If I told you Apple was going to replace the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone with a universal Lightning port, you probably wouldn’t believe me. But that’s exactly what Japanese website Mac Otakara is saying, with the latest rumour claiming Apple will also release Lightning-compatible EarPods alongside the next iPhone. While headphones with Lightning connectors are nothing new, they’re incredibly rare, even after Apple released the spec for Lightning-compatible headphones in June 2014, as noted by MacRumors — but if Apple does go ahead with this move, the user backlash will be immense.
Japanese website Nikkei says Apple will be making the switch to OLED displays in the iPhone from 2018 onwards. LG Display is already planning upgrades for high-capacity OLED production, after Apple notified its manufacturing partners about the move to the alternative display technology, with the move carrying a number of implications for Apple’s current LCD partners, Sharp and Japan Display.
Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Zurich technology company Faceshift, who made motion capture software tech used in Star Wars. The company developed tech to animate faces in real time, capable of projecting an individual’s expressions onto an animated avatar. Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch by releasing their usual statement, and it’s believed several Faceshift employees are now working for Apple out of Europe.
After the flaming train wreck that was Jimmy Iovine’s comments on music being difficult to find for “some women”, the Beats co-founder has since apologised for his comments, telling BuzzFeed he could have chosen his words better. Iovine’s original comment related to the Apple Music ad first aired in September, which was aimed at women, but also told BuzzFeed that Apple created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone.
IFixit’s teardown of the Apple Pencil kicks us off this morning, revealing a tiny logic board as well as an internal metal case, after both ends and the plastic outer shell have been taken off. There’s a tiny battery, a tiny antenna, and a smattering of other components that go together to make one of the most responsive stylus accessories of all time.
Apple Pay has launched in Australia, and even though you’ll need an American Express-issued Amex card, you can now use Apple’s mobile contactless payments solution wherever Amex and contactless payments are accepted. Many major retailers accept Amex, although some smaller ones will charge you an extra surcharge, but there’s just no beating the convenience of pulling out your phone to pay for something.
Analysis of the iPad Pro’s display from DisplayMate shows that it’s a “top tier” display, but falls behind the iPad mini 4 and even Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. There’s honestly not much between the various displays, and certainly nothing you’d notice unless you were looking for it — for all intents and purposes, the iPad Pro display is just fine, even if the specs don’t say so.
The iPad Pro. Throw any kind of adjective at it and you’ll find that it’s the biggest, fastest, most expensive, iPad Apple has ever made. Apple might be positioning it as a perfect tablet for creatives and those that have gentler computing requirements, but ultimately, whether you buy one will depend on the kind of work you do and whether you require a more traditional computing experience or something that can be described by quite a few superlatives.
While people have questioned why Apple’s near-ubiquitous Lighting connection standard is still only USB 2 in a USB 3 world, there hasn’t really been any clear answer. With the iPad Pro, that changes — Apple confirmed to Ars Technica the iPad Pro the device features a USB 3-compatible Lightning port, the first of its kind to support theoretical transfer speeds up to ten times faster than that of lowly USB 2. But that’s about where the good news ends, as Apple has also said you’ll need a USB 3-capable Lightning cable to take advantage of the faster transfer speeds. If you’ve picked up an iPad Pro, you can probably start saving now.