Tuesday Morning News

Leaked photos show off the display assembly (sans actual OLED display) for the next iPhone. The familiar edge-to-edge design that has been rumoured for weeks now is there, along with the small cutout at the top for the array of sensors and earpiece hole. Now that we’re in the part of the year where the next iPhone has entered production, it’s likely that we’ll see more of these park leaks going forward.

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Monday Morning News

The latest developer and public betas of iOS 11 contain a feature that’s being called by some outlets as a “cop button”. Pressing the sleep/wake switch quickly fives times on a device running the current iOS 11 beta brings up the screen to dial emergency services, but also disables Touch ID until you re-enter your passcode. A passcode is said to be more secure than a fingerprint, but really it’s to stop law enforcement agencies getting into your device.

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Thursday Morning News

As the battle for original video content heats up, Apple will be putting up a solid fight with $1 billion to spend on producing and procuring original video content. Apple’s video efforts so far have been somewhat poorly received, but even if you’re not a fan of Apple Music’s Carpool Caraoke or Planet of the Apps, there’s still a chance that Apple might come out with something good. It has to happen eventually, right?

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Tuesday Morning News

We now have a name for the copper-coloured iPhone that we’ve seen leaked, with a tweet claiming that Foxconn’s internal name for the device is “blush gold“. The blush gold versions that we’ve seen so far still appear to have a black front, at least for the parts where you can see a black border around the edge-to-edge display.

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Friday Morning News

The next iPhone has been revealed via photos of a dummy unit. Even though there aren’t any working parts within the demo units, we now get an extremely clear picture of what the next iPhone is expected to look like. The 5.8-inch display extends nearly all the way to the edge, housed within an enclosure that’s smaller than the Plus-sized iPhone but has a larger display. There’s also photos of the rumoured copper colour, with the next iPhone also expected to have a glass back.

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Wednesday Morning News

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that there will be three new iPhones launching in September, consisting of LCD versions of the current 4.7 and 5.5-inch form factors, along with the 5.8-inch OLED version that everyone is interested to see. It’s also said that all three devices will be limited to three colours, with rose gold being the casualty this time around. Perhaps the “bros’ gold” version just hasn’t been as popular as the other colour variants?

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Monday Morning News

The HomePod firmware continues to deliver the goods about Apple’s upcoming product roadmap, including details about the next iPhone that we might not have known if it wasn’t for this prematurely released software for an unreleased product. Now, details of the screen resolution of the next iPhone give us a pretty good idea of the size and resolution of the next iPhone display, with John Gruber taking an educated guess and saying that it will be 5.8-inches, 2436×1125, 462 ppi, and a true @3x Retina display with no scaling.

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Good Reads for July, 2017

Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of meticulously memorised, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they’ll be a comprehensive explanation of why ARKit is a big deal, or the latest breakdown of what made news in the Apple blogosphere recently. Other times, they’ll be an extremely technical read on a recent vulnerability that affected millions of iOS devices up until a few weeks ago. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.

  • While recent news has focused on Apple’s removal of VPN apps from the Chinese App Store, none of this is particularly new. People have been talking about Apple’s “walled garden” for as long as the App Store has been around, and Motherboard writes about the long and storied history of Apple removing “objectionable content” from the App Store. All of this is true, of course, as is the statement that with more than nine years of the App Store, we haven’t seen any widespread malware threats.

Each day, Apple is tasked with a near-impossible job: keeping its sprawling App Store free from malware, blatantly offensive content, and spam. In order to do it, the company requires each of the App Store’s roughly two million apps, from iFart to Twitter, to undergo an extensive approval process.

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Thursday Morning News

As per Apple’s financial results that were released yesterday, this was the first quarter in more than three years that Apple saw growth in iPad revenue. No matter which way you’re looking at it, there’s a big gap between where the iPad was at over 18 million units per quarter, to the just over 10 that Apple is now moving. Turns out, if you give the iPad a little attention, you can turn that frown upside down. Or something like that.

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Wednesday Morning News

Apple’s financial results for Q3 2017 are in, and the story remains the same. Apple reported US $8.7 billion in profit on US $45.4 billion in revenue, with 41 million iPhones and 11.4 million iPads sold. 4.3 million Macs were also sold during the period, and Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company was happy to report its third consecutive quarter of growth, with services revenue setting an all-time quarterly revenue record.

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