A billion dollars. That’s how much money Apple invested into Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, and according to Reuters, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the investment will help Apple better understand the Chinese market. Didi Chuxing completes 11 million rides per day and 87% of the ride-hailing market in China, and is valued at over $20 billion despite losing recent marketshare in competition with Uber. John Moltz’s satirical take on the news is that it will somehow help improve Apple’s software and services.
The latest in a long line of high-profile third-party keyboards for iOS devices is Gboard from Google. The unique selling point of Gboard is that it combines a regular keyboard with built-in Google Search, which lets you search for photos, GIFs, and text-based results to paste into your conversation. Emoji search and swiping functional also make an appearance here.
A new rumour about the iPhone 7 Plus claims Apple will produce one model of the device, cutting down on SKUs and shaving a little manufacturing complexity off the top. The single iPhone 7 Plus is rumoured to feature a dual-lens camera system and 3GB of RAM to compensate for the increased image processing requirements, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Time’s explanation of why Apple created the Apple Watch says it was all due to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. It was Jobs who thought the entire healthcare system needed an overhaul, and even though we’ve already heard reports of the Apple Watch being an extremely useful tool in the diagnosis of heart-related conditions which show symptoms of heartbeat irregularities, Jobs still thought it was time to bring some order to patients, their data, and healthcare systems.
If the rumours are true, the next iPhone will look more or less identical to the current iPhone. Has iPhone design reached a point where we can’t go any thinner, where there are no more innovations to be had in terms of a different look and feel every two years? That said, the design drawing claims the iPhone will have the same length and width as the iPhone 6.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost suggest Apple Music deleting your music without your permission is Apple’s strange way of making reparations for adding an album to your library without your permission. But while debate rages on as to whether Apple Music deletes your music or simply has such bad UX that one bad dialog box means your entire local library is gone, perhaps the solution to all this is to simply add a feature that doesn’t delete music without your explicit permission. Put some of those modal dialog boxes to good use, Apple, and make it happen.
Apple’s partnership with SAP is a push for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise space. The press release from Apple says the two companies will deliver an SDK for businesses to create their own iOS apps “tailored to their business needs”, with Apple also leveraging SAP’s Hana platform to gain an even further reach for iOS devices in the enterprise market.
Word has it Apple Music will be seeing a massive overhaul as part of iOS 10. Details covered at 9to5Mac tell us that the changes will include a redesigned black-and-white user interface, an even greater focus on album art, as well as integration of song lyrics. Everything is expected to be revealed at this year’s WWDC conference, which kind of seems like a weird time to unveil major changes to a consumer-focused product, not to mention the yearly revision of a major service which should really be updated more often than that.
Quartz tells us about Apple losing exclusive access to the iPhone name in China, after a court ruled that a Beijing-based company was allowed to brand leather products with the name “IPHONE”. While it’s incredibly weird to see the iPhone label on leather products, the overall impact of the trademark dispute will probably be minor.
A rumour out of China claims the next iPhone will have a slightly larger battery than the current iPhone models. The 4.7-inch iPhone goes from 1715mAH to 1735mAH, while the Plus-sized model gets an increase of 60mAH going from 2750mAH to 2810mAH. It’s unclear whether these (admittedly minor) battery improvements are coming from, but it’s possible a redesigned interior is making space for a few extra millimetres of battery here and there.