Is Apple really working on an electric car? The company hasn't said for sure, but it rather looks that way, and this week was jam-packed with news, rumors, and opinions about Apple's alledged entry into the automotive business. Of course, Apple Watch continues to make waves as well, plus we've got some interesting tidbits about iOS 9, MacBook Pro, and more in this week's roundup of the hottest Apple news.
What's next for iOS? That's the question that was begging to be answered this week, as rumors flew about not only iOS 8.3 and 8.4, but iOS 9 as well. On other fronts, Apple broke yet another record on Wall Street, we learned that MacBooks can survive falling from an airplane, and rumors continue to swirl about Apple's mystery vehicle. That plus a whole lot more in our recap of this week's hottest Apple news!
At last, the Photos for Mac OS X app is here! Well, it's in beta, at any rate. In other news, Apple's clearly up to something in the automobile industry, judging from the hefty bonuses the company is reportedly offering engineers who work at Tesla. Alas, it's not going exactly as planned. Elsewhere, Swatch claims it'll have a smartwatch ready in the next couple of months that will directly compete with Apple Watch.
Ford unveiled its Sync 3 technology for automobile entertainment late yesterday, and it revealed a substantial surprise. Microsoft's Embedded platform was nowhere to be found. Instead, Ford is now using BlackBerry's QNX technology for Sync, and that means that the service can now support Apple's CarPlay with hands-free Siri.
It's been a while since we've heard much substantial about Apple's CarPlay system, but the company broke that silence today with an updated page that confirmed the support of nine brands (many of them from the Fiat-Chrysler group) — namely Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and RAM.
We're seeing more and more mockups and leak videos with each iteration of the iPhone and now we've got video of the 6. Or so they say. Who knows until the veil is lifted come September? But we do know one thing for certain, there are factories, known Apple partners, who are on hiring binges right now…
Despite how common Apple devices have become over the last decade, a significant fraction of the population still sees its products as status symbols. It's a perception Apple wants to maintain, apparently, judging from the latest commercial from the Bentley luxury automotive company (via The Loop). Called "Intelligent Details," the short was filmed using an iPhone 5s and edited with an iPad Air.
iPhone buyers can't exactly replace their automobiles as often as they do smartphones, so it's encouraging to hear that companies who specialize in aftermarket products for cars are jumping on the CarPlay bandwagon.
Who would ever think that a $99 dongle that attaches to your automobile could be so powerful? Automatic Link certainly did, and now that their hardware integrates with IFTTT, it can do oh so much more than ever before.
Judging from a pair of recent reports, incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is going to have his hands full as the Windows maker tries to compete in the desktop and tablet market and may have to fend off a rival for Ford's affections.