Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it’s already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must include 64-bit support from February 1st onward. While the company won’t kick out existing titles, both new apps and updated releases will have to make the switch. Theoretically, this is easy — developers just have to build apps using the most recent tools and standard settings.
The switch could have a meaningful impact on the apps you use. At the least, it should reduce the need for iOS to juggle both 32- and 64-bit code. That’s good for performance, whether or not there are meaningful upgrades to the apps themselves. The move may also spur more developers to fine-tune their apps for the A7 and A8 chips in recent iOS gear — even if they don’t need to use higher-precision 64-bit math, that could still lead to faster games, media players and other demanding titles. It’ll likely take much longer for Apple to drop 32-bit support altogether, but the ball is clearly rolling on that transition.
Source: Apple Developer
Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit — more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes. More interestingly, the company moved a total of 39.3 million iPhones over the past three months, along with 12.3 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs. Word that Apple’s mobile business had a bang-up three months is hardly a shock — a record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6/6 Pluses were sold over its first weekend, which CEO Tim Cook said beat all previous milestones “by a large margin”. Here’s the thing though: iPad sales didn’t just dip from last quarter, they dipped year-over-year, too. In fact, the number of iPads Apple has moved this time around was the lowest since the company started reporting tablet sales separately in 2012.
Now, this by itself isn’t necessarily a shock either. Bigger ticket products like the iPad are things that people tend to hold onto for longer, and we’ve only just seen a new batch of iPads (well, one new iPad and one very mildly tweaked one) make their debut. Stalwarts will say just give it some time, the iPad’ll pick up steam again, and it very well may do so — there’s an iPad at nearly every notable price point now. With the launch of a device like the iPhone 6 Plus, though, a device that for many people will ably straddle the line between the iPhone and the iPad Mini, it’ll be interesting to see if the iPad manages to regain it’s former sales glory. The fact that the iPad Mini wasn’t barely touched this year won’t help matters — it got all of what, five sentences dedicated to it during the iPad Air 2’s grand unveiling? Sure, part of that is almost certainly due to the cost and complexity of shrinking components and refining design, but the continued (some would say overwhelming) demand for Apple’s bigger iPhones may wind up eating away at the iPad’s relevance in some very curious ways.
(Brief parting aside: If you want some really interesting numbers, next quarter will factor in the new iPhones’ momentum in China, and the one after that will chronicle Apple’s typical holiday explosion. We’re expecting a doozy.)
Update: Apple’s talking iPad on its earnings call right now — it says this quarter’s sales were consistent with its expectations, and apparently did really well in Japan. The iPad also remains the United States’ education tablet of choice. Later, during the Q&A session, Tim Cook said Apple looks at this iPad dip as a “speedbump and not a huge thing” and went on to note that he personally sees a “great future” for the company’s tablets.
Well, it’s Monday, and that can only mean one thing: Apple’s iOS 8.1 update has finally gone live for your installing pleasure. To recap, the new software – which is debuting just over a month since iOS 8 first hit – brings back once-trashed favorites like the Camera Roll, and strengthens the connection between your iPhone and Yosemite-powered Mac with features like SMS handoff and the uber-impressive Instant Hotspot. Perhaps most importantly, Apple Pay’s launching today too: once you’ve installed 8.1 and set everything up, you’ll be able to trudge down to your local Walgreen’s (along with a horde of other participating retailers) to pay for your contact solution and Haribo gummies with your phone. If that sounds like a good time, all you need to do is pop into your iPhone’s settings and jump into the Software Update menu – the 126MB file should be ready and waiting for you.
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File-sharing service Dropbox has updated its official iOS app with a number of new features, including full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well integration with Touch ID for more convenient unlocking. The app also includes a fix for previewing rich text format format files and general stability and performance improvements.
Dropbox saw its last major update last month after the release of iOS 8 which brought a new Notification Center widget, a new Share extension that allows files from other apps to be opened and saved, and the ability to manage shared folders in the app. A number of other apps have also included support for Touch ID since the release of iOS 8 last month.
There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and “very cool stuff” there are also a lot of numbers. Here’s a closer look at the big digits from today’s event.
Wanna know just how big the Nexus 6 is going to be? Here it is right next to the iPhone 6 Plus. As you can see, it’s slightly longer, but it’s also much wider.
Either way you look at it, this going to be one huge phone. We should get the exact dimensions later today when it get’s officially announced, so stay tuned.
Come comment on this article: Nexus 6 poses with the iPhone 6 Plus
The announcement of the Nexus 6 could be just around the corner, but that’s not going to stop the leaks getting out in the meantime. Latest on the list of leaks is the above image courtesy of the newly named Total Tech Media (renamed from TK Tech News) which allegedly shows a Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus size comparison with the two literally and figuratively titanic devices next to each other. What you will notice is that while the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 is probably just a hair longer and wider than the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s still able to fit its much larger 5.9-inch display (vs 5.5-inch display) into its body much more comfortably with thinner bezels on all sides.
Apart from the obvious size comparison, we can see the dual speakers that have been rumoured for the Nexus 6 which in turn looks very much like the front face of the Moto X 2014. On the inside though, the Nexus 6 is a completely different beast, suspected to boast a Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz, 3GB RAM and that 5.9-inch display will give the device a Quad HD resolution. Hopefully we won’t have long to wait before the device is announced, or at the very least its bigger brother, the Nexus 9, as we can’t wait to see what it and Android L can do.
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If you’re a keen soccer fan, chances are you already use an app to keep up with all of the latest scores while you’re out and about. However, many apps rely on you opening it each time to get a quick rundown on matches, or bombard you with push notifications when a goal goes in. Now that Apple’s added widget support to iOS 8, Forza Football is putting all of that important information just a swipe away. As part of its latest update, the app now lists goals, scorers and times of goals in the “Today” screen inside Notification Center, allowing you to catch up with the matches that are only relevant to you. To get started, simply add the new widget to your Notification Center and then follow your favorite team(s). You can also add individual matches to the app’s calendar, giving you an at-a-glance look at how your team’s rivals are performing during crunch match days.
Source: Forza Football (App Store)
Skype may be one of the better-known options for video messaging, but it doesn’t hold a candle to a services like Snapchat if you just want simple, back-and-forth discussions. The Skype team isn’t taking this competition lying down, though — it just rolled out Skype Qik, its own take on rapid-fire video delivery. The mobile-only app is focused solely on swapping short clips (up to 42 seconds; yes, it’s a nod to Hitchhiker’s Guide) as part of conversations with your phone contacts. In theory, it’s just what you need to coordinate a night out or catch up with pals who are rarely available at the same time. All messages vanish after two weeks to help protect your privacy, and you can pre-record “Qik Fliks” to use when you’re either too busy or just want to reply with your favorite internet meme.
The new service is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone today, and it’s free to use. The feature lists are largely the same, although it will take a few months before you can capture Qik Fliks on Windows devices. Just don’t expect to see desktop versions any time soon; you need a phone number to sign up, so you won’t be joining in from your Surface. The company also tells Engadget that there aren’t any current plans to fold Skype Qik’s features into existing apps, so you’ll need to carry two apps on your device if you want to place old-school video calls. Still, it’s good to see Skype stepping outside of its comfort zone — it risked being left by the wayside as a new wave of messaging apps took over.
Source: Skype Blogs
Chinese mobile carriers and Chinese e-commerce site Jingdong Mall (JD.com) have processed a combined total of about 20 million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus since pre-orders began on October 10, reports Tencent (Google Translate, via Digitimes).
The report notes that China’s three biggest carriers including China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom have processed over 10 million of those pre-orders, while JD.com states that it has received 9.5 million pre-orders for both devices. JD.com specifies that 4.7 million pre-orders are for the iPhone 6, while 4.8 million pre-orders are for the iPhone 6 Plus. The figures also do not include pre-orders accepted by Apple or its over 6,000 resellers in the country.
Last Friday, it was reported that the three major Chinese carriers had taken one million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders in the first six hours. Apple announced on September 22 that opening weekend sales for both devices topped ten million units, breaking the previous record of nine million units set by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in 2013. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will officially be available in China this Friday, October 17.