It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the articles you might like right now.
With the release of iOS 8.3 beta, the guys from Cupertino have slightly improved the functionality of the build-in voice assistant. According to what reliable sources write, Siri now can make calls via speakerphone every time user asks for that using the “Hey Siri” command. Strangely enough, such a simple feature was missing in iOS 8 - 8.2. It’s good Apple discovered this and found a solution to the problem.
According to what people familiar with the matter write, at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference scheduled for June, the guys from Cupertino plan to announce a new Apple TV set-top box. The new media device will reportedly boast of Apple’s A8 processor and a big amount of internal storage. Apart from that, the sources claim Apple will add Siri to its next-generation set-top box and create a special App Store version with applications for Apple TV. SDK for developers to create apps will become available this summer as well.
According to the latest video showing progress on the construction site of Apple’s new “Spaceship” campus, the steel structure at the gates of the would-be headquarters has reached the fifth floor. This indicates that the construction workers do their job extremely quickly. If to compare the most-recent clip with the previous one, which was released earlier this month, we may see that the workers now focus their attention on the main part of the round building.
The guys from Cupertino have recently released an update to their iPhoto app for Mac. This update is aimed at making it easier for OS X users to transfer their photo libraries to the new Photos app, which will become available for public later this year.
Apple on Thursday was granted a patent for “Method and Apparatus for Localization of “Haptic Feedback”. In other words, this is the document, which describes a brand new type of a Mac keyboard with a touch-sensitive flat surface similar to the one Magic Trackpad has. Physical keys on this keyboard are replaced with virtual ones. Their work is based on the technology nearly identical to Force Touch that debuted in the Apple Watch and the trackpad of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook.
A well-known watchmaker from Switzerland called TAG Heuer has recently announced its partnership with Google and Intel aimed at creation of the new high-end and luxury smartwatch. This smartwatch will reportedly have Android Wear on board and will be released at the very end of 2015. As you might have guessed, this wearable device will become the main rival of the Apple Watch, which will be released this April.
According to the official data shared by Apple, iOS 8 adoption rate reached 77% on March 16th. The adoption rate has increased 2% over the last two weeks. One possible reason for such an increase is the release of iOS 8.2, which can boast of a number of important stability and performance improvements as well the support of the long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is expected to hit the store shelves in April.
Several new rumors, which deal with the Apple Watch, have recently appeared on the Internet. According to these rumors, the retail employees have nearly finished their trainings aimed at learning how to use and sell the wearable device.
Looks like the guys from Cupertino have finally received all the required approvals from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. This means nothing prevents Apple from making its long-anticipated Apple Watch available for U.S. customers. In case you don’t know, the wearable device will hit the store shelves in the USA and a number of other countries as soon as on April 24th.
Just one day after the release of the fourth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to developers and public beta testers, Apple made three security updates for its browser. Safari 8.0.4, Safari 7.1.4, and Safari 6.2.4 are available for OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion respectively and contain fixes for WebKit.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino launched their own mobile payments system last year. This system is called Apple Pay; it is based on the Near Field Communication technology and it uses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to secure each payment. The only drawback is that the service is currently available only in the USA. According to the latest shared by people familiar with the matter, Apple has recently added the support of 30 new banks and credit institutions to its payments system. From now on, Apple Pay works with Charles Schwab Bank, RBC Bank and several other large financial organizations located in the USA.
Apple on Monday seeded the fourth beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to registered developers and public beta testers. The release came only a couple of days after the release of the third OS X 10.10.3 beta and nearly a month after the release of the very first beta of this version of Apple’s operating system for desktops.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is currently planning a new campaign to lure Android switchers. The guys from Cupertino will soon launch a new trade-in program that will allow Android and BlackBerry users to change their old devices for a gift card, which will let them get a discount when purchasing an iPhone. The trade-in value of old handsets will be determined by Apple Store employees. Everything is simple here: the better your smartphone works and feels, the more you get.
A wide number of MacBook Pro users have begun contacting Apple via company’s support forums in order to complain about the anti-reflective display coating, which is wearing off. The issue affects several MacBook Pro models sold between 2012 and 2014. As to the possible reasons for such awful problem, they include the contact between keyboard, trackpad and the screen as well as the usage of third-party cleaning solutions.