Apple had a fairly quiet week last week by its own high standards, although what news did hit the headlines concerning the company was notable, including new software, the beta release of iOS 9 and a legal victory in an ongoing patent case.
Microsoft has announced the availability of the latest release of Office for Apple Mac, offering updated versions of the applications that bring the suite in line with the latest features found on the PC and the Office iPad apps.
Office 2016 for Mac is available immediately, but currently as a download only for customers that have an Office 365 service subscription. The suite will also be available as a one-time purchase option from September, Microsoft said.
Apple has made beta versions of iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan available to download, allowing people to try out the new operating systems before the final release later this year.
“Help make the next releases of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan our best yet,” Apple said on the page offering the software for download.
To download the versions of the software you need to register with your Apple ID and then install the update on your device.
Apple Pay is set to arrive on 14 July, according to leaked documents sent to retailers that will support the service.
A report on Apple-centric website 9to5Mac showed a photograph of a document sent to Waitrose saying that ‘Apple Pay will be live from Tuesday 14 July’.
The date would fit with previous statements from Apple that the service will be live in the UK from July. Apple Pay will support contactless transactions for up to £20 at launch, rising to £30 in September in line with the overall payments industry.
Apple has persuaded a US federal judge to throw out a $533m fine imposed by a jury that found the company guilty of infringing patents owned by Smartflash.
A report on Reuters said that Apple managed to overturn the ruling in Tyler, Texas when US district judge Rodney Gilstrap admitted that jurors who came down on the side of Smartflash in an earlier hearing had misunderstood his instructions on how to properly calculate royalties.
The INQUIRER reported that data from Slice Intelligence has suggested that interest in the Apple Watch has fallen away dramatically, and that only around 20,000 units are sold every day in the US. This is down notably from the 200,000 a day in the first week of launch.
However, this still makes it far more successful than similar wearables such as FitBit or Samsung watch devices.
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