Apple’s new data and privacy site lets users download all of the data Apple has on them, including Apple ID info, previous purchases from Apple Stores or the App Stores, AppleCare history, and any data stored within iCloud. While this data download is only available to Europeans for the time being for GDPR compliance reasons, it’s expected the new data and privacy tools will rollout worldwide in the coming months.
Apple has sent out media invites to the WWDC 2018 keynote. We also get a new event page on the Apple website confirming that the keynote will be live streamed on the 4th of June, which works out to be the next day at 3am for us Aussies. Whoever updated the WWDC page on Wikipedia either knows something we don’t about what Apple is going to announce, or is madly speculating. (Thanks, Peter!)
A stealthy price drop on Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable fuels rumours that this year’s iPhone will include a USB-C charger in the box. Although iPhones and iPads are still expected to keep their Lightning connections, the $6 price drop to the new price of $29 in Australia for the standard metre-long cable, while not as much as the great USB-C discounts of 2016, should be a little more permanent this time.
Rumours claim the next iPhone will have a USB-C power adapter in the box. The idea presumably is that even if you iPhone still uses Lightning, you’ll be able to use the USB-C power adapter with other USB-C devices when you’re not charging your iPhone. It’s also said that the included charger will get a wattage upgrade, going from 5W to 18W, which seems like a big jump.
It was global accessibility awareness day yesterday, and the Apple website has a special accessibility page telling us about what Apple are doing in the space to make technology available for everyone. Accessibility has always been a focus for Apple, and the new page shows off the various accessibility features built into iOS devices and Macs to help with vision impairments, hearing loss or deafness, as well as those who have difficulty with the fine motor skills required to drive those same products.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed by Bloomberg, where he talked about Apple Music user numbers and Apple’s push into TV and movies. It turns out, Apple Music has about 50 million users in total, including both paid subscribers and trial users, and Apple converts about 4 million trial users to paid subscribers every month. Cook also remained tight-lipped about Apple’s content strategy, saying that Apple will be playing in video in a way that’s “consistent with their brand”, whatever that means in the context of video streaming.
Analyst speculation says it’s possible Apple will re-introduce at least some of the colourful colour combinations of the iPhone 5c with this year’s iPhone refresh. With the cheaper iPhone model expected to have an LCD display (as opposed to the OLED of the more premium model), colour may be the way Apple decides to distinguish between the two. Let’s not forget Apple positioned the iPhone 5c as the cheaper model, and look where that got them…
A roundup of iPhone SE successor rumours from the weekend tells us everything we do and don’t know about the device. Case manufacturers are telling us one thing when it comes to the new device, but it’s difficult to predict what kind of a refresh we’ll get. Will the iPhone SE successor feature moderate changes to the external design, or will the smaller form factor lend itself to iPhone X-based tech like the edge-to-edge display and Face ID?
The rumoured 6.5-inch iPhone set to be released this year should be about the same physical size as the iPhone 8 Plus, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain. It’s possible the device with an OLED display will be slightly thicker than a Plus-model iPhone due to the vertically-aligned camera lenses. Improvements to Face ID are also expected with this year’s devices, with horizontal Face ID support reportedly in the works for when it’s eventually released for iPads.
Apple is now making deals with publishers for video content on Apple News. BuzzFeed News is the first known publication that was paid for an Apple News exclusive release of their Future History: 1968 video series, and according to BuzzFeed, they were paid “for first-window rights to the show’s first three episodes and cut BuzzFeed a share of ad revenue”, according to MacRumors.