As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple will begin to phase out outdated watchOS apps. Specifically, in the latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta, a new message will be notifying users when they opened watchOS 1 watchkit apps.

The warnings reads that "The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility," suggesting that Apple will be dropping support for those apps in watchOS 5. However, when you tap OK on the beta, it still allows the app to open and run normally, which means watchOS 4.3.1 is fully compatible with older apps.

Back In November, Apple has informed developers that it will stop accepting watchOS 1 app submissions in 2018. And starting on April 1, app maker are required to use the watchOS 2 software development kit or later to build updates to existing apps, in the meantime, new apps must be coded with watchOS 4 SDK or later.

The benefit to dropping support for watchOS 1 apps should prevent from outdated apps fail to launch entirely when you go out without an iPhone, in which it tells users that they need to connect to their devices to continue because prior to series 3, all Watch models requires connecting with an iPhone.

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According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple faced the biggest challenge in its innovation over past years has been in software, rather than its hardware. "In several cases we have seen Apple lagging in software versus hardware development, which bodes badly for its innovation strategy of software and hardware integration," said Kuo.

For instance, Kuo says that Apple's first-mover advantage in augmented reality has been caught up by Chinese smartphone maker OPPO in only six to nine months. And that's because augmented reality version of Honour of Kings to be compatible with both iPhones and OPPO's cheap smartphones, which will be coming to the U.S. soon.

The key is that OPPO is in charge of developing API, integrating hardware and software, and cooperating with SenseTime's algorithm and Tencent's game software development team

The analyst says that every since Apple has announced its AR platform at WWDC 2017, the company didn't saw any "heavyweight" augmented reality app for iPhones and iPads. Kuo adds that Apple should have to offer popular AR applications way before the Android camp did, as it has several advantages than its competitor have.

From our point of view, Apple indeed had multiple issues with the software quality lately, more and more bugs, as well as security vulnerabilities, have been discovered in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13. But reports from Bloomberg led us to believe that the company seems to be on the right track to improving quality of its software platform.

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According to teen survey results gathered by investment firm Piper Jaffray in the U.S., Apple's iPhone has extreme high loyalty rates among teens in the county, with 82 percent of teens surveyed own an iPhone, and is up from 78 percent from last fall.

Furthermore, the number is likely to be increase in the future because of 84 percent of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone, up from 82 percent in the fall of 2017. Back in the spring of 2014, the percentage was only at 60%, suggesting the iPhone interest has grown steadily. See the chart below.

While the more teenagers likely to purchase an iPhone, so we expect that the more these students will interest in Apple Watch. In fact, 20 percent of respondents said they plan to buy an Apple Watch in the next six months. Major change for both devices will also improving teens' interest in Apple products.

It should be noted here that during this survey, Piper Jaffray runs a total of 6,000 teens with an average age of 16.4 and an average household income of $66,296, and across 40 states nationwide.

Apple is again being reported to be working on a new tv show, the company has linked a deal for the sci-fi series adaption of Isaac Asimov's Foundation, the series will be produced by Skydance television, which is in development for straight-to-series consideration.

As reported by both Deadline and Variety, the series will be written and produced by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman, and they will also serve as executive producers and showrunners.

For those who unknown about the the book, Foundation is Isaac Asimov's most popular and well-known science fiction series, which takes place in a time when the Milky Way is under the control of the Galactic Empire, with the novels span many years and cover the rise and fall of multiple empires.

The book trilogy–comprised of the novels “Foundation,” “Foundation and Empire,” and “Second Foundation”–takes place in a time when the Milky Way is under the control of the Galactic Empire. A mathematician named Hari Seldon develops a method to predict the fall of the empire, leading him to form a group known as The Foundation to preserve and build on human knowledge and speed the rise of a new empire.

In additon to the show, Apple is also working on another drama based series called Are You Sleeping?, an untitled space drama that developed by Ronald Moore, a reboot of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories, as well as an epic world-building drama called "See".

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When you received a call at an inopportune time — or forgot to silence our iPhone in a crowded space. Other than letting it continue to ring and jingle your wrist, you can use the handy palm trick to instantly silence and dismiss the call, the tip will definitely make these situations slightly less embarrassing. Here is how to do it!
  1. When you received a call from your Apple Watch...
  2. Then cover the screen by placing your Palm over the Watch Face
  3. And the call will instantly be silenced on your Apple Watch and iPhone.

It's worth to note here that by doing this — it doesn't decline the phone call or send the caller to voicemail, it just mute the call so that the Apple Watch stops buzzing and alerting to it, like when you silence an incoming call on the iPhone by tapping on the power buttons.

This palm trick not only works for just silencing the call, but it can be also used to always turn off the watch display and reset the watch back to the face no matter which app or workout that you are in. Let us in the comment so we know how is this work for you.

Apple today announced that its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy, including the retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. In a statement, CEO Tim Cook said that they are "committed to leaving the world better than we found it."

"We're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we're proud to have reached this significant milestone," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We're going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it."

Furthermore, the company's 100 percent clean energy figure also encompasses facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, UK, China, as well as India. Apple claims that currently it has total of 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity.

Among them, the Cupertino tech giant says that 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017, which is the most ever in a year! In the meantime, 15 more projects are still being constructed. Once all finished, it will deliver up to 1.4 gigawatts of clean renewable energy generation across 11 countries.

The ongoing projects are:

Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America. It is powered by 100 percent renewable energy from multiple sources, including a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation and four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage. It also gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy.

Over 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects have been developed across six provinces of China to address upstream manufacturing emissions.

Apple recently announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, that will run entirely on renewable energy from day one.

In Prineville, Oregon, the company signed a 200-megawatt power purchase agreement for an Oregon wind farm, the Montague Wind Power Project, set to come online by the end of 2019.

In Reno, Nevada, Apple created a partnership with the local utility, NV Energy, and over the last four years developed four new projects totaling 320 megawatts of solar PV generation.

In Japan, Apple is partnering with local solar company Daini Denryoku to install over 300 rooftop solar systems that will generate 18,000 megawatt-hours of clean energy every year — enough to power more than 3,000 Japanese homes.

Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, is supported by projects that generate 244 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year, which is equivalent to the energy used by 17,906 North Carolina homes.

In Singapore, where land is scarce, Apple adapted and built its renewable energy on 800 rooftops.

Apple is currently constructing two new data centers in Denmark that will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.

To look back Apple's commitment on using renewable energy, since 2011, these projects have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent, since 2014, 100 percent of Apple's data centers powered by clean energy, and since 2016, 96 percent of Apple facilities have been run on renewable energy. The iPhone maker is also telling suppliers to use clean energy.

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According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News, due to the slow sales of 2017 iPhone models, Apple will introduce a new iPhone with a triple-lens rear camera led by a 12-megapixel lens in 2019, while this year's models will be continuing to use dual-lens rear camera system,

The report cites Yuanda Investment claims in which the camera will have a 6P lens design with 5x zoom, but it doesn't specify whether that pertains to optical, digital, or hybrid zoom. EDN believes that Hon Hai and Largan Precision will be supply the triple camera lens.

Huawei's new P20 Pro, the first smartphone that equipped with three-lens rear camera system, including a primary 40-megapixel f/1.8 lens, a 20-megapixel f/1.6 monochrome lens, and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. It provide a lot of advantages, such as greatly improved low-light performance and it produces sharper, cleaner images at a lower resolution.

The report also talked about the upcoming 6.1 inch LCD iPhone models, with an estimated price of $700 to $800, and to be featured with iPhone X’s top-of-the-range Face ID function. Among them, all three new iPhones are expected to account for 50% of the total sales of the iPhones this year.

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