Like every Sunday, I’d like to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Let’s start.
Ahead of the long-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off on Monday, the guys from Cupertino showed us a large OS X 10.10 banner. This may indicate that aside from iOS 8, at WWDC Apple will officially unveil the new version of the operating system for Macs. And that's great, I must say.
A new interesting video has been recently posted on YouTube, which is called “25 Reasons the iPhone 5s is Better Than the Galaxy S5”. It shows us why Apple’s iPhone is better that the South Korean handset. The video was created by PhoneBuff. What is interesting is that the video was posted to same YouTube channel, where you can watch a video called “25 Reasons the Galaxy S5 is Better Than the iPhone 5s”. Both clips are available below.
According to the latest report from research firm Chitika Insights, iOS 7 adoption rate has recently reached 89.7%. Such figure is based on the data about web traffic generated by North American iPhone users.
Apple has reportedly filed trademarks for several apps and features from the upcoming iOS 8, namely, Healthbook, HealthKit, iResearch and some other. Apart from the filings related directly to Healthbook, there're some that deal with other iOS features. One of those is the Apple CarPlay trademark, which was filed in February.
A concept designer named Jay Machalani has recently created an iOS 8 concept, which allows you to expand icons into special widget blocks. These blocks look pretty similar to Android's Widgets and Microsoft's Live Tiles.
You may take a look at the video showing iOS concept below.
According to the latest rumors, the guys from Cupertino are seriously thinking about their own mobile payment service. In fact, they have even begun negotiations with several retail store chains concerning the possibility to launch such a service in near future, insiders claim.
Apple's long-anticipated iWatch will reportedly feature a wireless charger. According to the latest reports from supply chain insiders, the guys from Cupertino have recently begun testing wireless charging coils manufactured on a Shenzen-based factory owned by Luxshare.
Apple has released the first OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta to developers for testing. This OS X beta has a build number 13E9 and contains only stability improvements and minor bug fixes. However, there’s one interesting thing about this OS X version.
The company from Cupertino will officially announce Beats Electronics acquisition this week, The New York Post reports. The sum of acquisition is slightly lower than we expected.
As it was mentioned last week, Apple planned to purchase Beats for about $3.2 billion. As it turns out, the sum for some reason has been reduced to $3 billion.
According to what the analysts from Nomura Securities write, by the end of 2014, Apple will sell as many as 46 million iPhone 6 units. The experts claim that the 4.7-inch handset will be called iPhone 6 Air and the 5.5-inch model - iPhone 6 Pro. The smartphones will become more expensive.
As you already know, Apple’s long-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference, where the guys from Cupertino may announce their new iOS 8 and “Smart Home” software platform, is set to start next Monday. That is why the guys from Cupertino have begun putting the promotional banners in the Moscone center.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has recently confirmed that the guys from Cupertino are planning to equip each handset and tablet launching this year and later with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. This means that both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and both next-generation iPad and iPad mini will get one. The prediction is based on the data concerning fingerprint sensor shipments, which have reportedly increased lately.
If you’re interested in how this app works and if you can’t wait, you may take a look at the demo created by a designer named Jayaprasad Mohanan. This demo is compatible with iOS 7, so you can even run it on your iPhone.