MacBook Pro Revamp Details

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg:

The updated notebooks will be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers, said the people, who asked not to be named. 

A ton of other detailed information in his write up. I’m super excited. Touch ID. OLED function keys. Thinner, smaller footprint. Powerful new processors and graphics. Hopefully we can get them in multiple colors like the MacBook. I’d love a space black model. This is going to be a great update for Mac users.

Apple Working on New Health Related Product For 2017

Via MacRumors:

Apple is developing at least one new health-tracking product that could debut alongside the tenth-anniversary iPhone in 2017, according to Economic Daily News (via Mac Otakara). 

Exact details are hard to discern from the translated Chinese-language report, but Apple is said to have invested two years of R&D into the new product in it health laboratories overseen by Apple’s health and fitness director Jay Blahnik. 

While entirely new hardware is possible, the product could realistically be a next-generation Apple Watch. The product is said to have an array of health-related apps that collect data such as heart rate, pulse, and blood sugar changes.

I’d bet on Apple Watch compatible smart bands of some sort. 

Rumors Outline Upcoming iPhone, MacBook Pro And Apple Watch Changes

Some juicy rumors over the last day or so about the soon to be unveiled new iPhone, upcoming MacBook Pro and Apple Watch 2.

First up, Mark Gurman outlines the changes coming for this years iPhone update over at Bloomberg. His sources confirm a lot of what we have heard already, but his scoops are second to none. The gist of what he says below:

The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with a vibrating sensation rather than a true physical click and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing unannounced features. Apple declined to comment.

Next up, as summarized by MacRumors, some new rumors about the Apple Watch 2 have emerged:

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note to investors today in which he predicts an all-new Apple Watch 2 will likely launch in the second half of 2016 with a faster TSMC-built processor, GPS, barometer, superior waterproofing, and a higher capacity battery. 

Kuo, well connected within the supply chain, believes the second-generation Apple Watch will retain the same screen sizes and thickness as existing models, with a similar form factor overall, despite adopting thinner display technology. However, while the Apple Watch 2 was once rumored to include cellular connectivity, Kuo does not expect LTE support until 2017. 

Some people will be bummed out about the lack of LTE, but I didn’t expect it this year. I also would rather have GPS and decent battery life anyway. MacRumors also has a great look at what possible areas Apple can improve on the technology inside of Apple Watch over here, with a taste below:

In addition to software improvements, future generations of the Apple Watch will need to become more efficient on the hardware level, with new versions of the S1 chip that serves as the brains of the device being a primary target for improvement. With that in mind, we’ve taken a technical look at what the future could hold for semiconductor technology as it relates to battery-limited devices like the Apple Watch.

Also 9to5Mac has some interesting details about Touch ID being implemented in the upcoming MacBook Pro refreshes due soon. 
A source who has provided reliable information in the past has informed us that the new MacBook Pro models, expected to be launched in the fall, will feature a Touch ID power button as well as the previously-reported OLED touch-sensitive function keys.

It’s going to be a lot more exciting a fall than some people expect. There’s some great innovative ideas Apple is adding into their product line that stretch beyond new looks. They’re setting up for the future. In a few weeks, they’ll give us a peak at what it looks like. 

Samsung Patents Apple Watch’s Design

Samsung has literally applied for a patent trying to own the design of Apple Watch. Yikes. I don’t even know what to say. See the photos over here over at Patently Apple.

Via Abdel Ibrahim over at Watch Aware also has a good take:

In a recent patent finding found by Patently Apple, Samsung has been caught using, wait for it… Apple Watch designs for their “exchangeable” strap mechanism. Seriously, take a look at figures 10a – 10c and 11a – 11f. Do those not look exactly like Apple Watches? What’s insane is that nowhere in these patents is there any reference to the Apple Watch. Instead, it’s made to seem like it’s entirely Samsung’s ideas.

Again, I repeat: These are not Apple patents. These are patents filed by Samsung.

Wow. Just wow.

Thoughts On Apple’s Bug Bounty Program

Securosis on Apple’s newly announced Bug Bounty Program:

Apple’s program sets clear objectives. Find exploitable bugs in key areas. Because proving exploitability with a repeatable proof of concept is far more labor-intensive than merely finding a vulnerability, pay the researchers fair value for their work. In the process, learn how to tune a bug bounty program and derive maximum value from it. High-quality exploits discovered and engineered by researchers and developers who Apple believes have the skills and motivations to help advance product security.

It’s the Apple way. Focus on quality, not quantity. Start carefully, on their own schedule, and iterate over time. If you know Apple, this is no different than how they release their products and services.

This program will grow and evolve. The iPhone in your pocket today is very different from the original iPhone. More researchers, more exploit classes, and more products and services covered.

This will take Apple’s security to the next level. All good things for Apple’s users. 

Behind The Mac Stagnation

Interesting perspective on the lack of updates across the Mac (minus the new MacBook) line over at ExtremeTech

Apple has held off on making fundamental platform changes precisely because it’s been waiting for the underlying technology to advance enough to make the changes worthwhile. Given the frustration of sorting through hundreds of nearly identical laptops from multiple manufacturers every time a friend or family member asks for help choosing a laptop, I’m not sure I can blame them.

Yup. When Apple debuts their updated Macs this fall, people are going to be glad they waited. There’s some truly innovative stuff coming soon. Patience.

Apple Celebrates One Billion iPhones

Apple has announced it has sold its One Billionth iPhone. Big milestone.

Their press release below:

Cupertino, California July 27, 2016

At an employee meeting in Cupertino this morning, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.

“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”