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Apple releases iOS 12 beta 8, following removal of beta 7 earlier this week

Apple has released an eighth beta of iOS 12, following an issue with the seventh beta being pulled earlier this week, a few hours after it was released, due to reports of performance problems. The new beta features a build number of 16A5357b, a relatively small increment from Monday’s build of 16A5354b, suggesting that Apple simply addressed whatever was causing the performance issues and pushed out a new beta that’s otherwise similar to the earlier beta.

Kuo predicts Apple Car to launch by 2025

Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicted that Apple will indeed release an Apple car by the year 2025, according to a new investor note set out from TF International Securities, his new employer. The note, which outlines products that Kuo expects to see in Apple’s future, also makes note of Apple’s plans for an [augmented reality headset][2] that has been rumoured to be in development for the past couple of years, along with the prediction that Apple will hit a two trillion dollar market cap via these new products along with its ever-growing services business. Most notably, however, Kuo predicts that Apple still has a vehicle in the works, and the “Apple Car” will be “the next star product,” expected to launch sometime between 2023 and 2025. Kuo adds that the new car will be as disruptive to the automotive industry as the original iPhone was to the mobile industry.


Apple’s upcoming sci-fi series casts Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones

Apple appears to be building up its cast for its upcoming Ronald D. Moore sci-fi drama, Variety reports, with the addition of Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones to the roster. Apple reportedly placed the order for the new series late last year, which is set in a world where the global space race never ended, and considering Ron Moore’s extensive sci-fi experience with shows ranging from Star Trek to Battlestar Galactica, the new series is expected to be one of the company’s flagship productions.


Verizon’s 5G broadband service to include Apple TV 4K

As part of the launch of its new 5G broadband service, Verizon will be offering subscribers an Apple TV 4K set-top box alongside a YouTube TV subscription, Variety reports. A report last month revealed that Verizon was seeking a partnership with Apple to be a television provider for its new wireless broadband television service, which will initially be launching later this year in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston and Indianapolis. While it appears that, for now at least, Verizon has partnered with Google’s YouTube TV to provide content delivery — perhaps not surprising considering Apple has not yet revealed a timeline for its own video content service — Apple will be providing the set-top box that powers the new platform.


Daily Deal: WALTR 2

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up WALTR 2 for only $19 — that’s 52% off the regular price. This handy tool lets you wirelessly transfer music, video, PDF files, ringtones, and more from your Mac to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod without having to resort to iTunes or other intermediate file format converters. At a basic level, WALTR 2 acts as a simple file manager allowing you to drag-and-drop files onto your Apple device, but it also includes automatic file conversion for a variety of audio and video formats and support for converting and including metadata. It also goes beyond just iOS devices — the entire Apple iPod lineup is also supported, going back to the original 2001 iPod.

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Report: Upcoming AirPods wireless charging case will be Qi-compatible

According to a new report from Chinese publication Chongdiantou (via MacRumors), Apple’s upcoming wireless charging case for the AirPods will be compatible with any standard Qi charger. Although Apple announced the AirPods charging case last fall, its announcement alongside Apple’s AirPower charging mat left it unclear whether the AirPods case would use an Apple-specific charging method like the Apple Watch, or whether it would embrace the open Qi standard like Apple’s 2017 iPhones. Although the new AirPods charging case was originally expected to arrive late last year, that didn’t happen and Apple has been typically quiet about any updated release timeframe, although recent betas of iOS 12 have revealed images for the new case, suggesting that it’s likely to be released sometime this fall, probably alongside a second-generation model of AirPods. Although Chongdiantou has been in the news lately with claims about Apple bundling a new 18-watt USB-C power adapter with this year’s iPhones, and additional predictions that Apple will be releasing AirPower in September, as MacRumors notes, the publication lacks an established track record, so it remains to be seen if any of these reports will come to fruition.

Apple reportedly pushing developers to move to subscriptions

According a new report by Business Insider (via VentureBeat), Apple has quietly been meeting with developers behind the scenes to attempt to push them into moving their apps over to a subscription model rather than one-off purchases. According to the report, the change is intended to keep users paying for apps “on a regular basis, putting money into developer coffers on a regular schedule,” and of course also provide a continued revenue stream for Apple, which gets a 15 to 30 percent cut of subscription revenue, depending on how long app users maintain their subscriptions. While Apple is telling developers that the move is to “create sustainable business models, instead of selling high-quality software for a few dollars or monetizing through advertising,” which is a valid concern, a move to subscriptions would also help to bolster Apple’s bottom line, particularly with the company placing a strong emphasis on its “Services” business in the past few years.


Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 due to reported performance problems

Apple has pulled the over-the-air update for the latest beta of iOS 12 due to reports of sluggish performance, 9to5Mac reports. The seventh beta of iOS 12 was released yesterday to developers, alongside new betas of tvOS 12, watchOS 5, and macOS Mojave. Although the manual beta image is still available for direct download from Apple’s developer portal, the OTA update was pulled a few hours after its release, seemingly as as result of performance issues reported by developers, including an unresponsive lock screen and apps taking several seconds to launch, although some developers indicated that the issues appear to clear up after a few minutes and normal performance resumes, while others have indicated that they return intermittently. Apple will presumably release an updated iOS 12 beta within the next day or two, but it seems likely that the public beta will be similarly delayed.

Daily Deal: Sinji WiFi Doorbell Camera

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the Sinji WiFi Doorbell Camera for only $49.99 — that’s 36% off the regular price. Skip the complex wires and installation required by typical security systems and secure your home in minutes with this innovative doorbell. The Sinji WiFi Doorbell Camera easily sticks onto your entryway and takes a snapshot each time a visitor ring its bell. From there, the photo is transmitted to the indoor receiver and then to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi. You can scroll through photos via an IP camera app and even keep tabs in the dark thanks to night vision support.

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Review: Clear Edge Pulse Wireless Heart Rate Monitor Headphone

Heart rate training is an essential part of many athletes’ workout routines. We’ve seen a few companies integrate heart rate measurements into their devices, with varying results. Though other wearables like the Apple Watch can also read and track heart rate data, watches might not be well suited for every type of workout. Cleer’s new Edge Pulse is the latest Bluetooth headphone we’ve seen to add heart rate monitoring technology. Though we had some issues with its ergonomics, it did a great job adding some fitness tracking to a wireless headphone.


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