Friday Morning News

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 11.21.04 amPhotos of what’s purported to be the fully-assembled iPhone 6 logic board have surfaced, and AppleInsider says it all looks pretty legitimate. The mounting holes line up with rear case leaks, and the overall size and shape matches up to previous circuit board leaks. Sadly, all the components are covered up, but if we’re getting this close to production of the next iPhone, then these kinds of leaks are only going to be all the more common.

The Wall Street Journal reports Apple will be using sapphire displays in the “more expensive” iPhone models, whatever that means. A 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variant of the next iPhone is a given at this stage, but it remains to be seen if Apple differentiate between the larger and the smaller in any meaningful way. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

The iPhone 6 model number approval news from yesterday apparently landed Thailand officials in some hot water, with Apple claiming the tweet revealing the model numbers to be disclosing confidential information. Apple has since requested a meeting with Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to discuss the matter.

Apple VP Environmental Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, has published a piece on the Apple website regarding use of toxins in the manufacturing process of many Apple products. From today, Apple has banned benzene and n-hexane for use in final assembly for any of their products, and for the first time, you can check out Apple’s Regulated Substances Specification.

Intel are planning to launch successors to the Romley Xeon chips used in the current Mac Pro, and Grantley will herald the arrival of Xeon E5 v3. It’s possible that Apple could refresh the Mac Pro lineup when these chips are released, but the timeframe on such an update is still up in the air.

IfoAppleStore says 6 Apple Retail Store employees were arrested for their participation in a theft/fraud ring. The employees were participating in stolen iPhone trades — thieves would bring stolen iPhones, still locked with Activation Lock, to the Apple Store, where the employees would swap the units out for ones capable of being re-sold. I guess that’s one way of getting around Activation Lock…

A Tom Hanks typewriter app? OK, now I have seen it all. Hanx Writer emulates the experience of writing on an actual typewriter, except on your iPad. It’s free with in-app purchases on the App Store.

Speaking of writing on an iPad, sometimes the on-screen keyboard just doesn’t cut the mustard and you want something more substantial for your key-bashing needs. Engadget rounded up a few iPad keyboard cases for your iPad mini, evaluating them for things like key comfort, typing speed, and overall usability.

I haven’t seen what the Inspector window looks like in OS X Yosemite, but I’m betting it doesn’t look anywhere near as good as this concept. A context-aware Inspector gives you contextual information based on the kind of file you’re looking at, and it looks pretty great, too.

Apple SVP Marketing Phil Schiller threw a bucket of ice water over himself as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge, something created to raise awareness of amyotophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease.

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