Apple executives have good reason to celebrate today after landing an Emmy for the company's 2013 holiday commercial, which seems to offer some vindication from recent criticisms of Cupertino's latest marketing efforts. The iPhone 6 also makes another appearance in today's Morning Report, along with a known Apple copycat striking again with its latest mobile OS.
MacRumors spent the weekend digging up further details on Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6, starting Friday evening with a photo from Macotakara allegedly revealing a 2,915mAh battery pack intended for the 5.5-inch model and featuring the Apple part number 616-0675. The external markings line up against previous battery packs from the iPhone, suggesting Cupertino could trump the capacity of its closest rival, Samsung's Galaxy S5, which uses a 2,800mAh battery.
On Saturday morning, MacRumors followed up that report with another from Nowhereelse.fr offering a look at 1,810mAh and 2,100mAh batteries reportedly intended for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, although it's unclear which of the capacities Apple might actually wind up using. Last week, an analyst claimed the company would utilize a 2,100mAh battery pack, so the photographic evidence would seem to support this.
Last but not least, MacRumors reported early Monday (via G for Games) that a newly leaked schematic from Chinese repair firm GeekBar appears to confirm the iPhone 6 will come with 1GB of RAM, although it's unclear whether the schematic is from the rumored 5.5-inch model or the more traditional 4.7-inch model. 1GB wouldn't exactly be a surprise, given the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and even iPhone 5c all come with the same amount of RAM, even as Android rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) have doubled that amount to 2GB.
Apple Scores Emmy Award for "Misunderstood" Commercial
9to5Mac reported Sunday that Apple's 2013 holiday television spot "Misunderstood" landed a Creative Arts Emmy Award for "most outstanding commercial." The spot, cooked up by the minds at TBWA\Media Arts Lab and produced by Park Pictures, shows a teenager using his iPhone 5s to film and edit a family holiday movie, which is then presented to everyone on an Apple TV via AirPlay.
Apple faced some pretty stiff competition from the likes of GE ("Childlike Imagination"), Budweiser ("A Hero's Welcome" and "Puppy Love"), and Nike ("Possibilities"). The 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony will be televised on August 25.
Xiaomi Fires Up Apple Copier Again for Latest Android Skin
TechCrunch today reported that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has just given a pretty significant nod toward Apple's iOS 7 with its latest operating system release. MIUI 6 is actually a reskinned version of Android described as having "iOS 7-like flat icons and gradient rainbow colors," but the comparison goes beyond icons and borders on a flat-out ripoff when it comes to preloaded apps including calendar, compass, and calculator, which all bear more than a passing resemblance to Apple's own software.
Former Google executive Hugo Barra and now Xiaomi global VP recently defended his company's aping of Apple, which also included the use of the Aperture icon in a Photoshopped product shot, a mistake Barra blamed on a lazy designer.