Thanks to a Chinese Apple news and rumour site and republished by 9to5Mac, we now have photos of what’s claimed to be the display assembly of the 12-inch MacBook Air. As far as part leaks go, this one isn’t giving much away — the display itself is said to have a Retina-class resolution, although no pixel count has been observed or detailed. There’s also no evidence of the bottom half of the computer, but there are photos of the display assembly being compared to a current iPad Air.
Sources speaking to 9to5Mac have revealed the battery life of the Apple Watch. A powerful processor and high-quality display for Apple’s wearable contribute to significant battery drain, which leads to lower than expected battery life. While no concrete numbers are known, early estimates put the battery life at around 2.5 to 4 hours of app use, with around 2-3 days of standby/low power time.
If the analysts are correct, Apple could see record-breaking Mac and iPhone sales in the holiday quarter. According to Morgan-Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, iPhone sales could reach as high as 69 million units sold, with Macs at an impressive 5.8 million units. Both estimates are above similar estimates from other analysts, but we’ll have to wait until next week to see what the actual numbers are.
The latest regarding Apple’s larger iPad is that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the 12-inch tablet will be available with a stylus. Before you get all “if you see a stylus, they blew it” on me, he says the stylus will still be an optional accessory, just like those Apple Smart Covers you can get. But more importantly, if rumours of a stylus pan out to be true, it may mean the larger iPad is targeted a different market — one that’s more into Surfaces, if you get my meaning.
Apple’s decision to ship iBooks as a default app in iOS 8 caused controversy, according to MacRumors, because users can’t delete the default apps that come on an iPhone. But the numbers speak for themselves: the iBooks platform has added one million new users per week since the introduction of iOS 8, most likely as a result of the change. Users are looking at the app without even visiting the App Store, and while iBooks served as a useful introduction to App Store mechanics for new iPhone and iPad users once upon a time, more users are using iBooks to read content as a result of including it by default in iOS 8.
Another day, another app added to the Apple TV. But unlike almost every other app so far, this time around the app is actually relevant to Australians. The launch of the official Cricket Australia app for Apple TV gives Apple TV owners access to a library of HD cricket videos including archival and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as cricket skills tutorials. Those looking for live matches will still need to look elsewhere, however, as Channel Nine holds the rights to those — according to one spokesperson, bringing live matches to streaming platforms like the Apple TV is just something they haven’t considered.
Rumour has Apple will be launching the 12-inch MacBook Air this quarter. The machine — which is expected to come with very few ports, whatever they are — is set for a release sometime this quarter, with Digitimes saying Apple are bringing on more staff to help with production. They’re also claiming the machine will replace the 11-inch MacBook Air, instead of being an entirely new product line.
The latest beta of iOS 8.2 for the iPhone adds Apple Watch support and the confirmation of a separate app for Watch-related activities, writes 9to5Mac. A new prompt in the Bluetooth section of the Settings apps mentions pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone, which shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise seeing as you’ll need an iPhone to do a lot of stuff with the Apple Watch. That said, there’s no sign of the Apple Watch app just yet, but it’s still a little for the Watch’s rumoured March release date.
If the new MacBook only comes with one USB port — one, singular, lonely, USB port — how will you charge it? If Apple were to drop MagSafe from the new MacBook, John Gruber summarises a few of the more popular opinions. Like iPads, maybe the new MacBook will have good enough battery life that you’ll be able to use it unplugged most of the time. Maybe it’ll even charge via inductive currents, like the Apple Watch.