19 Aug

The latest rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhones are here — here’s what’s new (AAPL)

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  • A new set of iPhone rumors suggests Apple is releasing three new models this year. 
  • Two of the phones could get Apple Pencil support, according to the report.
  • Apple announces new iPhones in September. 

A new set of iPhone predictions is out from TrendForce, a market research firm focusing on computer components like DRAM and NAND Flash.

TrendForce believes Apple is preparing three new iPhone models for a launch this year, matching previous rumors and predictions.

The iPhones could come in three sizes, according to the report: One with a 5.8-inch screen, one with a 6.1-inch screen, and one with a 6.5-inch screen.

The least-expensive and most common iPhone is likely to be the device with the 6.1-inch screen, TrendForce predicts, because it uses a less expensive LCD screen. The other two devices will probably use OLED displays, like the current iPhone X, which have better color and blacks, and Trendforce expects them to have 4GB of RAM.

The report also suggests that the two premium devices could support Apple Pencil, a stylus that can currently be used with the iPad Pro. 

All three phones will have Face ID, Apple’s 3D camera for unlocking the phone using facial recognition, which enables the screen to stretch across the entire front of the device, except for a “notch” on the top. 

Here’s how TrendForce sees the prices shaking out:

5.8-inch iPhone: $899-$949

6.1-inch iPhone: $699-$749

6.5-inch iPhone: $999

Apple has launched new iPhones in September for the past six years. “All three models are expected to be shipped in September and October as previously scheduled,” TrendForce wrote in the report. 

TrendForce’s predictions are in line with other reports about the upcoming iPhone. The remaining open question is what Apple decides to call its lineup of devices.

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19 Aug

The tech angle in dogs, mac and cheese and working out

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mixtape, the podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I, Henry Oliver Pickavet, talk about some of the stories of the week that we feel like talking about. This week it was dogs, working out and mac and cheese.

BarkBox creators Bark and Co. decided that Nashville, Tenn., needed a place for dogs to take their humans. Naturally they created a dog park that includes space for humans to convene and drink coffee with their friends and hop on the Wi-Fi while the dogs get down to doing dog things. There is a membership fee, of course.

Mac and cheese is the next thing we talked about because Y Combinator invested money in a restaurant called Mac’d. It’s not got much of a tech angle aside from making itself available for delivery-via-app in Portland. Niche. But there is nothing wrong with talking about mac and cheese, because come on.

And finally, Tonal this week came out with the first workout machine that I actually want in my studio apartment. (I will find room.) The system doesn’t use weights, but rather electromagnetism to simulate and control weight.

Next week, we have Sarah Cooper in the studio for a chat about her new book “How to Succeed Without Hurting Men’s Feelings,” and it’s great. You can pre-order it here. In the meantime, click play below to listen to this week’s episode. And if you haven’t subscribed yet, what are you waiting for? Find us on Apple PodcastsStitcherOvercastCastBox or whatever other podcast platform you can find.

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