It’s official: Apple Event September 9th — Apple will hold a press event on September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (as has been strongly rumoured), starting at 10am Pacific. What’s going to happen? The invitation simply reads ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint.’ For New Zealanders, we won’t know anything till our Thursday September 10th. Most likely there will be a new iPad, iPhone and Apple TV, but you never really know.
Latest iOS update patches against InsOmnia — Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user’s data, and it’s a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone knew about Apple Music improvements. [So update your iPhone/iPad if you haven’t, having seen that little ‘1’ next to the Settings icon in the last few days!]
View a wealth of image data with PixelMet for iPhone — Like so many apps, PixelMet (free with in-app purchase) was built to fill a specific need. PixelMet, which its developer Danny Wong calls “a companion to Apple’s Photos app on iOS,” is akin to the “get info” function on Macs. Here’s a look at PixlMet for iPhone.
Stylish, cheap smartphones — Ex-Apple CEO Sculley’s new firm has launched a set of low-cost yet stylish smartphones aimed for emerging wireless markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The phones use a customised interface, called Obi Lifespeed, which runs on the Android operating system, version Lollipop. [Smart.]
Google launches Twitch clone YouTube Gaming with companion iOS, Android apps — Google has officially launched YouTube Gaming on Wednesday, entering into direct competition with Amazon’s Twitch for live and pre-recorded videogame content.
Amazon to forego future phone development following Fire Phone failure — E-commerce behemoth Amazon has reportedly begun to draw down engineering resources in its mobile phone team, shedding jobs and re-focusing efforts on tablets and other home electronics in the wake of the Fire Phone’s dismal showing.
Apple Watch is now number two in the global wearables market — In its first appearance in the wearables market, Apple finds itself within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit. According to the International Data Corporation, Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit’s 4.4 million units. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1 million units, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 2Q14.