As you probably know, Apple on Monday seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing. Following this release, the guys from Cupertino have made the third pre-release version of their newest desktop operating system available for the members of public beta testing program. Just like El Capitan Beta 5 for developers, this one can boast of a number of stability, performance and security improvements as well as some minor changes for Safari and Spotlight.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Wristly, the Apple Watch has motivated a wide number of early purchasers to start going in for sports and lead a much healthier lifestyle. As shown in the chart below, 75% of the smartwatch buyers have started standing more, 67% have started walking more and 57% have started exercising more with the Apple Watch on their wrist. In general, most of the customers indicated that the device encouraged them to be more physically active and in such a way changed their daily routine. The survey was conducted among 1000 early Apple Watch buyers, that is why the results can be called objective.
According to the latest rumors shared by industry sources citing Apple, over the last four weeks, more than 10 million users have subscribed for the long-awaited Beats-based streaming music service called Apple Music. 10 million in just one month is a great result, however, keeping in mind that the new service has been launched in about 100 countries simultaneously, the number of active subscribers could have been even bigger.
Apple has recently seeded the fifth pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing. The fourth beta was released only a week ago and the very first El Capitan version was officially announced in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. As you probably know, this version of Apple’s desktop operating system can boast of a wide number of under-the-hood improvements, but lacks new features or noticeable design tweaks.
According to the latest report published by the Japanese blog Macotakara, the iPad mini 4, which is expected to be released this fall, will be a smaller copy of the iPad Air 2. People familiar with the matter claim the tablet will get an updated 64-bit A8 processor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the 8-megapixel rear camera. Moreover, the fourth-generation iPad mini will become thinner - only 6.1mm.
As you know, the guys from Cupertino have recently released a new iPod touch. The sixth iteration of the iPod touch has a 4-inch display and can boast of the 64-bit A8 processor with M8 motion coprocessor, 8-megapixel iSight camera and a bunch of other improvements that make it different from the iPod touch 5G.
According to Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple has initially planned to release a 4-inch iPhone 6c this fall. The decision to halt the development and production of the smaller handset until the next year may be connected with the fact that the 6c can possibly reduce the demand and sales of the iPhone 6, which was released in 2014. It is quite obvious that the guys from Cupertino want to sell as many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units as possible and releasing a new lower-cost iPhone is definitely not the best way to do this.
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.