Rumour has it low yields of OLED displays will severely constrain availability for Apple’s upcoming iPhone. Estimates put new iPhone stock at 4 million units for 2017, which will put quite a dent in sales numbers for the tenth anniversary iPhone. The nightmare scenario is that the new iPhone becomes like AirPods, which still have a six-week shipping time almost a year after launch, but here’s hoping it doesn’t come to that.
Apple has opened up iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra to members of its Apple beta software program. Anyone can now try out the latest and greatest versions of iOS and macOS, provided they’re willing to put up with a few bugs and a little less battery life. Normally I would have expected Apple to release the public beta in line with a new developer beta, but this time around, there is about a week’s gap between the two, although future releases are expected to line up.
Changes in the second developer beta of iOS 11 include tweaks to Control Centre, the release of the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, and an improvement to the Files app that allows you to save items from share sheets. There’s also lengthy release notes that specifically mention compatibility with certain apps. With the open beta of iOS 11 expected to be released this week, now is a good time to make sure you have a backup, if you’re planning to install it on your iPhone or iPad.
Benchmarks of the new iMac models with Kaby Lake processors show off impressive performance numbers compared to previous models. Graphics performance, in particular, is up by up to 80% in some cases such as compute image processing, while CPUs are also a little quicker in the multi-core benchmark, showing improvement of up to 15%. That’s not bad when compared to the old 2015 models of iMac, but the iMac Pro is likely to have even more impressive figures once it launches later this year.
Leaked photos of an iPhone screen protector indicate that the supply chain knows something we don’t about Apple’s upcoming iPhone, or are taking shots in the dark about what Apple’s next iPhone will look like. The screen protector matches a previous design for an iPhone design that features less bezels and a cutout top portion that houses the speaker, camera, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and potentially a 3D sensing module, according to MacRumors.
Apple’s latest press release says they have hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg, both former video execs at Sony Pictures Television. Erlicht and Von Amburg will lead Apple’s video programming efforts worldwide, reporting to Apple’s Senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, with the pair saying they are looking forward to bringing “unparalleled quality” and a relentless focus on delighting customers to Apple’s video efforts.
Bloomberg Businessweek has another interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. While the full interview will appear in this weekend’s version of the magazine, Bloomberg has given us a few interesting snippets. When Bloomberg asked if Cook thought people will pay US$349 for a HomePod, Cook’s answer was that this was asked a lot of basically every Apple product that came out, and yet people still whatever product that came out, saying “we have a pretty good track record of giving people something that they may not have known that they wanted”.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed the company is working on autonomous systems for cars. It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who raised an eyebrow at the amount of machine learning and AI-powered stuff Apple unveiled at WWDC last week, and Cook says self-driving cars is probably the most difficult of AI projects, calling it “the mother of all AI projects”. Cook alludes to not stopping to fill up as being disruptive to the industry, which is what technology seems to be all about, these days.
Reviews of the new iPad Pro are out. Ars Technica’s review says the new iPad is faster than its predecessor and has a better display, but isn’t quite worth buying until iOS 11 is out. The ProMotion display is probably the biggest hardware change of this generation, even if they can only recommend the iPad Pro to someone who may be looking to replace their primary computer with it, else a non-Pro iPad might be a better option.
Teardowns of both the new Retina MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar show almost no new changes. That’s not entirely surprising, given that both models already had USB-C and/or Thunderbolt 3, so compared to the iMac that’s less internal changes. Highlights of the relatively minor changes include the new butterfly switches for the MacBook, new glyphs for the control and option keys, and very low repairability scores.