Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Leaks, Samsung Surrenders To Apple, Fixing The iPhone 7’s Biggest Problems

#Apple #iPhone8Apple Loop: New iPhone 8 Leaks, Samsung Surrenders To Apple, Fixing The iPhone 7’s Biggest Problems : Taking a look back at seven days of news across the world of Apple, this week’s Apple Loop includes leaks and rumors around next year’s iPhone 8, a reminder on how Apple makes money, questioning Siri’s stupidity, more sensors packed under the curved glass.

Apple and Samsung’s latest court adventures, the increasing prominence of iPhone 6 Touch Disease, the smart case that fixes three major iPhone 7 problems, and a look at who durable the Jet Black iPhone 7 actually is. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days.

Your iPhone 8 Will Not Be Ceramic

Could the tenth-anniversary iPhone 8 be made from ceramic material, rather than aluminium or glass? That’s the intriguing prospect put forward by many in the geekerati this week thanks to some new patents and the success of the Apple Watch Series 2 in ceramic. Product designer Greg Koenig is not so sure, there are challenges that appear almost impossible to get over in the short-term. It’s all to do with the extra space and time needed to handle over a million ceramic cases per day:

In fact, if we scale the numbers used in the booklet up to iPhone size devices and cycle times, Apple would need 2 football field’s worth of kiln space for each ceramic iPhone to sinter for the requisite 36 hours. For the 2 hours of hard ceramic machining to finish the case details, Apple would need to go from 20,000 CNC machines, to 250,000. They would need another 200,000 employees to perform the 2 hours of hand polishing to “bring out the strength and luster.

Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (image: Apple PR)

More Technology Goes Under The Glass

Also leaking out of the recently issued patents is Apple’s ability to place the lighting sensors under an OLED or LCD display. If it is going to drop the bezels on the iPhone 8, this trick joins the ability to read fingerprints through a screen display as being very useful. Mikey Campbell reports:

As noted in Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 9,466,653 for “Electronic devices with display-integrated light sensors,” light-sensing apparatuses are commonly displaced from the device display. While advantageous from a production standpoint, such implementations lead to wasted space, or in some cases force sleek designs to be modified. Indeed, the iPhone’s proximity and ALS are positioned above the display near the handset speaker.

In a rethink of contemporary smartphone design, Apple proposes forming sensors on display layers that already boast the conductive traces needed for power. Most embodiments describe a method of overlaying the sensor on top of a display layer in a screen stack, whether it be OLED or LCD. Some embodiments provide for sensor positioning at the periphery of a device display beyond the edge of touch sensitive traces to avoid touch sensitivity issues.

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