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ipad_air_touch_id_mockup_2Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is getting in his last predictions before Apple unveil the next iPhone next week, and he’s saying the device will not have a sapphire cover as previously rumoured. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 will come in a model offering 128GB of on-board storage, according to Kuo, who also doesn’t expect shipments of the 5.5-inch iPhone to ramp up until later this year.

Ming-Chi Kuo also has something to say about Apple’s wearable, saying it will debut in 2015 in two sizes with 8GB of onboard storage and multiple material options. Both 1.3 and 1.5-inch displays will be on offer, perhaps with a rectangular display, although we don’t really know.

A report from the Wall Street Journal says more or less the same thing: Apple’s wearable will have NFC to communicate with the iPhone, will charge wirelessly, and ship in multiple size options. Only the WSJ says the wearable will have a curved OLED display and be more of a health accessory, integrating with Apple’s Health app on the iPhone.

Sir Jonathan Ive has revealed the existence of something which will put Swiss watchmakers in trouble, simultaneously confirming Apple’s upcoming wearable and its focus on design and aesthetics. Brian Chen of the New York Times writes Apple’s wearable will feature wireless charging and some kind of NFC implementation, going on to summarise the main points of both devices.

It’s been rumoured U2 have something to do with the iPhone launch next week, although no one really knows what. Perhaps it’s some kind of music tie-in, or maybe Apple are launching a Product(RED) version of the iPhone. Either way, Apple has announced they’ll be streaming the event live, and they’ve even added a countdown clock to let us know exactly when we can learn all about the new shiny.

The final report from Ming-Chi Kuo concerns the new iPad Air, which the analyst says might even make an appearance at Apple’s event next week. In any case, the iPad Air 2 will have Touch ID and the possibility of a new gold colour option that should be similar to the current gold option found on the iPhone 5s. An anti-reflective coating also makes the cut as possible features of the new iPad.

For all the rumours, we don’t really know that much about the wearable Apple are about to announce. There’s a lot of information out there, but unlike the iPhone — which has seen part leaks aplenty — the wearable has had none of it. Apple are playing this one as close to their chests as it gets, and that’s awesome, writes TUAW. I, for one, like my Apple events to be as spoiler-free as possible.

Another day, another accusation of labour violations at one Apple manufacturing facility. Working excessive overtime and handling dangerous chemicals without the proper precautions are a no-no in Apple’s book, and I expect they’ll be investigating the matter shortly.

There are a heap of guides pointing out how to enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID following recent events, but as Russell Ivanovic points out on his blog, enabling two-factor auth does nothing for your iCloud account. Sure, two-factor might protect against unauthorised changes to your Apple ID, but logging into your iCloud account on any computer or iOS device doesn’t prompt for the second factor, as it were.

Apple’s temporary construction at the Flint Center is particularly intriguing, especially when seen from above thanks to drone technology. Who knows what they’re hiding underneath that big white building?

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