Wednesday Morning News
The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus weigh more than the previous models. Apple’s specs page puts the difference at 14 grams for the iPhone 6s over its 6 counterpart, with the 6s Plus coming in at 20 grams heavier than its predecessor, the 6 Plus. Some of that difference is the new Series 7000 aluminium that’s used in the construction of the new iPhones, but most of the weight difference comes from the new 3D Touch display.
Buzzfeed got the chance to ride with Apple CEO Tim Cook in a short trip across Manhattan to visit Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store. During the journey, they talked about the new features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including always-on “Hey Siri”, the new medium that is Live Photos, and the efficiency that comes with 3D Touch. But the biggest topic is not being able to remove Apple’s default apps from your iPhone: Cook says that it’s not about wanting to suck up your real estate, but other complications with the apps that are potentially linked to other things on your iPhone.
The Verge reports that Burberry is the first brand to get its own Apple Music channel, but I’m not sure what the point of the channel is. Is it a way to promote Burberry as a brand by having exclusive videos from artists, or merely a kind of branded curation? Maybe it’s both.
Apple’s new research office in Sweden is looking at “advanced mapping technology” for Apple Maps. What that entails is still under wraps, but for all we know, it could have something to do with the cars Apple’s been driving around lately.
The iCloud storage price-drop that previously only existed in the Apple’s September 2015 keynote now exists online. The updated Apple support doc on iCloud storage pricing reflects the new tiers and prices; in Australia, 50GB will cost $1.49 a month, with 200GB and 1TB coming in at $4.49 and $14.99, respectively.
A couple of iOS 9 and watchOS 2-ready apps have started hitting the App Store ahead of tomorrow’s release of the two mobile operating systems, and I gotta say I’m looking forward to third-party complications on the Apple Watch more than I am any app that’s compatible with iOS 9. Third-party watch complications might mean I use a watch face like Modular, which has plenty of space for other bits of info.
Justin Williams’ hot take on the iPad Pro is that Windows 10 is a better OS for the Microsoft Surface than iOS is for the iPad Pro. Having the traditional iOS home screen layout is ridiculous on such a large display, and while side-by-side multitasking is something the iPad Pro was designed for, many apps just aren’t developed with the larger screen size in mind.
Over at iMore, Peter Cohen explains CEC, the HDMI-based technology that lets your peripherals control appliances like your TV. CEC technology means your Apple TV can power on your TV, switch it to the correct input, and control the volume – all using one cable and remote.
If all you want to do is stream music to your Apple TV, picking up the new Apple TV might not be the best idea. While the new Apple TV comes with Apple Music support (which probably won’t be coming to the older Apple TV models), the lack of optical out means you’re stuck with HDMI for your audio output, which is less than ideal.
Macworld says that “s-revision” phones are a bigger deal than they seem, because they’re the ones introducing features that define iPhones for generations to come. The non-S revision might bring the more exciting hardware and design change, but there’s something to be said for steady software iteration, too.