Rumor, supposedly from a Foxconn worker, that the next iPhone’s wont have the word “iPhone” on the back
Apple removed the FCC and other logos years ago. Also any text. Just and Apple Logo and the word iPhone on the current models
Also mentions a new “dark green” color
There had been rumors of the iPhone XR update coming in new green and lavender finishes
The latest rumor also parrots earlier ones from Ming-Chi Kuo that the new iPhone glass will have a frosted “matte” appearance and texture.
One again hearing the next iPhones will retain their Lightning connectors but come with USB-C to Lightning cables and a USB-C wall charger
Digitimes is also reporting the new models could have larger battery capacities. Around 3,200 mAh, 3,500 mAh, and 3,000 mAh for the next iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR respectively.
A case maker is already carrying an iPhone 11 case with a mini Apple Pencil holder.
That's some optimism
Their renders show color matched "metal" Apple Pencils in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray finishes.
Those new iPhones could be announced soon
References found in the latest iOS 13 betas show an asset marked “HoldForRelease” and a date of September 10th.
The last seven years the event had been on or around the second week in September.
HomePod lands in Japan Aug 23rd
The HomePod is set to go on sale in Japan on August 23rd according to Apple
It will sell for 32,800 yen (about $310)
It will also debut in Taiwan on the same day selling for NT$9,900 ( about $315 )
The Porsche Taycan (tie-CAN) is going to have Apple Music as a native app in it’s infotainment system
No “Car Play” needed
It will also come with a free six- subscription to Apple Music
Japan Display could make OLED screens for Apple Watch
We’ve heard for a while that they were ramping up their first OLED display manufacturing
Now it looks like they’re ready.
Ming Chi Kuo says Japan Display will supply OLED displays for Apple Watch Series 5
Hey thinks they provide about 15-20 percent of the Apple Watch displays in 2019, but could reach 70-80 percent by 2021
Kuo also mentioned in the past “new ceramic casing” designs
There have been assets found in the latest watchOS Betas showing illustrations of watch backs that indicate possible ceramic and titanium versions of Apple Watch
Apple Watch would likely be part of Apple’s September iPhone event.
According to Canalys Apple has 37.9 percent of the US wearables market and has seen shipments increase 32 percent year over year.
Possible pricing on Arcade and TV+
Apple announced the Apple Arcade service at their special event back in March
Due to arrive this Fall
Now appears that Apple is running an early access program for Employees
Charging them a $0.49/mo subscription
Tests end with the launch of iOS 13
The service will ultimately have 100+ titles at lunch, but the early access has early builds of games such as Way of the Turtle, Down in Bermuda, Hot Lava, Sneaky Sasquatch, Frogger in Toy Town
9to5 Mac is reporting the possible release pricing would be USD $4.99/mo
Found in one of the APIs used by the App Store app
Pricing could obviously change, but if that IS the price it’s amazing.
For Apple TV+ on the other hand, Apple is rumored to be considering a lunch price of $10/mo.
Will launch in November with a "small selection of shows"?!!! According to Bloomberg
I’ll admit the trailers have been impressive, but that price point is LAME in light of what Disney+ is going to bring at a price of $6.99/mo.
There will be a lot MORE content coming of course
Reports that Apple plans to expand it’s content budget this year from $1B to $6B going forward.
Apple series “The Morning Show” has reportedly cost $150M per season with it’s stars, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon each earning 1.25 million per episode.
Apple is rumored to be offering more generous payment terms to help it win deals for appealing content
Apple will apparently allow videos to be downloaded for offline viewing, but with limitations on the total number of downloads, downloads per show or movie, or the total number of times a show or movie can be downloaded.
There also will apparently be limits on the number of simultaneous streams, those it's not clear what those will be.
These limits are odd in light of Apple touting the "Family" nature of it's offerings.
I can honestly say I'm a little less exited about Apple TV+
Still analysts at Cowen think that Apple. TV+ could grab 12 million subscribers by the end of 2020.
I do find it interesting, as listener Tony pointed out to me in an email, that both Apple and Disney are using the "+" naming for their service and that their service launch dates are both possibly happening in November
Apple has long had a close relationship with Disney. So could we see an Apple+Disney+ bundle?
That would sweeten the pot a lot.
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You and Apple on Battery “lockout”
100 percent agree with Rene Ritchie that calling it a “lockout” is incorrect
Many of you responded to say that while you’re in favor of a person’s “right to repair” you don’t feel that Apple is disabling the Battery Health feature on non-Apple battery replacements as malicious attempt to force higher priced repairs
It’s a concern over the quality of the parts and service
Let’s face it LiON batteries can be dangerous
In a statement Apple said the “Service” warning is a feature there to “protect customers from "damaged, poor quality, or used batteries which can lead to safety or performance issues”
They also point out that the message doesn’t affect the ability to use the phone even with an unauthorized repair.
Still I think a better way to handle it may be to still allow access to the Battery Health feature but “pop-up” the Service warning message each time you access the feature with an unverified battery installed.
More Apple Card stuff
You CAN access Apple Card features from iPad, for now you need to go through Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay
Tap on the Apple Card
The interface is not nearly as nice as on the iPhone in the Wallet app, but looks like most, in not all, of the same functionality is there.
Apple Card is now available for open enrollment in the US
Apple also announced that it is extending the 3% Daily Cash offer to third-party merchants, starting with Uber and Uber Eats.
I had an issue adding my Apple Card to my Series 2 Apple Watch
"Could Not Set Up Apple Pay - An error occurred while setting up Apple Pay"
Oddly it was "fixed" by going into Apple Watch App > General > Language & Region. Changing the region to something different (UK & takes FOREVER), then changing it back
After that I added the card without issue.
Another concern has been the lack of any way to download data into Mint or other finance management Apps
A Maccast listener emailed Tim Cook to ask about this and got a reply from Eddie Cue
"We are looking at supporting downloads for transaction, but we don’t have a date yet."
Play warning Message from Mike
My suspicion is Two-Factor is required because it is required for Apple Pay Cash and that is how your Daily Cash is distributed.
Another big thing that was reported this week is that Apple Card comes with an arbitration clause as part of it's terms
Pretty standard, but you give up your right to sue Apple or Goldman Sachs, whether it be individually or as a member of a class action.
You have 90 days to opt out of this clause
There are three ways to opt-out of the arbitration agreement:
Call Apple at 877-255-5923
Mail a letter to Lockbox 6112, P.O. Box 7247, Philadelphia, PA 19170-6112
Use the Message feature in the Wallet app
Using Messages is probably the easiest:
1. Open the Wallet app
2. Tap Apple Card
3. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner
4. Tap “Message”
5. Send a message saying: “I’d like to opt out of Apple Card arbitration.”
Leave it to Apple to make the first credit card that requires care and cleaning instructions