According to the reports published by several reliable sources independently from one another, the guys from Cupertino have recently begun testing the very first build of iOS 9. The reports are based on data about web traffic from devices with the new version of Apple's mobile operating system on board.
According to the latest report published by a research firm called Counterpoint Research and first shared by Economic Times, in the last quarter of 2014, the guys from Cupertino managed to sold half a million iPhone units in India. I must admit, it is an impressive result, especially if to take into account the fact that in 2013, Apple marketed about a million smartphones in this country. Latest result indicates that the larger form factor was really something users around the world had been expecting for a long period of time. Apart from that, strong sales proved that in 2014, there were more people in India ready to purchase such device as the iPhone.
Apple has today added a new category to its App Store. It is called Games for Kids and as you might have understood, it highlights best games for the youngest users. To make it easier for children and their parent choose apps, the guys from Cupertino have also divided all the games in the section into three sub-categories based on the age of users. Thus, there are apps for those who are 5 years old or under, for those who are 6-8 years old and for those who are 9-11 years old.
It is Sunday today, which means I’ll talk about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. If you have a few minutes, take a look. I’m sure you’ll find something worth your attention. Let’s begin.
Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing websites, has recently released a report on the most popular camera brands of the last year. According to this report, the most popular brands of 2014 included Canon with 13.4% of photos taken by cameras of this manufacturer, Apple with 9.6%, Nikon with 9.3%, Samsung with 5.6% and Sony with 4.2%. This is how the Top-5 rating looks like.
A number of Apple Stores across the USA have encountered with iPod shuffle shortages this week. This has caused rumors suggesting that Apple will no longer produce the smallest and the cheapest portable music player in its lineup. As it turned out, this rumors don’t make sense. The guys from Cupertino have no plans to stop the manufacture of the iPod shuffle. This week’s shortage is a result of supplier changes, which have temporarily stopped the production process.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, a minor iOS 8.1.3 update is currently in the works. It won’t contain noticeable stability improvements or design changes, however, it will fix some bugs and slightly enhance the overall performance of Apple’s mobile operating system. As to the public release, it may take place as soon as next week, since some retail employees have already begun testing the latest version of firmware.
A new OS X bug has been recently discovered by German security researchers. This software flaw allows spammers and hackers get access to IP addresses and other sensitive information through the Spotlight search feature of OS X.
A new photo showing something very similar to the mold for the production of the long-anticipated larger iPad Pro back panel appeared on a Chinese microblogging website Weibo. While there’s no way to confirm the legitimacy of the image, the production mold depicted on it may be indeed for Apple’s tablet with an enormous 12-inch display. Still, it can be an unofficial mold used to create iPad Pro dummies and physical mockups of the device.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes, Samsung has recently won the rights to produce an essential component for the widely-rumored Apple Watch. This component is called the S1 system-in-a-package and it includes such important parts of the wearable device as the processor, mobile DRAM, NAND flash and some other chips. As you might have understood, the S1 package is the main component of the Apple Watch.
Several weeks after the rumor about Apple’s plans to launch Apple Pay in the UK in the first half of 2015, a new one appeared on the Net, which suggests that the guys from Cupertino are currently thinking about the launch of the NFC-based payments service in Canada in the near future. In fact, reliable sources believe that the debut of the new service will take place in March.
Apple has just seeded a new OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta to developers for testing. The release comes nearly four weeks after the release of the previous beta and that is a bit strange, since the guys from Cupertino usually make new beta version available for developers once in two weeks. Such a long interval between two releases is probably caused by holidays.
The guys from Cupertino have just notified their developers across the world that they will change App Store prices in the countries of the European Union, Canada and Norway, Iceland and Russia within the next 36 hours. In some of the aforementioned regions the prices will go up, but several countries will experience the decrease of the prices. And there’s a very interesting situation with Russia, where the prices are said to be “changed” without specifying their increase or decrease. There’re two main reasons for all the changes. The first one is connected with adjustments in taxes policy and the second one - with unstable currency exchange rates in a number of countries.
According to what the guys from Cupertino have recently posted on their Support page for developers, iOS 8 is now installed on 68% of active devices. Such a figure shows that over the last month, the number of iOS 8 users has grown 5%. As to the reasons for such growth, they include immense popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as strong smartphone and tablet sales during the holiday period of 2014.
Although Apple haven’t officially announced the release date of its long-anticipated Apple Watch, people familiar with the matter say the big event is set to take place late in March. Moreover, the same sources claim that between February 9th and February 16th, Apple’s retail employees will start testing the wearable device in order to provide customers with the required information about the product and adequate level of support on the launch day and after it.