Apple’s main rival, Samsung, has recently launched a new promo campaign for iPhone users called Ultimate Test Drive. The participants of this campaign can get any Samsung smartphone they choose for one month for just one dollar. The main aim of the Ultimate Test Drive is to make iPhone users switch to Samsung devices. The launch of the program comes simultaneously with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It is very likely that most participants will select these two smartphones as iPhone alternatives.
According to the latest report from a research firm Gartner, global iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year. Quite obviously, the market share grew as well if to compare with the same quarter of the last year. As noted by the analysts, iPhone market share in the second quarter of this year was equal to 14.6%. That’s a 2.4% improvement in contrast with the Q2 2014. The guys from Cupertino managed to sell more than 48 million iPhones over the past couple of months.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the mass production of the long-awaited 12.9-inch iPad Pro will start in September or October. Looks like in September the guys from Cupertino will show us only the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as well as the iPad mini 4. Just like new iPhones, Apple’s iPad Pro will support the Force Touch technology currently used in the Apple Watch and several MacBooks from the 2015 lineup.
Apple on Wednesday seeded the seventh beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to developers for testing. The release of this version came two weeks after the release of the previous OS X 10.11 beta and about two months after the official announcement of El Capitan at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Apart from the version for developers, the guys from Cupertino have also seeded the fifth OS X El Capitan beta to the members of the public beta testing program.
According to the latest data from a research firm MusicWatch, 48% of those who signed up for the Apple Music free trial aren’t currently using the service. The long-awaited Beats-based music service lets people with iOS 8.4 or later on their compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches get access to thousands of songs for free for three months. Despite this fact, only a half of subscribers listen to free music right now.
Looks like Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad called presumably the iPad Pro. According to a report shared by a mobile analytics firm called AppSee, the guys from Cupertino are currently testing a device with the display resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels and a model identifier iPad6,8. The firm has also spotted two new iPhones, namely, the iPhone8,1 and iPhone8,2. This goes in line with previous rumors indicating that the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6s are being tested at the moment.
Apple has just announced that it will organize something called 'Apple Music Festival' this September. The big event will take place at London's Roundhouse and feature Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence, The Machine, Disclosure and a number of other popular bands and artists. The festival, formerly known as the iTunes Festival, will take place from September 19 to September 28.
According to the latest report from Macerkopf, Apple will launch the long-anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on September 18th. The start of sales will take place a little bit more than a week after the debut of new devices at a special media event scheduled for September 9th. As noted by the same insiders, German carriers are currently gearing up for the start of the next-gen iPhone sales.
A developer from Italy named Luca Todesco has recently discovered a new zero-day vulnerability, which lets hackers gain root access in OS X Yosemite without using a password. This vulnerability is similar to the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit that has been patched in OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. The developer has reported the vulnerability to Apple, however, it hasn’t been fixed by the guys from Cupertino in the latest update. I honestly hope that Apple developers will react somehow and close a hole in OS X security as soon as possible.
Several new images showing diagrams of the iPhone 6s logic board have recently appeared on the Internet. According to these diagrams, the logic board of the upcoming iPhone will feature a new SiP (System-in-Package) design. This design will combine several chips in one larger chip. In particular, the power management and the baseband chips will be embedded into the A9 CPU.
It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. As you know, the guys from Cupertino are currently gearing up for the release of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad mini 4. That is why there’re so many articles this week that deal with the rumors about the next-generation iPhone and iPad or leaked parts for the upcoming devices. There’re also some posts that tell us about Apple’s newly-released iOS 8.4.1 with Apple Music improvements and patches for the vulnerabilities used for Taig jailbreak as well as about OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 with security enhancements.
According to the latest data accidentally shared by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the guys from Cupertino are planning to release the updated versions of Bluetooth Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard later this year. Unfortunately, there’s no information about the design of the new accessories.
How often do you use Siri? If to speak about me, I use Apple’s virtual assistant quite rarely, in most cases just for fun. Well, as it turns out, Siri can not only look for something on the Internet or recognize the song playing at the cafe, but also save someone’s life. Literally.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple won’t release the iPad Air 3 this year. DigiTimes reporters claim that Apple has decided to focus on the development of the smaller iPad mini 4. In case you don’t know, this tablet is expected to get a thinner body as well as several hardware improvements. The next-generation iPad mini will have iOS 9 on board and support all the features of the new mobile operating system. Apple suppliers have reportedly started the production of the components for the upcoming device, which may be officially announced alongside new iPhones on September 9th.
As you already know, the guys from Cupertino have recently released iOS 8.4.1 with fixes for Apple Music and patches for vulnerabilities used for untethered jailbreak. Apart from that, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 with a fix for DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE vulnerability and a number of other enhancements. The release comes two weeks after the release of the last beta for developers and about a month after the official launch of OS X 10.10.5.