- 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.
at CNBC.com (Nov 19, 2014)