Following the public release of iOS 9.2 last week, Apple has recently seeded the first iOS 9.2.1 beta to developers for testing. The next minor update reportedly contains a number of bug fixes and security enhancements.
Google on Wednesday officially announced the annual "Year in Search" results. These results reflect the most popular searches in a wide range of categories. If to speak about the Trending Consumer Tech category, the searches somehow connected with Apple managed to top it.
In addition to urBeats earphones, Apple has also decided to give its employees nine months of free and unlimited Apple Music access as a holiday present. Such generous gifts have been officially announced by Apple SVP Eddy Cue in his recent video message to the company workers.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may release the next-generation iPad, iPad Air 3, in the first half of 2016. Unlike the iPhone 6s that is equipped with a pressure-sensitive display, the tablet will get a simple 9.7-inch screen like the one used in earlier models. The reason for lack of 3D Touch technology support is reportedly connected with production issues, the expert claims.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg reporters, Apple may be currently working on new thinner and brighter displays for the next generations for its smartphones and tablets at a secret Taiwan-based factory. The reporters claim the company has opened a special laboratory in Longtan with at least 50 employees focusing their attention on making the iPhone and iPad display thinner and more energy-efficient. To achieve this goal, the engineers are experimenting with organic light-emitting diodes.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple has recently purchased a former semiconductor plant in North San Jose. The price of the enormous 70,000 square foot building is $18.2 million. The acquisition has been officially confirmed by an Apple representative.
According to the latest report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, the iPhone sales may drop next year for the first time ever. The number of iPhones sold in fiscal 2016 may fall by about 6% and make only 218 million units. The calendar 2016 may demonstrate the 2.9% fall and 247 million iPhone units sold to customers.
According to the latest report from The Wall Street Journal, both Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will feature a pressure-sensitive display similar to the one iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have. Moreover, new flagship devices may be equipped with new USB-C posts supporting fast charging as well as better cameras optimized for low-light photography. On top of that, the South Korean tech giant is reportedly planning to add a retina scanner to the next generation of its premium smartphones. In terms of design, both handsets are expected to resemble the Galaxy S6.
In an attempt to lure more customers and make Apple products more popular, Apple has just reduced the iPhone 5s price in India by nearly a half. Previously, the iPhone 5s price was equal to 44,500 Rupees (about $665) and currently customers can get it for 24,999 Rupees (about $370), which is a good discount.
It is Sunday today, so I assume you’re ready for our top-10 articles roundup. Most of the posts this week deal with the rumors about the hardware components for the next-generation iPhone as well as with the release of iOS 9.2 that contains a number of fixes for Apple Music, Mail and Safari and OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan with minor stability improvements to users worldwide. There’re also some other interesting articles, you can take a look below.
If you have an iPad, you might have heard about the Apple SIM, which allows you to stay connected to the Internet without the need to purchase new physical SIM card for each country while travelling, for example. According to AppleInsider reporters, thanks to AlwaysOnline Wireless, it is now possible to use Apple SIM in 12 new countries including Russia, Mexico and South Korea.
Following the release of iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan to users worldwide earlier this week, Apple on Friday made iTunes 12.3.2 available for download. The updated version of the application contains a number of bug fixes as well as some Apple Music improvements. In particular, those who like listening to classical music can now search for favourite performers, songs or composers much faster and easier.
According to the latest report from several more or less reliable insiders, despite popular beliefs, former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs might have been aware of the Apple Watch. The information comes from the Creative Strategies analyst Tim Bajarin, who has been an acquaintance of Steve Jobs and thus talked with him a number of times. Below you can take a look at the thoughts of this analyst:
According to the latest report shared by Fudzilla.com, Apple is currently working on a new GPU for its portable devices. The development of the new hardware component has begun several years ago, sources claim, so it may be at its final stage at the moment.
The iFixit team has just performed a teardown of the recently-launched Apple-branded iPhone smart battery case. The new accessory is compatible with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s and is currently available in select countries for $99.