It is Sunday today, which means it is high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
As you already know, Apple is expected to release new handsets, namely, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus later this year. These devices will reportedly feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, 12-megapixel cameras, new A9 processors, 2GB of RAM and a number of other useful features.
Although we haven’t yet seen Apple's smartphones, which should be unveiled this year, two designers have recently released a new video showing the iPhone 7 concept. This concept can boast of a new A10 processor, wireless charging capabilities and a refreshed look. You can take a look at the next-gen iPhone model below.
According to the latest report from a German magazine called Manager Magazin, Apple was in negotiations with the German car manufacturer BMW concerning the possibility to use the BMW i3 platform for the upcoming electric vehicle, which is expected to be released in 2020. The guys from Cupertino planned to use i3’s lightweight carbon fiber body as a basis for their own car, however, for some reason the companies decided to halt the talks and concentrate on other projects.
Well, I know it’s not a piece of Apple-related news, but I’ve just found a video of kids reacting to the first-generation iPod. This video shows us how many things have changed over the last fifteen years in the computer and portable device industry.
According to the latest report from, a research firm IDC, Apple’s smartphone market share continues to increase. In the second quarter of 2015, the share reached 14.1%. If to compare this result with the year-ago quarter, we’ll notice a 3.1% growth. The number of smartphone units sold to customers worldwide increased from 35.2 million in Q2 2014 to 47.5 million in the second quarter of this year. That’s definitely a good result, I must admit.
Several interesting images have recently appeared on the Internet. These images show something similar to the front panel for the upcoming iPhone 6s. The images have been shared by the usually-reliable French website Nowhereelse.fr, so I guess we can believe what we see.
The guys from Cupertino have recently filed three patent applications that describe a technology capable of gathering user’s biometric information, storing it and associating this information with a certain user’s profile that can be used to control other device or devices remotely. Looks like Apple is seriously planning to release a remote for its long-awaited television set or Apple TV set-top box that will allow to identify users and configure their accounts and settings using biometric sensors detecting fingerprints, voice or other personal characteristics.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch market has grown 457% over the last year. In the second quarter of 2014, smartwatch vendors managed to sell about 1 million of wearable devices. In the second quarter of 2015, however, the worldwide shipments accounted for impressive 5 million units. Previously, Samsung was the leader of the market with the share of 73.6% and 0.7 million smartwatch units shipped. Now the first place is occupied by Apple with the share of 75.5% and 4 million Apple Watches sold to customers worldwide.
Apple on Tuesday announced its financial results in the third fiscal or second calendar quarter of 2015. According to the numbers, which were shared by the guys from Cupertino at a conference call yesterday, the company managed to earn $49.6 billion in revenue and $10.7 billion in net profit during the last quarter. If to compare these financial results with the results of the year-ago quarter, we’ll see that they are noticeably higher. The revenue of Q3 2014 was equal to $37.4 billion and the net profit accounted for $7.7 billion.
Apart from seeding iOS 9 Beta 4 to testers, the guys from Cupertino have recently made the fourth pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan available for registered members of the program for developers. The release took place two weeks after the debut of the previous El Capitan beta, which contained a number of under-the-hood enhancements.
Apple has recently seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9 to developers for testing. The latest build can boast of a number of stability and performance improvements as well as several new features. In case you don’t know, the previous version was released about two weeks ago.
Looks like the guys from Cupertino haven’t given up the idea of creating their own electric car. According to the latest report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has recently hired former Chrysler executive, or, to be more precise, the Senior Vice President of the Chrysler Group Doug Betts. His LinkedIn page shows that he’s now working at Apple in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, no other details about this new hire have been shared by Apple or the Cupertino-based company.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino have recently started a new iPhone ad campaign. The main idea of this campaign sounds like “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone”. Apple has already shown us two commercials shot for the new campaign, namely, “Loved” and “Hardware & Software”. Both short videos are available at link.
Now the time has come for a new ad. It is called “Amazing Apps” and as you might have guessed, it tells us about the applications developed for the iPhone and the place where these applications are stored - the App Store. The commercial is available below and on Apple’s official YouTube channel.
According to the latest report from M.I.C. Gadget, the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to expand the minimum storage of the next-generation iPhone. Instead of using 16GB, Apple is said to equip the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with 32GB of memory. This will make the handsets a bit more expensive, however, the increase in memory will allow users to download and store more files directly in their smartphones. It should be noted, however, that the rumor about new minimum storage option comes from insiders who have reportedly seen the packaging of the would-be devices. Well, that’s not the most reliable source of information, so I guess we should take the aforementioned report with a few pinches of salt.
A well-known hacker saurik has recently released a new tweak called Cydia Impactor. This tweak allows you to 'unjailbreak' your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without connecting it to computer and performing a full system restore, which deletes user data and erases all the settings. According to the developer of the tweak, the tiny tool gives an opportunity to restore system files and data removed or damaged during the process of jailbreak. Cydia Impactor will be helpful for those people, who don’t like syncing their iOS device with computer or those who plan to quickly 'unjailbreak' the smartphone or tablet before selling or giving it away.