Thursday Morning News
New iPhone rumours claim this year’s iPhone will retail for slightly less than US $1000. Contrary to previous rumours which speculated an over-$1000 pricing model, one analyst is now claiming that the model with 256GB storage will retail for between $950 to $1000. A new report from a Chinese blog also states that it’s possible the launch will be pushed back to October or November, due to issues in manufacturing the next big thing.
Digitimes is also jumping on the rumour bandwagon, although they bring news about the Apple Watch as opposed to the iPhone. They’re claiming that we’ll see the release of an Apple Watch Series 3 later this year, with Apple continuing the two-generation strategy, removing the Series 1 Apple Watch from sale while keeping the Series 2 to be sold alongside the Series 3.
While 9to5Mac claims Apple designing its own graphics chips for the iPhone means it’s even more likely we’ll see ARM-based Macs, that was quickly debunked by Axios, who confirmed with Apple that the company has no plans to develop Macs with the same processors that it uses in iPhones or iPads. There’s also no chance we’ll see touchscreen iMacs anytime soon, so if you’ve been um-ing and ah-ing about the Surface Studio, you might as well pony up the cash.
A new Apple patent may mean we’ll see the return of MagSafe in a version compatible with the USB-C ports on new MacBook Pros. It’d be in the form of a USB-C MagSafe adapter as opposed to an integrated solution, but even that would be useful as it would mean you’d keep all of the advantages of a USB-C port on the laptop, but be able to use MagSafe cables to charge your laptop.
In other Apple patent news, it’s possible Apple could be using Siri in the future to allow for voice biometrics. It’s not hard to envision a future where you have to identify yourself verbally to your device before being allowed access, and every sci-fi film has verbal confirmation to computers.
Yet another Apple patent discusses the possibility of a Touch Bar and Touch ID-equipped Magic Keyboard. While there’s been speculation about how Apple would eventually bring the technology to iMacs and other products, this is the first we’ve seen from Apple that they’re seriously thinking about doing it.
An update to the Android Apple Music client catches up with the iOS version, but TechCrunch says it isn’t perfect, and there are still a few bugs.
OmniOutliner 5 for Mac is the first version of The Omni Group’s new strategy for OmniOutliner. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles and just want the bare-bones features of an outlining app, then OmniOutliner Essentials sells for US$10, otherwise there’s the OmniOutliner Pro which costs $60.
The Mac Observer tells us about a serious security vulnerability with Find My Mac. Turns out that if you wipe your NVRAM or PRAM, you’ll also disable Find My Mac.
A class-action lawsuit about how some apps accessed the iOS contacts list has been settled, and there’s a good chance members of the lawsuit will see a payment of 53 US cents in total from Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, Foursquare, and other companies.