(NEXSTAR) — Apple unveiled a number of new merchandise earlier this week and rolled out iOS 14 for current gadgets. 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 prime 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 prime of your display each time an app is utilizing your microphone or digital camera. And in Management Middle, you’ll be able to see if an app has used them not too long ago,” in response to a information launch from Apple.
Customers may even want to present 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 Cook dinner as a “large launch that can remodel the core expertise of iPhone.”
The brand new iOS contains new methods to arrange apps, a brand new function known as App Library, and even the power to unlock your automotive (a minimum of for those who personal a BMW) together with your iPhone.
In line with CNN Business, different iOS 14 upgrades embrace the power to look at movies whereas scrolling by way of different functions and a function the place incoming calls gained’t take over your full gadget.
There are additionally adjustments to group chats within the type of pinned messages, point out notifications and group pictures.
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 customers are pressured to scrimp throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The scaled-down Apple Watch follows on the heels of a funds 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 providers 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 a minimum of October.
CEO Tim Cook 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 reputation, nevertheless it does dominate the marketplace for smartwatches. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley estimates about 51 million Apple Watches will probably be offered 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, known 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 following model of its larger finish watch, the Sequence 6. Apple watches have been promoting for a mean of $377, primarily based 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, may very well be well timed, provided that COVID-19 incessantly assaults the lungs.
Apple additionally introduced a brand new health subscription service tailor-made for its watches for $10 per 30 days, in addition to a brand new possibility that can bundle its current music, video, information and gaming providers right into a bundle that can price $15 to $30 per 30 days.
Tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals already subscribe to Apple’s varied providers, 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 gadgets that the folks already use.
The providers division additionally contains Apple’s app retailer, which is below regulatory scrutiny for charging a fee of as much as 30% for merchandise offered by way of different corporations who don’t have any different possibility however to make use of the shop to achieve the principally prosperous customers who purchase iPhone merchandise.
The Related Press contributed to this report.