According to a statement made by Kevin Wang, Director and analyst at iSuppli, Apple may finally increase the minimum storage option on the iPhone to 32GB. What this means is that the entry-level iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may become first devices with not 16GB, but 32GB of flash storage on board. Since both handsets are expected to get improved cameras capable of recording 4K video, the increase of base storage is essential.
According to the latest report from Business Insider, developers are starting to lose interest in the Apple Watch. The report is based on data from a mobile database provider Realm. Tim Anglade, the Vice president of the company, says the number of apps created for the Apple Watch platform has fallen recently and that it continues to fall. In fact, out of every 1000 new applications developed for various Apple devices, only one is currently built for watchOS.
It is Sunday today, so I guess it's time to talk about the most popular posts of the last couple of days. Let's not waste time and start discussing interesting stories right now.
Most of the articles this week deal with the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iOS jailbreak and the latest versions of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and tvOS.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple is working on a new artificial intelligence system that will be a lot better than those developed by the rivals. In fact, the insiders claim Apple’s system will ‘wipe the floor’ with all competitors. The system may be based on the technologies developed by a firm called VocalIQ that was purchased by Apple previously.
A well-known hacker Luca Todesco who has successfully jailbroken iOS 9.2, iOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3, and the yet to be released publicly iOS 9.3.3 beta, has recently showed the untethered browser jailbreak of iOS 9.3.2. To hack an Apple-branded device, the developer used Apple’s native browser Safari, which, as it turns out, is quite vulnerable to such threats.
The video below depicts the sixth-generation iPod touch running iOS 9.3.2 and the process of browser-based jailbreak. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that Todesco will release a public tool for jailbreak. According to the hacker, he’s mostly interested in research, not actual hacking of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units running the latest firmware versions.
Earlier this week, first rumors about Apple’s plans to release an Amazon Echo and Google Home rival appeared on the Internet. Today, a new report from CNET reporters has surfaced online that suggests that the rumored device may feature a camera and facial recognition capabilities to help users perform additional tasks unavailable for rival devices. In particular, the report says the upcoming gadget will detect people in the room and use this information to improve their user experience. The report comes from sources aware of Apple’s future plans, so I guess we can believe it.
Apple’s iPhone 6s and Samsung’s Galaxy S7 have been recently compared in an ultimate drop test video. The people behind this video have used professional tools to test the durability of both flagship devices and found out that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s is actually more durable that the device manufactured by the South Korean vendor. The reason for this is quite obvious: iPhone’s back panel is made of aluminum, which is stronger than the glass panel of the Galaxy S7, apart from that, the device features a better glass that makes it possible for it to survive several front drops in a row.
Warren Buffett’s recent investment in Apple has helped the company stock to rise 9% and go back above the $100 mark for the first time over the last couple of weeks. According to the latest reports, Buffett’s conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway has invested $1 billion in Apple and in such a way helped the tech giant to improve its position on the market.
According to the latest report from South China Morning Post, Apple’s key supplier Foxconn has replaced more than a half of its workers with modern robots over the course of last couple of years. As noted by the reporters, since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the factory has reduced the number of employees from about 110,000 to nearly 50,000.
Earlier this month, Apple has released a new Siri commercial called “Thank You Speech” starring Neil Patrick Harris. In the short ad, the actor used Siri to read a note stored on his iPhone while standing in front of the mirror with a brush.
Today, a new humorous clip has been spotted on YouTube that shows us how Apple’s virtual assistant really copes with the task described above. You can take a look at the video shared by a YouTuber Jimber Jam below.
According to the latest report from The Information, Apple is working on a new device based on Siri’s functionality that will become the rival of the Amazon Echo and Google Home. In case you don’t know, these are personal assistant devices for home developed to control Smart Home accessories and complete other voice commands.
A well-known hacker and developer Luca Todesco has recently jailbroken the latest version of iOS, iOS 9.3.3. Below you can take a look at the image showing Todesco’s iPod touch running Cydia 1.1.26. This image has been shared on Twitter by the hacker himself.
In case you don’t know, Luca Todesco is a person who demonstrated the untethered jailbreak of iOS 9.2, iOS 9.2.1, and iOS 9.3 beta in the past. Unfortunately, there’re currently no publicly available tools for jailbreak.
At the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple is expected to announce the next version of the firmware for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units, iOS 10. It is currently unknown if the exploits used to hack previous iOS builds work with this version.
Stay tuned for more news about iOS jailbreak.
Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently predicted that Apple is working on an updated MacBook Pro model. According to the analyst, the next-generation laptop will come in two sizes, 13-inch and 15-inch, and feature USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, Touch ID and an OLED display touch bar to replace the physical function keys above the keyboard. Apart from that, the expert claims the laptop will become thinner and lighter to match the 12-inch MacBook lineup in shape and design.
Apple has just released several new betas. In particular, now the developers can download and test the very first pre-release version of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan and tvOS 9.2.2.
Several new images showing manufacturing molds and schematics for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been recently spotted on Baidu. The leaked photos are available below.