Apple's most famous retail destination is the subject of a new, unifying ad from rival Microsoft, bringing employees from both companies together in the spirit of the holiday season — and also bringing executives to sign off on the production behind the scenes.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Google has updated two of its key iOS apps, bringing 3D Touch support to Chrome, and direct quick replies to Hangouts notifications — including on the Apple Watch.
Cyber Monday has come and gone, and with it, some great deals and many stock outs. But dozens of killer offers still remain in stock at great discounts, such as the lowest prices ever on Apple Watches & 12" MacBooks, free 32GB Apple TVs, and sub-$1000 iMacs and MacBooks. Here's a roundup of "leftovers" from Monday's big sales and details on getting the lowest net prices while you shop.
Maintaining a four-year-old tradition, Apple has changed the logos outside of a number of its retail stores from white to red in order to signal World AIDS Day, simultaneously announcing that its (Product)Red donations have topped $100 million.
British Airways has seen quick customer adoption of the Apple Watch for boarding passes, prompting the airliner to integrate new wrist-friendly ticket scanners at London's Heathrow Airport starting this month.
If Apple does indeed get into rumored person-to-person money transfers via Apple Pay, the company stands to lose money on each transaction in the short term, accepting the losses as a way to further drive adoption of its mobile payment service, analysts believe.
Best of Apple Cyber Monday: MacBooks from $729, Apple Watch from $299 (+ free $50 Gift Card), Unlocked 128GB iPad minis 2 for $409, free Apple TVs and more
Cyber Monday has arrived and with it, the lowest prices of the year on 12" MacBooks, up to $700 off MacBook Pros, up to $400 off unlocked 128GB iPad mini 2 and 3s, $80 off iPad mini 4s, $30-$100 off iPad Air 2s, $25 off iPad Pros, $50-$100 off Apple Watches with a free $50 B&H Gift Card, deep discounts on portable & external hard drives, as well as HomeKit accessories.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Last month, Apple added 26 new global carrier partners, greatly expanding the potential reach of its hot selling iPhone lineup and positioning the new iPhone 6s for continued growth.
Amazon on Tuesday touted the performance of its first-party product lineup — particularly the Fire TV, which the retailer said was the best-selling streaming media player in the U.S. across all retailers. But the cited data only covers the months leading up to the debut of the fourth-generation Apple TV.
In an effort to better align its international retail services with those offered domestically, Apple this week began accepting Personal Pickup orders at Apple Stores in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
Adobe launched updates to its Creative Cloud suite of creativity apps on Monday, bringing enhancements to stalwart titles like Photoshop and Premiere Pro, while introducing a 3D character modeling tool called Fuse CC.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Continuing to milk its October interview with Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, CNNMoney released another snippet on Monday covering the iOS 9 News app, a news aggregator Cue claims is not being censored in China.
A recent study conducted by smartwatch market research firm Wristly found an overall lack of performance the common thread between unsatisfied Apple Watch owners, though roughly half of respondents said they would consider buying a second-generation model.
Apple is once again in the legal crosshairs of a non-practicing entity, this time as part of a lawsuit leveled by patent monetization firm Papst, which claims iPhone, iPad and iPod infringe on four owned properties relating to data transfer technology.
AT&T, the nation's second largest cellular carrier, intends to raise rates for subscribers grandfathered in to unlimited data plans early next year, tacking on a moderate increase of $5 per month.
It was announced on Monday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization's 2015 "Ripple of Hope" award at a New York ceremony on Dec. 8.
During the busiest shopping period of the year, consumers are largely turning to Apple hardware for their browsing and purchasing, with iPhones and iPads comprising the lion's share of mobile devices tracked through online retailers.
U.S. big-box retailer JCPenney is currently testing Apple Pay support for its store cards, with plans for an official introduction sometime in the spring of next year, a shopper's anecdote indicated on Monday.
Financiers have positioned floundering ex-Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies to emerge from bankruptcy with $80 million in funding, a plan that could allow the beleaguered former sapphire supplier to reposition itself as an industrial equipment manufacturer.
Online retailer Amazon has released a new two-minute video hinting at more of its plans for Prime Air, a drone-based shipping service which — if legalized by the U.S. government — would allow deliveries in 30 minutes or less.
Sonos and Apple will launch support for the Apple Music subscription service this month on Dec. 15, though it will initially be available as a public beta to users of Sonos speaker systems.
Apple on Monday supplied a fifth beta of its forthcoming OS X 10.11.2 update for El Capitan, providing a new-release build to both registered developers and members of the public beta program.
Apple on Monday launched (Product)Red options for its official leather cases for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, channeling a portion of the proceeds towards charity.
Apple spent just 3.5 percent — $8.1 billion — of its 2015 revenues on research and development, proportionately far less than peers like Google and Facebook in the American tech landscape.
A dissection of Apple's new A9X processor powering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has discovered a custom 12-cluster GPU, doubling the graphics power of the base A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s.
Sales of the Apple Watch have continued to grow since its launch in April, and one analyst believes total sales of its wearable device could double this holiday alone, moving 6 million units in the lucrative three-month shopping period.
A rumor circulating in the Far East claims Apple plans to introduce a revamped MacBook Air lineup at its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2016, extending the form factor to include a 15-inch model potentially in lieu of an 11-inch version.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Shopping on a budget: iPads & Apple Watches under $300, MacBooks and iMacs under $1000, and Gifts under $100
Don't see the need for a pricey iPad when you can grab one for $199 or $250? Looking to spend less than $800 for a 2015 MacBook? Have you been waiting for Apple Watch prices to fall? Then this price-conscience Cyber Week shopping roundup may be worth a glance.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Amazon Instant Video was notably absent from Apple's tvOS App Store launch lineup in October, and while the e-commerce giant remains mum on future plans, a support team representative let slip that the streaming movie service could hit fourth-generation Apple TVs in a few weeks.
Since the announcement of the iPad Pro, there's been a great deal of debate about whether a jumbo-sized tablet running iOS can truly replace your laptop. If you're thinking about your next technology purchase and are on the fence between an iPad Pro and a MacBook, AppleInsider is here to help you break down the decision.
ExclusiveExclusive Deal: Free 32GB Apple TV with all 2015 MacBook Pros plus up to $230 in additional discounts per model with no tax in 48 states
One-upping our offer from last year, this Black Friday AppleInsider has teamed with one of Apple's top authorized resellers to knock $30-$111 off all 2015 13" MacBook Pros and $71-$230 off all 2015 15" MacBook Pros, then throw in a brand new 4th-generation 32GB Apple TV — on top of those discounts — for free. Plus free shipping and no tax in 48 states.
Friday, November 27, 2015
With the 2015 shopping season now officially in full swing, finalized Apple Black Friday deals are now live. We've curated the creme of the crop in this roundup that highlights $50-$100 off Apple Watch, $25-$150 off current iPads, up to $650 off MacBooks, up to $500 off iMacs, and much, much more.
Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei Yoshida on Friday said his company intends to release an official Remote Play title that will allow users to stream games from their PlayStation 4 to a Mac or PC.
Apple remained the dominant platform for holiday mobile shoppers as iPad and iPhone users accounted for 78.3 percent of mobile e-commerce orders over Thanksgiving Day. Buyers using any device using some form of Android contributed only 21.5 percent of online orders.
Microsoft this week activated beta accounts for a select number users interested in testing out the iOS version of its Cortana personal assistant, the software giant's alternative to Siri and Google Now.
Apple's next-generation iPhone design is so thin that engineers are mulling the removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning users might have to invest in Lightning or Bluetooth-connected headphones, according to a rumor on Friday.
While Apple has again chosen to forgo offering discounts on its products this Black Friday, many Apple Authorized Resellers and big-box retailers are competing aggressively for the business of Apple shoppers. Here's how to quickly and easily find the lowest prices anywhere on your iPad, Mac, AppleWatch and Apple accessories of choice.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
B&H slashes Apple Watches by $50-$100 (plus a free B&H $50 gift card), MacBooks by $200-300, iMacs by $170-$499, iPad Air 2 by $30-$100
Delivering the lowest prices ever on numerous models, B&H's holiday sale knocks $300 off 15" MacBook Pros (2015), $200-$300 off 13" MacBook Pros (2015), $170-$200 off 12" MacBooks, $100-$170 off 11" & 13" MacBook Airs (2015), up to $30 off iPad mini 4 and up to $70 off iPad Air 2.
An Apple patent application published Thursday details methods of implementing a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.