July 20, 2015

A report from Clammr collected data on podcast listening habits shows that iOS dominates Android on mobile usage. Despite Android having a larger install base of smartphone devices than iOS, the iPhone is responsible for the vast majority of podcast listening. According to the study, 82% of smartphone podcasting listening takes place on an iPhone with the iTunes Store podcast directory being a significant reason for uptake.

In addition, despite the vast array of third-party podcast apps available for the iPhone, the report says that over three-quarters of users listen to podcasts on the iPhone with Apple’s built-in native Podcasts app.

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July 19, 2015

Apple, just a week and a half after initially introducing its new ad campaign, has today shared another new iPhone ad. The video advertisement is part of the “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” campaign and focuses on the App Store that comes along with owning an iPhone. In the ad, Apple touts that there are more than 1.5 million apps available for iPhone, all of which are “hand-picked, awe-inspiring, and just plain surprising.”

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A new report out from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo includes some interesting details about Apple’s planned fall product releases. Firstly, Kuo expects iPhone shipments to fall in the current quarter as anticipation builds for the new iPhone dubbed the ‘iPhone 6s’, although apparently ‘Force Touch yields are low’ which may constrict availability at the beginning. For Apple Watch, following a report earlier in the year to expect new materials for Apple Watch casings, Kuo claims Apple will launch new Apple Watch Sport color options to match the new iPhone.

This includes anodizing aluminum in either yellow gold or rose gold to match the gold options on the iPhone 6s and create a faux-Edition Sport model. Third-party coating services already exist for the Apple Watch (pictured above), but Apple’s additions would seemingly be for the aluminum, not steel models.  KGI believes Apple shipped a “tepid” 3.9 million Apple Watch units to date.

There is also news of a new iPad mini covered in KGI’s report, as well as sales estimates for all of Apple’s products ahead of the earnings calls on Tuesday.

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July 17, 2015

Yep, that’s a cracked Apple Watch display. Nope, it’s not actually an Edition, just plated, but the $549 and up steel model uses the same sapphire display as Apple’s $10,000 and up watch. And yes, the Apple Watch’s sapphire display reacts to accidental drops against hard surfaces just like iPhones.

In describing the craftsmanship of the Apple Watch, Apple calls sapphire “the second-hardest transparent substance after diamond,” adding that “that’s why we chose it to cover the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition faces,” but it still sells a $79 AppleCare+ warranty to cover accidental damage because sapphire is clearly not invincible.

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I, like most people, was shocked to see Apple include an A8 Chip in the new iPod Touch instead of the rumored A7 Chip. This iPod refresh is one of the best in a long time, and Apple has definitely peaked my interests with this new model. As someone who has owns (and loves) an iPod Classic, the 128GB Touch fits my needs perfectly. Earlier this morning, I decided to hop onto the Apple Online Store in hopes of securing me one of those fresh, new 128GB models (spoiler: I haven’t ordered one yet because I can’t decided on a color LOL). As I was looking at the tech specs, I noticed that the schematics of the iPod are shown with antenna lines. These are in the same place as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus too. Hmmm, this is very interesting. Could Apple have just outed the existence of a 4″ iPhone with an A8 Chip? I tried to attach a screenshot, but it seems that I keep getting a “HTTP Error”. Finally, it would be great if you could leave a comment with your thoughts. I’m new to the 9to5Mac Community and would like to get some feedback.

July 16, 2015

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July 14, 2015

Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad has today been updated to version 2.0.2 bringing even more features to the popular image editor for iOS and Mac. This update adds a new kind of brush stroke called Dynamic Touch, which simulates pressure sensitivity by examining the size of the finger input that touches the screen. Larger surface area produces thicker strokes on the canvas. Similarly, using just the tip of a finger results in fine lines in the app.

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July 10, 2015

Top iPhone and iPad accessory makers Otterbox and Mophie both conducted job cuts this week, according to a pair of tips we received from a source. The source said that Otterbox cut 80 jobs, while Mophie let go of 60 employees. Both Otterbox and Mophie confirmed the job cuts to us today, with Otterbox claiming that its number was less than the 80 our source mentioned.

From an Otterbox spokesperson:

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An anticipated update to Apple’s entry-level iOS device, the iPod touch, is increasing the likelihood that Apple will also tweak the low end of the iPhone range this year with an iPhone 6c. Historically, Apple has kept its least expensive iPhone a step ahead of the iPod touch, and a report from Jefferies analyst Ange Wu suggests that Apple will shift from the iPhone 5c’s ‘unapologetically plastic’ frame to a unibody metal casing made by Foxconn. (The image above is a render and solely for purposes of illustration.)

Left almost entirely unchanged since its introduction in 2012, the iPod touch has seen only small capacity, price, and feature tweaks since then, though Apple has continued to support its aging A5 processor with iOS 7, 8, and 9 software updates. After a wrist loop-less iPod touch in new colors was discovered earlier this month in iTunes 12.2, a report today claimed that Apple will upgrade the iPod with a 64-bit processor next week. The most likely candidate for the new iPod touch would be the A7 processor already found inside the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3. However, the leaked images from Apple suggest that the iPod will lack Touch ID support, a marquee feature of the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 3, but not the iPad Air or iPad mini 2.

Rumors about an iPhone 6c have circulated for months, including a March report from Digitimes that Apple planned to pair a 4-inch display with an A8 processor and possibly an upgraded camera. Plastic shells that were thought to be potentially for a 6c were generally written off as fakes, but the prospect of a new low-end model has continued to generate discussion, particularly as an updated 4-inch iPhone would appeal to users who prefer small screens.

While it wouldn’t be unprecedented for Apple to keep the A7-based iPhone 5s as its entry-level model when the 5c is discontinued, doing so would eliminate bright color choices from the family, and narrow the performance gap between the recolored $199 iPod touch and a $450 unlocked, contract-free iPhone. Since Touch ID, camera differences, and cellular calling abilities would be the only reasons to pick the iPhone 5s over the iPod touch, a boosted iPhone 6c in a new collection of colors could further justify the added cost.

July 9, 2015

Apple today uploaded a pair of new ads to YouTube. The first ad, entitled “Hardware & Software,” showcases the fact that Apple is responsible for both major aspects of the iPhone, making for a more seamless and stable experience. The obvious goal here is to advertise the fact that with an Android device, you get hardware made by a manufacturer and software made by Google.

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