Tuesday Morning News
Phosphorus is the name, and barometric pressure sensing is the game. A previous rumour claimed the “Phosphorus” component of the next iPhone was Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor successor, but a post on the MacRumors forums quickly debunked that theory as inaccurate, thanks to the part labelling it as a Bosch barometric pressure sensor. Meanwhile, AppleInsider claims a spike in Apple’s manufacturing costs mean the company is gearing up for huge iWatch and iPhone launches in the coming months.
While a Lightning cable with a reversible USB end is unlikely to be included with the next iPhone, a redesigned USB power adapter is well within the realms of possibility. Well, yeah, seeing as Australians already have the exact same thing only with angled prongs.
I’m not sure how much of a “security issue” automatically-initiated calls are, but AppleInsider says the documented feature could become a problem if users are forced to call “expensive toll numbers” within an app by tapping on a seemingly-innocuous link. You’d think that any normal person would just cancel the call as soon as it’s dialled, but sure, OK.
Joshua Ho from Anandtech checks out the iPhone 5s after years of Android usage, and it’s pretty much what you expect. Apple’s attention to detail is second to none in every aspect, and while there are more or less the same in terms of software features, a “fundamental divide in the way the two OSes are designed” means there are differences, here and there.
With the iWatch and the recent boom in fitness/activity tracker wearables, Apple’s going to put a sensor on everything. Jeff Garnet from The Mac Observer explains.
A wishlist for Apple’s iWatch over at Re/code mentions battery life, heart rate sensing, water resistance, and an established app platform as the major points for it to be successful. Most devices currently in the space hit a few of the key notes, but none truly succeed.
MacStories reviews a currency and unit converter for iPhone. They call it fast and innovative, but the authors have insisted on having an awfully punctuated name. Thankfully, Ångström shows up if you search the App Store for “Angstrom”, so no real harm done. Typing it on a Mac is pretty fun, though.
The Sweet Setup says you can understand your Wi-Fi network with AirPort Utility, but as much as I tried, I couldn’t get my Wi-Fi network to tell me about its childhood, the kinds of things that made it get up in the morning, or what it wanted to be when it grew up. Maybe I just didn’t have the right credentials as a certified Wi-Fi psychotherapist.
If you’re building an app for iOS and someone asks you when you plan to release it on Android, the correct response is “we’re not, buy an iPhone”. That’s what Semil Shah says, and he’s got a few good reasons why.
Finally, on this morning devoid of Apple news, The Next Web writes a bigger iPhone will be better for you, even if you don’t realise it yet. Putting aside the minutiae of screen size dimensions and pixels, it’ll be like going from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 — more space for the content, even if the UI stays the same.
This morning’s header image from new iPhone 6 mockups from Martin Hajek.