News tagged ‘iPad’
It is Sunday today, which means it is high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let’s not waste our time and take a look at the articles I have selected for you right now.
Apart from releasing OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to users worldwide, the guys from Cupertino have recently released iOS 8.3. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system can boast of a number of stability and security improvements as well as some new features. In case you don’t remember, the very first iOS 8.3 beta was seeded to developers in February.
A new video showing something very similar to the rear shell for the fourth-generation iPad mini has recently appeared on the Internet. While there’s no way to check the legitimacy of this short clip, it has been shared by the French reporters from Nowhereelse.fr. This site has a good track record when it comes to the releases of Apple products, moreover, it often gives a closer look at the leaked parts, so I guess we can believe it.
It is Sunday today, which means the time has come for our traditional Sunday post about the most interesting Apple-related news of the week. Let’s take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
Several images showing something very similar to the mockup of the upcoming iPad Pro have been recently spotted on the Internet. While the origin of the leaked dummy remains unknown, most likely it was created by accessory manufacturers. The design of the mockup is based on the latest rumors and schematics, which can be found online.
According to what people familiar with the matter claim, the guys from Cupertino may soon launch the iPhone trade-in program in China. Starting March 31st, the customers in this Asian country will get an opportunity to change their older iPhone in working condition for a gift card with a discount, which can be used when purchasing the newer smartphone. What is interesting about the trade-in program in China, the old devices will be traded to Foxconn, repaired and sold on the secondary market.
Following the release of the fourth beta of iOS 8.3 to developers and public testers, the guys from Cupertino stopped signing iOS 8.1.3. I must admit, this is a piece of bad news for all those people who use jailbroken iPhones and iPads as it is now impossible to downgrade to this version of Apple’s mobile operating system after unsuccessful jailbreak. The risk of turning your fully functional device into a brick has once again risen.
Apple has been recently granted a patent for a brand new docking station for smartphones and tablets with a flexible connector inside, which makes the whole mechanism more durable and easy to use. The patent is entitled “Dock connector with compliance mechanism” and its number is 8.986.029. Below you may take a look at the rendering of the new docking station, which was included in the document filed by the guys in Cupertino last year.
According to the official data shared by Apple, iOS 8 adoption rate reached 77% on March 16th. The adoption rate has increased 2% over the last two weeks. One possible reason for such an increase is the release of iOS 8.2, which can boast of a number of important stability and performance improvements as well the support of the long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is expected to hit the store shelves in April.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is currently planning a new campaign to lure Android switchers. The guys from Cupertino will soon launch a new trade-in program that will allow Android and BlackBerry users to change their old devices for a gift card, which will let them get a discount when purchasing an iPhone. The trade-in value of old handsets will be determined by Apple Store employees. Everything is simple here: the better your smartphone works and feels, the more you get.
According to the latest report from Reuters, Apple’s rival, Microsoft, is currently planning to make the updated version of its personal assistant called Cortana available not only on Windows Phone platform, but also on iOS and Android. Unlike the Siri and Google Now, the virtual assistant developed by the guys from Redmond won’t just respond to user’s requests. It will reportedly predict the help user may need.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Apple has decided to halt the development of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Earlier this year, a rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggested that the mass-production of the tablet will start in the first quarter of 2015, however, looks like the supplier will begin assembling the device only in September. Such a delay is caused by problems with the supply of display panels for the device. What’s interesting is that it is not the first time the guys from Cupertino decide to pause the development of the iPad Pro.
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.
According to the latest reports from people familiar with the matter, Apple’s next-gen iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus may both get Apple SIM and 2GB of RAM. Both features come from the iPad Air 2, which was released last year. Apple SIM will allow users to select, which carrier they want to use on their own and 2GB of RAM will surely make the device more efficient. However, these changes may influence the battery life of the smartphone, which means Apple has either to improve the battery capacity, or make other components and the operating system consume less energy.
Apart from releasing the second beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the guys from Cupertino have recently seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 with Xcode 6.3 beta 2 to developers. The release of this version of Apple’s mobile operating system comes about two weeks after the release of the very first iOS 8.3 beta, which contained several new features, namely, a brand new emoji picker, the support of wireless CarPlay connectivity, Google’s two-step verification as well as Apple Pay support of UnionPay in China.