Apple’s patents covering the ‘slide to unlock' feature are invalid in Germany. The Federal Court of Appeals in Karlsruhe has recently ruled that the aforementioned feature is similar to the feature introduced in the phone released by a Swedish company Neonode back in 2006 and thus can’t be covered with a separate patent. According to the latest report from Reuters reporters, this decision reaffirms the same ruling made by the Federal Patent Court in 2013.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple partners Sharp and Foxconn are currently in talks to create a new joint venture to produce displays for new Apple gadgets. Sharp is expected to produce displays for the widely-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Foxconn will reportedly be responsible for the assembly of LCDs and touch modules and other components. By the way, the company will ramp up the production of iPad Pro in the near future and end up with 4 or 5 million iPad units shipped by the end of this year.
A British firm called Intelligent Energy has recently built a working iPhone 6 unit with a hydrogen fuel cell inside. The most interesting thing about this handset is that it still has a Li-ion battery and its dimensions are the same. The modified iPhone 6 has a tweaked headphone jack, which is now used for refilling and several holes on the back panel for releasing water vapour produced by the hydrogen fuel cell. According to The Telegraph, the device created by Intelligent Energy can work up to one week on a single charge. Yep, that’s right: an iPhone can work for one week without an external battery.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the next-generation iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel camera with five-element lens and a larger sensor. The sensor inside the iPhone 6s Plus may be slightly better, sources claim. The information comes from Business Insider reporters, that’s why I think that we can believe it.
It is Sunday today, which means it is high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let’s take a look at these posts right now.
Most of the articles this week deal with Apple’s next-gen iPhone and rumors about its hardware components and the release date. There’re also some posts that tell us about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and about a new security vulnerability found in OS X Yosemite 10.10.5.
According to the latest report shared by people familiar with the matter, Samsung is currently working on a massive 18.4-inch tablet. This device is expected to become the main and probably the only rival of the iPad Pro, which is expected to be released later this year. The South Korean tech giant is also working on a 12-inch tablet with an Intel Core M processor inside, 4GB of RAM and a stylus. The device will be running Windows 10.
Apple has just stopped signing iOS 8.4. This means it is currently impossible to downgrade to this version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
If you have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, make sure you don’t upgrade to iOS 8.4.1 accidentally. Although it seems that this version is jailbreakable, currently there are no tools capable of hacking devices with IOS 8.4.1 on board. If you try jailbreaking your device and then something goes wrong, you will have to restore to iOS 8.4.1, not iOS 8.4.
As it turns out, some iPhone 6 Plus units may have faulty iSight cameras. According to Apple, there’s a small percentage of devices with components inside that may fail by themselves making the photos taken with the help of the iPhone 6 Plus look blurry. Because of the problem, the guys from Cupertino have just launched a special replacement program. Users with faulty iPhones may have their devices repaired for free.
I’ve got some good news for all those people who’re waiting for the release of the untethered jailbreak of iOS 8.4.1. Even though the guys from Cupertino have patched the vulnerabilities used for hacking iOS 8.4, it looks like there’re some other that can be utilized for iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak.
According to the post on the Chinese social network called Weibo, the Pangu Team has successfully jailbroken iOS 8.4.1 and showed this at the HackPwn2015 security conference. It should be noted, however, that it is very unlikely that the hackers release a new jailbreaking tool in the near future. You see, the exploits used for iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak may be used to hack iOS 9 as well, so it’s better not to reveal them right now.
Apple has recently released a new iPhone commercial devoted to Apple Pay. The latest video is a part of the campaign called "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone". It is available either on Apple’s official YouTube channel, or below.
Apple’s main rival, Samsung, has recently launched a new promo campaign for iPhone users called Ultimate Test Drive. The participants of this campaign can get any Samsung smartphone they choose for one month for just one dollar. The main aim of the Ultimate Test Drive is to make iPhone users switch to Samsung devices. The launch of the program comes simultaneously with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It is very likely that most participants will select these two smartphones as iPhone alternatives.
According to the latest report from a research firm Gartner, global iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year. Quite obviously, the market share grew as well if to compare with the same quarter of the last year. As noted by the analysts, iPhone market share in the second quarter of this year was equal to 14.6%. That’s a 2.4% improvement in contrast with the Q2 2014. The guys from Cupertino managed to sell more than 48 million iPhones over the past couple of months.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the mass production of the long-awaited 12.9-inch iPad Pro will start in September or October. Looks like in September the guys from Cupertino will show us only the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as well as the iPad mini 4. Just like new iPhones, Apple’s iPad Pro will support the Force Touch technology currently used in the Apple Watch and several MacBooks from the 2015 lineup.
Apple on Wednesday seeded the seventh beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to developers for testing. The release of this version came two weeks after the release of the previous OS X 10.11 beta and about two months after the official announcement of El Capitan at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Apart from the version for developers, the guys from Cupertino have also seeded the fifth OS X El Capitan beta to the members of the public beta testing program.
According to the latest data from a research firm MusicWatch, 48% of those who signed up for the Apple Music free trial aren’t currently using the service. The long-awaited Beats-based music service lets people with iOS 8.4 or later on their compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touches get access to thousands of songs for free for three months. Despite this fact, only a half of subscribers listen to free music right now.