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.
The Android monopoly on the Isis mobile payments system ended today with AT&T's announcement that it is now selling a specially made case for the iPhone that can make payments at NFC-enabled sales terminals.
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's adoption rate for its most recent major release of iOS has climbed to a whopping 78 percent. Of the tens of millions of iPhones and iPads in the wild, the vast majority are running iOS 7. Apple reports that only 18 percent of devices use iOS 6; 4 percent use iOS 5 or an earlier version of the software.
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.
It's amazing how much a product can change in a generation or two. What's even more amazing is that despite differences in feeling between the iPad Air and previous generations, very little separates the the latest iOS tablet from its predecessors. For many people, that may be a good thing.
Here's a surprise for anyone interested in an Apple iPad mini with Retina display. It was originally believed that the tablet would not launch until the end of November, but Apple has starting selling the iPad mini online. If you're in the market for a new tablet, you might want to grab one now because of one obvious reason: scarcity.
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.