It is Sunday today, so I think it’s a good idea to take a look at the most interesting articles of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time.
As you already know, the suppliers have recently started the mass production of Force Touch units for the long-anticipated iPhone 6s. Today, a number of images appeared on the Internet that reportedly show these components. The photos have been shared by GeekBar via Chinese social network Weibo. You can take a look at the leaked Force Touch modules below.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the Force Touch modules for the upcoming iPhone 6s have recently entered mass production. The report has been shared by the DigiTimes reporters, so I think it is legitimate and trustworthy.
Several new interesting images showing leaked parts for the upcoming iPhone 6s have recently appeared on the Internet. The images have been shared by usually-reliable French website Nowhereelse.fr, so I guess we can believe what we see.
The photos reveal flex cables for power, volume, camera and LED flash, which are now combined in a single part to save the space inside of the next-generation iPhone. Apart from that, we can take a look at the rings for the iPhone 6s camera that prove it will be slightly protruding and the casings for the Home button that prove Apple plans to release a gold iPhone later this year.
Apart from seeding the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers for testing, the guys from Cupertino have also made OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 available for registered developers. I’d like to point out that this versions in only a minor update that contains a number of bug fixes, performance improvements and stability enhancements. You won’t see any design changes or new features added to OS X 10.10.5.
Apple has recently seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4.1 to developers for testing. The release comes two weeks after the release of the very first version of iOS 8.4.1 and about a month after the debut of iOS 8.4 that contained s completely revamped Music app supporting Apple Music.
According to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, the market share of Apple’s iPhone grew from 8.2% in the second quarter of 2014 to 10.9% in the second quarter of this year. The analysts claim that over the last few months, the guys from Cupertino have sold 47.5 million iPhone units. Last year, the number of iPhone units sold to customers worldwide was equal to 35.2 million. As you see, the difference is sales and market share is easily noticeable.
According to the latest report from a research firm IDC, the global tablet market continues to decline. Apple, however, remains the largest and the most successful tablet vendor with the market share of 24.5% and 10.9 million iPad units sold to customers worldwide in the second quarter of 2015. In the second quarter of 2014, Apple’s market share was equal to 27.7% and the number of tablets shipped accounted for 13.3 million units.
As you probably know, Apple on Monday seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing. Following this release, the guys from Cupertino have made the third pre-release version of their newest desktop operating system available for the members of public beta testing program. Just like El Capitan Beta 5 for developers, this one can boast of a number of stability, performance and security improvements as well as some minor changes for Safari and Spotlight.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Wristly, the Apple Watch has motivated a wide number of early purchasers to start going in for sports and lead a much healthier lifestyle. As shown in the chart below, 75% of the smartwatch buyers have started standing more, 67% have started walking more and 57% have started exercising more with the Apple Watch on their wrist. In general, most of the customers indicated that the device encouraged them to be more physically active and in such a way changed their daily routine. The survey was conducted among 1000 early Apple Watch buyers, that is why the results can be called objective.
According to the latest rumors shared by industry sources citing Apple, over the last four weeks, more than 10 million users have subscribed for the long-awaited Beats-based streaming music service called Apple Music. 10 million in just one month is a great result, however, keeping in mind that the new service has been launched in about 100 countries simultaneously, the number of active subscribers could have been even bigger.
Apple has recently seeded the fifth pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing. The fourth beta was released only a week ago and the very first El Capitan version was officially announced in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. As you probably know, this version of Apple’s desktop operating system can boast of a wide number of under-the-hood improvements, but lacks new features or noticeable design tweaks.
According to the latest report published by the Japanese blog Macotakara, the iPad mini 4, which is expected to be released this fall, will be a smaller copy of the iPad Air 2. People familiar with the matter claim the tablet will get an updated 64-bit A8 processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the 8-megapixel rear camera. Moreover, the fourth-generation iPad mini will become thinner - only 6.1mm.
As you know, the guys from Cupertino have recently released a new iPod touch. The sixth iteration of the iPod touch has a 4-inch display and can boast of the 64-bit A8 processor with M8 motion coprocessor, 8-megapixel iSight camera and a bunch of other improvements that make it different from the iPod touch 5G.
According to Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple has initially planned to release a 4-inch iPhone 6c this fall. The decision to halt the development and production of the smaller handset until the next year may be connected with the fact that the 6c can possibly reduce the demand and sales of the iPhone 6, which was released in 2014. It is quite obvious that the guys from Cupertino want to sell as many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units as possible and releasing a new lower-cost iPhone is definitely not the best way to do this.