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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.