As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release their long-anticipated Apple Watch as soon as in March. While we know that the smartwatch will be equipped with Apple S1 processor, a number of sensors capable of tracking user’s physical activity and a bunch of other useful features, we have no idea of the battery capacity of the wearable device.
Apple on Wednesday seeded another OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta to developers for testing. This is the sixth beta and its release took place about a week after the release of the fifth version for developers, which had a build number 14C99d and contained a number of stability and security improvements and bug fixes.
Microsoft on Tuesday officially announced the widely rumored Windows 10. Probably the most interesting thing about the yet-to-be-released operating system is the fact that it will be running on computers, tablets and smartphones. Yes, that right, one operating system for all kinds of devices.
While first builds of Windows 10 will become available for the registered users of the Insider Program only in February, we can still take a look at how the OS looks like.
According to the latest data that can be found on Apple's support page for developers, iOS 8 adoption rate has once again improved. Although this improvement is not as substantial as the previous one, it shows that more and more people switch to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Some of them purchase smartphones and tablets with iOS 8 pre-installed, but most of the users simply upgrade to a newer version of iOS.
Back in October, the guys from Cupertino launched their NFC-based mobile payments service called Apple Pay in the USA. Currently the system is incredibly popular among the American customers. It can boast of the support of the largest banks and financial institutions, retailers, supermarkets and cafes. Moreover, according to Apple's page devoted to the partners working with Apple Pay, the company has earlier this week added 15 new banks to the list of those that support the advanced payments method.
According to the latest report published by a research firm called Counterpoint Research, Apple's iPhone market share in such countries as South Korea, China and Japan grew noticeably over the last months.
Earlier today, Apple was granted a patent for an eye-tracking technology, which can help users control the whole interface of a computer, laptop or smartphone. This technology will reportedly be used in the next generations of Apple's iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Apple TVs. The technology described in the document is unique as it allows users not to lose control of a cursor while working with a device. That is the key point of Apple's most recent patent.
According to what the analysts predict, Apple's iPhone and Mac sales in the holiday quarter have set a new record in the history of the company. As noted by Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley, over the holiday period, the guys from Cupertino have sold nearly 69 million iPhone units and about 5.8 million Mac units.
In case you don't remember, in the Q1 2014, Apple managed to sell as many as 51 million iPhones. If to speak about Mac sales, they are expected to beat the current record of 5.5 million Apple's computers sold in Q4 2014.
We all use passwords. Probably, every person on our planet has a bunch of passwords for email accounts, social networks and other websites and services. In most cases, the passwords are complicated enough to protect the sensitive information. As it turns out, not always.
You probably think that the upcoming Apple Watch will become the first wearable device the guys from Cupertino have ever created. And what if I tell you that you are wrong?
As it turns out, back in 1995, two years before Steve Jobs came back to his company, Apple released a beautiful wrist-worn watch made of anodized aluminum with incredible design, colorful logo, scratch-resistant glass and "Mac OS" inscription on the band. Of course, it was just a watch; it couldn't boast of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (it was 1995). However, the "Apple Watch" was very good-looking.
Back in December, three thieves stole 240 iPhone 6 units from a warehouse in China. I must admit, they did this in a rather unusual way. According to what Xinhua News Agency reporters write, three men dug a 20-inch hole beneath the wall of the warehouse in Beijing and took 240 iPhone 6 units with total value of about $230.000 (1.4 million yuan). Although this extraordinary event took place between December 12th ad 13th, Chinese press announced it publicly only today.
Good news for all the Mac users, who want to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad running iOS 8 - iOS 8.1.2. A new tool compatible with Apple's desktop operating system has been recently released. It is called PP Jailbreak and it allows to hack handsets and tablets with the latest version of iOS 8 on board. It should be noted that today's utility for jailbreak has nothing to do with TaiG Jailbreak for Windows. It is a brand new tool created by a group of independent developers.
It is Sunday today, which means I have to tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. In order not to waste your time, I'll start right now.
According to the new report released by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the guys from Cupertino are planning to equip their long-anticipated 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an optional stylus. Since the larger tablet will reportedly be targeted at enterprise customers, who use similar devices primarily for work, the addition of such a tool looks quite logical. Painters, designers and all those creative personalities that might need the larger iPad will also find a stylus very useful, I guess.
As you probably know, Apple is currently working on several iOS versions, namely, iOS 8.1.3, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3 and iOS 9. While the first three versions are very unlikely to feature something really worth your attention (apart from the support of Apple Watch, of course), the latter one is expected to bring a wide number of new features to Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Its release may take place in September alongside the release of the new iPhone or iPhones.