According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the guys from Cupertino will pay record labels 2 cents for each song streamed by Apple Music users during the the three-month free trial period. Initially, Apple did not plan to pay artists during the trial period, however, after some of them began to complain about such state of things, the company executives changed their plans and reconsidered the payments policy.
Apart from releasing OS X El Capitan 10.11 Beta 2 and the second testing version of iOS 9, the guys from Cupertino have also seeded watchOS 2.0 Beta 2 to developers. The update to the operating system running on company’s first-ever wearable device contains a number of stability and security improvements. The latest beta gives Apple Watch developers more opportunities to create native apps for the smartwatch and make them even more easy-to-use and functional.
Apart from seeding the second beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11, the guys from Cupertino have released iOS 9 Beta 2 to developers for testing. The second build can boast of a number of bug fixes for Mail app, AirPlay and other sections of the mobile operating system. In general, the developers say the second beta is more stable than the first one, however, there’re still many things to be improved.
Apple has recently seeded the second beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11 to developers. The release took place nearly two weeks after the official announcement and the release of the initial beta of the new desktop operating system at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
Software developer Nick Lee has recently shared a new interesting video showing Macintosh OS 7.5.5 running on the recently-released Apple Watch. The video, which is available below, demonstrates how many things have changed in the computer industry over the last twenty years. In case you don’t know, the version of Apple’s operating system for Macs running on the wearable device was originally released on September 27, 1996. Quite an old build, I must admit.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently confirmed that the main reason for the company to manufacture gold iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches is a strong demand for such devices in China. As you probably know, Chinese market is one of the most promising for Apple as the number of customers there grows rapidly each month. According to the latest report published by Bloomberg reporters, users from China generated 29% of Apple revenue in the quarter, which ended in March.
I have got some good news for all those people who have been waiting for the jailbreaking tool capable of hacking iOS 8.3. Taig team has just released such a tool and you can download it right now. It should be noted, however, that the jailbreak for iOS 8.3 is currently available only for Windows computers, so if you are using Mac and want to try the new utility, you have to find a PC or use Bootcamp.
Apple has recently launched a 27-inch iMac hard drive replacement program. According to what the guys from Cupertino write, a small number of late-2012 27-inch iMacs may have some problems with their 3TB hard drives. Those who use the aforementioned devices and have encountered hard drive failures, can replace the faulty parts either at Apple Store or with the help of Apple Authorized Service Providers. Apart from that, the guys from Cupertino have begun sending emails to faulty 27-inch iMac owners with the information about the recently-launched replacement program and its terms and conditions.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes, the guys from Cupertino are working on a new iPhone design. As noted by reliable sources, future iPhones will boast of thinner bodies with Touch ID fingerprint scanners integrated directly into the display. There will be no Home button, insiders claim. Apple reportedly looks forward to integrating both touchscreen and display drivers into a single chip.
It is Sunday today, which means it is time to take a look at the most interesting stories of the past seven days. Are you ready? If so, then let’s not waste time and start right now.
According to Apple’s latest patent filing, the guys from Cupertino have recently created a new material that looks and feels like metal, but actually is a frequency-transparent plastic. This invention can possibly allow Apple to get rid of the antenna bands that can be found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and create a smartphone with an incredibly sleek design. Below you may take a look at the mockup of the handset made of this new material compared to the iPhone 6.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release two next-generation iPhones later this year. People familiar with the matter claim these handsets will be called the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. This smartphones will reportedly get new processors, 2GB of RAM, the support of Force Touch technology and a bunch of other hardware improvements. If to speak about the software, the devices will use iOS 9 and boast of a new Music app supporting Apple’s upcoming streaming music service.
Apple has earlier this week quietly removed the original iPad mini from its online store. This means that it is not possible to purchase this device directly from Apple’s virtual marketplace anymore. In case you don’t know, the smaller version of the iPad was released in 2012 and could boast of the 7.9-inch display, Apple A5 processor, 512MB of RAM and 5-megapixel camera. Frankly speaking, it’s high time the guys from Cupertino removed this device from the store. You see, there are currently two other iPad mini models that are more powerful and efficient.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the next-generation Apple Watch will boast of a number of new features aimed at making it a more independent device. Some of the new features may be added to the watchOS 2.0, which is expected to be officially released in the near future.
According to the latest report from a research firm Slice Intelligence, Apple has sold about 2.79 million Apple Watch units since the launch of the device this April. The estimates made by the researchers are based on the mail receipts from two million users. As noted by Slice Intelligence, out of these two million people, nearly 20.000 have purchased the long-awaited wearable device. Moreover, 17% of the customers have decided to buy an additional band for the smartwatch. That’s definitely not bad for Apple.