Several new rumors, which deal with Apple's long-anticipated smartwatch and the 12-inch MacBook Air have recently appeared on the Internet. According to the latest report released by a well-known and usually reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the Apple Watch will indeed hit the store shelves in March. Moreover, he is sure Apple will ship 2.8 million Apple Watch units in the first quarter of the availability of the smartwatch. Apart from that, the expert believes that the launch of the larger MacBook Air will also take place early this year - in the first quarter.
It is Sunday today, that's why I've made up a list of the most interesting posts of the last seven days. This week was full of events worth your attention, so make sure you check out all of them.
As you probably know, apart from releasing the Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook Air sometime this year, the guys from Cupertino are expected to launch the new version of its iPad. This version will feature an enormous 12-inch display (yes, just like the next-gen MacBook), thin aluminum body, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a bunch of other useful features. People familiar with the matter claim the tablet will be targeted at the enterprise users and called the iPad Pro. Keeping these things in mind, a well-known designer Martin Hajek has recently created a new iPad Pro concept.
According to the latest report released by a research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Apple managed to get 50% of the smartphone sales in the USA in the calendar quarter ending in December. In other words, half of the handsets sold on the territory of the United States over the last few months are Apple's iPhones.
Yesterday, I told you about the leaked images showing something similar to the display assembly for the 12-inch MacBook Air. As it turns out, I didn't mention one conspicuous detail about the next-generation laptop. This detail is the new redesigned logo on the lid, which may lose its backlight and become a rather boring polished logo similar to the one from the iPad Air 2.
According to the latest report from a news agency Beijing News, Apple has agreed to allow China's government officials to perform security audits on those company's gadgets that are sold in the country. The officials have fear that the iPhones, iPads and other devices are used for surveillance by the governments of other countries and want to protect the Chinese customers.
Earlier today, a couple of interesting images appeared on the Internet. These images show something very similar to the display assembly for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, which is expected to be officially released later this year. On the photos that are available below one can see the leaked part compared to Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and the 13-inch MacBook Air. We can easily notice that the display assembly is a bit thicker than the body of the newest iPad, however, that is still thinner than a body of the existing MacBook.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release their long-anticipated Apple Watch as soon as in March. While we know that the smartwatch will be equipped with Apple S1 processor, a number of sensors capable of tracking user’s physical activity and a bunch of other useful features, we have no idea of the battery capacity of the wearable device.
Apple on Wednesday seeded another OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta to developers for testing. This is the sixth beta and its release took place about a week after the release of the fifth version for developers, which had a build number 14C99d and contained a number of stability and security improvements and bug fixes.
Microsoft on Tuesday officially announced the widely rumored Windows 10. Probably the most interesting thing about the yet-to-be-released operating system is the fact that it will be running on computers, tablets and smartphones. Yes, that right, one operating system for all kinds of devices.
While first builds of Windows 10 will become available for the registered users of the Insider Program only in February, we can still take a look at how the OS looks like.
According to the latest data that can be found on Apple's support page for developers, iOS 8 adoption rate has once again improved. Although this improvement is not as substantial as the previous one, it shows that more and more people switch to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Some of them purchase smartphones and tablets with iOS 8 pre-installed, but most of the users simply upgrade to a newer version of iOS.
Back in October, the guys from Cupertino launched their NFC-based mobile payments service called Apple Pay in the USA. Currently the system is incredibly popular among the American customers. It can boast of the support of the largest banks and financial institutions, retailers, supermarkets and cafes. Moreover, according to Apple's page devoted to the partners working with Apple Pay, the company has earlier this week added 15 new banks to the list of those that support the advanced payments method.
According to the latest report published by a research firm called Counterpoint Research, Apple's iPhone market share in such countries as South Korea, China and Japan grew noticeably over the last months.
Earlier today, Apple was granted a patent for an eye-tracking technology, which can help users control the whole interface of a computer, laptop or smartphone. This technology will reportedly be used in the next generations of Apple's iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Apple TVs. The technology described in the document is unique as it allows users not to lose control of a cursor while working with a device. That is the key point of Apple's most recent patent.
According to what the analysts predict, Apple's iPhone and Mac sales in the holiday quarter have set a new record in the history of the company. As noted by Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley, over the holiday period, the guys from Cupertino have sold nearly 69 million iPhone units and about 5.8 million Mac units.
In case you don't remember, in the Q1 2014, Apple managed to sell as many as 51 million iPhones. If to speak about Mac sales, they are expected to beat the current record of 5.5 million Apple's computers sold in Q4 2014.