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Sneaking a Peek at iOS 16.4 Options

A have a look at iPhone gross sales in China, a sneak peek at iOS 16.4 options, and a bit of reports round Apple TV+.

Counterpoint: iPhone Gross sales in China Grew 6% in January

The tip of COVID restrictions plus lunar new yr celebrations equaled a reasonably good January for iPhone in China. Counterpoint Analysis issued iPhone numbers for the primary month of the yr within the Center Kingdom. 

The general smartphone numbers are a bit unusual. Based on the agency, January 2023 numbers are about the identical as January 2022. Nevertheless, that’s seen as a extremely good begin for the yr, since January 2022 was the very best month for smartphone gross sales in China for the yr. The remainder of the yr was rocked by the occasional COVID lockdown. With these apparently within the rearview mirror, Counterpoint thinks smartphone gross sales in China ought to “recuperate to optimistic progress” this yr, although that’ll be within the “low single digits,” within the agency’s estimation.

Not that everybody agrees. Counterpoint’s personal launch says some cynical smartphone watchers see the January-numbers as a operate of pent-up December demand plus the early lunar new yr. That mentioned, Counterpoint counters that these components helped filter out stock and “ignited the dialogue on whether or not the stagnant market will lastly backside out and rise in 2023.”

The “Tinker Bell Precept,” as I reside and breathe. 

Let’s get to the iPhone half, which is small. Quoting Counterpoint: 

Apple remained China’s largest OEM in January when it comes to gross sales share and its gross sales elevated about 6% YoY, in keeping with preliminary knowledge from Counterpoint Market Pulse Service.

Pent up demand and a vacation season nearly positively performed an element in that. To see whether or not it continues, we’ll verify in once more in a couple of month. 

OS Numbers Present Sizable Gulf Between Latest iOS and iPadOS Installs

Effectively into their respective runs, Apple has launched the primary set up numbers for iOS and iPadOS 16. 9to5Mac had the Cupertino-company laying out the numbers on its Developer website

Based on the corporate, iOS 16 is powering 81% of appropriate gadgets made within the final four-years. Broaden that to all gadgets working iOS and also you’re nonetheless taking a look at a large majority. 72% of energetic iOS gadgets are working iOS 16-dot one thing, by Apple’s account.

iPadOS is a loopy totally different story. For iPads launched within the final four-years, Apple says solely 53% are working iPadOS 16, with 39% working iPadOS 15, and the remaining 8% working one thing older. Widen out and the numbers are fairly related. Taking all iPads into consideration, Apple says 50% are working iPadOS 16, 37% are working iPadOS 15, with the remaining 13% working an older OS. 

No perception supplied by Apple on the disparity, which is a bummer. It will be fascinating to know why iPhone customers are extra into upgrading than those that use iPads.

Builders Get First Betas for Subsequent Spherical of Apple OS Updates

Seemingly in lockstep with the set up numbers, the primary betas for the subsequent rounds of working system updates have made their option to builders. A bit from AppleInsider had the primary developer betas of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, tvOS 16.4, and watchOS 9.4 seeing the sunshine of day Thursday. In the meantime, a chunk from MacRumors mentioned the identical for macOS Ventura 13.3.

Since no person prints the non-disclosure agreements, you may’t actually say, “the NDAs aren’t definitely worth the paper they’re printed on.” Simpler to say, “we’re listening to plenty of stuff that we technically aren’t purported to.” 

“NDA’s aren’t definitely worth the breath it takes to interrupt them,” possibly.

Simplifying the Developer Beta Course of

Since they’re developer betas, we’ll begin with a improvement for builders. A bit from MacRumors says the 16.4 betas of iOS and iPadOS let these people “activate developer betas straight from the Software program Replace part within the Settings app.” That eliminates the necessity “to put in a profile from the Developer Middle,” in keeping with the report, making the entire course of simpler. 

Internet Apps Get Pushy

Subsequent up — a software for builders that instantly makes what’s been taking place on my desktop make sense. You know the way nearly each website you go to asks if you wish to activate Notifications? My thought is sort of all the time, “who would need to and why?” One other piece from MacRumors clues me in. Based on that, Thursday’s betas add “help for net push notifications…” The piece explains:

Web sites which are saved as net apps to the House Display screen can ship iPhone and iPad customers Internet Push notifications by way of the Push API, Notifications API, and Service Employees. 

That assumes the person has given the inexperienced mild for such notifications. I’m unsure that that’s 100% the identical as what’s being requested on the desktop, although considering of net pages as net apps made the fixed query appear much less foolish. 

Modifications for Apple Podcasts

There appears to be a slew of latest options coming to Apple Podcasts within the updates. MacRumors once more? Why not. The positioning lists a couple of podcast-centric modifications on the best way. They embrace a brand new Channels menu, modifications to the Up Subsequent queue, methods to get a greater deal with on unheard and “early entry” content material, and enhancements to Podcasts integration with CarPlay. You could find extra about what’s in-store on Apple’s website for podcasters.

Nonetheless Ready within the Wings

It appears just like the HomeKit Structure Improve is headed again our manner. Launched in iOS 16.2, the replace to the House app was pulled fairly shortly after a giant variety of‌ bugs was noticed. A bit from MacRumors says “House Improve Accessible” is now displaying as an choice within the iOS 16.4 beta. 

There are additionally mentioned to be indicators of life for the Apple Money high-yield financial savings account. Introduced in October, yet one more piece from MacRumors says:

Code in iOS 16.4 has references to routing and account numbers, present stability, curiosity earned, knowledge administration, funds accessible for withdrawal, and extra.

The way in which the location sees it, the groundwork is being laid. 

Nonetheless Sulking within the Dressing Room

If a mark of classical music is its age, Apple’s classical music app will stand with essentially the most aged amongst them. A bit from 9to5Mac says the developer beta for iOS 16.4 “brings interface tweaks to Apple Music,” and “no signal of Apple Classical.” Effectively… none however the inner mentions that have been already floating within the code. 

iOS 16.4 Beta Sports activities 31 New Emojis

Final of the brand new options for the day — an element that’s all the time my favourite and amongst my least used (however I like ‘em anyway). TechCrunch says the iOS 16.4 beta brings with it 31 new emoji. Headed to the trendy day hieroglyphs are hearts in pink, blue, and gray, a hand pushing to the left, a hand pushing to the appropriate, a shaking face, a moose, a hair choose, a pea pod, and several other extra. 

No, I’ll by no means use most of them. However simply with the ability to provides me an odd quantity of pleasure. 

Lights, Digital camera, Wednesday?

Film and TV information for Apple TV+, beginning with a reminder about two titles hitting right this moment. The Billy Crudup sequence “Howdy Tomorrow!” begins right this moment. That’s the retro-future dramedy about people promoting timeshares on the moon. The primary three episodes needs to be streaming now. 

Additionally hitting right this moment, the neo-noir thriller Sharper. Julianne Moore, Sebastian Stan, and John Lithgow headline the movie about huge cash, a giant con, and… it’s exhausting to say what number of different cons. That movie also needs to be streaming now. 

Trying forward a couple of weeks, you may add one other present to Apple’s all-of-a-sudden Wednesday line-up. Apple’s video streamer issued a press launch Thursday asserting a launch date for the sequence “The Large Door Prize.” Based mostly on the novel of the identical identify, the discharge says:

…“The Large Door Prize” tells the story of a small city that’s without end modified when a mysterious machine seems within the normal retailer, promising to disclose every resident’s true life potential.

Chris O’Dowd leads the solid. The primary three episodes of “The Large Door Prize” hit Apple TV+ on Wednesday, March 29. Extra episodes will land on successive Wednesday’s by way of the finale on Could 17.

And eventually right this moment, a a lot anticipated nerd film from the Cupertino-streamer has a trailer and a launch date. Engadget says the service has launched a trailer for Tetris, which is — fortunately — a movie concerning the recreation’s inception, not a pc generated blocky journey.

Although it’s superb we by no means noticed that film occur. 

Describing the film that did occur, Engadget says:

Taron Egerton stars as Henk Rogers, a Dutch entrepreneur who (spoiler) secured offers to distribute Tetris on the Sport Boy and different consoles. Soviet software program engineer Alexey Pajitnov (performed by Nikita Yefremov) created the sport throughout the Chilly Conflict, however as a result of he was a authorities worker, he didn’t obtain any royalties on the outset. On the floor, that may not sound like essentially the most compelling basis for a thriller, however the rights to the traditional puzzle recreation have been embroiled in a conflict between communism and capitalism

That sounds nearly as enjoyable as the sport itself. 

Tetris performs in the course of March for audiences at SXSW. It’ll begin streaming on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 31. Forward of all of that, you may catch the trailer now on YouTube

As we speak on The Mac Observer’s Each day Observations Podcast

Apple’s OS adoption numbers piqued my curiosity — particularly the iPadOS numbers. TMO Managing Editor Jeff Butts kicks these round with me. Plus — Jeff dives into AI and Apple’s Neural Engine. That’s all right this moment on the Each day Observations Podcast from The Mac Observer.



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