Over in the United Kingdom, the word is that iPads and iPods are saving lives. Not through the power of their magic Apple logo, of course — as doctors and nurses Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital claim (via the Gazette Live), the Cupertino company's easily portable units allow the hospital to sideline the hassle of paper notes and focus on the information that demands immediate attention.
Hotels often make a big deal about how much their premises make you feel "at home," but according to the Wall Street Journal, Hilton's upcoming app will let you walk straight up to your room after your arrival like you own the place. No more of that nasty socializing with the folks behind the counter business; you'll be able to bypass human interaction altogether.
We've heard a lot of rumors about Apple's plans for a "digital wallet" over the last couple years (particularly after the introduction of Touch ID), but now The Information reports that we could see it much sooner than expected. According to the sources, Apple now has the framework in place to allow iPhone users to use their handsets in place of their wallets, and we could see the technology as early as this fall.
There's not much in the way of breaking news about Apple TV from Apple itself, but Netflix today at last updated its channel for the diminutive entertainment device to support the "Up Next" or "Post Play" feature, which allows easy access to the next episode in a television series. You might recognize a form of the feature from existing versions of Netflix on iOS, gaming consoles, and the web itself, but only now has it come to Apple's set-top box.
Album prices on iTunes got you down? If you're a Paul McCartney fan, Billboard reports, the former Beatle's got you covered. The legendary songwriter today released five albums from his solo career as standalone iPad apps, allowing music connoisseurs to pick them up for just $7.99 each (compared to the $12.99 or so they cost as standard iTunes albums).
Our knowledge of what the so-called "iWatch" actually looks like might be limited to fanciful concept art, but at least information is starting to trickle in regarding our options. The latest rumors come from the supply chains in China via the Economic Daily News (via G for Games), and they claim that the Cupertino company will release three models of the long-anticipated piece of wearable tech sometime this fall.
The iPhone's battery life has steadily been improving since its debut, but a new rumored partnerhsip in the works between Apple and Britain's Intelligent Energy could result in iDevice battery lives reaching days or weeks. Reaching this goal is all about implementing embedded fuel cells, reports The Daily Mail.
Google's Ingress is a fascinating example of what Apple's chief mobile OS rival can accomplish when it puts its mind to making a game, and now the folks at Mountain View have decided to extend the app to the Apple faithful. iPhone owners who have wanted to play have had to content themselves with a closed beta that's been around since 2012, but it's available for all of us as of today.
We've long heard that we'll probably see the iWatch go live sometime "this fall," but the latest reports seem to indicate that Apple will be cutting it close. Past reports said that the device would start mass production in July (so much for that) or September, but now respected analyst Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple won't boost production until sometime in November. That means it's possible that we won't see it until December or even 2015.
The iOS App Store, which celebrates its sixth birthday today, is such a massive cultural presence these days that it's hard to believe that Steve Jobs initially didn't want third-party developers to have access to the iPhone. When he finally gave in, the App Store quickly became a juggernaut that only continues to grow.