According to the latest reports from Asian sources, Samsung has recently signed a deal with Apple and LG to supply these vendors with DRAM memory chips. These advanced chips will be used in the production of the next-generation iPhone called presumably the iPhone 6s as well as in the LG G4, sources claim. The worth of the deal remains unknown, however, we may assume that it is close to billions of dollars.
According to the latest report from a research firm called IDC, the combined smartphone market share of iOS and Android accounted for 96.3% in the fourth quarter. Apple’s share managed to reach 19.7% and the share of Android equalled to 76.6%. Just for you to compare: n the last quarter of 2013, Apple’s iOS grabbed 17.5% of the smartphone market and Google’s Android occupied 78.2%. As we see, iOS products become more and more popular, making users change their Android devices to iPhones. The guys from Cupertino managed to sell as many as 74.5 million iPhone units in the fourth quarter. The shipments of all Android smartphones combined accounted for 289.1 million units.
Apart from releasing the second beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the guys from Cupertino have recently seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 with Xcode 6.3 beta 2 to developers. The release of this version of Apple’s mobile operating system comes about two weeks after the release of the very first iOS 8.3 beta, which contained several new features, namely, a brand new emoji picker, the support of wireless CarPlay connectivity, Google’s two-step verification as well as Apple Pay support of UnionPay in China.
Apple has recently released the second beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to registered developers for testing. The release comes nearly three weeks after the release of the very first OS X 10.10.3 beta. It could boast of a wide number of stability improvements and the support of new Photos app, which was officially announced at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference last year.
Almost every week, a new rumor about Apple’s next-generation iPhone appears on the Internet. Some insiders believe this will be a smartphone very similar to the existing iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. There are also such people, who don’t wait till Apple announces a new smartphone. They just imagine, how the new handset may look like and create their own concepts.
Below you may take a look at the new concept of the device called the “iPhone 6c”, which features a colorful plastic back panel reminiscent of the one Apple’s iPhone 5c had. The concept was created by 3DFuture and I must admit it looks impressive.
The guys from Cupertino have recently released a new iPad Air ad. It is called Make a film with iPad and it is devoted to the annual Academy Awards ceremony. The release of the short commercial comes two weeks after the release of the previous music-themed video called Make Music with iPad. The clip, which is, by the way, voiced by a well-known movie director Martin Scorsese, is available below, take a look.
Apple has once again proved that it is doing its best to change this world. This time not only in terms of inventing new computers, tablets and smartphones, but in terms of saving nature. According to what Tim Cook has announced today, the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to invest €1.7 Billion (or about $1.93 billion) in the development of new data centers, which will be powered fully by the electricity produced using renewable sources. These data centers will be reportedly located in County Galway, Ireland and central Jutland in Denmark. This data centers are expected to power Apple services used by European customers.
As you probably know, Apple has recently stopped signing iOS 8.1.2. This means that it is now impossible to restore your iOS device to this firmware version in case something goes wrong during the jailbreak. However, Apple still signs iOS 8.2 beta 2, which means all those people who have a developer account can now jailbreak their iPhone or iPad using the PP jailbreak for Mac. Below you may take a look at the detailed instructions on how to do that.
It is Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. In order not to waste your and my time, let’s start immediately.
According to the latest report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is currently planning to revamp its Google Wallet service in order to compete with the recently-released NFC-based payments system called Apple Pay. The new Wallet will be officially announced this May, at the annual Google I/O developer conference, reporters claim. While this rumor hasn’t yet been confirmed, such a step is quite possible as the only way to compete with Apple’s payments service is to make Google’s own service better.
According to the latest reports released by people familiar with the matter, Apple is currently thinking about launching a public beta program for iOS. In such a way, the guys from Cupertino hope to fix more bugs and make their mobile operating system more stable and efficient. As to the first iOS version, which will become available for public testing, this will be iOS 8.3. First users will be invited to try the new iOS as soon as in mid-March, sources claim. Moreover, the same sources claim that Apple’s iOS 9, which is expected to be announced at Worldwide Developer Conference, will also be available as a public beta.
As you probably know, the long-anticipated Apple Watch will become available for purchase in April. There will be three main versions of the wearable device, namely, Apple Watch for those who need a device reminiscent of usual watch, Apple Watch Sport for those who plan to use it mostly as a fitness tracker and Apple Watch Edition for those who want an smartwatch made of gold.
According to what reliable insiders write, Apple is currently planning to release its first-ever car in 2020. This may be a fully-electric vehicle with self-driving option. The guys from Cupertino have set a very ambitious aim as normally car manufacturers work for about 5 to 7 years on each new model. However, for Apple this would be the first car ever, that is why 5 years is definitely a short period of time.
According to the latest report from Asian sources, Apple is currently in talks with Japan Display concerning the possibility to invest money in the construction of the new display manufacturing facility in Ishikawa. This new factory is expected to manufacture displays for Apple’s next-generation iPhones and probably Apple Watches. Apart from that, it will also work with other portable devices manufacturers. As to the sum of the investment, it hasn’t yet been officially announced, however, insiders claim the guys from Cupertino are ready to pay about $1.7 billion.
After hundreds of users’ complaints and months of silence, Apple has finally announced a repair program for those MacBook Pro models, which suffer from graphics issues. The list of models eligible for the repair includes 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros released in 2011, 15-inch MacBook Pro released in 2012 and 15-inch MacBook Pro released early in 2013. Moreover, Apple says it will contact those users, who had to pay to fix the aforementioned problem earlier in order to issue a refund.