Apple fans need to keep an eye out in April. Tim Cook just revealed that the Apple Watch will launch sometime during that month. Cook revealed this info during Apple's conference call for their Q1 2015 financial earnings report.
He didn't get anymore specific than the month of April, but at least it's a start!
Apple mobile device owners may be pleased to see a new update rolling out to their devices sometime soon starting today. Apple just started pushing out a new OTA update of iOS which is version 8.1.3. The update is relatively minor, but for those affected by the minor bugs, it should be appreciated.
Here's a quick breakdown of what is fixed or added:
Fixed an issue which prevented some users from entering their Apple ID passwords for Messages and FaceTime
Fixed a bug that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
Fixed a problem that prevented multitasking gestures from working on the iPad
Reduces the amount of storage space required to perform an iOS update
Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing.
This update was small enough from Apple's perspective that it was not seeded to developers before being released to the public. The only thing which is obviously missing from this update is that it does not address the recently discovered "GMT bug." This problem causes calendar syncing issues and time zone confusion for some iOS users.
Of course, Apple is currently working on a fix for that issue and it should show up in the next update. We will keep you posted, so stay tuned!
Re/code reports today that Twitter has launched a rival to its own video app, Vine, with a new video feature within the main Twitter app.
The new feature lets you record, edit, and tweet video clips, all without leaving Twitter. The videos can be up to 30 seconds in length (making them longer than those on Instagram).
While Re/code posits that this new feature could well be a Vine-killer, Twitter says that it is “dedicated” to producing both products.
However, as Re/code notes, the new Twitter video feature and Vine share a lot of similarities, including both having the option to capture video in segments and then edit and rearrange them before posting.
Re/code says that Twitter is hoping to generate more user engagement with the new video feature, as it will hopefully encourage people to spend longer in Twitter, both creating and consuming content.
Another plus for Twitter could be that having more videos in users’ streams might get them more used to advertising videos in their streams, which Twitter is keen to use more of. It will also provide Twitter with more data about which users like to watch video content, which could help determine who to push video ads to.
Look for the feature to start rolling out today on iOS.
Snapchat has today announced via its official blog that it is launching a new feature—Discover, which it describes thus:
“Snapchat Discover is a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.
“Social media companies tell us what to read based on what’s most recent or most popular. We see it differently. We count on editors and artists, not clicks and shares, to determine what’s important.”
After setting out its stall about the new feature, Snapchat goes on to say that Discover “has been built for creatives,” which is what makes it "not social media," apparently. The company says that artists are too often forced to “accommodate new technologies in order to distribute their work. This time we built the technology to serve the art.”
Each edition of Discover will have full-screen photos and videos, long-form layouts, and advertising, of course!
Discover will be refreshed after 24 hours, with Stories at the center of the content, with “a beginning, middle, and end.”
To use Discover in Snapchat, simply tap to open an edition, browse Snaps by swiping left, or up for more on a specific Snap.
Seems like a very bold idea from Snapchat to start expanding its content in such a way.
According to a new report coming from iDownloadBlog.com publication, Apple's Photos beta app for iCloud.com has received new image viewing and sharing options.
Thus, with the new update, users will now see a new slider element for controlling image zoom levels appear in the top left-hand corner of their browser window. Photos beta now allows sharing through email, which wasn't previously possible on iOS and Mac devices. Here are some more details:
Apple is continuously improving the service as it has previously introduced a feature that allowed its users to upload pictures directly to their iCloud account from a Web browser.
iDownload Blog reports that Apple is expected to announce tomorrow that it sold more iPhones in China than it did in the United States when it reports its fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings.
An article in The Financial Times, the original source of the story, says that reputable analysts estimate that Apple has “reached the turning point in iPhone sales” after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, and a new deal with China mobile, which is that country’s biggest mobile carrier.
As iDownload Blog notes, Tim Cook has gone on record several times in the past as saying that China is Apple’s most important market, which is no surprise when you consider that it makes up one fifth of Apple’s revenue, being the world’s second-biggest economy.
iDownload Blog also reveals a new chart from AppLovin that shows how iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use is booming in China.
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it seems that Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets have boosted the company's total iPhone sales to a whopping 73 million for the quarter ending December.
The analyst estimates the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to have sold more than 42 million. As for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, he thinks Apple managed to sell 16 million units.
If this estimations will turn out to be true, then Apple is in for a record-smashing holiday quarter. Other leading investment banks including UBS previously estimated that Apple had sold around 69 million iPhones in the holiday quarter.
CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games this week launched the companion app for the forthcoming The Witcher: Wild Hunt console game on iOS.
Entitled The Witcher Battle Arena, the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game has been designed specifically for smartphones and tablets.
Gameplay features two three-hero teams battling each other in short, action-packed skirmishes as they try to capture and then defend conquest points.
The Witcher Battle Arena is free from play-to-win elements, with every single item and functionality being unlockable entirely via gameplay, although in-app purchases are also available for those who want them.
The game ships with two maps, the Nilfgaardian Arena and the Korath Desert, and nine playable heroes that come directly from the Witcher universe. These include the titular witcher, Geralt of Rivia, the elven rebel, Iorverth, and the powerful sorceress, Philippa Eilhart.
As you play, you can earn experience points to develop your player profile, win rare and valuable equipment, and customise characters via the deep upgrade system.
CD Projekt RED says that now that the game is officially launched, the development team will concentrate on giving on-going support, including adding new heroes, maps, and gameplay modes.
Apple has recently revealed that the apps on the iTunes store generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers in 2014, which is an impressive achievement. And according to recent data coming from BoxOfficeMojo, it seems that Hollywood also took $10 billion in box office revenues.
This has prompted analyst Horace Dediu from Asymco to do some comparison between the two industries. As a result, he claims that in 2014, iOS app developers actually earned more than Hollywood did from box office in the US. Here's his explanation:
What the analyst is asserting is, of course, debatable. But what's made pretty obvious in his piece is that developers will keep aiming for iPhone and iPad users when they release new apps. As a matter of fact, a fresh report by app analytics firm App Annie last year revealed that Apple's App Store generates about 85 per cent more revenue than Google Play.
Music streaming giant Spotify has released an update to its iOS mobile app on Thursday. The Stockholm company has added new ways to preview tracks, as well as swipe gestures to organize music faster.
With the new update, Spotify Premium subscribers can now hold down on a track to preview a clip of it, similar to the way Snapchat opens photos/videos. The company has also added the ability to swipe to the right on a track to add it to queue, or to the left adding it to the My Music playlist.
Earlier this month Spotify announced that it had reached a milestone of 15 million paid subscribers. Spotify rivals other similar services and apps like Apple's Beats Music, Rdio, and iHeartRadio.