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iPhone 16 Pro Camera May Be Less Prone to Lens Flare and Ghosting

iPhone 16 Pro Camera May Be Less Prone to Lens Flare and Ghosting

Apple is testing a new anti-reflective optical coating technology for future iPhone cameras that could improve the quality of photos by reducing artifacts like lens flare and ghosting, claims a rumor out of Korea. According to the news aggregator account “yeux1122” on the Naver blog, citing a company source within Apple’s supply chain, Apple is looking at introducing new atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment into the iPhone camera lens manufacturing process. ALD involves depositing materials one atomic layer at a time onto a substrate, allowing for extremely precise control over thickness and composition. Its use allows manufacturers to apply very thin layers of materials onto semiconductor devices, including camera components. In terms of camera lenses, ALD can be used to apply anti-reflective coatings, which can help to reduce photographic artifacts like streaks of light and halos that can occur in the final image when a bright light source such as the sun shines directly into the lens. ALD can also reduce ghosting, a type of image distortion where faint, secondary images appear in the photo, …

iPhone 16 Pro Models Could Feature New Polished Titanium Finish

iPhone 16 Pro Models Could Feature New Polished Titanium Finish

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models will use an improved process for finishing and coloring titanium, claims a new rumor out of Korea. According to news aggregator account “yeux1122” on the Naver blog, the new process will make the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max look more polished than the iPhone 15 Pro models, which have a brushed finish. The improved manufacturing process will allegedly result in a glossy appearance that is more akin to the heavily polished stainless steel material used in previous Pro iPhones. However, the new titanium finish will be less prone to scratches compared to stainless steel. The ‌‌brushed finish on ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ models‌‌ is considerably less reflective than the finish of previous Pro iPhones. It is less prone to fingerprints and also reduces scratch visibility. Apart from looks though, Apple’s use of a titanium frame for its ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ devices also cut down the weight of the devices. The ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max are approximately nine percent lighter than the iPhone 14 …

iPhone 16 Pro Max Could Feature Longest-Ever Battery Life

iPhone 16 Pro Max Could Feature Longest-Ever Battery Life

The iPhone 16 Pro Max could feature the longest-ever battery life offered in an iPhone, according to rumors detailing some of the upcoming high-end ‌iPhone‌’s improvements coming out of Korea. Citing supply chain sources in a post last week, the Naver user known as “yeux1122” corroborates a series of rumors about the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌, such as its display size increase from 6.1- to 6.3-inches. They explain that the device’s increased chassis size and internal changes enable the device to offer increased optical zoom capabilities, likely referring to the adoption of the tetraprism 5x telephoto camera first introduced last year on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The user added that the size increase will likely be barely noticeable compared to the current model, but it will still have larger bezels than Samsung’s Galaxy S24. The device is also set to feature a similar-sized or larger battery. The ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ was the only device in the lineup missing from a report last week that detailed the next-generation iPhones’ battery capacities. In a follow-up post, the …

iPhone 16 Pro Models to Come With 2TB Storage Option, Claims Rumor

iPhone 16 Pro Models to Come With 2TB Storage Option, Claims Rumor

This year’s forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro models will be available with a new 2TB maximum storage option, claims a new rumor coming out of Korea. According to news aggregator account “yeux1122” on the Naver blog, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be available with double the maximum storage capacity as the iPhone 15 Pro models. The move is said to be a result of Apple’s recently rumored switch to higher-density Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND flash for higher storage models. Apple’s use of QLC NAND could allow Apple to fit more storage into a smaller space and it is less expensive than Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND, which current iPhones use. On the downside, QLC has comparatively slower read and write speeds. It’s worth noting that in the last couple of years we have seen rumors that both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro would feature 2TB options for the same reason, but they turned out to be false. That said, this year Apple is expected to add a new “Capture …

OLED iPad Pros Could Start From ,500, Rising to as Much as ,000

OLED iPad Pros Could Start From $1,500, Rising to as Much as $2,000

Apple’s upcoming OLED iPad Pro will start at $1,500, rising to between $1,800 and $2,000 depending on size and configuration, representing a major increase in prices compared to Apple’s current equivalents. That’s according to a new report on the news aggregator account “yeux1122” on the Naver blog. This is the second time a Korean source has claimed that Apple’s new iPad Pros will be vastly more expensive that the company’s existing models. Last March, a report by The Elec estimated prices starting at $1,500 and $1,800 for the 11-inch and 13-inch models, respectively. The $2,000 figure for the 13-inch model in the latest report could refer to a new, higher storage capacity offered by Apple, although that would actually present a slightly lower top-end price – the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro maxed out at 2TB starts from $2,100, depending on Wi-Fi or cellular configuration. If accurate, these price hikes would make the new 11-inch device over 80% more expensive than the existing 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ with LED Liquid Retina display, which starts at $799. As …

New Version of Siri With Generative AI Again Rumored for WWDC

New Version of Siri With Generative AI Again Rumored for WWDC

Apple is preparing to preview a new version of Siri with generative AI and a range of new capabilities at WWDC, according to a post on the Korean social media site Naver from a user with a track record for posting Apple rumors. According to developer sources speaking to the operator of tech news aggregator account “yeux1122” on Naver, Apple has recently made progress with integrating generative AI into ‌Siri‌ using its Ajax-based model that Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman first mentioned in July. The new version of ‌Siri‌ apparently touts natural conversation capabilities, as well as increased user personalization. The new features are believed to be available across devices, suggesting that the new version of ‌Siri‌ will retain conversation information from one device to another. It is also said to feature a new “Apple-specific creational service,” which might relate to the previously reported Siri-based Shortcuts capabilities rumored for iOS 18. Apple is purportedly working on linkages for the new version of ‌Siri‌ to connect to various external services, likely via an API. Finally, the report suggests …

Korea’s internet giant Naver unveils generative AI services

Korea’s internet giant Naver unveils generative AI services

South Korean internet search company Naver on Thursday rolled out its own generative artificial intelligence tool, HyperCLOVA X. The company’s large language model (LLM) offers services such as a ChatGPT-like AI chatbot, CLOVA X, and a generative AI-based search engine Cue, equivalent to Microsoft Bing.  Naver’s cloud unit, Naver Cloud, which launched the HyperCLOVA X, said CLOVA X started its beta service in English and Korean on August 24. Cue, available in September for beta testing, will be incorporated into the current Naver’s search engine in November.  HyperCLOVA X is available for creators and enterprise customers. HyperCLOVA X is an upgraded version of its previous LLM for the Korean language, called HyperCLOVA, launched in 2021. Naver says HyperCLOVA has more than 204 billion parameters, but it did not disclose how many parameters have been trained on the HyperCLOVA X. (Users must sign up for Naver accounts to use HyperCLOVA X, the company said.) Naver has more than 500 AI experts on its team and is one of the five companies worldwide that has developed its …

NFT avatar enabler GoodGang has the blessings of Korean giants Kakao and Naver

NFT avatar enabler GoodGang has the blessings of Korean giants Kakao and Naver

Critics have long discredited non-fungible tokens as overpriced JPEGs sold by people who want to make quick bucks. NFT believers want to prove them wrong and show that these certificates of digital art stored on the blockchain, a distributed, immutable database, have real use cases. Their efforts often involve integrating NFTs into applications already with mainstream adoption. Twitter, for example, now lets users authenticate their NFT profiles for a fee so others know they actually spend a fortune on their Bored Apes rather than having right-clicked on a JPEG. What about making one’s NFT avatars talk? Kakao Investment, a subsidiary of South Korean messaging giant Kakao, has recently put $2 million into GoodGang Labs, which enables users to interact through animated avatars and soon NFTs, like this: South Korean companies always seem to have a knack for how the new generation likes to interact in the virtual world. Naver, another internet conglomerate from the country and owner of the popular messenger Line, introduced the metaverse platform Zepeto back in 2018. The app has since attracted …

Poshmark lays off employees just two months after being acquired by Naver

Poshmark lays off employees just two months after being acquired by Naver

Poshmark, a Redwood City, California-headquartered secondhand apparel marketplace, is laying off a proportion of its 800+ employees. The reduction is coming about two months after South Korean internet firm Naver completed its acquisition of the company earlier this year for $1.2 billion.  Poshmark confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is cutting its workforce due to the economic slowdown but did not disclose the number of people impacted. “We made the difficult decision to reduce the size of some of our teams to better align with our priorities for the future, the current economic climate, and our return to being a private company,” a spokesperson at Poshmark told TechCrunch. “We are incredibly grateful for the contributions of the talented people in the roles that were impacted.” It also did not disclose the number of total employees at the company, nor whether the layoffs would be in the U.S. only or globally. On its LinkedIn Profile, it describes itself as having “over 800” employees. We have asked the questions and will update this post as we learn more. …

Wallapop, the circular marketplace out of Spain, raised M more at a 2M valuation led by Korea’s Naver

Wallapop, the circular marketplace out of Spain, raised $87M more at a $832M valuation led by Korea’s Naver

Wallapop, a peer-to-peer marketplace based out of Barcelona that made a splash at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic with consumers who were looking for more localized, less wasteful, and more eco-friendly routes for buying and selling items, has raised more money to continue its expansion in Europe. The company has picked up €81 million ($87.4 million), which it will be investing into its operations in Spain, Italy and Portugal after seeing its 2.4 million downloads in the first half of the year in Italy (a newer market for the app) and a 600% increase in cross-border activity between Spain and Italy in that period. The company also plans to put more into data science and other areas of R&D — critical given that discovery, personalization and other tools to connect buyers with items they want is critical to people coming back and using Wallapop again and again. The company is describing this as an extension to its Series G — a $191 million round that it raised in February 2021. That was before the …