Tuesday Morning News
The Wall Street Journal claims Apple will hold an event on September 12 to announce the next slew of iPhones. Previous iPhone announcement events have been at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, but the Journal claims Apple may want to use the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, if construction activities allow for a minor disruption. Either way, we should see invites going out sometime next week.
With the weekend’s leak of a L-shaped logic board destined for a Plus-sized device from Apple, AppleInsider now shares the leak of what’s purported to be a single layer of the next iPhone’s logic board, as well as what’s claimed to be the edge-to-edge OLED display to go along with Apple’s next iPhone. Apparently the screens are being sold for US $5000 on the Chinese black market, which seems like a lot to pay for a non-functional part that you might be able to buy within a month anyway.
Following a rumour that the next iPhone’s wireless charging system will be limited to 7.5W, 9to5Mac says this isn’t a big deal, or entirely unexpected, even if it means the iPhone will charge wirelessly half as fast as the Qi standard currently allows for. It’s possible Apple were limited by the available physical space within the device, hence the need for a smaller charging limit.
The eighth developer betas of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4 are now available to developers. Following in their footsteps are the seventh betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, for members of Apple’s open beta program. There aren’t any changes that we know of yet in iOS 11, but we’ll know more tomorrow.
And if you haven’t already, now is a good time to check whether you have any 32-bit apps that will stop working once iOS 11 is released. Seeing as we’re probably about two weeks from the release of iOS 11, it’s time to find alternatives to those apps that you might use every day, but will stop working if you upgrade to iOS 11.
The New York Post reports the NYPD scrapping 36,000 smartphones they added to their police force over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and upgraded. The Nokia/Windows Phone combo might have looked popular two years ago, but you’d think by that time the writing was already on the wall. It’s said the NYPD will be replacing them with iPhones.
A judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple for failing to prevent distracted driving using Apple-patented technology. The court said Apple didn’t cause the crash that resulted in the tragic death of a 20-year old college student who was killed by an teen texting on their iPhone, nor did Apple have any legal duty to help prevent texting while driving.
Over at Macworld, Dan Moren says Macs should get iCloud backups just like iOS devices. There would be a few details to work out, of course, given that iCloud backups of Macs would probably not be an all-or-nothing deal like it is on iOS, but even if it was, that might be good enough for some. And with backup services like CrashPlan going away, there’s no better time.
Chuq Von Rospach says he didn’t miss the Touch Bar on his MacBook Pro when he moved to a 5K iMac, and he missed Touch ID a little bit. He says that he doesn’t know what the future of the Touch Bar is, and there’s a good chance that Apple doesn’t either. It might explain why we haven’t seen a external keyboard accessory with a Touch Bar, too.
The latest roundup of ARKit demos includes putting (virtual) food on the (real) table, an ultra-realistic augmented reality zombie game, and even a virtual pet system for those 90s kids that miss Tamagotchis.