Apple roundup: iOS/Mac OS updates, baseband chips, search hiring

9to5 Mac, fairly accurate with Apple (AAPL) scoops, has provided a lengthy review of the features its sources suggest will be included in iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 (Syrah).

In addition to its previously-reported Healthbook app (meant to work with multiple health sensors), iOS 8 is expected to feature an overhauled Maps app with better transit data, a simplified Notification Center, Wi-Fi CarPlay support, and better app-to-app communication. Voice-over-LTE support and a separate iTunes Radio app might also be in the cards.

OS X 10.10 is expected to feature a major Jony Ive-led design overhaul to go with under-the-hood improvements. Apple is reportedly testing Siri and AirDrop support, but 9to5 Mac hasn't confirmed if those features will be ready in time.

Details on both operating systems are due at Apple's June 2-6 WWDC conference.

Hit-and-miss Digitimes reports Apple "plans to form an R&D team to develop baseband processors for use in iPhones to be released in 2015."

The iPhone and 4G iPad's baseband chips are currently supplied by Qualcomm (QCOM), which dominates the 4G baseband market and has used a massive R&D budget to develop a lead in fields such as frequency band support and category 6 LTE (300Mbps peak speeds) integration.

Apple has hired Amazon search VP Benoit Dupin. He reportedly will work on improving Apple Maps' search capabilities, which have received their share of criticism.

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  • deercreekvols
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    He reportedly will work on improving Apple Maps' search capaabilities, which have received their share of criticism.


    What are capaabilities?


    (While typing it, auto-correct fixed the word twice before over-riding it)
    8 Apr 2014, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen Aniston
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    Apple is totally losing it. Nobody cares about their maps. Instead of competing with Google's far superior map product they should instead focus on creating widget support for iOS. Which is a functionality their users actually want and need. And is a functionality that a modern mobile OS should provide. I never understood the obsession with Google Maps. Does Google Maps actually make money? It's a nice side product. I never bought an Google product for their "maps". If Apple is gonna be stupid, why don't they try their hand at search. They can certainly do better than Bing. This is a challenge for you Mr. Cook.


    "Johny Ivy-led design overhaul" - I can just see the oncoming disaster. How many time does this guy get to screw up an operating system?
    8 Apr 2014, 09:44 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    ""Johny Ivy-led design overhaul" - I can just see the oncoming disaster. How many time does this guy get to screw up an operating system?"


    And your preference is?
    8 Apr 2014, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • flux8
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    What exactly is screwed up about iOS 7? Last I checked, my iPhone and iPad work just fine and just as easily as iOS 6.


    You don't understand the "obsession" maps? Location is an essential part of mobile computing. You seriously don't understand why?
    9 Apr 2014, 12:40 AM Reply Like
  • Pimust
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    Apple should licence HERE maps from Nokia and get the map experience to the same level as in WP. It's ridiculous that you don't have full offline navigation in iPhone when you can buy sub $100 WP phone or Nokia X phone with HERE maps and HERE Drive+ that offer free offline maps.
    9 Apr 2014, 05:34 AM Reply Like
  • AmmarStar
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    People don't want widget support for iOS, that will only make a very neat simple UI more complicated, simplicity is king at Apple. Maps is huge, and soon they will be even more important once they get into cars.


    Nothing wrong with what Mr. Cook is doing, people keep saying this and that but even when Jobs was running Apple the share of Apple went up and down.
    9 Apr 2014, 10:51 AM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Regardless of what one thinks of Apple maps I can ensure you, as a very frequent user of the software, that i have not had 1 issue in more than a year. So yesterday.... BTW, I do care about maps & turn by turn audio assistance.
    8 Apr 2014, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • duhaus
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    @Stephen, The relevance (i.e. importance) of maps on mobile phones is that they are one of the most used features on todays mobile phones and thus one of the most wanted features. They might not bring in a lot of $ directly but they keep customers and attract more. Maps are indispensible on mobile phones for that very reason because people are using them when they're mobile as in going somewhere. We all need directions frequently.
    8 Apr 2014, 10:06 PM Reply Like
  • Doc's Trading
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    Comments (1847) | Send Message
    AAPL....Technical analysis...AAPL.... Despite reversal today and low of 218.70 would only take token long position since further market deterioration can be expected and the best AAPL will be able to do is perhaps successfully test this low, giving a long better confidence that he may be right on his entry point .
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    More later.......
    9 Apr 2014, 01:07 AM Reply Like
  • MikeI
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    Speaking of what Apple is doing for 2015, have you seen this from a recent article on Volvo's 2015 XC-90?.... "There will be plenty of novel features in the cabin too. For starters, the dashboard will come dominated by a large touchscreen that Volvo claims has replaced as many as 70 buttons. The Apple-developed system will control all connectivity, navigation and entertainment options. According to the manufacturer, the system uses non-reflective glass and has been designed for use with gloves on, though voice activation is likely to be the preferred means to operate it. The diamond cut glass switches and crystal gear lever lower down on the dashboard are other elements confirmed to make it to the production model." See the full article here...
    9 Apr 2014, 06:17 AM Reply Like
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