A job listing posted by Apple over the weekend has stoked speculation that the company could introduce fingerprint technology in a future version of the iPhone. The listing calls for somebody capable of testing various sensors with LabTool and FA software, but it’s the location, at Apple’s “Melbourne Design Center” in Florida USA, which is perhaps more significant.
As noted by the The Loop, Apple has issued a new Support Document revealing that it will be changing the way its VPN On Demand feature works on iOS devices running iOS 6.1 and later. The change has been forced by a lawsuit that Apple lost against patent holding firm VirnetX, back in November last year.
According to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, Apple is running behind schedule with iOS 7, and the company has pulled engineers away from OS X 10.9 to work on it. Gruber made the comments in a Branch conversation with iMore’s Rene Ritchie, and a number of other high-profile Apple pundits.
Over recent weeks, China’s state-run media has accused Apple of treating customers unfairly regarding its repair and warranty procedures. Initially, Apple had responded to the claims by saying that its Chinese warranty was more or less the same as in other markets around the world, but now the Cupertino company has announced that it will be making a number of changes for customers in the East Asian country.
Bowers & Wilkins has this week introduced a couple of new speaker docks to its existing product lineup. The Zepplin Air and the Z2 both feature Lighting connectors, making them compatible with Apple’s most recent iPhone, iPod touch and iPod nano models, plus AirPlay technology for wireless audio streaming.
Apple has just released iOS 6.1.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update brings with it a number of fairly minor improvements and bug fixes, including a patch for a security vulnerability which allows an iPhone’s passcode lock to be bypassed through a series of button taps and presses.
Apple has launched a new advertising campaign for the iPhone on its US website, highlighting why people love the smartphone so much. In addition to a large promo graphic on the apple.com homepage, the company has added a new “Why iPhone?” page which lists a number of reasons why the device is unlike other smartphones.
Apple added couple of new TV adverts to its YouTube channel late last night. The ads, which are titled ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Discover’, have the same format as three previous commercials released for the iPad last month – short clips of apps punctuated by a series of printed words.
Photographs of an early 2005 iPhone prototype that looks more like an iPad than a smartphone have been shared online by Ars Technica. The images were sent to the site by an unnamed former Apple employee who was involved in a number of the company’s hardware projects in the early 2000s.