Apple took the wraps off iOS 11 at WWDC and unveiled the biggest changes to the mobile OS targeting the iPad. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming OS:

The first question is, will it run on my device? Here is a list of supported iDevices:

iPhone 7/Plus

iPhone 6s/Plus

iPhone 6/Plus

iPhone SE

iPhone 5s

and the following iPads:

iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, and 9.7-inch)

iPad Air

iPad Air 2

iPad (5th generation)

iPad mini 2/3/4

When will it be available?

We don’t know the exact release date but Apple expects to push it out to all supported devices in the fall. This is after at least two private betas and two public betas in the next couple of months. Note that running the beta version is not recommended for everyday use unless you are a developer.

What’s new?

For end users the differences are subtle. The first thing most people will notice is that Siri will sound a lot less robotic and far more natural. Also, Siri can now translate between several languages. Another potential change is follow up questions by Siri after giving you an answer.

We also get some tools for Live Photos, which are the videos that come before and after a photograph. The app will even suggest videos that are great for bounce style looping videos. The most useful new feature is an automatic Do Not Disturb mode when you are driving.

 


gigatech1Reports are coming in that Apple is in exploratory talks to acquire Jay-Z’s streaming music service Tidal. From the Associated Press report:

“The talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal, these people said. Apple is exploring the idea of bringing on Tidal to bolster its Apple Music service because of Tidal’s strong ties to popular artists such as Kanye West and Madonna.”

Tidal was setup by Jay-Z just over a year ago:

“Jay Z bought the service in March 2015 for $56 million from Swedish company Aspiro, which had created the brand Tidal. He has given 19 famous artists and bands small stakes in Tidal and promised each millions of dollars worth of marketing, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Apple is battling it out with Spotify for the streaming music market and an acquisition of Tidal could bolster the numbers. Tidal, which has 3 million paid subscribers would add to the 15 million plus subscribers that Apple Music already has. This is still behind Spotify’s 30 million subscribers but Apple Music has been on a growth trajectory.

Apple Music was result of the acquisition of Beats by Dre for $3 billion. Tidal on the other hand is valued at approximately $500 million and could put some of Apple’s overseas cash reserves to good use.


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According to sources of 9to5mac, Apple is planning a march introduction of a newer 4 inch iPhone. The last 4 inch iPhone was the iPhone 5S and this will be an upgraded version of the same, with the name iPhone 5se.

This will give potential buyers a choice of screen sizes from 4 inches all the way to the 5.5 inch iPhone 6S Plus. A lot of users have complained about being forced to use a phone 4.7 inches when prior to the iPhone 5, the standard screen size was 3.5 inches.

The phone, codenamed N69 will have a similar design to the iPhone 5S, but will have rounded glass edges rather than the chamfered ones of the older model. Industr insider John Gruber of Daring Fireball believe this to be an unlikely blend of styles.

Other features set to be included are:

The same 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front camera systems as the iPhone 6

Support for larger panoramas and autofocus for video recording

Barometer for tracking elevation in the Health app

An NFC chip for Apple Pay

The A8 and M8 chips from the iPhone 6

Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, and 802.11ac WiFi chips from the iPhone 6s

Live Photos from the iPhone 6s

Same Silver, Space Gray, Gold, & Rose Gold color options as the 6s line

The Apple iPhone line up will be: iPhone 5se, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus by the end of this year. The 4 inch phone is rumored to be unveiled in March.


Apple Music is now available for Android phones. It’s a first – a user-centric app that has been created for Android itself.

No doubt a number of people will begin to examine how Apple builds on Android, the features that have been ported from iOS and what Apple Music truly looks like in the age of smartphones.

In speaking with TechCrunch about Apple Music, Eddie Cue said, “We’ve obviously been really excited about the response we’ve gotten to Apple Music. People love the human curation aspects of it, discovery, radio. But from the moment we got into music, many, many years ago, we’ve always wanted to do things for everyone when it came down to music. Part of that was letting you enjoy your music no matter where you were and what products you were using.”

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It must be pointed out that this beta version of Apple Music for Android has been launched in every country except for China. For the latter, another beta will be launched separately.

Also, Apple Music is very similar to its iOS version and comes with a 3-month free trial. Also, it requires Android 4.3. It also works with Connect, For You, New, Radio and Beats 1 and My Music.

One cool thing about Apple for Android is that you can access music that you have bought in Apple Music or even iTunes.

Yet it is missing a few features: Music Videos isn’t available apart from signing up for a family membership plan. Of course, if you have purchased a family membership plan elsewhere, your Apple ID can help you get access to it.


Apple has just announced that it has sold 13 million iPhones – the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus – just over the first weekend after its release.

This is a new record for the company as it sold almost 10 million units in 2014 and 9 million units prior to that.

In comparison, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were sold in China on the first day of its launch both in 2013 and this year. This did not happen in 2014 as it was launched in the same country only two or three weeks after the launch of the 5s or 5s Plus models.

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Yet overall, the recent launch sold about 3000 phones per minute or 50 phones per second. These numbers are phenomenal given that Apple hasn’t even provided numbers related to its new iPhone Upgrade Program. For those who don’t know, it is a 24-month payment program that allows you to upgrade to a new iPhone every year.

Apart from this, Apple announced that its latest model will be available in 40 new countries starting October 9. This includes countries such as Taiwan, Spain, Russia, Mexico and Italy. As a whole, Apple will sell these devices in almost 130 countries by the time 2015 comes to a close.

It must be said that the new iPhone has come with a number of improvements. Some of these include a faster chip, better camera, a quicker Touch ID and Touch 3D. In fact, 3D Touch can literally change the way you use your phone.