July 2016

Monday Morning News

iphone-7-vs-iphone-6s-04-800x600A video of what’s purported to be the new case design for this year’s iPhone has surfaced. In a comparison to the design of the current iPhone, the differences of a larger camera lens cut-out, redesigned antenna bands, and no headphone jack become apparent, although the changes are still fairly subtle. Whether this turns out to be the finalised design is still anyone’s guess.

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Friday Morning News

RzrMKcaseiPadPro_02.0In a Q&A piece over at the Hollywood Report, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue reveals a little about Apple’s media strategy. He wants Apple to be a platform for companies to get content to consumers, whether that’s via the Apple TV or via apps on the iPhone and iPad. He thinks the Apple TV is better than the cable set-top box (although he doesn’t know whether it will replace it) and doesn’t think of Netflix as a competitor to what Apple is doing with streaming media.

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Thursday Morning News

earpods-2Another pair of Lightning-enabled EarPods has show up on the internet, which MacRumors has quickly labelled as fake. Even so, they say that the somewhat unsightly plastic sheath around the Lightning connector provides room for a digital to audio converter, which would otherwise have to be built into the remote or somewhere else.

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Wednesday Morning News

iPhone-7An iPhone rear case has been leaked to the internet, confirming previous rumours which claim no major design changes for this year’s iPhone. Repositioned antenna bands and a larger camera cut-out seem to be the go, while separate photos appear to show a lack of hardware mute switch. I’m ambivalent about Apple removing or keeping the headphone jack, but the hardware mute switch should stay.

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Monday Morning News

IMG_7572Ars Technica kicks us off this morning with a preview of iOS 10, which covers all the cool new features missing from the iPad, as well as features that require newer iPhone or iPad hardware. Their overview is the first I’ve seen that covers new features in the built-in iOS mail client, as well as how the new iOS universal clipboard works with macOS Sierra.

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Friday Morning News

feedback-assistant-mac-icon-100596716-largeWhen Apple said they were going to release the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas in July, I kind of expected that to be towards the end of July. But here we are, eight days in, and both the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra public betas are now available. The iOS 10 beta in particular comes with the caveat that many publicly available apps may crash more frequently or be outright not usable — if you rely on your primary device for day-to-day productivity, I’d steer clear.

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Thursday Morning News

iPhone-7-CAD-1The latest renders of this year’s iPhone show a larger camera-hole in the regular-sized iPhone, some kind of dual-lens camera setup in the Plus-sized iPhone, and a stereo speaker setup on the bottom. While the rest of the device looks similar enough to the current iPhone design, there’s no headphone jack, fuelling rumours that Apple will remove the headphone jack in favour of dual speakers or some other feature which removes convenience for users.

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Wednesday Morning News

ios_10_messages_app_storeThe Wall Street Journal reports Apple will be ditching the 16GB storage option in the base iPhone in favour of 32GB. 16GB never made a whole lot of sense given the 4K video recording capabilities of the iPhone 6s, and alongside increased megapixel counts and rumoured dual cameras, the move will be welcomed by those who don’t think they’ll need the rumoured 64GB or 128GB options.

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Monday Morning News

classic-mac-screenRumour has it Apple is in talks to buy Jay Z’s Tidal, the streaming service focused on high quality music streaming as well as exclusives from artists. The Verge writes that such an acquisition makes sense for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because of the culture compatibility between the two companies which put artists first.

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Good Reads for June, 2016

Every month, we’ll be bringing you a perfectly picked selection — if slightly longer — reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes, they’ll be deep dives into how Apple’s latest rumoured move is user-hostile, or how the major facet of Apple’s software success is evolving into a slightly different beast. Other times, they’ll be deep dives into Apple’s upcoming file system. All I know is, you’ll need to bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.

  • Of all the rumours in June, none generated more clicks than Apple’s as-yet-unconfirmed decision to remove the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone. Sanity and logic was thrown out the window as internet commenters argued for or against the removal, which is pretty much how it played out in our own discussions on the topic. Over at Medium, Steve Streza tells us why Gruber’s rebuttal against a “user-hostile move by Apple” as described by The Verge completely misses the point.

It seems pretty reasonable that a user would not want hardware compatibility issues, DRM-encumbered music, or significantly more expensive headphones. And users already have lots of devices compatible with the 3.5mm headphone port. Therefore, to remove the port in a way that is not user-hostile and stupid, Apple would have to provide more value and benefit than they are taking away, on top of whatever new features they provide.

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