May 2017

Wednesday Morning News

Apple has announced Carpool Karaoke will be available to all Apple Music subscribers starting August 8. While that will likely mean a next-day release for us in a different timezone than the US, we’ll still be able to see different celebrities from music and pop culture paired up and singing tunes in a weekly series. There’s no indication of how many episodes will air in the series, but we might as well enjoy it while we can. You know, before the nuclear winter.

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Monday Morning News

The jury’s still out on whether AI will be the next big thing, but rumour has it Apple is working on a chip to power AI on devices. Much like it did for motion data with the M-series coprocessors, a specific chip for AI on device would allow for more advanced interactions and capabilities, providing the kind of always-on AI that would be the precursor to a “Her” future.

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Friday Morning News

Apple has confirmed the WWDC keynote will be livestreamed. The Apple TV events app has been updated, so you can follow along with Apple’s developer-focused event keynote on June 6, 3am.

A case designed for the next iPhone was purchased by Mac Otakara, who took some photos and compared the size to the current models. Given rumours it’s unsurprising that the case is marginally larger than the current iPhone 7, but still noticeably smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus. The vertically-aligned dual camera cutout is also roughly the same size as the current dual-lens camera arrangement on the Plus-sized model.

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Thursday Morning News

The launch of Apple’s app development curriculum for high school and community college students is both a way to get students into programming and providing the necessary material for them to do so. Offered as a free download from the iBooks Store, App Development with Swift teaches students elements of app design, and what’s more, six community colleges in the US will be offering the course to close to half a million students.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple and Nokia have settled their patent dispute. The two companies announced they had entered a licensing agreement, with Nokia providing network infrastructure services to Apple, and Apple resuming selling Nokia health products, including Withings accessories. Both companies have said they’re interested in future health initiatives, according to The Verge, but for now, Nokia will receive an upfront cash payment from Apple.

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Tuesday Morning News

Thanks to sources in China, we now get a look at a case for the 10.5-inch iPad. The comparison to the 9.7-inch iPad shows that it’s a little taller and very slightly wider, suggesting the extra screen real-estate will come from slimmed-down bezels around the display. Microphone holes are also present on the rear of the device, matching previous iPad designs.

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Monday Morning News

CNBC reported last week that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been seen testing a device connected to his Apple Watch which tracked blood sugar. The news immediately prompted speculation about Apple’s future plans for Apple Watch accessories that would do more than just track heart rate, with new innovative bands that were capable of non-invasive blood glucose tracking.

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Thursday Morning News

An interview with and profile of Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine from Music Business Worldwide tells the story of the 21-year old who passed a test of dutifulness to become John Lennon’s Assistant Engineer. It’s also where Iovine says that he thinks Apple Music could have over 400 million subscribers if it had a free tier, believes that artists need to be paid, and exclusives (probably) aren’t the way forward, but video exclusives might have something to them.

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Wednesday Morning News

Bloomberg is claiming this morning that we’ll see updated laptops from Apple at WWDC. Faster processors are expected for the MacBook Pro and MacBook, while even the MacBook Air is being considered for some kind of upgrade that may turn out to be just a speed bump. I’m surprised that Apple has kept around the MacBook Air for as long as it has, given it similarity to the 12-inch MacBook.

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Tuesday Morning News

If you’ve been asking yourself “what’s next” for the Apple Watch, BGR claims that the next iteration of Apple’s wearable will support glucose monitoring and smart bands. Some kind of non-invasive glucose monitoring would likely be the ideal for an Apple Watch strap, and future smart bands would add features like a camera or extra battery. While Apple is expected to release an updated Apple Watch this year, we’re still not sure what to expect in terms of new features.

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