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Name Change and Release Date for Next iPhone Emerge

In the build-up to the launch of Apple’s new iPhone, there have been many rumours doing the rounds, most of which point to the likelihood that it will be only a modest upgrade to the current 6S family rather than a major leap forward. And now this seems to be all but assured, with an alleged alteration in the naming strategy meaning that fans will not be getting the iPhone 7 this year.

The Telegraph reports on news from sources within the industry which argues that the device launching in September will be called the iPhone 6SE, in a move which links it to the existing iPhone SE that arrived back in March.

Marketed as an affordable alternative to Apple’s flagship models, the iPhone SE stepped in to fill the shoes of the old iPhone 5C. And if the 6SE name is indeed used, then it will be a clear indication that it is a device that should be seen as a stepping stone to bigger and better things in 2017.

This certainly makes sense from a branding standpoint, because the rumoured similarities in design between the iPhone 6S and the as yet unreleased successor would make is disappointing if it bore the iPhone 7 name. Apple usually reserves these numerical leaps for its major range overhauls rather than iterative updates to existing hardware.

This week also saw well-known Twitter tech tipster Evan Blass of EV Leaks claim that the iPhone 6SE will go on sale internationally on the 16th of September. This is slightly earlier than Apple’s usual week of release, meaning that the launch event for the handset is likely to take place on the 5th of September, bucking trends.

The durability of the new iPhone could be one of its selling points, as evidenced in analysis of the beta version of iOS 10, the platform which it will be running upon release. Developers were able to dig into the code and find a setting which allows the software to alert users when liquid is detected in the Lightning connector port when charging is attempted.

Serious damage can be done to any device which is plugged in to a charging cable while it is still wet, requiring repairs, replacement parts and tools from DottorPod to set right. This is true of handsets which are not currently advertised as being waterproof, such as the iPhone 6S, as well as smartphones which do indeed have water-resistant qualities as standard, including Samsung’s Galaxy S7.

Problems with the port, battery and display and many more issues can arise, even if the rest of the phone seems to be dry after being dropped in a liquid. The warning message advises users to unplug the device and allow the liquid to evaporate before continuing, which makes sense.

It is looking almost inevitable that the iPhone which is launched in 2016 will not be an entirely new device. This at least means DottorPod tools and other accessories will work well with whatever emerges from Apple’s labs in a little over a month.

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Google Said to be Readying Pair of Own-Branded Smartwatches

Two smartwatches both with circular displays codenamed 'Angelfish' and 'Swordfish'.

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Three New iPhone Handsets Destined for Late 2016 Launch

Apple has been very busy behind the scenes in recent months, not only working towards the recent release of the cut-price iPhone SE but also building up to the big unveiling of the iPhone 7 range. And now sources suggest that a total of three different variants of this flagship device will be unveiled in the autumn, according to BGR.

The first two devices will be technically identical, with only a differing screen size distinguishing them from one another. This will mean that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus follow in the footsteps of their predecessors in this respect.

The third model will be known as the iPhone 7 Pro, echoing the iPad Pro by offering higher-end hardware than its stable mates. While this is unlikely to include a display larger than 5.5 inches across the diagonal, it could benefit from increased storage space and even support for Apple’s official stylus accessory.

While the 7 Pro is referred to as the 7 Plus Premium in the leaked images indicating its existence, it seems likely that Apple will attempt to make its branding consistent with the rest of its devices upon launch. And at this point it is unclear as to whether iPhone spares for the 7 Plus will be cross-compatible with the similar-sized 7 Pro, although this is also a likelihood at the moment.

Because of Apple’s increased ambitions and the expansion of the iPhone range beyond the traditional number of models, its manufacturing partners, Foxconn and Pegatron, are expanding production to additional facilities to keep up with the demand.

It could be argued that Apple’s commitment to the iPhone is a little over-optimistic, especially given the slowdown in sales which it has experienced in the past three months. But the fact that the current 6S range failed to set the market ablaze with activity is likely an indication that people are waiting until the arrival of the iPhone 7 before they bother upgrading.

With affordable iPhone spares available, it makes much more sense to invest in an existing device and keep it ticking over until the iPhone 7 arrives rather than giving Apple yet more cash to invest in a device which offers incremental upgrades.

Revolutionary features expected for the iPhone 7 range include a dual camera set-up on the rear that will allow for previously untapped photographic capabilities to be unlocked. And things like a faster processor and more RAM are a given for any major generational step forward.

One rumour which has reared its ugly head in the past few days is that the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack will indeed be eliminated with the arrival of the iPhone 7 range, making all wired ear gear redundant. People will instead have to upgrade to wireless models or buy a new set which is compatible with the Lightning Port input that is located, somewhat inconveniently, on the bottom surface of the device rather than on the top. However, this is yet to be confirmed.

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Waterproof iPhone Unlikely to Arrive in 2016

Although Apple has been making its iPhone range a little more durable in recent years, it looks as if the hopes of its launching the first fully waterproof model this autumn are not going to come to fruition.
This is according to reports from Mac Otakara, which suggest that while the iPhone 7 will be thinner than its predecessors, it will not come with a chassis that can prevent liquid damage from occurring completely.
Interestingly, the rumours also allege that the iPhone 7 will look somewhat similar to the current iPhone 6S, retaining an all-metal exterior and palm-friendly curves rather than striking out in a completely new direction in terms of design.
Apple’s release cycle in the past has dictated that an all-new iPhone arrives every two years: it was back in 2014 that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus arrived with their significantly larger displays. But if the iPhone 7 is less revolutionary than previous updates, even if only in terms of its aesthetic design, then fans might be disappointed.
Waterproofing is something that Samsung has brought back to the table for its latest flagship Galaxy handset. And following the launch of the iPhone 6S range last September, it emerged that Apple had quietly added some form of liquid-resistant features to its device while not actively advertising these capabilities as being present.
This led to speculation that the iPhone 7 would be a truly waterproof handset, capable of keeping the components safe from damage even if it was dropped in water and meaning that fewer people would need to repair their iPhone because of this. If this had a knock-on effect for Apple’s tablet range, then iPad spares might not need replacing after a water-based disaster.
Aside from the lack of waterproofing on the iPhone 7 which is suggested in the latest rumours, fresh reports continue to confirm the idea that Apple might be doing away with the 3.5m headphone jack as it seeks to shave off extra millimetres from the thickness of this flagship smartphone.
As well as featuring an LCD display panel which is thought to be a millimetre thinner than that of the iPhone 6S, the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 would give it a svelte profile at the expense of an important function.
Some industry rumours have indicated that the iPhone 7 will have a pair of cameras on the rear which are set flush with the surface of the phone rather than protruding from it as in previous iterations. But there are fresh fears that Apple’s quest to make a smaller device could lead to it making too many compromises.
Buying iPhone and iPad spares is necessary for many owners who damage their device by getting it wet, so waterproofing is certainly something that Apple should consider adding in the future if it wants to boost sales. But 2016 may not be the year that users get their ongoing demands for durability satisfied.

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iPhone Date Error Results in Serious Handset Faults

The past few months have seen a number of errors and bugs arise on Apple devices, leaving many users with handsets which either crash sporadically or fail completely, requiring repairs and replacement iPhone parts to be used.
The latest issue unearthed relates to the date and time settings on iPhones, which if set to any point earlier than May of 1970 will result in the handset in question being rendered completely unusable. And the only way to undo this fault is to take it in to one of Apple’s stores to get it fixed, according to TechRadar.
Social media users first pinpointed the problem, with Apple eventually issuing a statement confirming that the bug did indeed exist and urging users not to attempt to set the date of their iPhone to within this device-destroying date range.
Apple has also promised that it is working on a patch which will enable the bug to be eliminated, although the time frame for the rollout of this iOS update has yet to be announced.
With a fix on the way, people who are worried about their iPhone being taken out of action by this bug should ultimately have their fears allayed. But it is also unlikely that Apple will actually offer an explanation as to why this error exists in the first place.
One potential cause could be an integer overflow caused by the way that the iPhone calculates the date and time, as explained by tech expert Tom Scott in a video posted to YouTube. And for those who are not willing to tempt fate, it seems that it is best to leave the date-setting capabilities of any iOS-powered device to automatic, as manual tinkering could lead to problems until an update is issued.
Software bugs are common across all mobile platforms, and Apple is no more susceptible to them than any of its rivals; the same is also true of hardware issues. So if you buy iPhone parts to repair a damaged handset and wonder whether other types of phone might be better, you can rest assured that Android and Windows Phone customers are just as likely to be afflicted by problems at some point.
The one big benefit that Apple customers have over their contemporaries is that rather than having to wait for a long time for updates to be issued, iOS patches usually roll out simultaneously across the world, without network providers and other third parties getting in the way of their arrival.
This allows bugs such as this, as well as security flaws and other faults, to be addressed as quickly as possible rather than leaving users exposed for protracted periods.
In the more fragmented Android ecosystem, such updates can take longer to emerge. And when it comes to repairing iPhones, there are also plenty of products and parts available which mean that you do not have to rely on Apple itself to get any of the work done on your device. Check out or range over at:

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Makerspaces Pop Up Across the UK to Empower Gadget Owners

There are now over 97 locations dotted across the country which are specifically set up to allow people to learn new skills, enabling consumers to repair the smartphones and tablets they have purchased rather than having to replace them when something goes wrong.
This is according to a Guardian report into the growth of so-called ‘makerspaces’, which are intended to connect amateurs with experts in a range of disciplines and thus allow technical skills to be disseminated amongst the general population.
The rise of makerspaces has been rapid in the past five years, as there were only ten or so locations dedicated to upholding this DIY ethos in 2010. However, there is clearly resistance to this type of activity on the side of manufacturers, as most companies which produce gadgets are still striving to limit the possibility of people taking repairs into their own hands.
Apple and its contemporaries not only make it relatively difficult to open up their smartphones and tablets for repair or replacement of components, but they also lock down the software installed on these devices so that no digital tinkering can occur. This does not stop enthusiasts from finding a way to circumvent preventative systems, but it can mean that average users are incapable of fixing their own iPhone or installing iPad parts when the need arises.
The empowerment offered by the skills which can be learnt at makerspaces in places such as Sheffield and other major cities across the UK means that even those with little experience of getting under the surface of consumer electronics can find out what is involved in the repair process.
The skills which can be learned at these locations not only cover gadget repairs but also a range of other technical areas and crafts. So there is something for everyone, and the benefits can then spread out to improve the community as a whole, since lessons can be passed on to others.
Those in charge of makerspaces also believe that it is important to help people learn how to repair smartphones and tablets from an environmental point of view, because the issue of e-waste is one which is mounting at the moment as the emerging upgrade culture takes its toll.
Many people currently choose to throw away damaged devices and buy new ones rather than seeing if it is possible to fix a fault. And this means that electronics can accumulate in landfill sites rather than being reused or recycled in a more sustainable way.
There are lots of iPhone and iPad parts available online at for those who have developed a new skill set at a local makerspace and want to apply this knowledge to their own devices. And as this trend spreads, it is likely that fewer people will be fearful of tinkering with their technological purchases, especially if it means that they can prolong the life of a device and do their bit to keep the environment in a good state.

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Defects and Performance Problems Put Off Mobile Users
The mobile-buying public are becoming increasingly discerning in terms of the devices they buy as the mobile market matures.
Gone are the days when people were impressed by products that offered touchscreen interactivity, wireless connectivity and basic app store access. These are all standard features in the modern market, and a mobile phone cannot be expected to sell well without them.
Furthermore, consumers are exhibiting a much lower tolerance for hardware faults, software bugs and general performance issues which can afflict smartphones over time, with ITProPortal reporting on a recent Ovum study which found that brand loyalty can be severely impacted if any of these problems are encountered.
On the software side of things, no mobile platform is free from scrutiny or scandal, although experts point out that Google’s Android is more commonly afflicted than rivals such as Apple’s iOS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
Because Android is open-source and tends to be altered by third-party manufacturers, Google cannot exert the same level of control over it as its rivals. This leads to more glitches and exploits, which can be enough to put users off the idea of upgrading to a new Android device when the time comes.
Meanwhile, there are iSclack mobile phone parts to help customers and repair specialists to fix any hardware issues that a device may encounter. And this is a more complex area of the brand loyalty argument, because in some cases the damage is caused by users but attributed to the design flaws of the device itself.
 A perfect example of this is the dilemma which faced Apple following the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus in the autumn of 2014. Shortly after this, a number of videos of the device being bent by the force of a user’s hands went viral.
People argued that the internal structure of the phone was too flexible and made it too easy to manipulate, especially when left in a pocket or bag for extended periods.
Repair firms soon released devices designed to help reshape iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets that had suffered this kind of damage. And it could be claimed that this has helped to address any of the reputational damage that was done to Apple in the aftermath of this scandal.
The manufacturers and software firms themselves are not the only ones portrayed in a negative light if anything goes wrong with a smartphone, as network providers also share the burden of customer expectations. And if users who sign up to a contract are not satisfied with the level of service they receive, particularly with regard to repairs, then they are far more likely to abandon their current provider once their deal expires.
If network providers and manufacturers are not offering the kind of repair packages and attention to detail that you feel you need, then getting iSclack mobile phone parts from iParts4u and taking matters into your own hands, or seeking help from a third-party repair professional, is a great idea.
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