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Original iPhone production line from 2007 shown off in old photos

Images dating back to 2007 have surfaced showing the production lines for Apple’s first model of iPhone offer a hint of what it was like to assemble the first-ever version of the groundbreaking smartphone.

Released in 2007, the original iPhone was a major technological advancement, both for Apple itself and to the industry as a whole. The hardware has also forced assembly partners to improve their practices over time, including expanding their facilities and workforce, and how they actually assemble the products in time for release.

Photographs released by Bob Burrough on December 24 and first reported by iPhone in Canada show some of the work that went into assembling that first iPhone, with images from spring 2007 showing inside “the iPhone factory.” The four images, posted to Twitter, depict a few of the latter stages of assembly, and appear to have been taken within a Foxconn facility.

Rather than actual assembly, the photographs seem to show quality assurance and testing taking place, complete with shelves of iPhones connected with wires in a mass testing rack. One shot shows test software running on units, while another has employees connecting individual iPhones up to testing equipment for final checks.

Given its original introduction by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in January 2007 and its release months later in June, the declared spring timing for the photographs suggests that Foxconn was either close to starting full production, or had already reached it. At the time, Apple wouldn’t have had the same level of supply chain control as it exerts now, so assembly and shipments were likely to have taken far longer.

Bob Burrough is a former Apple engineer, who in 2017 claimed Apple had changed to become a more hierarchical company. In 2007, the time period when the photographs were taken, Apple was organizationally “the wild west,” said Burrough in an interview, with employees working outside their main roles due to projects taking a precedence over the corporate structure.

According to Burrough, current CEO Tim Cook had attempted to eliminate executive conflict within Apple, and improve the structure of middle manager, a plan that was thought to have crippled the old spirit of the company that thrived under Jobs.

Via AppleInsider and iPhoneInCanada

Apple releases $99 HomePod mini smart speaker

Apple at its “Hi, Speed” keynote event on Tuesday unveiled a new lower-cost smart speaker dubbed the HomePod mini, which will retail for $99.

The device shares a design similar to the standard HomePod, but is spherical and less expensive. Its design also includes a backlit touch surface on the top with playback controls. That surface will also glow when Siri is invoked.

Although it’s smaller, the HomePod mini still places a similar emphasis on high-quality playback with new “computational audio” features combined with standard audio hardware. It doesn’t quite the same bill of materials as HomePod, but it still features a full-range dynamic driver and two passive radiators for advanced bass response. It also packs an acoustic waveguide to provide clear, 360-degree audio playback.

The onboard Apple S5 chip provides the computational audio features, which will include complex tuning models that allow the speaker to intelligently optimize both loudness and dynamic range.

The HomePod mini’s internal components. Credit: Apple

One of the most significant new additions to the HomePod mini is a new feature that will allow it to act as an Ultra Wideband base station to precisely locate U1-equipped devices, like the iPhone and Apple Watch Series 6.

Apple says that HomePod mini will be receiving a “magical” Handoff experience. A HomePod mini will understand when an iPhone is nearby, and will provide audio, visual, and haptic feedback so it feels like two Apple devices are actually physically connected.

But it’s the price that stands out as the most attractive feature of the HomePod mini, and could allow Apple to better compete with the likes of rivals like Amazon and Google. Apple’s smart speaker competitors all offer entry-level devices at prices far below HomePod’s $299 price tag. Additionally, Apple notes that HomePod mini will be compatible with third-party streaming services like Amazon Music and Pandora.

The price point will also bolster users who would like to add several pairs around their home for surround-sound audio. In fact, HomePod mini will also be able to detect other HomePod models nearby and intelligently become a stereo pair.

Rumors of a lower-cost HomePod have surfaced consistently since 2018. Reportedly, Apple was mulling a cheaper home audio device as a way to boost lackluster sales and market share. Most recently, an accurate leaker predicted that Apple would forego a successor to the HomePod and would instead just release the HomePod mini at its Oct. 13 “Hi, Speed” event.

The HomePod mini joins a wave of Apple devices that have gotten lower in cost, a list that also includes the iPhone SE and the $999 MacBook Air.

HomePod mini will retail for $99 and will become available for preorder on Nov. 6. The smart speaker will start shipping out to customers the week of Nov. 16.

Via AppleInsider

Apple announces iPhone 12 with OLED screen and 5G speeds

Image: Apple

Who says Apple always think your wallet will be never safe of shiny new electronics even in the worst recession and crisis the world has experience in decades, Now, in this complex environment, Apple launches one new iPhone model with better 5G connectivity and amazing OLED screens for the pleasure of your eyes.

as the good guys at the Verge said, it might be happening a bit later than usual, but Apple has just announced the iPhone 12. Featuring the same 6.1-inch display size as the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR before it, the latest “main” iPhone — and likely the model most people will gravitate toward — is making the transition from an LCD screen to OLED. And as rumored, the phone has flat sides for an overall look that more closely matches the iPad Pro and iPad Air (plus the iPhone 4 from years ago).

Image: Apple

The iPhone 12 will come in black, white, blue, red, and green. Aside from the flat sides, it still largely resembles the iPhone 11. There’s still a notch at the top that houses Apple’s Face ID technology, though the bezels around the screen have been reduced — another perk of the OLED switch. Around back, the iPhone 12 has two cameras housed in a matte glass squircle, which makes for a nice contrast with the rest of the glossy back panel.

The iPhone 12 represents Apple’s first major foray into 5G cellular technologies.

Via The Verge and AppleInsider

Everything new in iOS 14.2 beta 1 — updates to Control Center, Watch icon & more

Apple is about to release the new iOS 14 and some of the amazing feats available in this amazing OS are ready to rock most users – apart from the fact that if you don’t have Youtube Premium you won’t be able to use the PIP feature, but who cares if there is a lot of other places that might allow u to use that feature for free.

Apple seeded iOS 14.2 beta 1 — the first iOS 14 point release — to registered developers on Thursday. Here’s everything that’s new.

It isn’t clear why Apple has jumped to the iOS 14.2 build. The company may release iOS 14.1 separately as a bug-fixing update, or it could simply skip that point release entirely.

Most of the beta’s changes appear to be focused on the iOS Control Center. For example, there’s a new music recognition Shazam icon that users can add to Control Center.

The Magnifier in Control Center also has a new “people detection” option that lets users measure the distance between themselves and another person.

Additionally, there are some aesthetic and design changes to the Control Center’s media player, including larger artwork and a refined interface.

Lastly, the Apple Watch app icon has been given a minor revision with slightly different colors and a new band watch icon similar to the Solo Loop.

Via Apple & AppleInsider

This is the first beta version of the upcoming iOS 14.2 update, and Apple will likely release a public testing variant soon. Apple officially released iOS 14 to the general public on Wednesday.