(NEXSTAR) — Apple unveiled a number of new merchandise earlier this week and rolled out iOS 14 for current units. Nonetheless, one new iOS 14 function is complicated some customers.
What does the orange dot imply?
A brand new safety function included in iOS 14 will show an orange dot on the high of your iPhone when an app is actively utilizing your telephone’s microphone. A inexperienced dot signifies an app is utilizing your digital camera. The dots additionally show within the management heart.
“An indicator seems on the high of your display at any time when an app is utilizing your microphone or digital camera. And in Management Middle, you may see if an app has used them lately,” in accordance with a information launch from Apple.
Customers will even want to offer an app permission to make use of the microphone or digital camera on the telephone.
The software program improve serves as a refresh for iPhone 6 and later fashions and is described by Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner as a “big launch that can rework the core expertise of iPhone.”
The brand new iOS consists of new methods to arrange apps, a brand new function referred to as App Library, and even the power to unlock your automobile (not less than should you personal a BMW) together with your iPhone.
In accordance with CNN Business, different iOS 14 upgrades embody the power to look at movies whereas scrolling via different functions and a function the place incoming calls received’t take over your full machine.
There are additionally modifications to group chats within the type of pinned messages, point out notifications and group images.
Earlier this week, Apple launched a less expensive model of its smartwatch, its newest try to broaden the attraction of its trend-setting merchandise whereas many shoppers are compelled to scrimp throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The scaled-down Apple Watch follows on the heels of a finances iPhone the corporate launched 5 months in the past because the financial system cratered and unemployment charges rose above the degrees reached throughout the Nice Recession greater than a decade in the past.
Apple additionally took the wraps off a brand new high-end watch mannequin, a next-generation iPad and a few new subscription companies throughout a digital occasion held Tuesday. The corporate usually additionally rolls out its new iPhones right now of 12 months, however manufacturing issues brought on by the pandemic have delayed their launch till not less than October.
CEO Tim Prepare dinner didn’t point out iPhones throughout Tuesday’s one-hour presentation recorded on the firm’s large, however now principally empty, headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The Apple Watch has by no means come near rivaling the iPhone’s recognition, however it does dominate the marketplace for smartwatches. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley estimates about 51 million Apple Watches will likely be bought this 12 months, a 5% improve from final 12 months. The analysis agency GlobalData pegs Apple’s share of the $64 billion smartwatch market at roughly 60%.
The brand new low cost mannequin, referred to as the Apple Watch SE, will promote for $279 and be out there starting Friday. The value is a markdown from the $399 that Apple is asking for the subsequent model of its larger finish watch, the Sequence 6. Apple watches have been promoting for a median of $377, based mostly on Walkley’s calculations.
Apple added extra options to assist the watch monitor its proprietor’s well being, together with a sensor that may learn blood oxygen ranges. The function, particular to the Sequence 6, could possibly be well timed, provided that COVID-19 continuously assaults the lungs.
Apple additionally introduced a brand new health subscription service tailor-made for its watches for $10 monthly, in addition to a brand new choice that can bundle its current music, video, information and gaming companies right into a bundle that can price $15 to $30 monthly.
Tens of thousands and thousands of individuals already subscribe to Apple’s numerous companies, serving to the corporate double its income throughout the previous 4 years inside a division that creates merchandise for the greater than 1 billion iPhones, iPads, watches and different units that the folks already use.
The companies division additionally consists of Apple’s app retailer, which is beneath regulatory scrutiny for charging a fee of as much as 30% for merchandise bought via different firms who haven’t any different choice however to make use of the shop to achieve the principally prosperous shoppers who purchase iPhone merchandise.
The Related Press contributed to this report.