The first high-resolution photos of the cheaper iPhone's back have emerged, and you know what? It doesn't look half bad. The curved design takes its cues from the shape of the iPhone 5 whilst also subtly nodding at previous iPhones with curved backs, such as the iPhone 3G and 3GS. It's speculated pricing for the cheaper iPhone will be on par with the price of the iPhone when purchased outright and off-contract.
Rumour has it the new iPhone's camera and LED flash will be two separate components. The camera and flash in the iPhone 5 are physically connected, but according to a part leak those components will be separated in the next iPhone, possibly due to how the next iPhone will feature a dual LED flash for better low-light images.
Apple has unveiled the iBooks for Mac app for the first time, which comes along with the fifth developer preview of OS X Mavericks. It's the first look we've had at the iBooks app which was first revealed at WWDC earlier this year, and 9to5Mac has a few screenshots of the new app.
A security flaw in Chrome reveals a user's stored passwords in plaintext without any further authentication, and it's literally five clicks before you can see a password. The lead security developer working on Chrome doesn't think this is a big deal, and I can see where he's coming from (you'll have larger problems if someone has physical access to your machine), but still, seems like something's not quite right.
Horace Deidu of Asymco compares Apple and Amazon as two different companies with differing business strategies. Worth a read.
App updates galore: the recent Foursquare update brings nothing but speed improvements, with the release notes climbing it now loads twice as fast, letting you get your all-important work mayorship locked down in half the time. The cross-platform messing app WhatsApp now lets you send voice messages across the service and has the push-to-talk implementation to back it up.
The folks over at Facebook have been busy, too: an update to Facebook Messenger adds support for attaching photos created in Instagram, along with any other album you might have on your iOS device. And there's an Instagram update that lets you import video you shot outside of Instagram, as well as automatically straightening your photos.
I was all set to recommend Wrapsol to a friend who wanted some kind of protective material for their MacBook Pro that didn't add bulk, and I was disappointed to learn that Wrapsol were no longer doing business. My next choice would be something along the lines of an InvisibleShield or similar, but if you're looking for something a little more… premium, there's a synthetic leather cover that does a similar kind of thing.
The Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher is all set to launch in Australia on August 29th, and there's a new trailer out today that shows a few new scenes. The Jobs biopic is the first movie to focus on the life of Steve Jobs, with the second from Sony currently in production, written by Aaron Sorkin, whom you might know from The Social Network.
I'm curious: if someone asked you which product had made a bigger impact on technology, would you pick the iPhone, or the iPad? One analyst has written about how the iPad is good, but falls short of the iPhone's legacy.