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.
Apple Park — Apple’s name for its new campus, including the “spaceship” building, will be ready for employees to begin occupying beginning in April. Announced via press release, Apple will be moving 12,000 people into the building will take over six months, with construction expected to continue well into the Northern Hemisphere summer. The Steve Jobs Theater will open later this year, capable of seating 1,000 people with the entrance located inside the glass cylinder overlooking the main building.
Marco Arment’s podcast app Overcast hit version 3.0 at the start of the week, and his design walkthrough shows us the changes he’s made to the design and user experience of the app. Originally released in 2014, Overcast’s original design was based on the iOS 7 aesthetics of the time, with translucent glass panels and gestures. Now, the design is more contemporary, has more visible functionality, and is even designed with larger phones in mind.
MacStories also has notes on the changes in Overcast 3.0, including the iOS 10 features it comes with such as the 3D Touch icon and rich notifications. Their interview with Arment sheds some light on the Overcast revenue models to date, and how including closed-source libraries in your app can be a potentially risky thing to do in today’s political climate.
A rumoured March event will see Apple release a new iPad Pro lineup, larger-capacity iPhone SE, and even a possible Product(RED) version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. If true, every iPad in the range will go Pro, including the iPad mini, with refreshes of the existing 9.7 and 12.9-inch models and the introduction of a 10.5-inch model with edge-to-edge display. The iPhone SE is expected to show up in a 128GB capacity, along with red-coloured iPhones.
The discovery of new Mac malware has been attributed to a Russian hacking group attributed with meddling in last year’s US Presidential election. Mac malware Xagent can be customised to capture passwords, screenshots, and stealing iOS backups. The good news is, there’s very little chance your machine will ever be infected with this kind of malware, as it was used in specific, targeted attacks.
DigiTimes reports a slight variation on iPhone rumours. They say that along with the refreshes of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models, the new model will be a 5.8-inch model. It’s this 5.8-inch model that will have the glass casing reinforced by a stainless steel frame, and it’s the same 5.8-inch design that will feature the OLED display, setting it apart from all other iPhones to date.
Apple is now listed as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, lending credence to rumours that this year’s iPhone will feature wireless charging. Membership of the WPC promises use of a single wireless charging standard, known as Qi, even though Apple already uses its own version of Qi for the Apple Watch that means you can’t use other Qi-compatible chargers with it. It’s entirely possible Apple will do the same for the iPhone, but Apple has confirmed their WPC membership saying that it allows them to contribute ideas to wireless charging.
The latest on the iPhone front is that this year’s iPhone will not include a wireless charger, USB-C to Lightning, or headphone jack adapter in the box. The 5-inch model rumoured to be released alongside the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models will be the one with the OLED display and glass casing, with wireless charging coming as an optional extra.
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.