It appears that Apple is incorporating a new feature on iOS 11 that will instantly deactivate Touch ID. The purpose of this feature is actually to provide a means for automating emergency services calls. Basically, the feature works by allowing iOS mobile users to tap the power button quickly five times in order to be able to quickly dial 911. To be perfectly clear, this does not automatically let a user dial emergency services by default.
While many tech companies nowadays continue to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can be put to good use in our daily lives, there are only a few who actually try to experiment with how today’s AI tech can help those with physical or sensory limitations. One of these is Microsoft, whose new app -- Seeing AI -- is designed to help blind users get a better sense of their immediate surroundings.
According to a new report recently released by Verto Analytics just this week, Siri is still the most widely used virtual assistant in the United States, with 41.4 million active users on a monthly basis. However, Apple’s voice controlled assistant is seeing a 15 percent decrease in terms of usage since last year. That percentage is equal to 7.3 million monthly users.
Virgin Mobile, a prepaid subsidiary of major US wireless carrier Sprint, is transforming into a mobile operator that sells only smartphone devices made by Apple. To mark the start of its new identity, the company is introducing a new limited time special offer that gives customers one whole year of unlimited voice calls, text messaging, and data for only $1.
BrandZ has recently released its latest rankings for the biggest brands across the globe, and for the second consecutive year, Google has managed to best the best of the world. Like last year, Google has beaten rival Apple to the number one spot.
According to a report recently released by IDC, Apple and Xiaomi are now joint kings of the wearables realm. But wait -- what happened to Fitbit? The company is actually going through a bit of a slump right now, which led to Apple and Xiaomi gladly taking advantage. Both Apple and Xiaomi shipped 3.6 million units of wearable devices during the first three months of this year.
As recently revealed by Apple during its yearly Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), its Apple Music service has now reached 27 million paid subscribers. Moreover, with the upcoming roll out of the iPhone maker’s iOS 11, the newest version of its iOS mobile operating system, Apple Music will become more social (more on this later) and even be capable of working with other devices and mobile apps.
Every year, Apple always makes some important announcements during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), especially those related to software matters. This year, however, the iPhone maker has decided to include some news not necessarily focused on software, such as new mobile devices, even major updates, and a glimpse into Apple’s plans in the near future.
It was last week when Apple first debuted its Today at Apple concept. The idea is to significantly expand or maybe redefine the basic concept of the Apple Store, which not only will sell Apple’s products but also host free classes and even concert events. The Today at Apple concept is basically the iPhone maker saying to everybody that they are all invited to become part of the Apple brand, if they are willing to embrace Apple as part of their lives.
Apple just became the most valuable publicly traded company in history. According to a report recently published by the Wall Street Journal, the iPhone maker’s opening stock price Monday was at $149.03 per share, which results to a valuation of $776.7 billion, surpassing its previous best mark of $774.7 billion recorded in February a couple of years ago.