Thursday Morning News
A look at the rear assembly of the 4.7-inch iPhone kicks us off this morning. It’s a clearly unfinished part, with numerous screw holes that presumably won’t be present in the finished product. The design is all metal, with bands in the top and bottom that are for the antenna, and a cut-out Apple logo. The jury’s out on whether that will be for NFC communications, a light-up Apple logo, or simply just a more durable material, however.
Bad news for those looking out for new Macs, as Intel’s Broadwell chips aren’t slated to ship until early next year. With most of Apple’s lineup now running Haswell processors, Broadwell is expected to be the next silicon included in any new Mac, bringing a 30% performance and power efficiency increase over the current generation.
Adoption of the OS X Yosemite developer preview is at an all time high, with ad network Chitika reporting Yosemite is beating out Mavericks in the early adopter stakes. Chitika says curiosity about new features in Yosemite is what’s driving installs, which probably isn’t too far off the mark.
Former Senior Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson has spoken at Stanford University about his experiences during the early years at the helm of Apple Retail, back when high speed internet connections in their stores were a drawcard to attract visitors to stores. Johnson also talks about his close relationship with Steve Jobs, in an interview that runs for close to 50 minutes.
Tim Cook has said Apple will release their diversity report on ethnicity and gender employment at Apple, but has not given a timeframe for the release. Instead, Apple’s CEO has said “we are more focused on actions”.
After settling with the FTC over in-app purchases to the tune of $32.5 million earlier this year, Apple’s senior counsel Bruce Sewell has pointed the finger at Google for the own handling of in-app purchases. Sewell (rightly) points out it’s unfair Apple should be the only company punished, when Google offers very similar in-app purchase mechanisms.
Panic has shown off their iBeacon implementation in the form of PunchClock, an automatic in/out tracker for the Panic team that’s kind of like the 2014 version of punchcards. Panic says in their blog post it’ll take some brains for you to get it working, but they’ve put the code up on GitHub, if you’re interested.
An in-depth video demonstration of CarPlay in a 2015 Sonata shows off how the technology works, including the UI changes on both the phone and the car’s display.
IMore has the review of an interesting tablet accessory this morning, and the Structure Sensor is designed to take photos with a sense of depth. It’s essentially the iOS version of Project Tango, but the problem is that use cases for such technology are kind of limited.
In case you weren’t aware, games are dominating the App Store. Research suggests a staggering 84.9% of the 700 top grossing titles are games, light-years ahead of the second most popular category of social media apps at 4.1%.