Apple on Monday released the third public OS X Yosemite beta to those who has previously registered as a beta tester. Apart from that, the guys from Cupertino seeded OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 8, which contains a number of minor stability improvements and security updates. If to take into consideration the time of the releases, we may assume that these two OS X versions are identical. However, such an assumption hasn't yet been confirmed neither by developers, nor by Apple, so take it with a few pinches of salt.
Following the announcement of 4 million iPhone 6 units sold in the first 24 hours, Apple has just announced that both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become available in 22 more countries beginning Friday, September 26th. These countries include the Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In case you don't know, this Friday, on September 19th, both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handsets will become available in such countries as the USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, the guys from Cupertino have sold out all the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 models they had. Shipping estimates for each iPhone 6 model have slipped to 7-10 business days, which means that currently there's nothing left and those who plan to purchase the next-generation iPhone have to wait.
According to what the CEO of mobile banking startup called Moven writes, the introduction of Apple's payment service could possibly mean the end of plastic bank cards in the next two or three years. And I must admit that it is a massive step forward as Apple Pay and other systems based on NFC or similar technologies are way more reliable and secure than the existing physical cards, which can be lost, stolen, damaged and in any other way made unusable. Apart from that, they can be hacked by cyber criminals.
It is Sunday today and that means it is time for our traditional post called Top 10 Stories of the Week. Let's not waste time and start discussing the most interesting articles of the past seven days right now.
Samsung has recently posted a new ad mocking the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In the short video, which is available below, Samsung claims the guys from Cupertino copied the large displays of South-Korean smartphones and their overall design. Aside from mocking Apple's handsets, the ad shows us the next-generation Galaxy Note. I must admit that both smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy Note 4, look very similar in terms of size and shape.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Apple is thinking about launching a loyalty program for its recently announced Apple Pay service. This program will reportedly allow users to download music, apps or TV shows for free after a successfully completed transaction or a number of transactions. Such rewards can help to promote Apple's payments system and urge people to use it whenever and whenever it is possible.
Earlier today, AT&T announced that the amount of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders had set a new record. In fact, the number of people willing to purchase Apple's next-generation handsets was so enormous that it even caused some problems to the webpage, where one could pre-order the iPhone, forcing the company to switch to the reservation system to cope with the load. However, the exact amount of those, who decided to buy the next-gen iPhone is still unknown.
Alongside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch release on Tuesday, the guys from Cupertino announced their long-anticipated payments service called Apple Pay. As I've already told you, the system is based on the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and uses Touch ID for making each payment as secure as possible. Several new details about Apple Pay surfaced on the Internet on Friday and I feel that I should share them with you.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino on Tuesday announced several versions of their wearable device, namely, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. All of them are expected to become available no sooner than in 2015. According to the latest report from TechCrunch, the most luxurious 18-karat version of the Apple Watch may get a price of $1.200. It should be noted, however, that this is the estimated price based on the size of the device and the cost of materials used for the production of the golden smartwatch. The actual price may be lower or even a bit higher.
According to the latest report from atechwebsite, the guys from Cupertino are currently working on a new version of MacBook Air. The next-generation laptop is expected to feature a 12-inch display and come in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver colors. These rumors haven't yet been confirmed by Apple representatives, however, earlier this year a report surfaced online that suggested that Apple was indeed working on a new laptop with larger screen.
According to the laest reports from people familiar wiith the matter, Apple may be currently planning to launch a new 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display as soon as this fall. Such a rumor has been shared by WitsView researchers, who cite Apple supply chain insiders. Whether we can believe today's piece of news is still a question without an answer.
Фpple has created 18 new wallpapers for iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You can download all of them right now. There are five versions of each wallpaper:
- iPhone 5s,5c,5 - 640x1136
- iPhone 5s,5c,5 - 744x1392 (Parallax)
- iPhone 4, 4S - 640x960
- iPhone 4, 4S - 640x1192 (Parallax)
- iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS - 320x480
Customers in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom can pre-order the smartphone ahead of its September 19th in-store launch.
The prices for unlocked devices in the US are:
Apple has recently launched its new, cheaper, iCloud storage plans. The new plans can be accessed right from your iOS device. Simply go to Settings - iCloud - Storage - Upgrade iCloud Storage.