One of the big announcements at WWDC this year was the introduction of Continuity for both iOS 8 and Yosemite, which allows Apple users to continue what they were doing on one device on another. Although Apple made no mention of extended compatibility in the keynote, it now looks as though the Cupertino company is extending that same functionality to Apple TV.
We've heard in the past that Apple plans to fit the upcoming iPhones with a wide range of sensors pertaining to health, but today 9to5Mac relayed news that suggests the new units will also support a barometer. Similar information popped up in vague rumors last March, but new evidence suggests there might be some truth to them.
Of all the companies that would make sense for Apple to acquire, Nuance — the company behind Siri — would seem high on the list. That's apparently not the case. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple's chief rival Samsung is moving in to acquire the influential creator of voice-recognition software, which could mean dire things for the folks in Cupertino if the deal goes through.
iOS-compatible household items have become so commonplace that they scarcely warrant attention in the news anymore, but Vessyl, a new smart cup conceived by Justin Lee and designed by Yves Béhar, is something of an exception. Dump virtually any kind of drink into the unit, and it can tell you exactly what you're drinking and yield some associated nutritional information.
Apple didn't mention anything about the fabled iWatch during this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, but a new report from Japan's Nikkei suggests that the device is still in the works. In fact, according to its sources, we'll see it in October. Nikkei has an unusually good track record regarding these things, so there might be some truth to these claims after all.
It's only been a couple of days since Apple announced that it's extending its Touch ID API to third-party developers, and already PayPal is considering the possibilities of the service, reports BusinessInsider. "It seems to be a fairly easy API to use, but we're still kicking the tires," a source from PayPal told the publication.
We've talked about all kinds of other changes coming to iOS 8, so why not talk about the weather? Specially, the Weather app. After so many years of relying on Yahoo for its weather forecasts, Apple is apparently cutting out of the middleman and relying exclusively on information from The Weather Channel.
For all of its popularity, Instagram has always been something of a joke when it comes to optimizing photos: you snap a pic, slap some faux vintage filter on it, and you're presumably happy. With today's update, however, it finally gains a lot of the features long enjoyed by its more robust cousins.
Craig Federighi detailed the changes to Photos, noting that Apple is now syncing all the photos you take across multiple devices through the cloud. Even better, the new cloud focus maintains the edits you've done regardless of which Apple machine you tweaked it on. This way, he said, "your device has access to more photos in the cloud than you can store locally."
Tim Cook kicked off his discussion of the changes to iOS 8 with some figures. Apple, he says, has now sold over 800 million iOS devices. The iPod touch has passed 100 million units, 200 million units of the iPad have been sold, and iPhone has passed half a billion units. "This is incredible," Cook said, "but what's even more impressive is how many new customers to Apple these devices have brought to us."