FBI’s iPhone Breaking Trick Might Leak Soon

Everyone’s already aware that the FBI has recently closed its court case against Apple because they figured how to break into the locked iPhone with the help of an undisclosed party. However, even though the FBI is trying to keep the cracking method a secret for obvious reasons, chances are that this critical information will leak soon, especially since the agency has offered to help other authorities that are facing similar issues with locked phones in criminal cases. If a court were to force the FBI to disclose this information, defense attorneys would cross-examine all of the experts involved in the process, and the flaw would eventually be exposed. In that case, Apple would immediately move to fix the vulnerability and would likely announce it to its customers.

Moreover, if the FBI would choose to use the method on phones belonging to living criminals, defense attorneys would have a very good excuse to pry and ask for specifics. Then there’s the possibility that the tool’s creators could sell it to another party, in which case the likelihood of it to leak might increase quite a bit. Apple’s experts have stated that “flaws of this nature have a pretty short life cycle,” which means that we’re likely to find out exactly how the FBI cracked that iPhone very soon.

Apple Announces the New iPhone SE

Up until now, if you wanted to own a smaller iPhone, your only viable choice was the iPhone 5S, and even though there’s nothing wrong with this particular model, it’s definitely not up to par with more recent Apple offerings, at least as far as performance is concerned. Fortunately, Apple has just announced its brand new iPhone SE, which looks pretty much the same as the 5S, but it does come with improved hardware. To be more specific, this gadget is powered by the A9 and M9 chips installed in the iPhone 6S, and that’s a lot of power for a small 4-inch smartphone.

According to its creators, the iPhone SE is twice as fast as its predecessor CPU-wise and three times as fast GPU-wise. Interestingly enough, the battery life seems to have improved as well, which is definitely commendable. Other highlights include a “Retina” front-facing flash, LTE and 802.11 AC Wi-Fi support, a 12-megapixel camera and support for Apple Pay. As far as appearance goes, not much has changed when compared to the 5S, but we did notice the phone’s matte edges, which is a nice touch.

As far as pricing is concerned, the cheapest 16GB iPhone SE will cost $399 while the 64GB version will require a $499 investment.

Apple is Fixing the iMessage Flaw That Allows Hackers to Steal Images

Apple’s smartphones are notoriously difficult to hack, but this does not mean that they are completely immune to exploits. Few things really are. Recently, a team of researchers from John Hopkins University have detected a vulnerability that allows hackers to intercept and decrypt images and videos sent using iMessage – Apple’s popular instant messaging app. Usually, the exploit should only work on OS versions older than iOS 9, but John Hopkins professor Matthew D. Green has recently stated that hackers could still make use of a modified exploit in order to take over the iOS 9 version of iMessage.

Even though the hacking team in question would need to have considerable resources at its disposal, the hacking method itself is not necessarily too complex, as it relies on a special software that emulates an Apple server. Targeted messages and videos on iMessage are protected only by 64-bit encryption, and the system was not designed to lock out invaders after several failed decryption attempts. Fortunately, Apple is currently working on a fix for this problem, and just in case you rely on iMessage a lot for your daily messaging needs, you should definitely keep an eye out for available updates. Apple has issued the following statement on the matter:

“We appreciate the team of researchers that identified this bug and brought it to our attention … security requires constant dedication and we’re grateful to have a community of developers and researchers who help us stay ahead.”

The White House Says the FBI Is Not Requesting an iPhone Back Door

One of the most controversial topics regarding Apple right now is related to a court order that was issued by a judge in California on Tuesday, which forced the company to unlock a certain iPhone 5c running iOS 9. The iPhone in question belonged to a terrorist who was responsible for an attack in San Bernardino, California on December 2, but unless the FBI can figure out a way to bypass the device’s security, they could trigger its auto-erasure feature thus losing all of its crucial data. In response, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook accused the government that it wants to obtain a back door to its phones, which would greatly compromise user privacy on a huge scale. He also said that he would appeal the order, which could take things further to the Supreme Court.

It’s also interesting to point out that other tech companies such as Google and Mozilla have taken Apple’s side in this dispute, with Mozilla’s executive director, Mark Surman, stating that “It’s difficult to discuss policy and precedent in the wake of horrific attacks. Yet, it remains true that asking Apple to circumvent their own security protections is a massive overreach.” On the other side of the fence, some quarters are supporting the government’s request, particularly as it comes in the sensitive context of fighting terrorism.

Speaking of the government, the White House has stated that the Department Of Justice can count on its full support and that its representatives “are not asking Apple to redesign its product or to create a new back door to one of their products. It is simply asking for something that would have an impact on this one device.” Tim Cook disagreed with the statement, saying that the tool could be used over and over again on multiple devices once it has been created.

Setting Your iPhone to a Certain Date Can Kill It

Well, this is certainly one of the strangest iOS bugs that I’ve ever come across, and it’s also one of the most dangerous as it has the potential to kill off your device. Apparently, setting your iPhone to a certain date, namely January 1, 1970, will cause it to shut down and become unable to boot. Naturally, some “pranksters” have already begun encouraging people to set this date in order to “see a special retro Apple start-up screen,” and quite a few users have already fallen for it. The bad news is that phones killed this way are incredibly difficult to bring back to working order, even through an iTunes restore.

Even entering DFU mode and swapping the phone’s firmware doesn’t do the trick, which is why plenty of customers have opted to replace their devices completely at Apple stores. What we know so far is that the bug affects devices based on 64-bit chips, including the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPod Touch 2015, iPhone 5S and newer models. Some experts believe that the bug is related to Unix time, and since January 1, 1970 is the first date of Unix, setting it to 0 causes some serious damage to Apple’s devices. Draining the power completely from these gadgets might restore them, but it’s probably a good idea to just have your phone replaced if you are affected by this bug.

Dr. Dre Might Star in Apple’s Upcoming TV Drama

Would you watch a television series produced by Apple? How about if Dr. Dre starred in it? Sources indicate that a new partnership between the renowned American rapper and Apple might soon materialize, as Dre is rumored to star in the upcoming “Vital Signs” show. Considering the fact that Dr. Dre sold off his Beats Electronics company to Apple for $3 billion a while back, such a collaboration certainly doesn’t sound far-fetched. The television series in question is going to be a semi-autobiographical dark drama with “no shortage of violence and sex,” which means that it will only appeal to a certain audience.

The show will only have a run of six episodes at first, all of which will be produced and written by Empire co-executive producer-writer Robert Munic. The episodes will be released at the same time via Apple Music, and they will be directed by Paul Hunter. Andre Romelle Young certainly has some background in movie production, as he was the man behind the acclaimed Straight Outta Compton drama that was released in 2015. Straight Outta Compton was partially based on Dr. Dre’s own career, which probably had something to do with its overall popularity. Even though Apple and Dr. Dre have declined to comment on these rumors, we’ll probably be able to give you some official news about “Vital Signs” soon enough.

Apple’s iPad Air 3 Might Be Unveiled in March

It’s true that Apple’s iPaid Air is long overdue for an update, as the latest model for this particular gadget was unveiled back in October 2014. Fortunately, sources indicate that the Cupertino-based company is looking to put the iPad Air into the spotlight once more in March during a special event. Looking at the numbers, it looks like iPad sales have declined quite a bit from 2014 to 2015 as figures dropped to 16.1 million. It makes sense for Apple to turn its attention to the iPad Air in order to fix this, as this particular model appeals to a wider audience when compared to the iPad Pro, which is more business-orientated.

During the aforementioned event, the company is also expected to unveil a 4-inch iPhone as well as a new Apple Watch. As far as the watch goes, it will celebrate its first anniversary this year, and Apple will probably use this opportunity to present new timepieces as well as several visual updates to existing models. However, revealing a new iPhone in March seems a bit out of place, as these devices usually come to light during special events held in September. In any case, we’re talking about the iPhone 5se, which will be powered by the same new A9 processor that currently animates the iPhone 6 and 6s.

Safari’s Crash Issue Has Been Resolved According to Apple

Recently, many users have reported problems with Apple’s Safari web browser, issues that caused the service to crash on several platforms, including iPads, iPhones and Macs. The issue was reported by users from all over the world, which means that it affected quite a lot of devices, but it’s also worth noting that it did not affect absolutely all Apple users. Apparently, whenever someone tried to type something in Safari’s search bar, the browser would crash and the device would return to the home screen. As you can probably imagine, this can get annoying very fast. The culprit was most likely the app’s search suggestions feature, which offers suggestions for potential searches whenever a word is being typed in.

The good news is that Apple has managed to fix the issue rather quickly, but just in case you’re still experiencing these problems, you should definitely go ahead and delete Safari’s data from the settings app. This is surely not the first time that one of Apple’s apps has been behaving strangely and it probably won’t be the last. On the other hand, as long as the bug in question didn’t compromise users’ privacy or security, I guess it didn’t do too much harm.

Court Records Unveil $1 Billion Agreement between Google and Apple

There has been quite a bit of speculation based on this particular subject over the years, but now we actually have some reliable sources stating that Google and Apple had struck a deal back in 2014. A series of court records have shed some light on the controversial topic that Google has actually paid Apple a lot of money to implement its search engine bar on iPhones by default. Even though Google has preferred to keep details regarding the deal a secret, we now know that the transaction was no less than $1 billion. While that is a lot of money, keep in mind that Apple is also receiving a hefty sum from the overall revenue generated by Google through iPhones.

The documents suggest that the exact sum amounts to 34 percent, but this is where things get slightly confusing, as nobody knows for sure if the 34 percent is actually received by Apple or retained by Google. However, even if it reflects how much Google retains, that’s still quite a lot of money considering how popular Apple’s smartphones are. Pund-IT analyst Charles King agrees that this would not be a bad scenario for Google, and since Apple doesn’t really have a search engine of its own, it makes sense for the Cupertino-based company to jump at the opportunity to get some revenue by leasing a small space on its most popular device.

Battery Meters in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Can Be Misleading

Problems with misleading battery meters are usually encountered in cheaper smartphones that run Android operating systems, but keep in mind that I used the word “cheaper.” However, Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are not exactly known for their affordability, so it makes sense that their users would expect a certain level of quality, especially as far as software is concerned. Recent reports indicate that the aforementioned smartphone models come with a bug that causes their battery meters to display inaccurate data. Apple has indeed admitted to this and stated that it is currently working on a fix for the issue.

Apparently, the problem arises when the user changes the time on the smartphone or when the device enters different time zones. Those of you who do a lot of traveling for work or leisure will probably encounter this bug, which causes the gadget to shut down unexpectedly even though its battery meter shows a full charge. Until the fix is released, however, Apple advises you to restart your iPhone and enable the automatic time setting found in the “Date & Time” section. This is definitely not the first time that we heard about an Apple bug linked to time and date settings, as a previous one used to break alarms and cause people to be late for work. Hopefully, the upcoming iOS 9.3 update will include a fix for this recent issue as well.

Apple’s First Acquisition This Year Is Emotient

This year, Apple has decided to further expand its reach in the artificial intelligence segment by purchasing a San Diego startup named Emotient. Even though we don’t know how much Apple has paid for the acquisition, we do know that the targeted company specializes in impressive AI technologies that can be used to determine an individual’s emotions by analyzing his or her facial expressions. The tech was quite popular with advertisers and marketers who used it to analyze consumers’ reactions to certain products and commercials. However, doctors have also shown interest in Emotient’s AI, as it allowed them to measure pain levels in patients who couldn’t express themselves in a normal fashion.

The software went through a series of testing sessions using Google Glass, but it’s not exactly clear what Apple plans to do with it. Moreover, it looks like the Cupertino-based company has no plans to tell us why it purchased Emotient anytime soon, as its representatives have issued the following statement after the acquisition: ” [Apple] buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Apple has purchased several other AI developers in the last twelve months, including VocallQ, Faceshift, and Perceptio.

Whatever the company is planning to do with these assets, it’s probably going to be something big.

Apple and Ericsson Settle Litigation and Sign a Patent Deal

Apple and Swedish mobile telecom gear manufacturer Ericsson have been locked in a rather lengthy legal conflict for about a year now, as Ericsson has filed an official complaint against Apple concerning mobile tech licensing payments. Not too long ago, the Swedish company has announced that the dispute is finally settled, as the two firms have signed a patent license deal. The agreement will bring Ericcson a considerable financial boost, which is why its shares have already risen following the announcement. Even though exact figures are unknown at this time, experts estimate that Ericcson stands to gain between $1.52 to $1.64 billion from intellectual property rights in 2015.

According to Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer, the agreement covers early 2G and 3G technologies as well as the newer 4G-LTE generation, which would explain the numbers listed above. Even though he did not want to reveal any further details, Kasim has stated that the two companies will be working together in the future.

“It means we can continue to work with Apple in areas such as 5G radio network and optimization of the network.”

The deal involves Apple paying Ericcson a large sum up front as well as ongoing royalties for seven years. The Cupertino-based firm has not issued an official statement at the time of writing.

Apple Might Unveil the Second-Gen Apple Watch and the iPhone 6c in March

Apple is constantly developing new and improved versions of its most important products, namely the Apple Watch and the iPhone. Sources indicate that the company is going to host a special event in March, during which it will unveil the second generation Apple Watch as well as the 4-inch iPhone 6c. If this turns out to be true, it likely means that Apple has been developing technologies for its second-generation Watch before the first generation was released for shipping in April 2015. Some of the most noteworthy upgrades are likely to include improved health tracking features, sleep tracking and a FaceTime camera, but increased independence from the iPhone would also represent a welcomed addition.

As for the iPhone 6c, it is aimed at those of you who believe that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are too large. As far as power goes, rumors suggest that the 6c will receive an A9 Soc from Samsung and TSMC, which is also found in the aforementioned models. It’s also worth noting that the 6c is not likely to support 3D Touch capabilities, while its cameras would offer 1.2 megapixels at the front and 8 megapixels at the rear. Adding up the smaller screen, it’s likely that this new iPhone will be sold at a cheaper price when compared to its larger siblings. Would you be interested in purchasing one?

The Next Apple iPhone Might Not Have a Headphone Jack

Even though Apple doesn’t do much to change the overall design of its iPhone with every new version, there is a trend to manufacture slimmer smartphones, as these simply look more elegant and more contemporary. However, it’s not exactly easy to make a slim phone, as the manufacturer usually needs to drop certain features in order to achieve this goal. Recent rumors suggest that Apple’s next iPhone might come without a 3.5mm headphone jack, which means that it would be about 1mm slimmer when compared to the iPhone 6s. Moreover, the device would benefit from a series of Lightning features, including app launching and headphone-based DACs.

However, considering the fact that the new iPhone will most likely launch next year in September, plenty of things could change until that time. Moreover, it’s also worth noting that there are not exactly a lot of companies out there that are manufacturing Lightning-based headphones, which means that Apple would need to find a way to ensure a steady supply of headphones for its customers. Still, this wouldn’t be the first gadget to give up on conventional headphone jacks, as there are already a few devices out there that offer USB sound exclusively. In any case, before we jump to conclusions, it’s best to wait for Apple to release more details on its next iPhone.

The Apple iPad Pro Might Be Released on November 13

I know that many of you have been wondering when will the new Apple iPad Pro come out, and the truth is that there’s still quite a bit of speculation regarding this subject even now. Recent news suggest that Apple’s new 12.9 inch tablet is about to be released on November 13, which is only a few days from now. Consequently, some stores have already begun to accept pre-orders for the iPad Pro, so depending on where you live, you might want to check on some of your favorite retailers. What makes the iPad Pro stand out among other iPad products is the fact that it was designed to deliver a blend of entertainment and work-related features, which means that it should cater to the needs of a broad audience.

As far as specs are concerned, the tablet comes with Apple’s A9X SoC, an 8MP rear camera, four speakers and a reported battery life of 10 hours. Other highlights include a 12.9-inch Retina display with anti-reflective coating, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO. The expected price tag for this new Apple product is £679 or about $1025, while its accessories such as the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil are expected to cost $169 and $99 respectively.

Apple Hires a Digital License Plate Engineer for Project Titan

It appears that Apple is still looking to expand the team currently working on “Project Titan”, which represents the company’s attempt at creating an electric car. After hiring a series of engineers straight from Tesla and a Deep Learning director from Nvidia, Apple has recently taken on another skilled engineer named Rónán Ó Braonáin. Rónán Ó Braonáin actually used to be the Director of Engineering over at Reviver, a company that hopes to create “the world’s first digital license plate.” The license plates in question are expected to feature wireless connectivity and should be able to alert the authorities if a vehicle is stolen or its plates have expired. These certainly sound like useful features to have in modern cars, but we’ll just have to wait and see if Apple is actually going to install them on its own vehicles.

That’s because the company has yet to confirm its electric car project, even though it’s not hard at all to figure out what Project Titan is about considering the key people who Apple has managed to bring together so far. As for Ó Braonáin, a quick look at his LinkedIn profile reveals that he is currently describing himself as a “Secret Agent @ Apple.”

I for one can’t wait for Apple to issue an official statement concerning Project Titan, mainly because I’m just a huge fan of electric cars.

Apple Is Getting Sued over Its Wi-Fi Assist Feature

There’s nothing surprising about a large company getting sued for patent infringement or other similar issues, but class-action lawsuits are usually about customers being wronged, which is a lot more serious in my view. Recent sources indicate that tech giant Apple is currently facing a $5m class-action lawsuit over a new feature implemented in iOS 9, which switches over to mobile data when it detects that Wi-Fi connectivity is weak. The feature is called “Wi-Fi Assist,” and it seems to be the main culprit behind a series of large mobile-data usage bills received by users. According to AppleInsider, the lawsuit in question is being filed by William and Suzanne Phillips from California, who argue that the feature’s damages go beyond $5m.

Even though Apple has updated its website in order to inform users that they “may use more cellular data” than usual because of Wi-Fi Assist, the couple believes that a mere warning is not enough. Apple is now being charged with breaching California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law and with negligent misrepresentation, and we’ll just have to wait and see how the lawsuit evolves from here on out. It’s interesting to point out that other companies such as Samsung and HTC have implemented similar features into their own devices but are not facing any repercussions, at least not yet.

Nvidia’s Deep Learning Director Joins Apple

Remember when we told you about Apple’s plans to build its own car? Well, recent reports suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant is actually taking things seriously as far as its automotive projects are concerned, even though the car itself still hasn’t been announced officially. Jonathan Cohen, the former director of Nvidia’s Deep Learning division, has recently joined Apple, and according to one of its social media profiles, it looks like he’s currently working  on some sort of software suite. Looking back at his work with Nvidia, we know that Cohen was heavily invested in developing vehicle technologies such as Drive PX, which is a very advanced camera-based autopilot system that can detect and react to various types of vehicles and obstacles.

Drive PX is being referred to as a “self-driving car computer”, and it could represent a very important stepping stone on the path to creating a completely autonomous vehicle. Whether Cohen is helping Apple develop its self-driving car or not, it remains to be seen, but I’m confident that his work is of paramount importance. What do you think about Apple’s current ambitions in the automotive world? Would you drive one of their cars if you had the chance?

Wisconsin University Beats Apple in Microchip Patent Case

It’s nothing unusual for companies to fight each other in court over patent infringement issues, but it’s still quite amazing to find out about the enormous sums of money that losing parties are forced to pay in the end. Apple has recently been ordered by a court to pay more than $234 million (£152 million) in damages to the Wisconsin University. The lawsuit was based on a patented microchip technology that was implemented in Apple’s iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus models, and it looks like newer models such as the 6S and 6S Plus will also be targeted in the near future. The microchip tech was designed to improve the performance of computer processors, and the University has also filed a lawsuit against Intel in 2008 for the same patent. However, that particular case was settled outside the courtroom for an unknown sum.

Regarding the case against Apple, the managing director over at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Carl Gulbrandsen, had a few words to say to BBC;

“This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed. The jury recognised the seminal computer processing work that took place on our campus.”

Even though Apple’s representatives have not issued an official comment at the time of writing, it looks like the company will actually file an appeal.

Users Can Now Download the Apple OS X El Capitan Using the Mac App Store

After going through some rigorous beta testing sessions, the Apple OS X El Capitan has finally been launched officially, and it promises to deliver an enhanced experience for all Mac users. The new OS can now be downloaded by those of you who are already running OS X 10.6.8 or newer using the Mac App Store. El Capitan requires 6GB of available disk space, and it brings forth a series of useful features, including a Split View that can place two full-screen applications side by side for enhanced multitasking. Spotlight Search has also seen a few improvements, as it now allows you to search for various terms without having to leave the application.

As you’d probably expect, a fresh version of the Safari browser was included in the new OS, while the Mail and Notes apps have also received some tweaks. Visually, OS X El Capitan boasts a few small visual modifications as well as a new system-wide font dubbed ‘San Francisco’. As with all of the previous Apple OS upgrades, El Capitan is offered completely free of charge. However, those who plan to use it on older MacBooks and iMacs shouldn’t expect too much of a performance bump, as this OS was designed to run best on new hardware.

Go ahead and download OS X El Capitan right here and let us know what you think about it.

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Apple’s Project Titan Receives the Green Light

The Apple Electric Car Project, otherwise known as Project Titan, has officially received the green light, which means that it will now engage even more Apple employees in an effort to create a fully-functional electric car. The project’s deadline is set for 2019, and even though that seems like plenty of time to build a car, the date is actually quite ambitious. The project’s 600-man team is going to be tripled in order to meet the deadline, but even though there are quite a few autonomous driving experts among the members, sources suggest that the car in question will still require a human driver.

It definitely won’t be easy for Apple to create an electric car, especially since the company itself has no experience in the automotive field. Batteries, sensors and specialized software will probably need to be designed from scratch, but since funding is not likely to represent an issue, I think that Apple might actually be able to create a decent product. By 2019, many other major players in the automotive industry will be rolling out their own long-range electric vehicles, including Tesla’s Model 3 sedan that’s set to be revealed in spring. Project Titan remained in research for a year before it received the green light for production.

Would you drive an Apple car?

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A New Apple TV Might Be Announced in September

In the first few days of September, Apple will reportedly unveil a brand new Apple TV, which will include a series of design improvements complemented by some tweaks in the hardware department. However, the gadget’s main highlight will come in the form of its operating system, which will most likely be an unmodified version of Apple’s iOS 9. This means that Apple TV users will be able to enjoy unrestricted access to the App Store in order to install and run a plethora of applications.

Another interesting feature will be based on touch input and gesture support capabilities. As far as the remote control is concerned, it will connect to the main device via Bluetooth while an infrared LED will allow the user to control other home entertainment products. Siri fans will be able to get in touch with their favorite virtual assistant through a microphone, which is expected to be a part of the remote.

On the hardware side, the Apple TV will include a more capable processor when compared to its predecessors, and this processor is likely to be the A8 SoC that’s currently used in the iPhone 6. The RAM memory and NAND storage for the device should also see some improvements. Design-wise, the Apple TV will still be built using plastic elements in order to make sure that wireless performance is not hindered in any way while the body itself will be a bit wider and slightly slimmer.

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Apple Might Be Designing Smart Windshields for Self-Driving Cars

Some of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, including BMW, Hyundai and Volvo have already revealed that they are working on smart windshields that can provide important notifications and various multimedia controls for drivers. It looks like Apple might also be working on a smart windshield, albeit for self-driving cars, which could be related to its mysterious Project Titan. Project Titan is rumored to be an impressive undertaking that engages hundreds of Apple workers, as it involves building a self-driving minivan. The rumors are backed by the several sightings of camera-mounted Apple vans that were driving across California not too long ago.

Should it be installed in self-driving vehicles, the HUD could provide important information regarding navigation, road conditions and potential hazards, not to mention the plethora of entertainment-related applications. A research firm has reported that Apple is “very likely” to develop a 27 to 50-inch display that could project clear icons onto a car’s curved glass windshield. This is not the first time that the tech giant is working on a secret and innovative project, but we’ll just have to wait and see what actually becomes of Project Titan. Below you will find a video of the already functional Jaguar-Land Rover head-up display system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c98h41TkREA

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Apple’s New iMac Desktops Will Be Launched Soon

Are you looking forward to a new generation of Apple iMac desktops? If that’s the case, then you’ll be glad to know that you won’t have to wait too long, as Apple is getting ready to launch their new iMacs in Q3-2015, most likely in September. These new computers will be based on the newest available technologies and will be able to ensure a relatively impressive experience, at least from a visual point of view. They will be powered by fast processors such as Intel’s new Skylake line, and they will boast DDR4 memory as well as increased display resolutions.

Available displays will include a 21.5 inch model with 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution, as well as a stunning 27-inch 5K (5120 x 2880 pixels) variant. It’s also worth mentioning that these display panels will flaunt a special LED phosphor material named KSF (K2SiF6:Mn), which was chosen specifically for its ability to enhance color saturation. The panels will provide a color depth of 30-bit (10 bpc), and they will be able to produce 1.07 billion colors. Obviously, the new iMacs are not designed for gaming, but they are still able to handle themselves nicely at 4K.

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Could the Apple Car Be Inspired by the BMW i3?

Rumors state that Apple wants to establish a presence on the driverless smart car market by 2020. Consequently, the company probably has a sizeable team working on its upcoming Apple Car, including Chrysler’s own Doug Betts, who was hired not too long ago. However, Apple was initially looking to partner up with BMW in order to manufacture the Apple Car following the design of the i3 electric car. Even though initial negotiations have failed, Apple’s Tim Cook visited the German automaker’s factory in Leipzig and was reportedly “impressed” with the carbon fiber electric-powered i3.

According to BMW’s chief production officer, Oliver Zipse, the company is keeping an open line of communication with the world’s most important tech companies, and it is still open to collaboration with Apple. Even if Apple’s experts eventually decide to give up on the i3 as a base for their own car, their initial interest still gives us a pretty good idea of the kind of concept that they are looking for. So judging by what we’ve seen so far, the Apple Car will probably be a compact, electric-powered vehicle that could include a specially designed Apple OS. Some of the most impressive features of the BMW i3 include rear suicide doors and the ability to slow down by using kinetic energy stored in the wheels.

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iPhone 6S to Feature Force Touch Technology

Apple’s Force Touch technology was showcased for the first time in May, and it was initially designed and implemented on the new MacBook Pro. What makes this particular tech special is the fact that it includes a series of pressure-sensitive mini-electrodes that can detect the force of a tap and provide access to new app options. The function has already proven quite useful on the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch, and it looks like it will also be installed on the upcoming iPhone 6S, at least according to a report by Bloomberg.

Apparently, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are already in production and feature the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays present on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As for Force Touch, it could be used in a variety of ways once implemented, such as accelerating video playback scanning, bringing up new shortcuts in difficult to reach areas, creating new control options for games, and toggling between photo and video modes while using the camera.

Useful as it may sound, Force Touch could actually complicate the user interfaces of Apple’s gadgets, especially since it might not be supported by all applications, at least not at first. For now, all we can do is wait for the official release of the iPhone 6S and hope that this new feature will be a blessing and not a curse.

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