As you probably know, Microsoft released Office for iPad in March. Just a week after the release, Office suite apps, namely, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, became the most popular apps on the App Store. 12 million people downloaded them in the first seven days after launch.
According to what Morgan Stanley’s analyst Katy Huberty says, Apple's iPad sales won't grow this quarter. The reasons for such poor results are the absence of new products and the price, which is, compared to Android tablets, pretty high.
Apple's iPhone 6 will be equipped with an NFC chip. This is what people familiar with the matter say. Apart from that, Apple has reportedly signed a deal with China UnionPay, which means that the Passbook app may soon start supporting this banking service.
This may sound strange, but according to the latest report from usually reliable market research firm DisplaySearch, Samsung managed to become Apple's main iPad display panel supplier in the first quarter of 2014. The South Korean company produced as many as 5.2 million 9.7-inch Retina displays, which were used in the iPad Air and the fourth generation iPad.
It's Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting posts of past seven days. Let's begin.
As you probably know, Apple is expected to release its next-gen iPhone later this year. Ahead of the purported launch, more and more mockups and alleged schematics appear on the Internet. They look pretty much the same, however, each one has a unique or worth mentioning feature. That's why I try to describe each mockup thoroughly.
A bunch of new images showing iPhone 6 'latest' schematics have recently appeared on the Internet. Whether these images are legitimate or not is still a question since they were spotted on a Chinese WeiFeng network. The people who published the renderings on the Net claim they got the images directly from Apple suppliers.
A number of new photos showing fifth generation iPod touch compared to iPhone 6 physical mockup have recently appeared on the Italian website called Macitynet. Both devices looks pretty much the same, however, the iPhone mockup is noticeably larger.
By and large, the design of the mockup resembles the design of the iPod touch and earlier iPhone models. However, it has some differences, which can be seen on the images below.
As you already know, Apple is expected to acquire Beats Electronics soon. A new rumor concerning the deal appeared on the Internet earlier today. According to this rumor, both Beats executives Dr. Dre and Jimmy lovine will get senior positions at Apple.
According to the latest report from Economic Daily News, Apple may release its long-anticipated iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch display in August, not in September as it was reported earlier. Moreover, the 5.5-inch handset will come in September. The company from Cupertino is expected to ship as many as 80 million iPhone 6 units this year.
Apple may soon acquire Beats Electronics, the headphone manufacturer and the company behind one of the most popular streaming music services. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and The New York Times have confirmed that Apple is currently in talks with Beats Electronics. If the two companies come to an agreement, the acquisition will be announced next week.
Apple has reportedly hired Ari Partinen, a senior camera engineer at Nokia. According to what he has recently posted on his Twitter, he will start working for the company from Cupertino as soon as in June.
Apple has released the ninth OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 beta to developers for testing. As usual, the new version has been seeded just one week after the eighth beta (build number build 13D55). Apart from the operating system itself, Apple has released Safari 7.0.4.
According to the latest rumors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already provided the first batch of fingerprint sensors for Apple's would-be iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. This may indicate that the mass production of all of the abovementioned gadgets will start soon.
Earlier this week it was reported that iOS 7 doesn't encrypt email attachments, though it should. The only possible way out was not to detach important or confidential files to emails, but fortunately, another one appeared on Wednesday.