Apple on Tuesday released iOS 9.2 to users worldwide. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system features a wide number of stability, security and performance enhancements as well as some changes for Apple Music, Mail and Safari. Apart from that, the most-recent update brought the support for Lightning to SD Card Reader, Arabic language for Siri and some other less conspicuous enhancements for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
According to the latest report from reliable insiders, Apple may officially unveil the next-generation Apple Watch at a separate media event in March, roughly a year after the debut of the original Apple Watch. The company plans to start shipping the new wearable device by April.
Apple has just quietly launched new smart accessory for the iPhone 6s. This accessory is a thin battery case that may substantially increase the battery life of the handset. While iPhones have been supporting the use of third-party external battery cases since the launch of the iPhone 4 or even earlier, it is the first time the company released its own suchlike product.
The latest report from MacRumors suggests that Apple has gifted its retail employees with a set of urBeats earphones from the Beats by Dr. Dre lineup for the holidays. The retail price of the aforementioned headphones is $99.95. Apple has sent the black and red urBeats headphones to all employees in the world with a packaging saying "Thank You 2015." Giving out presents to its employees, the company shows that without the team of sales specialists, it would be impossible to continue the successful pace on the worldwide market.
According to the latest data from Apple shared by Boston Globe, iPhone and iPad owners are now using the built-in Apple Maps app three times more often than its closest competitor, which is Google Maps. Each week the mapping service gets 5 billion map-related requests from all over the world.
According to the latest report from Nikkan, Japan Display (JDI) is currently in talks with Apple to supply the US tech giant with OLED panels for the iPhone in 2018. The aforementioned company is Apple’s long-time LED panels supplier, so it is very likely that Apple may opt for the same manufacturer for new displays.
Thousands of people around the globe are waiting for the release of the next-generation iPhone or iPhones. According to a number of reliable sources, next January we may see a 4-inch iPhone 6c featuring a 4-inch display, Apple’s A9 processor, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, NFC and a colorful metal body. Apart from that, later in 2016, the Cupertino-based tech giant will unveil the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, which will get the support of 3D Touch display as well as a number of other new features.
Heating up the anticipation and demand for the new handset, designers create iPhone concepts. One of such concepts designed by Sonitdac is available below. It features a unique parachute system that may help iPhone owners avoid damage caused by accidental drops of the device.
It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Most of the articles this week deal with Apple’s long-awaited 4-inch iPhone that is expected to become something like a copy of the iPhone 5s. There are also some articles that deal with the Apple TV, iPad Pro and the Apple Watch.
According to the latest report from a research firm Piper Jaffray, 20% of customers in the United States of America prefer a 4-inch smartphone form factor. What this means is that Apple may indeed release a second-generation iPhone 5s with a new A9 processor, NFC, Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a number of other new features.
A new aerial video showing the construction site of Apple’s “spaceship” Campus 2 has been recently shared on YouTube by Duncan Sinfield. This short clip lets us take a look at how much work has been done over the past couple of weeks. You can take a look at the drone footage below.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes reporters, Apple is currently working on the next-generation Apple TV, which is expected to become much faster than its predecessor released in November. The trial production of the device will start later this month and the mass production may begin in January, reporters claim.
Following two iPhone 6s commercials entitled “Ridiculously Powerful” and “Hey Siri” released earlier this week, Apple has just shared a new short clip called “On the Set”. The 15-second ad once again highlights Apple’s virtual assistant Siri and its capabilities. The commercial is available on Apple’s official YouTube channel as well as on our website. Take a look.
According to the latest report from a research firm called IDC, Apple may have sold as many as 3.9 million Apple Watch units in the third quarter of this year. As to the total number of wearable devices sold to customers in the Q3 2015, it reportedly grew to 21.0 million units from just 7.1 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2014. It should be noted, however, that the numbers shared by the analysts are just estimates. So far, Apple hasn’t revealed the exact quantity of Apple Watches sold in the first months of its availability.
The chart below demonstrates the current state of the smartwatch market.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently confirmed earlier reports from other reliable insiders and claimed Apple is planning to release a 4-inch iPhone similar to the iPhone 5s in terms of design in early 2016. Unlike other sources, however, Kuo believes the new handset will be equipped with an efficient A9 processor manufactured by Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), not the A8X chip. Other details about the upcoming gadget include NFC, metal body with at least two or three color options, same camera as in the iPhone 5s and a price tag of $400-500.
According to a research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), 37% of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus buyers have purchased the 5.5-inch model. If to compare the results of this year with those of 2014, we may see that the number of users choosing the iPhone with a larger display has grown substantially over the past 12 months. Last year, 25% of customers decided to purchase the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, so the increase is equal to 12%.
If to speak about the number of users who switched from rival platforms, Google’s Android in particular, it has changed as well. The share of former Android users accounted for 26% and this is a new record. Last year, it was equal to 12% and in 2013 it made 23% of iPhone 5s purchasers.