Wednesday Morning News

iphone-6s-shoplemonde-02Everyone’s favourite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with a new set of predictions for the next iPhone. Starting with the addition of Force Touch, Kuo writes that the display size will stay the same as the current iPhone, with an optional rose-gold coloured casing to match the Apple Watch Edition. The rest of his list are all, more or less, expected improvements: a better camera, a sapphire lens cover, an improved Touch ID sensor, that kind of thing.

Apple has scored well in Greenpeace’s 2015 Click Clean Report, topping the charts out of all the big tech companies. MacRumors says Apple was the only company with a perfect scorecard.

Apple is looking for a new global communications manager for its iAd mobile advertising network. According to the job description, the successful candidate will “lead marketing positioning, strategy and communications” for iAd, including internal and external channels”, with five to seven years of strategic marketing communications experience required to be considered for the role.

9to5Mac says we got Stan on the Apple TV, but I’m not buying it. Gizmodo previously said that Stan’s Apple TV app did briefly appear on the Apple TV, but later disappeared — it’s likely that Stan Apple TV channel is under development, as it doesn’t even appear on Apple’s own “what’s on Apple TV” page.

If you’re into FileMaker, you’ll probably like FileMaker 14. The latest version of the database software for Windows, Mac, and iOS devices comes with speed improvements as well as heaps of new features, with new scripting additions designed to make common actions easier than ever before.

Sometimes new technology adoption starts from the component level, and if Broadcom’s adoption of HomeKit in its SDK is any indication, HomeKit is all set to take over your home sometime soon. Broadcom Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips now support Apple’s HomeKit, which means we’re one step closer to the connected home of the future.

The red dot on the Apple Watch appears whenever you have new notifications, but Apple World Today says it’s more of a warning that’s something is wrong rather than a notification of new, uh, notifications. Using a different colour would have helped.

MacRumors takes us through why you’d even consider a case for your Apple Watch, with Speck launching its CandyShell Fit later this month. Like all cases it will add a little bulk to your Watch, but the proof will be in the pudding — personally, I can’t see many of these things being sold.

You can still use “bandswapper” websites to swap a part of, or your whole Apple Watch band. Creating different colour combinations of the Apple Watch Sport Band doesn’t look too bad, as shown off by iMore, but the pretty cool thing is that you can even swap individual Link Bracelet links.

There has been more definitive reviews of the Apple Watch than I care to name, but I guess there’s always room for one more. At least iMore’s definitive review of the Apple Watch comes in ten parts, so you can read a little at a time and keep track of where you’re up to.

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  1. tcn33 says:

    Kuo is among the more reliable analysts (not that that's saying much) but "same screen sizes" hardly counts as a new feature.

    It annoys me greatly that the notification dot doesn't match your selected complication colour.

  2. Yeah, I based my information off Gizmodo's post from Monday (or earlier in the week). Didn't get to look at Twitter until lunchtime, which would have shown me Stan's Apple TV app just before I posted the news :frowning:

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