Tuesday Morning News
In case weird display resolutions are your thing, you’re in luck, because the rumoured 10.5-inch iPad will feature a resolution of 2,224×1,668. That’s the same 264 PPI pixel density as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Of course, it’s also possible that the 10.5-inch iPad will go the other way and feature the same display resolution as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, making it have the same pixel density as the iPad mini 4, as pointed out by MacRumors.
Fast Company explains the differences and similarities between Apple and Google. While both companies are involved in very different pursuits, their continual innovation in their areas of expertise pushes them ever closer together. While Apple’s other products don’t enjoy the same level of success as the iPhone, you can see where Apple’s vision is heading towards, while Google has its own side-projects that might not turn out to be anything, or might just change the world.
Wired tells us about Android’s upcoming support for Rich Communication Services, a new messaging standard that does away with the traditional limitations of SMS and is more of a messaging standard for the modern age of smartphones. While RCS is supported right now by a handful of carriers worldwide (and none in Australia), Apple’s iMessage platform is a big enough drawcard that means Apple might not implement RCS on the iPhone, at least not until people start asking for it.
The fourth beta of iOS 10.3 has been seeded to developers. It doesn’t seem like there’s any major changes this time around, besides the inclusion of the Find My AirPods feature, the move to APFS for iOS devices, and App Store API changes, all of which were revealed with the original release.
The fourth beta of iOS 10.3 also comes alongside the fourth betas of macOS 10.12.4 and watchOS 3.2. Night Shift is coming to the Mac, and Theater Mode is coming to your wrist-worn wearable.
Daniel Dourvaris’ 2015 Retina MacBook Pro had an issue with a battery cell, causing a loss of magic smoke and some undoubtedly impressive fireworks. From the photos, a battery cell located underneath the trackpad swelled up and ruptured, causing the damage you see in the photos.
MacStories tells us about Record Bird, an iOS app focused on music discovery. They call it the music discovery tool that should have come with Apple Music, and by looking through your library to see what artists you already listen to, pointing out new releases from them that you may have missed or don’t already own/listen to.
1Password on the Mac has been updated with better Touch Bar support, as well as a subscription model on the Mac App Store that gives you a 30 day free trial, after which you’ll have to pony up $3/month for a personal subscription.
9to5Mac checks out a Mophie Juice Pack Air which supports the Qi wireless charging standard. If you don’t want or need the extra juice offered by the Mophie battery case, then I’m sure there’s a thin and light case for the iPhone that also supports wireless charging.
Six Colors praises Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack 3 for its flexible audio manipulation on Macs. By building your own audio workflows using its modular, block-based user interface, there’s not a lot you can’t do with it if you want to do things with sound input and output.