Monday Morning News
We’re less than two days from the latest and greatest from Apple, and still there are parts from the next iPhone being leaked. The rear camera of the 5.5-inch iPhone did the rounds over the weekend, not to mention those videos that showed fully assembled units powered on and working. I won’t be linking to those here as I think that violates some kind of new iPhone sanctity, but you know where to find them if you’re so inclined.
Less than two days out, and people still aren’t sure if the new iPhone will have a sapphire display. But the Apple rumour-sphere’s kind of funny like that: part leaks for literally days, and very little actual insight into what features the new iPhone will have. For the record, Apple has previously used sapphire in lens covers, but with the amount of sapphire they’ve been producing, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see sapphire displays in the next iPhone. I mean, there’s probably a good chance. I mean, go flip a coin or something, that might be more accurate.
China Telecom’s preorder page for the new iPhone is completely fake and features some (impressive) total fabrications, but at least they’re as excited for the next iPhone as we are. I’ve already heard of instances where people are asking when they can pre-order the new iPhone, a device which has not been announced, let alone released. Can’t fault them for their enthusiasm, I guess.
Even though I linked to it on Friday, I missed the small detail in the New York Times article about Apple’s upcoming iPhone and wearable that said Apple would be considering one-handed usage of the bigger iPhone. The jump from 4-inches to 4.7 won’t be as big as the one from 4 to 5.5-inches, but I know people were struggling to reach all four corners of the 4-inch iPhone display, so any bigger may prove problematic for the times when you just don’t have two hands available. Apple’s no stranger to sweating the small stuff, and that includes one-handed usability on a significantly larger device.
Apple has invited fashion bloggers to their event early Wednesday morning for us Australians, suggesting their wearable will have some kind of impact on the fashion industry. It’s the first time Apple has done so, which corroborates previous rumours saying the wearable will come in a variety of materials and styles, watch faces, that kind of thing.
9to5Mac says Apple’s wearable will be able to run apps of its own, with the wearable SDK already seeded to a select few big developers. And that’s about all we know — it’s unknown if Apple will separate the wearable App Store from the regular iOS one, or if there will just be a new category. I guess we wait and find out on Wednesday.
No one wants a watch they have to charge more than once a day, and I kind of feel that Apple wouldn’t release a device if the battery life wasn’t at least acceptable. Which is why I’m hoping and praying this report from 9to5Mac that says Apple employees have set low expectations for Apple wearable battery life isn’t true.
Dell’s latest 27-inch display has an eye-popping 5120×2880 resolution, which works out to be a very similar pixel density to the 15-inch MacBook Pro (218 PPI on the Dell versus 221 PPI on the MacBook Pro). It’s rekindling the dream of a Retina Apple Display or Retina iMac, seeing as we know for sure that panels of that calibre exist.
There’s the possibility AppleCare+ will be coming to Australia in the next few weeks, possibly in time for the new iPhone and iPad refresh. Sources say Apple Store employees are currently being trained on the product, which offers the main advantage of covering up to two incidents of accidental damage for US $79 each — that’s on top of the US $99 for AppleCare+ itself. Either way, it’s a lot better than the current out of warranty pricing, which will see you forking out $348.95 for a replacement iPhone 5/5s/5c.
Vanity Fair reports Aussie designer Marc Newson is joining Apple’s design team, where he’ll be working with Apple SVP Design Jony Ive on some seriously sweet tech for the company. Newson’s designed timepieces in his, uh, time, of course, but he’s also done a lot of thinking about how people use spaces, and it just so happens Apple are interested in both of those areas. They’ll get along swimmingly, I’m sure.
A report from Bloomberg details Apple’s Early Field Failure Analysis. The EFFA’s job is to respond to early failures very close to the release of new devices and fix them. The examples of work they’ve done all involve the original iPhone, but it’s entirely possible they were there when chips and scratches appeared in the delicate chamfer of the iPhone 5, for example, or when people were holding their iPhones wrong all the way back in 2010.
Looking back at a video with Steve Jobs introducing Halo on the Mac in 1999, and a small part of me regrets he won’t be on stage on Wednesday telling us how great and awesome the next iPhone is. Instead, it’ll be up to Phil Schiller to dish out the superlatives en-masse — but that won’t stop me grinning like a loon every time an Apple exec gets on stage.