According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may release the next-generation iPad, iPad Air 3, in the first half of 2016. Unlike the iPhone 6s that is equipped with a pressure-sensitive display, the tablet will get a simple 9.7-inch screen like the one used in earlier models. The reason for lack of 3D Touch technology support is reportedly connected with production issues, the expert claims.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg reporters, Apple may be currently working on new thinner and brighter displays for the next generations for its smartphones and tablets at a secret Taiwan-based factory. The reporters claim the company has opened a special laboratory in Longtan with at least 50 employees focusing their attention on making the iPhone and iPad display thinner and more energy-efficient. To achieve this goal, the engineers are experimenting with organic light-emitting diodes.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple has recently purchased a former semiconductor plant in North San Jose. The price of the enormous 70,000 square foot building is $18.2 million. The acquisition has been officially confirmed by an Apple representative.
According to the latest report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, the iPhone sales may drop next year for the first time ever. The number of iPhones sold in fiscal 2016 may fall by about 6% and make only 218 million units. The calendar 2016 may demonstrate the 2.9% fall and 247 million iPhone units sold to customers.
According to the latest report from The Wall Street Journal, both Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will feature a pressure-sensitive display similar to the one iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have. Moreover, new flagship devices may be equipped with new USB-C posts supporting fast charging as well as better cameras optimized for low-light photography. On top of that, the South Korean tech giant is reportedly planning to add a retina scanner to the next generation of its premium smartphones. In terms of design, both handsets are expected to resemble the Galaxy S6.
In an attempt to lure more customers and make Apple products more popular, Apple has just reduced the iPhone 5s price in India by nearly a half. Previously, the iPhone 5s price was equal to 44,500 Rupees (about $665) and currently customers can get it for 24,999 Rupees (about $370), which is a good discount.
It is Sunday today, so I assume you’re ready for our top-10 articles roundup. Most of the posts this week deal with the rumors about the hardware components for the next-generation iPhone as well as with the release of iOS 9.2 that contains a number of fixes for Apple Music, Mail and Safari and OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan with minor stability improvements to users worldwide. There’re also some other interesting articles, you can take a look below.
If you have an iPad, you might have heard about the Apple SIM, which allows you to stay connected to the Internet without the need to purchase new physical SIM card for each country while travelling, for example. According to AppleInsider reporters, thanks to AlwaysOnline Wireless, it is now possible to use Apple SIM in 12 new countries including Russia, Mexico and South Korea.
Following the release of iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan to users worldwide earlier this week, Apple on Friday made iTunes 12.3.2 available for download. The updated version of the application contains a number of bug fixes as well as some Apple Music improvements. In particular, those who like listening to classical music can now search for favourite performers, songs or composers much faster and easier.
According to the latest report from several more or less reliable insiders, despite popular beliefs, former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs might have been aware of the Apple Watch. The information comes from the Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin, who has been an acquaintance of Steve Jobs and thus talked with him a number of times. Below you can take a look at the thoughts of this analyst:
According to the latest report shared by Fudzilla.com, Apple is currently working on a new GPU for its portable devices. The development of the new hardware component has begun several years ago, sources claim, so it may be at its final stage at the moment.
The iFixit team has just performed a teardown of the recently-launched Apple-branded iPhone smart battery case. The new accessory is compatible with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s and is currently available in select countries for $99.
As it has been spotted by a number of iPhone users worldwide, Apple is currently advertising the iPhone 6s to those who own an iPhone 5s or an earlier model through the App Store. People see the full-screen image showing a ‘ridiculously powerful’ iPhone 6s and get a prompt to find out more about the device or upgrade to it immediately.
As it was already mentioned on our website, Apple on Tuesday officially released iOS 9.2 to users worldwide. The latest update features a number of important bug fixes and improvements for Safari, Mail and Apple Music and is available for all users of compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units. One can upgrade to iOS 9.2 either through iTunes for Mac or Windows, or use the OTA update, which should be available through the Settings app.
Apart from the enhancements mentioned in our previous post, it turns out that Apple has also fixed the issue causing iPad Pro unresponsiveness after charging. Previously, a special support page suggested that the company was investigating the issue, while now that same page indicates that “updating your iPad Pro to iOS 9.2 or later” should fix everything.
Following the release of the first testing version for a small number of iOS users last month, Microsoft has just released Cortana to users in the United States of America and China. As of Wednesday, Microsoft’s virtual assistant is available on the App Store and can be downloaded for free by all those who have an US or Chinese account.