July 2014

Thursday Morning News

iphone_6_touchid_2What’s purported to be the more durable Touch ID sensor of the next iPhone has been shown off in photos, but for all we know it could well be the Touch ID sensor from the current iPhone with moved screw holes. MacRumors notes TSMC is likely providing the Touch ID sensors for the next iPhone, iPad Air, and iPad mini successors.

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Wednesday Morning News

itunes-pass2Apple has officially brought its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia, after launching it in several other countries. It means you can get up to $250 for your old iPhone (or $215 for an iPad) at any of Apple’s Retail Stores Australia-wide. The final amount depends on the model and the condition of the device you’re trading in, and while it may be lower than what you might get from a private sale on Gumtree, eBay, or wherever people sell stuff these days, you can rest easy knowing your older device will be responsibly recycled. Interestingly enough, there’s nothing on the Apple website to say this change has been implemented — has anyone been to an Apple Store to see what’s what?

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Tuesday Morning News

screen568x568After dishing out a few iWatch predictions yesterday, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo came back for more regarding the next iPhone. He says production bottlenecks may force Apple to delay the larger 5.5-inch iPhone until 2015, thanks to poor yield rates on the touch panel and metal casing. It’s not looking good for a timely release of the biggest iPhone, but didn’t we already know that it was going to launch later anyway

But speaking of the iWatch, another analyst has said that Apple could sell anywhere from 30 to 60 million units in the first year. Apple’s integrated ecosystem is one of the reasons iWatch adoption will be as fast as the iPad, with Apple’s famed customer loyalty and the halo effect doing the rest.

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Monday Morning News

BsT-VHXCUAAPo8sThe first piece of news we’ve heard about Apple’s next-generation SoC says it’ll be a dual-core chip running at 2GHz. It’s a contrast to competing processors, which are mostly quad-core affairs, but as MacRumors notes, Apple’s solution is custom-tailored for their software and perhaps doesn’t need the extra cores for performance. I can’t wait until some tech blog decides the next iPhone fails because it has a dual-core processor instead of a quad-core one.

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Friday Morning News

iphone_6_frame_shieldingThe part leaks for the next iPhone just keep coming, with what appears to be the entire display assembly being shown off overnight. The front frame and a metal shield separating the LCD from the rest of the internals have been laid bare, and there’s also a metal bracket covering the home button, according to MacRumors. A separate rumour says “an unprecedented number” of iPhone 6 orders are being placed by Apple, with the first batch estimated at 68 million units. So, you know, just a few.

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Thursday Morning News

feldvolk_iphone_6_shell_interior-800x534A look at the rear assembly of the 4.7-inch iPhone kicks us off this morning. It’s a clearly unfinished part, with numerous screw holes that presumably won’t be present in the finished product. The design is all metal, with bands in the top and bottom that are for the antenna, and a cut-out Apple logo. The jury’s out on whether that will be for NFC communications, a light-up Apple logo, or simply just a more durable material, however.

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Wednesday Afternoon News

screen-shot-2014-07-07-at-6-51-55-pmSo far, three parts from the next iPhone have been leaked. We’ve seen the power flex cable, the volume flex cable, and now, the SIM card tray. The new SIM card tray look indistinguishable from the current, and also confirm the next iPhone will come in silver (white), grey (black), and gold colour choices. In addition to the SIM card tray, a look at a sapphire glass cover (as rumoured to be included in the next iPhone) shows off some impressive durability against ordinary (and deliberate) scratch attempts.

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Tuesday Morning News

thunderbolt-esata-usb-3-adapterRobots. That’s who will be building your next iPhone, if manufacturing company Foxconn go ahead with their plans to deploy the mechanical machines in their factories, noting that Apple will become one of their first partners. And I don’t just mean humans performing repetitive tasks for little pay, I mean solid metal “Foxbots” capable of assembling 30,000 devices a piece.

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Monday Morning News

RgqgN6AThe only piece of Apple-related news over the weekend was how Apple has hired one Patrick Pruniaux, the former Vice President for Sales and Retail at Tag Heuer. CNBC has reported that Pruniaux will be working on the “iWatch”, and Engadget writes “clearly, the team in Cupertino wants someone who can market wristwear to a large audience.”

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Quick Review: Schatzii Smart Cloth

IMAG0099For a guy that writes about Apple stuff every day, I sure don’t buy a lot of stuff from Apple. But every so often, I’ll have a look around on the Apple Online Store, just to keep myself in the loop. I find the list of exclusives particularly exhilarating. Sure, most of the time you can get the products elsewhere, but often the Apple Online Store offers exclusive colour options, such as the snazzy-looking rainbow UE Boom from Logitech. The exclusives list really has it all, seeing as there’s everything from the mundane (cases, cable organisers), to more exciting accessories, such as the Stratus wireless gaming controllers or Sphero 2.0. The Schatzii Smart Cloth, I’m pretty sure, fall into the latter category.

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