Monday Morning News

Messages-3 (dragged)Dimensions of both upcoming models of iPhone have been shared thanks to the leaked schematics that revealed the small camera lens protrusion last week. The details on the new iPhone includes the exact length, width, height and weight measurements down to the millimetre and gram, respectively, also revealing Apple wanted to include a 2.5mm headphone jack on the next iPhone (presumably for thinness), but scrapped it to avoid complaints about compatibility with existing audio accessories.

Speaking of dimensions, John Gruber’s conjecture regarding larger iPhone displays has some seriously thoughtful analysis, but also relies on a number of assumptions. He all but confirms there will be two models of the next iPhone, and says he knows the exact pixel dimensions and PPI of the next iPhone, assuming Apple doesn’t totally upset the apple cart by doing something completely radical.

Reuters reports Apple is “scrambling” to make enough iPhone 6 displays ahead of the launch next month. Mysterious production issues strike again, this time halting production for two months while the backlight film had to be redesigned. The good news is, things are well and truly underway, as far as iPhone manufacturing goes.

A redesigned iPhone power adapter for the US has surfaced on China’s Weibo social network. As noted by 9to5Mac, it looks exactly like the cute little Australian 5W USB Power Adapter introduced earlier this year, only with US-style power prongs instead of the angled Australian variety. It’s not that different to the current US power adapter, perhaps being slightly more compact.

Apple are starting up another replacement program, and while the battery replacement program for the iPhone 5 hasn’t started just yet (at least not outside of the US), you can still plug your serial number into Apple’s web page to see if your model is eligible. From Apple’s replacement program web page: “the affected iPhone 5 devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013 and fall within a limited serial number range”.

The Verge wonders if Apple’s iPhone 5s can hold its own against a serious camera, pitting it against the Fujifilm XT-1 in a fight to the death to see which one produces the best photos. Even if you already know what the answer might be, it’s worth clicking through to see the cool slider effect comparing the two shots between the cameras.

Macworld says there’s more to the iMessage spam story than first glance, suggesting Wired’s claims from last week saying a third of all mobile spam was from iMessage were a little far-fetched. “The biggest problem with the numbers in Wired’s article, however, is that percentages are relative. Without knowing the figure they’re based on, it’s impossible to say exactly what scale they represent.”

John Moltz restored his iPhone. Normally that wouldn’t be particularly new-worthy, seeing as that’s the kind of thing that happens every day, but Moltz did note various space changes pre and post-restore. Interestingly enough, music and photos accounted for slightly more space post-restore, while apps, documents and data, and the ever-mysterious “other” all accounted for less.

Stephen Hackett’s take on the Control Strip explains the bar at the bottom of System 7 machines which made changing settings more convenient. Kind of like Control Center does for iOS now, in a way, and to a lesser extent, what the right side of the menu bar does now.

Similarly, a post on Medium talks about the art and science of the Mac menu bar app, taking a look at the various ways menu bar apps work. Menu bar apps come in all shapes and sizes.

Love it or hate it, the new Foursquare has some pretty neat design details when it comes to looking for new places to check out. There’s obvious interactions, like the pull-to-refresh, but also less obvious ones, like what happens when you save a place for later. And not that you’ll ever use it (who has two Foursquare accounts?), but how cool is the animation when you switch accounts?

IMore wraps things up for today by explaining Spotlight in iOS 8. Spotlight gets smarter in iOS 8, getting some knowledge about locations, as well as recent sports results and news.

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