A couple of images showing something very similar to the new third-party case for the long-anticipated 12-inch iPad Pro have been recently spotted online. While it is currently impossible to check the legitimacy of these photos, they show us an accessory, which is really similar to the one for the iPad Air. The case has nearly the same cutouts for volume rockers, mute switch, Power button, rear camera and Lightning connector. However, the leaked part is a bit different from the iPad Pro case that appeared on the Net several weeks ago.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, Apple’s chief product designer Jony Ive and retail executive Angela Ahrendts are currently working on a major redesign of Apple's retail stores in the USA and other countries. Such a step is aimed at making retail locations more natural and comfortable for customers. These changes will focus customers’ attention on new products, for example, on the Apple Watch, which is expected to be released in April. As usual, there’s no official confirmation of the rumors from Apple.
It is Sunday today, that is why I have made up a list of the most interesting posts of the past seven days. As usual, the articles worth your attention are available below. You may take a look at them right now.
According to what numerous sources write, Apple is currently working on its own electric vehicle. Yesterday I told you about the reports shared by the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times journalists, which suggested that the guys from Cupertino may be thinking about a self-driving vehicle. As it turns out, there’s indeed a project called “Titan”, which involves “several hundred” of Apple’s employees and which is aimed at creating a fully-electric car.
According to 2015 rankings published by Fast Company, Apple is the second most innovative company in the world. In the first place of the rating one can see Warby Parker, a firm that creates designer eyewear, and in the third place one will spot Alibaba. As to Apple’s most influential rival, which is Google, it stays in the fourth place of the list.
According to the information that was made public ahead of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity at Stanford University, the U.S. government may soon make Apple Pay available for the owners of federal-payment cards. The big event may take place in September. These cards include Social Security cards as well as those issued to veterans getting financial support from the state. The official U.S. government acknowledgement will become a massive step forward for Apple, which can help the company lure lots of new customers not only from the USA, but also from other countries. Moreover, this acknowledgement proves that the NFC-based payments system ensures a high level of security for customers, banks and other partners of the company.
According to the latest report from Reuters, the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to create their own electric car. In fact, the reporters claim this will be a self-driving vehicle capable of moving with the help of a wide number of sensors and assistance systems. Earlier it was reported that Apple was working only on the software for the autonomous car, however, it appears that the company is now developing the whole futuristic vehicle.
According to the latest report from a reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-generation iPhone will feature an upgraded Touch ID fingerprint sensor with eliminated reading errors. The main reason for the guys from Cupertino to improve the sensor is Apple Pay, which is expected to be launched in the U.K., Canada and probably China later this year. In order to protect users’ sensitive data and make the payments service work as efficient as possible, Touch ID should be stable and secure.
Apple once again proved that it is one of largest companies in the world. In fact, yesterday the tech giant from Cupertino managed to reach the market capitalization of incredible $710.736 billion. This allowed Apple to grab the title of the first $700 billion company in the United States of America. Below you may take a look at the chart showing more details on Apple’s achievement.
I have got some bad news for all the users of jailbroken iPhone, iPad and compatible iPod touch models. The guys from Cupertino have recently stopped signing iOS 8.1.2. What this means is that it is now impossible to restore your device to this version of iOS without losing jailbreak. That is why I suggest that you should be very careful and make sure you do not update your smartphone, tablet or portable media player to the latest version of iOS.
As I’ve already told you, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3 and iOS 9. As it turns out, there’s one more iOS version in the work. This version is codenamed Copper and people familiar with the matter believe it will be released sometime after the official launch of the long-awaited Apple Watch in April. As to the new features of the mobile operating system, they remain unknown. The only thing we know is that Apple is currently planning to add the support of the revamped Beats-based streaming music service to iOS 8.4.
Apple on Monday seeded the first version of iOS 8.3 to registered developers for testing. The release comes just a week after the release of the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which contained fixes for bugs affecting Facebook app and calendar syncing.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to make iOS 9 available to customers worldwide later this year. The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be most-likely released alongside the new iPhone in September. According to reliable insiders, the next iOS update codenamed Monarch will contain a wide number of stability and performance improvements, however, it won’t boast of major design tweaks or new functionality.
According to what Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu has recently written, Apple will equip its next-generation iPhone with the same 8-megapixel rear camera, which is currently used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Unlike all the other smartphone manufacturers on the market, the guys from Cupertino have decided not to use photo sensors with increased megapixel count. However, Apple may improve the camera by adding new lenses or other hardware and software enhancements.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, the guys from Cupertino will show us an updated MacBook Air later this month. Since Apple has no media events planned for February, this won’t be the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display and a number of serious performance improvements. This will be just a slightly better version of the existing laptop. The updated MacBook Air is expected to become available on February 24th.