Appearing in an interview with CNBC’s Mad Money host Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a $1 billion fund to help further advanced manufacturing jobs in the US. Cook said that Apple had already talked to a partner they would be investing in, with Cook saying that creating US jobs was high on Apple’s priority list. The pair talked about a number of topics, including Apple sourcing components from the US where possible, as well as Apple’s overall impact on the world.
Apple’s second quarterly results are out, and the company is still making unimaginably large amounts of money. According to the press release, Apple made $11 billion profit on their $52.9 billion revenue, with international sales accounting for 65% of Apple’s revenue. The numbers compare favourably to predictions from analysts and Apple’s own guidance, although Apple still doesn’t release Apple Watch sales numbers.
The first third-party case for the next iPhone has leaked, and sure enough, it follows the recent trend of vertically-aligned dual camera lenses on the rear of the device. Notably, there’s also no rear Touch ID sensor, and the rest of the buttons, speaker grilles, and cutouts all seem to be pretty normal. Meanwhile, a mould and diagram of the iPhone layout also seems to suggest vertically-aligned dual camera lenses will be a feature of the next iPhone.
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.