Thursday Morning News
A new leaked schematic of the next iPhone shows the vertically-aligned rear lens arrangement that we’ve seen before, as well as a new rounded section which could hint at the next iPhone’s wireless charging capabilities. MacRumors says we’re in that awkward part of the rumour phase that it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s fake, so it’s best to view everything with a few grains of salt, but the good news is, there’s no rear Touch ID.
The CEO of Powermat has come out and said ahead of time that Apple has announced the next iPhone will have wireless charging, even though Apple has done nothing of the sort. It’s hard to know whether the wireless charging company CEO knows something we don’t, or is merely prepping the wireless charging market for a new entrant, but with so many rumours surrounding wireless charging, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.
Some analysis from AppleInsider says the upcoming iPhone could feature faster charging and longer battery life. The reasons given make sense: USB-C will allow more power delivered in a shorter period of time, while improvements to the internal layout of components and an L-shaped battery will provide increased battery life. With battery technology mostly plateauing, Apple will definitely have to look elsewhere for improvements in this area.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an iPhone rumour cycle without some hint of supply constraints. Some estimates have said that the iPhone will be in short supply until early next year, and now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that mass production of the next iPhone won’t happen until October or November due to part constraints.
At the National Association of Broadcasters conference in LA, Apple announced that Final Cut Pro X now has over two million users.
Transit is now available for Paris in Apple Maps. It opens up new possiblities for Parisians to get around, including car and bike-sharing stations.
Over at Macworld, Dan Moren points out that Apple making its iWork, Garageband, and iMovie apps free on both iOS and the Mac platforms could hurt Apple and its users. Users are now less likely to buy third-party alternatives, hurting the overall developer ecosystem, but at the same time, giving every Mac and iOS user access to a great set of tools for free is a pretty attractive selling point.
Airfoil Satellite TV is the latest app from Rogue Amoeba, part of a two-part solution for the recent tvOS 10.2 update that broke Airfoil streaming for Apple TV owners. Airfoil Satellite TV is the Apple TV app that you can stream to from your Mac, although you need to be running the app on your TV. Rogue Amoeba are still working on a fix for Airfoil that doesn’t require a helper app to be running on the Apple TV, and you can expect that sometime in the future.
The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple used his Apple Watch for about a week when it wasn’t paired with his iPhone, and as you might expect, the experience was pretty bad. Not having notifications come in on your wrist and not having the haptic feedback from nagivation directions played a big part, but fortunately the fix was also pretty simple.
9to5Mac tells us about a bug that causes Control Centre to crash when selecting certain options. You need to tap one of alarm clock, calculator, or camera, and Night Shift and AirDrop at the same time (use three fingers), but when you see the spinning indicator, your device has crashed and re-launched SpringBoard.