It hasn’t even been a month since the release of the iPhone 7, but already the iPhone rumour mill has things to say about the 2017 iPhone. Joining Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times has now said that next year’s iPhone will have a home button built into the screen of the iPhone. The embedded home button is expected to come hand-in-hand with a screen that takes up the entirety of the front of the iPhone, eliminating display bezels and enabling Apple to have a larger screen size in the same form factor.
A story on how Apple logs iMessage contacts and can be later shared with law enforcement agencies wants to spread details about the kind of data that is logged about your conversations. The only problem is, this isn’t exactly news. Apple’s license agreements for iOS 10 and older include the fact that it can hand over data to law enforcement agencies when a valid search warrant is presented.
BuzzFeed reports on the state of Apple Music, and how the streaming music industry is a constant battle between getting paying customers and keeping content owners happy. It’s all a delicate balancing act, torn between getting and keeping subscribers with good features like personalised music playlists and exclusives from artists, while also retaining the artists that get subscribers in the first place.
Manufacturing challenges are reported to be behind the lack of Jet Black iPhone 7 shipments, even though it was the most popular model with preorders. While overall shipments of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are expected to be down over last year’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you’ve got to give Apple credit where it’s due. This year’s iPhone launched in 28 countries on day one, compared to the handful of countries it has launched in previously.
A rumour from Bloomberg says Apple is gearing up to release an Amazon Echo-like smart home device. Just like how Amazon’s Echo recognises voice input, Apple’s smart home device would use Siri to control appliances, locks, lights, and curtains. It’s also possible Apple will be setting themselves apart from Echo and Google’s Home projects by using more advanced speaker and microphone tech, according to Bloomberg’s sources.
Ars Technica’s review of the Apple Watch Series 2 says that although people may be unsure about the kind of value in a smartwatch, there is at least some value in a connected fitness device on your wrist. The GPS-equipped, waterproof Series 2 running watchOS 3 is Apple’s best attempt at making a fitness wearable that pulls double duty as one of the most connected fashion accessories around.
A hands-on with the unreleased Portrait mode from Techcrunch tells us about how the feature works by separating the foreground and background. By combining images from the regular and telephoto lenses in the iPhone 7 Plus, the camera system can automatically determine which parts of the image are in the background, apply a slight blur effect, and stitch it all back together. There are plenty of examples of how the feature works, and they’re not bad.
It’s macOS Sierra release day, and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get right into it. If you’re planning on upgrading today, there’s a guide on a few things you should be thinking about doing before making the jump. Provided your Mac runs macOS Sierra (there are additional requirements if you want to have your Apple Watch unlock your device or play with Apple Pay or the Universal Clipboard), you should at the very least be doing a Time Machine backup in case things go wrong.
Analysis of the new display in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from DisplayMate reveals a screen that’s visually indistinguishable from perfect, which is about as high praise as you can get. Apple is currently one of only three smartphone manufacturers that features a wider colour gamut on its displays, which also features a record high contrast ratio for IPS LCD displays and a record low for screen reflectance, despite not having the same anti-reflective coating as the iPad Pro.
Teardowns of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reveal the inner differences between the two devices, although it’s pretty much what you’d expect. There’s rubber gaskets and seals everywhere, along with redesigned internals to prevent any kind of water from coming in. The removal of the headphone jack frees up some space inside for a bigger battery, as well as what Apple says is a barometric vent where the headphone jack used to be.