Apple released iOS 7.1 today to iPhone owners with an iPhone 4 or newer. While the new version runs spectacularly on the iPhone 5s, customers with an iPhone 4 may be wondering whether the update will improve or degrade their experience. According to Ars Technica, the experience is an improvement over iOS 7.0, but it still isn’t great.
Apple launchedÂ its iPhone trade-in program calledÂ â€śiPhone Reuse and Recycling Program,â€ť in the US last year in August, and expanded the program to UK and Germany a few months later. As expected, Apple has launched the program in Canada.
iPhone has retained the number one spot among smartphones in the U.S. yet again. While iOS was trailing compared to Android, Apple was clearly ahead of the competition in terms of sales with a marketshare of 41.6% in January 2014, while Samsung was at second place with 26.7% of the pie. These figures were published inÂ comScore’s latest MobiLens and Mobile Metrix reports which has taken quarterly figures into account.
Earlier today, Apple officially launched CarPlay, previously known as “iOS in the Car”. Apple had first introduced it as one of the major features of iOS 7 at WWDC 2013.
Apple today rolled out changes to its iOS enterprise tools that make it easier for businesses and educational institutions to manage a large number of iOS devices. These improvements were detailed in a series of new documents posted on Apple’s website and include changes in the Device Enrollment Program, the Volume Purchase Program and the Apple ID for Students service.
Apple released iOS 7.0.6 on February 21 to patch an SSL security flaw in earlier versions of iOS. The software update was installed on 13.3% of iOS devices within 48 hours and on 25.9% within four days. This increase was steep given the urgent nature of the update, but it did not equal the jump when iOS 7 was launched publicly last year, says analytics firm Chitika, which analyzed online ad impressions from millions of iOS devices on its North American ad network from February 21 to February 25, 2014.
Appleâ€™s sapphire supplier GT Advancedâ€™s projected revenues for 2014 hint at iPhone 6 launch in fall
Appleâ€™s new manufacturing partner for sapphire crystal glass, GT Advanced Technologies, announced its Q4 2013 earnings yesterday. In the earnings release, GT Advanced said that it expects this year to be a â€śtransformationalâ€ť one for the company, thanks to its partnership with Apple.
Earlier this year, Imagination Technologies announced its new PowerVR Rogue Series 6 and Series 6XT system-on-a-chip GPU architectures. AnandTech was able to examine these latest GPUs in detail, thanks to the willingness of Imagination Technologies to open up parts of its underlying architecture for the first time. Details on SoC GPUs are sparse, so this was an excellent opportunity to dive deep in the technology.
Apple launchedÂ its iPhone trade-in program calledÂ â€śiPhone Reuse and Recycling Program,â€ť in the US last year in August, and expanded the program to UK and Germany a few months later. It looks like the program will soon be coming to Canada.