Friday Morning News
While there aren’t any new rumours about what Apple will be revealing next week, Ars Technica jumps on the opportunity to publish a pre-event rumour roundup. It’s everything we know about the rumours so far, including all the improvements in the next-generation iPhone, focus on the new Apple TV hardware and software, as well as whatever bigger-iPad we end up getting. I’m not completely ruling out the possibility of a “one more thing”, but there’s always the Apple Car.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes the next-gen iPhone will have the same 5MP front-facing camera, as well as keeping the same 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage tiers. If the rumours are true, and Apple does go for a 4K video recording feature, I can’t imaging those who have the 16GB iPhone are going to be really happy.
Speaking of 4K, rumour has it Apple will be bringing a 4K display to the 21-inch iMac sometime in late October. Seems plausible enough, given previous OS X updates have already hinted at the possibility as reported by MacRumors.
The iTunes VP has come out and said the Apple Music team will continue to work on fixes and improvements to the service throughout 2015. Pointing out issues with the interface and handling of local iTunes libraries, Oliver Schusser says the current focus is on editorial and playlists, which are already pretty good, if my Twitter feed is anything to go by.
Apple has applied for a fuel cell system that may be able to power a MacBook for days or even weeks. Apple’s fuel-cell patent connects via MagSafe, and isn’t currently tied to any particular technology, although the patent does reference removable cartridges based on a number of fuel-cell chemistry combinations.
News out of China is that the Apple Watch has sold over one million units in the country. Apple has also requested ramped up display production, ahead of the launch of the next iPhone.
DaisyDisk 4 is the best-looking disk-space usage analyser tool out there, and the new version has even gotten a bit of a facelift for OS X Yosemite. In other Mac app news, NetNewsWire has come back from the dead, with its Mac and iOS apps now available and supported by a cloud syncing service to keep your RSS feeds in order.
The App Store Games account on Twitter seems like an obvious enough choice: with games dominating the charts (and basically the only way developers are making any kind of money on the platform), the AppStoreGames account is run by Apple and should be on hand for any iOS game recommendations.
Wrapping up the news for this week, an advertising company named “6S Marketing” wants Apple to rename the next iPhone. That probably won’t happen for obvious reasons, but at least they can get a little extra exposure.