August 2014

Good Reads for August, 2014

catmull_jobs_lasseterEvery month, we’ll be bringing you no more than a handful of slightly longer — but always worthy of your time and attention — reads about the wonderful world of Apple. This is Good Reads.

The basic approach—pairing a freely-rolling ball with a optoelectronic system—was used by generations of mice that followed, changing only incrementally until optical mice did away with trackballs altogether.

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Friday Morning News

9_9_14_event_big“Wish we could say more.” That’s the teaser that accompanied press invitations to Apple’s September 9 event, which I guess is now all official-like. The invite itself gives nothing away, but it’s widely expected we’ll see the announcement of a new iPhone as well as the entirely new product category Apple keeps harping on about. Speaking of which, Bloomberg is now saying Apple’s wearable will be positioned as an iPhone accessory, akin to similar efforts from other smartwatch manufacturers.

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Thursday Morning News

BioShock iOS iconApple’s TrueTone flash for both models of the upcoming flash has been shown off in new photos. The photos show the same circular model as in a previously-reported rumour, so there’s nothing particularly new here. In other news, more evidence of NFC has surfaced, thanks to a part number on leaked iPhone 6 schematics.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from DigiTimes, but their latest claim says we’ll see a thinner MacBook by the end of 2015. While that may sound pretty broad, nailing down exact dates is notoriously difficult, thanks to R&D and manufacturing uncertainties. They note component production has already begun in small quantities.

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Wednesday Morning News

10265-2426-140826-Flexible-5-lIn lieu of any new iPhone news this morning, Bloomberg open proceedings with the rumour of a 12.9-inch iPad. “According to people with knowledge on the matter”, Bloomberg writes, saying Apple has been working with people to develop larger touch screen devices for at least a year. It’s not the first time we’ve heard a rumour like this before, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. But given the busy latter half of the year Apple already have planned, I probably wouldn’t put any money on such a tablet being out before 2015, at the earliest.

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Tuesday Morning News

14824655288_85d6e5f3b6_oPhosphorus is the name, and barometric pressure sensing is the game. A previous rumour claimed the “Phosphorus” component of the next iPhone was Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor successor, but a post on the MacRumors forums quickly debunked that theory as inaccurate, thanks to the part labelling it as a Bosch barometric pressure sensor. Meanwhile, AppleInsider claims a spike in Apple’s manufacturing costs mean the company is gearing up for huge iWatch and iPhone launches in the coming months.

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Monday Morning News

Messages-3 (dragged)Dimensions of both upcoming models of iPhone have been shared thanks to the leaked schematics that revealed the small camera lens protrusion last week. The details on the new iPhone includes the exact length, width, height and weight measurements down to the millimetre and gram, respectively, also revealing Apple wanted to include a 2.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone (presumably for thinness), but scrapped it to avoid complaints about compatibility with existing audio accessories.

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Friday Morning News

10233-2370-Screen-Shot-2014-08-21-at-93503-AM-lPhotos of the rear shell of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone have surfaced and been compared to the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone. It’s nothing you haven’t seen a thousand times before. In other news, leaked schematics suggest the possibility of an iPhone with 128GB of on-board storage, something that only the most dedicated of app and media hoarders will enjoy. Oh, and people coming from 128GB of storage on their iPads.

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Thursday Morning News

ip60011If something stuck out from the iPhone rumours yesterday, it was the photo which showed off a strange protrusion on the rear of the next iPhone. It isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this bulging mass, which looks suspiciously like the one on the back of the iPod touch. Speculation says it’s because the camera/lens needs a thicker housing than the iPhone 6 will actually be, but honestly, maybe it’s because Apple want to show off their anti-scratch sapphire lens covers.

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Wednesday Morning News

mac-app-storeWhen you put two and two together, you get the front and rear shells of the next iPhone for the first time. I wouldn’t click on the link if you don’t want to know what the next iPhone will probably look like, because it’s pretty much there for the world to see: a design not too dissimilar to the iPod touch, but perhaps slightly thicker. The display of the next iPhone has also been closely examined, revealing a possible resolution of 828×1472. Another sketchier rumour from yesterday claims the next iPhone may feature support for faster LTE networking.

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Tuesday Morning News

settingsA leaked schematic of the upcoming iPhone points to possible NFC support and an unknown amount of RAM. Previous rumours reported the RAM as 1GB, but those were later dismissed as inaccurate due to the schematic pointing to an amount of NAND storage, not RAM. AppleInsider uses a lot more words than I do to explain the same thing.

Apple has released Developer Preview 6 of OS X Yosemite, and interestingly enough, MacRumors points out that Apple aren’t updating the public beta as often as they are the developer preview builds of Yosemite. Visible changes in this preview include a new look and feel for System Preferences, new wallpapers, and a number of icon updates.

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