Apple has introduced FineWoven, a premium material replacing leather for Apple Watch bands, iPhone cases, and MagSafe wallets. FineWoven, a microtwill fabric, contains 68% post-consumer recycled material and boasts a suede-like feel. By introducing FineWoven cases, Apple aims to substantially reduce carbon emissions when compared to leather.
Apple is committed to making all its products carbon neutral by 2030. The company touts its systematic approach, targeting the biggest emission sources in a product's life cycle: electricity, materials, and transportation. Apple aims to slash emissions significantly before using high-quality carbon credits from nature-based projects to offset unavoidable emissions.
Apple had its annual meet-and-greet for new products, this time featuring the iPhone 15 series. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus come with a sleek design overhaul, showcasing a textured matte finish on a back made fully of glass. This new design aesthetic, combined with a contoured edge, makes for a visually appealing and ergonomic device. Ceramic Shield technology is incorporated to enhance durability.
Google Photos now offers iPhone users the Locked Folder feature, previously exclusive to Android. This privacy-focused feature provides a secure space within the app, requiring iOS authentication such as Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode for access.
Mental health logging on iPhone, first introduced with the iOS 17 update, is a feature designed to help users monitor and manage their emotional well-being. This tool is integrated into the Apple Health app, expanding its capabilities beyond physical health tracking.