Apple roundup: Board additions, iPhone battery, sapphire

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Tim Cook is "actively seeking new directors" for Apple's (AAPL +2.1%) board, the WSJ reports. The paper notes the 8-person board currently has 6 directors aged 63 or older, and is "known for its loyalty" to Steve Jobs.

The WSJ also highlights the differences between Cook and Jobs' management styles - One ex-employee: "The only thing that Steve cared about was creating great products ... Tim is much more worried about everything at the company." - and recent moves that point to strategy shifts, such as allowing Beats to keep its brand and significantly expanding what developers are allowed to do with iOS/Mac OS.

It also airs concerns among current/former employees Apple is spreading itself too thin. "It was Steve's job to say no," says one of them. "Tim is not as comfortable doing that."

Chinese site IT168 reports the 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone 6 models will respectively have 1800mAh and 2,500mAh batteries - considerably larger than the iPhone 5S' 1560mAh battery - thanks to their extra real estate.

Larger batteries are generally the norm for bigger phones - the Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAH battery. The report comes as Google gets set to roll out Android L, which promises a big improvement in Android's oft-criticized battery life.

Sonny Dickson has leaked a video said to show a 4.7" iPhone 6 front panel sporting sapphire cover glass. GT Advanced (GTAT) has been busy ramping sapphire production for Apple this year. A June report from the hit-and-miss Economic Daily News stated only the 5.5" iPhone 6 will have sapphire cover glass, due to production limits.