Rumour has it Apple has begun issuing suppliers with orders for Apple Watch components, in preparation for the second-generation Apple Watch. AppleInsider claims it’s possible mass production of the Apple Watch 2 will begin in the next few months, but I’m going to guess we won’t be seeing any part leaks like we have with iPhones in the past.
According to the Washington Post and as covered by Ars Technica, it’s possible, even likely, that the FBI paid grey-hat hackers for a zero-day exploit that allowed them to access the data stored on the iPhone involved in the San Bernardino shootings. The Washington Post lists anonymous sources for the news, Apple isn’t interested in knowing about how the FBI gained access to the device, so the kind of zero-day attacks used to access the device will live on.
Analysis of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s display from DisplayMate finds that the screen is a major upgrade over the iPad Air 2… but you probably already knew that. Thanks to the use of the DCI-P3 wider colour gamut, the display on the smaller iPad Pro has “colour accuracy visually indistinguishable from perfect”, that’s also “very likely considerably better than any other mobile display, monitor, TV, or UHD TV” that people own, and if that wasn’t enough, it also beats the screen on the larger iPad Pro is almost every category.
The Boylston Street Apple Store in Boston will be playing host to an event this weekend, which will see Christy Turlington-Burns, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, and founder of dooce.com Heather Armstrong talk about their training experiences for the Boston Marathon. Apple’s Jay Blahnik will also be present, talking about how each experienced training with the Apple Watch.
The US Government seems determined to have Apple continue to provide assistance on iPhone unlocking cases, despite the FBI withdrawing their request for Apple’s support under the All Writs Act as part of the San Bernardino investigation. A different case in New York involving an iPhone running iOS 7 that doesn’t require Apple’s assistance to access is still being fought over in the courts, as reported by The Verge.
While exterior features of Apple Campus 2 are being finalised, details are emerging on the internal spaces within. Design Milk were invited to take a look at one such detail, where a 112-year old Dutch company manufactures 5.5m long, solid Oak tables that have no visible seams due to an innovative manufacturing technique. The tables will be placed within special pods on the new campus, designed around fostering spontaneous socialisation and collaboration between employees.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been added to the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights board of directors. It’s a milestone for an organisation that’s focused on human rights and other philanthropy, and Cook has said in a statement that he was honoured to serve on the board to “further Kennedy’s message of justice and equality”.
The @AppleNews account on Twitter’s is Apple’s newest, and according to the bio, promotes all the news you want, all in one place. The Twitter account promotes top stories from Apple News, and the best part is, there’s an Australian version over at @AppleNewsAU. Speaking of which, you may have noticed news posts from us showing in Apple News, both under the iOS news category and if you search for AppleTalk, so if Apple News is your preferred method of delivery, then feel free to add us over there, too.
IFixit’s teardown of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro gives us a look at the innards of the smaller iPad Pro. While there’s slightly improved capacity on the battery despite the auto-balancing four speakers, the smaller iPad Pro gets a low repairability score due to the difficulty involved getting it open, and very few user-replaceable parts inside once it is.
John Gruber’s review of the iPhone SE points out the relatively minor differences between the iPhone SE hardware and the current iPhone 6s. He says they’re supposed to be different kinds of smartphones, with one being the one for one-handed usage while the other has all the bells and whistle’s you’d expect on the flagship, eventually conceding that it doesn’t make much sense to buy an iPhone SE, given that there will be a new iPhone inside of six months.