Wednesday Morning News
When you put two and two together, you get the front and rear shells of the next iPhone for the first time. I wouldn’t click on the link if you don’t want to know what the next iPhone will probably look like, because it’s pretty much there for the world to see: a design not too dissimilar to the iPod touch, but perhaps slightly thicker. The display of the next iPhone has also been closely examined, revealing a possible resolution of 828×1472. Another sketchier rumour from yesterday claims the next iPhone may feature support for faster LTE networking.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said Apple’s iWatch may not launch until 2015, citing manufacturing difficulties as the reason for the delay. Previous rumours had the launch before the end of the year, but all that may not pan out now.
You might have been wondering where the iOS 8 beta was yesterday, seeing as we usually get iOS 8 betas and OS X Yosemite developer previews on the same day. As it turns out, there was a sixth beta of iOS 8, but it was only released to carriers for testing purposes, suggesting the official release of iOS 8 is a month or two away, at the most.
Apple’s share price has hit $100 for the first time since the stock split in June. MacRumors says Apple won’t be setting any market capitalisation records just yet, however, since they’ve been buying back their shares. (Today I learned market cap is calculated from the share price multiplied by the total number of shares available.)
Apple has added Flyover to new locations ahead of a new version of OS X, and as you might expect, Yosemite National Park makes the list along with Wellington, New Zealand.
I know we talk about Apple patents a lot, but this time, Patently Apple report the US Patents and Trademark office has granted Apple 48 patents relating to a wide variety of areas. One covers Garageband’s drums interface on the iPhone and iPad, there’s another for a MacBook Pro surround sound system, and plenty of design-related patents.
The Mailbox for the Mac beta program is just around the corner, and The Verge goes hands-on to see what all the fuss is about. The gestural interface has made the jump from iOS devices to the Mac, where it still manages to work reasonably well. Mailbox only supports Gmail and iCloud, but it might just be what you’re looking for in a desktop email client.
Speculation surrounding the changes to Apple’s app signing procedure said a breach of the developer portal may have forced Apple to change their signing methods, but 9to5Mac confirmed with their sources that was not the case. Feel free to remove your tin-foil hat.
Macworld reviews an iOS microphone for the times when the built-in mic just doesn’t cut the mustard. US $125 for a Lighting-compatible professional stereo microphone might sound a little steep, but you get really great audio quality for the price.
Peter Cohen of iMore writes that there are times the Apple logo doesn’t matter. Appreciating Apple products is one thing, but having the sense to buy third party alternatives when they’re better than their Apple counterparts — it’s like comparing apples and oranges, or something.