Amid reports of security vulnerabilities in iOs, the Apple corporation based in Cupertino, California is rumored to have set release dates for a slew of upgrades to several brands later this year. Despite the release of security fixes, there may still be some vulnerability that allows hackers to gain access to Internet transmissions from devices powered by several versions of iOS.
Apple released patches for iPhone 4 and later models, as well as for the iPad 2 and 5th generation iPod touch, but users of earlier versions still remain vulnerable and may need to upgrade. The problem appears to not be a new discovery and may have been around for at least 18 months, but apart from issuing the patches, the company has said very little. What has become known, however, is the scheduled release dates for some of the newer products.
The iPhone 6 is expected in the fall, according to one supplier of sapphire to Apple’s plant in Mesa, Arizona. GT Technologies supplies the sapphire that is currently used in camera lenses of the iPhone 5. It has not be confirmed that it will be provided for use in the iPhone 6, but the company has stated that it expects a return to profitability with Apple as a partner, and the timing appears to coincide with the launch of iPhone 6, which is expected to be available in 2 sizes. A 5.5- inch version will be complimented by a smaller 4.7 inch unit that Apple hopes to launch in 2014.
Rumors are circulating that among the products Apple expects to release in 2014, is included a revamped version of the Apple TV which is expected later in the spring of this year. There are a few reports that Apple has been meeting with Time Warner, and the new version of the Apple TV may include support for video gaming.
The Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is scheduled for June of 2014, and it is usually where Apple showcases its new products for 2014. At this year’s WWDC, Apple is expected to unveil an upgraded MacBook Pro, along with an updated version of the operating system, the iOS 8. The fate of the Mac Mini is still unknown, but iOS 8 is expected to include several apps that focus on health. This may not be all that surprising as several companies have turned their focus to health as nations become more health conscious. It can be observed with the wide number and range of wearable devices that relate to health and fitness.
The launch of iPhone 6 is expected in September, and it is believed that the launch of iPhone 6 will be accompanied by Apple’s entry into wearable technology with what is now called the iWatch. According to reports from Taiwan, Apple supplier TPK has been contracted to provide the touch technology for the iWatch, which may make use of flexible active-matrix organic light-emitting diode screens.
In other interesting developments, Apple has hired several medical sensor experts, as well as receiving patents for a headphone system that senses a variety of biometrics including heart-rate, body temperature and respiration levels.
Morgan Stanley, the reputable finance firm predicts that the iWatch may generate an astounding $17.5 billion in the first year, and although security issues persist, if the predictions are anywhere near accurate, it is little wonder that Apple continues to focus on revealing new products in 2014.
By Dale Davidson