Monday Morning News

uwamAMjulWtMVAGQThe best way to find out how things work is by taking them apart, and to find out how the new iPod touch works, iFixit took it apart. There’s a number of changes in the revamped iPod touch with iPhone-class processor and camera. Battery life should stay more or less the same, thanks to a similar capacity battery, and the new iPod touch also has a 1GB of RAM, double the previous model. Interestingly enough, there’s no sapphire lens cover on the poor iPod touch.

The rear shell of the plus-sized next-generation iPhone suggests it will be made of a different material than the current aluminium, which will result in a stronger construction. Apart from a couple of screws being placed differently, the design and layout of the part suggests no radical changes, at least in terms of the rear back — whether we’ll get Force Touch on the touchscreen is anyone’s guess.

KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects Apple to release a gold-coloured version of the Apple Watch Sport, to match the current iPhone offerings. Being the Sport model means it wouldn’t be the same rose-gold as the Apple Watch Edition, but likely just a champagne-coloured aluminium. Kuo also says there will be a lighter and thinner iPad mini update.

IMore has put the new camera in the iPod touch through its paces, comparing it to the cameras in the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and previous-generation iPhone. It’s about the same as the iPad Air 2 camera in terms of quality, and slightly behind the iPhone 6.

With that pretty much being the extent of the actual news, we turn out attention to a couple of other items that popped up over the past week and over the weekend. Apple is currently celebrating 10 years of podcasts on the iTunes Store, and Jason Snell has fond memories of the podcasts he’s been on, as well as the ones he’s hosted over the years.

The Mac Observer runs through a couple new features in OS X El Capitan, saying some minor, but important, changes make it more than just a Snow Leopard release.

Also from The Mac Observer is a guide to surviving without Flash on your Mac. This might not be possible if you have to access a Flash-based website for productivity or whatever, but manually managing your Flash installation might also be a good idea.

Macworld takes a look at Bee, an alternative email front-end for the built-in email feature on iOS. By creating groups and letting you email photos to your favourite contacts from within any app, Bee does email differently. Beautiful Pixels also has a look.

IMore’s Peter Cohen writes that no one needs an Apple Watch, but it does make using your iPhone a little better.

The Verge originally thought that asking Siri to charge your phone to 100% (and then having it dial emergency services) was part of some secret code-word you could say under duress, allowing someone to call the police without attracting attention. As it turns out, the explanation is much more mundane: Siri was simply reacting to the “phone” keyword and then dialling that number.

If you’re game, there are third-party Apple Watch bands up on Amazon, including this stainless steel metal link bracelet for a pretty crazy US$35.

Apple’s latest ad for the iPhone tells us about the Amazing Apps available via the App Store, saying that if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.

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