AppleInsider reports there’s an issue affecting the touch controller in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that manifests as a patterned band across the top of the display. Over time, touch sensitivity and response times get progressively worse. A display replacement doesn’t appear to fix the issue, leading to speculation about a logic board issue, possibly due to a solder break on the touch controller chip.
Since we’re not getting three new models of iPhone this year, new rumours say we’ll be getting three new models next year, instead. The successor to this year’s iPhone will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, and now we’re hearing rumours that there may be a larger, more expensive version of the 5.5-inch iPhone, possibly even with a curved OLED display.
The ACCC has decided not to grant interim authorisation to the Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, and Westpac, who recently filed for approval to collectively bargain over Apple Pay. The banks say they want to bring their own mobile payment systems to the iPhone before they will allow Apple Pay, but the ACCC has said that they will not be granting authorisation at this time due to the complexity of the issues and the limited time available. A draft or final authorisation is still to be made.
A report from Bloomberg says that although Apple are attempting to free the Apple Watch from its ties to the iPhone, they are running into roadblocks in the form of hardware limitations. Giving the Apple Watch its own mobile data connection is not an option due to the already limited battery life of the wearable, and all signs currently point to a hardware refresh later this year, one that will feature GPS for more accurate health and workout tracking.
An Apple press release tells us about the company’s environmental progress in China, where one of its main glass suppliers has committed to run its Apple-related operations on completely renewable energy by the end of 2018. In addition, all of Apple’s final manufacturing sites — numbering 14 in all — are now zero waste compliant, while Apple continues to power its US and China operations on 100% renewable energy.
What’s rumoured to be the logic board of the next iPhone has been leaked on Weibo, giving us a chance to compare components to previous logic boards. MacRumors says it’s extremely likely Apple has switched to Intel as their supplier of baseband modems, although it’s still possible that Apple will be using models from both Intel and Qualcomm.
The latest rumour regarding the iPad comes courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that Apple will be releasing a 10.5-inch variant of the iPad Pro sometime next year. Kuo’s prediction includes three new iPads, including a 9.7, 10.5, and 12.9-inch models to be released in 2017, with further speculation saying Apple may kill off the iPad mini entirely due to the relative popularity of the iPhone Plus. There’s little justification for such a similar sized model, besides keeping the good-better-best model trio.
Bloomberg reported last week Apple’s upcoming iPhone refresh would include a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a rumour we’ve already heard many times before. Alongside the better camera, the new iPhone will also have no headphone jack and a home button that provides haptic feedback when pressed, but doesn’t move, kind of like the Force Touch technology found on the built-in trackpad on MacBook Pros.
Most of the iPhone part leaks so far have been of the rear enclosure, which tell us some interesting things about the antenna bands and the camera cutout. Equally as interesting is the first part leak of the iPhone’s front, with the front panel appearing to show dual sensor cutouts and a longer and wider earpiece cutout. A separate photo appears to show a completely-assembled iPhone running Apple’s test software. There’s no saying whether the latter is the real deal or not, but the lack of a headphone jack and redesigned camera cutout will be concerning to some.
The latest diversity report from Apple tells us about Apple’s workforce numbers for the year. Both female hires and underrepresented minorities in the US are up over previous years, and new hires are also more diverse than current employees. Compensation for US employees has also been equaled across the board, with Apple planning on putting similar efforts into pay for employees worldwide.