As the wireless charging rumours ramps up, we get a lot of speculation about the nature of Apple’s wireless charging specs. One such rumour claims Apple could be using their own wireless charging tech, contrary to claims Apple had partnered with Energous to use theirs. Inductive charging patents from Apple number more than a dozen, so it’s entirely possible Apple has developed wireless charging tech of its own, and that the Apple Watch was only a preview.
With the US Federal Trade Commission suing Qualcomm for forcing Apple to use their modems in smartphones, Apple has now followed suit. There’s no dollar figure on how much Apple want out of Qualcomm, but the company claims Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in payments that it owed due to Apple cooperating with the Korean Fair Trade Commission. Apple also alleges it has been “overcharged billions” by the company.
New iPads were expected within the next few months, but now that date could slip to the second half of 2017. A rumour from DigiTimes claims new models of iPads will be entering mass production towards the second quarter of the year, with all new iPads still being described as being in the planning phase. All we know is: there are going to be new iPads, we just don’t know when.
A major update to Apple’s Logic Pro X on the Mac and GarageBand on iOS devices is the first cab off the rank this morning. Logic’s interface has been tweaked slightly to give it a more flatter look while also being brighter, something Apple changed due to feedback from users. The update to Logic also brings Touch Bar support to the pro music creation app, with both timeline-like support and keyboard shortcuts. As for the iOS version of GarageBand, there’s a few improvements in terms of how the app handles mixing effects, and a few more features to allow audio pros to capture quality audio on the go.
A rumoured iPhone 6 battery exchange program has been denied by Apple. Japanese website Macotakara was the first to suspect Apple would be starting up a battery replacement program for the iPhone 6, but Apple later released a statement saying that there were no plans or grounds for an iPhone 6 battery replacement program at this time.
Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine says that Apple wants to do more than just music. Following an article from the Wall Street Journal speculating Apple was also investigating its own line of original TV programming, Iovine claims that Apple needs to go beyond just music, but include video content as well, and not necessarily focused on the music industry. It’s not a bad strategy, given that Spotify and Pandora’s users are mostly free — if Apple wants paying Apple Music subscribers, offering more than just music would be an ideal way to do it.
The Six Colors report card for Apple in 2016 has responses from Apple writers over Apple’s performance in a number of categories. The number rating from 1-5 reflects the fact that Apple scored poorly in areas where they didn’t release updates, while products that did see updates were either marginally higher or about the same as the previous year. The commentary from some of the writers is also insightful.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Apple will soon be offering its own scripted TV shows. The paywalled article claims that both “veteran producers” and “experienced marketing executives” will be looking to create and promote these shows, but with the likes of Netflix and HBO already producing great in-house content, will it be enough?
The BBC has an interviewed Tony Fadell recently, asking him about the history of the iPhone. When the iPod was already a mature product with videos and games, developing a phone seemed like the next logical step. And with wireless data networks came the idea that the touchscreen device should be a general purpose platform.
Apple’s official statement on Consumer Reports’ inconsistent battery life results details that a Safari bug was to blame. Consumer Reports’ test suite apparently disabled the cache in Safari to simulate loading different web pages, which uncovered a bug reloading icons, resulting in inconsistent battery life. The good news is, Apple has fixed the issue in the latest beta of macOS Sierra, and Consumer Reports will be re-testing the new MacBook Pros.