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According to what Dutch website iCulture and French Apple-related news portal iGen.fr write, the guys from Cupertino have recently updated their maps and added a Flyover feature to several new locations in Europe. Now the users of both iOS and Mac OS X can take advantage of using Flyover mode in such cities as Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Malmö in Sweden, Strasbourg and Dijon in France and Turin in Italy. Not bad, I must admit.
According to the latest information that can be found on Apple's online store, shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on all carriers have recently improved to one day. This means that the customers in the USA currently have an opportunity to get their new smartphone shipped to them within one day after the purchase. Looks like the suppliers have finally caught up with the demand for the handset.
Apple on Thursday released the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers for testing. New firmware version can boast of a number of performance improvements and several important bugfixes. The release comes just one week after the release of the previous beta and about one month after the release of the first iOS 8.2 beta. Apart from seeding iOS 8.2, the guys from Cupertino also made Xcode 6.2 beta 3 with WatchKit available for developers.
Apple has earlier today released a new holiday-themed ad called “The Song”. In the short video, which is, by the way, available below, you may see a young girl, who decided to make a special present for the person she cares about.
According to the latest report from Korea's ET News, Samsung has already begun the production of the next-generation A9 chips for Apple’s 2015 devices. As noted by people familiar with the matter, the manufacturing process is currently on its active phase at Samsung’s Austin, Texas plant.
President Obama has recently signed the E-Label Act, which would allow Apple and other companies not to place Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification stamps on back panels of smartphones and tablets. Instead of doing so, vendors would get the right to include the information about the certification into their software.
About a week after the release of Microsoft's ad mocking Siri and a couple of days after the release of two iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ads voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, the guys from Cupertino have decided to make another commercial available for public. The short video, which can be found below, tells us about one of new iMessage features introduced in iOS 8 and is called "Voice Text". I bet you've already guessed what particular feature the ad highlights.
According to the latest reports from supply chain insiders, Apple has recently decided to make Samsung one of its major hardware suppliers. I'm now talking not only about the chips for next generations of iPhones and iPads. As noted by BusinessKorea, the guys from Cupertino plan to use Samsung as a primary components manufacturer for the long-anticipated Apple Watch as well. This indicates that Apple will soon once again become extremely dependent on its market rival from South Korea.
According to what people familiar with the matter say, Foxconn will invest $2.6 billion in the construction of the new plant capable of producing displays exclusively for Apple. The new factory will be reportedly build in Southern Taiwan by Foxconn-owned firm called Innolux. Company's executives decided to invest such a large sum of money into construction after the guys from Cupertino made a very "urgent" request.
Apple has just released iOS 8.1.1 to users worldwide. The public release comes two weeks after the release of the beta version that contained a wide number of bug fixes, but lacked new functionality. Looks like this is another minor update aimed at making the mobile operating system more stable. What is also interesting about iOS 8.1.1 is that it reportedly kills Pangu untethered jailbreak, so if you want to keep your device jailbroken, stay away from this software update.
According to the latest survey results published by a research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not as popular among Android switchers as they were expected to be. In fact, the amount of former Android users who decided to purchase Apple's handset this year is nearly two times smaller if to compare with 2013. Just look: 12% and 23%. I must admit, the difference is immense. What is even more interesting is that the number of Windows Phone or Blackberry switchers turned out to be smaller in 2014 as well; more people decided to upgrade to the iPhone 5s last year and not to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus this year. This means that about 80% of the new iPhone buyers are former iPhone owners.
In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook declared his support for human equality and for the first time publicly admitted that he's gay. I must say, this was quite a surprising step as earlier Apple CEO was keeping his personal life away from public. According to the letter, Cook decided to tell about his sexuality to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" as well as to "inspire people to insist on their equality."
The PanguTeam on Saturday released an important update on the status of its jailbreak utility for iOS 8 - 8.1. As you probably know, earlier this week, the hackers released a new version of untethered jailbreak for iOS 8 - 8.1. It should be noted, however, that this version turned out to be very unstable and was available only for Windows users, that is why the PaunguTeam decided to pull the update back and make it available only for jailbreak developers.
According to what people familiar with the matter claim, iTunes sales have fallen more than 13% this year. Keeping this information in mind, it now becomes clear why the guys from Cupertino have decided to rebrand the Beats Music service and make it a part of the iTunes brand. You see, more and more people prefer listening to music online to downloading separate songs or albums. There are several reasons for that, namely, the rapid development of 3G and 4G networks and the price, of course. It is cheaper to purchase the subscription for the music streaming service than to buy all the songs you like.
According to the results of a complex iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus teardown performed by Chipworks, the guys from Cupertino have equipped their new handsets with two separate accelerometers. Such a decision is probably caused by the desire to reduce the power consumption of the devices and to improve the user experience. Whether it is a successful one or not we shall see very soon, after the product launch euphoria ends.