We use about 5% of the emojis Apple offers. Still, with every new operating system and fresh batch, we find one or two new ones to work into our texting lexicon. The soon-to-be-released iOS 11 batch is no different. The new collection will include 56 brand spanking new emojis for Apple devotees to explore. While we don’t know all of them, we do have a few to share. In the person category, you have Bearded Guy, Woman with Headscarf, and Breastfeeding. When it comes to food, which happens to be the category we use most, you can now let someone know when you want a Sandwich or a Steak, or you can string them together when you’re craving a steak sandwich. Then there’s a T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie, and Elf, along with randos like Star-Struck and Exploding Head. No release date has been announced, but we imagine they are coming with the iOS 11 release.
Your next smartphone might be more “intelligent” than anyone could have guessed. Apple is working on artificial intelligence (AI) chips for the iPhone that could increase battery life and perform tasks that currently require a human, according to an informant who wants to remain anonymous.
The chips, which are reportedly known internally as the “Apple Neural Engine” and would be integrated into all Apple devices, are specifically designed to cope with the high processing power that AI demands. Currently, Apple uses the main processor and graphics chips to deal with AI features like Siri, iPhotos’ facial recognition, and predictive typing — but, because the hardware not designed specifically for this purpose, battery life suffers.
Apple is characteristically secretive about the reports, and has declined to comment. However, we may hear more concerning the AI chip at the developer’s conference coming up in June — as we did concerning Google’s AI plans at their own conference earlier this month.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, said at a press call in March that the company is planning to expand into the Augmented Reality market — this chip would be vital if this is the case.
The development of an AI chip for iPhones, iPads, and MacBook makes sense in the context of other recent Apple news, too. The company has recently purchased Lattice Data, which uses AI to structure “dark data” (data that cannot be used from an analytics standpoint). In addition, Apple’s self-driving car software, currently mounted on a Lexus, has been approved for road testing — it incorporates features like a radar, GPS, laser measuring, and computer vision.
Apple’s interest in the future of the AI industry is also reflected in the company joining the “Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society,” a multi-corporation think tank that explores the responsible implementation of the technology. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are also partners in the project to make AI a useful tool for all humanity.
Apple just launched a website that features a series of videos teaching users how to take the best photos using their iPhone. Full of informative tips and tricks, the site offers advice on how to capture action photos, low-light photos, unique angles, a backlit photo and much more. With a ton of scenarios, you’ll surely learn a tip or two on how to improve those Instagram shots. Check out the full site here.
Despite worries about an iPhone 8 delay, Apple has had an incredible year and it looks like things are only going to get better for its stock value. According to reports, the Cupertino tech giant has received its highest-ever price target — one that would put its valuation in excess of $1 trillion USD. Apple’s stock is currently up over 31% this year — to $153.16 USD as of this afternoon — but investment bank Drexel Hamilton expects it to climb significantly higher in the next twelve months. Its projection? A rise in value to $202 USD. Should Apple indeed reach that projection, it would be worth an astounding $1.053 trillion USD.
“In our view, Apple’s quarterly results will be less important this summer as investors are focused on the iPhone 8 this fall, along with the company’s raised capital distribution initiative, depressed valuation, and potential new innovations,” says Drexel Hamilton equity analyst Brian White in a note to his clients. “We believe Apple remains among the most underappreciated stocks in the world.”
It has long been rumored that the iPhone 8 will have wireless charging in the form of wireless charging stations, but new Apple news, revealed yesterday, could completely blow that development out of the water in a few years.
AppleInsider reports that Apple was recently granted a U.S. Patent and Trademark for “Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas” — which, in simpler terms. means charging your phone via WiFi.
According to the patents blueprints, this development won’t be able to work on any old WiFi network. Instead, existing WiFi systems will need a specialized antennae, designed to boost signals for it to work. Once that’s set up, however, you’d be able to charge your phone just by being in WiFi range.
Unfortunately, a patent doesn’t mean the science is fully developed yet — but it does mean that when it is, Apple will be the first to have it.
Apple launched the iOS 10.2 software update yesterday, and with it came a whole heap of fresh new emoji including rashers of bacon, a gorilla, and yes, finally, an avocado.
The new iPhone emoji keyboard will also now feature new professions, like teacher, astronaut, scientist, and firefighter, for instance, as well as updated people and facial expressions like a pregnant woman, and a queazy, green smiley depicting illness. Meanwhile, fans of emoji sexting will be pleased to see the peach remains very much butt-like.
One of our early favorites sees a regular smiley given a Pinocchio-like nose to a slightly disturbing effect, but cute ones like an owl, a butterfly and a fox help brighten things up again.
Check out the new emoji above, then here’s how to download and install the update:
1. Back up your iPhone before installing the new software. To do this, navigate to Settings > iCloud > Backup > Back Up Now. You can also connect your iPhone to iTunes on your computer via its charging cable to manually back up your phone.
2.After backing up, open Settings.
3. Tap General.
4. Choose the Software Update option.
5. Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
6. Tap the Download and Install button to begin the process.
Despite the fact that the probable app/game of the year is coming out Thursday (Super Mario Run), Apple decided to release a list of its 10 favorites a bit early. Below is a list of the 10 apps Apple loved the most this year, many of which will look familiar to you if you follow our New Apps series. Start downloading.
10. Tiny Cards
8. Glasses by Warby Parker
7. Credit Karma
5. Meditation Studio
According to reports by Bloomberg, Apple wants to start providing high-priced early movie rentals to its users. Already in talks with 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Universal Picture, Apple could be bringing movies to iTunes as soon as two weeks after being released into theaters at a charge of $25 USD to $50 USD. Though the move will disrupt the already tense relationship studios have with theater chains, Apple hopes this will push them further ahead from the likes of Netflix and Amazon.
Studios currently give theater chains exclusive rights to new films for 90 days. However, with theater attendance trending downwards, this new strategy could help to increase revenue. Also, studios hope that the earlier access to films will stop pirating of content since iTunes already encrypts its content. As release windows shrink, movies will eventually be made available to audiences sooner, so Apple is smart to be jumping in.
As we previously reported, Apple’s new iOS 10 update has not been without its problems.
Now, it appears that various users who have upgraded to the 10.1.1 operating system are still experiencing battery issues, such as a battery charged to 80 percent draining to zero even when the phone is in standby overnight.
Other reports claim battery life suddenly drops from 30 percent to zero within seconds, and while unplugging the phone when it shows 100 percent the juice drops below the 50 percent mark. Going by this 16-page long Apple Forums thread, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and even the iPhone 7 have been all been affected by the upgrade.
Just last week, Apple announced it would replace faulty iPhone 6s handsets with shutdown issues free of charge. What course of action they will take for this bug remains to be seen.
Are you experiencing iOS 10.1.1 issues? Let us know in the comments below.
You might’ve heard the story of a beguiled Chinese factory worker who, only after years of creating Apple device parts was able to see a fully-constructed iPhone in action for the first time. Well, according to sources from the Nikkei Asian Review, that might be changing soon.
Reports suggest that back in June, Apple manufacturer Foxconn was asked to look into the feasibility of assembling its devices in the U.S. rather than in China. The chairman of Foxconn Terry Gou is apparently not very enthusiastic of the ongoing process because of high costs, which could “more than double.” Another iPhone supplier Pegatron rejected the request completely due to similar cost concerns.
However, the difficulty of shifting production from China to the U.S. is also an issue of skill barriers, as Apple’s Tim Cook previously implied that China has greater command of mass manufacturing. Donald Trump has previously commented on boycotting Apple for its off-shoring tendencies, so the new President-elect might be one to back this potential move.