Everyone’s favourite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says all three new iPhones this year will feature wireless charging. As wireless charging will increase the internal temperature of the device, a special “graphite sheet lamination” will be used for 3D Touch, which is also expected to drive up the cost by about $5 per device, which will translate to a higher overall cost.
Fast Company speculates this year’s iPhone will be priced at over $1000. That’s might be a given for us Australians in our local currency, but when you realise that they’re talking about US dollars, that’s quite a few clams. An OLED display that stretches across the entire front of the phone, the back is supposedly going to be glass, and we’ll probably see some kind of refresh for the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones (the new iPhone is rumoured to have a 5.8-inch display).
OK, first things first: Apple’s Ultra Accessory Connector, or UAC, wasn’t made by Apple, and it isn’t new. Although the UAC port is smaller than both Lightning and USB-C, it already exists on some digital cameras. Ars Technica says the UAC is just another regular connector for the USB spec, even though it isn’t as widely used as some alternatives. The reason it’s being added to the Made for iPhone program is because licensees want it, not because Apple wants to move away from Lightning or USB-C.
The case of the State of Washington versus Trump wants to halt a recent executive order by US President Trump that imposes strict immigration restrictions on residents of several predominantly Muslim countries. Now, Apple along with 95 other tech companies have added their support to the lawsuit, saying that America is a nation of immigrants and that the executive order lacks any precedent.
Bloomberg reports Apple is set to start making iPhones in India by the end of April. India is a large untapped market for Apple, and in partnership with Taiwanese company Wistron Corp, Apple will soon be manufacturing iPhones locally in Bangalore’s tech capital of Karnataka. It’s expected making iPhones locally will help with Apple’s plans to introduce Apple retail stores into India.
Bloomberg tells us about the possibility of Apple using ARM chips in Macs, even though there’s already an ARM chip that powers the Touch Bar with Touch ID. It’s said this extra ARM chip will help with the low-power functionality of future Macs, working when features such as Power Nap are activated to perform backups or fetch data while the computer is sleeping.
If there was something wrong with Apple’s products, or how the company is perceived, you wouldn’t know it by looking at Apple’s financials. Apple reported record Q1 2017 financial results yesterday, with $78.4 billion in revenue and $17.9 billion in profit. Apple CEO Tim Cook says they sold more iPhones than ever before, with revenue records also being set for the iPhone, services, Mac, and the Apple Watch.
For all of its pixels and the convenience of being able to connect it to your new MacBook Pro using a single USB-C cable, the LG UltraFine 5K display has a flaw where it can become unusable when placed within two metres of a wireless router. 9to5Mac says using the UltraFine 5K any closer to a Wi-Fi router can result in the display disconnecting from the laptop, and in some cases even freezing the laptop, requiring a reboot. LG has acknowledged the issue, and recommended that users position the display away from sources of interference.
The weekend was made substantially more interesting by US President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven countries. In an email to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it was not a policy that they supported, noting that Apple employees were also affected by the executive orders, and that Apple had contacted the White House to protest the orders.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of intelligently instigated reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Normally they don’t appear as part of the daily news, even though the news covered tangentially-related events, such as the iPhone’s first tenth birthday, or Apple’s 2016 in review. All I know is, you’ll need to bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- If we’re starting this edition of Good Reads off with anything, we’re starting it with a story about the history of the iPhone. The internet history podcast takes us back to 2007, when Apple Computer, Inc, was riding on a wave of iPod-related successes, and the Mac was flourishing because of that. Then the iPhone was announced, Apple dropped the “Computer” part of its name, and, well, you pretty much know the rest.
And so, a skunkworks tablet project became a skunkworks phone project. At the very least, by 2003-4, in the form of various initiatives, Apple was hard at work on some sort of portable device that would merge the iPod with a phone and become an all-encompassing unitary device.