Monday Morning News

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 10.38.49 pmPhotos and even more photos of the battery for the 4.7-inch iPhone surfaced over the weekend, which means there’s a pretty good chance a 1810mAh capacity battery will make an appearance in the next iPhone. The capacity differences between the current iPhone 5s and upcoming iPhone amount to no more than 250mAh, which seems about right for a battery that may be physically bigger but also thinner.

And on the even larger iPhone, what in the world is an iPhone 6L? L for leaked, perhaps, but also L for larger. New photos of the unit show an even larger battery capacity — 2915mAh — as well as a wider display panel. Looking at the leaked photo doesn’t make the screen seem all the much bigger than the 4.7-inch model it’s compared to, but perspective could be playing a part in that.

Apple has updated its Executive Profiles page on its website, officially recognising Apple University for the first time, as well as adding a number of profiles of execs who report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Among those new to the page are Lisa Jackson, Apple VP Environmental Initiatives; Joel Podolny, Dean of Apple University, and Denise Young Smith, Apple VP Worldwide Human Resources.

John Gruber’s thoughts on upcoming iPhone pricing have some merit, as far as dropping the 16GB and going straight to a 32GB “entry” level model go. Of course, iPhone pricing in the US is different to Australia because outright pricing is all but non-existent over there, but you get the idea. Another possibility regarding the larger iPhone — as suggested by Gruber — is Apple offer the 4.7-inch at current pricing (putting aside storage tiers for the moment), and then have the 5.5-inch come in at a $100 premium over its smaller sibling. Boom, done.

As people freak out over reversible USB, the possibility of a reversible-at-both-ends Lightning cable becomes apparent. One such photo shows a Lightning cable with a reversible USB connection on the other end, which suggests that Lightning will become compatible with USB 3 in the future. And unlike the freakout that happened when Apple changed their cable standard after years, this one means you won’t have to go out and buy entirely new cables. Again.

A story of how one chap upgraded his MacBook Pro for free is more of a testament to Apple’s commitment to customer satisfaction rather than adherence to the rules, but it’s a nice story. Good to know if Apple updates models less than a month or so after your new purchase.

Jason Becker’s sweet Mac setup on The Sweet Setup explains the importance of a large monitor, keyboard, and mouse: “I always think it’s funny when folks treat the part of a computer they touch, feel, and see as an afterthought.”

The new Foursquare app is totally different. Check-ins are nowhere to be seen, and the new focus on recommendations and tips can be jarring, if you’re not used to being bugged about the current flavour of the month. There’s plenty to be said about Foursquare and similar location-recommendation apps outside of the US and other populated cities, but perhaps the more interesting angle is, do you really want to be tracked so you can get tips on cool places to be?

A video review of the best podcast apps for iPhone takes a look at Instacast, Downcast, Pocketcasts, Podwrangler, Castro, Mocast, and Overcast. I remember the days when people would buy every Twitter app in order to find out the best one, but these days, it’s Tweetbot all the way down.

A recent update to the Facebook iOS app reduced crash rates by 50%, and a post on the Facebook engineering blog explains the technical side of the fix. That’s got to be worth a few Likes or something, right?

TouchArcade review the latest Phoenix Wright title to land on iOS. They say Dual Destinies is a great port of the same title for the 3DS, and I’d expect nothing more from Capcom who did some great work with the Ace Attorney Trilogy a while back.

The New York Times noticed an uptick in the “iphone slow” search query everytime a new iOS update was pushed out, and their investigation showed that no other phone manufacturer had the same problem with their updates. IMore explains that’s par for the course with software updates — sometimes it’s unavoidable with new(er) software on old(er) hardware. Sometimes Apple addresses the issue, sometimes they don’t — but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this planned obsolescence in the forums.

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