A new Counterpoint Research points to Apple shipping a record 48.9 million iPhone units in Q2 2021. This represents a 30 percent YoY growth, though shipments were down by 18 percent from the previous quarter.
The original HomePod was a massive failure for Apple, with the company failing to attract customers despite the excellent sound quality offered by its smart speaker. Apple launched the HomePod mini as a replacement for the original HomePod in October last year. It looks like the mini speaker has helped Apple make inroads in the smart speaker market.
Google has updated its Maps app for the iPhone. In the new update, Google has included new widgets that can be placed both on Home Screen and the Today View. The new Google Maps widget for iPhone can also be added in a widget stack.
In the recent past, Twitter has added a slew of new features like Ticketed Space, subscription and more. A majority of these features are designed to help creators (and Twitter) rake in more revenue. The company is now piloting a shopping feature allowing businesses to add a shopping section. Twitter calls it the Shop Module, and it is available in the US starting today.
WhatsApp has been working on a lot of features over the past year, including joinable groups calls, a new WhatsApp call UI, sending photos in high quality, and a lot more. Though one feature that people are quite looking forward to is the multi-device support. The feature would let you use WhatsApp on Desktop devices even when your phone is not connected to the internet. In a new interview with TechRadar today, WhatsApp gave us a sneak peek at the multi-device device feature and how it would work.
Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a Chinese citizen who advertised selling stolen iPhone prototypes on social media. It is quite common for resellers in China to get their hands on stolen iPhone prototypes through Foxconn and Apple employees and then sell them for a premium to collectors.
The rise of apps like Microsoft Teams and Zoom during the pandemic caught everyone’s attention, including Apple. With iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, FaceTime gets welcome additions such as screen sharing, SharePlay, Portrait mode, and more. Among them, FaceTime’s debut on Android and Windows stole the show at WWDC. Here’s how to use FaceTime on Android and Windows.
Apple will cut down on the Siri integration with third-party apps with the release of iOS 15 and macOS Monterey later this year. This means that you will no longer be able to use Siri to control third-party apps on your iPhone.
Apple has so far been somewhat immune to the ongoing semiconductor shortage that has seen almost all other smartphone OEMs struggle. However, the company now expects supply constraints to affect the iPhone and iPad starting from the third quarter of 2021.