Wikileaks has released information regarding the CIA’s specialised unit dedicated to creating iOS exploits. The latest round of leaks comes courtesy of over 8,700 documents which detail several hundred million lines of code amounting to a veritable “hacking arsenal” of malware, viruses, trojans, and zero day exploits specifically targeted at iOS devices.
The latest from Apple’s supply chain claims every iPhone will have an OLED display by 2019. To be specific, that’s every new iPhone sold, not that it wouldn’t be nice for Apple to retroactively upgrade iPhone LCDs to OLED counterparts. At least one of the new iPhones this year will feature an OLED display, with 60 million OLED panels accounting for around 40% of the total manufacturing run.
A replacement for Touch ID was always on the cards as soon as we heard rumours about Apple moving the Touch ID sensor from its current home on the home button. DigiTimes is now saying that Apple has something in the works, not based on any existing fingerprint recognition technology but instead something custom that will allow the use of a touchscreen and fingerprint sensor at the same time. I just hope it’s as reliable and as fast as current Touch ID tech.
Each month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of jokingly jovial, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes, they’ll be about how Apple has lost its way and needs to buy another big-name company to stay afloat — or not, as the case may be. Other times, we’ll be looking for replacements for macOS like this hasn’t all been done before, or wondering about what Steve Jobs had in mind for the iPad, in a post-computing world. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- A rebuttal to Ian Bogost of The Atlantic’s piece about the myth of Apple’s great design from Nick Heer of Pixel Envy, tells us about this whole “design” thing. What is “sufficiently great design”, anyway, and could you say any Apple product released in recent memory has it? If Apple products didn’t have some semblance of design, whether we’re talking about the how it looks or how it works, would the company be doing as well as they are? You be the judge.
Everything that has ever been designed has required a series of decisions based on what’s possible, what’s necessary for the final product, and what reasonable compromises can be made for everything to work correctly. “Sufficiently great design”, in this context, is also about making choices and compromises that produce a better product in typical use.
The far likelier scenario for this year’s iPhones is that they will come with a USB-C charging cable, with a Lightning port on the phone end. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the addition of USB-C on the charger side means that Apple will be able to provide the fast charging feature offered by USB-C, just like it already does on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
John Gruber questions yesterday’s claim from the Wall Street Journal that at least one new iPhone will be getting USB-C. Instead of making Lightning EarPods the shortest-lived Apple product in recent history, it would have made sense to switch to USB-C last year. The smart money would be on the fact that Apple will ship a USB-C charger with this year’s iPhone, not an iPhone that has a USB-C port.
A paywalled article at the Wall Street Journal claims the next iPhone will have a curved OLED display and a USB-C charging port. While that would certainly fulfil all of our wildest fantasies, Apple dropping Lightning for USB-C seems like a very strange move, especially so soon after releasing Lightning-compatible EarPods. The curved OLED display isn’t a big deal — after all, OLED has been rumoured for months now, and curved displays are the flavour of the month.
In case weird display resolutions are your thing, you’re in luck, because the rumoured 10.5-inch iPad will feature a resolution of 2,224×1,668. That’s the same 264 PPI pixel density as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Of course, it’s also possible that the 10.5-inch iPad will go the other way and feature the same display resolution as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, making it have the same pixel density as the iPad mini 4, as pointed out by MacRumors.
The good news is, the release of iOS 10.2.1 has reduced random shutdown issues by as much as 80%. According to Apple, their efforts investigating an issue have paid off, with the fix working on a majority of iPhone 6 and 6s devices. TechCrunch notes that there are actually two different random shutdown issues, and while one has resulted in a battery recall, this one isn’t that.
In case you were thinking Apple wasn’t working on wireless charging for the next iPhone, Reuters claims that Apple has at least five different groups working on wireless charging technology. It remains unclear whether Apple will be adopting existing inductive wireless charging tech, like the Apple Watch, or a long-range wireless charging solution.