Monday Morning News
We continue the iPhone part leaks with the Lightning and audio connectors for the iPhone 6, courtesy of one poster on a forum. While the authenticity of the parts is questionable, to say the least — especially given the photos taken at a strange angle — there’s definitely a chance the parts could be real. In other part leak news, the iPhone 6 front panel we saw earlier may not be sapphire as we originally thought, after being subjected to more rigerous scratch testing. Finally in next-generation iPhone news, mass production of the smaller-screened iPhone 6 is expected to begin this month, with the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone beginning production in August.
Those of you holding out for the 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display may need to hold on a little longer, as 9to5Mac reports a late Q3 or even 2014 release. On the plus side, we are getting redesigned models of the current MacBook Air, so I guess there’s a silver lining after all.
The longest-serving member on Apple’s board of directors has departed. Bill Campbell retired after 17 years of service, but not before giving us his thoughts on the company that he’s been involved with since the early days, in an interview with Fortune. His replacement is Sue Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock.
Just when you thought Apple had put their in-app purchases saga behind them, the European Commission aren’t happy with the changes Apple has made, saying Apple has not fully committed to preventing errant in-app purchases. Apple’s response? “Our parental controls and upcoming features in iOS 8 are the best in the industry“.
IfoAppleStore has news of the 22nd Apple Retail Store in Australia, with Lakeside Joondalup, Perth, being the newest store on the map. Details are nonexistent so far, but ifoAppleStore expects a early 2015 opening.
Former White House Secretary Jay Carney was gunning for the Apple PR job. Then he wasn’t. Now 9to5Mac says he still is. I don’t even know what to think anymore, make up your own mind on this one.
IPhone app Numerous has shown off its widgets integration in iOS 8, putting stock prices front and center (in Notification Center). Meanwhile, Fast Company has a list of the four most “surprisingly useful” features in iOS 8, which I’m not so sure about. I mean, is there such a thing as an un-useful feature?
Macworld updated their guide to finding the best iPad keyboard over the weekend. They’re not giving out the blue ribbon to any particular make or model (there’s just too many options to choose from), they do have a bunch of recommendations regardless of what kind of iPad keyboard you’re after.
Everyone’s been talking about a bigger iPhone, but what about the poor, neglected, iPod touch? IMore wonders if we’ll see a bigger iPod touch with this year’s larger iPhone refresh.
Lifehacker’s list of the best Mac apps has a few fan favourites. Alfred still makes the cut despite the almost-Sherlocking of the productivity tool in Yosemite, plus there’s also the tried-and-true Evernote, Wunderlist, and Adium. I’ve always had a soft spot for that duck.
Touch Arcade has a review of Orbitium, a challenging little arcade game. The idea is that you keep the little ball from getting sucked into the middle of the screen. Could be good for a few minutes.
This last one is pretty cool, if a little linkbait-y. GQ strenuously fact-checked (by calling up AppleCare) the entire premise of Sex Tape, a new movie where a sex tape is accidentally uploaded to iCloud and onto other iPads. But the entire premise of the movie is flawed right from the get-go: no-one is filming on the iPad, man, much less filming sex tapes.