The iPhone 6 is well on its way to a full unveiling. Germany mobile device carrier Deutsche Telekom has decided to pull the trigger early and make a guess at what date the next iPhone will be released, promising prospective users that they’ll have the machine by September 19th. This date is almost certainly based on previous iPhone reveal events and the tracking of dates in accordance with previous iPhone releases.
The gap between professional cameras and smartphones continues to narrow, and now Bentley is getting in on the act with a new documentary that ostensibly pimps luxury, but is quietly a paean to what you can do with an iPhone and an iPad, particularly if they're embedded in the motorized tables for your back-seats. A new video, dubbed Intelligent Details, takes the Bentley Mulsanne - the car company's most expensive and luxurious sedan - as its centerpiece, but distinguishes itself by having been entirely filmed and edited on iOS devices.
Apple has reportedly added a wearable health expert to its ranks, with an MIT researcher with a history of ear-worn "vital signs monitor" tech said to be joining the company as it makes a push into mHealth. Long-standing rumors have suggested Apple will stage a significant play for the health wearable market with the release of iOS 8, and in fact only this week was tipped to be developing a new set of EarPods headphones that would be able to track pulse.
A leaked set of what are said to be iPhone 6 cases suggest a number of significant design changes, including moved physical controls, while photos said to show a bigger battery lend weight to ongoing rumors of a larger display. The silicone case shots, shared by an unnamed third-party case manufacturer, indicate that Apple will shift the power button from the top edge of the iPhone 6 to the side, possibly for ergonomic reasons around people using the smartphone one-handed.
Fitness app RunKeeper has launched a new iPhone app, Breeze by RunKeeper, aiming to not only track movement but put it into context, making suggestions as to the best times to boost your health. The app, only available for the iPhone 5s since it relies on Apple's M7 co-processor for tracking movement, uses a combination of traditional tracking and push notification prompts, as well as classifying you by animal.
Apple builds in security features and the ability to track a lost or stolen iPhone into the iOS 7 and higher operating system. Those features allow a user to track their smartphone if it is lost or stolen and prevent someone from being able to remove the iCloud account tied to the device and avoid tracking. The problem is that an easy to exploit security issue in iOS 7 and higher has been found that makes bypassing those features easy.
Those who enjoy the benefits of modern health-centric wearables but don't necessarily want to don a connected wristband might find the soon-to-launch Wello iPhone case to be a proper substitute. The Wello case features a couple of sensors on the back, as well as an embedded chip, that can track the owner's vital signs.
In the creation of the next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, it's said - and it's been suggested by Apple several times over the course of the last year - that they'll be pushing into the health and fitness arena. You'll have seen quite a few apps and devices doing this over the past year as well, the entire "wearables" industry making their way forward fully intent on taking advantage of the average citizen's wishes to stay in shape.