Apple on Monday seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2 to developers for testing. The release took place about three weeks after the release of the fourth beta and nearly three months after the release of the very first testing version of iOS 8.2. This beta also includes WatchKit SDK, which allows to create apps and notifications for the long-anticipated Apple Watch and Xcode 6.2 beta 5.
According to what Apple supply chain sources say, in the upcoming March quarter, the company from Cupertino may sell as many as 50 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units. If these predictions come true, Apple will set a new record as it has never ever managed to sell 50 million iPhone units outside the holiday season. In fact, in the March quarter of 2014, Apple sold 43.7 million iPhones, which is less that the suppliers predict for 2015.
According to what reliable insiders write, the average selling price of the iPhone grew to enormous $687 last quarter. Well, that is not strange, especially if to keep in mind that Apple has always been making the most luxurious and the most expensive handsets in the world. What is interesting and a bit shocking is the fact that the average price of the Android smartphone is $254. As it turns out, Apple’s smartphones are 2.7 times more expensive than those with Android OS on board.
Apple has recently begun equipping its retail stores with safes to store gold Apple Watch models, reliable insiders write. The reason for such a step is quite obvious: gold smartwaches are pretty expensive, moreover, because of the material they’re made of, they can be considered as jewelleries. According to the most recent rumors, the gold Apple Watch may get the price of about $4.999-9.999. The difference between the luxurious “Edition” device and the entry-level aluminum model is truly enormous as the latter one will reportedly cost $349.
Although Apple’s tablet sales become weaker and weaker with every new quarter, the company currently remains top tablet vendor in the world. According to the latest figures from a research firm called IDC, in the last quarter of 2014, Apple sold 21.4 million iPads and got the market share of 28.1%. Closest rivals are traditionally Samsung and Lenovo with 11.0 and 3.7 million devices sold over the last three months and market shares of 14.5% and 4.8% respectively.
Universal Pictures has recently started filming first scenes for the long-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. Earlier this week, the film crew was seen at the Flint Center at De Anza college, where Steve Jobs officially announced the very first Mac back in 1984.
Although the long-anticipated Apple Watch is expected to hit the store shelves no sooner than in April, Apple has already asked several developers to finish their apps by mid-February. For example, one of the biggest Apple Pay partners has been recently notified that he should finish its Apple Watch-compatible application by February, 12th.
Tomorrow, the guys from Cupertino will open a new flagship store in China. It is located in the city of Chongqing, which is one of the largest economic and financial centres of China. Earlier today, a couple of images showing the exterior and interior design of the new location appeared on the Internet. Well, I must admit that in terms of size and beauty, the Chongqing store is very similar to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York.
While Apple’s profits continue to grow, its main market rival keeps losing its share, customers and money. According to the most recent earnings report published by Samsung earlier this week, the company saw a 36% decrease in profits in Q4 of 2014 in comparison with the year-ago result. Moreover, Samsung’s mobile division saw even greater decline - 64%. The net profit in the latest quarter accounted for 5.29 trillion won (about $4.84 billion).
Several days after the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and iOS 8.1.3 to users worldwide, the guys from Cupertino updated iTunes. iTunes 12.1 can boast of minor stability and performance improvements as well as one easily noticeable feature. This feature is a new iTunes widget for Notification Center. The problem is that if you use iTunes on PC or Mac with OS X version lower that Yosemite, you won’t be able to launch and utilize this widget.
Just like it was expected, Apple has patched the vulnerabilities used by the latest version of the TaiG jailbreaking utility to hack iPhones, iPads and compatible iPod touch models running iOS 8 or higher. This means that if you are using a jailbroken iOS device and don’t want to lose your jailbreak, you should stay away from the recently-released iOS 8.1.3. If you want to have a bit faster device with a bunch of stability improvements and bugfixes, you need to sacrifice your jailbreak.
Apple has recently released iOS 8.1.3 with a wide number of stability and performance improvements and bug fixes. The update is recommended for all iOS 8 users and it comes about two weeks after the release of the latest iOS 8.1.3 beta.
Apple on Tuesday released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to users worldwide. The public release comes several months after the release of the previous version of Yosemite, which took place in October, and about a week after the release of the sixth beta. This time the newest version of the operating system for Macs has many things to boast of.
Earlier this year, a rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggested that the guys from Cupertino are planning to release the long-anticipated Apple Watch in March. Well, as it turns out, the launch date has been altered. According to what Tim Cook has recently said, the smartwatch may hit the store shelves as soon as in April as the development of the wearable gadget hasn’t yet been finished.
Just like it was expected, Apple on Tuesday, January 27th, officially announced its financial results in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. According to the official data shared by the guys from Cupertino, the revenue for the holiday quarter amounted to $74.6 billion and the net profit - to $18 billion. Apart from that, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhone units, up from 51 million in the year-ago quarter. As to the iPad sales, they were down from 26 million units sold in the Q1 of fiscal 2014 and accounted for 21.4 million units.