Bloomberg claims Apple has already started manufacturing the next iPhone with Force Touch, bringing the feature across from the Mac and Apple Watch to the iPhone. Bloomberg also says that production may be impacted by part availability, but due to the similar designs of current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with the next iPhone, things should go pretty smoothly.
In addition to curtailing any kind of background activity, Low Power Mode in iOS 9 disables some visual effects. MacRumors ran the recently updated for iOS 9 version of GeekBench and found that performance was also impacted by Low Power Mode, which presumably works by down-clocking the CPU, throttling it to save power. The benchmark results speak for themselves: performance was higher with Low Power Mode off, and there was a noticeable difference with Low Power Mode enabled.
Now that Apple’s paying artists during the three-month trial of Apple Music, The New York Times has revealed Apple will be paying 0.2 cents for each song streamed. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it’s a figure similar to what Spotify pays out when songs are accessed via its free streaming tier, as reported by MacRumors, and doesn’t include a separate payment made to music publishers for songwriting rights. According to Billboard, Apple may also pay out an additional 0.047 cents per stream for song rights, bringing the total up to a whopping 0.247 cents.
The Washington Post reports on Lisa Jackson’s promotion to Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, making her the lead on issues such as environmental sustainability, education, and accessibility within the company. The Post also has Apple CEO Tim Cook’s letter to employees, which says that although Apple has made good progress in a number of areas, there’s still so much more to do with regards to human rights, education, and accessibility of Apple products to those with disabilities.
Right on cue, Apple has seeded the second beta of iOS 9 to developers, which is now available via over-the-air or as a full download via the developer portal. The latest beta comes with a cool feature that can automatically delete and re-install apps to free up a little extra space, if only temporarily, while the update is downloaded and installed.
After Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple yesterday protesting the latter’s decision to not pay artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music, Apple SVP Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue tweeted Apple’s reversal, saying Apple would be paying artists during the customer’s free trial period. That’s all well and good, but Cue also says Swift has not decided to stream her album 1989 via Apple Music.
Apple has removed the first-generation iPad mini from its lineup, with the original smaller iPad passing the torch onto the iPad mini 2 and mini 3 brothers and sisters. Even though dropping the iPad mini was inevitable — Ars Technica notes it was based on the internals of the iPad 2, which Apple stopped selling early last year — it means that every iOS devices Apple sells now comes with a Retina-grade screen, with all but the iPhone 5C and iPod touch including a 64-bit processor, to boot.
A day after I pick up my Apple Watch from the Apple Store, rumour about the next Apple Watch have hit the intertubes. Sources speaking to 9to5Mac reveal the Apple Watch successor will include a video camera for FaceTime chats from your wrist, more iPhone independence with the Watch being able to function solely over Wi-Fi, and even more premium-priced models. Battery life is expected to stay more or less the same, and the release date for the next Apple Watch is thankfully next year, hopefully later rather than sooner.
As I tweeted this morning, the reason there wasn’t any news this morning as per usual was because I was at the Apple Store, picking up an Apple Watch of my very own. While you can’t walk into an Apple Retail Store and buy an Apple Watch, the next best thing is reserving one online and then picking up in-store — no delivery hassles, and even the option of going through Apple’s personal setup process, if you’re into that sort of thing. If you’re interested in picking up an Apple Watch, the Perth City Apple Store has decent stock at all times of the day, otherwise you’ll have to jump on at 8am to get an Apple Watch at other locations in Australia.
The latest from the iOS 9 beta is that the next iPad could feature a display with a resolution of 2732×2048. If you do the maths, that’s a higher-resolution display than the new 12-inch MacBook and almost the width of two iPad Airs side-by-side, which should make that new split-screen multitasking feature a breeze to use.