It is Sunday today, which means it is time for me to tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let’s take a look at these articles right now.
Apple has recently started shipping the high-end 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition models to those people who pre-ordered the devices back in April. Users have begun receiving their long-anticipated 42mm and 38mm wearable devices with black sport bands.
Keeping these things in mind, it is not strange that first unboxing videos have begun to appear on the Internet. One of the first videos offering a closer look at the gold smartwatch was published on YouTube by a user nicknamed TechRax, who is famous for boiling the iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola and grinding the handset with a grinder. He shows us the $10.000 38mm Apple Watch Edition model with a sport band. Take a look below.
More and more rumors about iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 appear ahead of the long-anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference, which is scheduled to take place in June. According to the most recent rumor from reliable insiders, Apple will focus on the quality and security of both updates. Apart from the features that may be added to Apple's operating systems, Apple plans to increase the performance, stability and reliability of the devices running these systems.
As you probably know, Apple may release the next-generation iPhone as soon as this August or September. Yesterday, a new report appeared online, which gives us some more details on the smartphone and its technical specifications. The document was released by the TrendForce reporters. According to this report, the next-generation iPhone will get 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and the support of Force Touch technology, which was first introduced in the Apple Watch and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Just like the previous reports from reliable sources, this one suggests that there will be two iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.
According to the latest report released by usually reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the guys from Cupertino may officially announce the next-generation iPhone in August and release the device in September. This report goes in line with the rumors, which appeared earlier this week suggesting that Apple may change its usual update cycle and release the new iPhone model or models in August instead of September. It should be noted, however, that Apple has never organized any media events devoted to new product launches in August, so this may be the first time.
According to the latest report released by people familiar with the matter, Apple is currently working on a widely-rumored split-screen viewing mode for the iPad, which will allow users to work with two apps on a single screen simultaneously, multi-user login option as well as on two models of the long-awaited 12-inch iPad Pro codenamed “J98″ and “J99”. The aforementioned software improvements are expected to be introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference scheduled for June. Alongside the revamped Music app supporting Apple’s upcoming Beats-based streaming music service, they will may be added to iOS 9.
Apple has recently updated its Apple Store app with new features,which make it easier for customers to commit purchases. The updated application can boast of the support of Touch ID for quick access to purchase history and EasyPay receipts. Apart from that, the guys from Cupertino have added the support of the two-step verification to the application making it even more secured and easy-to-use.
According to the latest report from reliable insiders, Apple is currently planning to release a new application in iOS 9 called Home. This application will allow users to control the HomeKit they own. In case you don’t know, the HomeKit platform was officially announced at WWDC last year. It lets developers create apps for iOS capable of controlling various smarthome appliances.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple is planning to update the look of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 with a new font that was originally developed for the Apple Watch and is currently used on the wearable device. This new font will replace Helvetica Neue, which was introduced with the release of iOS 7 in 2013. In case you don’t know, the new font is called San Francisco; it was first shown to public last September.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on a new streaming music service. It will be reportedly called Apple Music. Its announcement may take place as soon as in June at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
As you probably know, Apple’s NFC-based payments system called Apple Pay is currently available only in the United States of America. The guys from Cupertino are working hard to increase the number of partners supporting their service. A strong indication of their effort is the fact that they are constantly updating the list of supported banks and financial institutions. According to the latest document published by Apple, Apple Pay has recently begun working with 35 new banks in the USA. The total number of partners among financial institutions is now close to 300. If to take into account the number of retailers and shops across the USA, the total number will be even larger.
The guys from Cupertino have recently released the very first update for the Apple Watch operating system. The Watch OS 1.0.1 contains a number of bug fixes and brings a number of performance and security improvements to the smartwatch. Unfortunately, there’s no Find My Watch feature, which was rumored to be included in the first software update. Looks like adding such a feature is a bit complicated task.
Apple on Tuesday released the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and the 27-inch iMac with an amazing 5K display. The release took place one day earlier than we expected. As you know, rumors pointed to the official launch of the aforementioned devices on Wednesday.
Last week, I told you that the Apple Watch is a potential target for thieves as it has no Activation Lock or Find My iPhone feature. According to the latest report from 9to5Mac reporters, who cite reliable sources, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on an update for Watch OS that will include a feature called Find My Watch. This update will also make the operating system more stable and improve its connectivity and health-tracking capabilities as well as the compatibility with third-party apps. Moreover, this update can possibly make the smartwatch a primary input device for the upcoming Apple TV.
According to the latest report released by The Wall Street Journal, last year, Apple decided to postpone the release of the television set. As noted in the report, the guys from Cupertino planned to add a 4K display, a FaceTime camera and a bunch of other interesting features to their TV-set. They even managed to create several working prototypes. However, the company executives decided not to enter such a competitive market and cancelled the release of the new device.