iPhone 6 with NFC? Check. Apple Watch? Check. iPad with Touch ID? Well, almost check. A recent iOS 8.1 Developer Beta apparently contains hints that the next iPad generation will have some support for Apple's upcoming mobile payment system. However, Apple Pay support will be limited to payments that only require authentication via a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the tablet.
China's regulatory body has just given the green light for Apple's latest smartphone generation, approving the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus for use on the country's network bands. And with Apple formally announcing the launch date for the smartphones in China, the iPhone 6 could reach yet another world-breaking sales record, which already sold 10 million units on its first weekend alone.
Apple has taken action against Steve Lamar over claims that he is a co-founder of Beats, which he is reportedly using to market his own headphones company Roam. A lawsuit was filed this past Friday seeking damages, as well as complete removal of all claims about contributing to the company.
Apple’s HealthKit finally got some much-needed integration over the weekend, and the apps taking advantage keep trickling in. Some, like Centered, aim to bring balance via meditation — not for everyone. Healthcare provider Humana has updated their app to work with Apple’s platform, and it might be the first to give you reason to use HealthKit.
Apple has released patches for the bash security exploit, fixing a security flaw in the UNIX shell, though the company maintained that the issue did not affect most of its users. The three patches, released today, follow similar security updates for some of the best-known Linux distributions, after a potentially significant problem was identified earlier this month.
When announced, Launcher was hotly anticipated. It represented the first time that iOS users would get the opportunity to actually launch things quickly, and from the notification screen, without having to open an app before hand. After a week or so in the App Store, Apple has unceremoniously yanked it.
You might not even notice it happening. The transition might be so smooth, you don’t think about full-screen advertisements on your smartphone until you think back a few years. "Wait," you’ll think to yourself, "did I always have to watch several seconds of video advertisement in this app, or were they added more recently?"
That’s one whopper of a display panel there, folks, but it’s certainly a possibility in rumors that’ve appeared pre-launch for OS X Yosemite. The OS X Yosemite Beta builds released to testers thus far include references to 4096 × 2304, 5760 × 3240, and 6400 x 3600 pixel displays, and we have heard that Apple could be releasing far more densely-packed desktop machines in the near future.
Though iOS 8 was a good iteration of the mobile OS from Apple, building nicely on the aesthetic twist iOS 7 brought in, it lacks some punch. Certain aspects of iOS still go largely untouched, and the update itself can be a bit buggy. Now it seems three new updates to iOS are in the pipeline, and may be coming soon.