Apple has filed an application for a patent with the USPTO on Thursday for “transparent texting” technology which lets users see what is happening in front of them while texting. Apple’s also filed for a patent application back in 2012 and credits Stephen T. Payne as its inventor.
Apple has sold over 500 million iPhones in less than 7 years, reports Forbes.
Apple reached 400 million in iPhone sales in the end of July, 2013. Entering this quarter Apple had sold 472 million iPhones. It is estimated that Apple would have sold its 500 millionth iPhone around March 8th.
Apple testing new App Store feature, this feature offers related search suggestions to users. It was first noticed by developer Olga Osadcha.
Just noticed “Related” search suggestions in App Store. Has it always been there? (iPhone only)
The new Related bar is directly under the search bar at the top of the screen. It displays various term suggestions tap one to bring up the new search.
Apple may be adding the feature slowly or just testing it with select users.
In a research note to investors, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich claims supply chin checks indicate Apple will release only one iPhone model with larger screen later this fall. Milunovich predicts this new iPhone will have a 4.7-inch display instead of the larger inch screen. It may be sold at a higher price tag than the current 4-inch iPhone 5s, which starts at a $199 subsidized price or $649 full retail price for the 16GB model.
Virgin Mobile, a Sprint subsidiary, is offering the iPhone 5s 16G contract free for $385 in Gold (best), Space Gray and White. A 32GB iPhone 5s for $455 while a 64GB iPhone 5s will run you $525.
Fast food restaurant Burger King announced it plans to offer an iOS application that will allow customers to pay for their meals using their smartphone, reports Bloomberg. The new payment system will debut next month as the number 2 burger chain in the US tries to attract a younger crowd. Similar to Starbucks, the Burger King app will use a reloadable gift card system to supply funds necessary for payments.
Apple has confirmed to Fortune that the 8GB version of the iPhone 5C will be sold in only five markets: U.K., France, Germany, Australia and China.
Keeping the 8GB iPhone 4S in the line-up for those who want a new iPhone but are really strapped for cash is understandable. But by the time you’ve loaded up a few apps and taken a few photos, you can forget about using it as an iPod or camcorder. But from Apple’s perspective, it gives some people who otherwise couldn’t afford an iPhone a first step into the Apple ecosystem, and hopefully they’ll upgrade a little further down the line.
CarPlay also previously known as iOS in the Car was officially announced by apple as a way to bring the iPhone experience to in-car entertainment systems.
T-Mobile has been absent from Apple’s official list of carrier partners for the iPhone in the U.S., even as its competitors like Verizon, Sprint and other regional carriers caught on with AT&T, and started offering the iPhone in the past couple of years.
Apple has begun reducing build plans for its current iPhone models, as sales begin to ease in anticipation of a new sixth-generation model expected to launch later this year.