Wednesday Morning News
Marco Arment’s podcast app Overcast hit version 3.0 at the start of the week, and his design walkthrough shows us the changes he’s made to the design and user experience of the app. Originally released in 2014, Overcast’s original design was based on the iOS 7 aesthetics of the time, with translucent glass panels and gestures. Now, the design is more contemporary, has more visible functionality, and is even designed with larger phones in mind.
MacStories also has notes on the changes in Overcast 3.0, including the iOS 10 features it comes with such as the 3D Touch icon and rich notifications. Their interview with Arment sheds some light on the Overcast revenue models to date, and how including closed-source libraries in your app can be a potentially risky thing to do in today’s political climate.
A wireless earbud showdown from Ars Technica puts Apple’s own AirPods against the likes of Beats’ PowerBeats3, Skybuds, and Motorola’s VerveOne. The silicon tips of the other wireless earbuds provide noise isolation compared to the AirPods, which also means they’ll fit less ears, less comfortably than the alternatives. That said, sound quality and battery life are also valid considerations when you’re looking at wireless earbuds, and in those respects, AirPods do pretty well for themselves.
Lifehacker’s privacy enthusiast’s guide to using an iPhone has some easy things you can do on your phone to help keep some semblance of privacy intact. Thanks to Apple’s privacy focus, there’s a few switches and toggles for you to change, and some recommended third party apps also let you browse the web and access your email more securely.
If you look at the iPad Pro today, it’s hard to imagine what kind of features Apple could introduce that could compel you to upgrade; it’s already as thin, light, and as powerful as you’d want it to be. But imagining the next 9 iOS devices is exactly what Macworld did, even going so far as to suggest Apple might come out and release something like Microsoft’s Surface Studio.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says this year’s iPhone will feature a 3D-sensing front camera. Kind of like the technology found on the Kinect, the front camera and infrared module will be able to sense depth for games and facial recognition.
In terms of storage capacities, it’s said this year’s new iPhone will come with 3GB of RAM and a 64GB base storage capacity. According to one Chinese research firm, the only other storage capacity will be 256GB, with the 128GB option nowhere to be seen.
Right on time, the third betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 have been released to members of Apple’s public beta testing program.
Apple has planned a $51 million expansion of their Nevada data centre. Project Isabel will expand the data centre by 375,000 square feet (just under 35,000 squared metres), and include 8 clusters of buildings.
New ads from Apple from the One Night series show off footage shot in New York, Johannesburg, Shanghai, and Tokyo, all available to watch on Apple’s YouTube channel.