Last Monday, at the “Spring Forward” media event the guys from Cupertino announced the Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook. What is interesting about the new laptop is that it can boast of a brand new multifunctional USB connector called USB C. According to what the analyst John Gruber revealed in his latest podcast, Apple may actually be the inventor of the new standard, which is USB Type C.
As you probably know, Apple’s iOS 8.2 can boast of one special app. This is the Apple Watch companion, which can be used to fine tune the wearable device and control it from the iPhone. So far, we haven’t seen the design and features of this useful app, however, thanks to iOS developer Hamza Sood we can now take a look at how the smartwatch companion looks like after one connects the Apple Watch to it.
To be honest, the app looks quite similar to the Settings tab found in iOS. There are numerous sections responsible for app layout, notifications, sounds and many other things. You can take a look at the aforementioned app screenshots below.
Just as we expected, Apple has recently launched iOS 8.3 public beta testing program. This means that the pre-release version of iOS 8.3 is now available for all those users, who have registered as members of the public testing program. While the guys from Cupertino have released several public OS X betas in the past, they have never offered public access to the pre-release iOS builds.
Apart from seeding the third iOS 8.3 beta to developers, the guys from Cupertino released the third beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 on Thursday. The release came just a week after the release of the first public OS X 10.10.3 beta and about a month after the release of the very first beta of this version of Apple’s operating system for desktops.
The guys from Cupertino on Thursday seeded the third iOS 8.3 beta to developers for testing. The release came about two weeks after the release of the second iOS 8.3 beta, which could boast of new emoji picker, better CarPlay connectivity, the support of Google’s two step verification, new Siri languages and a number of other performance and stability improvements. New beta became available for Apple’s developers just several days after the public release of iOS 8.2, which could bo the official release of iOS 8.2 that featured the support of the Apple Watch.
As you already know, Apple on Monday released slightly refreshed 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models. While both laptops got the same processor and graphics, the larger-screened model was also equipped with a new flash storage that is said to be "up to two times faster" than the flash storage inside of the 11-inch device. iFixit team decided to find out, whether the guys from Cupertino told us the truth about the speed of the SSD. As it turned out, they did.
According to what people familiar with the matter say, some of the iPhones released in 2016 and sold in the developing countries of Asia and Latin America will be equipped with new LTE chips manufactured by Intel, not Qualcomm. Apple’s engineers have reportedly been working together with Intel’s specialists to create the LTE chip, which will be officially released in the second half of this year.
According to the latest report from TechCrunch, the battery of the Apple Watch will be replaceable, which means user will get an opportunity to change it after it loses its capacity. By the way, the battery has a lifecycle of about three years. And this is not a rumor; such technical spec has been officially confirmed by the guys from Cupertino. However, Apple failed to mention whether any other components, for example, RAM or CPU, will be replaceable and as a result - upgradable. We’ll find that out once the smartwatch hits the store shelves in April, I guess.
Following the official announcement of the Apple Watch, 12-inch Retina MacBook, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models, several new rumors that deal with the next-generation iPhone appeared online. According to these rumors, the smartphone will be available in two sizes, just like the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The screen resolution will remain nearly the same. Apart from that, the smartphone may get the support of the Force Touch technology and a new pink body, The Wall Street Journal reporters write.
According to what people familiar with the matter write, the recently-released Apple Watch can indeed boast of 8GB of internal storage. However, only 2GB will be available to store music and 75MB - to store photos on the wearable device. The multimedia content can be synced using the companion app for the iPhone. After user sends the songs and images he wants to his Apple Watch, he will get an opportunity to access them even when the connection with the smartphone is lost.
Aside from announcing the Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook, the guys from Cupertino have slightly improved the existing 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The good news is that these devices are available for purchase right now, so if you live in the USA and plan to buy one of the updated MacBook models, you can do this right now.
Immediately after the official announcement of the long-anticipated 12-inch Retina MacBook at the “Spring Forward” media event on Monday, first hands-on videos began to appear on the Internet showing how the new laptop looks and feels. Among all the clips I would like to point out the one published by TechnoBuffalo reporters as the one, which is the best in terms of length and the amount of information about the device it offers. You may take a look at this video below.
As you know, a couple of hours ago, at the “Spring Forward” media event, Apple announced its Apple Watch. Although the wearable device is not available for purchase yet, after the presentation, the reporters had an exclusive possibility to take a close look at the smartwatch and test its performance. Below you may take a look at the short hands on video showing the 42mm Apple Watch Sport tested by Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo.
Apart from the Apple Watch, Apple has just announced another interesting device. As you might have guessed, this is the widely-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook. Surprisingly, this laptop stays separately from the existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups: it’s just a MacBook.
Just as it was expected, Apple has officially announced the long-anticipated Apple Watch. In this short post, I will try to tell you about the most innovative features, prices and the start of sales of the smartwatch.