A rumour claims the next Apple event to launch the new iPhone will happen on Friday, September 11th, but a quick debunk from 9to5Mac says that’s pretty unlikely. Leaving aside the awkwardness of September 11th for Americans, having an Apple event on a Friday is also fairly unusual. While there’s a pretty good chance Foxconn supply chain sources have nailed the announce and then release a week later, there’s plenty to suggest the date is wrong.
Now that the logic board of the next iPhone has been leaked, 9to5Mac has done a little component analysis. There’s a new new NFC processor on board, which may not add any new features by itself, but an overall reduction in the number of on-board components says Apple is continuing to provide power efficiencies across the board. Alas, 16GB base storage remains the norm, at least according to the leaked logic board — with the external casing also being leaked, there’s a pretty good chance the iPhone 6s will be starting production very soon.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of the best, if slightly longer, tracks about the wonderful world of Apple. Our crack team are out scouring the web for the freshest beats, the poppiest pop, and the most lyrical of all the lyrics to bring you the listens worthy of your time and attention. Whatever your taste, we’ll have a handful of curated playlists for that — oh wait, that’s Apple Music. This, on the other hand, is Good Reads.
- Rene Ritchie’s analysis of WWDC 2015, with its slightly bizarre “Backstage” introduction video and diversity in both gender and Watch-wrists, says the conference sets up Apple for the next year. This time around, it wasn’t about completely overhauling a user interface we’ve been used to for years, or shipping features we’ve wanted for equally as long, but about giving us a taste of how all that hard work will pay off in the future. As much as you didn’t appreciate Drake taking the stage to talk about Apple Music, the amount of time Apple dedicated to that particular segment should give you an idea of how important Apple Music is to the future of not only Apple, but to the music industry as a whole.
There’s always been a challenge in programming WWDC, given that the room is filled with developers, but a world of customers is watching. Every moment becomes a balancing act — too technical and the audience watching the stream might get lost. Too flashy and the people in the seats might feel abandoned. This year it was the latter. A lot of the humor and most of the music fell flat for many of the people at the show and in the media.
The latest in the wave of recent iPhone rumours is a leaked Foxconn document which claims the next iPhone will have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2GB of RAM. With the rear-facing camera’s first-ever megapixel upgrade since the iPhone 4S in 2011, the leaked manufacturing schematic also says the camera will be capable of 4K video capture — a feature that’s been present in other smartphones, but will be a first for the iPhone. The front-facing camera also gets an upgrade, going from 1.2 megapixels to a rumoured 5 megapixels.
Apple’s next iPhone refresh will likely be minor speed bump to the current iPhone 6 series, a rumour backed up by 9to5Mac, who report a nearly identical exterior with numerous changes on the inside. 9to5Mac also says a new Qualcomm chip has the potential to double LTE speeds and run more efficiently.
Apple’s long-awaited music streaming service arrived earlier this morning in the form of Apple Music, a three-pronged service of music streaming, the Beats 1 radio station, and Connect, the social network for music artists and their fans. The Loop, Re/code, and Mashable all had first impressions of Apple Music from last night, and if early indications are anything to go by, Apple Music has hit the nail on the head.
Bloomberg claims Apple has already started manufacturing the next iPhone with Force Touch, bringing the feature across from the Mac and Apple Watch to the iPhone. Bloomberg also says that production may be impacted by part availability, but due to the similar designs of current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with the next iPhone, things should go pretty smoothly.
In addition to curtailing any kind of background activity, Low Power Mode in iOS 9 disables some visual effects. MacRumors ran the recently updated for iOS 9 version of GeekBench and found that performance was also impacted by Low Power Mode, which presumably works by down-clocking the CPU, throttling it to save power. The benchmark results speak for themselves: performance was higher with Low Power Mode off, and there was a noticeable difference with Low Power Mode enabled.
Now that Apple’s paying artists during the three-month trial of Apple Music, The New York Times has revealed Apple will be paying 0.2 cents for each song streamed. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a figure similar to what Spotify pays out when songs are accessed via its free streaming tier, as reported by MacRumors, and doesn’t include a separate payment made to music publishers for songwriting rights. According to Billboard, Apple may also pay out an additional 0.047 cents per stream for song rights, bringing the total up to a whopping 0.247 cents.
The Washington Post reports on Lisa Jackson’s promotion to Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, making her the lead on issues such as environmental sustainability, education, and accessibility within the company. The Post also has Apple CEO Tim Cook’s letter to employees, which says that although Apple has made good progress in a number of areas, there’s still so much more to do with regards to human rights, education, and accessibility of Apple products to those with disabilities.