Apple continues to work on dedicated chips to perform specific tasks and integrate seamlessly with iOS. According to Bloomberg, the company is developing a Neural Engine to handle artificial intelligence-related tasks. The custom silicon would join others such as the Apple A10 Fusion chip, M10 motion coprocessor, and the Apple W1 wireless audio chip.
IKEA plans to add Apple HomeKit capabilities to its line of smart lighting known as TRÅDFRI this summer. The firmware update will bring smart home technology within reach of even more people across the globe, thanks to the relatively affordable options IKEA provides. According to the press release, IKEA will soon make its $80 TRÅDFRI gateway kit compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as Apple HomeKit.
Instagram continues to expand the Explore tab, giving users new ways to find interesting content. According to the Instagram blog, the latest update brings location and hashtag Stories to the section. The change is one of many that Instagram has rolled out over the past five years since the Explore tab first launched.
Finger Spinner has rocketed to the top of the free App Store charts, bumping YouTube from the number one slot. The concept of the game is simple: swipe to spin the spinner, which is based on the real-life fidget spinners that are taking over schools and workplaces around the globe. Each spin earns coins, which can be used to upgrade the maximum speed or grease the wheels to extend the spin for a longer time.
Smartphones keep getting bigger. The iPhone is no exception, with the iPhone 6 Plus ushering in a new era of large Apple handsets offering premium features. Despite this trend, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has found the 4-inch iPhone SE leading the pack when it comes to owner satisfaction.