Apple Gets US FCC Licence to Test 5G Wireless Broadband on Millimetre Wave Networks

Apple Gets US FCC Licence to Test 5G Wireless Broadband on Millimetre Wave Networks

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The approval may mark beginning of the journey of 5G-enabled iPhones
  • Apple has applied for FCC approval earlier this year
  • The company’s future products may also benefit with 5G testing

Apple has been granted licence to test the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, specifically its millimetre wave networks. The approval has been offered by the US FCC for an experimental licence to test next-generation 5G broadband wireless in two locations near California. Back in May, Apple was reported to have applied to test millimetre wave technology.

According to an earlier report, the two experimental testing location for the 5G wireless technology were Milpitas, California, on Yosemite Drive, and the other one on Mariana Avenue adjacent to Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop.

The approval for testing 5G cellular networks by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens up a wide opportunity for the company’s future products including those in the iPhone and iPad lineup. DSLReports first cited the FCC approval, and adds that the application makes “particular reference to using the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.”

In its application for testing the technology to FCC, Apple had noted, “Apple seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum. These assessments will provide engineering data relevant to the operation of devices on wireless carriers’ future 5G networks.”

The company might be testing the 5G wireless for now but the tech could come in handy for Apple’s future projects like an augmented reality glass with access of high bandwidth, as well as self-driving cars which could be the biggest gainer from the 5G testing with up to 1GB data speed per second helping in navigating the car to its course. We can also expect the tech to finally be available on iPhone models though it is unlikely that we may see 5G-ready iPhone models before next year. Currently, Apple’s iPhone lineup doesn’t support even Gigabit LTE, something that rival manufacturers like Samsung have already brought to the market.

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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, a little over one week after seeding the third beta and over a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4 features three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual and is perhaps the most significant new feature in the update. There are also new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

GymKit, a new technology platform, will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges.

Many other small tweaks and changes have been introduced, all of which are outlined in our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software sees an official release in the fall to try it out.

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Samsung Strikes Deal With Apple to Manufacture A12 Chips for iPhone: Report

Samsung Strikes Deal With Apple to Manufacture A12 Chips for iPhone: Report

After a five-year hiatus, Samsung Electronics will return to manufacturing chips for Apple’s new iPhonein 2018, according to a report from the Korea Herald.

The South Korea-based electronic company was a primary producer of iPhone chips until 2013, when Apple awarded its rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) exclusive production rights. In 2011, Apple sued Samsung over patent infringement, and the company cut down the number of components it got from its competitor from that time.

The Herald, which relied on unnamed sources, reported that Samsung’s chances at producing iPhone chips again picked up in June when Kwon Oh-hyun, one of Samsung’s three co-chief executives who is in charge of chips among other things, visited the Apple headquarters in California last month. Samsung announced in March that it would purchase specialised machines,reportedly in an attempt to produce seven-nanometer processors for the iPhone and regain Apple’s business.

Sources told the Herald that Samsung’s ties to organic light-emitting diodes, an LED used in phones, is what caused Apple to get Samsung back into the mix for processors. Samsung is the world leader in OLED manufacturing, with 95 percent market share, and will probably be the lone OLED supplier for the upcoming iPhone.

TSMC will still play a role in supplying chips for next year’s iPhones, according to the Herald. It also said Samsung will share some iPhone orders next year that “have been monopolized by TSMC.” It plans to complete its tests on the new chip-making machines in the near future before seeking Apple’s approval.

Samsung had one of its most profitable quarters in company history earlier in the year, with $8.7 billion in operating profit, a 48 percent increase from the previous year. Total revenue for the quarter was $44.5 billion, with the majority of business coming in semiconductor and display divisions. At the time of its announcement, the company also said that demand for chips and memory had increased over the course of the quarter.

Apple and Samsung didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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Apple Seeds Third Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to Developers

Image result for Apple Seeds Third Beta of New watchOS 4 Operating System to DevelopersApple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers, just over three weeks after seeding the second beta and more than a month after introducing the new update at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The new version is build 15R5321h.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.
To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4 features three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic information unique to each individual and is perhaps the most significant new feature in the update. There are also new complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhanced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training and new swimming options.

Gymkit, a new technology platform, will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges.

Many other small tweaks and changes have been introduced, all of which are outlined in our dedicated watchOS 4 roundup.

watchOS 4 is only available to developers and will not be provided to public beta testers, so non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially released in the fall to try it out.

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Google Glass, Apple Newton, Nokia N-Gage Make It to ‘Museum of Failure’

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Google Glass has made its entry to the Museum of Failure
Joining it are the Apple Newton and Nokia N-gage
The Museum of Failure is open to the public in downtown Helsingborg
Google and Apple are not synonymous with failure but in the risky business of innovation, anything is possible. At Sweden’s newly opened Museum of Failure, Google Glass and Apple Newton are two such devices that were either ahead of their time or the results of some bad ideas.

Founded by clinical psychologist Samuel West, the museum that opened on June 7 to the public has over 70 failed products and services from around the world.

“We know that 80 to 90 percent of innovation projects, they fail and you never read about them, you don’t see them, people don’t talk about them. And if there’s anything we can do from these failures, it’s learn from them,” West told CBS News.

The list has Nokia “N-gage” device, Orbitoclast Lobotomy (medical instrument), Harley-Davidson Perfume, Kodak Digital Camera, Sony Betamax and Lego Fiber Optics, among others, the information available on the Museum of Failure website stated.

Developed and marketed by Apple Inc starting 1987, Newton was one of the first personal digital assistants to feature handwriting recognition. Apple shipped the first devices in 1993.

Initially considered as innovative, Apple founder Steve Jobs directed the company to stop the production of Apple Newton devices in 1998.

 

According to reports, Newton devices ran on a proprietary operating system called Newton OS. The high price and early problems with its handwriting recognition feature limited its sales.

Google Glass, an eye-wearable device, created a storm when the company handed over a prototype to a few “Glass Explorers” in 2013 for $1,500 (roughly Rs. 1,00,000).

The optical head-mounted display became available to public in May 2014 but was discontinued in 2015 owing to privacy and safety concerns. The device, however, is now gaining momentum in the medical industry.

Nokia made “N-Gage” mobile device and handheld game system that ran on Series 60 platform on Symbian OS. The device, released in October 2003, was discontinued two years later. “N-Gage” suffered from a poor gaming library.

The Museum of Failure is open to the public in downtown Helsingborg.

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Apple May Show Up Fashionably Late at the Original TV Party

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ple plans to follow premium channels HBO and Showtime, as well as streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, in creating its own original TV shows and movies, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The company is negotiating agreements with veteran content producers to buy the rights to scripted television programs, unnamed sources told the WSJ. It likely will offer its content through an over-the-top service similar to Netflix.

The move to original TV content could be a major leap forward for Apple to promote not only its devices but its content delivery system.

Apple recently launched Apple Music, a US$10-a-month music streaming service that includes some short documentary-based programming.

However, Apple Music has not yet achieved the success of Spotify, which has more than 40 million paying subscribers, compared to Apple’s 20 million.

Apple could have its work cut out for it as it attempts a similar play in an already-crowded TV market. TV viewers already have a wealth of original programming to choose from on basic and premium cable, as well as OTT — not to mention the old standard television networks.

Beyond the Music

Apple’s short-term strategy could be to expand on Apple Music and make it an even more appealing draw than Spotify or other competitors.

“This could be a way of adding value to Apple Music with original video content,” said Dan Cryan, senior director of digital media at IHS Markit.

“As much as anything else, this move by Apple needs to be seen in the context of its music business,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

“You need a large bouquet of content to make it work as video proposition, but to add value to a music subscription service you still just need to make good content that can attract users,” Cryan explained. “But fundamentally what you are doing is still very different from a standalone video model.”

Brand Position and Proxy

Apple’s interest in offering original content may be keyed to expansion of its brand and its ecosystem.

“To be a premium brand in the digital space you have to have original content,” said Joel Espelien, senior analyst at The Diffusion Group.

“When you think of what makes HBO or Showtime a premium brand, it is really their original content,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

“If you don’t have that original content, the consumer may think you are just a generic service, which is why even DirecTV has now put out original content to stand out,” Espelien pointed out. “Apple has been vulnerable by not having that content, but the second part of this is that original content is also a great proxy for the ecosystem.”

It’s much easier to promote original programming than to attempt to lure consumers to a service or ecosystem, he noted. “You can’t put that sort of stuff on the side of a bus, and … the consumer isn’t drawn to it, which is why Netflix promotes its original content.”

Content Provider

Apple already has achieved great success pivoting from a computer company — one that practically went out of business in the 1990s — to a consumer electronics maker and services company. Apple’s ecosystem remains a key part of its business, and any content it creates likely will exist within its ecosystem as well.

“Content becomes much more important to an ecosystem company — much more important than it is to a device company,” said Espelien.

Although Apple’s content could help promote Apple devices such as the iPad, it also would have to be available on competitor devices, such as Android tablets.

“In a fundamental sense, all Apple products exist as part of the ecosystem that includes devices and services, but it is doubtful people would buy an Apple TV device just to watch a few shows,” said IHS Markit’s Cryan.

“This is why Apple Music is already available for Android devices,” he observed. “The bigger question is whether Apple can use these shows to promote mindshare for Apple Music and its services.”

 

[Source:- technewsworld]

 

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Accusing LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require Internet firms to store data on citizens within the nations borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores.

Recently, a Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules.

According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago.

“However, Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it adhered to Russian local laws,” the report added.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn responded that the company was “disappointed” with the decision by Russian regulators to block the service.

“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, was quoted as saying.

LinkedIn has several million users in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple removed the New York Times from its app store following a request from Chinese authorities claiming the app was in violation of regulations.

China is known for banning digital sites like Facebook and Google that it believes harm its national security or promote misinformation. The Wall Street Journal’s Chinese-language site has been blocked since 2014.

 

 

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Apple adds collaborative features to iWork to match Office Online, Google Apps

As you surely can’t have failed to notice if you own a Mac, yesterday we waved goodbye to OS X as macOS Sierra was officially unleashed, and alongside the new operating system, Apple has also refreshed its iWork apps for the desktop.

You’ll need to be running Sierra for the new versions of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for the Mac (versions 6.0, 7.0, and 4.0 respectively), and the apps have seen the introduction of a major new feature – namely real-time collaboration as seen in the likes of Google Docs and Microsoft’s Office Online.

In other words, you can share documents with other users, and all edit the same file simultaneously (whether they’re using a Mac or iOS device – this capability is already on the mobile apps), being able to see changes as they’re made. However, note that Apple still labels this feature as a ‘beta’, so it’s still being honed and you may encounter glitches as a result.

But nonetheless, it’s a powerful and useful addition to the Mac productivity suite, particularly for businesses with staff scattered around diverse locations.

Keeping tabs on things

A number of other features have also been tacked on, and both Pages and Keynote now have tabs that allow you to work with multiple documents (or presentations) in one window (browser-style).

It’s also now possible to open Pages ’05 or Keynote ’05 files, and edit them, in these new applications. And all three apps now have wide colour gamut image support.

As ever, you’ll find these refreshed versions on the Mac App Store. If you’ve not upgraded to macOS Sierra yet, then check out our guide on how to download the operating system.

 

 

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Researchers spot vulnerabilities in Apple iOS

An international team of computer science researchers has identified serious security vulnerabilities in the iOS operating system used in Apple’s iPhone and iPaddevices.

The vulnerabilities make a variety of attacks possible in Apple devices.

“There’s been a lot of research done on Android’s operating systems, so we wanted to take a closer look at Apple’s iOS,” said William Enck, associate professor of computer science at North Carolina State University and co-author of a paper.

The goal was to identify any potential problems before they became real-world problems, he added.

The researchers focused on the iOS’s “sandbox” which serves as the interface between applications and the iOS.

The iOS sandbox uses a set “profile” for every third-party app.

This profile controls the information that the app has access to and governs which actions the app can execute.

To see whether the sandbox profile contained any vulnerabilities that could be exploited by third-party apps, the researchers first extracted the compiled binary code of the sandbox profile.

They then decompiled the code, so that it could be read by humans.

Next, they used the decompiled code to make a model of the profile, and ran series of automated tests in that model to identify potential vulnerabilities.

The team identified vulnerabilities that would allow them to launch different types of attacks via third-party apps.

Those attacks include methods of bypassing the iOS’s privacy settings for contacts, of learning a user’s location search history and of inferring sensitive information (such as when photos were taken) by accessing metadata of system files.

It also includes methods of obtaining the user’s name and media library and of consuming disk storage space that cannot be recovered by uninstalling the malicious app.

“We are already discussing these vulnerabilities with Apple. They’re working on fixing the security flaws, and on policing any apps that might try to take advantage of them,” Enck noted in a university statement.

 

 

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Can Apple Beat Snapchat and Instagram at Their Video Game?

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Snapchat and Instagram, look out. Apple has you in its sights. The company is working on a video-sharing app with features similar to those found in Snapchat and Instagram, Bloomberg reported last week.

The app, possibly slated for release in 2017, will allow users of Apple devices to record a video, apply filters and draw on it, then share it with others on a variety of social networks.

Ease of use and quickness are paramount in the software’s design. Users can perform most of its functions with one hand — shooting, editing and uploading videos in less than a minute, noted Bloomberg. One version of the app allows users to shoot square video footage, as Instagram does.

Although current plans reportedly call for a standalone app, Apple may decide to bundle the functions with a future version of its camera app.

Apple has hired Joe Weil, who codeveloped the KnowMe video-blogging app, to lead the team on the project, which is being forged in the same department that created Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut Pro video-editing apps, according to the Bloomberg report.

Revenue Hunting

If Apple is developing a Snapchat-like app, it could be a sign the company is concerned about future growth in iPhone sales.

“In a time when iPhone revenues are growing at a more earthly rate, Apple is looking for incremental revenue elsewhere,” said Andreas Scherer, managing partner at Salto Partners.

Because social media is hot right now, it may seem sensible to embed those capabilities in new or existing applications and services, but such thinking ignores the current market reality, he suggested.

“Between SnapChat and Instagram, the young generation has made up its mind where to chat, exchange personal pictures or videos, and tell life stories as they occur,” Scherer told TechNewsWorld.

“For the same reason that Google+ had a tough time breaking into Facebook’s turf, it will be very difficult for Apple to compete with the two incumbents,” he maintained.

Overblown Reports

It’s questionable whether Apple actually is gunning for Snapchat and Instagram.

“I think the stories are mostly a little overblown in calling this a Snapchat competitor,” said Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research.

Apple only wants to give people more ways to edit videos and share them over other social networks — the Bloomberg report suggests no more than that, he maintained.

“Apple doesn’t seem to be trying to compete with Facebook or Snapchat directly here,” Dawson told TechNewsWorld.

Apple just wants “to capture more of the time users spend on Apple devices in its own apps rather than third-party apps, and this is one way to do this,” he explained. “It’s the same strategy that’s seen Apple launch News and Music in recent years too.

Past Stumbles

If Apple were to take on Snapchat and Instagram head to head, CEO Tim Cook might find himself on the losing side.

“Tim Cook doesn’t have a history of doing social media right, and it is incredibly difficult to do right, so I think the odds are against Apple with this effort,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

“Like Microsoft found with search, once people are happy with another platform it is really hard to get them to switch, even if you are the OS owner,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Apple painfully discovered the pitfalls of social media when it tried to launch a music-focused social network called “Ping” in 2010 — the company pulled the plug on it in 2012.

Apple’s cautious approach with this app likely can be attributed to “the difficulty they’ve had in the past with these kinds of platforms,” said John Carroll, a mass communications professor at Boston University.

“They’re taking extra care in developing this,” he told TechNewsWorld, “to try and ensure that they have the most effective application possible.”

 

 

[Source:- Technewsworld]