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Purported Schematic Suggests ‘iPhone 6s’ Could Be Slightly Thicker, Retain Home Button

A purported schematic for the so-called “iPhone 6s” obtained by Engadget Japan (via BGR) reveals that the next-generation smartphone could have a thickness of 7.1mm, a slight increase over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively. The schematic also suggests that the “iPhone 6s” will still have a home button, while all other buttons and ports remain unchanged.

iPhone 6s Schematic Engadget Japan
The slight 0.2mm increase in thickness could be the result of Apple adding pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to the next iPhone, enabling the smartphone’s display to distinguish between a light tap and firmer press and complete different actions accordingly. The “iPhone 6s” is also rumored to adopt 7000 Series aluminum, which could possibly contribute to marginally different dimensions.

The schematic is consistent with leaked photos of the “iPhone 6s” rear shell, which confirm that the handset will have only minor design changes. In particular, the Lightning connector, speakers, microphones, headphone jack, volume rocker, mute button, sleep/wake button, SIM card slot, antenna lines and cutout for the rear-facing camera and LED flash are all identical to the iPhone 6.

The lack of exterior design changes on the “iPhone 6s” is unsurprising given that “S” model iPhones have historically looked almost identical to the iPhone released one year prior. The iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5S, for example, each had virtually the same design as the iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Instead, the focus of the “iPhone 6s” will likely be on internal improvements.

Leaked photos of the “iPhone 6s” logic board reveal that the smartphone will likely feature Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip, capable of theoretical LTE download speeds up to 300 Mbps, double the max speed of 150 Mbps in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The next iPhone is also rumored to feature an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, an updated NFC chip for Apple Pay and an improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera.


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LG’s AIT touch panels to usher in lighter, thinner notebooks

LG's new display tech will soon make its way into notebooks

LG’s display subsidiary has announced that it will begin mass producing notebook displays using Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) technology. The application of the tech, which does away with the dedicated layer for touch sensors you’ll find in conventional panels, should lead to some of the thinnest and lightest notebooks yet.

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22 Bishopsgate to join London’s high-profile high-rise cluster

22 Bishopsgate will be 278 m (912 ft) and 62 storeys tall

Revised designs have been released for 22 Bishopsgate in London. The tower will sit at the center of a cluster of high-rises in the City financial district, which includes high profile buildings such as the Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street, and will become the second tallest building in the UK behind the Shard.

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Amazon’s 20th anniversary sale will feature ‘more deals than Black Friday’

Amazon is turning 20 on July 15, and to commemorate the occasion, the retailer will offer “more deals than Black Friday.” Dubbed Prime Day, the retailer is promising a “global shopping event” that will be open to Prime subscribers in the US, the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, and Austria. To further incentivize the purchase of Prime subscriptions, Amazon is slashing the price of annual membership to £59 (from £79) in the UK.










Turning the smartphone into a mobile pregnancy test

A fiber optic surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-sensor developed for smartphones

Today’s smartphones come chock-full of technological capability, intended to help us with everything from taking holiday snaps, finding our way around a new town or staying connected with people around the world. As it turns out, the hardware inside is starting to show huge promise in the world of medical diagnostics, with smartphones repurposed as blood-scanning microscopes, HIV testers and sleep apnea detectors. The latest advance in this area comes in the form of a fiber optic sensor for smartphones that monitors bodily fluids, a tool that could be used for biomolecular tests such as pregnancy or diabetes monitoring.

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Elastic, wound-healing hydrogel activated by light

Bioengineers have developed a new protein-based gel (not pictured) that mimics many of the properties of elastic tissue when exposed to light

Hydrogels have huge potential in the field of biomedicine, but aren’t without their shortcomings in their existing form. These tiny polypeptide chains are championed for their many possible applications. Indeed, in the last few years alone we’ve seen advances that suggest they could find use in generating new heart tissue, fighting off superbugs and the controlled release of anti-inflammatory drugs. But researchers have now developed a hydrogel that mimics the elasticity of human tissue and can be activated by exposure to light, claiming it could offer safer means of repairing wounded tissue.

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Contact temporarily lost with New Horizons spacecraft

Communications were lost due to a timing error in a command sequence

Like a racehorse stumbling at the finish line, NASA’s New Horizons deep space probe gave mission control a moment of anxiety on July 4 as communications were temporarily lost. The unmanned nuclear-powered spacecraft, which is only nine days from its historic flyby with the dwarf planet Pluto, lost contact with the Deep Space Network at 1:54 pm EDT before coming back online at 3:15 pm.

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SWM Motorcycles unveils first new lineup in 30 years

Speedy Working Motors introduced its new official range of street and off-road motorcycles at the Italian round of the World Enduro Championship in Bergamo

Speedy Working Motors (SWM) has used the Italian round of the World Enduro Championship (WEC) in Bergamo too introduce its new range of street and off-road motorcycles. With seven new models in the pipeline, the Italian company plans to start production this month with a 650 cc enduro bike.

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Kepler Energy reveals plans for tidal energy scheme in Bristol Channel

Kepler Energy's Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT) uses a stressed truss configuration

With its large tidal range, Britain’s Bristol Channel has a huge potential for generating tidal electric power. The problem is that, until now, schemes for tapping that power have required building dams and barrages so gigantic they would have given even the most wild-eyed Victorian engineer pause. As a more economical alternative, Kepler Energy has announced plans for a 30 MW tidal energy fence to be built in the Channel. With an estimated cost of £143 million (US$223 million), the underwater fence would be built in the water somewhere along the line between Aberthaw and Minehead and could be operational by 2021.

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X-Tainer shipping container expands into a giant pavilion

The X-Tainer is designed for a number of functions, such as public events

The lateral leap of shipping containers from goods movers to ready-made housing, offices, and restaurants has opened up new possibilities for architects, event planners, and relief workers. But the very standard sizes that make such containers so useful also impose limits. Having developed containers that can load and unload themselves, Excalibur Shelters has continued to think outside the box with the creation of a standard size shipping container that unfolds into very large shelters and pavilions.

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