As August winds down, we're looking forward to a big September from Apple, which kicks off September 1 with the iTunes Festival in London, and presumably the announcement of iPhone 6 only days later. Both events made today's Morning Report, along with video evidence of that reversible USB connector that's been making the rounds lately...
iPhone 6 Modem Rumored for Faster LTE-Advanced Support
G for Games today reported that the forthcoming iPhone 6 could wind up featuring a faster Qualcomm MDM9625 modem, a curious rumor considering that particular technology dates back to 2012.
On the plus side, the modem offers improved LTE networking with support for speeds up to 150Mbps, assuming the network in question can handle it. But competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 already use modems capable of double that bandwidth, thanks to support for LTE Category 6.
Either way, the MDM9625 modem will produce speeds exceeding what the current iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 are capable of — both devices utilize the Qualcomm MDM9615, so it would seem either way, iPhone 6 buyers may be getting a speed boost.
21 More Artists Added to London iTunes Festival Lineup
September is fast approaching, and that means Apple's next iTunes Festival at the historic Roundhouse in London will light up the stage with a full roster of musical acts beamed around the globe to iOS devices, iTunes, and Apple TVs everywhere. With less than two weeks to go, Apple has started fleshing out this year's lineup, today adding 21 new artists.
Joining performers Beck, Pharrell Williams, Robert Plant, Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, and Sam Smith who were announced last month are rocker Lenny Kravitz, Paolo Nutini, Ryan Adams, The Script, Foxes, and David Gray — and there are still 10 more "to be announced" spots in the lineup, so we can look forward to a few more surprises before things kick off on September 1.
Lightning Cable with Reversible USB Connector Caught on Video
Count us among those who were skeptical when rumors first surfaced of Apple's intentions to release a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, allowing the cable to be plugged into a computer with little regard for which way is up or down. MacRumors reported Monday that the cable appears to be not only real, but it's already been documented in action on video.
In a brief 10-second video posted by famed leaker Sonny Dickson, the improved Lightning cable is shown being plugged into a laptop, then flipped over and plugged in again. An Apple patent published last month outlined just such a technological achievement, and given the product appears to already be in the hands of at least one person, the natural assumption is that we'll see an official release in the weeks ahead, presumably alongside the launch of iPhone 6, which is rumored to be only three weeks away.