Thursday Morning News

iphone-6-mockup1VentureBeat claims they know the specs of the next iPhone, which is set to debut in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors. The upcoming iPhone will support 802.11ac for faster Wi-Fi, an improved fingerprint sensor for more accurate scans and less false rejections, and, of course, Apple’s next-generation SoC, likely dubbed the A8. A separate rumour claims the next iPhone will sport a 2100mAh battery, a 46% increase over the 1440mAh in the current iPhone 5s. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, Ars Technica catches you up with all the iPhone rumours so far.

Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all patent litigation outside of the US, amounting to a mutual ceasefire between the two companies. In a joint statement given to many outlets such as CNET and The Wall Street Journal, they say the agreement does not involve any licensing deals between the two companies, with both companies continuing to pursue existing cases in US courts.

Apple’s job creation in Europe is worthy enough of its own page on the Apple website, which touts some impressive numbers. Over 629,000 jobs have been created or supported by Apple in Europe, with many of those based in the UK. There are 16,000 Apple employees in Europe, and close to half a million of jobs are directly attributable to the App Store.

Apple’s latest hire is Catherine Monier, former European President and Retail Head at Yves Saint Laurent. It’s yet another hire from the fashion industry, which speaks volumes about skating to where the puck is going.

I’ve been writing daily news for a little while now, and this is the earliest I can recall WWDC rumours popping up. Nevertheless, a schedule of Moscone Center outlays the possibility of June 8-12 being the likely date for WWDC 2015, which isn’t too out of the ordinary for the event.

The best tablet you can buy is the iPad Air, according to The Verge. It’s one thing to have the best specs, the fastest processor, or even the best camera, but tablets are nothing without apps. “One of the biggest advantages that the iPad Air has is the wealth of apps available for it in Apple’s iTunes App Store. A tablet is only as good as what you can do with it, and thanks to the hundreds of thousands of apps for the Air, you can do more with it than any other tablet.”

Speaking apps, The Sweet Swetup says best RSS app for the iPad is Unread. It’s a shame all the Google Reader-clients of years gone by have all but evaporated, but at the same time, it’s allowed other apps to rise up and take the mantle.

Wired wonders if a larger iPhone will bring an end to one-handed games. It’s an interesting question — all the casual games you can play these days only really need one hand (depending on how serious you are about Candy Crush Saga), and for many games, playing one-handed on a larger screen likely won’t be a problem.

In an age of smaller flash storage capacities in Macs, iMore has a guide on moving your iTunes library to an external drive. IMore also explains all the upcoming changes to Messages in iOS 8.

Former Apple employee Sam Sung is auctioning his business cards for charity. On ya, buddy.

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