Monday Morning News
Things are looking up for those still waiting for their Apple Watch. Apple has started shipping the Space Black Stainless Steel and Space Black Stainless Steel Link Bracelet, and the combination looks very swish indeed, if you’re into that sort of thing. Shipping for most models of the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch are now at a more reasonable, but still somewhat lengthy 5-7 weeks. One of Apple’s manufacturing partners blames the limited production numbers on worker shortages, saying they are beginning to catch up with demand.
Another source from China has corroborated Ming-Chi Kuo’s claim the next iPhone will have a rear-facing camera with more megapixels. 12 seems to be the number the rumour-sphere has settled on, and MacRumors notes that the iPhone has had the same 8 megapixels in its rear-facing camera since the iPhone 4s. Of course, Apple has improved the sensor in ways other than just megapixels since then — better low-light image capture and faster auto-focus are just some of the improvements.
One of the earliest indicators of an imminent product refresh is blown-out shipping times. Built-to-order models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now have a ship date of 2-3 weeks, which puts it within arm’s reach of a refresh at WWDC in June. Not that you’d want to buy a new MacBook Pro at the moment anyway, with the Australian dollar being as weak as it is.
Speaking of WWDC, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see something about iOS 9 at the event. Dan Moren gazes into his crystal ball and tells us what we can expect in the next release of the mobile OS, and disappointingly for some, it’s probably not going to be the “Snow Leopard” release many people want. Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham has his own wish list of features he’d like to see, with many being some of the smaller details that have gone overlooked by Apple over the past couple of years. Interestingly, both lists feature public transport in Maps, but I’m not so sure…
Apple says a few Macs and iPhones will becoming obsolete on June 9, and that list includes Australia’s first iPhone, the iPhone 3G, as well as its successor, the iPhone 3GS. Mid 2007 models of iMac will also be unsupported, and if you’ve got one laying around, a late 2006 Xserve and Xserve RAID.
When an Apple support article says you can now store up to 50,000 contacts in iCloud, double the previous amount, a small part of me wants to test that limit out. But not on my personal iCloud account, for fear of things becoming irreparably damaged — my iCloud syncing works fine as it is, without the burden of syncing 50,000 contacts.
If you forget the passcode for your Apple Watch, you can wipe it back to factory settings. It’s a feature, not a bug, and it doesn’t make your Apple Watch that much more vulnerable to theft than any other wrist-worn timepiece.
You might think the Apple Watch is flashier than any other watch you own, but Ben Brooks says even the Sport model looks great with a suit and tie. The Apple Watch has this uncanny way of complementing your current outfit, whilst still managing to be the discreet timepiece on your wrist when you need it to be.
Journaling app Day One quietly launched its own syncing service late last week, meaning the app now gives you three ways to sync your entries: iCloud, Dropbox, or Day One Sync. You’ll need a Day One account to be able to use Day One Sync, otherwise you can read more at the Day One website. In other app update news, Spotify quashed rumours it would be ending its free streaming tier.
MacStories has a review of Alternote, which is for Evernote users who don’t care about the more visual aspects of the service. Like its title suggests, Alternote uses the Evernote service for what it was originally designed for: notes, and only notes.
Business Insider did a little digging and came back with a list of reasons why Apple is secretly developing a car battery, but I’m not buying it. You can say “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” all you want, but all of their evidence seems a little too coincidental, like they’re bending facts to fit the narrative, instead of the other way around.
This morning’s header image from the Apple Macintosh Magazines Memorabilia collection, which features the first and last print editions of Macworld magazine, amongst many other recognisable covers. And equally many that aren’t, but are still notable in their own way.