Mac|Life - News http://www.maclife.com/articles/24/feed en The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, May 23 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_may_23 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_may_23#comments Gallery News Apple TV Apple Watch Columns iOS iOS 9 iPad ipad pro OS X Steve Jobs Twitter Sat, 23 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21654 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iPhone 5c Stops Shotgun Blast; OS X and iOS Rumors; TV Service Delays http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_iphone_5c_stops_shotgun_blast_os_x_and_ios_rumors_tv_service_delays <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, a green iPhone 5c saves a man's life from a close-range shotgun blast. In other news, more insider rumors concerning Mac OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 have surfaced, and Apple's TV streaming service may not launch this fall owing to complications with local television stations.</p><h3>iPhone 5c Saves Man from Close-Range Shotgun Blast</h3><p>The iPhone 5c is sometimes frowned upon for its plastic casing, but as a 25-year-old British man recently found out, that plastic can sometimes be a lifesaver. Quite literally, actually. After a confrontation outside his Cheshire home, the unidentified man was shot in the chest at close range with a shotgun but managed to stumble back to his home to call emergency services after the phone took most of the force. The victim still sustained severe abdominal injuries, but none are reportedly life-threatening.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/iphone5c.jpg" width="620" height="451" /></p><p>"Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived," said Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from the Cheshire Police in a statement to<a href="http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-22/man-survives-shotgun-attack-after-his-iphone-takes-brunt-of-blast/"> ITV News</a>.&nbsp;"This is remarkable — had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died."</p><p>The victim had encountered a group of teenagers who had shut off the water to his apartment block, and was shot after confronting them about the issue. The person who fired the shot, 19-year-old Ryan Duggan, was found guilty of attempted murder yesterday and is set to be sentenced in July.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>More Details About OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 Emerge from Insider Sources</h3><p>We'd <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_details_ios_83_84_and_9_apple_watch_glucose_monitor" target="_blank">heard some time ago</a> that, instead of focusing on big changes to Mac OS X and iOS as in the last couple of years, both OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 will focus on security and stability improvements for both operating systems. This was again reiterated to sources who spoke at length with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/22/ios-9-os-x-10-11-to-bring-quality-focus-smaller-apps-rootless-security-legacy-iphoneipad-support/" target="_blank">9to5 Mac</a>.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/mac.jpg" width="620" height="480" /></p><p>Still, it seems we may still see a few additions. Control Center, a central feature of iOS, is said to make its way onto Mac OS X, where you'll be able to find it on the left side of the screen. Features from Music, AirPlay, and other apps will supposedly be readily available by clicking on it. There's a chance we won't even see this at this year's WWDC, though, as the feature "has been in flux during development" and Apple might thus push it back to another update.</p><p>Apple is also planning on including a security upgrade called Rootless for both systems, which will reportedly prevent even people with administrative-level access from viewing specific files. Sources who spoke with 9to5 Mac claim that Rootless will also be "a heavy blow to the jailbreak community."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Local TV Programming May Delay TV Streaming Service Announcement</h3><p>Apple reportedly wants to include local channels with its new streaming television service, and according to sources who spoke with <a href="http://recode.net/2015/05/22/apple-wants-local-tv-in-its-apple-tv-service-which-means-apple-tv-could-be-delayed/" target="_blank">Re/code</a>, that could keep the Cupertino company from launching the service until some time in the fall. Previous <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apples_online_tv_service_coming_nintendo_make_ios_games" target="_blank">reports </a>from <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> claimed that Apple would announce the service at this year's WWDC on June 8, but it increasingly looks as though that may not be the case.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/appletv.jpg" width="620" height="426" /></p><p>Indeed, Apple reportedly hasn't reached any deals with broadcast TV networks at all. The problems seems to stem from the fact that most broadcasters don't actually own local station coverage, and instead host them through affiliate or franchise networks. The report points out that ABC spent two years securing the rights for showing live programming under its Watch ABC app, and even then they couldn't secure the rights for more than eight cities.</p><p>The rumors that Apple wants to host local television stations are somewhat new, as up until now, information has largely focused on channels from large networks such as ABC, CBS, Disney, and Fox. Approximately 25 channels are thought to debut at launch, and it'll cost around $30 to $40 per month.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_iphone_5c_stops_shotgun_blast_os_x_and_ios_rumors_tv_service_delays#comments News Apple TV crime iOS 8 iOS 9 iphone iPhone 5C Mac shotgun streaming service Sat, 23 May 2015 00:20:09 +0000 Leif Johnson 21655 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iOS 9 Split-Screen iPad View, Transit Directions; Watch Bands at Retail http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_9_splitscreen_ipad_view_transit_directions_watch_bands_retail <!--paging_filter--><p>With Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference looming on the horizon in just over two weeks, speculation about what Cupertino will introduce with iOS 9 is at an all-time high. Our Thursday edition of Apple Daily takes a look at the latest new features rumored for the iPad and Apple Maps, as well as a peek at Apple Watch bands out in the wild for the very first time.</p><h3>iOS 9 Could Bring Split-Screen View, Multi-User Logins for iPad</h3><p><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/future-of-ipad-dual-app-viewing-mode-then-j99-ipad-pro-multi-user-support/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> today reported Apple has a number of new initiatives in the works to help stimulate sagging iPad sales, including the arrival of one or more <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_leaked_ipad_pro_shot_apple_supports_charlie_hebdo" target="_blank">long-rumored 12-inch models</a>, and at least one major software change sources say could arrive with the first developer beta of iOS 9 expected next month during WWDC.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/ipad_splitscreen_620.png" alt="iPad split-screen mockup" width="620" height="416" /><br /><br />That feature involves a new multitasking split-screen, side-by-side mode allowing two different apps to be displayed at the same time, a feature Microsoft's competing Surface tablets have offered for some time now. Apple's implementation of this feature apparently involves 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views, which includes "multiple views of the same app" — for instance, showing two different Safari browser tabs or Pages documents at once.<br /><br />Split-screen was supposedly something Apple hoped to debut with iOS 8 last year, but has continually been pushed back to focus on the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Further down the line, Apple is also rumored to introduce support for multiple users, allowing two or more family members or co-workers to share the same device.</p><h3>Apple Retail Stores Begin Stocking Apple Watch Bands</h3><p>Apple Watch early adopters can now pick up alternate bands for their smartwatches at Apple Retail Stores in the United States, U.K., and presumably other countries on the initial launch list, according to a report on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/21/apple-watch-bands-retail-stock/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>.</p><p><img src="http://www.maclife.com/files/u220903/apple_watch_bands_on_retail_shelves_620px.png" alt="Apple Watch bands at retail store" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Twitter user <a href="https://twitter.com/AppleRadar/status/601386676527706112/photo/1" target="_blank">@AppleRadar</a> posted a photo of Sport ($49) bands in multiple colors and Classic Buckle ($149) bands on the shelves of a retail store in Miami. This marks the first such confirmed sighting of the accessories, which have been exclusively sold online up to this point. Anyone else seeing Apple Watch bands turning up in their local stores?</p><h3>Transit Services Once Again Rumored to Arrive with iOS 9 Maps</h3><p>In a separate report, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/apple-readies-transit-subway-train-bus-guides-for-ios-9-maps-deploys-robots-for-indoor-mapping/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> reiterated that transit directions are apparently still on the radar for iOS 9, which would finally deliver bus, subway, and train route navigation to the built-in Maps app.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_maps_transit_deirections_leak_620px.png" alt="Apple Maps public transit directions" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>Sources claim these features — which were originally on track for iOS 8 last year, but pulled prior to WWDC 2014 — will not only help public transit riders plan their routes, but also provide a dedicated Transit view alongside the current standard, hybrid, and satellite or flyover modes. Apple has been spotted ramping up hiring of engineers specializing in transit routing, so presumably it's just a matter of time until the fruits of their labor arrive on iOS and OS X.<br /><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p><p><em>(Images courtesy of 9to5Mac and Twitter)</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_9_splitscreen_ipad_view_transit_directions_watch_bands_retail#comments News apple daily Apple Maps Apple Retail Stores apple rumors Apple Watch developer betas iOS 9 transit directions watch bands WWDC 2015 iPad iPhone iPod Mac Fri, 22 May 2015 00:15:00 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21649 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: iOS 9 and OS X Rumor; Apple Watch Demand; Apple Expanding http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_9_and_os_x_rumor_apple_watch_demand_apple_expanding <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, a respected analyst claims that the demand for Apple Watch is already dwindling, Apple reportedly plans to expand its "San Francisco" font to iOS and OS X, and the company is attempting to grab more office space in Silicon Valley even as construction on its "spaceship" campus chugs along.</p><h3><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">Apple May Bring 'San Francisco' Font to iOS and OS X</span></h3><p>Like the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" font? If not, you'd probably better learn to like it, as insider sources who reportedly spoke with <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/20/apple-plans-to-refresh-ios-9-os-x-10-11-using-new-apple-watch-font/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a> claim that the new typeface is probably coming to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. Apple currently uses the similar, slim Helvetica Neue, which has been around since the launch of iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/macbookkeyboard.jpg" width="620" height="282" /></p><p>Apple developed the San Francisco font specifically for legibility, as Helvetica Neue poses problems once it's shrunk down to a display as small as the Apple Watch's. San Francisco is supposed to retain its legibility regardless of the how big or small it is, but 9to5 Mac claims that some Apple developers aren't too fond of the font, as it allegedly doesn't look as appealing on non-Retina screens.</p><p>There's an aura of truth about the report, as Apple has already revealed hints of this shift when it designed the new 12-inch MacBook with a San Francisco keyboard. Even so, the sources also reportedly claim that we might not even see the shift this year, and, indeed, that Apple might abandon its plans for such a massive shift all together.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Attempting to Expand Office Space into San Jose</h3><p>You'd think that all that room in the new "spaceship" campus enough, but a new report from the Silicon Valley Business Journal (via <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/323364/apple-is-considering-massive-office-expansion-in-san-jose/" target="_blank">Cult of Mac</a>) claims that Apple is attempting to grab more office space in nearby San Jose. The Cupertino company reportedly isn't having an easy time of it, however, as it's facing competition from Tesla Motors, which is attempting to secure more office space from the same area.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/spaceship.jpg" /></p><p>The leasing battle is reportedly centered on a 300,000-square-foot building on Orchard Parkway owned by Ellis Partners and the Coleman Highline development near Mineta San Jose International Airport. The latter development alone could bring more than 1.5 million square feet of office space for Apple's needs.</p><p>Apple, having taken over the vast majority of office space in Cupertino, has already had to expand into offices in nearby Santa Clara and Sunnyvale over the last few years.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Watch Demand Slowing Down, Analyst Says</h3><p>KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another letter to his investors, and this time the respected analyst claims that the demand for the Apple Watch is already slowing down. Many current estimates peg the Apple Watch as selling around 20 to 30 million units in the 2015 fiscal year, but Kuo claims (via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/20/apple-watch-demand-slowing-kuo/" target="_blank">MacRumors</a>) that actual number might end up being as low as 15 million. For the third quarter alone, Kuo chopped his shipping estimates for the third quarter by 20 to 30 percent.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/applewatchface.jpg" /></p><p>Kuo is known for basing a lot of his reports on insider sources, but this latest letter was based on a survey from KGI Securities. Even so, the survey produced some fascinating results. The larger 42mm models seem to represent over 80 percent of the devices ordered, for instance.</p><p>"We have learned that 42mm Apple Watch accounts for 60-70 percent of production. However, the shipping times of 38mm models are generally earlier than those of 42mm," Kuo says in the letter. "We believe this is because demand for 38mm watches is significantly below that of 42mm ones. We estimate that 42mm models account for over 80 percent of sales. Assuming that 42mm and 38mm watches are mainly purchased by men and women respectively, the Apple Watch has attracted mostly men."</p><p>Kuo sees potential for the new device, but believes that sales are currently hampered by the absence of must-have apps, worse-than-desired battery life, and the device's reliance on connection to the iPhone for many features.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_ios_9_and_os_x_rumor_apple_watch_demand_apple_expanding#comments News Apple Watch iOS 8 Mac OS X San Francisco font Thu, 21 May 2015 00:55:20 +0000 Leif Johnson 21643 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: First Apple Watch Patch; Apple Watch in Retail Stores in June http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_first_apple_watch_patch_apple_watch_retail_stores_june <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, Apple releases its first update for the Apple Watch since launch. In other Apple Watch news, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly claims that the device will start appearing on store shelves in June.</p><h3>First Patch Released for Apple Watch</h3><p>Just under a month after the Apple Watch's first appearance on April 24, Apple has released the first official patch for the device. If you're one of the lucky customers who've managed to get your device by now, you can download the update through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. In order to install the update, the Apple Watch needs to be on its dock and close to its paired iPhone; from the iPhone app, navigate to My Watch &gt; General &gt; Software Update.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/applewatch_0.jpg" /></p><p>The update mainly covers bug fixes, although the notes also report unspecified "improvements" for Siri, measuring your stand activity, calculating calories burned for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, accessibility, and third-party apps. In addition, the patch also includes support for the more than 300 emojis Apple introduced with iOS 8.3, as well as language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Watch in Stores By June, Tim Cook Reportedly Says</h3><p>Apple CEO Tim Cook was recently in China speaking to employees at the company's local headquarters, and already reports are starting to trickle in regarding what he said (via<a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/19/tim-cook-apple-watch-in-stores-in-june-in-talks-for-apple-pay-in-china/" target="_blank"> 9to5 Mac</a>). Most notably, Cook claimed that customers would be able to buy the Apple Watch from Apple retail stores in June, which is in line with April employee memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who claimed that the device would only be available online through May.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/timcook.jpg" /></p><p>At this point, that seems to suggest that the Apple Watch could start appearing on store shelves even before some pre-order customers get their device by mail, but nevertheless, Cook reportedly said that the launch for Apple Watch "could not be going better" and that "we’re working really hard on making more."</p><p>Cook also joked that he wished more operations staff and engineers were on hand to make the launch smoother. In addition, Cook revealed that one of his main goals for his visit to the world's most populous country was trying to hammer out a deal for Apple Pay in China, which Cook claimed would eventually surpass the United States in terms of sales of the company's products.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_first_apple_watch_patch_apple_watch_retail_stores_june#comments News Apple retail store Apple Watch patch Pre-orders Tim Cook update Tue, 19 May 2015 23:59:48 +0000 Leif Johnson 21637 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple TV and Apple Watch Update Rumors, Steve Jobs Movie Trailer, New Macs Incoming? http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/apple_daily_apple_tv_and_apple_watch_update_rumors_steve_jobs_movie_trailer_new_macs_incoming <!--paging_filter--><p>Lots of news and rumors on the Apple hardware front today: Apple apparently has big improvements planned for its first Apple Watch software update, as well as what could be huge news for Apple TV. Furthmore, updated Macs are rumored to hit as early as this week! In other news, we no longer have to rely on leaked pictures from the set — we've got a honest-to-goodness official trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic to cap off our Apple Daily for Monday.</p><h3>Apple Watch Improvements Coming; New Apple TV Update</h3><p>Apple Watch isn't quite one month old yet, but new software powering the wearable appears to already be on the way. <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/18/apple-readies-first-significant-apple-watch-updates-tvkit-sdk-for-apple-tv/" target="_blank">9to5Mac today reported</a> on upcoming improvements to Watch OS, which a "proven source" claims will address recent security concerns with a new feature called "Find My Watch" that helps owners do just that by using what's supposedly known as "Smart Leashing" to pinpoint the device's location relative to the iPhone it's paired with.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/apple_watch_press_digital_crown.png" alt="Apple Watch Digital Crown" width="620" height="300" /><br /><br />Although that particular feature may not arrive until later in the year, Apple is said to be experimenting with new health features, such as a way to notify the wearer of an irregular heartbeat and add monitors for blood pressure, sleep tracking, and oxygen saturation.&nbsp;Developers will also be happy to learn Apple is working on third-party watch face Complications, with Twitter specifically mentioned by the source.</p><p>Perhaps event more significantly, the rumored new Apple TV will apparently finally open the door to third-party developers, thanks to a new "TVKit" SDK. This development could be huge for Apple TV; if true, it may very well make its public debut at the WWDC event in three weeks.</p><h3>Rumor: New MacBook Pro, iMac Models Arriving Wednesday</h3><p>In the market for a new Mac? If you're after a 15-inch MacBook Pro or 27-inch iMac, it might pay to delay that purchase another day or two. French website MacG (via <a href=" http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macg.co%2Fmateriel%2F2015%2F05%2Fnouveaux-macbook-pro-15-et-imac-27-ce-mercredi-88918&amp;hl=en&amp;langpair=auto|en&amp;tbb=1&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">Google Translate</a>) today reported that Apple may introduce spec bumps for those very models, possibly arriving as early as this Wednesday.</p><p><img src="/files/u220903/macbook_pro_two-up.png" alt="MacBook Pro two-up" width="620" height="300" /><br /><br />The report claims the 15-inch MacBook Pro will get an expected Force Touch trackpad update, although it's unclear if updated Intel Broadwell processors will be part of the mix, given those chips aren't expected until July or August. The 27-inch iMac is even more of a mystery, with the unnamed source pointing a finger in the direction of the non-Retina, higher-end model as ripe for a spec bump. Both systems have had shipping delays from the Apple Online Store in recent days, which is often a good sign that something new is on the way.</p><h3>Universal Releases First Look at Steve Jobs Movie</h3><p>The Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie has had a long, strange trip from conception to execution, but ahead of the October 9 release date, we're finally getting our first look at the film. On Monday, Universal Pictures released an official trailer just over a minute long, which is primarily a single shot from behind of actor Michael Fassbinder playing the late Apple co-founder as he prepares for one of his legendary keynotes. Toward the end of the trailer, you'll get a quick peek at other stars including Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. We've got the link embedded below, so have a look!<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IeOxo7o9T8Q" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><h3>President Obama Uses iPhone for First Personal Tweet</h3><p>Like him or not, it's hard to disagree that President Obama's endorsement can be pretty signifcant. And this morning, he kinda, sorta gave his endorsement to the iPhone. Though there have been other official White House Twitter accounts for a while, the President finally got his own personal Twitter account (@POTUS) this morning, and wouldn't you know it — his first tweet was apparently sent via Twitter for iPhone.</p><p><img src="/files/u332541/2015/05/obama.png" width="366" height="122" /></p><p>However, this doesn't mean that Obama has traded in his old, widely reported, super-secure Blackberry for an iPhone full time; according to <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/obama-used-someone-elses-iphone-to-tweet-his-first-president?utm_term=.gmrRVk3O0R#.ug7qMEPMl6" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, the iPhone wasn't Obama's personal device, but is registered to the Executive Office of the President.</p><p><br /><em>Follow this article’s author, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JRBTempe" target="_blank">J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/apple_daily_apple_tv_and_apple_watch_update_rumors_steve_jobs_movie_trailer_new_macs_incoming#comments Gallery News Aaron Sorkin apple daily apple rumors Apple Watch Find My Watch iMac macbook pro movies Steve Jobs Universal Pictures iPhone Mac Mon, 18 May 2015 22:54:07 +0000 J.R. Bookwalter 21631 at http://www.maclife.com The Week's 10 Hottest Apple News Stories, May 16 http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_may_16 <!--paging_filter--> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/weeks_10_hottest_apple_news_stories_may_16#comments Gallery News Apple Music Apple Watch Business Insider classic Apple Columns duplicate photos environmentalism health app HomeKit iphone iPhone 6s iPHone 6s Plus Sat, 16 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000 MacLife Staff 21629 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: 'Labor Shortages' and Apple Watch; Oculus Rift Mac Development 'Paused' http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_labor_shortages_and_apple_watch_oculus_rift_mac_development_paused <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, one of the manufacturers associated with the Apple Watch suggests that "labor shortages" are partly to blame for the device's slow shipments. Meanwhile, Oculus announces that it has "paused" development for the Mac.</p><h3>Apple Watch Production Possibly Back on Track After 'Labor Shortages'</h3><p>Late last month a seemingly <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_taptic_engine_issues_ipad_app_glitch_grounds_flights_apple_store_watch_app" target="_blank">credible rumor</a> appeared in <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> claiming that issues with the Apple Watch's Taptic Engine were responsible for the long delays some customers have endured, but today C.C. Leung, vice chairman of Taiwanese Apple parts manufacturer Quanta, posed a different explanation: there were just too many people off for the holidays.</p><p>"Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter," said Leung (via DigiTimes). "However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter."</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/applewatch.jpg" /></p><p>It's worth noting that Leung doesn't refer to the Apple Watch or Apple itself, although he claims that the affected smartwatch is "unlike the smartwatches it produced before." In addition, the device "has a lot of functions in it and its client is satisfied with the product." That sure sounds like Apple, particularly since the device has certainly suffered from "limited shipments."</p><p>Quanta, Leung says, had to borrow around 3,000 employees from similar companies such as Foxconn in order to make up for its own absentee employees. Whatever the real cause of the shortage is, here's to hoping more of us get our Apple Watches soon.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Mac Development for Oculus Rift 'Paused'</h3><p>After almost a year of comparative silence following Facebook's acquisition of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, news concerning the unit is suddently starting to come out in bundles. Unfortunately not much of it is good for us Mac users. Atman Binstock, the "chief architect" at Oculus, today released the hardware specifications players will need on their home computers in order to use the device, and also dropped the news that the team has temporarily ceased development for both Mac and Linux.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/rift.jpg" width="620" height="488" /></p><p>"Our development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows," Binstock said in a <a href="https://www.oculus.com/blog/powering-the-rift/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "We want to get back to development for OS X and Linux but we don’t have a timeline."</p><p>Earlier in the month Oculus <a href="https://www.oculus.com/blog/first-look-at-the-rift-shipping-q1-2016/" target="_blank">announced </a>that pre-orders would go live sometime later this year, and that the first mass-market units would start going out to customers sometime in 2016. The device itself first appeared in 2012, but only developers for the device and ordinary people who contributed $300 to the company's Kickstarter campaign have been able to get their hands on one.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_labor_shortages_and_apple_watch_oculus_rift_mac_development_paused#comments News Apple Watch Facebook Foxconn labor shortages Mac oculus rift Quanta virtual reality Sat, 16 May 2015 00:18:37 +0000 Leif Johnson 21628 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Apple Refutes HomeKit's Delay; Massive iPhone Sales Coming? http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_refutes_homekits_delay_massive_iphone_sales_coming <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, Apple makes a rare break from its silence concerning rumors to address the reported delay of HomeKit, plus UBS claims Apple will see more extensive iPhone sales than analysts are already predicting.</p><h3>Apple Counters Rumors, Says It's Releasing HomeKit in June</h3><p>It's not often that Apple rushes to correct rumors circulating in the press, but the Cuperino company didn't waste any time today crushing a <em><a href="http://fortune.com/2015/05/14/apple-delays-homekit-launch/" target="_blank">Fortune</a></em> report that Apple would be delaying the launch of its HomeKit home automation platform until August or September. Far from being delayed, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told <em><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/14/apple-says-first-homekit-smart-devices-coming-in-june/" target="_blank">The Wall Street Journal</a></em> later, the service is on track to launch in June.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/jetsons.jpg" width="620" height="453" /></p><p>"[The hardware certification for] HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month." she said.</p><p><em>Fortune</em>'s earlier report claimed that Apple was still having trouble getting the service to work with battery-operated devices, and while there may be some truth to that, the company seems poised to release it anyway.</p><h3>Analysts Are Underestimating This Quarter's iPhone Sales, Claims UBS</h3><p>We haven't seen the end of the mad sales rush for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, says financial services company UBS (via <a href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/ubs-iphone-6-q2-2015-sales-will-beat-street-expectations-2015-5" target="_blank">BusinessInsider</a>), and their most recent report from their Evidence Lab claims that Apple's sales of the device will likely exceed current expectations.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/iphones.jpg" width="620" height="333" /></p><p>Most current Wall Street estimates say about 45 million iPhones will sell this quarter, but UBS says the company should sell around 51.1 million iPhones. As evidence, UBS included a graph showing the actual track record of iPhone sales compared to its predictions and those of Wall Street. The company believes that the continued surge of sales of the device in China will account for most of the momentum.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_daily_apple_refutes_homekits_delay_massive_iphone_sales_coming#comments News home automation HomeKit iphone Rumors sales UBS Wall Street Fri, 15 May 2015 00:57:47 +0000 Leif Johnson 21623 at http://www.maclife.com Apple Daily: Ping-Like Service Coming to 'Apple Music'?; Apple Opens Apps Analytics Beta http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple-daily-pinglike-service-coming-apple-music-apple-opens-apps-analytics-beta <!--paging_filter--><p>In today's Apple Daily, we learn some more details about Apple's upcoming music streaming service, plus Apple today opened its App Analytics beta to all developers who design apps for iOS.</p><h3>New Streaming Service Reportedly Called 'Apple Music', Will Feature Ping-Like Network</h3><p>Anonymous sources associated with Apple have reportedly spoken again, and this time they claim that Apple's upcoming music streaming service most likely will be called "Apple Music," and that it will include a built-in social networking service for artists to promote their work (via <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/13/apple-music-beats-based-streaming-service-to-have-ping-like-social-network-for-artists/" target="_blank">9to5Mac</a>).</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/steveping.png" width="620" height="347" /></p><p>The service supposedly recalls Ping, the dead social networking system for iTunes that Apple created for the same purpose back in 2010 before shutting it down in 2012 in favor of Facebook and Twitter integration. Apple Music users would be able to follow artists with the service (although they won't be able to create their own profiles), and artists themselves could use the service to share "track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates."</p><p>As 9to5 Mac cheekily puts it, "Artists will also be able to share the content of other artists in an effort of cross-promotion. For example, all-gold Apple Watch wearer Kanye West could promote a new album from Taylor Swift on his 'Apple Music' artist page, if he so chooses..."</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Apple Opens App Analytics Beta to All Developers</h3><p>It's been only a few days since Apple revealed a new <a href="https://developer.apple.com/app-store/app-analytics/" target="_blank">Apps Analytics program</a> that allows developers to see usage statistics associated with their work, and now the Cupertino company has given all developers free access to the beta. If you're already a member of the iOS Developer Program, then it's free.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2015/05/analytics.jpg" width="620" height="346" /></p><p>The Apps Analytics platform reportedly tells much more besides download statistics; it also tells developers how much time users spend with apps and where their apps are the most popular. In order to use the service, you'll need to log into <a href="https://itunesconnect.apple.com/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.woa" target="_blank">iTunes Connect</a> (if you're an app developer, of course).</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple-daily-pinglike-service-coming-apple-music-apple-opens-apps-analytics-beta#comments News App Analytics Apps Developers iOS 8 iPad iphone iTunes Mac Ping Social Media social networking Thu, 14 May 2015 00:41:57 +0000 Leif Johnson 21618 at http://www.maclife.com