Unless we’re counting an email shown during an iPhone demo at Apple’s September event telling us about the launch date of OS X El Capitan, the only official announcement from Apple regarding the El Capitan release date is their press release which says OS X El Capitan will be released as a free update tomorrow. Apple describes refinements to the Mac experience as changes to Mission Control multitasking, Spotlight searches, as well as Safari and Mail, with improvements to system performance also part of the El Capitan upgrade.
13 million. That’s how many iPhones Apple sold in the opening weekend of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales, three days after launch and blowing away the previous record of 10 million set by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple’s press release says the new iPhones will be available in an additional 40 countries on October 9, with availability set to reach over 130 countries by the end of the year.
When Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying there are two certain things in life, he actually meant there are three: death, taxes, and the fact that if Apple release something new, iFixit will take it apart. Yes, teardowns of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have arrived, and while the devices may look the same as their predecessors on the outside (except for that new Rose Gold colour), on the inside things have changed. The x-ray of the new Taptic Engine is pretty cool-looking, if I do say so myself.
Happy new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus day, everyone! Whether you’re waiting patiently at home for TNT to rock up with your new shiny, or marvelling at the brilliance/stupidity of using a telepresence robot to reserve your spot in the line, the Friday morning news has the same great news, day in, day out. But enough about that — on with the news!
Apple’s official Q&A on the XcodeGhost situation has some honest guidance about what happened. Chinese developers downloaded illegitimate versions of Xcode, which were then used to develop and create apps which were also compromised. Apple has since removed copies of apps that were infected, is blocking further submissions of infected apps, and is working with software developers to get their apps back into the App Store as soon as possible.
Apple released iOS 9.0.1 earlier this morning, an update which seems to contain purely bug fixes for the first version of iOS 9. The update resolves issues such as not being able to complete the setup assistant after ugprading, issues with timers and alarms possibly not playing in some cases, and more.
The first teardown of the new Apple TV comes courtesy of the folks at iFixit, who have taken apart Apple’s latest streaming box to see what lies beneath that glossy black exterior. The slightly-chunkier version of the Apple TV features a larger heat-sink towards the top, with the logic board below — and like other Apple products, Apple’s design prowess also extends to the interior of the device, which contains no wires to connect the power supply to the rest of the unit.
The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is accelerating its car project, with plans for it to be ready by 2019. Thanks to the Journal, we also know that it won’t be driverless as originally rumoured, but with permission granted to triple the 600-strong team currently assigned to the project, Apple’s electric vehicle is now full stream ahead.
Stands for the Apple Watch are a category that’s gone from 0-100 in a hurry – for a while there, it seemed like there was a new Kickstarter every week for a revolutionary new take. But I was waiting for one thing: to see what Twelve South would do. They didn’t disappoint.
The Guardian is reporting an Apple meeting with Californian officials from the US State’s Department of Motor Vehicles, prompting speculation Apple’s autonomous car may be closer than we originally thought. If Apple does join the autonomous vehicle race, it’ll be joining fellow technology giants Google, who already has several driverless cars in California. The Guardian is also saying Apple has appointed an engineering project manager to “Project Titan”, the internal codename for its autonomous car project.
It’s still unknown why Apple chose to pull the public release of watchOS 2, but a series of tweets from PCCalc developer James Thomson suggest it may have had something to do with FairPlay, the licensing-part of apps that ensures they’re authorised to run on the hardware in question. With watchOS 2 including native apps, an issue with FairPlay not allowing apps to launch could very well have been the show-stopping bug that people talk about.