News tagged ‘Car’
Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently talked with Fortune reporters about the future of the company and the widely-rumored electric vehicle codenamed “Titan” that is reportedly being developed by the Cupertino-based tech giant at the moment. According to Cook, the fact that the firm hires automotive industry experts doesn’t mean that the car is under development. It is a normal practice for a large company to search for possibly innovative spheres of business, however, this search doesn’t necessarily mean that something completely new, for example, an electric car, will be unveiled soon.
Apple’s main rival, Samsung, has just unveiled its new flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. In terms of design, both gadgets are pretty similar to their predecessors, however, there are several features that make these phones completely different.
Just as it was reported yesterday, Apple has today officially launched Apple Pay in China, making the mobile payment system available for millions of customers in this large Asian country. The debut of the service in China is quite an obvious step aimed at making Apple and its products and services more popular, luring new customers and increasing profits.
It is Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Most of the articles this week deal with rumors about Apple’s upcoming devices and services as well as with vulnerabilities found in iOS 9 and OS X. There are also some posts about the releases of new betas of iOS 9.3 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 for developers.
A man from Sunnyvale, who lives near Apple’s top-secret car-testing facility has recently complained about the 'motor noises' coming from the Apple-owned buildings late at night. This looks like a good proof of the existence of the Apple-branded car prototype that is reportedly codenamed ‘Titan’.
Apple has just seeded the third iOS 9.3 beta to developers for testing. This is probably the last but one build for developers released until the alleged debut of iOS 9.3 in March alongside the new 4-inch iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3 and the updated Apple Watch. The list of improvements and enhancements includes bug fixes and refinements to the features added in previous betas. These features include the Night Shift mode, secure Notes, updated News and CarPlay. iOS 9.3 Beta 2 brought a separate Control Center toggle for Night Shift, which is present in the third beta, so looks like the change is permanent.
Apple has recently launched a new repair program aimed at fixing the issues with graphics cards on some late-2013 Mac Pro models manufactured between February 8th, 2015 and April 11th, 2015. According to reliable sources, the defective graphics cards can cause various problems including distorted video, freezes, restarts, system instability and more. It is very unlikely that the company will announce the repair program publicly, however, it may contact its customers directly via email.
According to the latest report from a research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in 2015, Apple became the top smartphone vendor in the United States of America and China. New devices, namely, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, allowed to beat the rivals and become the leader of such important markets. Strong demand for both handsets generated record-breaking revenue as well.
A person who was allegedly controlling the development of Apple’s widely-rumored electric car codenamed “Titan”, the Vice President of Product Design Steve Zadesky, is reportedly leaving the company after sixteen years in Cupertino. Such a rumor has been recently shared by usually-reliable Wall Street Journal reporters. The reason for leaving such a successful company as Apple is reportedly connected with his personal choice, rather than with the results Zadesky demonstrated while working for the tech giant.
According to the latest report issued by Amnesty International, Apple and a number of other tech giants including Sony, Samsung and Microsoft are using cobalt mined by child labor in their devices. Apart from that, electric car manufacturers Daimler and Volkswagen are working with the same suppliers utilizing child labor.
Looks like Apple has finally added a really useful feature to its mobile operating system. After the release of iOS 9, many users have begun complaining about the uncontrolled usage of cellular data because of Wi-Fi Assist. iOS 9.3, which is currently a beta, features one tiny tweak that makes it easy to understand exactly how much cellular data the device has used over a certain period of time. Now it is possible to monitor the Wi-Fi Assist activity and be aware of the cellular data usage to prevent additional charges from carrier.
Below you can take a look at the screenshot showing the newly-added feature.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has recently called Apple’s electric car project an "open secret". The reason for making such statement about the Cupertino-based tech giant is connected with the number of specialists the company has hired over the last couple of months. In 2015, Apple offered job to hundreds or even thousands engineers, including former Tesla workers, so it’s rather difficult to disagree with Elon Musk.
Back in December, Apple registered three new domain names. All of these names are most likely related with the long-awaited and widely-rumored electric vehicle, which is reportedly being developed by the Cupertino-based tech giant. The domain names include apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto and although they are not active at the moment, they may go online in the near future.
David Grimsley, a man from Atlanta, has recently reported that his iPhone 6 Plus went on fire while being plugged in for about 20 minutes. Fortunately, the man saw that something was wrong with the handset and pushed the device off the bed onto a floor to prevent fire. Nobody got injured, so looks like the unpleasant story has a happy end.