Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released iOS 7.1 to the public just couple of days back, and now speculations are again gaining ground for the iOS 8 launch. There have been many reports on the features and upgrades the iPhone maker is expected to integrate in the upcoming software, including the addition of a new Healthbook app. And now, a report from 9to5Mac, has revealed a host of new features that Apple might add to its upcoming OS.
iOS 8 to have better map app
Historically, reports of 9to5Mac on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have been precise. The report said that the new mobile software would have an improved map experience. Apple has not been very successful with its Map App compared to that of Google Maps, in terms of accuracy and reliability. Soon after the launch of Apple maps, there were complaints of bugs and other issues. The report also stated that the updated mapping app would have upgraded with new features along with vital inputs from recent acquisitions such as BraodMap, Embark and HopStop. The report from 9to5 Mac said that the revamped iOS 8 Maps app will be better than the original software and will also be vital in winning over Google Map fans and users.
It is expected that the latest iOS would be launched in the annual WWDC conference this summer. The first iOS 8 beta would be launched for the developers during the event, and iOS 8 for the public would be launched following the beta version release alongside with the launch of iPhone 6, and its iPhone phablet counterpart.
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iPhone 6 gets Apple an upgrade
Another Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) product making news is the iPhone 6. Andy Hargreaves, an analyst at Pacific Crest, upgraded Apple to Outperform with the price target of $635. Hargreaves believes that Apple is set to release a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 towards the end of this year, says a report from Business Insider. Apple is expected to charge $299 for the phone on contract, which is $100 more that the iPhone 5S. The report says that the iPhone 6 will drive sales and earnings, and the latest phone will have many upgrades.
Heagreaves believes that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would not launch two new phones this year, which is not in consensus with other analysts and market watchers. The tech giant would release just one 4.7 inch iPhone and not an additional 5.5 inch iPhablet. Additionally, Apple can launch some new products, which would be exciting offering from the company, believes the analyst.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 is expected to have 3D video gaming and other holographic features. Designer Sam Beckett released the concept design of iPhone 6 or what he called ‘iPhone Air’ a few days back. As per the concept, the iPhone 6 will be 8% bigger and 9% thinner than iPhone 5S.