year.

The stock is down because of short termers, traders, option players, weak hands, ect.  IMO, I think we test $110 by EOM
I do wonder what to make of this Ben Bajarin tweet today:
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@BenBajarin: My knowledge exchange is ripe with new insights on Apple today… Seat belts may be required for the next few months.

He also says he doesn't think Apple is the one leaking all this stuff. I tend to agree as I'm sure the last thing they want is an event where everyone knows what's coming. Cook & Co. seemed really happy at WWDC because most of what was announced hadn't leaked beforehand,
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Yes, it’s called MAKING YOUR PHONE SMALL ENOUGH TO BE USED WITH ONE HAND. Enjoy looking like an idiot alongside the 5.5” Android user. The lack of plural is correct.

and all the iPhone user's with larger screens in about 15 days?

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Yes, it’s called MAKING YOUR PHONE SMALL ENOUGH TO BE USED WITH ONE HAND. Enjoy looking like an idiot alongside the 5.5” Android user. The lack of plural is correct.

It's called Siri
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Doh! One-handed. It seems so obvious now. Things like keyboards, number pads, home screens will shrink and slide to one side. If it's the wrong side, you tap in the blank area, and it slides over toward your "tapper". Toggle one-hand mode in the control panel.
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One-handed mode is going to be HUGE!  

 

Think about it - what is the main reason for getting a large display phone?  pr0n.  A one handed phablet will sell like pr0n.

 

iWatch will be the first real test of Apple's ability to innovate without The Steve.  The more I learn of it, the more excited I am for Apple's future.  

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Here's the thing if it turns out to be a curved screen, then it would have to be anti-glare. Because in the case where you hold a curved screen, no matter how much you tilt it, there is a persistent glare. With a non-curved screen you can get rid of glare.

Not really. Anti-reflective coatings can help. And polarization can sometimes work. Also, you're thinking two-dimensionally. A curved surface can still be rotated in two other dimensions to eliminate glare. And you can always hold your other hand over it. Unless the surface is convex or concave, I don't see glare being a big issue.

 

Especially for contortionists.  ;)

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One-handed mode is going to be HUGE!  

 

Think about it - what is the main reason for getting a large display phone?  pr0n.  A one handed phablet will sell like pr0n.

 

iWatch will be the first real test of Apple's ability to innovate without The Steve.  The more I learn of it, the more excited I am for Apple's future.  

 

 

Stretching a bit?

 

Apple did innovate without Steve J.

With Jobs it just reGained focus.

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Don't worry about Wall Street clowns.  If Apple continues to grow earnings we see $125 next year.

 

The stock is down because of short termers, traders, option players, weak hands, ect.  IMO, I think we test $110 by EOM

 

No, the stock is down because of Apple's iCloud security breach.  It's a huge story outside the Apple reality bubble at Mac fanboi sites.

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Stretching a bit?

 

Apple did innovate without Steve J.

With Jobs it just reGained focus.

 

Prior to Jobs return, Apple offered myriad beige boxes and couldn't even develop a successor to Mac OS.  If you call that innovating, then you're stretching your cognitive capacity to it's breaking point.

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I designed an optical sensor used in quite large volumes, used a short piece of hemi-spherical  'rod' which contacted the (moving) part being sensed'. I tried so very long to get a thin piece of sapphire that i could bend- unless you know of some special method - Apple has somehow managed to modify the lattice structure to make it flexible
Actually I doubt its a flexible sapphire window - I go with the consensus that says its curved, but still rigid

With researchers and John Hopkins, Berkeley and Cal Tech independently solving the lattice issues of glass and allowing for the atoms to align analogous to steel, thus being coined transparent steel, I wonder if the world will soon be able to experience these advances, and not just be entertained with more research breakthroughs.

Metallic Glass:
http://www.jhu.edu/news/home06/jan06/glass.html

Glass you can build with: Metallic glass that's stronger and lasts longer
http://phys.org/news157108855.html

Caltech-Led Team Creates Damage-Tolerant Metallic Glass -
http://www.caltech.edu/content/caltech-led-team-creates-damage-tolerant-metallic-glass
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With respect to the iWatch. I just hope Apple sticks to their guns and does not release it until it is absolutely the most amazing hand held device ever. Screw the media, the Wallstreet guys, and the analysts,

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I don't think so. All these rumours do is bring disappointment when unrealistic things are stated that don't happen and kill the reveal when the things that are accurate get talked about days, weeks and months ahead of time. None of that helps Apple.


It really doesn't matter if the news media or industry pundits are disappointed because the iPhone doesn't have some built-in matter transporter.  All that matters is whether consumers will buy the iPhone in quantity.  The average consumer doesn't have the expectations of tech-heads and they'll simply settle for a good Apple product.  Apple has stated nothing about any product and its the news media that's gone off all by itself.  The average consumer probably doesn't follow every little rumor as they've got more important things in their life.  I think a lot of consumers will like mobile payments and if it works seamlessly and Apple has major banks and credit card companies signed up, then I'm sure there will be a lot of happy consumers.  I would certainly be one of them to have NFC take the place of my credit card especially if it worked for vending machines or as a transit pass.

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Not yet.

I went to ATT yesterday evening to verify my cross line upgrade eligibility and was told they are planning for two versions. 4.7 and 5.5. I have bought every version of iphone since 3G and this is the first time ATT has spoken on a rumor like that. So I would bet substantially on both sizes.
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If anyone creating mock up drawings read this site, I apologize in advance. AI, please stop including these absolutely hideous mock-up drawings with every story about the "iWatch". They are irrelevant and we always end up with some dweeb saying how the device is going to fail because it so ugly. What does the picture in this story have to do with the story?

Here is my mock up of the iWatch. Please consider it for the next story:

-O-
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No, the stock is down because of Apple's iCloud security breach.  It's a huge story outside the Apple reality bubble at Mac fanboi sites.

So it's a huge story among people who don't really understand it. Cool 1smile.gif
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