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Concept shows how Apple could create a ‘glassOS’ based on the iOS 14 interface

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We’ve heard many rumors about Apple’s new augmented reality headset, referred to as Apple Glasses, which are expected to be announced at some point in 2022. While the company won’t give us details about their upcoming projects, developer and designer Jordan Singer has created this new concept that imagines the Apple Glasses user interface inspired by iOS 14.

As Jordan noted, Apple’s website highlights that changes in the iOS 14 interface makes the elements “compact” and focuses on letting users “quickly get information,” which is expected for an operating system that will run in a pair of glasses.

These changes include home screen widgets, the new Siri interface, and the non-intrusive incoming calls screen. With that in mind, Jordan created this concept to show how these elements could be shown to someone wearing Apple Glasses.

Let’s assume Apple’s glasses have a way of presenting UI, be it projection or on a display. And let’s assume that iOS 14 is introducing new UI paradigms that will help make the transition to glasses seamless. Now, let’s take a look at how almost every corner of the iOS 14 update meant for iPhone can be translated directly to UI on a pair of glasses.

For notifications, the concept uses watchOS-inspired banners in the top right corner of the field of view. You can see that the images use the new macOS Big Sur icons, and Jordan justifies that icons with 3D elements and shadows should be more natural to be recognized when overlaid on the “real world.”

The new incoming calls screen and Apple Maps navigation banners also match the Apple Glasses perfectly.

“glassOS” would automatically show widgets based on what’s most important to the user, just like Smart Widget Stacks on iOS 14.

There are many other examples that you can check out on the concept page, including Siri, AirPods alerts, privacy indicators, Translate app, and more.

What do you think of this concept? What approach do you think Apple should take to create a new operating system for Apple Glasses? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Report: Foxconn investing $1 billion in India following Apple’s strong request

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Apple has some ambitious plans in India, as the company has already confirmed that it will open the first Apple Store there by 2021. And now Foxconn is allegedly investing $1 billion in its India facility, where the Taiwanese factory already assembles some iPhone models.

According to a Reuters report, Apple is gradually moving its production line from China to other countries, and scaling up the manufacturing process in India is part of the plans. Apple would have requested Foxconn to expand its facilities located in Sriperumbudur, where the two companies are already assembling the iPhone XR.

The expansion plan is expected to be finished in three years, and it will allow other iPhone models to be made in India. Sources told Reuters that these investments will add over 6,000 jobs to the Sriperumbudur facility.

While India is the second-largest smartphone market in the world, Apple only accounts for 1% of sales there. The country has high import taxes, which makes Apple’s product prices too high when compared to the competition. Building products locally can help Apple reduce some costs, which may result in more attractive prices for consumers.

If the plans succeed, Apple might use Foxconn facilities in India to export iPhone models to other countries.

‘With India’s labor cheaper compared with China, and the gradual expansion of its supplier base here, Apple will be able to use the country as an export hub,’ Neil Shah of Hong Kong-based tech researcher Counterpoint said.

Apple is rumored to launch its official online store in India later this year.

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iOS 14: How to pin text messages on iPhone for quick access

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A really useful new feature included in iOS 14 is the ability to favorite conversations for easy access at the top of the Messages app. Follow along for how to pin text messages on iPhone and iPad.

The Messages app gets a few notable upgrades with this year’s major iOS update including mentions, an emoji search bar, the ability to pin conversations, and also add a photo for the icon of group messages.

The pin message feature is quick and easy to use and places your favorited conversations at the top of the Messages app with large icons. You can pin up to 9 messages on iPhone and iPad.

Note: iOS 14 is available as a free public beta as well as a developer beta. Read more here on how to install them.

iOS 14: How to pin text messages on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Messages app
  2. Find a conversation you want to pin, long-press on it
  3. Tap Pin ____________
  4. Now you’ll see the pinned message at the top of the app
  5. To undo a pin, long-press on a message or the pinned icon and tap Unpin ___________

Here’s how the process looks:

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You can add up to 9 pinned messages, including both iMessages and standard text messages and messages to individuals or groups.

How to unpin messages on iPhone and iPad

Once you’ve hit the maximum of 9, you’ll see an alert to unpin a conversation to add a new one.

Here’s what it looks like to unpin a message:

  • Long-press the pinned message icon or the message thread from the list below

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Apple News+ sees another free month promotion as audio stories are set to launch

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Apple News+, the company’s paid offering is running a new promotion for users who have tried the service and canceled their subscriptions. The new deal offers previous customers another free month of Apple News+ as the new audio stories are set to launch with the upcoming release of iOS 13.6.

If you haven’t tried Apple News+, the standard welcome at the top of the News+ tab in the Apple News app encourages you to try it for free for one month before paying the $10/month regular price.

Now, Apple is offering a second free month to those who have given it a try but canceled the subscription.

As shown in the images above, Apple is using the “Get 1 More Month” offer to entice previous subscribers to give the service another shot.

The promotion comes as Apple News+ Audio is set to launch with iOS 13.6 in the near future.

We first got a look at the new Apple News+ Audio feature with the iOS 13.5.5 beta (renamed to iOS 13.6). It brings professionally narrated audio stories curated from the Apple News team to your device. We went hands-on with the Apple News+ Audio feature after uncovering it early.

At the end of last year, Apple News+ ran a free three-month trial during the holidays to boost its users. That came just a couple of weeks after a report claimed the service was having trouble getting new customers.

Notably, just last month, The New York Times left Apple News — the free version of Apple’s news platform — which was a little over a year after it and the Washington Post said no to joining the paid Apple News+ service.

Does another free month interest you at all in trying Apple News+ again? Or did you not find it worth the $10/month? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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