We’ve made it to August, meaning we’re just weeks away from new Apple products and software. Here’s our daily look at the world of technology.
Top news stories
Beta season coming to a close
On Monday, Apple introduced the fourth round of developer betas for iOS 10, tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra. The changes that were made were small, save for new emojis in iOS 10, meaning that we’re getting ever closer to the public release of each version.
As things stand, expect the fifth round of betas to arrive the week of Aug. 15 followed by gold master (GM) versions near the end of the month or in early September.
Apple is largely expected to hold the company’s “iPhone 7” event on Tuesday, Sept. 6 or Wednesday, Sept. 7. Public versions of iOS 10, tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and macOS Sierra should arrive soon after.
Pokémon GO is huge, but …
No surprise here. Pokémon GO has now hit 100 million downloads, earning $10 million each day, according to App Annie.
The biggest conclusion: The game’s popularity isn’t causing problems for other apps on the App Store:
Pokémon GO has not had a sustained and meaningful impact on the daily revenue of other games on iOS and Google Play. Daily revenue for Games other than Pokémon GO did see a brief dip in the US shortly after the game’s launch, but quickly climbed back to previous levels in a few days.
Pokémon GO’s continued success isn’t guaranteed, however, thanks to some unpopular moves recently made by developer Niantic.
As CNET explained:
But then, last weekend and with no warning, Pokemon Go’s developer, Niantic, took out a key feature that helps you track how close Pokemon are to your location. As if that wasn’t enough of a burn to people who liked getting the help, Niantic apparently told other app makers to shut down apps designed to help people identify Pokemon in their neighborhood (Niantic isn’t commenting on whether it did this).
On this day
Today, Aug. 2 we continue National Simplify your Life Week.
It’s 500 Startups Demo Day in Mountain View, California.
Rewind: On this day in 1876, Wild Bill Hickok was killed during a poker game. He was killed by John “Jack” McCall, also known as “Crooked Nose Jack” or “Broken Nose Jack.”
We’ve looked around the web and found these other stories worth considering on this Tuesday:
- There’s a huge problem with Apple’s plan to combat gun violence by changing an emoji, Business Insider
- Logitech’s powerful Create keyboard is now available for your 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Macworld
- Apple Confirms Problem Around iOS 9.3.3, Forbes
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