It is Sunday today, which means it is time to take a look at the most interesting stories of the past seven days. Are you ready? If so, then let’s not waste time and start right now.
According to Apple’s latest patent filing, the guys from Cupertino have recently created a new material that looks and feels like metal, but actually is a frequency-transparent plastic. This invention can possibly allow Apple to get rid of the antenna bands that can be found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and create a smartphone with an incredibly sleek design. Below you may take a look at the mockup of the handset made of this new material compared to the iPhone 6.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release two next-generation iPhones later this year. People familiar with the matter claim these handsets will be called the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. This smartphones will reportedly get new processors, 2GB of RAM, the support of Force Touch technology and a bunch of other hardware improvements. If to speak about the software, the devices will use iOS 9 and boast of a new Music app supporting Apple’s upcoming streaming music service.
Apple has earlier this week quietly removed the original iPad mini from its online store. This means that it is not possible to purchase this device directly from Apple’s virtual marketplace anymore. In case you don’t know, the smaller version of the iPad was released in 2012 and could boast of the 7.9-inch display, Apple A5 processor, 512MB of RAM and 5-megapixel camera. Frankly speaking, it’s high time the guys from Cupertino removed this device from the store. You see, there are currently two other iPad mini models that are more powerful and efficient.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the next-generation Apple Watch will boast of a number of new features aimed at making it a more independent device. Some of the new features may be added to the watchOS 2.0, which is expected to be officially released in the near future.
According to the latest report from a research firm Slice Intelligence, Apple has sold about 2.79 million Apple Watch units since the launch of the device this April. The estimates made by the researchers are based on the mail receipts from two million users. As noted by Slice Intelligence, out of these two million people, nearly 20.000 have purchased the long-awaited wearable device. Moreover, 17% of the customers have decided to buy an additional band for the smartwatch. That’s definitely not bad for Apple.
According to the latest report from a usually reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s next-generation iPhone may get a body made out of 7000 Series aluminum. In case you don’t know, this is the material used in the Apple Watch Sport. This alloy is 60% stronger than usual aluminum, however, it is just the same in weight.
According to the latest report from Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, the guys from Cupertino expect strong demand for the next-generation iPhone. The experts, however, don’t think that Apple will manage to sell more iPhones than last year. You see, the devices that come after a major redesign and a noticeable hardware enhancement are usually less popular among Apple customers and Android switchers. Still, Apple may invent something unusual to lure customers.
According to the latest report from security researchers, Apple’s OS X and iOS have a vulnerability that allows hackers to steal passwords from all the applications installed on a device. The report comes from a reliable source, The Register, that is why I think we can believe it. This software bug affects not only those apps that are installed from the App Store or other sources, but even the native apps like Mail. What is interesting is that the vulnerability was first found in October 2014. This means that the guys from Cupertino either ignore or have difficulties in fixing the problem.
According to the latest report from BGR reporters, Apple Stores in the United States of America have recently begun receiving Apple Watch units for in-store availability. This indicates that in the near future, the long-awaited wearable device will become available for in-store pickup. Looks like it’s time to make online reservations for the gadget.
As you probably know, Apple has a special page on its website that is dedicated to the photos and videos shot using the iPhone. The guys from Cupertino have recently updated this page with a four new short videos. You can find them either below, or on Apple’s official website under the "World Gallery films" section.
Apple on Monday seeded the sixth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to developers for testing. The release took place in about a week after the release of the fifth beta and nearly two months after the debut of the very first testing build of OS X 10.10.4. As usual, the latest version can boast of a number of stability and security enhancements. There are no new features and that is quite obvious as this is only a minor update.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on the new version of watchOS for the Apple Watch. The next iteration of the operating system for Apple’s wearable device will boast two serious improvements, namely, the ability to connect to known Wi-Fi hotspots without the iPhone and new push complications. Of course, Apple will add lots of stability, security and performance enhancements, but the two features mentioned above are surely the most awaited. The exact date of watchOS 2 release remains unknown. All we know is that it will be made available for public this fall.
A new thing that points to the release of the larger iPad called presumably iPad Pro in the near future has been recently discovered by iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith. This proof is the new hidden keyboard found in iOS 9, which is capable of scaling to the larger screen and which can boast of several new keys and symbols.
It is Sunday today, which means it is high time I told you about the most popular posts of the past seven days. In order not to waste our time, let’s take a look at the interesting articles right now.