Apple announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 at its WWDC 2021 keynote earlier this week. The new operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple Watch will be available in autumn 2021. There are dozens of new features here, including upgraded FaceTime, improved Focus modes, and better use of on-device intelligence that allows for offline Siri, and Live Text, which is similar to Google Lens. macOS Monterey brings Universal Control that allows you to drag and drop in combination with iPadOS 15. And watchOS 8 rebrands the Breathe app as Mindfulness, and bumps up what you can do with the Wallet app.Host Akhil Arora speaks with Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo on this week’s podcast episode of Orbital to find out what’s most interesting about iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 — apart from a slew of privacy announcements, chiefly with iCloud+.Instead of giving any prominent interface-level changes unlike iOS 14, Apple seems to have designed iOS 15 more like a follow-up. FaceTime now comes with spatial audio, support for Portrait bokeh-style blur mode, and allows users on Android and Windows to join video calls as well. There is also a feature called SharePlay to let users share videos, music, and even their screen with friends over FaceTime. You can watch Apple TV+, Disney+, and Twitch with your friends for instance.Aside from the new FaceTime experience, Apple has introduced an improved Photos app with Memories. Additionally, there’s Share with You that works across the system to highlight content such as articles, music, and photos shared in message conversations. The aim here is also to take on the likes of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp by giving an enhanced integration with the native Messages app.WWDC 2021: Apple Music Rolling Out Support for Lossless Audio, Dolby Atmos, Spatial AudioiOS 15 also has a better Focus feature to filter out notifications and apps that are not useful at a particular point of time. You can customise multiple Focus modes and Apple will learn from your behaviour to make suggestions too. Outside of the machine learning part, the experience is somewhat similar to how some old Nokia phones allowed users to set distinctive notification alerts for their contacts or set particular profiles for different sets of people.Apple also showcased features such as widgets and quick notes on iPadOS 15 to bring newer productivity experiences for iPad users. With Universal Control, available on macOS Monterey, users can use the same keyboard and mouse setup simultaneously and seamlessly across their MacBook or iMac as well as an iPad.iCloud+ With New Privacy Features, Unlimited HomeKit Video Cameras Support IntroducedOutside of all that, Siri now has offline support to give a better fight to Google Assistant. Speaking of a better fight, Apple also gave us a glimpse of how it is planning to grow its voice assistant apart from its in-house hardware and bring it to third-party connected devices via HomePod.We discuss all this and much more from everything Apple announced at WWDC 2021. So, don’t forget to listen to the full discussion by hitting the play button above. Follow the Gadgets 360 podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. Please rate us, and leave a review.Write to us at [email protected] with your feedback, questions, or comments. New Orbital episodes drop every Friday.
Apple Releases iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 Updates With Critical Bug Fixes: How to Update
Apple has released iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 updates for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices, respectively. The updates fix a zero-day vulnerability that may have been actively exploited in the wild. Therefore, it is vital that all iPhone, iPad, and Mac users update their devices immediately to install the latest…
Apple has released iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 updates for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices, respectively. The updates fix a zero-day vulnerability that may have been actively exploited in the wild. Therefore, it is vital that all iPhone, iPad, and Mac users update their devices immediately to install the latest fix and protect their devices and data. macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 also fixes a minor bug that had cropped up after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.5 update last week.The iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 updates fix an issue with an application that may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges — essentially allowing someone to hack into your device. Apple says that the vulnerability CVE-2021-30807 may have been actively exploited.The iOS 14.7.1 update also fixes a bug that prevented Touch ID on iPhones from unlocking an Apple Watch. “When you have Unlock with iPhone turned on, unlocking your iPhone unlocks your Apple Watch as long as you’re wearing it. An issue in iOS 14.7 affected the ability of iPhone models with Touch ID to unlock Apple Watch. This issue is fixed with iOS 14.7.1. Update your iPhone to get the latest software,” Apple’s description reads.The two updates are available for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation). Eligible users can go to Settings > General > Software Update and manually look for an update to install.macOS 11.5.1 update, as mentioned, fixes minor bugs that cropped up with the last big macOS 11.5 update. Users can update to the latest version by choosing System Preferences in the Apple menu and clicking on Software Update.These updates come just a week after macOS Big Sur 11.5, iOS 14.7, and iPadOS 14.7 updates were released. iOS 14.7 update, in particular, brought along support for MagSafe battery pack and new Apple Card features.
HP Leads Chromebook Shipments as Worldwide Market Posts 75 Percent Annual Growth in Q2 2021: Canalys
With HP at the pole position, the worldwide Chromebook market has posted a 75 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth in the second quarter of 2021 (Q2 2021), as per a global notebook market data report by Canalys. The market research firm said that despite a slowdown in shipments growth, Chromebooks continued to outperform the rest of…
With HP at the pole position, the worldwide Chromebook market has posted a 75 percent year-on-year (YoY) growth in the second quarter of 2021 (Q2 2021), as per a global notebook market data report by Canalys. The market research firm said that despite a slowdown in shipments growth, Chromebooks continued to outperform the rest of the PC product categories. When it comes to tablets, the report said the growth in shipments has started to stabilise as tablets posted a paltry 4 percent increase in shipments in Q2 2021.Chromebook shipments in Q2 2021As per the data shared by Canalys, Chromebook shipments growth declined in Q2 2021 as compared to the Q1 2021. However, on YoY basis, there was a 75 percent growth in shipments. [HP]https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/hp-laptops) led the growth by capturing a 36.4 percent market share (4.3 million units) as compared to 29.5 percent a year ago, and registered a growth of 115.7 percent. Lenovo took the second spot by capturing 21 percent market share (2.6 million units), and Acer held 15.7 percent share (1.8 million units) in the quarter ending June. Dell and Samsung completed the top five with the latter registering a massive 324.4 percent growth in Q2 2021 on YoY basis.As per Brian Lynch, Research Analyst at Canalys, the Chromebook shipment growth is attributed to Chrome’s hold over the education space. He said since schools have begun to open up in key markets like North America and Western Europe, Chromebook shipments have remained elevated as governments and education ecosystems plan for long-term integration of Chromebooks within digital learning processes.“Google is set to bet big on the commercial segment this year,” the analyst said.Tablet shipments in Q2 2021When it comes to tablets, Q2 2021 saw a 4.3 percent growth in shipments on YoY basis. Although Apple’s annual growth declined by 0.5 percent, it remained the top vendor with a lion’s share of 36.3 percent (14.2 million units). The second spot was held by [Samsung]https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tablets/samsung-tablets) with a 20.5 percent share (8 million units), while the third-placed Lenovo with a 12 percent share had the highest growth out of the top five at 77.5 percent (4.7 million units). [Amazon]https://gadgets.ndtv.com/tablets/amazon-tablets) and Huawei completed the top five list of tablet vendors in Q2 2021.Canalys Research Analyst Himani Mukka says that this is the fifth consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth for the segment and that the demand for tablets will not slow down in the coming quarters.“Canalys expects to see stronger integration between the tablet and PC, allowing for smoother workflow transitions between multiple devices, which is especially attractive to those operating under hybrid and on-the-go workstyles,” Mukka noted.PC shipments in Q2 2021In the total PC market (including desktops, notebooks, and tablets), Lenovo reigned supreme once again, with a YoY growth of 22.9 percent (24.7 million units, 19.7 percent share). Apple remained in second place with a 5 percent growth (20.6 million units, 18.1 percent share). HP saw the lowest growth out of the top vendors with a shipment of 18.6 million units (15.8 percent share) and a 2.7 percent growth from a year ago. Dell and Samsung made up the remainder of the top five in overall PC market results for Q2 2021.
Apple Profit Nearly Doubles to $21.7 Billion as COVID-19 Lockdowns Eased
Apple said Tuesday its profit in the just-ended quarter nearly doubled amid improving consumer spending and a “growing sense of optimism” as pandemic lockdowns eased. The California tech giant’s profit rose to $21.7 billion (roughly Rs. 1,61,588 crores) on growth in iPhone sales and its increasingly important digital services.Revenue surged 36 percent from a year…
Apple said Tuesday its profit in the just-ended quarter nearly doubled amid improving consumer spending and a “growing sense of optimism” as pandemic lockdowns eased. The California tech giant’s profit rose to $21.7 billion (roughly Rs. 1,61,588 crores) on growth in iPhone sales and its increasingly important digital services.Revenue surged 36 percent from a year ago to $81.4 billion (roughly Rs. 6,06,100 crores), the best ever for the tech titan’s fiscal third quarter.”This quarter saw a growing sense of optimism for consumers in the United States and around the world, driving renewed hope for a better future,” chief executive Tim Cook told a conference call.”We are especially humbled that our technology has continued to play a key role in keeping our customers connected.”Cook said an easing of pandemic lockdowns helped boost consumer spending in many parts of the world, with Apple benefitting from that.He maintained that Apple can continue to grow as consumers seek new devices for superfast 5G wireless networks.”We’re only in the early innings of 5G, but already its incredible performance and speed have made a significant impact on how people can get the most out of our technology,” he said.”Customers love iPhone 12 for its superfast 5G speeds.”Speaking on the Indian market, Cook added, “We set June quarter records in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, UAE, Poland, Czech Republic, India, obviously in China as I talked about before, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia… Those results are for the entire line of products that we have. And keep in mind, we still do have SE in the line. We launched it a year ago, but it’s still in the line today and is sort of our entry price point. And so I’m pleased with how all of them are doing and I think we need sort of that range of price points to accommodate the types of people that we want to accommodate. And so we’ve got something for the entry buyer who really wants to get into an iPhone and then something for the pro buyer who wants the very best iPhone that they can buy.”Apple shares were little changed in after-market trading following the results, which were stronger than most forecasts.Revenue from iPhone sales jumped some 50 percent and posted increases for its services such as digital payments, music, streaming television and gaming.The results come with Apple and other tech giants facing heightened pressure from antitrust enforcers around the world for their dominance of key economic sectors, which has increased during the pandemic.’Gold medal’Scott Kessler of the research firm Third Bridge said Apple was able to keep its momentum despite the global shortage of semiconductors, and sustained its growth in services, which have been important in diversifying its revenue stream.The chip shortage “didn’t seem to impact iPhone sales, which rose 50 percent,” Kessler said in a research note.”A major theme for the company over the last couple of years has been the emergence of services offerings and related revenues. Services accounted for more than 20 percent of revenues and have been a source of consistent growth.”Daniel Ives at Wedbush Securities said Apple delivered stronger-than-expected results which should help boost share prices.”Overall we would characterize this as a ‘gold medal’ performance by Apple during the quarter especially when considering the chip shortage overhang,” Ives said in a note to clients.”We essentially view this quarter as the second-half and the start of the back stretch of the 5G supercycle and a ‘drop the mic’ quarter for Apple.”Ives said Apple showed strength in boosting its services and managed growth globally including in China.”While the chip shortage was an overhang for Apple during the quarter, we believe the iPhone and services strength in the quarter neutralized any short term weakness that the Street was anticipating three months ago,” he said.Will iPhone 12 mini become the affordable iPhone we’ve been waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.