Monday Morning News
Bloomberg kicks us off this morning with a rumour about Apple working on iPhone for the Japanese market. They say a future iPhone will include a FeliCa chip, a Sony-developed technology that is essentially Japan’s version of tap-to-pay technology that works on Japanese public transport systems. Like other payment tech, the passes would be stored inside Apple’s Wallet app just like credit cards are now, and FeliCa can also store money to be used at vending machines and convenience stores.
This weekend just gone saw the release of the eighth developer beta of iOS 10, which is also the seventh beta for members of Apple’s public beta testing program. While no new features have been discovered in this release, recent iOS 10 betas and the latest version of iOS 9 fixes multiple security issues that had already been exploited by an Israeli mobile security organisation.
The seventh beta of tvOS 10 has been seeded to developers, but like the iOS 10 beta, there are no new features that aren’t already in the beta.
MacRumors opens their article on new iPhone supply shortages with the words “following tradition”, which is either a dig at how new iPhones always have some kind of supply shortage or a comment on how the supply chain always seems to think there will be a supply short of the new iPhone. But if the rumours have been true thus far, maybe Apple doesn’t need as many iPhones this time around, due to the lack of any particularly groundbreaking new features.
A leaked photo of what may be the next Apple Watch battery suggests a 35% battery capacity increase for the 42mm model, which will go from 246 mAh to 334 mAh.
Meanwhile, Macworld’s Dan Moren writes that the next Apple Watch doesn’t need its own mobile data anyway, given the limited use of mobile data on the unit. A small screen prevents any kind of interaction that requires a huge amount of data, and besides, there are other areas which can be improved on before mobile data becomes a priority.
AppleInsider takes a look at the possible GPU options for Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. The claim that on-board or integrated graphics are now good enough for the vast majority of use cases, despite better models of the MacBook Pro including a discrete GPU at the cost of additional power consumption and heat.
Farhad Manjoo wonders why Apple isn’t offering millions for zero day bug bounties, instead topping out at $200,000. The Verge turned his tweets into an article wondering why Apple isn’t throwing as much cash as it can at security issues that compromise the billion iOS devices out there.
IMore has a guide on the new Bedtime feature in iOS 10, which is supposed to help you create a sleep schedule by providing reminders about when it’s time to go to sleep.
Jason Snell says that the age of the dramatic Apple event reveal is over, and that’s OK.