It’s mostly quiet on the iOS device front. Nonetheless, there is some important news on the Mac front. Here’s a quick look at what’s making news in the world of tech.
Top news stories
Big changes are coming to MacBook Pro, finally
It looks like Apple is going to significantly refresh its MacBook lineup this fall.
According to Bloomberg, “the updated notebooks will be thinner, include a touch screen strip for function keys, and will be offered with more powerful and efficient graphics processors for expert users such as video gamers, said the people, who asked not to be named.”
The report notes that the new MacBook Pros won’t arrive at next month’s “iPhone 7” event, but later in the year.
This is great news, but it certainly doesn’t go far enough. As I noted last week, every product in the Mac lineup needs updating. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about Apple’s plans for the iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro soon.
Apple, not Samsung, led U.S. smartphone market last quarter
In the second quarter of 2016, sales of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus bested the newly released Samsung Galaxy S7 in the United States, according to a new Kantar Media survey (via Patently Apple).
According to Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar, “Combined sales of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus totalled 15.1%, making this the top selling device in the quarter, while the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge accounted for 14.1% of smartphone sales. The iPhone SE became the third best-selling phone at 5.1%, contributing to the overall growth of iOS during the period.”
The Samsung Galaxy S7 launched in March. The next-generation iPhone is expected to arrive early next month.
Starting in September, Chrome 53 will begin to block the software. In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash.
In words Steve Jobs would have loved, the Google Chrome team notes:
Today, sites typically use technologies like HTML5, giving you improved security, reduced power consumption and faster page load times. Going forward, Chrome will de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5.
In April 2010, the late Apple CEO concluded that Adobe Flash would never be available on iOS devices such as the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. Instead, he pushed for HTLM5, which he called “completely open and controlled by a standards committee.” Since then, most of the technology industry has been moving in that direction too.
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