AWT News Update: June 10, 2015

Someone broke the Apple news machine today... so it's a short AWT News Update:

  • An iOS 9 code investigation shows that future iPhones may have high resolution FaceTime cameras
  • T-Mobile adds continuity support for iOS 9, so you can receive phone calls on a Mac or PC even if you've left your iPhone at home
  • ResearchKit gets an update, now supports iPad

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for June 10, 2015. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Marketcircle, for making it all possible. Check out the AWT website for information on the company’s new Apple Watch companion app for Billings Pro.

Now that developers have had more than a day to dig into the code of iOS 9, they’re beginning to see some things that are rather fascinating. Developer Hamza Sood notes that iOS 9 hints at future device front cameras — also known as FaceTime cameras — adding 1080p resolution, 240fps slow mo, panoramic capture and even a flash. Those features don’t appear when iOS 9 is installed on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, so it could be that the code is referencing a yet unreleased iPhone model.

T-Mobile announced today that it’s the only mobile network operator in the world with support for continuity support. What the heck does that mean? It means that a Mac or iPad can receive phone calls being made to an iOS 9 iPhone, even when they’re not on the same Wi-Fi network. Think of it this way — you could go to work and leave your iPhone at home, and still get phone calls on your iPad or Mac. Let’s hope that other carriers get on the bandwagon soon.

ResearchKit is Apple’s open source project aimed at improving medical research using apps. There’s a new version available — 1.1 — and it now adds support for the iPad. This is important since some patients may find the iPad’s larger screen to be easier to navigate compared to the iPhone.

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon for another edition of the AWT News Update.