A new report out today by Bloomberg offers a look inside one of Apple’s so-called „black sites,“ this one a satellite office near Apple Park in California where the company hires contractors to work on Apple Maps. These contract workers were hired by Apex Systems, which staffs and manages a few Apple mapping offices, and creates a „culture of fear“ according to former employees.
One former worker at the black site near Apple Park, on Hammerwood Avenue in Sunnyvale, said that „it was made pretty plain to us that we were at-will employees and they would fire us at any time.“ Most workers at the office signed up for 12-15 month work [...]
Apple earlier this week released a new beta of iOS 12.2 to developers and public beta testers, but that beta does not include the same Group FaceTime bug fix that was introduced in today’s iOS 12.1.4 update.
Apple’s Group FaceTime servers are back online, but because the issue has not been fixed in iOS 12.2, Group FaceTime is not working on beta devices.
We have been testing Group FaceTime since the servers came back online, and while we can get calls to work between multiple people on devices running iOS 12.1.4, calls do not go through on devices running iOS 12.2 beta 2.
Developers and public beta testers will need to wait until the Group [...]
Microsoft is working on a new software development kit that will allow your Xbox Live data to sync „to almost every screen“ that you own, including iOS devices, Android smartphones, and Nintendo Switch, in addition to existing support on Xbox consoles and Windows PC. The SDK will bring your Xbox achievements, friends list, clubs, and more to supported iPhone and iPad games in the future (via Windows Central).
The news comes from the GDC 2019 scheduling website, hinting at more details for the feature to come during the conference, which takes place in San Francisco the week of March 18. Microsoft already supports cross-platform play for certain smartphone [...]
Apple could have a 7th-generation iPod touch in the works, according to new information shared today by Japanese site Mac Otakara.
Several suppliers at CES 2019 reportedly told Mac Otakara that a 7th-generation iPod touch „might“ be in development as a replacement for the 6th-generation version.
The site did not provide details on when an updated iPod touch might launch, nor what features it might include.
Apple last updated the hardware in the iPod touch in July 2015, introducing an A8 chip, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and six color options.
The iPod touch was last updated in July 2017 when Apple streamlined the available capacity [...]