Apple in SAP partnership to revolutionise work on iPhone & iPad — Apple and SAP has just announced a partnership to revolutionise the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining powerful native apps for iPhone and iPad with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.
Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple’s ‘iPhone 7’ than they were for iPhone 6s — A new survey of prospective smartphone owners signals customers are more excited to see what Apple has in store for this year’s “iPhone 7” than they were last year’s iPhone 6s unveiling, though early interest for the 2016 upgrade is still behind hype for the iPhone 6 two years ago. [Stands to reason – the 6s was an incremental, not a cardinal model.]
LA police investigators unlocked an iPhone even before the San Bernardino brouhaha — Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife (April Jace) of The Shield actor Michael Jace, according to court papers reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.
Ex-Siri team to unveil ‘Viv’ virtual assistant next week in quest for ubiquitous AI — After years of development, Siri co-creators and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer are ready to demonstrate Viv, an advanced virtual assistant that could reinvent the way consumers interact with their devices.
IBM, Bausch + Lomb team up for cataract surgery iOS app — Cataracts affect a lot of people: more than 22 million Americans now, and the number is expected to rise to 30 million by 2020. The condition causes cloudiness in the lens of an eye that can lead to blindness if untreated, and it affects almost 70% of people by age 75. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy lens with a flexible artificial lens. Today IBM and Bausch + Lomb announced a plan to start pilot testing of an iOS cataract surgery app in late 2016.
Search glitches hit iOS and Mac App Stores, concealing major apps [ux2] — The iOS and Mac App Stores are failing to show important apps in search results, or are even showing iPhone apps in iPad-only search results, according to complaints seen on Twitter and received by AppleInsider. [Updated x2].
Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only networking by June — Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.
Apple to take Chinese iPhone trademark fight to Supreme People’s Court — Apple will continue challenging a recent ruling on the use of the iPhone trademark in China, taking the case to the country’s Supreme People’s Court, the company said in a press statement.