Monday Morning News

cofd1etwsaipat9-jpg-largeThe rumour roundup from 9to5Mac of Apple’s event this week would be a spoiler of the entire thing, if it actually had anything of substance. It’s nothing you don’t already know if you’ve been keeping up to date with the Apple rumour mill, but still — if you want your Apple event experience to be spoiler-free, I’d stay away so Apple’s reality distortion field can have its full effect.

Rumour has it the next iPhone will have a Force Touch feature with three levels of sensitivity. The “3D Touch Display” will reportedly be able to tell the difference between a tap, a press, and a harder press, opening up new methods of touch interaction. For some, this will be a user experience nightmare, but 9to5Mac’s examples of Force Touch features on the iPhone kind of make sense – particularly for shortcut-using power users.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo isn’t quite done with his iPhone rumours, and this time around, he’s saying the iPhone 7 (i.e. the one after whatever model is launched on Thursday) will be the thinnest iPhone ever. Traditionally, Apple has added new features to the “s” revision of the iPhone, while new iPhone models get hardware and design changes — and if Ming-Chi Kuo is anything to go by, the next iPhone model will approach the thinness of the iPod touch.

The New York Times says the revamped Apple TV we’re expecting Apple to launch later this week will come with a remote controller that has a touchpad, with the whole remote controller unit doubling as a game input device. The Times also writes Apple are also expected to announce new iPhones and iPads at their event.

Apple has confirmed they’ll be opening the first Belgian Apple Store in Brussels. If you’re in the area, you can attend the opening on the 19th September.

Reviews of Sorkin’s Steve Jobs film featuring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs are out, and it appears as if Sorkin’s script is “even more effective” (whatever that means) than The Social Network. The film debuts in cinemas on October 9, although the Australian date may be a little different.

There have been whispers of Apple acquiring another company, with real-time motion-capture company Faceshift having been quietly acquired. MacRumors reports neither company willing to confirm or deny the murmurs — while Apple are known for their standard “Apple purchases smaller companies from time to time” statement when confirming acquisitions, suggesting it’s possible talks are still underway.

Macworld’s Glenn Fleishman wonders about getting a new Finder window the exact size you want, even going as far to delete preference files and restart Finder. I’ve always created a new Finder window, re-sized and re-positioned it how I want, closed the window, and then opened a new one which has the new position and size, but I guess Fleishman’s workaround should work, too.

If you’re looking for a new browser for your iPhone, you better be looking in the New Zealand App Store, because that’s where Mozilla are testing Firefox for iOS. It’s becoming pretty common for game and app developers to soft-launch apps in New Zealand.

John Moltz says you’re living a lie if you’re using a round watch face on your Apple Watch. He’s right in that the square-face of the Apple Watch isn’t conductive to traditionally-circular watch faces, but that’s why we have a floppy disk icon for save even though we haven’t used floppies for years. Right?

Dr Drang compares Tweetbot to the official Twitter client on the iPhone, and for someone who hasn’t touched the main client ever since Tweetbot was released, it’s interesting looking at how the two apps have a very different idea on what Twitter is.

Also from Macworld this morning is this piece on how Siri needs to be perfect for the launch of the revamped Apple TV. If we’re going to have an intelligent agent responding to our voice commands in the lounge room, she better be as intelligent as claimed.

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  1. Just wanted to point something out as well, while we’re talking about new iPhones. I don’t think it matters what Apple announce at this point, because you know people are going to buy the new iPhone anyway. Or more accurately - even if they made such a huge change that they pissed off many consumers, the sheer volume of iPhone sales mean that it’d have to be monumental screwup in order to make any kind of difference in iPhone sales.

    I don’t think people accurately understand how big of a business the iPhone has become: fully two-thirds of Apple’s revenue comes from the iPhone, and the rest is everything else. That means that iPads, iPods, Macs, and even iTunes, the largest music store in the world, all of that combined doesn’t even add up to what the iPhone is doing in terms of sheer numbers.

    It’s actually insane.

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