As you already know, Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place June 13 to June 17. Several days before the event, Apple has released an updated iPhone and iPad WWDC app as well as a brand new application for the fourth-generation Apple TV. These apps can be used to get the up-to-date information about the event and are compatible with iOS and tvOS, so if you have a device running one of these two operating systems, you can download app from the App Store and install it right now.
Apple has just released a new iTunes version with some bug fixes, stability enhancements and some other minor changes. According to the release notes, iTunes 12.4.1 improves the way VoiceOver works and fixes the small issue with the Up Next section not playing the songs it should play.
Apple has recently released an updated iOS 9.3.2 version for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro units. This update reportedly fixes the issue that bricked these devices after update to the newer firmware version.
According to the latest report from Kevin Wang, an IHS iSuppli analyst, the 2017 iPhone may feature a dual curve display similar to the one Vivo Xplay 5 currently has. Such comment has been found on the Chinese social network Weibo. First rumors about Apple’s switch to OLED and possibly curved screens appeared on the Internet earlier this year and suggested that soon we can see a major iPhone redesign.
Photos showing several new iPhone cases have recently appeared on the Internet. What is interesting about these particular cases is that they are designed for the yet unreleased 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
According to the results of the latest satisfaction survey conducted among the American customers, Apple has beaten Samsung as a brand with more happy customers. However, the gap between the market rivals is really small - only 1%. 81% of customers are satisfied with their iPhones and 80% of those who own Samsung smartphones also say their devices are pretty good. The aforementioned figures are based on the survey conducted among 12,710 US customers, so it’s rather difficult not to take them into account.
Last month, first rumors about the next-generation MacBook Pro appeared on the Internet. These rumors suggested that the laptop will get numerous hardware improvements and a new design similar to the design of the 12-inch MacBook. There also will be a new OLED panel instead of function keys row, insiders claim. Looks like they are telling the truth.
As you know, later this year, Apple is expected to finish the construction of its new headquarters. The drone video shows that the company does its best to accomplish such an ambitious task as moving into the new Campus 2 as soon as possible. Like several previous videos, this one was shot by Matthew Roberts and is available below and on YouTube.
Currently, the construction workers are focused on finishing the roof structure of the main building, so we see a lot of changes here. Apart from that, the garages for employees’ vehicles are nearly ready. Finally, the fitness center and other building also continue to take shape.
Stay tuned for updates on the progress at Apple’s Campus 2 construction site.
According to the latest report from Nikkei, Apple will soon switch to a new iPhone update cycle.The reporters claim the tech giant will release major iPhone updates once in three years instead of making them available for customers once in two years. Because of this change, the device released in 2016 will be a minor update with some design tweaks and hardware enhancements. As to the truly updated handset, it will come in 2017.
According to a statement made by Kevin Wang, Director and analyst at iSuppli, Apple may finally increase the minimum storage option on the iPhone to 32GB. What this means is that the entry-level iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may become first devices with not 16GB, but 32GB of flash storage on board. Since both handsets are expected to get improved cameras capable of recording 4K video, the increase of base storage is essential.
According to the latest report from Business Insider, developers are starting to lose interest in the Apple Watch. The report is based on data from a mobile database provider Realm. Tim Anglade, the Vice president of the company, says the number of apps created for the Apple Watch platform has fallen recently and that it continues to fall. In fact, out of every 1000 new applications developed for various Apple devices, only one is currently built for watchOS.
It is Sunday today, so I guess it's time to talk about the most popular posts of the last couple of days. Let's not waste time and start discussing interesting stories right now.
Most of the articles this week deal with the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iOS jailbreak and the latest versions of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and tvOS.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple is working on a new artificial intelligence system that will be a lot better than those developed by the rivals. In fact, the insiders claim Apple’s system will ‘wipe the floor’ with all competitors. The system may be based on the technologies developed by a firm called VocalIQ that was purchased by Apple previously.
A well-known hacker Luca Todesco who has successfully jailbroken iOS 9.2, iOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3, and the yet to be released publicly iOS 9.3.3 beta, has recently showed the untethered browser jailbreak of iOS 9.3.2. To hack an Apple-branded device, the developer used Apple’s native browser Safari, which, as it turns out, is quite vulnerable to such threats.
The video below depicts the sixth-generation iPod touch running iOS 9.3.2 and the process of browser-based jailbreak. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that Todesco will release a public tool for jailbreak. According to the hacker, he’s mostly interested in research, not actual hacking of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units running the latest firmware versions.
Earlier this week, first rumors about Apple’s plans to release an Amazon Echo and Google Home rival appeared on the Internet. Today, a new report from CNET reporters has surfaced online that suggests that the rumored device may feature a camera and facial recognition capabilities to help users perform additional tasks unavailable for rival devices. In particular, the report says the upcoming gadget will detect people in the room and use this information to improve their user experience. The report comes from sources aware of Apple’s future plans, so I guess we can believe it.