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We’ve been learning a lot about this year’s unreleased products from information found within the latest iOS 12 developer beta. We’ve discovered HomePod’s phone call capabilities, AirPods wireless charging case (and hopefully AirPower), and a new iPad Pro model with smaller bezels, no home button and Face ID.
We’ve heard rumors about a possible dual-SIM iPhone model to be released this year, with the feature coming to the Plus model and including dual-SIM support for specific regions.
With iOS 12 developer beta 5, we’ve found evidence that dual-SIM support is indeed coming to iPhone, at least at the software level…
Currently, if you want to use HomePod to make a phone call you have to either dial or answer a call on your iPhone, then select your HomePod as the audio output device for the call, you can’t initiate or answer a call using HomePod.
Apple didn’t announce any new features for HomePod during its WWDC keynote this year, but the audio accessory is likely to gain some new features when iOS 12 is released to everyone in September.
iOS 12 beta 5 includes new shots of AirPods wireless charging case for AirPower ahead of release
We first saw Apple’s revised wireless charging AirPods case last year, when the GM build of iOS 11 leaked, revealing details about new and upcoming devices. The new charging case has a status LED on the exterior, letting users know the charging status without opening the case, a feature that’s essential when charging your AirPods using the currently unreleased AirPower wireless charging mat.
With macOS Mojave, Apple introduced four apps that were previously only available on iOS: Stocks, News, Home and Voice Memos. During the presentation, speculation began on how these could be the iOS apps themselves, ported to the Mac with the rumored Marzipan project. At the end of the Keynote, Craig Federighi presented a sneak peek at a multi-phase project they’ve been working on. Without giving it any name, Craig explained that this project allows iOS apps to be ported to the Mac with minimal effort,that Apple used this for their News, Stocks and Voice Memos apps and that it would become available to third-party developers next year. I decided to explore this project and see just how minimal an effort it would be to port an existing, real-world iOS app to the Mac.
Following the update of Apple’s official WWDC app for iOS, the unofficial app for macOS has been updated to version 6. WWDC for macOS allows both attendees and non-attendees to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts next week in San Jose, to access live-streams, videos, and session information during the conference and as a year-round developer resource.
Another very useful feature of the app is the ability to stream live videos and recorded sessions to Chromecast devices.
We have posted before about Apple’s new pride face for the Apple Watch, with strings found on a beta version of iOS 11.3. After that release, Apple removed all assets related to the new face from iOS and watchOS. That, however, has changed today with the release of iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1.
Apple’s WWDC app for iOS updated ahead of next week’s event, includes new stickers
Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held next week (June 4–8) in San Jose. WWDC is the biggest event of the year for Apple, where they announce major new OS releases for all platforms. In preparation for the event, Apple has just released a new update for its official iOS app.
UPDATE (5/29): Other publications are now independently reporting the same
UPDATE (5/26): As we speculated, there are different possibilities for this device. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports it is a low-cost iPhone that looks like an iPhone X:
What’s a computer?
In 1981, Xerox released a workstation called “Xerox Star.” It was the first commercial device to be what we consider a computer these days, with a bitmapped display, a graphical user interface, a mouse, and access to e-mail. More than 30 years later, Apple is now working on a new device, codenamed Star. With an interesting model name N84, it could be the first Mac with an ARM processor, or the first iOS notebook…or something completely different.
Macs have been using Intel processors since 2006 and Apple mobile devices have been using Apple-designed processors since 2010. It was recently reported that Apple was going to move Macs to their own processors by 2020.
Earlier today, we reported on WebKit’s mailing list suggesting that iOS 12 will support iPhone 5s. Following that, I decided to look into WebKit’s source code to see what else could be found about future Apple releases. For those who don’t know, WebKit is the engine behind Safari on both macOS and iOS, it’s developed in the open so it’s natural that it will eventually hint at future iOS and macOS features.
Apple has just released a new open source project on Github. FoundationDB is described as “a distributed database designed to handle large volumes of structured data across clusters of commodity servers”. The database system is focused on performance, scalability and fault-tolerance. Meaning projects that use the database for their backend are faster and less expensive to maintain.
Update (4/16): Steve Troughton-Smith warns that this might not be what it looks like:
Ever since the Apple Watch was introduced, developers have been asking for the ability to create their own watch faces. Currently, only Apple can provide watch faces, while some of them have content from Pixar and Disney. The reasons for the lack of third party faces can be many, including Apple’s desire to control the experience and branding as much as possible.
After releasing its 1.0 almost two years ago and going through security issues in 2017, Handbrake, a video transcoding app, is finally getting a new update. Handbrake is a Mac utility that can convert video files to several different codecs, it can even rip DVDs and Blu-ray discs. From my experience, it’s always been the most performant video converter for Mac, using all CPU cores to get the job done as quickly as possible while exercising your Mac’s fans.
UPDATE: The software update is now available, AirPlay 2 is not available with this release and we haven’t noticed any changes yet
Apple is releasing the first-ever software update for HomePod since its debut. The new software update comes alongside iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. HomePod can be updated automatically or prompted through the Home app after updating to iOS 11.3.
Apple just released a new build of iOS 11.3 for the new 9.7-inch iPad announced yesterday. This build looks like it’ll be the final or golden master version of iOS 11.3. As is usual with GM or final builds, Apple tends to keep some new features secret until then, redacting them from developer and public betas.
Some users having issues connecting to the iTunes and App Store [U]
UPDATE: Apple has now officially confirmed iTunes and App Store issues via its system status page.
It looks like today’s software releases are taking a toll on the App Store servers. We’re seeing several reports of users having trouble making purchases, downloading apps or just browsing the App Store or iTunes Store. I myself have been seeing “Cannot connect to the iTunes Store” errors and failures to download apps and updates.