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As you probably know, after the release of iOS 8 back in September, many iPhone 4S users began reporting various performance issues. On Monday, Apple released iOS 8.1.1, which, according to the release notes, was expected to improve performance on older devices, namely, the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. As noted by the researchers from Ars Technica, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system does improve the stability and performance of the older handsets and tablets, however, only slightly. Moreover, average users are very unlikely to notice these improvements as nearly all the build-in apps still work slower than that of iOS 7.
Apple has changed usual free games and applications purchase buttons on the App Store. Earlier, all the software one could get without paying money was displayed with a "Free" button on top. Now those apps are available for download after pressing the new "Get" button. According to what many users report, the changes have been made both on the iOS version of the App Store and on the desktop one.
According to what Daring Fireball's analyst John Gruber told in his recent podcast called The Talk Show, next year Apple may demonstrate the "biggest camera jump ever" in the history of the company and its iPhone lineup. Citing sources familiar with the matter, he says that the guys from Cupertino are currently working on major improvements for the photo-sensor of the next-generation flagship device.
Immediately after the developers got access to iOS 8.2 with WatchKit SDK, they managed to find out what screen resolution the upcoming Apple Watch will get. Though the guys from Cupertino announced their long-anticipated wearable device in September, they somehow forgot to tell us about such an important parameter.
Just one day after making iOS 8.1.1 available for users worldwide, Apple on Tuesday seeded iOS 8.2 to developers for testing. What is interesting about this particular update is that it contains WatchKit SDK that allows to create apps for the Apple Watch. Apart from tools for developers, the new beta-version of Apple's mobile operating system contains several stability improvements. Well, as always.
According to the latest report from The Korea Times, Apple has made Samsung its primary chip supplier. 80% of orders for 14-nanometer processors will go to the South-Korean manufacturer starting 2016. As to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), it will get the remaining 20% of orders, which is also pretty good for this firm.
Microsoft has recently released another ad. As you might have guessed, in the short video one of Apple's products is compared to one of Microsoft's products. To be honest, I don't understand how a tablet can be compared to a laptop with normal keyboard, operating system and completely different form factor. I should probably ask the guys from Redmond as they seem to be comparing Apple's MacBook Air with their Surface Pro 3 on a regular basis.
Anyway, let's get back to the most recent commercial. This is the second ad from the so-called MacBook vs. Surface Pro 3 series. It is entitled "Winter Wonderland" and is available below.
According to the information about the upcoming movie about Apple co-founder and ex-CEO Steve Jobs shared by a screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, the actor for a leading role is still under consideration, but its name will be officially announced within several days or weeks. What Sorkin knows for sure is that neither Leonardo DiCaprio, nor Christian Bale will get the main role. Earlier it was reported that one of these actors will be chosen to star as Steve Jobs, but looks like something went wrong and they both won't.
Apple has provided the iMore reporters with an official comment on the recently-discovered piece of malicious software called Masque Attack. The guys from Cupertino claim they are unaware of any users who encountered with the issue. Moreover, according to Apple's representative, the company makes everything possible to encourage users to download software only from reliable repository, which is the App Store. When they ignore all the security warnings and download apps from third-party sources, they are responsible for all the consequences themselves.
According to the latest report from Digitimes, Apple's chip suppliers have recently begun gearing up for the production of chips for the long-anticipated Apple Watch that is expected to be released next year. The guys from Cupertino have already placed orders for 30 - 40 million chip units, which indicates that the initial batch of wearable devices will be quite large.
According to what usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo writes, Apple's long-anticipated 12.9-inch or 12.2-inch iPad Pro won't enter mass production until the second quarter of the next year. Kuo believes that the thing that will push the production of the large tablet back is a brand new display, which is currently at the development stage.
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.
According the the latest report from Nikkei, Apple's supplier Pegatron is currently working hard to boost its production capacity. Such a step is caused by strong demand for the recently-released iPhone 6. Apart from manufacturing the 4.7-inch handset, this factory may also get orders for the production of the larger 5.5-inch model as Foxconn can't cope with such a massive load.
According to what can be found on the App Store support page for developers, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system is currently installed on 56% of compatible devices. Over the past month, the adoption rate has increased 8% and that is an impressive result, I must say. In case you don't know, Apple made the eighth version of iOS available for users worldwide seven and a half weeks ago.