June 4, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

watchOS 5 adds powerful activity and communications features to Apple WatchSan Jose, California — Apple today previewed watchOS 5, a significant update to the world’s most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face. “We’re thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch is helping our customers stay…

June 4, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple previews iOS 12Shared AR Experiences, Fun New Ways to Communicate and Screen Time Come To iPhone and iPad This FallSan Jose, California — Apple today announced iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, designed to make everyday tasks faster and more responsive. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using AR, makes communications fun and expressive with Memoji and Group FaceTime, and with Screen Time, helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. iOS 12 introduces Siri Shortcuts, enabling Siri to work with…

June 4, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple unveils ARKit 2Enables Developers To Create the Most Innovative AR Apps for the World’s Largest AR Platform Apple today introduced ARKit 2, a platform that allows developers to integrate shared experiences, persistent AR experiences tied to a specific location, object detection and image tracking to make AR apps even more dynamic. Apple is also unveiling the Measure app for iOS, which uses AR to quickly gauge the size of real-world objects, as well as a new open file format with iOS 12, usdz, which is designed to more deeply integrate AR throughout iOS and make AR objects available across…

June 4, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

iOS 12 introduces new features to reduce interruptions and manage Screen TimeSan Jose, California — Apple today announced new tools built into iOS 12 to help customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. These new features, available later this month as part of the iOS 12 public beta, include Activity Reports, App Limits and new Do Not Disturb and Notifications controls designed to help customers reduce interruptions and manage screen time for themselves and their families. “In iOS 12, we’re offering our users detailed information and tools to help them better understand and…

May 29, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

iOS 11.4 brings stereo pairs and multi-room audio with AirPlay 2HomePod Arrives in Canada, France and Germany Starting June 18HomePod, the breakthrough wireless speaker from Apple, now delivers an even more immersive listening experience throughout the home with support for HomePod stereo pairs and a new multi-room audio system in iOS 11.4. This free software update introduces the most advanced, easy to use, wireless multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2 to play music in any room from any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV or by asking Siri….

May 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple Reports Second Quarter ResultsRevenue Grows 16 Percent and EPS Grows 30 Percent to New March Quarter RecordsNew $100 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization Announced, Dividend Raised by 16 PercentCupertino, California — May 1, 2018 — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended March 31, 2018. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $61.1 billion, an increase of 16 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.73, up 30 percent. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “We’re thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue…

May 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple paves the way for breakthrough carbon-free aluminum smelting methodApple Played Crucial Role in Development of Joint Venture that Could Change Global ManufacturingAluminum is a key material in many of Apple’s most popular products, and for more than 130 years, it’s been produced the same way. But that’s about to change. Aluminum giants Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminum today announced a joint venture to commercialize patented technology that eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process, a key step in aluminum production. This is a revolutionary advancement in the manufacturing of one of the world’s most widely…

May 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple brings Everyone Can Code to schools serving blind and deaf students nationwideApple is teaming up with leading educators for blind and deaf communities across the US to bring accessible coding to their schools. Beginning this fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language. Apple created the comprehensive Everyone Can Code curricula so students from kindergarten to college and beyond can learn and write code using Swift. With teacher guides and lessons, students learn the basics on iPad with Swift Playgrounds which lets you…

May 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple now globally powered by 100 percent renewable energyNine More Apple Suppliers Commit to 100 Percent Clean Energy ProductionCupertino, California — As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple today announced its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier…

May 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple adds Earth Day donations to trade-in and recycling programNew Robot, Daisy, Disassembles iPhone to Reclaim Precious MaterialsCupertino, California — Ahead of Earth Day, Apple today announced that for every device received at Apple stores and apple.com through the Apple GiveBack program from now through April 30, the company will make a donation to the non-profit Conservation International. As part of its ongoing recycling effort, the company also debuted Daisy, a robot that can more efficiently disassemble iPhone to recover valuable materials. Both Apple GiveBack and Daisy support Apple’s commitment to create a healthier planet through innovation — and help…