There’s still no watchOS 2 update in sight from Apple on Thursday, but Cupertino certainly isn’t neglecting another upcoming software release. Our Thursday edition of Apple Daily has the details on a new OS X 10.11.1 beta seed now making the rounds to developers ahead of the initial public release on September 30, along with numbers on early iOS 9 adoption and a more detailed look at some of Steve Jobs’ most dramatic moments with Universal’s second full trailer.
Although we didn’t have any problems installing iOS 9 on two devices shortly after yesterday’s release, plenty of others apparently did in the first few hours. That doesn’t necessarily mean more people were installing iOS 9 as soon as it was available compared to last year’s release of iOS 8, however.
According to MacRumors, early adoption of iOS 9 is running a very familiar curve in the first 24 hours with 12.60 percent of users rushing to update devices as soon as possible. Mixpanel has a live iOS 9 tracking site comparing this year’s adoption versus iOS 8 in 2014, and not surprisingly, it was a similar story 12 months ago.
“This kind of adoption took Android’s latest operating system, Lollipop, in comparison five months to achieve,” the folks at Mixpanel noted. “One huge advantage Apple got right this year over last year was that the update is much smaller than last year (3.5x smaller),” despite the initial crush of downloads causing problem for some upgraders.
We’ve still got almost two weeks to wait until OS X El Capitan rolls onto Macs owned by the public at large, but that isn’t stopping Apple from pushing forward with a beta release of the first update. According to 9to5Mac, Cupertino released the first beta update on Thursday, which “improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.”
Build number 15B17c closely follows the gold master candidate released to developers only last week, although details are scarce on exactly what fixes or improvements the OS X 10.11.1 update might include, beyond a “new set of emoji characters” carried over from iOS 9.1, including that controversial one-finger salute you’ve been hearing so much about lately.
With only a month to go before the Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic hits theaters, Universal released a second full trailer today that offers a wider view of some of the film’s key thematic moments.
In this followup preview embedded below for your viewing pleasure, audiences are treated to a look at two major conflicts pulled from Jobs’s life — namely his ties to daughter Lisa (a relationship he initially dismissed outright but eventually came to embrace), and his legendary sparring with Apple leadership prior to a decade-long exodus from the company he co-founded. Steve Jobs hits theaters on October 16, with a limited public premiere taking place on October 9.
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A little annoyed that Apple is still releasing iPhones that start with 16 GB of storage in 2015? If a report from China is correct, you won’t have to worry any longer. Elsewhere, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts hints that the Cupertino company might be preparing some kind of Back-to-School promo after all, and the NFL is releasing a new on-demand streaming option for iOS and Apple TV.
A common criticism of the iPhone in recent years is that Apple has been amiss in making the base units contain a mere 16 GB (and, the horror, the iPhone 5c’s 8 GB) in a age when contemporary apps and media fill that up in no time. Those days may soon be gone, though, according to a new report from MIC Gadget in China (via 9to5Mac), which claims the upcoming so-called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus won’t have 16 GB models. Instead, they’ll come in tiers of 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB.
This isn’t mere analyst speculation; the news allegedly comes from sources inside Foxconn, one of Apple’s primary manufacturers for the iPhone.
“Some Foxconn insiders confirmed that new iPhone 6s (and we think all ‘future iPhone’ like iPhone 7) will have 32GB and more capacity,” the report says. “We can’t tell you from what Foxconn’s department we received information, but we can only say that the packaging of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus don’t have sticker with ’16GB capacity’, but 32, 64, 128.”
That sounds sketchy at best, so it looks like we’ll have to wait for more leaks for confirmation. The way things have been this year, though, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Apple’s Back-to-School promotions are a little overdue, which lead to widespread speculation last week that Apple was preparing to discontinue offers such as free iPods and -0 gift cards with substantial purchases in the weeks before classes start again. But that’s maybe not entirely the case, according to the most recent of the weekly videos sent out by Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts (via Consomac.fr). Employees, in fact, should hear something sometime this week.
“I’m sure many of you are thinking also ‘but is there anything else for Back to School?’ ” Ahrendts said in the video. “Well, I need you to wait until next week’s video and I’ll share a little bit more insight with you then.”
As the video was from last week, it’s likely we’ll hear something in the coming days. Of course, it’s possible that whatever she announces won’t be an actual Back-to-School promotion, but the report notes that her tone suggests customers will be getting at least some kind of deal.
The cable-free revolution continues apace, as the NFL is on the verge of offering on-demand football game viewing to users of its mobile app. The app, called Game Pass, will allow users to watch all 256 games from the regular season through the app as well as though Apple TV. As a bonus, you’ll get to watch all games from regular seasons since 2009 as well as out-of-market pre-season games.
It’s also friendly to viewers who want to avoid spoilers before they watch a game, as you can turn off scores for games that you haven’t watched. Short on time? You can also watch condensed versions of games that last only 30 minutes. Seeking a bit more interactivity? You can check out exclusive camera angles from All-22 and EndZone. All this, and in HD and without commercials.
Some of these features have been available through the NFL’s Game Rewind (which isn’t available on Apple TV), but that service will cease to be on July 31 in order to make way for Game Pass. There’s currently no word on how much the Game Pass service will cost.
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In today’s news, our favorite Cupertino company acquires a notable augmented reality company, IBM has started allowing employees to choose Macs for their workstations, and word from the supply line in China claims that both rumored upcoming iPhones will get a key new feature.
Apple’s out buying smaller technology companies again, and this time it’s Metaio, a sizable augmented reality company (via TechCrunch). The company has been around since 2003, and its technology has been used to create everything from augmented reality showrooms for Ferrari to an app that lets visitors to Berlin see what the site they’re at would have looked like while the Berlin Wall was still standing (below).
It’s not known what interest Apple has in augmented reality, although the company has secured several patents for virtual reality headsets and “hyper-reality displays” in the past. There’s also a chance it has something to do with the Maps service, which Apple has been working diligently to improve lately. Metaio’s Creator software is described as being so user-friendly that users can create augmented reality scenarios within minutes, which certainly sounds like it would be appealing to a company that places a heavy emphasis on such values.
While Apple’s reasons may not be known, we do know that Apple has actually acquired the company, based on filings with the German government and Apple’s usual canned statement when it acquires other companies: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
Up until now news of Apple’s enterprise partnership with IBM has largely focused on apps for small businesses on iPads and the like, but according to a memo that was relayed in pieces by several IBM employees on Twitter today, that partnership now affects the day-to-day desk lives of IBM’s employees. Starting today, IBM employees can now choose between a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when they put in a request for a new or updated workstations.
Regardless of which system employees choose, the memo reportedly says, they’ll have access to the same VPN, security, and similar tools as the traditional PC setups. IBM apparently already has a bring-your-own-device program that has resulted in 15,000 Macs being used internally, but under the new policy, IBM expects to see around 50,000 MacBooks in the hands of its employees by the end of 2015. And with that step, so the memo goes, IBM will become the world’s largest Mac-supporting company (besides Apple itself, of course). The whole thing’s kind of poetic, especially considering that the two companies used to be rivals.
When rumors first started circulating that the rumored upcoming iPhones would likely feature Apple’s new “Force Touch” technology, the general consensus was that the feature would only be available on the larger “iPhone 6s.” But that’s no longer true, according to a new report from the supply chain view Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via GforGames), although it reportedly once was (in accordance with previous rumors). Now, supposedly, both of the two new rumored phones are on track to receive Force Touch support.
Apple announced Force Touch alongside the reveal of the 12-inch Retina MacBook, where it was described as a method of adding pressure to the traditional swipes and taps associated with touch interaction with electronic devices. Taiwan’s TPK will reportedly be supplying all of the Force Touch sensors for both devices.
The news comes just two days after insider sources at Apple claimed that iOS 9 as a whole will be “Force Touch-ready” and that Apple was already working with developers in order to integrate the technology with existing apps.
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Lots of news and rumors on the Apple hardware front today: Apple apparently has big improvements planned for its first Apple Watch software update, as well as what could be huge news for Apple TV. Furthmore, updated Macs are rumored to hit as early as this week! In other news, we no longer have to rely on leaked pictures from the set — we’ve got a honest-to-goodness official trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic to cap off our Apple Daily for Monday.
Apple Watch isn’t quite one month old yet, but new software powering the wearable appears to already be on the way. 9to5Mac today reported on upcoming improvements to Watch OS, which a “proven source” claims will address recent security concerns with a new feature called “Find My Watch” that helps owners do just that by using what’s supposedly known as “Smart Leashing” to pinpoint the device’s location relative to the iPhone it’s paired with.
Although that particular feature may not arrive until later in the year, Apple is said to be experimenting with new health features, such as a way to notify the wearer of an irregular heartbeat and add monitors for blood pressure, sleep tracking, and oxygen saturation. Developers will also be happy to learn Apple is working on third-party watch face Complications, with Twitter specifically mentioned by the source.
Perhaps event more significantly, the rumored new Apple TV will apparently finally open the door to third-party developers, thanks to a new “TVKit” SDK. This development could be huge for Apple TV; if true, it may very well make its public debut at the WWDC event in three weeks.
In the market for a new Mac? If you’re after a 15-inch MacBook Pro or 27-inch iMac, it might pay to delay that purchase another day or two. French website MacG (via Google Translate) today reported that Apple may introduce spec bumps for those very models, possibly arriving as early as this Wednesday.
The report claims the 15-inch MacBook Pro will get an expected Force Touch trackpad update, although it’s unclear if updated Intel Broadwell processors will be part of the mix, given those chips aren’t expected until July or August. The 27-inch iMac is even more of a mystery, with the unnamed source pointing a finger in the direction of the non-Retina, higher-end model as ripe for a spec bump. Both systems have had shipping delays from the Apple Online Store in recent days, which is often a good sign that something new is on the way.
The Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie has had a long, strange trip from conception to execution, but ahead of the October 9 release date, we’re finally getting our first look at the film. On Monday, Universal Pictures released an official trailer just over a minute long, which is primarily a single shot from behind of actor Michael Fassbinder playing the late Apple co-founder as he prepares for one of his legendary keynotes. Toward the end of the trailer, you’ll get a quick peek at other stars including Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. We’ve got the link embedded below, so have a look!
Like him or not, it’s hard to disagree that President Obama’s endorsement can be pretty signifcant. And this morning, he kinda, sorta gave his endorsement to the iPhone. Though there have been other official White House Twitter accounts for a while, the President finally got his own personal Twitter account (@POTUS) this morning, and wouldn’t you know it — his first tweet was apparently sent via Twitter for iPhone.
However, this doesn’t mean that Obama has traded in his old, widely reported, super-secure Blackberry for an iPhone full time; according to Buzzfeed, the iPhone wasn’t Obama’s personal device, but is registered to the Executive Office of the President.
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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.
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 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.
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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