It is Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. In order not to waste your and my time, let’s start immediately.
According to the latest report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is currently planning to revamp its Google Wallet service in order to compete with the recently-released NFC-based payments system called Apple Pay. The new Wallet will be officially announced this May, at the annual Google I/O developer conference, reporters claim. While this rumor hasn’t yet been confirmed, such a step is quite possible as the only way to compete with Apple’s payments service is to make Google’s own service better.
According to the latest reports released by people familiar with the matter, Apple is currently thinking about launching a public beta program for iOS. In such a way, the guys from Cupertino hope to fix more bugs and make their mobile operating system more stable and efficient. As to the first iOS version, which will become available for public testing, this will be iOS 8.3. First users will be invited to try the new iOS as soon as in mid-March, sources claim. Moreover, the same sources claim that Apple’s iOS 9, which is expected to be announced at Worldwide Developer Conference, will also be available as a public beta.
As you probably know, the long-anticipated Apple Watch will become available for purchase in April. There will be three main versions of the wearable device, namely, Apple Watch for those who need a device reminiscent of usual watch, Apple Watch Sport for those who plan to use it mostly as a fitness tracker and Apple Watch Edition for those who want an smartwatch made of gold.
According to what reliable insiders write, Apple is currently planning to release its first-ever car in 2020. This may be a fully-electric vehicle with self-driving option. The guys from Cupertino have set a very ambitious aim as normally car manufacturers work for about 5 to 7 years on each new model. However, for Apple this would be the first car ever, that is why 5 years is definitely a short period of time.
According to the latest report from Asian sources, Apple is currently in talks with Japan Display concerning the possibility to invest money in the construction of the new display manufacturing facility in Ishikawa. This new factory is expected to manufacture displays for Apple’s next-generation iPhones and probably Apple Watches. Apart from that, it will also work with other portable devices manufacturers. As to the sum of the investment, it hasn’t yet been officially announced, however, insiders claim the guys from Cupertino are ready to pay about $1.7 billion.
After hundreds of users’ complaints and months of silence, Apple has finally announced a repair program for those MacBook Pro models, which suffer from graphics issues. The list of models eligible for the repair includes 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros released in 2011, 15-inch MacBook Pro released in 2012 and 15-inch MacBook Pro released early in 2013. Moreover, Apple says it will contact those users, who had to pay to fix the aforementioned problem earlier in order to issue a refund.
According to reliable insiders, Apple’s South Korean rival Samsung has recently announced its plans to purchase LoopPay, a firm behind the technology, which may become a rival of Apple Pay payments service. Back in December, it was reported that two firms had been in talks over a partnership. Well, the talks turned out to be successful and LoopPay will soon become a part of the South Korean tech giant, responsible for the development of secure mobile payments system.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release their long-anticipated Apple Watch in April. There will be several different versions of the wearable device, namely, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Each model will boast of several health-tracking sensors and its own unique design. While the first two modifications of the smartwatch will be relatively cheap and affordable for most U.S., European and Asian customers, the analysts believe that the gold Apple Watch will bring most of the income to Apple. Even though the prices for the device are expected to start at about $4000.
According to a new rumor, which has been recently shared by the Taiwanese insiders, the guys from Cupertino may soon add the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to a number of next-generation devices, namely, the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. While such a rumor hasn’t yet been confirmed by reliable analysts or Apple suppliers, the addition of a fingerprint sensor may allow users to keep their data secured on every device they utilize. Moreover, placing a Touch ID on a laptop or a mouse can possibly make purchases with the help of Apple Pay even faster and easier.
I’ve already told you about mysterious Apple vans with strange camera systems on the roof. Moreover, we’ve already seen images from different parts of the USA showing these vehicles on the roads. Thanks to attentive and pretty active Internet users, we can now take a look at a short video showing a closer look at the white Apple van. As usual, the video and its description are available below.
A well-known parody news website called The Onion has recently published an article, which reflects all the fuss around the widely-rumored Apple’s electric self-driving car, which is apparently in the works now. The “reporters” write that the guys from Cupertino have decided to start working on their first-ever vehicle, codenamed presumably Titan after the record-breaking iPhone and iPad sales.
A new interesting video has been recently uploaded to YouTube. This time it’s a BBC News interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who tells us about the Apple Watch, his own watch, addiction to smartphones and the upcoming Steve Jobs movie. The short interview with a BBC journalist Mark Lobel is available below, so you can take a look at it right now.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, the guys from Cupertino have recently invited several third-party app developers to Apple headquarters to allow them to test their Apple Watch apps ahead of the launch of the wearable device in April. Some insiders claim that Apple is planning to help nearly 100 developers finalize their products in February, however, this information hasn’t yet been confirmed officially. Most of the developers invited to Cupertino are those who create sports and productivity applications.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on a new subscription-based streaming music service. Although it will be based on Beats Music, it will also boast of a number of unique features, for example, deep integration with iOS. To make the would-be service even better, Apple has recently hired Zane Lowe, former BBC Radio 1 DJ, who was born in New Zealand and who is currently 41.