With iPad Pro and True Tone, Apple finds reason to nerd out over iOS color management — Every once in a while, Apple rolls out new behind-the-scenes features that are exceptional technical achievements but receive little fanfare. With the launch of the miniature iPad Pro, that focus shifted toward the important-but-impenetrable world of colour management.
Microsoft lets new Word Flow keyboard loose on the App Store with one-handed mode — Those who have a fondness for customising their iPhone keyboard can now do so in a Microsoft-approved fashion with the Redmond software giant’s new Word Flow keyboard for iOS. But Word Flow is only available only in US English for now, and only on the US App Store and there is no word on when — or even if — additional languages might ship. The keyboard is a free, 70.7-megabyte download from the App Store.
Apple supplier Pegatron still using low pay, excessive overtime, watchdog group says — One of Apple’s iPhone manufacturers, Pegatron, is still seeing its labour force put in excessive overtime — something unfortunately necessary for workers to meet basic financial needs, according to China Labor Watch.
This is a flop? Apple Watch debut-year sales double the iPhone in its first year — Despite mixed perceptions about the Apple Watch (high-profile VC Fred Wilson even called it a ‘flop’) analysts reckon the company has sold 12 million to 13 million in the year since its launch. As noted by Seeking Alpha. That’s double the 6M iPhones that were sold in its first 12 months of sales …
Apple’s iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible devices as adoption rates rise — In statistics shared with developers on Monday, Apple revealed distribution of the latest iOS 9 mobile operating system now stands at 75%, a number up 5% since the last check in November.
In less than a year, the Apple Watch has over 50% of smartwatch sales — New data from Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015, despite only launching at the end of April. Its popularity far eclipsed that of rival vendors, with Android Wear shipments comprising less than 10% of sales for the year, according to the research group.
VLC Player Comes to Apple TV — Assuming you have a fourth generation Apple TV, VLC’s new native app streams content from your local network including video and audio in almost any format you can think of. It uses a Web interface to get files over to your Apple TV and can store files locally for playback. Cloud support for Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box is in testing now, so you’ll have even more flexibility in where your media files live soon. VLC for Apple TV is free.
Chipworks finds 12-cluster GPU, dual-core CPU in the iPad Pro A9X — An X-ray of the latest Apple system-on-chip from Chipworks always seems to follow the teardown of the latest devices by iFixit. Chipworks shared its latest X-ray with The Motley Fool, and found that the A9X features a dual-core CPU and a 12 GPU clusters.
The SoC that Chipworks scanned was found to have been built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, although it’s unknown if that company is a sole-source supplier for the A9X.
What makes the GPU design so fascinating is that Apple uses the Imagination Technologies Series 7XT GPU, and that graphics partner only offers its technology in clusters of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 16.
That means that the A9X features a semi-custom design for Apple.
Macworld contributor tries Android — It took less than 72 hours to wipe away eight years of memories. Part of it was the allure of the younger Nexus 6P, but it wasn’t just a newness thing; for a fleeting moment it was as if iOS and Siri didn’t exist. My once-beloved iPhone 6 sat on my nightstand, slowly draining its charge, with a persistent “No SIM card installed” message as if begging for my attention. [This story concludes “…once my crush wore off I was able to see just how dependable and reliable iOS is.”]
Apple Watch sales could total 12 million for 2015 — On the all-important Black Friday shopping day on November 27, analyst Daniel Ives of FBR & Co. checked with a number of Apple retail stores and based on his estimates, Ives believes that Apple could end up selling 6 million Apple Watches in the quarter ending December 31, 2015.