What’s New With Apple: ARKit, iMac Pro, and watchOS 3

Apple is known for innovation in technology, releasing new products several times each year. The largest technology company in the world is known for releasing new versions of smartphones, computers, and other similar gadgets. Apple is expanding its already-prospective horizons and venturing into the car business, as CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed their plans to develop and produce an “Apple car.”

 

Rather than creating a sporty, fuel-efficient, trendy vehicle, Apple is hopping onboard the self-driving, autonomous car trend. The tech giant is not focused on creating eye-popping vehicles, instead opting for fully autonomous vehicles as their objective.

 

Apple hopes to advance artificial intelligence in coming years with the advent of an autonomous, Apple-brand vehicle, although no definite plans for release or mass production are set in stone at this time. While autonomous cars are very interesting, arguably more interesting than anything else Apple offers, the company has informed consumers of upcoming releases and upgraded technologies.

 

The Apple Watch will be getting a new update, watchOS 3, that should be released this fall. The touchscreen watch will also be the future home of Toy Story backgrounds and watch faces, coming around the time watchOS 3 is due.

 

Apple’s computer operating systems is getting another regular reboot, upgrading macOS Sierra to macOS High Sierra. Presenters made clear that invasive cookies will be thoroughly blocked, virtual reality devices will be easier to use, and Safari browser will be quicker.

 

The iMac Pro was mentioned, pricing starting at $4,999 — yeah, that’s a lot for a computer — featuring 6 Thunderbolt 3 ports, fast Ethernet, and more. The new, beefed-up computer is not likely to be released soon, with a release date as early as 2018.

 

Developers will be getting more help with ARKit, an upcoming, developer-friendly API. Depths of objects will be automatically gauged, along with the streamlining of placing objects on concrete surfaces, rather than playing guessing games of where they look natural.

 

 

 

Apple Joins a Quest for the Perfect Car

Until now, self driving car technology has been reserved for car dealerships and high profile tech companies. Today, Apple has confirmed work on these products, which are deviations from their usual line of phones and handheld gadgets. Nevertheless, Apple has a great deal of knowledge to add to the discussion. Their global positioning systems will be revolutionary in this day and age of guidance. Self driving cars need to navigate the road, and with Apple’s contributions, this might be closer than experts previously imagined. Google has openly welcomed them to the industry, claiming that their experience with digital media will go a long way in programming these vehicles. A small coalition of Apple’s designers will abandon phones and laptops for now and focus on this extensive project. The team will still operate at Apple headquarters, but they will have a large amount of resources at their disposal. The company will be funding this endeavor just like any other project within their corporation. If success ensues within a few years, they will construct entirely new facilities for these workers.

 

This is Apple’s first entrance into the automobile market. They are ready to partner with Toyota and Nissan for the first part of the fiscal year. If things go well, we should see technological process within a few years at the very maximum. In the quest for the perfect car, self driving cars are highly lauded as examples of flawless engineering. However, imperfections are bound to occur along the way. The executive board of Apple has recognized these setbacks, stating that the road to an ideal car is often oversimplified by the public and pundits. Using adaptations from handheld gadgets, Apple plans to take a unique approach to this problem. An integrated system of cars and navigation hubs will avoid confusion and reduce the possibility of a crash.

 

A Legal Battle between Apple and Nokia Finally Settled

The relationship between Nokia Inc. and Apple Inc. has taken a new turn after the two technology giants agreed to settle a seven-year-old dispute and corporate in the foreseeable future. This agreement comes after Apple Inc. was sued by Nokia 7 months ago for breaching approximately 32 patents that belonged to Nokia. Some of the patents that Apple had been accused of interfering with include video encoding patents, user interfaces patents as well as display patents. The new deal between these two companies gives Apple the right to use these technologies. However, they will have to pay Nokia a certain amount of cash that must be paid up-front. In part of the agreement, Apple agreed to sell some health products from Nokia in its retail stores.

 

However, as expected, these giants did not reveal the financial details of the agreement. However, experts specializing in patent disputes between technology companies have revealed that this deal between Nokia and Apple could be worth millions of dollars. With the deal expected to last several years, Nokia will receive huge sums of money on a yearly basis. For this reason, the deal could have cost or will have cost Apple over hundreds of millions. Furthermore, the deal is suspected to be expensive considering that Nokia was the pioneer when it comes to cellular standards and for this reason, they own many patents. In the year 2016 alone, apple is said to have made over $140 billion from the sale of iPhones. The significance of this figure is to show what Nokia is in for. If they were given a 1 percent of the sales royalty, they could end up with hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

Representatives of these companies said that they were looking forward to working together. As for Nokia, their representative said that they looked forward to supporting Apple while an Apple representative by the name Jeff Williams said that the company had been relieved that the dispute had finally been settled. The two companies have been in and out of courts contesting a breach of patents since the year 2009. The major complainant in these battles has been Apple. Despite the battles and competition from other manufacturers, Nokia remains the leading manufacturer of phones around the world.