It is Sunday today, which means it is high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past several days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at them right now.
Hackers have recently begun exploring the capabilities of the Apple Watch. The wearable gadget launched in the USA and a number of other countries on April 24th has already been hacked to run a web browser. Below you may take a look at the short video showing Google’s start page right on the screen of the smartwatch. Although using a web-browser on a device with the screen size like this does not seem a very convenient thing, the fact remains: you can use a browser on your Apple Watch.
According to the latest report from ChipWorks, which was mentioned yesterday, the Apple Watch can boast of the processor manufactured using a 28-nanometer technology. And that is quite strange as most of the portable devices these days have more advanced chips inside. For example, the chip, which is currently used in the iPhone 6 is created using a 20-nanometer technology and the one, which is expected be added to the next-generation iPhone, is rumored to be produced using 14-nanometer building process.
According to the information found in Moody's Investors Service study, which was published on Thursday, Apple remains the top cash holder in the United States of America with about $178 billion in cash reserves. Its closest competitors from the technology sector, Microsoft and Google, have noticeably weaker reserves of $90.2 billion and $64.4 billion in cash respectively. Another interesting fact is that the sum of money Apple has in its reserve is greater that the sum of money most of the U.S. industries have combined. That’s what I call a successful tech company.
The long-anticipated Apple Watch has been already torn down by iFixit team and a number of other research companies. Most of the experts agree that the most innovative part of the wearable device is its S1 chip, responsible for maintaining the entire functionality of the smartwatch. According to the latest report from ChipWorks, this tiny chip is not as simple as it seems to be. In fact, it contains more than 30 individual components, each responsible for a particular feature.
As you probably know, last year, Apple released two smartphones, namely, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. According to the latest rumors and the reports from reliable insiders, this year Apple may unveil two or even three smartphones at once: one with 4.7-inch display, one with with 5.5-inch display and one smaller with a 4-inch display. If to speak about other specs of the long-anticipated devices, they remain unknown.
Keeping in mind all the rumors, a well-known concept designer Martin Hajek has recently created its own model of the next-generation iPhone called presumably the iPhone 7 (or the iPhone 6s). The smartphone features a massive display and the Home button with Touch ID integrated right into it. You can take a look at the concept below.
Apple has earlier today launched a new iPad-dedicated microsite aimed at showing users how the tablet may change their lives and help in accomplishing various tasks. This site has several sections, namely, Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, Traveling with iPad as well as Redecorating with iPad.
Apart from launching a new new website, the guys from Cupertino have also released a new iPad ad called Everything Changes with iPad. The commercial is available below and on Apple’s official YouTube channel, so you may take a look at it right now.
One of the things I like most about Apple is that it continues to support older versions of its software. OS X and Safari browser are perfect examples illustrating my words.
According to a support document released by the guys from Cupertino, the company has recently released Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6 for OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 and OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5 with fixes for WebKit vulnerabilities found in the browser. These vulnerabilities are reportedly connected with WebKit, WebKit History and WebKit Page Loading. If you have any of the aforementioned versions of OS X installed on your Mac, it is recommended that you should update your browser as soon as possible. This will allow to protect your data and computer from Internet thieves.
Following the report about Apple’s problems with reaching agreement with music labels ahead of the debut of the widely-rumored Beats-based streaming music service, a new rumor appeared on the Internet suggesting that the service will be launched in a number of countries in late June. Moreover, alongside the revamped subscription-based music service, the guys from Cupertino will reportedly launch an updated version of iTunes Radio. The exact number of first-wave countries remains unknown, however, reliable insiders claim this will be a ‘long list’.
According to the latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the phablet market grew 21% in the first quarter of this year. What is interesting is that this growth is caused by the immense demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, which occupied as many as 44% of the market. Just for you to compare: last year, the phablet market growth accounted for only 6% in the first quarter. The main reason for people to choose a phablet is the size of its display. Apart from that, phablets are usually better in terms of performance and battery life.
Apple Hasn't Yet Reached Licensing Agreement with Music Labels Ahead of Launch of Its New Music Service
This year's Worldwide Developer Conference is expected to be very interesting and full of events. As you already know, the guys from Cupertino will officially unveil the next-generation Apple TV with a redesigned remote control, A8 processor inside and the support of Siri and its own App Store. Earlier it was reported that Apple is also planning to announce the redesigned Beats-based streaming music service, which may be integrated directly into iOS 9. According to the latest report from Billboard, the debut of the new music service may take place a bit later as Apple hasn't yet reached the agreements with music labels, which are required for the launch of Beats-based service this summer. Some sources believe Apple will manage to reach the licensing agreements by June, others say it is impossible.
According to the latest report from reliable sources, the remote control for the next-generation Apple TV, which is expected to be unveilled in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, will feature two physical buttons, possibly Play/Pause and Mute, and a touchpad instead of the ring-shaped button for navigation. The remote will become a bit thicker, insiders believe. It should be noted, however, that the aforementioned report is based purely on the rumours and experts’ predictions, so you should take it with a few pinches of salt.
Apple has just stopped signing iOS 8.2, which means it is no longer possible to restore or downgrade your iPhone or iPad to this version of Apple’s mobile operating system. If you have iOS 8.3 installed on your device, you can simply ignore this post, however, if you want to continue using iOS 8.2, be careful and don’t upgrade to iOS 8.3 accidentally as it would be impossible to downgrade. This suggestion is especially important for the owners of older iPhones and iPads, which may encounter some performance issues on iOS 8.3.
As a part of the recently-updated 'Made for Apple Watch' program, the guys from Cupertino have recently published the detailed schematics for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. These schematics have been published specifically for third-party companies and Apple partners, who can use them to create bands and other accessories for the long-anticipated wearable device. As can be seen on the images below, the schematics include the precise dimensions of the smartwatch as well as of its components, such as the screen, the Digital Crown etc. More information about the Apple Watch can be found on Apple's official webpage devoted to this device.
As you probably know, the Apple Watch comes with a magnetic wireless charger. Users have to charge their wearable devices every night to make them work throughout the day. According to what one accessory manufacturer has recently told the reporters, there is a possibility to use the hidden 6-pin port on the smartwatch to charge it with the help of something called battery strap directly while wearing the gadget on the wrist. The manufacturer is reportedly working on a flexible battery in the form of the Apple Watch band and will announce it in the near future.