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iphone_6_frame_shieldingThe part leaks for the next iPhone just keep coming, with what appears to be the entire display assembly being shown off overnight. The front frame and a metal shield separating the LCD from the rest of the internals have been laid bare, and there’s also a metal bracket covering the home button, according to MacRumors. A separate rumour says “an unprecedented number” of iPhone 6 orders are being placed by Apple, with the first batch estimated at 68 million units. So, you know, just a few.

For the first time, TSMC will be shipping silicon for Apple. The Wall Street Journal says the company has begun manufacturing and shipping chips, but it’s doubtful they’re shipping Apple’s current and older A5, A6, or A7 processors β€” instead, they’re likely focusing on the next-generation A8.

A smattering of sapphire-related patents points to a number of inventions from Apple, giving us a taste of what Apple have in store if and when they decide to go with sapphire materials in the next iPhone. A “sapphire component with residual compressive stress” describes a more durable sapphire cover. A “ceramic insert control mechanism” seems to be for sapphire buttons, such as the volume controls or home button, and finally, “ion implant indicia for cover glass or display component” appears to describe some kind of markings visible through sapphire glass.

The latest environmental status report from Apple is out, and ifoAppleStore has a great summary that talks us through Apple’s energy efficiencies for their Retail Stores. Of particular note is how Apple are now powering their Australian Retail Stores with 100% renewable energy β€” perhaps not directly, seeing as many are embedded within shopping centres, but through “either purchasing from third-party renewable energy providers or participating in utility green tariff programs that meet our rigorous standards”.

It’s been six years since the launch of the App Store, and what started out as a place for fart apps is now home to 1.2 million apps, downloaded some 75 billion times. As much as the App Store has improved, TechCrunch notes apps are becoming basically disposable β€” the rise of dead apps and “app loyalty” may become real problems, if not addressed.

An iTunes update brings the numbers up to 11.3, adding iTunes Extras. Extras are bonus features for HD movies, similar to what you might have gotten on the second DVD, back when optical discs were a thing. ITunes Extras are also making their way to Apple TV, with iOS support coming in iOS 8 later this year.

Marco Arment writes Apple should be testing accessibility within apps when reviewing them, but I kind of get the feeling accessibility will be relegated to the same status as accessibility features on the web. Accessibility ratings could help, though, and Apple’s accessibility features in iOS are the best in their class.

If you’re having Wi-Fi problems I feel bad for you son, but these tips from a former Wi-Fi engineer at Apple may help you out with a number of issues.

Music education app Capo has landed on iOS, after being Mac-exclusive. The idea is that it lets you learn songs, automatically analysing music tracks for the right chords. Capo touch is $6.99 on the Australian App Store, and iMore has a review of the iOS version of the app if you’re interested in learning more.

Touch Arcade’s review of Hellraid says the iOS title is very much unlike it’s PC counterpart, being focused on first-person puzzle-solving rather than co-operative action. But it’s still very well done and earns 4.5 stars.

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