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.
Apple on Monday seeded the sixth OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta to developers and the members of public beta testing program. The release came just one week after the release of the fifth beta, which contained a number of minor stability and performance improvements, and nearly two months after the debut of the first 10.10.3 beta.
Several images showing something very similar to the mockup of the upcoming iPad Pro have been recently spotted on the Internet. While the origin of the leaked dummy remains unknown, most likely it was created by accessory manufacturers. The design of the mockup is based on the latest rumors and schematics, which can be found online.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release the smaller 4-inch iPhone 6C model later this year. According to what can be seen on the leaked images, which were posted on the Internet by a Chinese firm called Future Supplier, the handset will look pretty similar to the existing iPhone 5C. It will get a slightly redesigned LED-flash and larger external speakers. This new plastic smartphone is expected to get an A8 processor and the price tag of about $400-500, however, this information has to be verified.
The images showing the leaked plastic back shell are available below. You may compare the iPhone 5C panel with the one from the iPhone 6C.
As you probably know, Danny Boyle and his film crew are currently working on a new movie about Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. It is based on the Walter Isaacson biography, which was published in 2011.
The sales of the long-awaited Apple Watch will start on April 24th. Ahead of this date, more and more rumors appear on the Internet, which deal with this smartwatch, its features, prices and the buying process itself.
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 them right now.
Earlier this week, rumors appeared on the Internet suggesting that the TaiG Jailbreak Team would release a jailbreak for iOS 8.2 within few days. These rumors surfaced on the Internet ahead of Mobile Security Summit (MSS), which was held in Beijing, China on March 27th and where the hackers discussed the possibility to create a platform for communication among world’s most prominent jailbreak developers.
Creating anti-Apple ads has for a long time been the priority of Samsung and Microsoft. However, what this companies have never done is comparing the guys from Cupertino and their iOS to Nazis and their regime.
One Chinese company called LeTV has recently released a poster showing Apple in the form of Nazis. This poster has been created as a part of the promo campaign for the company’s upcoming Android device. The offensive image, which has been first spotted on Weibo, is available below, take a look.
According to what Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently revealed to Fortune reporters, the company is currently considering the possibility of naming its would-be “spaceship” Campus 2 after Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs. The final decision is yet to be made and will depend on the wishes of family, friends and employees, however, Cook is almost sure they will agree to honor Jobs in such a way. In case you don’t know, the name “Apple Campus 2”, which currently used by reporters, is only an internal designation that may be altered in future.