iPhone Rumors

  • What The iPhone 5S Would Look Like With A 4.3” Screen

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on July 18, 2013

    Is Apple Gearing Up For A 4.3” iPhone 5S?

    Will the iPhone 5S finally be the true innovation on an “S” model iPhone? Blasphemy! Apple has set themselves up on a pretty linear path when it comes to the launching of their iPhones. Every year somewhere between mid-summer and October they release their latest iteration in the line, starting with a whole number, such as the iPhone 5, then releasing the “S” iteration the next year, in this case being the iPhone 5S.

    Now normally these “S” models offer only minor improvements over their predecessor, such as speed bumps for the CPU and minor adjustments to iOS. This year looked to be no different, until the rumors started floating around earlier this week about the delay for the iPhone 5S, due to Apple wanting to put 4.3” Displays on the device. Normally we don’t report on rumors without hard evidence, but the fact that Bloomberg felt it was worthy of being picked up intrigued us.

    iPhone 5S, Made Possible By Samsung?

    There are also talks that Apple is working with Samsung to get these new displays, but there is no concrete evidence that either of these rumors are true. Still, in the spirit of being geeks, we here at RepairLabs thought it would be fun to work up a mock image of what a 4.3” iPhone5S would look like in comparison to the last iPhone model, the iPhone 5.

    RepairLabs' Comparison iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 Screen Size

    One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone 5 was that, yes, they made the screen bigger, but the shape of the phone was just off. Some people loved it, but just as many disliked it. If Apple really is set on moving up to a 4.3” Display, their best bet would be to expand out at an angle, making the phone wider, and less oblong shaped.

    Will The iPhone 5S Change The Repair Field?

    Whether the resolution would increase or not, is still up for debate. With the iPhone line already boasting the extremely sharp Retina Displays, Apple may be able to get away from boosting up the pixel count, while still offering a beautiful display. Ideally they would offer us a true HD screen this time around, possibly at 720P or even 1080P, but that’s not likely to happen, and if it will, it will most likely be on the iPhone 6 that will undoubtedly be out next year.

    With RepairLabs already boasting the wholly unique Ecto-Dynamic System for fixing the current screens used on the iPhone 5, it will be interesting from a repair standpoint to see if our system will still be viable on the new iPhone 5S screens.

    This post was posted in Tech, iPhone Rumors, iPhone and was tagged with iphone 5s screen 4.3", iphone 5s, iphone 5s 4.3" screen image, iphone rumors, repairlabs, Tech, iPhone

  • iOS 7 - What Was Apple Thinking?!

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on June 11, 2013

    Enter iOS 7

    Please note people that the version of iOS 7 used within this post is the beta developer’s version, and that the final product may differ from what you’re about to see.

    Ok for those of you didn’t hear or are living under a rock with poor internet reception, yesterday Apple announced the new iOS 7, among many other things. iOS has been criticized for a long time now for being the same with every “new” iteration. What was Apple’s answer to this? Why to pretty much blow up the look of the operating system and rebuild it.

    We here at RepairLabs have gotten our hands on the new beta version of iOS 7, and are here to give you a full rundown of our thoughts and opinions on it up to this point.

    The results are mixed, at best. I personally dislike the whole look. It’s like Apple thought to themselves “WWAHD?” or “What would a hipster do?” This was the result. Now for the sake of being fair, I got past my initial disgust of the design and utilized the new features to test out the actual functionality of the new iOS.

    iOS 7 Design

    From a design standpoint, my feelings are pretty clear. I don’t like the new look at all. The icons all have a bright, colorful vector feel to them that I feel is far too hipster for the phone’s own good. Nothing else really changed when it comes to design for the icons. You still have the standard layout with the app rows and the main functions at the bottom.

    RepairLabs & iOS 7

    The lock screen is one of those interesting changes. It’s essentially identical to its predecessor in how it functions, but it now looks nearly identical to a handful of Android phones.. Very interesting.

    When it comes to additions to the design, this is where Apple has made improvements. With the new slide down menus on the top and bottom, which are called the Control Center and the Navigation Center, along with the redesigned unlock screen, we get the feeling that Apple has been watching the competition closely while working on this latest version.

    The slide down from the top gives you access to the Navigation Center, which houses your calendar and the stock market widget. I find them to be an odd combination, but having instant access to your calendar is a handy feature.

    Sliding the screen from the bottom up gives you the Control Center, much like the top bar of an Android phone. From here you can change your general settings such as WiFi and whatnot, below that is the media player, brightness, and a few of the essential apps; flashlight, (handy) stopwatch, calculator, and camera.

    You may have noticed that the search page is now gone. Replacing it is this new frustrating feature where you have to do an angled swipe down to pull down the search. It feels silly and they should have left it be. You know that they say, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Also note that you can now voice search, much like Android phones.

    iOS 7 Functionality

    This is where Apple impressed me. The aesthetic changes were an extremely mixed bag, but the functionality changes were across the board positives. The speed to open apps is unrivaled at this point, and the way it pulls you into the app instead of simply opening it is a nice touch.

    I felt that in general the phone was a lot more snappy and quick while moving from app to app. The only issue I’ve had functionality wise is that Siri is currently broken. Now I don’t know if this is because of the phone or the update, and am not going to hold it against Apple right this very moment, but it is an issue that is apparent as this time.

    iOS 7 Apps

    While I’ll show you the difference in design for a lot of the apps, the only two apps that seem to function differently are the camera and the music player.

    iTunes Radio – This is the music player that iPhone users have deserved for a long time. It’s clean and simple and runs really well. I love the design of it, and found navigating through it was a breeze.

    Camera – The camera is essentially the same, Apple just made a handful of thoughtful additions to it, including the ability to add filters on the fly, like Instagram, but not… Instagram..

    iOS 7 New Features

    Parallax effects and a new App Cleaning function are really the highlights of the new features at this time. I’m sure as we get further into development Apple will add more new features, including access to Airdrop, which I couldn’t use at this time.

    Parallax Effects – Ok, these are silly and unnecessary, but dang-it they look cool! With the parallax, you get the effect of depth with your screen, which is compounded by the fact that the background shifts and skews as you twist and turn the phone, really adding to the depth effect.

    App Cleaning – Goodness, I honestly can’t believe it has taken Apple this long to implement a quality app cleaning function. The App Cleaning function that Android and Windows use are extremely intuitive; and the Apple version is no different. Flinging apps up causes them to close-out, helping to conserve your battery life and improve overall performance.

    Conclusion

    The GoodSpeedy, Intuitive and finally adding features that the other OS’s have had for a long time now. New iTunes Radio and App Cleaning functions are handy and feel like they should have been introduced a few iterations ago.

    The BadVector.. Really, Apple? The feel of the new colors and icons is extremely hipster and may turn off more serious or mature users. I still would like to see widgets instead of just little app bubble icons.

    The UglyWhy is Siri broken?? On top of that the phone runs extremely hot with this new update. We’re not talking thermal meltdown, but rather uncomfortable in the hand after 30-45 minutes of use.

    Other ThoughtsI feel that Apple really hasn’t take a huge leap forward with this new “revolutionary” iOS 7 update. Yes, it’s an upgrade on iOS 6, I’m not denying that – BUT where is the features that have become common-place with the competition that Apple still lacks?

    The design is silly in my opinion, but the speed and functionality increases make this a worthwhile upgrade. We can only hope that it gets better as it gets closer to release.

    How varying are opinions on the new iOS so far? Well check out some thoughts from the RepairLabs staff. And remember, the next time you break your iPhone or need to get your iPad repaired, to think of your friends here at RepairLabs! 

    Taylor ~ Lead Repair Technician - It's ugly.. The flat bright colors for the icons just looks flat out stupid. I'm definitely going to Android. 

    Jason ~ I.T. Manager - I don't understand why they went away from the old icons, there was nothing wrong with them. The new parallax effects are cool, but the icons are bad. 

    Brittany ~ Nobody Knows What Brittany Does - I love it! Granted, I understand why guys who aren't hipsters may not like it, but it's so bright and happy! 

    Michelle ~ Graphic Designer - The vector design is really eye-catching, and I like it. It definitely has a hipster feel to it, but I still like iOS 7. 

    Overall, Yes, I would recommend upgrading your iPhone to iOS 7 when it becomes available to the public.

    This post was posted in What We Do, iPhone Rumors, iPhone and was tagged with what we do, iphone rumors, ios 7 vs ios 6, ios 7 in-depth look, ios 7, ios, iphone repair, repairlabs, iPhone

  • The Apple iWatch: Learning Cool from The Fresh Prince?

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on February 25, 2013

     

    Apple iWatch Artist's Concept Design based on Snap Bracelet from RepairLabs.com

    The new iWatch should have a continuous wrap-around display and work like a snap bracelet.

    The Internets have been abuzz recently with chatter of a possible Apple iWatch.  Misleading pictures abound of a wristwatch-like monstrosity resembling an all-screen iPod Nano attached to a velco strap. Sometimes, for fun, artists portray this as a round traditional wristwatch with iOS apps. However, here at RepairLabs, we think Apple has something much, much cooler in store for us.

    We’re talking early 90s cool. Perhaps you’ve seen the patent filing from Apple as reported by PatentlyApple, where the iWatch will work just like a snap bracelet.  That’s right, the era that brought us Ace of Base and Right Said Fred just keeps on giving.  And Apple has adopted one of the coolest trends of the early 90s: the snap bracelet. We’ve created our own rendering of the awesome cool that, if we’re good, will descend on us like so many Pogs. (Remember those?)

    Based on the patent filing, here’s what we think the new iWatch will feature.

    • The device will have a bi-stable spring, meaning just like the snap bracelet, it will live in two states: rigid flat, and curved (to fit a wrist). It will bend and flex just like a snap bracelet. It will utilize flexible glass to make this work.
    • The screen will be a continuous display, circular. (This is trickier than it seems at first glance. How will Apple know the size of an individual’s wrist? We think the device will have a male and female end with a sensor that detects the amount of overlap.)

     

    Here’s a list of our best guesses for the features of the iWatch:

    • The iWatch won’t charge the traditional way. It just doesn’t make sense for the device to have something as unwieldy as a charging port with all of the recent technological advances. The watch could charge from kinetic energy (your own motion), or may have the new solar touch panel charge that Apple has recently received a patent on.  Or it could charge remotely with a plate or mat that could be put anywhere around your house.
    • The LCD screen will have the touch feature.
    • The device will likely will have no buttons, but would be awakened by the onboard gyrometer. The gyrometer will also be able to tell witch way your hand is facing so it will always show a correct display – even at weird angles.
    • The iWatch will connect to your iPhone iPod or iPad via Bluetooth. It will feature two-way transmission.

     

    The 90s gave us lots of cultural and technological gifts (the Internet itself, anybody? The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?) It’s fitting we should borrow from those awesome concepts to create more awesome. So until the iWatch finally comes out, we’ll be digging out our old snap bracelets and pretending that they’re touch screen wonders of a future day. And slapping them on unsuspecting coworkers.

     

    Apple iWatch Diagram Artist's Concept from RepairLabs.com.

    Based on patent filings, this is how we assume the sizing mechanism and continuous screen will work.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tech, iPhone Rumors, iPhone and was tagged with snap bracelet, bracelet, touchscreen, Artist's rendition, Fresh Prince, ninties, 90s, concept, iWatch

  • Exclusive Images of iPhone 5, High-Definition

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on August 31, 2012

    Exclusive Images, High Definition iPhone 5

    RepairLabs  has done it again: we're bringing  you new exclusive images. From the folks responsible for bringing you the latest in iPhone secret photos, we’ve gotten new images. We have just received EXCLUSIVE high-definition images of the soon-to-be-released iPhone 5 front glass assembly.  So what about the changes? Let’s talk about them!

    iPhone 5 Exclusive Images

    Conclusions we can draw from these exclusive images

    With these photos we can confirm:

     

    • Apple has redone the whole front Digitizer and LCD Assembly of the device. We see 3 flex cables. The first seems to be the proximity ear speaker, and the front camera. The last two probably LCD and Digitizer.
    • The ratio suggests that it is indeed the long-rumored bigger screen.
    • The camera is in the front middle of the ear speaker, not  on the side  of the ear speaker anymore.
    • It looks like it has a black ear speaker mesh right now.
    • We can also see the home button is going to have more support; it’s backed by a metal bracket. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be supported anymore by prongs or a push cable. It may actually be a combination of both.
    • It looks like it has a plastic 3GS-type midframe running around the digitizer and glass LCD assembly.
    • The metal brackets suggest that it will be sitting into a housing, similar to a 3GS, but more updated and modern.
    • From the width of the bracket, we can tell the charger port is indeed going to be smaller because it has to fit between the two silver bottom screw brackets, just like a 3GS.
    • These pictures suggest that  the LCD may pull apart from the Digitizer, given the rivets on the sides. (This is similar again to the 3GS, but a departure from the 4 and 4S.)
    • We notice a striking similarity to a 3GS, with the bottom screws and brackets. We think it’s going to pull open from the front.

     

    So, could this be the iPhone 5 real deal? We think so, and we believe these exclusive photos prove a lot of what the tech world has been suspecting all along in regards to the new iPhone 5. Could Apple be going back to the old faithful model of the iPhone 3Gs? It looks probable.  From the leader in  iPhone repair services, exclusive images of the iPhone 5, and Apple hardware components, remember you heard it here first. Check out www.fix-iPhones.com for a full list of all of our services and our great blog, and new exclusive images.

     

    Stay tuned for more specific analysis and details!

    What do you think? Please leave your opinion in the comments.

    by , Tech Expert, Freelance Writer.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, What We Do, iPhone Rumors, iPhone, iPad, Uncategorized and was tagged with images, High-Definition, Digitizer, LCD, exclusive images, Photos

  • RUMORS - iPhone 5 to Debut in Fall?

    Curtis Taylor Curtis Taylor
    Posted on March 28, 2012

    This week RepairLabshas access to two exclusive iPhone 5 rumors, and as your favorite iPhone repair company, we're bringing them to you.

    An inside source at Texas Instruments tells us that they have begun production on the iPhone 5 power management chip.  We can also confirm that management inside Texas Instruments is calling the next phone the iPhone 5.  Previously when production began on the Apple iPhone's chips at TI, the phone debuted just a few months later.  This fits in with our next rumor.

    From the same Chinese source that brought us the accurate pictures of the new iPad back housing and new iPad glass, comes the latest rumor that the iPhone 5 will debut in September.  According to our source, they have also been told that the screen will indeed be larger than the current 3.5 inch model.  Whether it will be as large as the 4.6 inch rumors we have yet to confirm.

    While we can confirm the production of the power management chips, which means a new iPhone is imminent, bear in mind that the September release date and screen size are rumors.  However, our source has proven extremely reliable in the past.

    This post was posted in Opinion, Tablets, Tech, What We Do, iPhone Rumors, iPhone, iPad and was tagged with iPhone 5 release date, iPhone 5 rumors, iPhone 5

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