Apple has just released the second beta of iOS 8.4 to developers for testing. The release came less than two weeks after the release of the very first iOS 8.4 beta, which could boast of a completely redesigned Music app with lots of new tweaks as well as a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. According to the release notes, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system features only some minor stability enhancements. As to the new features, the developers haven't yet noticed any. I will let you know if they find anything new.
It is Sunday today, which means it is time for me to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
As you probably know, Apple's long-awaited wearable device launched on April 24th in the USA and a number of other first-wave countries, can boast several innovative and simply interesting features. One of those features is the built-in sensor capable of measuring user's heart rate.
Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that users will have to charge the Apple Watch every night. The exact battery capacity and a number of recharge cycles, however remained unknown.
Last year, during the official media event devoted to Apple's first-ever wearable gadget called the Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives promised that the smartwatch will not only run its own special modification of iOS, but also will boast its own App Store with applications designed for this new device. Looks like they kept their word as the new repository began to work on Friday.
As you probably know, Apple has just launched its long-anticipated Apple Watch. Because of its official launch in the USA and a number of other first-wave countries, CNet reporters have decided to test its durability and the quality of materials it is made of. Well, unlike any other reporters, who usually use special equipment and tools, CNet experts have decided they will simulate several typical situations that can happen in the kitchen. That is why the smartwatch was washed, left in water for ten minutes, dropped, boiled and finally smashed with a skillet.
I know that you may be tired of the posts related to the Apple Watch, its specs or any other rumors, which deal with the gadget. To be honest, I'm a bit tired as well, however, Apple Watch is the hottest topic among all the reporters and Apple fans all around the world these days, so I need to tell you some more things.
No earlier than yesterday experts from iFixit posted the results of disassembling the new Apple Watch on their official website. As we reported the day before, Apple started sending messages saying that the long-awaited gadgets had been successfully shipped to lucky ones, who managed to pre-order them. It took only a few hours for experts from iFixit to completely disassemble the device and post the detailed report to the official site.
Apple has recently released three new Apple Watch ads. They are called "Rise", "Up" and "Us" and as you might have guessed, they focus our attention on the key features of the long-awaited wearable device created by the guys from Cupertino.
Apple has begun notifying users about the Apple Watch shipments, which are expected to be delivered to many of them on April 24th. If you are one of those lucky men, who managed to pre-order the device on April 10th, then you should now have access to your tracking number. If you still haven’t received any notification, looks like you will have to wait for your order to be proceeded much longer.
According to a new patent application published earlier today, Apple’s Force Touch technology may be improved in future to allow users’ fingers to “feel” different textures, for example, wood or metal. Looks like the guys from Cupertino plan to add a special hardware component capable of simulating the surface of a certain material using different vibrations and temperatures. Frankly speaking, currently I don’t understand the purpose of creating such a technology, however, Apple will surely find a good application for it.
Despite all the rumors about the launch of 4-inch lower-cost iPhone later this year, a well-known and usually reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the guys from Cupertino won’t unveil such a device in the near future. He thinks that the smaller smartphone may be unveiled only in 2016. As to the reason for such a decision, it may be connected with the demand for the iPhone 5s, which stays strong. There’s no point in investing money on a new smartphone if people still buy the old one, right?
According to what the reporters from an Italian website iSpazio write, Apple will start accepting the pre-orders for the Apple Watch in this country as soon as on May 8th. Sources claim that some Apple Stores have already received special tables for displaying the Apple Watch units as well as some advertising materials. Apart from Italy, the pre-orders may go live in Spain and a number of other European countries.
According to the latest rumors, a firm called AU Optronics (AUO) will supply Apple with 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display panels for the next generation of iPhones. Although both Apple and AU Optronics refused to comment on the issue, the rumor actually looks quite plausible as the guys from Cupertino need an additional supplier to avoid supply constraints.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Apple has recently added the support of about 30 new banks and financial institutions from the USA to its Apple Pay system. Currently, the total number of Apple Pay partners in this country exceeds 200 banks and credit unions. The growing number of large and small retailers, cafes, restaurants and financial institutions supporting the NFC-based mobile payments service indicates that Apple has created a truly convenient way to pay for goods and services.