Thursday Morning News

The rumoured 6.5-inch iPhone set to be released this year should be about the same physical size as the iPhone 8 Plus, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain. It’s possible the device with an OLED display will be slightly thicker than a Plus-model iPhone due to the vertically-aligned camera lenses. Improvements to Face ID are also expected with this year’s devices, with horizontal Face ID support reportedly in the works for when it’s eventually released for iPads.

But forget about this year’s hardware and software improvements, what’s being worked on for next year? Rumour has it iOS 13 will once again feature iPad-focused improvements, such as a revamped Files app even though the current one was only introduced last year. Unspecified improvements to the Apple Pencil are also in the works, with a home screen redesign also on the cards. With this year expected to be a quiet year in terms of new user-facing features, there will definitely be welcome changes next year.

Bloomberg claims Apple is planning to sell video subscriptions via its own TV app, as opposed to having users subscribe to services individually within apps. It’s not exactly clear what this means, but the post seems to think Apple would sell video subscriptions to third-party services from one centralised location, making it easier for users to choose what they want to watch. It’s not hard to imagine buying a subscription to Netflix from within Apple’s TV app, with streaming that could one day move from third-party apps to Apple’s own.

Apple has begun cracking down on applications that send location data to third parties. For apps that have been sending user location data without explicit user consent, Apple has begun removing apps from the App Store and sending a terse email to the developer saying their app violates the App Store Review Guidelines. It’s suspected this is a move that is somewhat influenced by GDPR compliance in the EU, with Apple now requiring explicit user consent and a valid reason for what the location data will be used for.

Yet another Unicode bug crashes Messages when the message is attempted to be displayed, and the fix is to delete the conversation with the message. That turns out to be a bit of a problem when viewing the conversation crashes Messages, so the advice from MacRumors is to send a different message to the sender via Siri, then delete the conversation using 3D Touch or by viewing the list of Messages conversations.

Apple’s Barbers ad won the Black Cube award from the Art Directors Club of New York, with the ADC Black Cube being jointly won by Apple and Furlined, the production company behind the minute-long ad showing off Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s a pretty good ad, now that I’ve seen it again.

A new Steam Link app set to be released later this month will bring mobile game streaming to the platform, allowing you to stream PC or Mac games to your Android or iOS device over the internet. While you won’t be able to stream over 4G, provided your mobile device is connected to a 5GHz Wi-Fi network or wired ethernet. You’ll also want some kind of compatible controller, although there’s no official list on what controllers are supported and which aren’t.

The 2017 Panic report provides us with some insights about what the company accomplished last year. It’s a good dive into some of the finer details which makes me glad Mac software houses like Panic exist, because it’s the smaller details that make the overall experience better for end users.

Horace Deidu tells us about the historical significance of the original iMac. It’s a lot to say the iMac was the computer that saved the company, but it’s not that much of a stretch, either — the iMac provided a financial lifeline to the company, which allowed it to go on to produce the products that catapulted Apple into the spotlight as one of the world’s biggest companies today.

Over at Macworld, Jason Snell covers the press reaction to the launch of the original iMac. It was a different time back then, but it was important that the iMac made it into the May 1998 release of Macworld magazine, and due to the way printing worked, the four page feature on the iMac was spread across the same page number.

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