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Apple Daily: iPhone 5c Stops Shotgun Blast; OS X and iOS Rumors; TV Service Delays

In today’s Apple Daily, a green iPhone 5c saves a man’s life from a close-range shotgun blast. In other news, more insider rumors concerning Mac OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 have surfaced, and Apple’s TV streaming service may not launch this fall owing to complications with local television stations.

iPhone 5c Saves Man from Close-Range Shotgun Blast

The iPhone 5c is sometimes frowned upon for its plastic casing, but as a 25-year-old British man recently found out, that plastic can sometimes be a lifesaver. Quite literally, actually. After a confrontation outside his Cheshire home, the unidentified man was shot in the chest at close range with a shotgun but managed to stumble back to his home to call emergency services after the phone took most of the force. The victim still sustained severe abdominal injuries, but none are reportedly life-threatening.

“Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived,” said Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from the Cheshire Police in a statement to ITV News. ”This is remarkable — had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died.”

The victim had encountered a group of teenagers who had shut off the water to his apartment block, and was shot after confronting them about the issue. The person who fired the shot, 19-year-old Ryan Duggan, was found guilty of attempted murder yesterday and is set to be sentenced in July.

 

More Details About OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 Emerge from Insider Sources

We’d heard some time ago that, instead of focusing on big changes to Mac OS X and iOS as in the last couple of years, both OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 will focus on security and stability improvements for both operating systems. This was again reiterated to sources who spoke at length with 9to5 Mac.

Still, it seems we may still see a few additions. Control Center, a central feature of iOS, is said to make its way onto Mac OS X, where you’ll be able to find it on the left side of the screen. Features from Music, AirPlay, and other apps will supposedly be readily available by clicking on it. There’s a chance we won’t even see this at this year’s WWDC, though, as the feature “has been in flux during development” and Apple might thus push it back to another update.

Apple is also planning on including a security upgrade called Rootless for both systems, which will reportedly prevent even people with administrative-level access from viewing specific files. Sources who spoke with 9to5 Mac claim that Rootless will also be “a heavy blow to the jailbreak community.”

 

Local TV Programming May Delay TV Streaming Service Announcement

Apple reportedly wants to include local channels with its new streaming television service, and according to sources who spoke with Re/code, that could keep the Cupertino company from launching the service until some time in the fall. Previous reports from The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple would announce the service at this year’s WWDC on June 8, but it increasingly looks as though that may not be the case.

Indeed, Apple reportedly hasn’t reached any deals with broadcast TV networks at all. The problems seems to stem from the fact that most broadcasters don’t actually own local station coverage, and instead host them through affiliate or franchise networks. The report points out that ABC spent two years securing the rights for showing live programming under its Watch ABC app, and even then they couldn’t secure the rights for more than eight cities.

The rumors that Apple wants to host local television stations are somewhat new, as up until now, information has largely focused on channels from large networks such as ABC, CBS, Disney, and Fox. Approximately 25 channels are thought to debut at launch, and it’ll cost around to per month.

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Apple Daily: Apple Refutes HomeKit’s Delay; Massive iPhone Sales Coming?

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple makes a rare break from its silence concerning rumors to address the reported delay of HomeKit, plus UBS claims Apple will see more extensive iPhone sales than analysts are already predicting.

Apple Counters Rumors, Says It’s Releasing HomeKit in June

It’s not often that Apple rushes to correct rumors circulating in the press, but the Cuperino company didn’t waste any time today crushing a Fortune report that Apple would be delaying the launch of its HomeKit home automation platform until August or September. Far from being delayed, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told The Wall Street Journal later, the service is on track to launch in June.

“[The hardware certification for] HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.” she said.

Fortune‘s earlier report claimed that Apple was still having trouble getting the service to work with battery-operated devices, and while there may be some truth to that, the company seems poised to release it anyway.

Analysts Are Underestimating This Quarter’s iPhone Sales, Claims UBS

We haven’t seen the end of the mad sales rush for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, says financial services company UBS (via BusinessInsider), and their most recent report from their Evidence Lab claims that Apple’s sales of the device will likely exceed current expectations.

Most current Wall Street estimates say about 45 million iPhones will sell this quarter, but UBS says the company should sell around 51.1 million iPhones. As evidence, UBS included a graph showing the actual track record of iPhone sales compared to its predictions and those of Wall Street. The company believes that the continued surge of sales of the device in China will account for most of the momentum.

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Apple Daily: Possible New iPhone Features; Greenpeace Praises Apple

In today’s Apple Daily, a notable analyst projects what we might see with the next iPhone refresh, and it all sounds amazing. In other news, Apple gets a perfect rating from Greenpeace regarding its efforts in supplying its buildings with clean and renewable energy.

Notable Analyst Predicts Force Touch, 12-Megapixel Camera for New iPhones

Now that the Apple Watch is out on the market, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has turned his attention to predicting what we’ll find in the upcoming so-called “iPhone 6s” and “6s Plus.” Kuo, as you might recall, is about the closest thing you can get to a celebrity in the world of Apple predictions, owing to his better-than-average success rate for anticipating what the Cupertino company will come up with next. And this time, he says, the upcoming iPhone refresh may very well be Apple’s biggest “incremental” upgrade to date (via MacRumors).

Kuo believes (presumably based on information from sources inside Apple) that Apple will keep the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes that made the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus so popular, but that the phones will also feature Apple’s new “Force Touch” technology along with an A9 processor supporting 2GB of RAM. In addition, the phone will supposedly feature a sapphire crystal screen (finally), a new Rose Gold color option to match the gold Apple Watch, and a possible 12-megapixel camera. Notably, Kuo’s letter to investors this morning claimed there “will be no new 4-inch model,” thus discrediting one of the more persistent rumors from the last couple of weeks. Kuo also made a similar claim back in April.

Kuo’s note includes some other interesting tidbits as well, such as how the “bending issue will be improved by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes” and that mass production is expected to begin sometime in mid to late August.

 

Greenpeace Praises Apple for Efforts in Renewable Energy

Greenpeace’s Clean Energy Index from its 2015 Click Clean Report is out, and it shows that Apple has made a significant turnaround from the days when the environmental watchdog group used to criticize the Cupertino company regularly. These days, by contrast, it notes that Apple has been “most aggressive” in taking its commitments to clean and renewable energy seriously.

Apple managed to snag an impressive 100 percent rating in the Clean Energy Index, while competitors such as Yahoo, Facebook, and Google filled the next three positions with scores of 23 percent, 49 percent, and 46 percent respectively.

“Apple continues to lead the charge in powering its corner of the Internet with renewable energy even as it continues to rapidly expand,” the report says. “All three of its data center expansions announced in the past year will be powered with renewable energy. Apple is also having a positive impact on pushing major colocation providers to help it maintain progress toward its 100% renewable energy goal.”

Apple’s efforts in this regard have been a staple of the news coming out of Cupertino lately, whether it’s with Apple’s new environmental initiatives in China that were announced just yesterday or in its commitment to protect more than 36,000 acres of U.S. forestland in order to responsibly harvest them for the company’s paper and wood supply.

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Apple Daily: iPhone Still #1 Phone in U.S.; Nintendo on iOS Update

In today’s Apple Daily, Nintendo finally reveals a timetable of sorts for its mobile game releases, but we might end up waiting a while for them. Also, Apple widens its lead as America’s favorite smartphone manufacturer, and experts say the Apple Watch’s heart-rate monitor is quite accurate, to the point that it even matches up with “EKG accurate” devices.

Nintendo to Release Five Mobile Games By 2017

Thanks to Nintendo’s partnership deal with mobile game maker DeNA, the age of Nintendo-created iOS games is almost upon us. Unfortunately, the games won’t come quickly. Nintendo stated during its financial results briefing earlier today that the company plans to release a mere five smartphone titles by March of 2017.

Nintendo acknowledged that this seems like a small number, but it emphasized that it believed that simply taking The Legend of Zelda and porting it to iOS “wouldn’t match the playstyle of smart devices.” In addition, Nintendo claims it wants “to make every title a hit,” with the implication that simply porting The Legend of Zelda wouldn’t achieve that.

When we first reported on Nintendo’s partnership with DeNA back in March, there was a lot of worry that the resulting games wouldn’t feel like Nintendo games because DeNA would be responsible for the actual development. Yet it turns out that there’s a welcome twist. Hideki Konno, the man behind Nintendogs and Mario Kart 8, will actually be heading the development of DeNA’s Nintendo games. Considering that Mario Kart 8 now commands an 88 rating on Metacritic (and a 9.1 user rating), that can’t be a bad thing.

 

Apple Widens Lead as Most Popular Smartphone Maker in U.S.

Apple continues to ride the strength of strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales, and now the devices have helped the Apple widen its lead as America’s most popular smartphone maker. According to a new report from comScore, the iPhone market share bumped up from 41.6 percent in December 2014 to 42.6 percent in March 2015.

The numbers are a little different when operating systems are factored in as opposed to manufacturers. iOS’s 42.6 percent market share still lags behind the 52.4 percent commanded by Android, while Windows, Blackberry, and Symbian managed to snag a mere 5 percent total. And yes, that’s all three of them combined.

The study also indicated the most popular apps, and Facebook’s presence on an astonishing 69.5 percent of smartphones easily makes it the king. YouTube occupied second place with 55.9 percent.

 

Apple Watch’s Heart-Rate Monitor Essentially ‘EKG Accurate’

The Apple Watch has a heart-rate monitor; that much we know. But according to Brad Larson, the founder of SonoPlot, it’s a really good heart-rate monitor, too. Larson took the data from his Apple Watch and compared it to readings from the Mio Alpha heart-rate monitor, which has been “tested EKG accurate at performance speeds.”

The Mio Alpha takes readings every three seconds while the Apple Watch takes only takes readings every five seconds, but the results, Larson found, are almost identical. In other words, even though the Apple Watch doesn’t have clearance from the FDA as a medical device, Larson’s tests show it comes darn close.

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Apple Daily: iPhone Survives 40-Story Fall; Apple Touts Environmental Efforts

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple releases a report detailing how much it’s done to live up to its stated commitment to the environment and renewable energy. In other news, a photographer from Dubai had the misfortune of watching is iPhone plummet 40 stories down, and the camera was rolling the whole time.

iPhone Survives 40-Story Fall

Just how tough are the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Photographer Catalin Marin found out in Dubai last week when he accidentally dropped his iPhone from 40 stories up. Marin’s phone survived with only a slight dent. And even better, the camera was going the whole way down.

“I had a bit of a mishap this morning,” Marin later said on Instagram. “Shooting from the 40th floor, my phone decided to go for a ride into the wind. Forty floors down, not a scratch in sight.”

The video kicks off with a shot of the skyscrapers of Dubai rising through the morning fog, but a fraction of a second later, the phone takes a dive, flipping and spinning over and over until it at last hits bottom.

The screen didn’t have a single scratch in it, and as Marin recounted in a followup photo after his video caught the eyes of Buzzfeed, the body as a whole survived without only a small “ding.” Marin mentioned that he was using a case in the post, but he didn’t say which. Chances are the lucky case maker can’t wait to use Marin’s story for publicity.

Apple Releases Environmental Responsibility Report

Apple today released its Environmental Responsibility Report for 2015, in which the company highlights its efforts to “leave the world better than we found it.” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives, said in the report that 100 percent of Apple’s U.S. operations and 87 percent of its oveseas operations already run on renewable energy, but that the company wants to boost it all to 100 percent. The renewable sources involved include “solar, wind, micro-hydro, biogas fuel cells, and geothermal sources.”

The report also drew attention to Apple’s considerable recycling efforts, which has helped keep 508 million pounds of garbage out of landfills since 2008. The company also has recycling programs in place in 99 percent of the countries it operates in, allowing the company to recover 40,396 metric tons of aluminum, plastics, glass, along with other metals and materials just in the last year alone. Apple has extended its commitment to recycling even over to “Spaceship Campus,” 95 percent of which is built out of recycled building materials.

In the report, Apple also pointed out more recent initiatives, such as efforts to build two solar plants in China with the help of The Conservation Fund and the SunPower Corporation, as well as its recent purchase of 36,000 acres of forest in order to have a sustainable point of origin for its paper products (such as packaging).

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