78% of Devices Connecting to App Store are Using iOS 7


After three-and-a-half months of its released iOS 7 installed on the 78% of devices connecting to the App Store. according to a chart posted on Apple’s App Store sport page for developers.

That indicate users’ quick adoption of Apple’s latest software, as iOS 7

We noted that the percentage has increased about 4% within three weeks Instead of 74%. 

In contrast, though Google has not updated its own official developer statistics since Dec. 2, its most recent data showed that just 1.1 percent of Android devices were running that mobile OS’s latest version 4.4 “KitKat.”

Rumor: iWatch Facing Some Challenges in Manufacturing


Seemingly the wearable device from Apple “iWatch” that was expected to release in 2014 it will be delayed, that for technical issues outside of the will.


The report from Digitimes claims that one of those issues involves surface finish treatments for the body of the device, with both Apple’s iWatch and Qualcomm’s Toq “Android smart watch” searching for ways to improve the look of chassis parts made using metal injection molding (MIM) methods.

Several wearable devices such as Apple’s iWatch and Qualcomm’s Toq are reportedly seeing less than 50% yield rates due to difficulties applying surface treatments on their metal injection molded (MIM) chassis, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

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MIM-made components used to be used inside products, but as the components are now becoming part of the external design, surface treatments have become an important process for the look of products.

Since clients have high demand over quality, and also need high volumes of supply, most component makers are having difficulties satisfying both of requirements.

In addition to Apple and Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung Electronics, Pebble, Casio, Nike, Adidas, Epson, and LG are also preparing to launch new wearable devices in 2014.



Source: Digitimes
Image source: TC

Apple Releases iOS 7.1 Beta 3 to Developers

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers of the iOS Developer Program.

Apple had seeded iOS 7.1 beta 2 more than three weeks back. The new update is has a build number of 11d5127c and is available via an over-the-air update or through Apple’s developer center website.

The third beta iOS 7.1 version is said to fix an issue that could arrise when creating a new iCloud account during setup. In addition, the latest build reportedly no longer gives an error when users enable iCloud Keychain. and some modification in the look, We’ll talk about them.

According to a recent report, iOS 7.1 will probably not be released to the public until sometime in March.

The current version of iOS, iOS 7.0.4, was released on November 14 , that includes a number of improvements and bug fixes for the operating system. The first iOS 7.1 beta was seeded to developers in mid-November.


New Visual Changes in iOS 7 beta 3: Revamped Keyboard, Darker Icons, and More

Apple has just seeded third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers of its iOS developer. which included both bug fixes and a number of visual changes: 

The keyboard: in iOS 7 has been slightly revamped, The font is slightly more bold, new design to the delete and shift keys. The background of the keyboard also seems to be slightly lighter than in iOS 7. Overall, the keyboard changes have the effect of adding contrast and making the letters easier to see.


iOS 7 keyboard on the left, iOS 7.1 keyboard on the right

Icons: The green color in the Phone, Messages, and FaceTime apps has been toned down and is now darker, especially at the bottom of the icons.



Wallpaper: When selecting a new wallpaper, users can now choose to turn the parallax effect on or off. 


Accessibility: a new setting “Reduce White Point” under General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion:



Music: The Music app has new shuffle and repeat buttons that are more prominent, and iTunes Radio has a revamped “New” button.


iOS 7 buttons on the left, iOS 7.1 buttons on the right

New Call Dialer




New Phone Buttons

New Power Off UI




According to a recent report, iOS 7.1 will probably not be released to the public until sometime in March.



[via 9to5Mac, MacRumors]



Pebble Announced Pebble Steel for $249 “more Formal Version”


Earlier this week, Pebble kicked off CES 2014 by announcing a high-end version of its popular smartwatch called Pebble Steel.

The Pebble Steel, as the name indicates, is made of stainless steel. It’s available in two colors: brushed stainless and black matte. Like the original Pebble, the Pebble Steel is waterproof and has a battery life of 5 to 7 days. the e-paper display is the same but now the screen is protected by a strong layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. The weigh is 45 grams, two grams less than the original Pebble.



The Pebble Steel will ship with both metal bands and a leather strap. According to Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, who spoke to CNET, the Pebble Steel is designed to be a more formal version of the original Pebble.

CEO Eric Migicovsky describes Steel as a more formal version of Pebble: “I’m going out for dinner, I’m wearing a suit, I’ve got a position that doesn’t allow me to wear a plastic watch on my wrist. How do I benefit from a smartwatch? How do I get notifications and run all the apps that Pebble offers without having to put something that I don’t prefer on my wrist. We took that as an industrial design problem. It wasn’t really a software problem…We just had to build an aesthetically different Pebble.”




Pebble also announced that it’ll be launching the Pebble appstore in the end of  this month. The company is also partnering with new companies to introduce a playback control app for Pandora, ESPN sports stats and box scores, and a car stats monitoring app from Mercedes.

The Pebble Steel is available to order today on the Pebble website for $249, a $100 premium over the existing Pebble watch. It will begin shipping on Jan. 28.


Source: Getpebble