Tuesday Morning News
If we’re going to be talking about iPad Pro rumours, we might as well go all out and discuss the possibility of a flexible touch panel that has increased sensitivity. Thanks to a silver nano wire material, the touch sensitive portion of the larger-screened iPad may even be able to recognise multiple pressure levels, leading to Force Touch on an iPad that’s slightly bigger than normal. It’s also possible that Apple may be thinking about adding a thin layer of sapphire to the display, but it’s unknown if sapphire can be produced in that quantity by Apple’s suppliers.
Apple has announced new environment initiatives in China, starting with the company managing a million acres of responsibly managed working forests. The press release says Apple’s eventual goal is to have a net-zero impact on the world’s supply of sustainable virgin fiber (which I think refers to some kind of eco-friendly tree), as well as power its operations by 100% renewable energy.
Warner Music Group says streaming revenue passed the revenue from downloads for the first time, which all adds up to the fact Apple’s music streaming service couldn’t come at a better time. Now all there’s left to do is launch the thing, preferably in a simultaneous worldwide fashion, not like the current agonising pace of the Apple Pay rollout.
The Australian government has said they’ll be investigating tax avoidance by the world’s biggest tech companies, with Apple, Google, and Microsoft currently under review for their tax practices. The good news is, the proposed “Netflix tax” might not have a huge impact on Apple’s Australian operations, with GST already applied to purchases from the iTunes, Mac, and iOS Stores.
Apple has seeded the third beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to developers and members of Apple’s public beta-testing program, with Apple asking testers to focus on photo migrations. The third beta of iOS 8.4 has also been released, which brings iBooks Author Textbooks to iPhone for the first time.
Ex-Apple SVP Scott Forstall bears no bad blood towards his colleagues at Apple, despite what I read about his exit from the company. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Forstall says he’s “proud of the thousands of people I worked with [at Apple] and with whom I remain friends. I am delighted that they continue to turn out great and beloved products”.
Over at MacStories, Graham Spencer writes about iOS apps from Apple’s biggest competitors and other big players in the consumer technology space. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Adobe all have iOS apps of their own, despite some of those companies owning their own mobile platforms.
Showering with the Apple Watch? OK. Exposing the Apple Watch to water in a short paddle? Also OK. Now Apple Watch owners can add “submersion for long periods of time” and “exposing Apple Watch to high velocity water” to the list of things the Apple Watch can withstand, despite Apple’s advice against exposing it to water of any kind.
Russell Ivanovic gives us the run-down of the differences between the Apple Watch and its Android Wear competitors. While the hardware of the Apple Watch is unparalleled, there’s still people who won’t like its unassuming, rectangular shape. But it’s the software that makes all the difference, and that’s where things get a little more complicated.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: Kanye West has a gold Link Bracelet to go with his gold Apple Watch, because of course he does. He’s Kanye West.