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One photo shows the biggest weakness with the iPhone 6’s camera

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These days, we use our smartphones for almost everything — especially taking photos. Smartphone cameras have gotten so good that there’s really no need to carry around a separate camera for most situations.

Business Insider’s Christian Storm and Harrison Jacobs tested the iPhone 6’s camera against a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR ($3,000) and a point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS ($169) to see exactly how the three compare.

Here’s the bottom line: a DSLR is always going to capture higher-quality images, and professional photographers will always need the customization that you can only get with a DSLR. But, the iPhone 6 shoots impressive images that are just as good, or better, than a standard point-and-shoot.

Still, there’s one crucial area where the gap between the iPhone 6 and a DSLR really shows itself: zooming.

The photo below was taken from our office’s rooftop with the DSLR using a 70-200mm telephoto lens.  It’s so detailed you can easily make out the text on the one way traffic sign and the pattern on the sweater in the Ann Taylor store window.

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Now here’s that same photo taken with the iPhone 6, which isn’t clear at all. Storm and Jacobs write that the iPhone camera doesn’t actually zoom — it just creates the “illusion” of doing so. Instead, you’re actually just enlarging a portion of the image.

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To be fair, this is probably true of most smartphones, except for the few that have an optical zoom like Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom. Still, it’s interesting to see where DSLR cameras shine over smartphones.

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The iPhone 6 May Come With A Special Chip Just For Measuring Your Health

For months we’ve been hearing that Apple’s next iPhone could focus on fitness, but now we’re seeing more details about the technology it may use to learn about your health.

Chinese iPhone repair service GeekBar has posted more leaked schematics that reportedly show what’s inside the iPhone 6. Within those schematics are details on a chip that’s codenamed Phosphorus, as G For Games first spotted on Chinese social network Weibo.

Here’s what the schematics look like:



The leaked schematics for a chip that may be in the iPhone 6

The chip is said to be Apple’s successor to the M7 co-processor inside the iPhone 5s. The M7 is a smaller chip that Apple has created just to collect motion data from your iPhone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.

Apple’s A7 chip, which powers most of the iPhone 5s’ functionality, is capable of measuring this motion data, but Apple claims its M7 co-processor is more efficient and saves battery power. Numerous fitness apps such as Strava Run and WeatherRun integrate with this M7 chip to give you more accurate feedback about your workout.

Apple’s new chip, however, would be tasked with processing even more data such as heart rate, burned calories, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar in addition to tracking your motion, according to G For Games. The hardware would integrate with Apple’s recently announced HealthKit platform that’s set to debut with iOS 8 in the fall.

HealthKit is Apple’s new hub for monitoring your daily health stats over long periods of time. It’ll be able to talk to all of your health apps so that you can keep track of your statistics in one place, and you’ll be able to choose which information you want to share with these apps.

This is just one of several indicators that Apple is looking to push into the health space. Apple is reportedly in talks with health care providers at Mt. Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins about how its HealthKit platform could work with their services, Reuters reported earlier this month.

Many believe that Apple is beefing up its presence in the health industry to prepare for its much-rumored iWatch launch — which is expected to be promoted as a fitness device.

We expect to learn more about the iPhone 6 and the iWatch in the coming months. Apple is reportedly set to unveil the iPhone 6 at a press event on Sept. 9 and the iWatch could debut in October. We’ll have to wait until Apple sends out invitations to know for sure.

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July 21, 2014, 8:51 p.m. EDT

Apple to suppliers: Gear up for the next iPhone

 By Lorraine Luk


Apple Inc. is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones, betting that larger-screen models will lure consumers now attracted to similar phones from Samsung Electronics Co. and others.

The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter.

Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C–which had a display measuring 4-inches diagonally, these people said. Both of the coming models are expected to feature metal cases similar to the iPhone 5S and likely come in multiple colors, these people said.

Apple stuck with smaller displays on iPhones even as rival smartphone makers rolled out bigger screens and customers clamored for larger phones. Demand for larger-screen smartphones boosted Samsung, which started offering a 4.8-inch display in its Samsung Galaxy S models in 2012 and introduced an array of bigger phones.

Apple is scheduled to report its fiscal third-quarter results on Tuesday and provide a financial outlook for the current period ending Sept. 28. Historically, Apple has released a new iPhone in mid-September.

Analysts are forecasting Apple will report sales of about 35.9 million iPhone units for the three months ended June 30. That would be up about 15% from a year earlier.

For Apple, one possible hiccup with the larger screen is that display makers for the new iPhones are struggling to improve the production of the larger 5.5-inch screens, people familiar with the matter said. The production is complicated because the displays are using in-cell technology, which allows the screens to be thinner and lighter by integrating touch sensors into the liquid crystal display and making it unnecessary to have a separate touch-screen layer.

To factor in the possibility of a higher failure rate for displays, Apple has asked component makers to prepare for up to 120 million iPhones by year-end, the people familiar with the matter said. It made a similar request last year to prepare enough parts for a combined 90 million iPhones to provide some slack in its supply chain.

The 5.5-inch iPhone screen would face an additional manufacturing complication if it uses a cover using sapphire crystal, a more durable but costly alternative to glass, people familiar with the matter said.

Apple’s iPhone production forecast assumes a surge in demand from Apple’s partnership with China Mobile Ltd., the world’s largest carrier, which started offering the iPhone earlier this year. Bigger-screen smartphones are also popular in China and other emerging markets where the smartphone is replacing the personal computer as a main computing device.

As Apple competes against Google Inc.’s Android operating system, larger screens are now common in Apple’s core mobile market–high-price phones. In May, 98% of Android smartphones that sold globally at the equivalent of $400 or above featured a display greater than 5 inches, according to Counterpoint Research.

The new iPhones are coming to market as Samsung’s smartphone business is showing signs of sluggishness. Earlier this month, Samsung warned that its earnings would fall for a third straight quarter due to a glut of unsold smartphones. It is feeling the pinch in emerging markets where its low- to mid-end smartphones are facing intense price competition from rival Asian handset makers including Lenovo Group Ltd. and Xiaomi Inc.

Every year, Apple faces a delicate balancing act. It is critical for Apple to ensure that it has enough supplies of a new iPhone during the holiday season when demand is greatest. Shortages can often result in sales for its rivals, although too much inventory also is a concern.

Apple disappointed investors in last year’s December quarter when iPhone sales rose 7% from a year earlier, falling short of Wall Street expectations of a 15% increase as it struggled to fulfill demand for the 5S and failed to move enough 5C units. The slump proved temporary, with Apple reporting a 17% increase in the following quarter.

Michael Walkley, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, said there is “strong pent-up demand” for the iPhone 6 because customers have held off on upgrading from older iPhone models.

To fulfill Apple’s demands, the company’s two main iPhone assemblers— Pegatron Corp. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., also known as Foxconn–are on a hiring binge at their respective manufacturing sites in China. Foxconn, for example, is hiring workers by the hundreds a day to staff production lines at their respective manufacturing sites in China, said people familiar with those companies.

Foxconn and Pegatron plan to start mass producing the 4.7-inch iPhone model next month and Hon Hai will begin making the 5.5-inch version exclusively in September, the people said.

Often, Apple’s production forecasts are adjusted based on early demand, according to people familiar with the matter. For example, Apple tweaked its initial forecasts for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last year when the more expensive 5S initially sold better than expected and the 5C slumped in the first few months, these people said.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has also warned that the supply chain is “very complex” and that it is impossible to take a data point from a supplier and extrapolate a broader meaning for Apple’s business.

Suppliers also say that Apple likes to build up inventory heading into the new year, because it is difficult to keep production lines humming at full capacity since many workers go home during Lunar New Year, which is in February next year.

Write to Lorraine Luk at lorraine.luk@wsj.com, Daisuke Wakabayashi at Daisuke.Wakabayashi@wsj.com and Eva Dou at eva.dou@wsj.com

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Everything You Need To Know About The iPhone 6


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Johnny Plaid

An iPhone 6 concept


The next iPhone is likely only a few months away, and reports and rumors about the new device are spreading like crazy.

We’ve combed the web for leaked photos, rumors, and gossip, and rounded them all up here in one place.

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