Tech & Science iOS 12: everything we know about Apple's next mobile OS
Apple may unveil red iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models this week
Apple may be poised to spice up the iPhone 8's color selection much as it did for the 7 series last year. MacRumors has obtained a Virgin Mobile memo claiming (Product) Red versions of the 8 and 8 Plus will be announced soon, possibly as early as April 9th. It's not clear whether they'll ship this week (Virgin would be taking pre-orders), but we wouldn't expect a lengthy delay between the press release and availability. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman (who has historically been an accurate source of Apple leaks) backed up the story.Notably, there's no mention of a similarly crimson-shaded iPhone X.
Amidst all the keen speculation over what Apple might produce with , it can be easy to forget the annual refresh of iOS – but in its own way the mobile software that Apple makes is just as important as the hardware updates that the company puts out.
Here we'll give you a complete rundown of everything rumoured (and confirmed) to be coming with iOS 12: the new features you'll be able to use, when the update is likely to arrive, and more. Read on to get right up to speed with everything we know so far.
iOS 12: release date and compatibility
Apple likes to stick to a schedule when it comes to pushing out updates for iOS, and iOS 12 should be no different. If it follows the pattern set by iOS 11, iOS 10, iOS 9 and others, iOS 12 will be announced in June and pushed out to the world at large in September.
Israeli agency investigating Apple over handling of iPhone slowdown
Israel's consumer protection bureau said on Tuesday it was investigating Apple over a failure to disclose to consumers that its software could slow performance in some iPhones. The Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Authority said in a statement it had questioned the head of Apple in Israel, Rony Friedman.A spokesman at the Authority said it had the power to levy significant fines in civil proceedings, but that it was too early to discuss such a possibility.A spokesman for Apple in Israel declined to comment.Apple acknowledged in December that its software sometimes deliberately slows phones with weak batteries.
All eyes on the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for 2018 then, which starts on Monday 4 June and runs all of that week – it's almost certain that Apple is going to announce iOS 12 and showcase some of its new features during that time.
If it follows previous form, between June and September Apple will make the software available via a public beta test for those who want to get their hands on it early and don't mind dealing with a few bugs along the way.
When iOS 12 does finally arrive in full, it will work on every device that currently supports iOS 11, bar (perhaps)from 2015. The iPad mini 4, which launched at the same time, might also miss out – though we won't know for sure until June.
iOS 12: all the rumoured new features
Apple hasn't said much about iOS 12 to date, but what we have heard so far suggests that we're in for a minor rather than a major update this time around. According , the big focus for Apple with iOS 12 is reliability and performance – all well and good but not exactly the sort of features you get you mashing the software update button in a frenzy.
Amazon's mobile app simplifies shopping for international customers
It's easy to take Amazon for granted if you live in a country with an official portal, but what if you live in a country where imports are your only realistic option? If you have your phone close at hand, it should now be relatively easy. The company has launched an International Shopping feature in its Android and iOS apps to let you shop Amazon US goods that are eligible to ship to your corner of the world, complete with localized pricing and duty estimates.
Apparently the powers-that-be at Apple have decided to shelve some of the bigger features planned for iOS 12 while they work out all of the bugs and issues with iOS 11 (and there are quite a few). That all makes sense from a software engineering perspective but it also means major new features could be thin on the ground come September.
One of the biggest changes we might see will happen on Macs rather than iPhones:this is the year when iOS apps will be able to run on macOS, a move that makes sense considering Windows 10 can work on tablets and Chrome OS now supports Android apps. In the melding of desktop and mobile, Apple is currently behind its rivals.
We're also bound to see more in the way of AR features,, including some funky new Animojis to stand in for your face. Apple has made too much of these technologies already to ditch them now, so expect a slew of new features that let you mix the real with the augmented.
Apple offers battery replacement for some MacBooks after flaws reported
Apple Inc on Friday said component failure in a limited number of MacBook Pros has caused built-in battery to expand, adding, it will offer worldwide free replacement for such batteries. Apple said the flaw, reported in some 13-inch Macbook Pros without touch bars, is not a safety issue.The affected units were manufactured between October 2016 and October 2017, Apple said on its support page, without giving the actual number of MacBooks affected.
iOS 12: what we're hoping for
It's really Apple's iOS apps that are most in need of a refresh – the likes of Mail, Apple Maps, Safari and even the Camera app are way behind what other developers are offering, and Apple must realise that it risks getting left behind. The shine gets taken off all those millions of iPhone sales if everyone is using Google apps.
Unfortunately it sounds as though individual app updates might get sacrificed in favour of the "reliability and performance" fixe we mentioned earlier. One update that could make its way through is group calling for FaceTime, something that's been sorely needed for a while, and was actually. One possibility is that Apple will finally uncouple iOS updates from the updates to its individual apps.
If Apple's software engineers are listening, then a quick refresh of the notifications system would be very much appreciated. This is an area where iOS still lags behind Android, though both mobile operating systems have made it easier to swipe through big batches of alerts in one go in recent years.
Could the recent furore over Facebook data lead to tighter controls over what apps can do on your iPhone and iPad? Apple has always been keen on championing the privacy and the rights of its users, so don't be surprised to see extra features to help you take more control over your data and how it's used. No doubt we'll get more hints and reveals from Apple between now and September, so check back here for updates.
Samsung shows record profits despite weak demand for mobile OLED .
With its latest earnings report, Samsung notched its fourth straight quarter showing record operating profits of $14.4 billion. As predicted, that's mostly due to the memory chips it makes that go inside its phones as well as many other devices, but the most notable element of the report might be its warning of slow OLED sales.Samsung makes the OLED screen fronting Apple's iPhone X, and like other iPhone suppliers, its results imply that shipments and demand have been lower than anticipated.
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