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According to the latest reports from reliable sources, a minor iOS 8.1.3 update is currently in the works. It won’t contain noticeable stability improvements or design changes, however, it will fix some bugs and slightly enhance the overall performance of Apple’s mobile operating system. As to the public release, it may take place as soon as next week, since some retail employees have already begun testing the latest version of firmware.
According to the latest report from DigiTimes, Samsung has recently won the rights to produce an essential component for the widely-rumored Apple Watch. This component is called the S1 system-in-a-package and it includes such important parts of the wearable device as the processor, mobile DRAM, NAND flash and some other chips. As you might have understood, the S1 package is the main component of the Apple Watch.
According to what the guys from Cupertino have recently posted on their Support page for developers, iOS 8 is now installed on 68% of active devices. Such a figure shows that over the last month, the number of iOS 8 users has grown 5%. As to the reasons for such growth, they include immense popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as strong smartphone and tablet sales during the holiday period of 2014.
The guys from Cupertino have recently begun selling unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the USA. Such smartphones are currently available on Apple’s American online store. Still, there’s one drawback: those who plan to purchase one of such carrier-free handsets will have to wait several days. The shipping estimates for the aforementioned models are 3-5 business days.
According to the latest complaints that may be found on Apple Support Communities website, a number of users have encountered with an issue with Apple Pay that prevents them from adding a new card to the service after restoring the iPhone 6. The problem is reportedly connected with the security settings of Apple Pay aimed at protecting sensitive data from thieves as well as with some flaws in the hardware and software of Apple’s handsets.
According to the latest report from a research firm Flurry, more than a half of new mobile devices activated during the Christmas week were Apple’s iPhones. This means that the sales results of the holiday quarter will surely please the guys from Cupertino.
To be precise, I should say that Apple accounted for 51.3% of new smartphone activations in the period of time between December 19th and December 25th. As to the closest rivals, they include Samsung with 17.7%, Nokia with 5.8%, Sony with 1.6% and LG with 1.4% of activated devices. As you may see in the chart below, the gap between Apple and its rival from South Korea is massive.
According to the results of the IBM survey first shared by VentureBeat reporters, iPhone and iPad users managed to beat the users of Android devices in terms of online mobile sales and shopping traffic during this year’s Christmas Day. Last year, by the way, the analysis of user’s shopping activity showed similar results. iOS users were using their devices to make purchases online more often than the owners of smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android.
According to the official figures on the App Store usage published by the guys from Cupertino earlier this week, iOS 8 adoption rate has risen 1% over the period of time between December 8th and December 22nd and now is equal to 64%. Although the adoption rate rises not as fast as the adoption rate of iOS 7 last year, it grows steadily and that is the point.
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Two months after the launch in the United States of America, Apple Pay currently occupies about 1% of mobile payments market. This is the information, which can be found in the latest ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch). It should be noted that Apple's system still falls behind Google Wallet and its share of 4%. However, the adoption of Apple Pay rises incredibly quickly, so the time when it will beat all the rivals' systems is quite near, I suppose.
Apple on Thursday released the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers for testing. New firmware version can boast of a number of performance improvements and several important bugfixes. The release comes just one week after the release of the previous beta and about one month after the release of the first iOS 8.2 beta. Apart from seeding iOS 8.2, the guys from Cupertino also made Xcode 6.2 beta 3 with WatchKit available for developers.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Samsung is currently in talks with LoopPay, a company, which has recently developed a new payments method to launch Apple Pay competitor in 2015. This method uses a technology different from NFC utilized in Google Wallet or Apple Pay and that is an advantage, I guess, as not all the smartphones on the market can boast of the support of NFC.
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As you probably know, Apple on Tuesday released iOS 8.1.2, which contained a fix for the issue causing the ringtones purchased on the iTunes Store to disappear from your device. Immediately after the release, users began to wonder if the latest version of the mobile operating system was jailbreakable.
As it turned out, the guys from Cupertino haven’t patched the vulnerability, which was used to hack the previous versions of iOS using TaiG jailbreak. That is why less than in a day after the release of iOS 8.1.2, the hackers released an updated tool for untethered jailbreak of the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system called TaiG 1.2.0. And that is surely a piece of good news for all those, who use jailbroken iPhones and iPads.
According to the recent information, which was published on Apple's App Store support page for developers, iOS 8 is currently installed on 63% of active iOS devices. The latest figures are based on the App Store usage, so they include only those iPhone and iPad owners, who have used Apple’s repository over the past month. The actual number of devices running iOS 8 may be slightly higher.