Posts with tag ios

Is this the watch to save smartwatches?

It’s all but certain that Apple will reveal the iWatch this October


It’s been a long and windy road, but we’re nearing the end of the tunnel. According to a new report by Recode backed by some rock solid sources, Apple will finally reveal their long awaited smartwatch – tentatively dubbed the iWatch – at a special event this October. If this comes to pass, this will put an end to literally years and years’ worth of rumor and speculation.

Apple is said to be designing the iWatch to act as a companion to iOS devices as well as a device in its own right. Many expect the iWatch to heavily focus on tracking fitness, a thought somewhat corroborated by the existence of Apple’s HealthKit platform, which was just introduced alongside iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this week.

Rumors specific to the watch’s design and specifications are few and far between, but many suspect it will run a touch-friendly LCD display, will interact with existing devices over Bluetooth LE, and will run a modified version of iOS specifically designed for the iWatch, and will run high end internals – likely a SoC designed in house at Apple alongside the company’s A7 processor. As for the outward design of the watch, nobody’s got the faintest clue – but wouldn’t it be nice if it looked at least something like the mockup seen above designed by the apparently extraordinarily talented Gábor Balogh?

Source: Recode

The hype has begun

Apple transforms Moscone West for WWDC14

applelogoDon’t look now, but Apple has begun transforming the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco into the showcase for their latest and greatest products and developers alike. WWDC 2014, or WWDC14 as Apple has taken to calling it this year, doesn’t begin until this upcoming Monday, but let’s take a look at some of Apple’s decorations, some of which hint to some pretty big changes. Photos sourced from numerous sources.

First, MacStories editor Federico Viticci has grabbed some photos of the outside of the center, including work being done on the giant Apple logo that will cover glass panels on the outside of the building. The Metreon building across the street is also home to some WWDC14 branded promotional images, as you can after the beak below.

Here's what's (probably) coming, not what's not

What to realistically expect at Apple’s WWDC 2014 event next Monday


Another day, another dollar. Another June, another WWDC conference. Last year Apple bestowed upon us the new, Jony Ive-ified iOS version, iOS 7 – with its colorful hues, stark white backgrounds, and gradients – oh, the gradients – and it was the talk of the metaphorical town. But iOS 7 is so last year – let’s fine out what Apple has in store for us this year. This is – once again – what to realistically expect at Apple’s WWDC 2014 event, taking place next Monday, June 2nd… and not what’s not.

What to realistically expect…” is a series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. We’ve got a pretty good track record here, with only one small miss with our iPhone 5s/5c event predictions.

Promises "exciting announcements"

Apple to stream WWDC 2014 Keynote


While it’s fairly easy to predict when Apple will be giving certain keynotes and hosting special events, it’s harder to know how to or where to watch them. While the company doesn’t usually stream their special events, its making an exception next week as they’ve just announced that they’ll be live streaming their main keynote, hosted by Apple CEO Tim Cook, next Monday.

The special event starts at 10am PDT, 1pm EDT next Monday, and if you’re interested in seeing for yourself what Apple has in store you can bookmark this page to get you to the action when the event kicks off. We’re also planning on extensively covering the event, bringing to you a fresh take of whatever Apple introduces next week – so stay tuned for that.

Via: Daring Fireball
Source: Apple

Somebody plug that hole before we drown

Newly published iOS 7 security flaw leaves your email attachments unencrypted

Apple’s mobile platform is under fire once again today, this time after a new revelation has revealed that iOS 7 leaves users’ email attachments unencrypted, potentially allowing enterprising hackers to grab any files sent and received by an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7.0.4 or newer. The new flaw was revealed today by security researcher Andreas Kurtz and published by ZDNet.

security-flaw-email-attachmentsThe screenshot above shows that to access an attachment, all anyone needs to do is navigate to the “Mail” folder hidden inside an iPhone, where the attachments sit ready for anyone to open. Apple has responded to the discovery of the security issue by confirming that the issue does exist, however the company has yet to confirm when it will be patched. Apple regularly issues security updates to their platforms and one can expect that this pretty significant issue will be fixed well ebfore the introduction of iOS 8, which is expected at this year’s WWDC developer conference.

Via: MacRumors
Source: ZDNet

Hey, wanna go get coffee?

Google’s bringing SMS notifications from iPhone to Glass


iPhone users, time to dust off that Google Glass – it’s about to get just that much more useful. Given all its strengths, Glass’s support for iOS users has always been just a little bit – erm – subpar when compared to what Android users get (and that’s not entirely a fault of Google, I’m sure), but today Google is announcing a change that should make a world or two of difference – support for pushing text notifications from a user’s iPhone to Google Glass.

To enable the feature, you’ll need to update to a new version of Glass that’s slated to arrive later this week, and then turn the “Show Notifications” functionality on under Bluetooth settings for your Glass. It’s a simple little change that makes Glass feel just that much more connected to your mobile device – and notification pushing has always been one of the things Glass is best suited for.

Google is also upgrading Calendar support on Glass, bringing a new “Calendar Glassware” option that allows users to “change the title, time, location, and RSVP” of a calendar card, straight from Glass and using your voice. A small change, sure, but a welcome one for those of us who want to have everything neat and tidy.

Source: Google

Is this carplay compatible?

Pioneer bringing CarPlay to today’s vehicles with aftermarket systems


Interested in Apple’s foray into integrating iOS into the world’s automotives with CarPlay, but don’t quite have the cash to pony up for a whole new car just to get your hands on a sweet Apple-made dashboard system? Good news, friends – Pioneer has just announced, with confirmation from Apple, that they will be bringing CarPlay to today’s vehicles with their aftermarket media systems.

But wait, there’s more – not only is Pioneer bringing CarPlay to new aftermarket systems, but also to six systems that’s already up for sale with an upcoming firmware update. Yes, that means that you’ll be able to buy a CarPlay system for use with your car right now, however the firmware update won’t be coming for some time in the not too distant future.

Apple isn’t the only tech company interested in bringing today’s mobile technology on the road – Google at CES earlier this year announced that they would be bringing Android to the car with their new Open Automotive Alliance program.

Via: The Verge
Source: Pioneer

He designed the iPhone, have you heard of it?

Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie saying goodbye after 20 years


Apple has officially announced following a scoop by 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman this afternoon that Greg Christie, Apple’s Human Interface Vice President and also known as the man who designed most of the concepts behind the user experience that would become a staple of the iPhone, and thus the modern smartphone as a whole, would be leaving the company after 20 years.

Greg Christie was essentially the head of design for all of Apple’s major platforms, including OS X and iOS, for years now. His influence was limitless – without Christie, both the iPhone and Mac OS X would look very, very different today. Christie will be sticking around Apple for a greater part of the rest of 2014, and following his departure Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive, who famously took the lead in redesigning iOS 7 last year, will be taking on Christie’s responsibilities.

While Mark Gurman also reported that Greg Christie’s decision to leave was influenced by growing discord between him and Jony Ive, DaringFireball‘s John Gruber says that this was not at all the case, saying, “Christie and Ive may not see eye to eye on UI design style, but his departure isn’t nearly as contentious as Mark Gurman’s report at 9to5Mac implies. The basic gist I’ve heard is that Christie is a guy who’s been in a high-pressure, high-profile job for 18 years, most of it reporting to Steve Jobs. He’s made a lot of money and is ready to enjoy it.”

You know what Mr. Christie? I don’t blame you – I’d be ready to smell the roses after such a long time in Cupertino as well. Let’s hope Ive is up for the challenge.

Source: Recode / 9to5Mac / DaringFireball

Mash refresh now

Apple’s WWDC 2014 lottery winners have been notified

Good news, Apple developers! Apple has just notified their WWDC 2014 lottery winners if they have been selected to have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to WWDC 2014, Apple’s upcoming developer conference which is to be held of June 4th. The bad news? It appears as though all of the tickets have been sent out, so if you haven’t already received your ticket, you might well be pretty, well, out of luck.BkqIqWrIEAA1jzB.png-large

Apple decided to adopt a lottery system to give more developers a fairer chance to have the opportunity to attend WWDC – in previous years, Apple sold out of WWDC tickets ridiculously fast, with Apple selling out in just about 90 seconds last year. To compare, Microsoft sold out of tickets to their Build developer conference in the span of days, not seconds, last year.

Apple is widely expected to reveal their next generation mobile operating system, iOS 8, and their next generation desktop operating system, OS X 10.10, at WWDC this year. Apple may also be planning on updating their lineup of Retina MacBooks at the conference, however hardware is rarely the focus of WWDC.

Image SourceAndria Jensen (Twitter)

Siri, drive me to the moon

Apple announces CarPlay, wants iOS to take over your car’s dashboard

iOSintheCarApple has today formally announced the upcoming release CarPlay, previously known as iOS in the Car, confirming the feature’s existence for the first time since WWDC 2013 last June. The feature essentially puts iOS in modern vehicle’s dashboard, allowing access to numerous built in and third party applications and services – such as Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, and Siri – without ever touching your smartphone.

To enable the functionality in supported vehicles, simply plug your compatible device into the car using a built in Thunderbolt cable and watch iOS take over your car’s dashboard. Third party applications will also be enabled, with popular apps Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher already confirming that they’ll be bringing their respective applications to the new platform.iOSintheCarCircles

Of course, not all vehicles will be supported off the bat, but Apple has announced partnerships with numerous big names for support with upcoming models, including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Some manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, will be receiving an update to enable CarPlay in existing vehicles this week.

CarPlay will be making its debut with an “update to iOS” coming soon, which may lead many to expect that the release of iOS 7.1, which Apple has been beta testing for quite some time now, may be imminent.

Source: Apple

Live programming

New Apple TV to include content direct from Time Warner Cable

apple-appletv12-channels-lgThe rumor mill is all fired up, and with every passing day it seems more and more likely that Apple is preparing to launch a completely overhauled Apple TV platform. After finding references to a major new hardware upgrade to Apple TV in iOS 7 earlier this week, rumors have come to say that Apple’s new system could include a third party application ecosystem, gaming support, and beefed up hardware specifications – likely including an A7 SoC most recently found in Apple’s iPhone 5s and the current iPad lineup.

Today’s rumor suggests that one of the big new features Apple will be touting this go around is live programming support supplied from Time Warner Cable. That’s the word from Bloomberg, who also claims that Apple has been in talks with numerous content providers in order to allow the Apple TV to view and record live television content.

Apple is said to be preparing the Apple TV alongside the launch of iOS 7.1 in time for a March press event, so we’re staying on top of all the latest Apple TV news as we get it – stay tuned.

Source: Bloomberg

The beast awakens

iOS 7.1 slated for March release alongside Apple TV update

apple-logo-wwdc13Good news, Apple fans – while the company has been relatively quiet since the announcement and release of the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display last October, things may be about to change as sources have recently informed popular and trustworthy Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac that the company is planning on releasing their first major update to iOS since iOS 7 last summer, iOS 7.1, this March.

iOS 7.1 in and of itself is nothing new – the company has been testing numerous beta builds of months now, however the company has yet to officially confirm any sort of target date or specific feature set for the upcoming version of iOS. Improvements include usability and design improvements to the new design language introduced in iOS 7,  iOS in the Car support, performance and stability improvements, and – presumably – more.

What’s more, Apple may be planning on addressing an update to their “hobby” platform, Apple TV, alongside the release of iOS 7.1. Apple has long been rumored to be preparing an updated version of Apple TV, bringing a combination of both new hardware and new software for fans of Apple’s entertainment center. Rumored improvements have included beefier remote support, gaming support, as well as the potential of an official third party Apple TV app ecosystem.

This is all just a rumor at the moment, so we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we know more. The report claims that Apple may be preparing a special media event to outline the changes, so keep an eye out for that as well!