Every month, we’ll be bringing you a series of handpicked, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they’ll be about what Apple is doing with a product purchased by a single-digit percentage of Mac users, other times, they’ll be a critical analysis of what Apple are doing with the Mac as a whole, when the news is filled with rumours of new and shiny iPhones. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- Early in April, Apple did something unprecedented and invited some select few to Cupertino to discuss the future of the Mac Pro. You can read the full transcript of the discussion over at TechCrunch, but the gist of it is that Apple knew they had made some wrong design decisions with the 2013 Mac Pro, design decisions that ultimately delayed any kind of hardware refresh to the tune of being untouched — no spec bump, much less a hardware refresh — for over 1200 days.
In the interim, we know there are a number of customers who continue to buy our current Mac Pro. To be clear, our current Mac Pro has met the needs of some of our customers, and we know clearly not all of our customers. None of this is black and white, it’s a wide variety of customers. For some, it’s the kind of system they wanted; for others, it was not.
Recode says Apple is interested in launching its own peer-to-peer money transfer service, allowing iPhone users to send money to other iPhone users. It’s said that this personal payments service will compete with Paypal subsidiary Venmo, which performs a similar function in allowing users to send money to other users, but a release date for Apple’s cash transfer service is still unknown. It’s also likely Apple would have to consider incentives to push people to use its personal wallet, over conventional prepaid debit cards.
A new leaked schematic of the next iPhone shows the vertically-aligned rear lens arrangement that we’ve seen before, as well as a new rounded section which could hint at the next iPhone’s wireless charging capabilities. MacRumors says we’re in that awkward part of the rumour phase that it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake, so it’s best to view everything with a few grains of salt, but the good news is, there’s no rear Touch ID.
Apple has announced a new series of educational sessions running at Apple Stores. Starting in May, “Today at Apple” will provide hands-on experiences at all 495 Apple stores worldwide on a range of topics, including photo and video, music, art, design, and more. Some cities will have renowned artists taking the class, with the whole idea being that Apple Stores become the new town square where people come to connect, discover a new passion, or learn something new.
A dummy model of this year’s iPhone has surfaced, and it’s the first could-be-real hardware prototype that we’ve seen thus far. It’s hard to tell whether this is real or not — the chrome/raw aluminium and lack of a LED flash on the rear suggests it’s a fake, but even those points are countered by a follow up post saying that the aluminium will eventually be a Space Black, and according to schematics, the LED flash will be positioned between the vertically-aligned dual camera lenses.
Nike has announced the Apple Watch NikeLab, a special limited edition of the Apple Watch Nike+ that has no additional features or anything to differentiate it from the regular Apple Watch Nike+, but it does come with a special two-tone black and white Apple Watch Nike+ strap. Nike says the Apple Watch NikeLab will only be available from the Nike website, NikeLab stores, and an Apple Tokyo pop-up store starting April 27.
A leaked iPhone schematic appears to show us a proposed design for this year’s iPhone. Notably, there’s a dual camera arranged in a vertical fashion instead of the horizontally side-by-side arrangement of the iPhone 7 Plus, and what appears to be a hole on the rear below the Apple logo, speculated to be the new location of the fingerprint sensor.
Bloomberg summarises everything that we’re expected to see with this year’s iPhone refresh. A bezel-less OLED display featuring curved glass and stainless steel construction are expected to be the headlining features, with a display size that’s larger than the iPhone 7 Plus in a form factor that’s closer to the iPhone 7 being one of the benefits of going with a border-free design.
A new rumour from CNBC claims Apple has a team of biomedical engineers working on new methods for monitoring blood sugar. Ask any diabetic and they’ll tell you that keeping an eye on their glucose levels is a thing they have to be constantly aware of, and Steve Jobs wanted a new way to constantly and non-invasively monitor blood sugar in order to improve quality of life. The rumour says feasibility studies are already underway, with Apple now looking to hire consultants to sort out regulatory issues.
A research note claims all of Apple’s iPhones released this year will feature 3GB of RAM and Lightning connectors with faster charging. MacRumors notes that the iPhone 7 Plus already has 3GB of RAM, so the regular-sized model and whatever third size Apple release will be the only ones to get a bump in RAM. USB-C charging is likely on the cards also, at least replacing the end that was previously a regular USB connector.