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According to the latest report shared by Bloomberg reporters, in the near future Apple may significantly improve its high-speed network used for making all of its services work lightning-fast. The guys from Cupertino are reportedly planning to replace the network equipment manufactured by third-party companies with its own and open several new data centers in USA, Ireland and Denmark. In fact, the tech giant will spend $3.9 billion on this task. Such step looks quite obvious now, when Apple launches its brand-new streaming music service called Apple Music.
As you probably know, Apple’s NFC-based payments system called Apple Pay is currently available only in the United States of America. The guys from Cupertino are working hard to increase the number of partners supporting their service. A strong indication of their effort is the fact that they are constantly updating the list of supported banks and financial institutions. According to the latest document published by Apple, Apple Pay has recently begun working with 35 new banks in the USA. The total number of partners among financial institutions is now close to 300. If to take into account the number of retailers and shops across the USA, the total number will be even larger.
Apple on Tuesday released the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and the 27-inch iMac with an amazing 5K display. The release took place one day earlier than we expected. As you know, rumors pointed to the official launch of the aforementioned devices on Wednesday.
As you probably know, Universal is currently working on a new Steve Jobs biopic, which is expected to be released on October, 9th. The movie is directed by Danny Boyle and is based on the script written by Aaron Sorkin. Michael Fassbender is starring as Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
Nearly half a year before the official debut of the long-awaited biopic, Universal has released the very first trailer for the movie. It is available below, so you can take a look and then tell me what you think about this short clip.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), nearly 40% of the iPhone owners in the United States of America have upgraded to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus since the release of the handsets last year. The total number of Apple’s iPhones in use was equal to about 94 million in March. 25 million out of this number were iPhone 6 units and 13 million - iPhone 6 Plus units. Since March, the number of active iPhone users has grown.
Hackers have recently begun exploring the capabilities of the Apple Watch. The wearable gadget launched in the USA and a number of other countries on April 24th has already been hacked to run a web browser. Below you may take a look at the short video showing Google’s start page right on the screen of the smartwatch. Although using a web-browser on a device with the screen size like this does not seem a very convenient thing, the fact remains: you can use a browser on your Apple Watch.
According to the information found in Moody's Investors Service study, which was published on Thursday, Apple remains the top cash holder in the United States of America with about $178 billion in cash reserves. Its closest competitors from the technology sector, Microsoft and Google, have noticeably weaker reserves of $90.2 billion and $64.4 billion in cash respectively. Another interesting fact is that the sum of money Apple has in its reserve is greater that the sum of money most of the U.S. industries have combined. That’s what I call a successful tech company.
As a part of the recently-updated 'Made for Apple Watch' program, the guys from Cupertino have recently published the detailed schematics for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. These schematics have been published specifically for third-party companies and Apple partners, who can use them to create bands and other accessories for the long-anticipated wearable device. As can be seen on the images below, the schematics include the precise dimensions of the smartwatch as well as of its components, such as the screen, the Digital Crown etc. More information about the Apple Watch can be found on Apple's official webpage devoted to this device.
Earlier this week, a rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggested that tattoos may prevent the heart rate sensor found in the Apple Watch from working properly. A number of users with tattoos on their skin complained about problems in using the health-tracking features of their wearable devices. Apple had to respond somehow to these complaints, that is why the company issued an updated support document saying that ‘permanent or temporary changes’ to user’s skin, such as tattoos, due to the ink and its elements may cause problems in measuring the heart rate.
Richard Ryan, known for his FullMag channel on YouTube, has recently posted three new videos showing some extraordinary ways of the Apple Watch destruction. Although we have already seen several crash tests and know that the long-anticipated smartwatch has a pretty durable body, the latest clips prove that the wearable device can be easily frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed with a heavy hammer, blown up with the help of hydrogen and shot with a bullet.
As to the videos showing three Apple Watch units destroyed using the aforementioned methods, they are available below.
According to the latest report from The Wall Street Journal, the supply of the Apple Watch was heavily constrained at launch because of faulty taptic engine units. The part manufactured by a Chinese firm called AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. turned out to be defective. What is interesting is that taptic engines created by a Japanese supplier Nidec Corp were working just fine. It should be noted, however, that this information came from reliable insiders, not directly from Apple. The guys from Cupertino refused to comment on the issue. I can only imagine what could have happened if all the parts had been defective...
Apple has recently updated its App Store Review Guidelines. According to this updated document, the guys from Cupertino will reject the Apple Watch apps designed to only tell time. Although this sounds a bit strange, this is the reality. If you an the Apple Watch and want to change the watch face, you can easily do this using the built-in presets created by the guys from Cupertino.
It is Sunday today, which means it is time for me to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
As you probably know, Apple's long-awaited wearable device launched on April 24th in the USA and a number of other first-wave countries, can boast several innovative and simply interesting features. One of those features is the built-in sensor capable of measuring user's heart rate.
As you probably know, Apple has just launched its long-anticipated Apple Watch. Because of its official launch in the USA and a number of other first-wave countries, CNet reporters have decided to test its durability and the quality of materials it is made of. Well, unlike any other reporters, who usually use special equipment and tools, CNet experts have decided they will simulate several typical situations that can happen in the kitchen. That is why the smartwatch was washed, left in water for ten minutes, dropped, boiled and finally smashed with a skillet.