We’ve now reached the stage of iPhone rumours where naming speculation (or leaks to the press) becomes the hot topic. Sources speaking to 9to5Mac claim the largest, 6.5-inch version, may be called the iPhone Xs Max. While that eschews the usual “Plus” nomenclature, rumours have previously claimed that Apple would be dropping the “Plus” naming convention.
Renders of the upcoming iPad Pro refresh show off a device that ditches curved edges for clean, if slightly straight-edged, sides reminiscent of the chamfered edges on the iPhone 5. Thanks to the lack of the home button and slimmed down bezels on all sides of the display, it doesn’t look too bad, but would be a significant departure from the current design, and I’m not sure there are any major flaws in the exterior of the iPad Pro as-is.
It’s Labor Day in the US, but I’ve got enough tabs open in my browser that we’re doing news anyway, both as a sort of catch-up and a kind of clean-out. By now it should be clear that Apple’s putting a lot of eggs into the AR basket, and one of the places they might be able to bring that technology to everyone (besides the experiences enabled by AR Kit) is in maps. It’s not too crazy to speculate that Apple’s recent AR hiring spree relates to some first-party AR application, which could very well be bringing AR tech to Apple Maps.
Over the weekend, Apple released the twelfth beta of iOS 12 and tenth public beta to resolve an issue with pop-up messages continually alerting users to update from the iOS 12 beta, despite there being no update available at the time. The tenth developer betas of watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 were also released.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a handful of voraciously vicarious, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they’ll be thoroughly thought-out concepts of doing something a little differently on iOS, a walk-through of creating fluid interfaces that make even the blandest of apps a pleasure to use, the story of a company that time has seemingly forgot, or even debate about whether we should forgive Steve Jobs for being a terrible father. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- Over at the UX Collective blog, Kévin Eugène shares his concept called iOS Mogi which takes an idea originally centred around making Siri useful in more contexts and applying that across the board to bring a better level of multitasking to the entirety of iOS. Instead of having a screen just for interaction with Siri, a non-intrusive panel drops down much like the banner notification would, only these “Live Notifications” are capable of pretty much anything without — at least not completely — interrupting what you’re currently looking at. There’s plenty of animated GIFs so you get the idea, but it’s the kind of thing that seems obvious when you see it.
Since the beginning, I have wanted to find an elegant way to bring multitasking to the mobile, and splitting the screen was never an option. I wanted something that was more coherent with the mobile approach, and I hope you find that Live Notifications are a good step into that direction.
Apple has sent out media invites to an event on September 12. Invites featured the teaser “gather round”, with an image depicting a circular structure that’s reminiscent of the spaceship at Apple Park, and given that the event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, maybe that’s all it’s referencing. As for products, Apple are widely expected to reveal this year’s iPhones and updates to the Apple Watch lineup, with an outside chance of new iPads and Macs — they’ll probably take a back seat until October. But for now, there’s plenty to look forward to, and Apple has announced they’ll be live-streaming the event.
The latest analyst note from Barclays has a number of predictions based on meetings with companies inside Apple’s supply chain. While I’m curious about what suppliers would willingly meet with and divulge confidential information regarding one of their biggest clients, Barclays says it’s possible we’ll see the removal of 3D Touch from next year’s iPhones, the AirPods successor will launch in Q4 2019, with the AirPods wireless charging case and AirPower available in September this year. There’s also claims we’ll see a cheaper HomePod model next year.
Over in the US, Apple introduced a new program a couple of days ago where it would be donating $1 from every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, the website, or through the Apple Store app to the US National Parks Foundation from August 24 to August 31. And then on September 1st, Apple Watch owners worldwide who complete a workout of 50 minutes or more will earn an Activity app award and a sticker pack for Messages inspired by national parks, as part of Apple’s efforts on encouraging national park upkeep and education to the newer generation.
Apple’s newest store is in Kyoto, with the Shijō Dori location seeing record queues on opening day last Saturday. Like recent Apple location openings, Apple Kyoto offers Today at Apple learning sessions across photography, music, coding, and other topics, with a diverse range of employees from multiple countries fluent in 12 languages.
Industry insiders say that this year’s successors to the iPhone X will be compatible with Apple Pencil. Both the second-generation iPhone X and larger-sized iPhone X Plus will work with the current Apple Pencil, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, which would be the first time in over a decade that the iPhone will support a stylus from its own company. It was Steve Jobs who famously said that no-one wants to use a stylus when the iPhone was originally introduced, but I am still unconvinced using the Apple Pencil on even the largest iPhone to be anything but awkward.