Tuesday Morning News

Thanks to sources in China, we now get a look at a case for the 10.5-inch iPad. The comparison to the 9.7-inch iPad shows that it’s a little taller and very slightly wider, suggesting the extra screen real-estate will come from slimmed-down bezels around the display. Microphone holes are also present on the rear of the device, matching previous iPad designs.

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Monday Morning News

CNBC reported last week that Apple CEO Tim Cook has been seen testing a device connected to his Apple Watch which tracked blood sugar. The news immediately prompted speculation about Apple’s future plans for Apple Watch accessories that would do more than just track heart rate, with new innovative bands that were capable of non-invasive blood glucose tracking.

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Thursday Morning News

An interview with and profile of Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine from Music Business Worldwide tells the story of the 21-year old who passed a test of dutifulness to become John Lennon’s Assistant Engineer. It’s also where Iovine says that he thinks Apple Music could have over 400 million subscribers if it had a free tier, believes that artists need to be paid, and exclusives (probably) aren’t the way forward, but video exclusives might have something to them.

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Wednesday Morning News

Bloomberg is claiming this morning that we’ll see updated laptops from Apple at WWDC. Faster processors are expected for the MacBook Pro and MacBook, while even the MacBook Air is being considered for some kind of upgrade that may turn out to be just a speed bump. I’m surprised that Apple has kept around the MacBook Air for as long as it has, given it similarity to the 12-inch MacBook.

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Tuesday Morning News

If you’ve been asking yourself “what’s next” for the Apple Watch, BGR claims that the next iteration of Apple’s wearable will support glucose monitoring and smart bands. Some kind of non-invasive glucose monitoring would likely be the ideal for an Apple Watch strap, and future smart bands would add features like a camera or extra battery. While Apple is expected to release an updated Apple Watch this year, we’re still not sure what to expect in terms of new features.

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Monday Morning News

Apple’s iPhone photography page has a series of short videos showing how to capture specific types of images. Whether you’re shooting action, a sunset silhouette, or capturing stills during video, the guides are short and to the point, showing off various features of the iPhone camera. The iPhone photography page appears to be tailored to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but many of the features work on older iPhones, too.

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Friday Morning News

Yesterday, CNBC broke the news that Apple had acquired sleep-tracking app Beddit. The hardware-based sleep monitor and app updated its privacy policy to say it had been acquired by Apple, although that’s about all we know. With the first-party sleep-tracking capabilities of the Apple Watch sorely lacking, it’s possible Apple are looking to build their own sleep-tracking.

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Wednesday Morning News

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.

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Tuesday Morning News

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.

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Monday Morning News

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.

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