Tag Archives: iPhone 6

Fun, cheap wearable; Tag Heuer; Petronome; iPhone 6 NFC; Quotably; Mix; physics GUI

Fun wearable is affordable, waterproof and doesn't need charging
Fun wearable is affordable, waterproof and doesn’t need charging

Misfit Flash is an affordable, fun, and waterproof wearable — The new Misfit Flash (US$49.99) is from the same company that introduced the Shine. Misfit is the company co-founded by none other than ex-Apple-and-Pepsi CEO John Sculley along with Sonny Vu and Sridhar Iyengar.
Flash is made out of a soft-touch plastic for comfort and it’s waterproof down to 30 meters and doesn’t need charging. It will track your activity and sleep, tell you the time, and sync with the Misfit App on your iPhone but doesn’t arrive till October.
[Not much on the display, though!]

Tag Heuer wants to make a smartwatch, too — TAG Heuer has decided it wants to make a smartwatch too. “We want to launch a smartwatch at TAG Heuer,” Jean-Claude Biver, who oversees watchmaking brands for owner LVMH, explained to Sweden’s NZZ am Sonntag newspaper, “but it must not copy the Apple Watch.”
[Trade in the Porsche.]

Stay adorably in tempo with Petronome — Petronome is a free app that offers itself as a standard metronome with animal noises instead of the typical click sounds to make music practice more exciting for your child.
[Woof. Woof. Woof … that’s not going to get annoying.]

iPhone 6 has NFC …but only for Apple Pay — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus definitely have NFC functionality, as confirmed on-stage during the presentation of Apple Pay, but when it comes to using the chip for anything other than Apple’s own payment system, it really doesn’t have near-field capabilities. Meanwhile, PayPal and the credit card companies get excited.

Quotely for iPhone saves memories for new parents — Children are masters of saying unintentionally hilarious things. Quotely for iPhone (free) lets parents and other caregivers capture these funny moments easily, for sharing or reminiscing.

Mix by FiftyThree expands on the popular, award-winning drawing app Paper — It makes it more collaborative. Now you can sketch, paint, draw and work on a project with a co-worker or friend, with Mix pushing updates to participating devices. And the best part of all is you needn’t be an accomplished artist.

Apple’s patented physics-based iPad GUI translates file size into mass, supports intuitive gestures — Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

iPhone 6 preorder records, 6-core GPU, .15% from Apple Pay, HealthKit & hospitals

iPhone 6 has broken preorder records (picture form Apple Inc). NZ gets the new iPhone from 26th September.
iPhone 6 has broken preorder records (picture from Apple Inc). NZ gets the new iPhone from 26th September.

Apple confirms it sold four million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in first day of pre-orders — Apple today announced record-breaking pre-orders of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handset with orders exceeding 4 million units in the first day of availability The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus beats out previously announced pre-order sales of the 2012 iPhone 5 and 2011 iPhone 4S, which reached two million and one million first day sales, respectively.

Apple’s A8 SoC likely carrying new 6-core PowerVR GPU, clocked at 1.4GHz with 1GB RAM — Apple boasts massive performance improvements in its latest A-series processor in iPhone 6: up to 84x over the first-generation iPhone. The company is thought to have achieved those gains by moving to a new 6-core GPU design alongside a slightly redesigned application processor, data suggests.

Apple’s HealthKit powering ambitious new medical trials at Stanford, Duke — Apple’s new HealthKit tools in iOS 8 are the centrepiece of two separate medical trials about to kick off at prominent US hospitals, aiming to help in treatment of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Another article tells how hospitals will use HealthKit to monitor your vitals.

Apple will reportedly receive .15% from all Apple Pay transactions — The Financial Times is reporting Apple will receive a small percentage from each transaction consumers complete with Apple Pay, the company’s recently announced mobile payment platform. So more than just a means to drive iPhone sales, Apple Pay will also serve to pad Apple’s bottom line. [Of course!]

Numerics number visualiser updated — Visualise all your vital business statistics, live, in one place. Numerics helps you know your numbers, focus on your goals and make better decisions. v1.1 gets a Custom JSON integration provider that can consume and render 9 unique types of widgets out of custom data from any business system with minimal programming on the business system end. It’s a free app.

iPhone 6 screen sizes, competitors react, trading in, Joswiak, Apple Watch

What size for you? To me it comes down to pocketable compared to not pocketable
What size for you? To me it comes down to pocketable compared to not pocketable

Shedding light on iPhone 6 screen sizes and one-handed use — Steve Sande works it all out for you. [Image, left, from Apple online.]

How easy it is to mine Apple services, devices for data — Digital safety is on everyone’s mind after the massive iCloud breach that resulted in many celebrity nude photos leaking across the Internet. While the company has promised fixes to both its mobile operating system and cloud storage service in the coming weeks, the perception of Apple’s current security feels iffy at best. Ars Technica demonstrates the dangers.

Infographic hilariously compares two-year-old Nexus 4 with iPhone 6 — Android fan and Ars Technica Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo created an amusing infographic comparing Apple’s latest iPhone 6 with the Nexus 4. It not-so-subtly implies Apple’s hardware is years behind Google’s cutting edge technology.

Samsung ads attack Apple’s Watch, iPhone 6, live stream blunder — Samsung is being quick to the punch: barely a day after Apple’s iPhone and Watch media event, Samsung Mobile began posting a series of web ads mocking Apple’s recent product announcements from all angles. [It’s the John Key Method – but both these instances discount the most important thing to me: it’s not about the specs, it’s about a better iPhone for my Apple ecosystem.]

So why are people trading in their Samsungs? The unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 6 handsets has unsurprisingly fuelled a flood of trade-in requests from previous-generation iPhone owners lured by the new devices’ larger displays and bonus features. But they’re not the only ones preparing to make the jump — many owners of smartphones from Apple’s chief rival Samsung are also eager to upgrade their experience.

Apple exec Greg Joswiak to be interviewed at Code/Mobile conference in October — In a rare public interview, Apple Vice President Greg Joswiak will appear onstage at the Code/Mobile conference in late October, where he will discuss his company’s fall 2014 lineup, set to include the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Watch tidbits: One-day battery life, but a smart anti-theft trick — Some extra details on the Apple Watch have trickled out over the past couple days, filling in a couple of the blanks in Apple’s big announcement.
One of the bigger lingering questions was what to expect for battery life, as Apple made no mention of it during the press event. But speaking to Re/code, Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris confirm that users should get used to a nightly charge. [Expect lots of third-party nightstand accessories shortly.]

EA announces upcoming SimCity BuildIt for iOS — EA has announced that it will bring a new version of its popular SimCity franchise to iOS. The SimCity BuildIt game keeps the same city planner theme of earlier titles, but is designed from the ground up for gaming on the go.

Coming shortly — Five new tips.

Lots more information about iPhone 6, Apple Watch; Apple Pay, Lightning headphones, picTrove

Apple expects Watch users will need to charge it nightly
Apple expects Watch users will need to charge it nightly

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: what you need to know — Macworld has a good overview, TUAW explains about how many more pixels they have, the Mac Observer has a hands on to help you choose, AppleInsider explains how the bigger phones have been designed to be used one-handed, and has also created a printable iPhone 6 pre-order picker can help you choose the right size model.

Apple Watch users will need to recharge nightly — Apple is still working to improve uptime before launch. But Apple expects people to charge it nightly, suggesting the battery life will offer about one day of operation. Macworld has three Apple Watch features that will make you think differently about smartwatches, and also has a What you need to know, plus 5 things the Apple Watch can do, and 5 things it can’t.
And the Apple Watch isn’t waterproof. All the Apple Watch promotional videos are now viewable online. There’s more on battery life plus the important fact (for me anyway) that Apple Watch does support left-handed use. Apple didn’t offer specifics, but it appears as if left-handed use will be supported via a setting.

Parody Apple Watch vid — A parody video at YouTube details Apple’s ‘Pleasantly Plump Little Electronic Watch‘.

Apple to collect swipe fees from banks for Apple Pay transactions – report — [No real surprise but] Apple’s new Apple Pay system has the potential to become a huge revenue driver, as the iPhone maker has reportedly reached agreements with its partner banks to take a cut of the revenue earned from so-called “swipe fees” when consumers make purchases through the platform.

Philips announces Fidelo M2L, the first-ever Apple Lightning headphones with 24-bit DAC audio — The first-ever Lightning-connected headphones for iOS devices are coming from Philips, offering 24-bit digital to analog conversion thanks to the use of Apple’s proprietary connector. [Sound quality promises to be excellent over Lightning.]

picTrove free — picTrove Pro 1.8.14 (US$9.99, iOS Universal) is free this weekend (Sat 12 – Sun 13 September) to promote the launch of TraversienT Inc’s new app picTrove 2 Pro ($4.99, iOS Universal).

Apple’s iPhone 6 press release for NZ, verbatim (inc. NZ on-sale date)

Apple Announces iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus—The Biggest Advancements in iPhone History
Dramatically Thin Design Features Stunning Retina HD Displays, Powerful A8 Chip, Advanced Cameras & Apple Pay
CUPERTINO, California – 10 September, 2014 – Apple® today announced iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodised aluminium that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight® and FaceTime® HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay™, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger.¹ Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType™ keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive℠.
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”
For the first time iPhone is available in two new sizes: iPhone 6 features a stunning 4.7-inch Retina® HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38 percent more viewing area than iPhone 5s, while iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels than iPhone 5s. The Retina HD displays offer advanced technologies including higher contrast for deeper blacks and dual-domain pixels for more accurate colours at wider viewing angles.
With second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the all-new A8 chip offers faster performance and is more energy efficient, delivering higher sustained performance with great battery life. With Metal™, a new graphics technology in iOS 8, developers can take performance of the A8 chip even further to bring console-class 3D games to iPhone. The A8 chip also includes a new, powerful Apple-designed image signal processor that enables advanced camera and video features.
Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation. The M8 motion coprocessor can continuously measure your motion data, even when the device is asleep, saving battery life for fitness apps that use the sensors all day. With iOS 8, motion data from M8 appears in the Health app so you can see how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, or how far you’ve walked or run. Developers can use CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M8 and HealthKit to create apps that help you take better care of your health and fitness.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID™; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.
The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilisation technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilisation and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.
With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling.² With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.³
The new iPhones come with iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, delivering a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience and new features including QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive. With more than 4,000 new APIs, iOS 8 allows developers to further customise the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users also have access to the revolutionary App Store, which offers more than 1.3 million apps* to iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space grey, and will be available in New Zealand for a recommended retail price of NZD$999 inc. GST for the 16GB model, NZD$1,149 inc. GST for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for NZD$1,299 inc. GST. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space grey, and will be available in New Zealand for a recommended retail price of NZD$1,149 inc. GST for the 16GB model, NZD$1,299 inc. GST for the 64GB model and NZD$1,449 inc. GST for the new 128GB model. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/nz/store) and through Sprint, Vodafone, 2degrees additional carriers and select Apple Authorised Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in New Zealand beginning on Friday, 26 September.
Apple-designed leather cases will be available in black, soft pink, olive brown, midnight blue and (RED) for recommended retail price NZD$69 inc. GST for iPhone 6 and NZD$75 inc. GST for iPhone 6 Plus and silicone cases in black, blue, pink, green, white and (RED) for recommended retail price NZD$49 inc. GST for iPhone 6 and NZD$59 inc. GST for iPhone 6 Plus through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/nz/store) and select Apple Authorised Resellers.
iPhone 5s will be available in New Zealand for a recommended retail price of NZD$849 inc. GST for the 16GB model and NZD$929 inc. GST for the 32GB model, and an iPhone 5c 8GB model will be available for NZD$619 inc. GST. iOS 8 swill be available as a free software update starting on Wednesday, 17 September. Some features may not be available on all products. Apple Pay will be available to US customers as a free software update to iOS 8 this October.
¹ Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US-only as a free update to iOS 8 this October.
² LTE, VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.
³ Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.
*App count refers to the total number of apps worldwide.

iPhone 6 x2, Watch, iOS8 and more from Apple’s big announcements


Apple's two new iPhone 6 sizes compared to iPhone 5 on the left
Apple’s two new iPhone 6 sizes compared to iPhone 5 on the left

iPhone 6 in two sizes (the 6 and 6 Plus) feature greatly increased battery life — Apple has introduced two new iPhone models, one of which has a whopping 5.5-inch display. Seeing as how Apple has always valued one-handed use, it has implemented a few UI tweaks to improve usability. On the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, users can turn the device into landscape mode and essentially use it like a miniaturised iPad Mini (picture above from this link).
Don’t like the battery life on your iPhone 5 or 5s? Apple’s new, larger iPhones both feature increased battery life figures, and the 6 Plus battery stats are particularly impressive.
The iPhone 5s battery featured 10 hours of 3G talk, 10 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing, and 40 hours of audio playback, the iPhone 6 boasts 14, 11, and 50 hours respectively. The iPhone 6 Plus has 24 hours of talk, 12 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 80 hours of audio playback. The 32GB capacity for iPhone 6 is not available – the storage sizes are 16, 64 & 128GB starting at US$199.

NZ prices just in — iPhone 6 from NZ$999, 6 Plus from 1149.

Standby times — iPhone 6 is the same 10 days as on the 5s; iPhone 6 Plus increases that figure to 16 days – over two weeks of standby time without a plug-in.
The iPhone 6 features a new, powerful A8 chip. It’s 50 percent more energy efficient than the previous generation. The new phone also has boosted LTE specs and wifi calling. It will be available in the US from 19th September, where the iPhone 5 models are now cheaper.

New cameras — The 2 new cameras offer True Tone Flash, 1.5 micron pixels, a fast ƒ2.2 aperture, and a new sensor. A new feature is what Apple calls ‘focus pixels’ which changes to the sensor use phase detection autofocus for speed and better accuracy – it’s two times as fast as previous iPhones. Apple is promising tone mapping and better noise reduction, helpful in dimly lit scenes.

AppleWatchApple Watch: Yes indeed, but not till next year — It will come in two sizes and three collections, with six different strap styles. The new fashion-focused Apple Watch will come in a wide variety of styles and two different sizes, aiming to offer the right device for a each user’s particular style and needs. It include built-in Messaging, Navigation, Photos and third-party apps (Besides Apple apps, the company also introduced Watchkit, which will allow for the development of third-party apps). Apple Watch starts at US$349 and launches in early 2015. There are many more details here, and it has communicative emojis.

iPhone 6 also introduced Apple Pay — Apple is taking on mobile payments in a big way. Every day Americans make 200 million transactions using credit cards. Apple wants to simplify that: rather than take your card out of your wallet or purse and swipe it in the machine with every purchase, the iPhone 6 allows you to simply swipe your phone over a sensor at the point of sale.
Apple is opening an ApplePay API to developers in iOS 8

… and the iOS 8 update available publicly on September 17 — Apple today announced that it is rolling out iOS 8 to public starting September 17, which is two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this year at WWDC with significant changes to the underlying OS, including a new Health app with HealthKit API, new HomeKit API, support for third-party keyboards and more. MacObserver has a guide to preparing your devices for iOS 8.

Cook’s iPad speed bump, Minnesota iPads, Instagram, Hyperlapse, Likes, and ‘the new iPhone 6’

Hot dog! It's iPhone 6
Hot dog! It’s iPhone 6

Tim Cook calls slumping iPad sales a ‘speed bump’ — Though Apple’s earnings results last quarter were exceptional, tech observers couldn’t help but notice that iPad sales only came in at 13.3 million units, a 9.2% decrease from the same quarter a year ago. What’s more, iPad sales during the March quarter were also down year over year, by about 19% to be exact.
Tim Cook, though, remains thoroughly optimistic about the iPad and its future prospects.

Minnesota plans to roll out 40,000 iPads for students — Apple’s deal with the LA Unified School District may have fallen through due to a variety of factors, but Minnesota’s St Paul School District remains committed to deploying 40,000 iPads to students as soon as possible. The district will supply Apple’s tablets to 37 schools by January 2015, which will conclude the first phase of the rollout. The remaining schools will be targeted for iPads in the following school year, until all 61 locations are equipped.

Hyperlapse by Instagram creates time lapse magic — Instagram has unleashed yet another amazing tool for capturing your world in photos and video.
The free Hyperlapse app from Instagram adds motion to the mix — time lapse motion. And it you’re into Instagram, Likes lets you save the pictures

YouTube Find: Is this the new iPhone 6? Doldo411 of Second City Network introduces us to the iPhone 6 in what he claims is the biggest leak in Apple history. Will you be line-waiting for this one next month? [Main picture, above. And yes, this is humour.]

The long and the slow and the Swift

Typical shoddy image of something on the ’net that's supposed to mean something for a new iPhone
Typical shoddy image of something on the ’net that’s supposed to mean something for a new iPhone

Well, here it is folks, Apple Watch (number 486 no less) is here, now on Mac NZ until further notice, in which I will continue to divine goodness-knows-what (goodness, at least) from Apple’s rather scant tealeaves at least once a week. I mean, there are plenty of rumours that seem to emanate mysteriously from third-party suppliers, but I don’t believe anything until an Apple announcement, and I (usually) shy away from passing on rumours.

Speaking of which, of course, there’s an Apple announcement coming up on the 9th September. We’ll know more (in New Zealand) the following day, so eyes on the 10th.
And what might that announcement be? The most leaks have been about Apple releasing ‘bigger’ iPhones, which worries me as this once again means Apple is following the competition rather than leading it. You could say the same, for example, about the iPad mini following smaller-format tablets that other tech companies released; Steve Jobs had vowed Apple would never make a smaller iPad. (Please note, I have one and I love it.)
Once upon a time the shoe was on the other foot: Apple was fighting off (very publicly, in the courts) those who looked like they had copied Apple’s lead. As an Apple fan, of course, I’d have to hope new, bigger iPhones (if that’s what’s coming) have a lot more going for them than just bigger screens. Because bigger screens by themselves … I don’t get, for two main reasons: 1/ a bigger iPhone is for that limited market of people who don’t want a phone and a tablet, but one device that serves as both; and 2/ why would I want a phone that’s bigger, heavier and harder talk on, and that hardly fits in my pocket? Not to mention it would be easier for potential thieves to spot.

But hey, we can’t get carried away. There are plenty of other rumours that may or may not bear fruit (ha-ha) on North America’s 9th September: Retina iMacs, Retina MacBook Airs, Retina Thunderbolt displays (I’m discerning a certain theme) … not to mention, of course, some kind of wearable thing (the Legendary and Mythical iWatch), a new Mac mini (it could do with a refresh) and some may even remember last year’s rumour de jour, the Apple Television (although this one I always thought was crazy).
And if you look at all the sudden special prices announced on various Macs across New Zealand, it may well be new Macs that form at least part of the announcement: Apple likes to get rid of stocks of outgoing models and its resellers don’t like being saddled with ‘old’ models, either. Sales flurry – and you don’t see deals very often with Apple products, so yes it’s significant.
Of course, Apple could just be releasing the finished versions of Yosemite (aka Mac OS 10.10) and iOS 8. I mean, we actually know they are coming for sure, we just don’t know when beyond Apple’s release forecast of ‘fall’ (ie, the northern autumn). But that release vaguery does allow Apple three months of wiggle room to get things right.

Which brings me back to Swift, the new programmer language Apple announced at WWDC this June. The reason I find Swift so exciting is that it give programmers even more scope to make even greater things. Because, bare-bones, there isn’t all that much to differentiate an iPhone or iPad or Mac from its various competitors, hardware wise. Sure, they’re usually designed to a higher standard. And they’re assembled to a higher standard. Most importantly for Apple users, they all go in to make the criticised (and much loved by Apple fans) ‘ecosystem’ in that they all work together to be more than the sum of their parts.
But the real advantage is as a platform for excellent software. The iPhone, once developers got their hands on Software Development Kits, really took off once their ingenuity could get to work, building incredible apps and services.

No, I’m not saying Android developers aren’t geniuses too. You’re geniuses too, OK? I’m just saying an iPhone wouldn’t be all that fantastic with just Apple’s stock apps on it (and if you think it is, boy are you missing out!). But with ten of my favourite apps on it, it’s utterly indispensable.
But in the realm of leaks and secrecy, Apple worked on Swift for four years, and when it was released, no one had a clue it was coming. Over five thousands WWDC attendee mouths opened all at once on that one. Of course, Swift was developed entirely in house at Apple Inc, Cupertino.
If ever there was a reason Apple might bring its production back to the US, it might be because Apple would have much tighter control over the entire supply chain than it seemingly has now – barely a day goes by that some nondescript part for the purported new Apple whatever doesn’t appear on the ’net (like the image above, from, understandably, MacRumors, supposedly from the 3x resolution of resolution of 1704 x 960). This kind of thing must drive Tim Cook to distraction, and I sympathise.

But when we finally get our deliciously free prime updates to the software for Mac and iDevice, we’ll see the first real results of what that release of Swift actually meant back in June. Real world.
And that’s exciting.

[By the way, feedback is welcome. There’s a Leave a Comment link at the top. Don’t bother venting your spleen at me for liking Apple, and don’t use swearwords, as I get to approve/delete comments. PC and Android lovers comments are otherwise most welcome – the Herald cut loads out, in case you were wondering. And Cameron Slater: don’t even think about it! You’re possibly the only NZ Apple user I’m embarrassed about, or if there are others, you’d be at the very top of the list by a long way. And since Macs are so secure, how on earth did you manage to get yours hacked? So I assume it was your server, not your Mac.]