Microsoft has just made its virtual assistant Cortana available for a number of iOS beta testers. The personal assistant developed specifically for Windows Phone platform is expected to debut on iOS sometime soon and become a serious rival for Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
According to the latest report from a marketing research firm Custora, 78.3% of all e-commerce orders over Thanksgiving Day in the United States were made from iPhones and iPads making Apple’s iOS the main platform among the buyers. If to speak about Android users, they accounted for 21.5% of all online orders. The information about online shopping activity is based on data from more than 200 retailers, 500 million customers and $100 billion in revenue, the analysts claim.
There’s a big number of people using jailbroken iPhones and iPads. It’s quite obvious that there’re lots of benefits one can enjoy while using a jailbroken device and probably one of the most valuable is the ability to tweak the settings of the gadget and improve it in order to fit the needs of the owner.
Using the traditional iOS bright color theme may be quite inconvenient and in some cases even dangerous for people who have poor eyesight. So far, the only possible way of minimizing the negative impact of bright colors was enabling the grayscale mode in the Accessibility settings, but now, thanks to the jailbreak tweak called Nightmode9 it is possible to turn off the lights and make your device in something similar to the night mode available in certain applications for reading.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple may replace the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone with a multi-purpose Lightning connector. Apart from that, the new phone called presumably the iPhone 7 may come with redesigned EarPods supporting the new output method. Such rumors have been shared by a Japanese website Mac Otakara. The website has a good track record when it comes to Apple gadgets, so it is a pretty reliable source of information.
According to the latest patent filing published earlier this week by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple might be working on a technology that would allow iPhones to detect touch input performed while wearing gloves. Currently, using iPhones in winter is quite a tricky and inconvenient task as the displays of these devices, as well as of iPads and iPod touch units, don’t respond to users wearing gloves made of fabric, leather or any other material. The patent application is entitled “Glove Touch Detection” and it was filed back in 2014.
We all know Apple is expected to release new iPhone or iPhones next year, however, we don’t know how these handset may look like. This was probably the main reason for CURVED/labs to create a beautiful and a bit surprising iPhone concept. The creators call this device the iPhone 6k and one special thing about it is that the smartphone can boast of a slide out physical keyboard similar to the one that BlackBerry Priv has. A short clip demonstrating the concept is available below, take a look and let me know what you think about the gadget.
Apple has just released a new commercial entitled Someday At Christmas featuring Stevie Wonder Andra Day. The 90-second video shows Wonder and his family members as well as Andra Day singing a song from 1967 called "Someday At Christmas".
The short commercial is available either below, or on Apple’s official YouTube channel, so you can watch it anytime.
Apple is reportedly planning to start using OLED displays in iPhones in 2018. Such rumor has been shared by a Japanese website Nikkei. As noted by the reporters, the company has already begun notifying its suppliers about the switch to a new technology so that they can adjust their production lines or find new partners. Apple has been using LCD screens in its smartphones since the release of the very first iPhone in 2007.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes reporters, a firm called Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology (JCET) has reportedly received orders to produce SiP (system-in-package) modules for Apple in 2016. The Asian manufacturer also plans to spend $200 million to expand the existing production lines in the near future and this is another indication of possible partnership with the Cupertino-based company.
Apple has officially confirmed the acquisition of the firm called Faceshift. The employees of this company develop technologies for real-time motion capture and have previously worked with different game studios and other companies interested in advanced capturing of facial expressions for either developing games or other projects.
Following the teardown of the Apple Pencil, the iFixit team has just recently performed a teardown of the Smart Keyboard for the long-awaited 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The experts have found out that thanks to using special materials and fabric, the accessory is extremely durable as well as water and stain-resistant. The drawback is that the keyboard can’t be disassembled and repaired without being damaged and made totally unusable. According to iFixit experts, the repairability score is 0 out 10, where 10 is the easiest to repair.
According to the latest report from Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China as soon as in February of 2016. The Cupertino-based tech giant has reportedly signed deals with four major banks in China and now focuses its attention on the software side of the Apple Pay launch.
According to the latest document shared by New York lawyers, Apple’s iOS is much more secure than Google’s Android. In particular, they have found out that Google can remotely bypass the passcode, reset it and obtain access to the data stored on the device running Android 4.4 or earlier on demand of law enforcement agency. Currently, 74.1% of all devices are running an older Android version. Those who use handsets and tablets with Android 5.0 or higher on board, are safe as these devices use full disk encryption and thus are not vulnerable.
Apple has just announced that it will open a new Apple Store in China’s capital Beijing later this week. This won’t be a large flagship store, but rather a small outlet located in the shopping center in Chaoyang, which is one of Beijing’s largest districts. This new Apple Retail Store could boast of Genius Bar and a special workshop area for those interested in improving their knowledge of Apple products and software.
A new application has been recently released on the App Store that allows to use the Split Screen mode introduced in iOS 9 to view two separate Safari pages side by side. The app is called Sidefari and it is compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. If you’re keen on browsing through the Internet and if you need to have lots of webpages open at the same time, you should definitely try Sidefari.