AWT News Update: July 12, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus case via

iPhone 7 Plus case via

Kind of a slow day for Apple news, but we have some iPhone 7 rumors, news of a Pokémon Go update, and talk of some new features in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra:

  • Surprisingly sharp photos show an iPhone 7 Plus with a dual lens camera, Smart Connector mute switch!
  • An update to Pokémon Go fixes the issue with Google getting unrestricted access to your account
  • Dark Mode may be coming to iOS and macOS soon

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 12, 2016.

Usually we start seeing blurry photos of new Apple devices a few months in advance of their actual release. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are no exception, but this year we’re seeing some pretty sharp images of what are purported to be the new phones. The photos are coming via the French Apple website, and yesterday’s picture of the iPhone 7 showed a much larger camera lens along with a more slender design and antenna lines that have been moved from their present locations on the iPhone 6 and 6s models. Today’s photo shows the iPhone 7 Plus with some new features, including a two-lens camera and a Smart Connector. But there’s also something missing that’s been on every iPhone from day one — a mute switch. Personally, I don’t think the lack of a mute switch is that big a deal since the functionality of the switch can be easily implemented in Control Center. But it’s sure to shake up some people, especially those who like to physically flip the mute switch when they’re in meetings or theaters to insure that they won’t hear a thing. Of course, the leaked photos could be of a prototype that won’t make it to market, but at least we only have about two more months to wait for a new iPhone.

If you’re one of the three people in the US who has not downloaded the Pokémon Go app, you can just skip this part of the podcast. For the rest of you, listen up — the first update of Pokémon Go has been released for iOS. The iOS version had inadvertently allowed Google unrestricted account access, but that has been fixed — both by developer Niantic and Google. In addition. some crash issues have been fixed, as well as the removal of repeated user and password credentials after a forced logout, and added stability with the Pokémon Trainer Club account login process. As noted previously on the AWT News Update, remember to stay safe while you’re out and about hunting little monsters.

Finally, macOS Sierra might include an improved Dark Mode that works beyond the Dock and menu bar. A developer has posted images of the Sierra System Preferences window running with a dark background, as well as Safari. The Safari screen also appeared to have translucency, showing the home screen through the background. A similar feature was found in the iOS beta, and it may be that Apple is planning to roll out Dark Mode across platforms. Some pundits have wondered if Apple is looking toward a future with OLED screens on Macs and iOS devices, as switching to dark mode could save power on those devices since OLED panels actually shut off power to individual pixels to show a pure black color.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.