Monday Morning News
Apple has sent out invites for its next media event, with the teaser line of “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. The event will happen on September 9 in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. As usual, that’s 3am on September 10th for us Aussies, and Apple has already confirmed they’ll be streaming the event live via their website or on Apple TV. The craziest rumour says we could see an Apple Car announcement, and further crystal ball gazing on the part of Apple World Today says other Siri improvements are also on the cards. As for the actual rumours, well, you’ll find them after the break.
For starters, the next iPhone is expected to be announced at the event. Rumour says it will have a 12-megapixel camera, an improvement in megapixel count since the iPhone 4S came out with an 8-megapixel shooter back in 2012. The camera in the next iPhone will also be capable of capturing 4K video, according to 9to5Mac, which is a feature that’s becoming more and more common with smartphones. Finally, a “front-facing flash” will also be introduced, but may be as simple as the screen flashing white when you’re taking a selfie.
Part leaks have revealed an iPhone display component which is heavier and thicker than its iPhone 6 counterpart, and while AppleInsider believes it’s the Force Touch controller for the next iPhone, the addition of the pressure-sensitive display may mean a minor increase in thickness and weight for the next iPhone.
As with previous iPhone launches, it’s expected Apple will discontinue the oldest model and shift the rest down a peg. This time around, it means the iPhone 5c will bite the dust, with the 5s, 6, and 6 Plus sticking around for the time being. Those hoping for a 4-inch version of the iPhone 6 can also discard all hope, as that’s pretty unlikely to happen.
But enough about the iPhone. The other big thing we’re also going to see at the Apple event next week is the next-generation Apple TV, which has been a long time coming. The fourth-generation Apple TV is mostly expected to have major software improvements, including Siri, an refreshed user interface, and an App Store with developer SDK, with that last point meaning we may eventually see other channels (e.g. Plex) on the Apple TV. Apple’s also working on getting more content available for streaming, but there’s no concrete news beyond that.
It’s also rumoured the next Apple TV will come with a remote featuring motion detection, meaning you’ll be able to wave it around like the Wii remote to control its position on screen. It’ll hopefully mean entering your Wi-Fi password is a little easier, and the motion controls also mean the possibility of motion gestures for common controls.
Either way, Techcrunch writes Apple is about to show off its TV cards. Refreshed hardware means a more powerful processor, which means the whole box will be able to do more, including running those native apps. I’m not sure the Apple TV will be able to make an impact on the console market as they’re very different product categories, but if history has told us anything, it’s that anything is possible.
Of all the things that we will be seeing at Apple’s September event, the larger-screened iPad won’t be one of them. Website analytics have confirmed a previously-unknown model of iPad with larger display resolution, but it was running iOS 9.1, suggesting that it won’t be launching alongside the new iPhones (which will presumably launch with iOS 9). It’s all good though, it just means we might get a separate event, perhaps around October, to launch the new iPad.
Speaking of iOS 9, The Next Web says that content blocking will transform the mobile web as we know it. With the ability to block analytics, ads, and other undesirable content from loading over your mobile connection, pages will load faster, and will even have an impact on battery life if you do a bunch of browsing from your iOS device.
In case you missed it, Apple launched a replacement program for the rear iSight camera in the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has found a component that may fail, causing your photos to look blurry, and people with suspect iPhone 6 Plus devices can pop their serial number into the Apple website to see if they’re eligible for a replacement.
Apple’s One-to-One training program currently offered in Apple Stores will be going away at the end of the month, and while Serenity Caldwell at iMore says she’s saddened by the program’s demise, Peter Cohen says he’s glad the loss-leader is being canned. Apple Stores need change as much as the rest of us, and I’m sure Apple has a plan for continuing to offer best-in-class training at all their retail locations.
The Tools and Toys guide to writing with an iPad has app recommendations for every kind of writing: general writing, note taking, journaling, and more. If you need a stand or external keyboard to make things a little more comfortable, they’ve got that covered, too.
The news is back! If I’ve missed anything you thought was news-worthy during my time away, please let me know in the comments. And if you have any other comments, questions, or suggestions, I’m happy to take those, too.