Tuesday Lunchtime News
First people wanted a bigger iPhone. Now people want a smaller iPhone. Business Insider reports one analyst saying that Apple considered making a four-inch version of the iPhone 6, but scrapped the idea after realising they would be cannibalising sales of the iPhone 6.
Reuters reports police shutting down a massive iPhone counterfeiting operation in Beijing, busting a factory that had produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones valued at around $19 million. Nine people were arrested in relation to the operation, which “repackaged second-hand smartphone components as new iPhones”.
Ahead of rumours of the ipad mini’s demise, the latest rumour claims there will be at least one more iPad mini. The fourth generation iPad mini is said to be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2, featuring the same 8-megapixel rear camera and the same display with anti-reflective coating.
Apple has seeded the fifth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers, with the fifth iOS 9 beta surely not too far behind. Previous beta releases haven’t had any outward-facing changes, with the improvements mostly under-the-hood, but there’s a pretty good chance we’ll see the third public beta of El Cap before the end of the week.
A report claims Apple Music has hit something like 10 million subscribers within four weeks. The data reportedly comes directly from within Cupertino, who is said to be sharing streaming statistics with content owners according to AppleInsider. In comparison, Spotify has around 20 million subscribers, but both Spotify and Pandora have around 75 million and 80 million active users, respectively.
AppleInsider also discusses Apple-owned micro-LED technology, which could be the next big thing in terms of display tech. Apple’s first OLED device is the Apple Watch, but using micro-LEDs could lead to better and more power efficient devices, they say.
Speaking of the Apple Watch, Pad and Quill has some nice-looking leather watch straps that are compatible with the Apple Watch for about $90.
Marco Arment drops the “toxic hellstew” in his post on describing iTunes, in light of recent Apple Music issues. He says the iTunes app is let down by its unreliable-at-best back-end, in addition to the iTunes app itself trying to do too much, and having gone through one too many redesigns.
Over at the Loop, Dave Mark says that he’s tried using Spotify as an alternative to Apple Music. While there are distinct home field advantages to Apple Music, Spotify is comparable in many of the streaming-related areas — and if that’s all you care about, Spotify may end up being the better choice.
Last but not least, 9to5Mac writes that a Mac’s longevity is one of its biggest, often unspoken, selling points. That’s not saying that Macs don’t age (they do, like any other technology product), but by all accounts, they appear to age at a slower pace than competing products.