Speculation surrounding the next generation 4-inch iPhone continues, with more iPhone 6c leaks surfacing online. Existing devices received a minor iOS 9.2.1 update, bringing no new features but fixing a long list of security vulnerabilities in iOS 9.2. Apple Pay already works in China, and in Apple Watch news the exclusive Hermès collection can now be purchased online. Also, the iPhoneFAQ is looking for writers to join our team! Get details in the latest news roundup below.
Since last October, getting the designer Apple Watch from Hermès required a visit to the store. Not just any store either, as the exclusive Hermès collection was only carried at a limited number of locations. This has all changed, with the collection now available on the Apple Store online and at Hermes.com. These unique versions of the Apple Watch are the result of a partnership between Apple and the Paris-based luxury goods manufacturer.
It looks like Santa delivered a lot Fitbit tracking devices this Christmas. The free Fitbit iOS app topped Apple’s app chart on Christmas Day, according to QZ. The sudden explosion in Fitbit app downloads suggests that a lot of people were activating a new fitness tracker on December 25th. The Fitbit app has also been one of the most downloaded health and fitness apps in all of December, according to App Annie. This could spell trouble for Apple who was also pushing their own wearable device this Christmas, but it is impossible to tell since neither Apple or Fitbit have publically reported sales.
Apple is hot on the heels of Fitbit for the top spot in the worldwide wearables market, according to IDC. The Apple Watch has seen a slight bump in sales from an estimated 3.6M units in Q2 to 3.9M in Q3. This makes Apple the number two wearables vendor worldwide after Fitbit, with Chinese vendor Xiaomi finishing third, and newcomer XTC helping knock Samsung out of the top five.
Apple is now accepting orders for its official Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock. The new charging dock is available for $79 through apple.com or at Apple Retail locations.
The dock allows you to charge your Apple Watch while laying down or on its side. Charging the Watch while on it side allows you to access the Nightstand mode found in watchOS 2. This allows you to use your Watch as an alarm clock while it is charging overnight.