Apple on Thursday released the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers for testing. New firmware version can boast of a number of performance improvements and several important bugfixes. The release comes just one week after the release of the previous beta and about one month after the release of the first iOS 8.2 beta. Apart from seeding iOS 8.2, the guys from Cupertino also made Xcode 6.2 beta 3 with WatchKit available for developers.
As you probably know, this year, Apple took part in the World AIDS Day campaign aimed at raising money to fight one of the most dangerous and quickly spreading diseases of the 21st century. The guys from Cupertino arranged several (Product) RED promotions, created a special (RED) App Store section and sent a part of money from all retail and online sales from Friday, November 28th and Monday, December 1st to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In general, Apple managed to raise about $20 million. Well, this is what Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a letter to employees.
Several weeks after the previous release, the guys from Cupertino have seeded three Safari betas to developers for testing, namely, Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3 and Safari 6.2.3. Each of these betas contains a wide number of stability and performance improvements as well as some new features.
According to the latest job posting, which can be found on Apple’s official website, the guys from Cupertino are currently looking for specialists, capable of expanding the functionality of Apple Pay to several new regions, namely, Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. The new team will reportedly work in London.
Apple on Tuesday shared a new aerial photo of its new “spaceship” Campus 2, which is currently under the construction. The image is available on the official City of Cupertino’s website. People familiar with the matter say the latest image is taken from the different angle.
According to the latest reports from people familiar with the matter, the guys from Cupertino have recently begun testing iOS 8.1.3 actively, which indicates that ahead of the public release of iOS 8.2 with the support of the long-awaited Apple Watch early next year, we may actually see one more iOS version containing stability improvements and bug fixes.
A well-known Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has recently once again speculated on the release date of Apple’s widely-rumored TV-set. This time he claimed the guys from Cupertino will release their smart television in about two years. And that is rather strange, I must admit.
At a media event in Beijing, Huawei today announced its new smartphone called Honor 6 Plus. Keeping in mind the fact that the previous handset released by this Asian manufacturer was called Honor 6, we can assume that the company has a very talented team and creative team responsible for branding and naming the new products.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Samsung is currently in talks with LoopPay, a company, which has recently developed a new payments method to launch Apple Pay competitor in 2015. This method uses a technology different from NFC utilized in Google Wallet or Apple Pay and that is an advantage, I guess, as not all the smartphones on the market can boast of the support of NFC.
According to the latest statistics from Google, Apple’s iPhone 6 has topped the rating of the most popular and trending tech searches of 2014. Moreover, the long-anticipated Apple Watch has managed to get the eighth spot and the iPad Air - the tenth place of the same rating published by the search giant.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Piper Jaffray, the guys from Cupertino still have problems in meeting the demand for the recently-released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Every week the number of smartphones produced increases, but the speed of such growth is too slow.
It is Sunday again, which means that I’m ready to tell you about the most interesting articles of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at them right now.
Apple has earlier today released a new holiday-themed ad called “The Song”. In the short video, which is, by the way, available below, you may see a young girl, who decided to make a special present for the person she cares about.
Apple has recently added PayPal as a new payment option on its official online store in the USA and the UK. Earlier, one of the world's most popular payments services was available only on the App Store, but now you can use it to pay for real goods, such as iPhones, iPads, accessories etc. from Apple's retail store.
According to the latest report from Reuters, Apple has been recently accused of anticompetitive behavior in Canada. The country's Competitive Bureau has already begun the evaluation of Apple's contracts with local cellular carriers signed in the recent years, which are believed to "contain anticompetitive language".