Apple has issued media invites to the WWDC Keynote, which we now know happens at June 5th, at 10am. That’s 3am the following day for us Australians, and while Apple hasn’t announced a livestream of the event for all of us that can’t make it in person, there’s a good chance we won’t have to follow along with liveblogs like years gone by. Oh, and we know almost nothing about what Apple are going to announce less than a month out from the event.
An internal memo published by 9to5Mac from Apple covers the Smart Keyboard against functional issues. Apple’s extended repair program for the Smart Keyboard for both iPad Pro models covers sticking/repeating keys, sensor issues, problems with the keyboard’s magnetic connector, connection issues, and unresponsive keys. Affected devices will be repaired or replaced up to three years after the original purchase date.
Phil Schiller was interviewed by website NDTV recently, due to Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing being in Bengaluru to open an app accelerator. Although the interview happened just before Apple announced it would be overhauling the Mac Pro, Schiller still had thoughts to share on topics such as App Store pricing, devices such as Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, and Swift adoption among developers.
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.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a series of handpicked, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they’ll be about what Apple is doing with a product purchased by a single-digit percentage of Mac users, other times, they’ll be a critical analysis of what Apple are doing with the Mac as a whole, when the news is filled with rumours of new and shiny iPhones. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- Early in April, Apple did something unprecedented and invited some select few to Cupertino to discuss the future of the Mac Pro. You can read the full transcript of the discussion over at TechCrunch, but the gist of it is that Apple knew they had made some wrong design decisions with the 2013 Mac Pro, design decisions that ultimately delayed any kind of hardware refresh to the tune of being untouched — no spec bump, much less a hardware refresh — for over 1200 days.
In the interim, we know there are a number of customers who continue to buy our current Mac Pro. To be clear, our current Mac Pro has met the needs of some of our customers, and we know clearly not all of our customers. None of this is black and white, it’s a wide variety of customers. For some, it’s the kind of system they wanted; for others, it was not.
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.