Tuesday Morning News
The iPad lineup is currently all over the place. It’s been about a year since the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was released, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has only been out since March. Meanwhile, the iPad mini hasn’t been updated for about a year. Rumours say there will be a 10.5-inch iPad Pro to replace the 9.7-inch model, with the iPad mini also getting the Pro name and features, as well as a refresh of the 12.9-inch model, all slated to happen around Spring next year.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple Watch sales will be down this year, despite Apple releasing new Series 2 models as well as the fitness-oriented Nike models. Kuo’s predictions put Apple Watch shipments at 8.5-9 million units, compared to last year’s 10.5 million units.
Spoken editions of many publications are now available in iTunes, giving people who want to catch up on news the chance to do so while also doing something else. They’re found in the podcast section of iTunes, and you’ll be able to listen to content from Slate, TechCrunch, Reuters, Gizmodo, and The Intercept.
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts has had her title updated, reflecting Apple’s simplification of retail operations. Now just the Senior Vice President of Retail, Ahrendts’ responsibilities for strategy, real estate, development, and operations of Apple’s physical stores and online hasn’t changed, but her title has.
The third developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.1 has been released to developers, with no known changes at this time.
Speaking at the Utah Technology Council, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reiterated Apple’s continued commitment to encryption and privacy protections for its customers, according to MacRumors who cite local media sources. Speaking to attendees, Cook said that “We believe the only way to protect both your privacy and safety from a cyberattack is to encrypt”.
Mophie has launched its range of iPhone 7 battery cases, which are a little different than normal. Instead of just strapping a battery to their case, Mophie’s modular Hold Force accessories let you choose between different attachments depending on your use case. There’s a battery attachment, sure, but also one that holds all of your cards and cash, as well as a more folio-style wallet.
The Mac Observer says that evidence is mounting that Apple will switch Macs from Intel to ARM. It’s entirely possible, but I don’t think it will happen — it has the possibility to break more than it will fix.
There’s a new Twelve South product out, and this time, it’s a hand-poured soy candle that smells exactly like a new Mac. Yeah, you read that right.