Apple today released the latest developer build of iOS 8, and while it's full of little tweaks and tips, it doesn't have any of the significant additions we've been seeing in previous releases. This new focus on polishing means that the Cupertino company's likely in the final stages of getting the operating system ready for release sometime this fall.
If you happen to own Analog on the Mac or Analog Camera on iPhone, you may notice some changes soon. That's because both apps have been handed off from Realmac Software to new owner Appuous, who plans to revolutionize "the way people capture meaningful moments and how they translate those moments to creative, beautiful works of photography" with future updates. And there just so happens to be more on iPhone photography in today's recap, so read on...
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.
Regardless of whatever happens to Nuance, it looks as though Apple's about to extend Siri to a greater segment of the world's population. MacRumors reports that the Cupertino giant recently posted job listings for "Siri Language Engineers" fluent in Norwegian, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Thai, and Russian — none of which are currently supported by the service.
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.
Apple rumors tend to vary wildly between fact and total fiction, but here's one of them we would certainly like to see: a partnership with Shazam to make it even easier to discover music with an iPhone.
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.
Sometimes important acquisitions by Apple make big news; other times, months by go by before anyone even knows about it. (It's a pity it seemingly can't achieve that same secrecy with the iPhone anymore.) As TechCrunch reports, it appears that the iPhone maker acquired staff from Novauris Technologies last year to assist in improving Siri, thus all but confirming Apple also acquired the company at the same time.
It's easy to overlook, but there's a very simple formula for Apple's success. It's the reason why you can take an iPhone or an iMac out of its box and it just works, and the reason why Samsung is secretly working on its own mobile OS: control. Steve Jobs summed it up perfectly during the 2007 Macworld keynote: "Now, you know, one of the pioneers of our industry, Alan Kay, has had a lot of great quotes throughout the years. And I ran across one of them recently that explains how we look at this. Explains why we go about doing things the way we do, because we love software. And here’s the quote: 'People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.'"
CarPlay was one of the biggest stories of the week, so all the revving of tech engines weren't just for tracking down the supposed founder of Bitcoin. But did you hear any of the news over the sounds of engines? In case you missed it, we've got you covered in this week's wrap up.