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According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, the guys from Cupertino will show us an updated MacBook Air later this month. Since Apple has no media events planned for February, this won’t be the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display and a number of serious performance improvements. This will be just a slightly better version of the existing laptop. The updated MacBook Air is expected to become available on February 24th.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple has begun training its retail employees in the USA and the U.K. ahead of the launch of the long-awaited Apple Watch. The stores staff has reportedly begun getting acquainted with the new wearable device, its specs and features. Retail employees should be aware of every particular detail of the smartwatch in order to be able to sell it and help those customers who encounter problems connected with the gadget.
A firm called Corning, which produces Gorilla Glass for modern smartphones and tablets including those manufactured by Apple, has recently announced a new type of glass, which will be used in the smartphones and wearable devices later this year. This glass is reportedly called “Project Phire” and it can boast of the scratch resistance similar to the one sapphire has, but is far better than this material in terms of drop performance. It is currently unclear what smartphones will get the new glass, however, I’m almost certain that these will be Apple’s iPhones and other flagships from top vendors.
According to the latest rumor published by Re/code reporters, Samsung will become Apple’s sole chip supplier. Looks like the guys from Cupertino have finally made up their mind. The decision to choose the Korean manufacturer, not Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), is cased by the fact that Samsung uses a more advanced manufacturing technology and can produce more chips at a given time.
For the first time since 2012, iOS market share in the USA has beaten the market share of Google’s Android, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reporters write. Moreover, they also claim that the share of Apple’s mobile operating system has grown in Europe and China as well. The reason for such an impressive result is the immense popularity of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus among the users.
A couple of images showing something what appears to be a chassis of the Samsung Galaxy S6, which is expected to be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month, have recently appeared on the Internet. As you might have already noticed, the leaked part proves that the handset will be very similar to Apple’s iPhone 6.
According to what reliable sources write, iOS 8.2, which can boast of the support of the long-awaited Apple Watch, will be officially released to users worldwide ahead of the release of the smartwatch. In case you don’t know, earlier it was reported that the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will become available alongside the release of the wearable device.
A strange car with a complicated system of cameras on the roof has been recently spotted in Concord, CA. How is this car connected with Apple? Well, reporters and analysts claim the vehicle is either a mapping car similar to those Google uses to improve its maps and develop the Street View feature, or a self-driving car from the future. Below you may take a look at the image showing a black Dodge Caravan with massive cameras used for unknown purpose.
Apple on Monday seeded the fifth beta of iOS 8.2 to developers for testing. The release took place about three weeks after the release of the fourth beta and nearly three months after the release of the very first testing version of iOS 8.2. This beta also includes WatchKit SDK, which allows to create apps and notifications for the long-anticipated Apple Watch and Xcode 6.2 beta 5.
Apple has recently begun equipping its retail stores with safes to store gold Apple Watch models, reliable insiders write. The reason for such a step is quite obvious: gold smartwaches are pretty expensive, moreover, because of the material they’re made of, they can be considered as jewelleries. According to the most recent rumors, the gold Apple Watch may get the price of about $4.999-9.999. The difference between the luxurious “Edition” device and the entry-level aluminum model is truly enormous as the latter one will reportedly cost $349.
Universal Pictures has recently started filming first scenes for the long-anticipated Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle. Earlier this week, the film crew was seen at the Flint Center at De Anza college, where Steve Jobs officially announced the very first Mac back in 1984.
Tomorrow, the guys from Cupertino will open a new flagship store in China. It is located in the city of Chongqing, which is one of the largest economic and financial centres of China. Earlier today, a couple of images showing the exterior and interior design of the new location appeared on the Internet. Well, I must admit that in terms of size and beauty, the Chongqing store is very similar to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York.
While Apple’s profits continue to grow, its main market rival keeps losing its share, customers and money. According to the most recent earnings report published by Samsung earlier this week, the company saw a 36% decrease in profits in Q4 of 2014 in comparison with the year-ago result. Moreover, Samsung’s mobile division saw even greater decline - 64%. The net profit in the latest quarter accounted for 5.29 trillion won (about $4.84 billion).
Just like it was expected, Apple on Tuesday, January 27th, officially announced its financial results in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. According to the official data shared by the guys from Cupertino, the revenue for the holiday quarter amounted to $74.6 billion and the net profit - to $18 billion. Apart from that, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhone units, up from 51 million in the year-ago quarter. As to the iPad sales, they were down from 26 million units sold in the Q1 of fiscal 2014 and accounted for 21.4 million units.
Despite the fact that this year Foxconn may assemble a record-breaking number of iPhones, it looks like the main Apple supplier is currently planning to reduce the number of employees working at its factories. However, as noted by the Reuters reporters, this will be people working on the production of non-Apple gadgets.