News tagged ‘design’
Earlier this year I told you that the guys from Cupertino were planning to launch a revamped music streaming service based on both Beats Music and iTunes Radio functionality. According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, the debut of the service won’t take place at the “Spring Forward” media event, scheduled for March 9th. Instead, insiders claim Apple will unveil its new creation at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The service will use the technologies Apple obtained after acquiring Beats Music and will have a monthly fee of $7.99.
As you probably know, at the media event scheduled for March 9th, we may see the long-awaited Apple Watch as well as the redesigned 12-inch MacBook Air and the updated 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models. While we don’t have any substantial evidence concerning the 12-inch laptop, there are some things that point to the refresh of the existing MacBook Air lineup.
Just as we expected, Apple on Monday made the latest beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to all those people who have previously registered as a member of OS X public testing program. As I have already told you, this pre-release version of Apple’s desktop operating system contains a wide number of stability and performance improvements, the support of Google’s two-step verification, new emoji picker as well as one noticeable feature, which is a new Photos app.
According to what Apple CEO Tim Cook told German retail employees last week, in April, the long-awaited Apple Watch will hit the store shelves not only in the USA, but in a number of other countries. Looks like the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to make the wearable device available for purchase in as many countries as possible and as soon as possible. The smartwatch is expected to hit the U.S. stores in the first week of April. In the second half of the month, the sales of the device may start in Germany and several other countries.
Ahead of the official release of the long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is expected to take place on March 9th, more and more details about the functionality and design of the gadget leak online. According to the most-recent report published by The New York Times journalists, the wearable device will boast of a "Power Reserve" mode. This mode will disable all the other features of the smartwatch and display only time in order to save energy when battery is critically low. Apart from that, the reporters claim that the official release of the Apple Watch should have come a bit earlier, however, due to some technical differences and the loss of several key engineers who left the company in 2014, it comes only now.
Samsung has just announced its two new flagships, namely, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. This happened at the annual conference called Mobile World Congress. Both devices are thinner and lighter than their predecessors, moreover, they feature new metal and glass bodies, better cameras and serious hardware improvements. And yes, in terms of design, they look very similar to the iPhone 6.
Several images showing something what appears to be headphones for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have recently appeared on the Internet. What is interesting about the leaked earbuds is that they look very similar to Apple’s EarPods.
According to the latest report from Reuters, the Chinese government has recently removed Apple and several other U.S. tech giants from the list of approved vendors for state purchases. Such a step looks quite strange, especially after Apple has been several times accused of spying on users on demand of the Chinese government.
Almost every week, a new rumor about Apple’s next-generation iPhone appears on the Internet. Some insiders believe this will be a smartphone very similar to the existing iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. There are also such people, who don’t wait till Apple announces a new smartphone. They just imagine, how the new handset may look like and create their own concepts.
Below you may take a look at the new concept of the device called the “iPhone 6c”, which features a colorful plastic back panel reminiscent of the one Apple’s iPhone 5c had. The concept was created by 3DFuture and I must admit it looks impressive.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release their long-anticipated Apple Watch in April. There will be several different versions of the wearable device, namely, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Each model will boast of several health-tracking sensors and its own unique design. While the first two modifications of the smartwatch will be relatively cheap and affordable for most U.S., European and Asian customers, the analysts believe that the gold Apple Watch will bring most of the income to Apple. Even though the prices for the device are expected to start at about $4000.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, the guys from Cupertino have recently invited several third-party app developers to Apple headquarters to allow them to test their Apple Watch apps ahead of the launch of the wearable device in April. Some insiders claim that Apple is planning to help nearly 100 developers finalize their products in February, however, this information hasn’t yet been confirmed officially. Most of the developers invited to Cupertino are those who create sports and productivity applications.
A couple of images showing something very similar to the new third-party case for the long-anticipated 12-inch iPad Pro have been recently spotted online. While it is currently impossible to check the legitimacy of these photos, they show us an accessory, which is really similar to the one for the iPad Air. The case has nearly the same cutouts for volume rockers, mute switch, Power button, rear camera and Lightning connector. However, the leaked part is a bit different from the iPad Pro case that appeared on the Net several weeks ago.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, Apple’s chief product designer Jony Ive and retail executive Angela Ahrendts are currently working on a major redesign of Apple's retail stores in the USA and other countries. Such a step is aimed at making retail locations more natural and comfortable for customers. These changes will focus customers’ attention on new products, for example, on the Apple Watch, which is expected to be released in April. As usual, there’s no official confirmation of the rumors from Apple.
According to what numerous sources write, Apple is currently working on its own electric vehicle. Yesterday I told you about the reports shared by the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times journalists, which suggested that the guys from Cupertino may be thinking about a self-driving vehicle. As it turns out, there’s indeed a project called “Titan”, which involves “several hundred” of Apple’s employees and which is aimed at creating a fully-electric car.
According to 2015 rankings published by Fast Company, Apple is the second most innovative company in the world. In the first place of the rating one can see Warby Parker, a firm that creates designer eyewear, and in the third place one will spot Alibaba. As to Apple’s most influential rival, which is Google, it stays in the fourth place of the list.