Earlier this week Apple released iTunes 12.2 to accompany the new Apple Music service, expanding the Music section of iTunes to provide access to the new on-demand library for subscribers, as well as the new Radio and Connect features of Apple Music.
While for most users the Apple Music features will be enough of a reason to make the jump to the new version, there are a few other interesting changes to be found through iTunes 12.2 as well.…
A new patent application uncovered by Patently Apple reveals that the company may be considering the expansion of Apple Pay into a wallet system capable of handling person-to-person transactions. Patent application 20150186887 describes a method that would allow two iPhone users to make a private sales transaction authenticated with Touch ID. The system would leverage the iOS Wallet/Passbook app and an encrypted wireless communication channel between the two devices likely similar in concept to the technology Apple already uses for transferring data via AirDrop; the Wallet app would identify nearby devices enabled for receiving payments and allow the user to select a target device to send a payment to, enter an amount, authenticate the payment with Touch ID, and send it to the other device. The receiving user would then have the option of accepting or declining the payment, and choosing a target payment applet such as a mobile banking app. The invention is attributed to Apple’s Senior Director of Apple Pay Engineering Timothy Hurley (formerly of Citibank) and Apple Pay engineer Ahmer Khan. The patent application was originally filed last year and as with many of Apple’s patent applications there are no guarantees as to when or if anything contained in the application may actually come to fruition. [via 9to5Mac]
It’s your last chance to grab the Mpow 3-Port Intelligent Car Charger for only $13.99 in today’s iLounge Deal – that’s 80% off the regular price. Providing 33W/6.6A high-speed charging for all of your USB-capable gadgets, the Mpow can charge up to three devices from your car at practically full charging speeds – even iPads. The Mpow supports both 12V and 18V input, and its compact 0.5” design lets it fit snugly and unobtrusively into most car sockets.
Apple’s iOS 8 development cycle has taken a more interesting direction from past releases, with more significant and rapid minor releases and fewer bug fix patch releases. For the first time, Apple had three versions in simultaneous development, released the first-ever public beta of iOS, and even released new versions while the beta cycle for the next version was already underway. iOS 8.2 brought with it support for the Apple Watch, while iOS 8.3 brought iCloud Photo Library out of beta to accompany the new OS X Photos app.
This week’s release of iOS 8.4 marks another feature milestone, debuting with a completely redesigned Music app for the debut of Apple Music, some significant changes to the iBooks app, as well as the usual collection of other fixes and improvements. As with previous releases, iOS 8.4 comes out while the iOS 9 beta cycle is already well underway, and it’s also anecdotally worth mentioning that this is the first “.4” iOS version to be released — an indication of how much has been added since iOS 8.0 first debuted last fall.…
JBL's Clip+ ($50) is a new, splashproof version of the company's Clip. The small, puck-shaped Bluetooth speaker is similar in almost every way to the past version of Clip, which we found to offer great value upon its release a year ago. As with the original speaker, Clip+ promises 5 hours of playtime with its rechargeable battery. It has a built-in carabiner and speakerphone, as well as an integrated 1-foot audio cable that can be attached to the back of the speaker — this allows the speaker to plug into other sources, including another Clip+ for daisy chaining purposes.
An alleged internal document posted by a Foxconn employee on Weibo suggests that the next-generation iPhone models may in fact include an upgraded camera at a 12-megapixel resolution capable of recording 4K video, iPhoneArena reports. This latest information seemingly corroborates earlier analyst predictions on a pixel upgrade for the new device, as well as multiple rumors suggesting that the new models will also get an increase to 2GB of RAM. While the original documents have since been removed from Weibo, copies have been making the rounds online. They also mention internal model numbers of N66 for the iPhone 6S and N71 for the iPhone 6S Plus, and suggest that the front camera on both models will be an upgrade to 5 megapixels.
Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.
The Monk Magnet Wallet Case ($35) from Sewell Direct is a magnetic removable folio case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Like a few other cases we've seen, Monk Magnet Wallet Case lets users remove the phone from the wallet folio for use — when removed, it sits inside a faux-leather backed shell case (the folio is faux-leather, as well). The magnetic attachment makes installation and removal simple. Monk Magnet Wallet Case has three card slots and a pocket for cash. As is the norm with most folio cases, Monk Magnet Wallet Case doesn't provide much protection, especially when the phone is used while solely in the shell.
A newer Qualcomm LTE chip in Apple’s upcoming iPhone will be able to deliver “up to twice the theoretical LTE download speeds” compared to the current iPhones, according to 9to5Mac. Qualcomm’s MDM9635M chip is capable of offering 300 Mbps download speeds, as compared to the current 150 Mbps download speeds found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Upload speeds will be the same, however (50 Mbps), and the report notes real world performance will likely hover around 225 Mbps “or lower,” depending on cellular network performance. Since the new processor is more power efficient, it may mean slight battery gains — the report also claims the next iPhone motherboard will be thinner, possibly allowing for a larger battery.
A new iOS 9 beta will be arriving “early next week,” according to a tweet from Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue. Cue was responding to another tweet asking why Apple didn’t release Apple Music to developers — presumably, the upcoming third iOS 9 beta will contain Apple Music. Apple just released the second iOS 9 beta last week, alongside its watchOS 2 beta for Apple Watch.