Right on cue, Apple has refreshed the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle models, introducing a brand new selection of colours across the board: the now-traditional silver, gold, and space grey, as well as gold, pink, and blue. The iPod touch now gets an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, the same A8 processor as used in the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and a new version that comes with 128GB of storage. A few notes on the updated iPod touch hardware from 9to5Mac notes that these ones will be sticking around for a long time.
Three million. That’s how many Apple Watch units Apple has sold in the US up to July 10, which is exactly three months since pre-orders opened. MacRumors reports on data from Slice Intelligence, who say the Apple Watch Sport is the most popular model, with an estimated 1,875 Apple Watch Edition models sold. If you do the maths, three million Apple Watch units at an average selling price of $505 is a cool $1.5 billion in revenue, which doesn’t even include sales from outside the US.
Rumour has it an updated iPod lineup will be launching later this week, with the iPod touch moving to a 64-bit processor in line with other iOS devices. New colours are also expected to be part of the refresh, thanks to references in iTunes 12.2, although these changes will probably be purely cosmetic for the iPod nano and shuffle.
If you add new features, they will come… and install iOS 8.4 on their devices. That’s the vibe I’m getting from Apple’s latest iOS install base statistics, which say iOS 8.4 is already installed on over 40% of active iOS devices out in the wild. The high adoption rate can be largely attributed to the launch of Apple Music — with iOS 8.4 the only way to access the service on iPhones and iPads, people wanting to give the service a go really had no other choice.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Apple will be on track to manufacture 90 million units of the next-generation iPhone this year. That number will be a record for the company, which has to date only sold 74.5 million in any equivalent timeframe. The Journal also says Apple’s next iPhone will come with Force Touch and a new colour option, which may or may not be a shade of pink.
Apple’s Online Store now has iPhone and iPad cases they’ve said have been “tested to the limit“. The new page says all third-party accessories have undergone a series of test before being sold on the Apple Online Store, pointing out the design, camera, acoustics, sensors, cellular, and wireless as areas which are specifically tested before any third-party accessories are sold.
A rumour claims the next Apple event to launch the new iPhone will happen on Friday, September 11th, but a quick debunk from 9to5Mac says that’s pretty unlikely. Leaving aside the awkwardness of September 11th for Americans, having an Apple event on a Friday is also fairly unusual. While there’s a pretty good chance Foxconn supply chain sources have nailed the announce and then release a week later, there’s plenty to suggest the date is wrong.
Now that the logic board of the next iPhone has been leaked, 9to5Mac has done a little component analysis. There’s a new new NFC processor on board, which may not add any new features by itself, but an overall reduction in the number of on-board components says Apple is continuing to provide power efficiencies across the board. Alas, 16GB base storage remains the norm, at least according to the leaked logic board — with the external casing also being leaked, there’s a pretty good chance the iPhone 6s will be starting production very soon.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of the best, if slightly longer, tracks about the wonderful world of Apple. Our crack team are out scouring the web for the freshest beats, the poppiest pop, and the most lyrical of all the lyrics to bring you the listens worthy of your time and attention. Whatever your taste, we’ll have a handful of curated playlists for that — oh wait, that’s Apple Music. This, on the other hand, is Good Reads.
- Rene Ritchie’s analysis of WWDC 2015, with its slightly bizarre “Backstage” introduction video and diversity in both gender and Watch-wrists, says the conference sets up Apple for the next year. This time around, it wasn’t about completely overhauling a user interface we’ve been used to for years, or shipping features we’ve wanted for equally as long, but about giving us a taste of how all that hard work will pay off in the future. As much as you didn’t appreciate Drake taking the stage to talk about Apple Music, the amount of time Apple dedicated to that particular segment should give you an idea of how important Apple Music is to the future of not only Apple, but to the music industry as a whole.
There’s always been a challenge in programming WWDC, given that the room is filled with developers, but a world of customers is watching. Every moment becomes a balancing act — too technical and the audience watching the stream might get lost. Too flashy and the people in the seats might feel abandoned. This year it was the latter. A lot of the humor and most of the music fell flat for many of the people at the show and in the media.
The latest in the wave of recent iPhone rumours is a leaked Foxconn document which claims the next iPhone will have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2GB of RAM. With the rear-facing camera’s first-ever megapixel upgrade since the iPhone 4S in 2011, the leaked manufacturing schematic also says the camera will be capable of 4K video capture — a feature that’s been present in other smartphones, but will be a first for the iPhone. The front-facing camera also gets an upgrade, going from 1.2 megapixels to a rumoured 5 megapixels.