WSJ: Foxconn gearing up for iPhone launch next month

Apple's given Hon Hai Precision Industry the green light to begin mass producing both high- and low-end iPhone models, according to a new report.

Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says Apple's gearing up for an early September launch of those devices, and has put in the orders with its usual assembler, Hon Hai, which goes by Foxconn.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.

The news comes amid numerous leaks of purported parts for both high-end and lower-end iPhone models, expected to be unveiled at an event in early September. Most recently that'… Read more

More evidence of an iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor?

Will Apple announce an iPhone 5S next month? And, if so, will that model come with a biometric fingerprint sensor? A new set of leaked photos add fuel to the rumor fire.

Speculation over this feature began last year when Apple acquired fingerprint-recognition chipmaker AuthenTec, then ramped up again last month when an eagle-eyed beta tester discovered biometric scanner code in iOS 7 beta 4.

Now, as reported by Laptop, French blog just released photos purporting to show the inside of the iPhone 5S, complete with evidence to support fingerprint-scanning hardware.

Specifically, a redesigned metal spacer cushion near … Read more

Verizon delays entry into Canadian market -- report

Verizon might not be entering the Canadian market as soon as expected.

The company has decided to put off acquiring Canada-based wireless carriers Wind and Mobilicity, The Globe and Mail is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. Verizon, which was reportedly looking to acquire the companies this year, has decided to wait to see how it fares in the wireless spectrum auction Canada is holding in January, the Globe and Mail claims.

Verizon has been looking to make its way to the Canadian market for quite some time, according to reports. However, the company would … Read more

Rumor Has It: You have less than a month for new iPhone rumors

The end is near. Well, not the end end, but maybe the end of iPhone 5S rumors.

According to a report from All Things Digital, Apple will be holding its iPhone event on September 10. If that truly is the big day, you can bet CNET will be on the scene, covering the event.

In non-iPhone 5S news, Asus could be working on a phone that's just a phone, not a phone/tablet hybrid like its PadFone and FonePad series. And Amazon could challenge the Android game console market with one of its very own.

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Thinner iPad, Retina iPad Mini now expected this year

As Apple's plans for its "very busy fall" continue to take shape, the rumors are coming hot and heavy.

The latest: a complete revamp of the iPad line by Apple in the last three months of this year. That's according to Bloomberg, which on Monday said that Apple is working on both a new full-size iPad design that will look more like the iPad Mini, as well as an iPad Mini model with a Retina Display.

That claim of a newer display for the Mini -- which would presumably double the device's resolution while remaining … Read more

New images of iPad 5 screen, digitizer crop up

Images purporting to show a replacement screen for the next-generation iPad 5 have surfaced.

Macfixit Australia, a company that provides parts for Apple products, published photos recently of what it claims is an iPad 5 screen/digitizer replacement. The company received the images from its supplier, which said it is the new iPad 5 display.

The images seem to show a display that looks more similar to the iPad Mini than the current-generation, full-sized iPad. The replacement part shows a screen with thin bezels to the left and right, and thicker borders at the top and bottom.

According to Macfixit, … Read more

Rumor Has It: HTC One Max could be the phablet you didn't know you wanted

Smartphones all look kind of the same, don't they? Candy-bar designs with touch screens that are big, small, and everything in between seem to rule the market.

So it's nice to know that Samsung is still trying to shake things up, at least abroad. A new rumor popped up this week, alleging that Samsung is working on the Galaxy Folder, a flip-phone Android handset, possibly for the Chinese market.

Not to be outdone, HTC could be working on shaking things up, too. Reports of a new phablet, possibly called the HTC One Max, have been coming in fast and furiously lately, and I think this time, they're right on track. What do you think? Would you be into a phone with a 5.9-inch screen? Let me know in the comments.

Bonus clip: A dismembered thumb makes a cameo appearance.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch on the horizon

Samsung may soon introduce its first smartwatch, known as the Galaxy Gear, should a recent trademark filing prove accurate.

A newly discovered filing from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) confirms Samsung's intention to produce smart wearable technology. Listed as a Samsung Galaxy Gear, the trademark's description is rather vague and open-ended.

Here's an excerpt from the filing:

Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wristband, or bangle are capable of providing access to the Internet and sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mail, and messages.

Based off the renderings, the display … Read more

Rumor Has It: A lower-cost iPhone 5C for everyone!

If Apple follows its usual release schedule, it could be close to announcing its next phone: the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 or...possibly the iPhone 5C? If some leaked photos are to be believed, Apple is working on a lower-cost alternative to the iPhone.

Even Amazon is betting (hoping!) that this rumor pans out -- you can already preorder cases for a phone that doesn't even exist yet.

In other rumor news, Nokia could help you find your things with something dubbed the "Treasure Tag." It's a proximity sensor, and it might be one of … Read more