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Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

10:40 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.

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GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.

5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with Horrible Name

9:07 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.

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At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-15

2:09 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Push notifications are making the move from our smartphones to our desktops, or at least to our Web browsers. Roost co-founder Burton Miller joins Jeff Gamet to explain how push notifications are already available on your Mac, the standard that will bring them to browsers on other platforms, why Web and app notifications matter, and more.

Leaked Photos Show Finished and Working iPhone 6

9:46 AM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

With Apple's rumored iPhone 6 media event less than a month away, leaked photos showing what appears to be the next version of the company's smartphone are finally surfacing. The pics include shots of the device's screen and seem to confirm the new model will be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S.

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It's just about the right time for photos of completed iPhone 6 models to appear. Assuming they're legit, the new iPhone will be much taller and wider than the iPhone 5S.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-14

1:26 PM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Home automation has the potential to make our lives easier, and Apple is in a prime position to make that happen. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about why Apple TV may be a big part of that, plus they take a look at a new class action lawsuit from Apple shareholders over the company's involvement in a Silicon Vally employee anti-poaching agreement.

Apple Hit with Shareholder Lawsuit Over Employee Anti-poaching Pact

10:24 AM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's involvement in an agreement with other tech companies to not poach employees from each other has landed it in another lawsuit, this time from a shareholder claiming the deal cost the company value, and that executives misled investors. The class action lawsuit names current CEO Tim Cook, along with William Campbell, Millard Drexler, Arthur Levinson, Robert Iger, Andrea Jung, Fred Anderson, and the Estate of Steve Jobs.

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Then-CEO Steve Jobs didn't want his engineers working for the competition, and in this case his efforts to keep his employees from working for Google, Intel, and other companies looks to have been a overzealous. This new shareholder lawsuit is a perfect example of how the decision to go down the employee anti-poaching path is going to be an ongoing headache for Apple for some time.

Apple Patches Safari WebKit Security Issues

9:01 AM, Aug. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released Safari 7.0.6 for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.1.6 for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion on Wednesday to patch several WebKit-related security and memory corruption issues that could let attackers run arbitrary code on victim's computers. The security issue could also cause app crashes.

ACM 267: Apple, HealthKit and Steve Jobs Design Philosophy

7:30 PM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple wants to own the health tracking market, but give us control over the data we collect. Jeff and Bryan look at iOS 8's HealthKit and how it could change the way we handle our own medical and fitness data, Google and Samsung's push to get a piece of the health tracking market, Apple's design philosophy, and the potential for online micropayment systems.

Apple Ready for iPhone 6 Mass Production

3:33 PM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly ready to flip the switch and start mass production of the iPhone 6 ahead of the all but confirmed September 9 media event to introduce the newest member to the company's smartphone lineup. Assuming full scale production is ramping up now, that gives Apple about a month to build up inventory before the iPhone 6's projected release date.

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Apple hasn't confirmed the September 9 media event, or even that new iPhone models have been designed. That said, it's pretty likely we'll get our early September announcement, and the new models will ship a week or so later.