What’s rumoured to be the logic board of the next iPhone has been leaked on Weibo, giving us a chance to compare components to previous logic boards. MacRumors says it’s extremely likely Apple has switched to Intel as their supplier of baseband modems, although it’s still possible that Apple will be using models from both Intel and Qualcomm.
The latest rumour regarding the iPad comes courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that Apple will be releasing a 10.5-inch variant of the iPad Pro sometime next year. Kuo’s prediction includes three new iPads, including a 9.7, 10.5, and 12.9-inch models to be released in 2017, with further speculation saying Apple may kill off the iPad mini entirely due to the relative popularity of the iPhone Plus. There’s little justification for such a similar sized model, besides keeping the good-better-best model trio.
Bloomberg reported last week Apple’s upcoming iPhone refresh would include a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a rumour we’ve already heard many times before. Alongside the better camera, the new iPhone will also have no headphone jack and a home button that provides haptic feedback when pressed, but doesn’t move, kind of like the Force Touch technology found on the built-in trackpad on MacBook Pros.
Most of the iPhone part leaks so far have been of the rear enclosure, which tell us some interesting things about the antenna bands and the camera cutout. Equally as interesting is the first part leak of the iPhone’s front, with the front panel appearing to show dual sensor cutouts and a longer and wider earpiece cutout. A separate photo appears to show a completely-assembled iPhone running Apple’s test software. There’s no saying whether the latter is the real deal or not, but the lack of a headphone jack and redesigned camera cutout will be concerning to some.
The latest diversity report from Apple tells us about Apple’s workforce numbers for the year. Both female hires and underrepresented minorities in the US are up over previous years, and new hires are also more diverse than current employees. Compensation for US employees has also been equaled across the board, with Apple planning on putting similar efforts into pay for employees worldwide.
Apple has released international versions of the Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro. Available for the both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, localised layouts include British English, French, Spanish, Korean, Italian, and Arabic. While Australia only gets the US English version of the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard, the other language variants include extra characters on the keys or different key layouts altogether, as in the case of the Arabic keyboard.
Apple has released the fourth beta of iOS 10 to developers. The release includes over a hundred new and redesigned emoji, which come in new gender-diverse flavours as well as redesigns of existing popular emoji. Other changes in this release include a little intro to the new multi-paned Control Center, removal of the haptic feedback when locking the device, and minor changes to keyboard sounds.
John Gruber lists out the possibilities for accessories included with Apple’s next iPhone. If Apple are going to remove the headphone jack from the next iPhone as the rumours suggest, there’s a good chance that they’ll be pushing wireless headphones. But for people who still need to connect their expensive headphones to the iPhone, Apple will also offer an adapter. The chance of Apple shipping Lightning EarPods with the next iPhone is slim, given that that particular solution has its own problems.