• Friday Morning News

    OK, now I"m convinced: with the new images that show off the champagne iPhone 5S, I'm now convinced it's actually a decent-looking phone. The ingot-gold version that earlier photos showed looked super tacky, but this champagne one just oozes class. It's honestly something I'd consider buying now. Meanwhile, every colour of the iPhone 5C has leaked, and the only really interesting thing here is that there apparently won't be a black iPhone 5C. Actually, scratch that last.

    A scratch test of the iPhone 5C's back by one Taiwanese website has revealed the back is quite scratch-resistant, even when put into a pocket-simulating plastic bag with keys, screws, and other items. ZDNet's interpretation of this speculates the back of the iPhone 5C might be manufactured from a nitride-coated version of Liquidmetal, a material that as far as we know hasn't been widely used in any Apple product thus far.

    September's shaping up to be a spectacularly busy time for Apple. We've got the rumoured iPhone and iPad event on the 10th, the release of iOS 7 and iTunes Radio (and maybe even OS X Mavericks), and now, AppleInsider is reporting we'll also see the release of Haswell-based MacBook Pros within the same kind of timeframe. I'm not entirely convinced Haswell CPUs will do for the Retina MacBook Pro as they did for the Retina-less MacBook Air in terms of battery life, but we'll just have to wait and see.

    Speaking of iTunes Radio, Ad Age has a new report which details how the ads in iTunes Radio will work. According to them, iTunes Radio is set to launch in September with audio ads every 15 minutes and video ads every hour. Like a previous report detailed, users will be able to opt-out of ads by subscribing to iTunes Match.

    Apple has acquired another mapping-related app, and this time, it's Embark who have been acquired for their focus on public transport. Embark is a popular public transport app that's used in a few cities in the US, suggesting that Apple are looking to built out their public-transport database, where Google Maps currently leads.

    The good ol' aluminium unibody has been used for a number of years now, and while it's still as durable as it ever was, Apple can't just sit around on their laurels forever. A new patent from Apple describes a seamless, flexible hinge that bends according to some geometric pattern, making for more suitable connections between separate parts. If that description doesn't make sense, check out the pictures which should give you a better idea of how the tech works.

    Reuters has a profile of Tim Cook this morning, two years after he assumed the position of CEO. We're just beginning to enter the period where Tim Cook calls the shots at Apple, and he's already shown how much he cares for the production line with his supplier sustainability initiative, but it's only now that we're seeing the kind of change he's had at Apple.

    Continuing their improved focus on iOS and education, Apple has revamped their education page which shows off a number of new resources for teachers and educators to tap into, both with the iPad and with the Mac. Schools are rolling out iPads and Macs faster than ever these days, and it's all because they know they have the backing they need.

    The new Find my iPhone icon (and app) has been updated to iOS 7, and I like the flatter design of the radar. An update earlier only allowed registered developers to sign into the app, but according to Apple that bug has now been rectified.

    Oh, and last but not least: OS X Mavericks update 6 went live around lunchtime yesterday. There aren't any big changes, so it's a pretty safe bet to assume that there were a few bug fixes. You know, the usual.
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