Apple today announced that iOS in the Car, the platform that links smartphones and in-car infotainment system, is now CarPlay. The company also revealed that several automobiles will launch with the system later this year.
Apple has sat out the mobile payments race while several companies have fought to wrestle control over what is expected to soon be a multibillion-dollar industry. However, based on recent reports from the Wall Street Journal and comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook, mobile payments won't exclude the iPhone for much longer.
Apple plans to release two smartphones later this year, and both devices will be larger than the current 4-inch display seen on the iPhone 5S. You may have read similar reports several times before in recent months, but the latest comes from the more reputable Wall Street Journal.
Apple smartphones and tablets running iOS 7 can now remove some of the restrictions and modify settings or software to suit their needs thanks to a new jailbreak tool that makes iOS 7 devices more customizable and powerful.
The Apple iPhone 5c was supposed to be a less expensive iOS handset that would be more attainable in emerging markets, but sales reports of the device paint a picture of the cheaper iPhone being less appealing than expected. That may cause problems for Apple's planned expansion into China.
Since the release of Apple iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S, many have said that Apple created a phone with staying power that was not as noteworthy as previous models. Apple says a small group of devices represented that problem more than others.
Apple iOS 7 was supposed to revolutionize Apple's mobile operating system, but iPhone owners have discovered that one old problem - a failure to properly handle Daylight Savings Time (DST) - is still messing up their day.
App crashes are a common and expected occurrence for Apple iPhone users once they upgrade to iOS 7. Those app crashes happen more often on an iPhone 5S, according to Crittercism, an analytics company that provides crash reports and monitoring tools for app developers.
Apple's innovative streak really only rears its head in alternating cycles, so the "S" follow-up tends to be just an improvement on the last device before things really change the next year. The Apple iPhone 5S does nothing to buck that trend, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Virgin Mobile has announced that it will join the list of U.S. mobile network operators that carry the latest smartphones from Apple. The carrier will begin selling the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C next week.