Earlier in the year rumours started to surface that Apple was working on a version of iMessage for Android, with talk of an announcement at Apple’s WWDC. When this announcement failed to materialise, the rumours quietened down a little. Until today, that is, with MacRumors reporting that noted Apple expert Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball has said that he has “heard from little birdies” that some “detailed mockups” of iMessage for Android have been shared around at Apple, “with varying UI styles ranging from looking like the iOS Messages app to pure Material Design.”
And while this doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple is ever going to actually release iMessage for Android, Gruber says that he believes that it “might happen sooner or later,” primarily because of the new iMessages App Store, which has been monetised, by Apple, and which could also be monetised in the same way for Android.
9to5 Mac writes that Apple has officially launched iOS 10.1 worldwide last night, so expect it to be arriving in your territory any day now, if it hasn’t already. It’s not a major update, but it does have a few interesting features, including the much talked about Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 Plus, which, according to Apple’s release notes “creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background.”
The rest of the update is concerned with various other fixes and improvements, including, for Maps, transit support for “every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya,” as well as “sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations,” which actually sounds amazing, and very handy!
Messages has also had quite a lot of tweaking, with the ability to replay bubble and full-screen effects, and also the fixing of a white screen error, among other bits and bobs.
According to a surprising new report from tech blogger Robert Scoble, via BGR, the iPhone 8 is set to be Apple's most revolutionary iPhone yet. Scoble, who is, according to BGR, a well-established industry insider and currently Entrepreneur in Residence at UploadVR, said in an interview with FOVE, which he also outlined on his Facebook page, that he has been told that the next iPhone will be,
He added, “The clear iPhone will put holograms on top of the real world like Microsoft HoloLens does.”
Scoble also said that the eye sensors will mean that the iPhone has a brand new interface. It will have a next-generation 3D sensor developed by Primesense, who Apple has acquired, and Apple currently has 600 engineers working on just the sensor alone in its labs in Israel. Other recent rumours have also reported that Apple is working on something big at its offices in Israel.
Scoble cites the fact that 2017 will see the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, as well as being the first product launch in the amazing new space-age campus, as two reasons why the company intends to raise the bar with a “mixed reality” device that will “change this industry deeply.”
Scoble has an even bolder claim about Apple’s ambitious new venture, saying “Apple’s entrance into this new world is like when IBM came into the personal computing world. It is that important.”
9to5 Mac reports today on a new iPhone-connected portable laboratory that can detect cancer with 99% accuracy.
Developed by a Washington State University team led by Assistant Professor Lei Li, the portable laboratory is said to be able to detect cancer almost instantly, and can analyse up to eight different samples at a time, helping go greatly improve its accuracy.
Li says that the lab can detect human interleukin-6, which is a biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast, and epithelial cancers. The professor adds that because the lab is so portable, it can be used all around the world, and in particular in remote areas without such facilities.
So far Li has only used an iPhone 5 with the portable lab, but he and his team are currently working on adjustable version of the device that can be used in conjunction with any smartphone.
Niantic has just announced a worldwide Halloween-themed Pokémon Go event. Only fair, as this is a game in which Candy plays a huge part, after all! Running from October 26 to November 1, Pokémon Go trainers will be able to earn double the amount of Candy whenever they catch, hatch, and transfer Pokémon. Also, if you haven’t already assigned your very own Buddy Pokémon, now would be a great time to do so, as you will receive four times the amount of Candy from your Buddy than usual.
Oh, and as far as your favourite scary Pokémon are concerned, expect to see the likes of Drowzee, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter, Hypno, and Zubat much more than usual during the special Halloween event.
This is exactly the sort of Pokémon Go event we want from Niantic to keep the game going strong as it continues to dominate the Highest Grossing app charts.
AppleInsider reports that according to data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), via Investor’s Business Daily, Apple’s iPhone 7 was responsible for 43% of all Q3 iPhone sales. The standard-size iPhone 7 made up 31% of these sales, and the iPhone 7 Plus made up 12%. The iPhone SE was next in line, with a 9% share. The CIRP did not provide figures for iPhone 6s sales, but it did note that 17% of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus buyers were upgrading from a 6s model, and 36% were upgrading from either an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Only 9% were making the switch over to iPhone from Android.
The CIRP puts the dominance of the iPhone 7 in this particular quarter down to the “positive reception” for the iPhone 7, as well as the slowing down of sales of other iPhone models prior to the iPhone 7’s September 16 launch.
Apple is officially holding its next event on Thursday, October 27 at its Cupertino campus. The event invites hand-picked members of media, asking to "join us for a special event".
Unlike last month's iPhone, Apple Watch and iOS-focused event, the event with the tagline "hello again" will focus on Mac hardware. Whether the event will brings to light any new iOS features or hardware, like new iPad models, is something we're still unsure about.
It's been a rumor for some time that Apple is planning to add an OLED bar to its redesigned MacBook Pro models. The illuminated bar would replace most of options found on macOS's status bar.
Best of all, our favorite fruit company will be live-streaming its keynote at 10AM on October 27.
On Wednesday, Apple seeded iOS 10.1 beta 5, exclusively to developers. The latest beta firmware likely addresses the cellular connectivity bug on iPhone, found earlier this week.
iOS 10.1 includes Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, which works pretty well...until it doesn't. Users have reported that the phone is unable to manage the bokeh effect in some situations. Having personally tested the feature, I have yet to have a problem with it.
The new beta firmware also includes a new option within the Settings app that allows users to turn on Reduce Motion without disabling animations in Messages.
Other than that, on the outside iOS 10.1 contains the same ingredients as previous betas. We expect this to be more of an internal update for various bug fixes and improvements users have reported and requested.
MacRumors has some words of warning for anyone using full-device skins with their Jet Black iPhone 7, as according to some reports from MacRumors forum members, the skins are transferring some of the text and graphics from the back of those particular phones.
MacRumors forum member “ksyu” posted that when he peeled a full-device skin from his iPhone 7 Plus, he saw that the lettering and regulatory labels had all been removed by the plastic. Another forum member, Keith, said that the same thing happened when he removed Slickwraps from his iPhone 7 Plus, describing it as “just like pulling silly putty off of a newspaper comic strip.”
Apparently the text and decals are not completely removed when peeling off the full-device skin, but it does become more faded than usual, which is not at all what you want to happen when using something that you purchased in order to protect your iPhone.
It appears that this is the only iPhone model where such problems have been reported (albeit currently only in very small numbers).
AppleInsider reports that sources in Japan are saying that Apple Pay could be coming to that country on October 25, as part of the release of iOS 10. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that maintenance downtimes for Japanese mobile carrier Docomo’s iD payment system and JR East’s Suica transit card are both also on October 25. Coincidence? Most likely not, as both services will be adopting Apple Pay when it launches.
All iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2 models available in Japan support the FeliCa Type-F NFC technology.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in all things Apple Pay, AppleInsider also reports that 24 more banks and credit unions in the US now offer support for Apple Pay, and British Airways also now offers some Apple Pay features in its iOS app for those who want to use the Apple payment system to book and pay for flights with the airline. It’s only available to customers that are based in the UK, however, and you must pay with either Visa or MasterCard, although British Airways says that more card types will be added in future.