Apple Inc. could be planning a curved screen for the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 that looks a lot like the Edge screen found on Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, according to a patent granted Tuesday to Apple from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The possible iPhone 6S design includes a flexible display that reaches all the way to the sides of Apple’s next smartphone, and includes the ability to change the way it functions based on what the user is doing.
If Apple decides to incorporate the patent into the design of an iPhone 6S or 7, it could replace the volume and mute buttons found on previous models. The curved display’s touchscreen interface could also be used for all kinds of customizable “buttons,” which Apple says it may use to create a virtual game controller, according to Patently Apple.
Apple, building on last year’s announcement of a health data software app called HealthKit, today announced new software that will give iPhone users the option to participate in medical research.
Called ResearchKit, the software will allow iPhone users (all 700 million of them, which Apple underscored as it rattled off sales numbers) to participate in clinical health trials. With user consent, the apps within ResearchKit will grab data on everything from glucose levels to asthma symptoms to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as hand and voice tremors; and can monitor patients as they recover from treatments for illnesses such as breast cancer.
Today, Apple replaced the iOS 8.1.3 update with a brand new iOS 8.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that delivers the new Apple Watch app, new enhancements and bug fixes. It’s a substantial update for the iPhone and we want take a look at how the iOS 8.2 update is performing on the iPhone 6. This is our early iPhone 6 iOS 8.2 review.
Late last year, Apple released an iOS 8.2 update into its beta program for developers. The release confirmed an upcoming arrival for iOS 8 powered iPhones, iPads and iPod touches though it did not confirm the public iOS 8.2 release date.