Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Apple Plans To Let Developers Offer Discounts On in-app Subscriptions

Apple plans to give developers more freedom on launch price levels of in-app subscriptions. Apple evokes the beta notes of iOS 11.2 rated by 9to5Mac. Apple plans to extend full pricing and free pricing options to include a new low cost option to entice new subscribers to sign up with an activated automatic payment. Prior to this date, developers were allowed to use only one-time free trials to encourage users to sign up for the automatic payment system. It is not clear exactly when iOS 11.2 will arrive, but this should be done in the very near future.

The change will not be too much felt by users, but it should be a win for developers if they can find a more comfortable middle ground between a free trial and a full-price subscription. Apple has already softened the deal for app makers selling subscriptions with a change in the App Store policy, introduced last year, which reduced subscription revenue by 30% to 15%, provided that a user has been paying for the subscription for more than 12 months.

Now, with more price freedom, Apple is encouraging even more developers to sell software subscriptions through the App Store. Considering the revenue from Apple's service division, which includes the App Store, is now larger per quarter than the iPad, Apple Watch and combined headsets divisions, it's easy to see why the iPhone maker wants to invest in fixed money in the long term to do business.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Xiaomi’s Latest Laptop Targets Apple’s MacBook Pro

Xiaomi entered the notebook market last year with its My Notebook Air that was designed to target Apple's MacBook in name and design. This year the Chinese company is shifting its focus to Apple's MacBook Pro with the launch of its own My Notebook Pro. The My Notebook Pro includes a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) screen with narrow bezels, the latest quad -core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of Nvidia GeForce MX150 SSD storage and GeForce MX150 graphics.

There is even a fingerprint sensor built into a precision trackpad, a 3-in-1 card reader, two USB-C ports, two standard USB ports and a full-size HDMI port. Xiaomi is quick to point out that this is a more diverse mix of ports than Apple's own MacBook Pro, which only features four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. The specs certainly look good on paper (apart from a 1080p screen ), but we'll have to take a closer look at the laptop to find out more.

Xiaomi is pricing its My Notebook Pro at 6399 yuan (980 dollars) for the base model, but it is unclear when and where the laptop will be available. Xiaomi previously started selling its My Notebook Air in China, so it is likely that the Notebook Pro will be limited to China initially.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

What To Expect From Apple's 'See You' iPhone Event

It is once again that time of the year. It is the end of summer, and Apple is once again about to introduce a new iPhone. This year alone, there is a different rumor. Cupertino talked about was playing relatively safe with a new smartphone for the second year or even eliminate taking secular headphones. What's wrong with that? And of course, most likely it's just the tip of the iceberg. Apple clock is long in the tooth, new versions of iOS and Mac OS are almost ready ... and how many will tell you, large file extensions iPad and Apple Mac collecting dust. But what you see when Tim Cook and company take the stage? We have assembled some of the most plausible leaks, rumors and conjectures to help set expectations for September 7th Apple multimedia show.

The next iPhone: Apple giveth, and Apple taketh away

Historically, Apple introduced the iPhone a major redesign every two years, with a smooth upgrade "S" between the two. However, this year is something special: The Wall Street Journal and other sources expect the next iPhone (unofficially known as iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) to play safely. Although there will be biggest external changes we have seen in the iPhone 6s, Cupertino team willing to reinvent the wheel either. Would share the same aesthetic you saw from the iPhone 6 in 2014, with curved aluminum frame largely, but most of the time without relief. Cleaner lines and possible new colors (black options rumors and dark blue) antenna may be the only visible to show that you have a new phone forms.

This does not mean that changes are purely cosmetic - far from it. It is expected that the standard size for iPhone a larger camera that can provide better light sensitivity, while most variant can boast of two cameras that offer better development and low-light photography, like what is found Huawei in P9. There is also talk of a start button touch work style, A10 chips faster, basic storage increased to 32 GB (with a choice of 256 GB) and even a possible dual SIM support for countries like China and India. A rumor says that we will see high-resolution displays, but the jury is still out on this report.

There is a great thing that probably will not get this year, however: a headphone jack. As with the Moto Z and the last Leeco phone, or connect to the data port (in this case, port lightning) or wirelessly and listen to their songs. This does not mean that your favorite headphones cable to instantly obsolete, they care about. Some leaks have suggested that Apple could offer a 3.5 mm headset adapter Rayo accommodate legions on the market today. There is no guarantee that this connector will come in the box, but you probably have some sort of alternative in case you're not quite ready to embrace Bluetooth.

There is one last, the question looming on the iPhone: When is it going to happen? Leaking store AT & T suggests that the carrier may be preparing to launch a store on September 23, but that is exceptionally long wait for Apple. Usually prefers a statement on the second Friday after the event, which would be the 16th day Well known for leaks Evan Blass he heard the retail release is scheduled for the 16th, it seems that the most likely date .

The first Apple Watch refresh

Unless you count new bands and colors of cases such as hardware upgrades, Apple clock has been coming intact for almost a year and a half, in April 2015. This is ripe for an update level ... and many suspect you will have its first major revision in the September event. From a logical standpoint, this makes sense. WatchOS 3 was tested throughout the summer, existing supplies are low, and Apple likes to present major revisions of the platform with the new hardware. Moreover, rumors were showing a principle of the new sponges wrist Mars. If she was not ready for him to be ready right now.

So you get if appear? Like the iPhone 3G, the second model may be more on addressing the obvious problems in the first model of a complete revolution. The first rumors of a camera are dead, and should not cellular data to make the cut due to concerns battery life. Instead, the big case can be GPS: You can perform precise navigation and tracking without relying on your iPhone.

After that, it can be a matter of refinement. analyst at KGI Ming-Chi Kuo, who is often the ball on Apple's plans, believes the upcoming Apple Watch will be a barometer to track altitude, high water resistance, higher capacity battery and a processor faster. This last part is especially important. While WatchOS 3 accelerate many tasks by itself, a processor upgrade might further reduce annoying delays affecting the clock apple today.

The real mystery is when the second generation SmartWatch looks. There was no credible leak, and no extensive story to tell. The gap of six weeks from the introduction and release date of Apple Watch in March 2015 is not typical for the company. If the team is ready to go, however, we could imagine that comes along with the new iPhone in mid-September.

Software upgrade release dates: iOS 10 and more

Software usually plays an important role in the September Apple event, and this year is probably not an exception. Since Apple still joins a new iPhone hardware for new versions of iOS in the fall, we expect to see a 10 date for iOS update event. Society tends to send these updates at least days before the arrival of the new iPhones.

As with other programs? It is more difficult to determine. WatchOS 3 appears to be one of the favorites in an announcement of the release date (it was in testing developers as long as IOS), especially if there is a new watch Apple unveiled simultaneously. A software update TVOS is true that there is no word of a corresponding hardware upgrade Apple TV, though it may occur on the day the software updates Apple TV sometimes have gathered new versions of iOS. And Sierra macOS launch? Well, that is in the air. While Apple has sold Captain at the end of September last year, there is no certainty that Sierra will be ready in a similar period. He may have to wait until a new Mac hardware. On that note ...

Wild cards: new Macs and iPads

If you are asking the devotees of what is Apple to the next level, many of them shouting "Mac". It is for good reason, too. Outside the 12-inch MacBook and iMac, most Mac range has not been updated for more than a year ago. Some of this is due to the slowdown of the update cycle of Intel and diminishing returns in performance, but the fact remains that the line Apple Computer could keep a redesign.

But it will get this review in September? It seems unlikely. A recent leak Bloomberg says a MacBook Pro with a fingerprint reader, a strip of OLED control and USB-C is in the works for the fall, but will not show on September 7. And the word Mom in other reworkings of Mac beyond vague hints of an update of the MacBook Air. Apple has recently stopped selling ray screen and is rumored to be building an independent 5K screen that would go well with the new Mac, but the mill was silent about his fate in recent weeks.

You can see the new iPads. IPad 2 air nearly two years older, and forecasters AppleInsider suggests that at least 12.9 inch iPad Pro can get a promotion. Like the Mac, however, there is nothing that suggests strongly that substitutions or appear in September. The updates could end up waiting until a separate event in October, if not next year. Just keep an open mind - some might expect the iPad Pro to be introduced along with the new iPhone last year, and Apple simply can introduce improved modestly in September tablets instead of keeping them for later.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Apple iOS 10 Public Live Blog: iMessage is Now A Lot More Fun

Apple started rolling out the iOS 10 public beta for users and here's our experience of the OS.

Apple started rolling out the iOS 10 public beta, or second version of the developer preview, late last week. After a bit of contemplation I have decided to take the plunge and upgrade the iPhone 6s Plus to the latest version of the Apple mobile OS.

Over the next few days I will chronicle my experience with iOS 10. Below we look at the latest addition in iMessage.

The upgrade

My phone had over 50GB of data, and hadn’t been backed up after a point — my iCloud is on the free 5GB limit. So after I decided to upgrade, the first thing I had to do was a backup. As suggested by some experts, I chose to opt for the encrypted backup, this way it’s easier to recover the phone if things go wrong.

The entire beta download process on Apple is smooth and very easy to understand. Go to the page, download the profile and restart your phone. Then you will start seeing the new update in your software updates tab.

On my 8Mbps Wifi connection the 1.7GB download took close to an hour. The installation that followed lasted nearly 15 minutes.

The phone sprung back to life with my Slack and Whatsapp notifications buzzing on the lock screen. My data and apps were all untouched. I was happy.

First Impressions

The first thing that hit me was the lock screen and notifications screen. This seems to be Apple’s answer to Google Now. Everything you need to know is here from weather to calendar and news. It’s all very easy to navigate and comprehend. The search bar is on top and the only thing missing are the Siri apps. For that, we might have wait till Fall, when the full release is rolled out.

Notifications come wherever you are, as a card that can be easily dismissed or acted on. You can pull down the notifications like before, but the cards are better sorted now.

One of the first new features I ended up using was in the clock app. There is now a Bedtime tab that sort of decides when you should sleep and sends you an alert before this time. It does this based on the time you want to wake up and the expected hours of sleep. If only life what was simple.

For me the most anticipated feature was the new iMessage app. It is pure shock and awe given that the old app was basic. Now, it is the best of messaging across all third-party apps and has some cutting edge stuff on top of it.

The first new thing I tried was sharing a song with someone else on a iPhone. It went through, though the person could not reply in kind.

The App Store will give you lot of fun stuff to play with in messages, but it has limited options now.
The scribble and sketch option is what I suggest will end up being used a lot. With some practice, you can write a full message like this and pray the person on the other side understands.

The full impact of this on messaging behaviour will take some time to gauge, but it’s sure a start and one that will give some sleepless nights to third party apps like Whatsapp.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Apple Takes Another Important Step Toward Building A Waterproof iPhone

Apple iPhone 7 will be one of the hottest smart phones to hit stores this year, and a lot of rumors design and some of the most important new features we have discussed it expected. . In fact, new discoveries show that Apple's future may better waterproof and audio technology and even better sport.

Found by Apple Insider, patent No. 9,364,589 describes a Liquid resistant acoustic device. That’s a fancy way of describing a speaker that will have waterproof or water-resistant features, thus helping the iPhone resist spills even better than it already does.

The patent describes a mesh umbrella that can be used between an audio ports (such as language) and below the diaphragm in the housing of a device, placed in order to direct fluid away from the internal components of the device. If the pressure increases, the mesh may allow liquid to pass through in order to avoid structural damage.

used to describe (pictured above).

Second patent awarded to Apple EarPods performance improvement company describes the technology. System and method of mixing signals accelerometer and microphone to improve audio quality in a mobile device as, Patent No. 9364596 describes that bone conduction headphones and accelerometer technology to improve noise cancellation features to use.

This technology can be used for hands-free phone calls, but also to talk to a more advanced version of Siri useful. These headphones that both the iPhone is clearly in an image, but also work with other devices is shown.

S about all of Apple's patents, there's nothing to suggest the tech described in this document will be used in the next iPhone 7 series. But it certainly looks like Apple is interested in making the iPhone is waterproof without changing their plans, and also interested in improving the overall audio experience.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Apple’s FBI Row Was An Opportunity Missed

Towards the end of last year, the FBI locked horns with Apple over the matter of an encrypted iPhone. It belonged to the employer of one of the San Bernardino killers and, because of an unbelievable cock-up, the FBI had failed to obtain all of the phone’s backed-up data. But they couldn’t get into the phone because they didn’t know the password. And they couldn’t get it by the normal computerised brute-force guessing technique conventionally used to obtain user passwords.

Why? Because the Apple iPhone’s operating system has an ingenious trick built into it. After a certain number of incorrect guesses, it automatically destroys all the data stored on the phone. It’s a bit like having a house key that automatically incinerates the entire contents of the dwelling if it suspects that a burglar has got hold of it.

So the FBI sought a court order to compel Apple to write a special version of the operating system without this ingenious destructive mechanism – which could then be downloaded to the phone. Apple refused, on various grounds both technological and legalistic, and the stage was set – so some of us thought – for a legal battle that would go all the way to the supreme court.

In the end, it didn’t happen. The FBI bought a hack from an Israeli security company which had already found a way round the problem, called off the legal suit, and nobody got their day in front of the supremes. Which was a pity, because it means that a really important question posed by digital technology remains unresolved. Put simply, it’s this: what limits, if any, should be placed on the power of encryption technology to render citizens’ communications invisible to law enforcement and security authorities?

In a way, we have Edward Snowden to thank for this. His revelations about the extent and intrusiveness of state snooping may have made some citizens nervous; but they induced utter panic in the internet companies that depend on “surveillance capitalism” for their revenues. After all, if internet users began to freak out about spooks hoovering up their webmail, tweets, status updates etc... then they might cut back on their use of online services, thereby throttling the supply of digital data the companies sell to advertisers.

To pre-empt this, the companies began to introduce encryption into their products. And not just any old encryption either, but automatic end-to-end encryption, for which they did not hold any keys – which meant that if the feds came armed with a warrant, the companies could say, truthfully, that they were unable to help. Apple was an early participant in this game, but in due course Google and others followed suit, at which point the spooks and the cops began screaming blue murder. The FBI director fumed to Congress about the world “going dark” on his agents, while in the UK, David Cameron declared his determination that there should be no no-go areas in cyberspace for law enforcement.

Despite this, the encryption bandwagon rolled on. The most significant move came on 5 April when the makers of WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, announced they were going the whole hog. “From now on,” wrote WhatsApp, “when you and your contacts use the latest version of the app, every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send, is end-to-end encrypted by default, including group chats.”

Since WhatsApp (now owned by Facebook) has upwards of a billion users, this is a pretty big deal. And it was certainly too much for the Brazilian judge who, last Monday, ordered a 72-hour shutdown of the service for its 100 million Brazilian users because investigators in a narcotics case suspected that the culprits had hidden behind the service’s encryption. The ban led to a huge outcry because Brazilians (like South Africans) are very intensive users of WhatsApp (which may have more to do with the fact that it’s free than that it’s encrypted), and last Tuesday another judge overturned it.

But these are just the opening skirmishes in a conflict that will ultimately have to be resolved. Technology has provided citizens with military-grade encryption that ensures their communications cannot be accessed by agents of the state, even when operating under lawful authorisation. Is this a techno-utopian dream or a liberal-democratic nightmare? Or both? You can see why I wish it had gone to the supremes.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Apple Officially Launches Apple Pay in China

After a number of reports in recent months regarding Apple’s preparations to launch its Apple Pay payments service in China, the company today announced the service is now available to customers in the country.

The announcement comes via Apple’s news site for developers and notes that apps and goods in the country can now accept the Apple Pay payments service using supported credit and debit cards.

Apple first announced back in December of last year that it was partnering with China UnionPay to bring Apple Pay to users in China sometime in 2016. Today it announced they can now begin using the service to pay for goods and services within apps using both China UnionPay credit and debit cards:

You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in China, providing an easy, secure, and private way for them to pay using their China UnionPay credit and debit cards. Apple Pay lets users buy physical goods and services within your app without having to enter payment or contact information.

CEO Tim Cook has been vocal about growth in China including plans for Apple Pay, recently noting that he “very much” wanted to launch the platform there and that he is “very bullish” on its prospects in the country.

Yesterday we noted that the China launch was rumored for this week as Apple also reportedly eyes a launch for France this year. Today’s launch adds China to the list of supported Apple Pay countries alongside the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Earlier today Apple added another 40 banks and credit unions to its list of officially supported institutions for Apple Pay in the US.