According to the latest report from John Paczkowski, the next-generation Apple TV, which is expected to be unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, won’t boast of the support of 4K video. As to the possible reason for Apple’s decision not to include 4K video support to the updated device, it may be connected with the lack of high-quality 4K content. Moreover, such content requires fast Internet connection to be delivered to users and currently only about 15% of customers in the USA have access to the connection fast enough to work with 4K videos.
It is Sunday today, which means the time has come for our traditional Sunday post about the most interesting Apple-related news of the week. Let’s take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
As you know, the Apple Watch goes on sale in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, China and Japan on April 24th. With time, the guys from Cupertino will undoubtedly launch their long-awaited smartwatch in a number of other countries. What’s interesting is that because of a 1985 patent, Apple may face some problems with the sales of the Apple Watch in Switzerland.
Even though Samsung officials say the Galaxy S6 Edge features a metal casing, which is 50% stronger than the casing used in other high-end smartphones and that the device is not as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus, it looks like it is actually a bit more bendable than the 5.5-inch iPhone. According to the results of the latest durability test conducted by a firm called SquareTrade, the smartphone from South Korea bends at 110 lbs of pressure, just like the iPhone 6 Plus. The breaking point of the handset is 149 lbs, while the one of the larger-screened iPhone is 179 lbs. Looks like the 50% stronger casing doesn’t work as it should.
At the “Spring Forward” media event back in March, the guys from Cupertino announced that the AppleCare+ program will be available for Apple Watch customers. However, they somehow failed to mention the prices for this extended support service.
As you probably know, the pre-orders for the long-awaited Apple Watch will start on April 10th. This means the customers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong, China and Japan will get an opportunity to choose the model they want and purchase it within just several days. Apple has also revealed the exact time of the start of pre-sales. In the USA and Canada, the pre-orders will kick off at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, April 10. In the U.K they will go live at 8:01 a.m., in Australia - at 5:01 p.m., in Germany and France - at 9:01 a.m. and in Hong Kong, China and Japan - at 3:01 p.m.
According to the latest rumors shared by people familiar with the matter, the guys from Cupertino may add Force Touch only to their 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. The same sources claim that TPK, a firm, which produces 90% of Force Touch sensors for the Apple Watch, will later this year report record-breaking profits because of the orders for suchlike sensors for the next-generation iPhones. What is interesting about these sensors is that they are nearly three times more expensive than those for the wearable device.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Samsung will produce A9 chips for the next-generation iPhones. Today’s report has finally confirmed previous rumors, which suggested that Apple would switch from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to Samsung.
Apple в четверг выпустила седьмую бета-версию OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 для разработчиков и участников публичной программы тестирования. Интересно то, что релиз состоялся спустя всего через три дня после выхода шестой “беты”, которая могла похвастаться приложением Фото, поддержкой двухуровневой верификации Google, обновленными смайликами, а также рядом улучшений безопасности, стабильности и исправленными багами. Самая первая тестовая версия Yosemite 10.10.3 появилась где-то две месяца назад.
Although the ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook, which was officially announced at Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event is yet to be released, earlier this week, first benchmarks showing the performance level of the new laptop appeared on the Internet. According to the result of the tests, in terms of CPU speed, the new MacBook can be compared to the 2011 MacBook Air. However, because of the noticeable improvements, this device will surely beat the old Air in terms of SSD speed and graphics performance.
According to the latest report shared by a well-known and usually reliable Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple may sell as many as 1 million Apple Watch units in the launch weekend with more than 300.000 units sold in the first 24 hours. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that all of the units purchased over the first days will be immediately shipped to the customers. You see, Apple may see serious constraints at launch due to the strong demand and relatively poor inventory of the wearable device.
According to the latest announcement made by Apple, the company will raise the prices on the Japanese App Store within the next 24 hours. Such a step is caused by the fluctuations of the currency exchange rate in this Asian country. The guys from Cupertino say the changes won’t affect active subscribers immediately, however, they will have to pay more to renew their subscriptions for services and to purchase new apps and games. Apple will notify local users either by email, or through the official website.
Several days after the release of the first-third party Apple Watch apps on the App Store, the guys from Cupertino have announced that they are ready to accept all the other WatchKit-based application for approval. Apart from that, Apple has updated its WatchKit website with the information on how to make the development of the apps easier and how to optimize them for the App Store. Apple has also provided its developers with the guidelines on creating the best possible icon or description for a particular app.
Apple has recently expanded its trade-in program in United States, Canada and a number of European countries to include Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. What this means is that if you have a Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia or BlackBerry device, you may change it for a discount that may be used when purchasing the iPhone. Moreover, from now on you can not only trade-in your older device directly in the Apple Store, you can mail it to Apple. As you may see, the guys from Cupertino do their best to make people get rid of their non-Apple smartphones and buy iPhones instead.
According to the latest report from a research firm Phoenix Marketing, 66% of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have signed up for the new mobile payments service called Apple Pay since its official launch in the USA. With such a number of active users, the service has occupied 11% of the market it this country.