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2015

Apple investigating iPhone dock with integrated display, touchpad, sensors, inductive charging, more

Thursday March 12, 2015

A patent application published on Thursday reveals Apple's interest in a docking solution for iPhone and iPad that supports multiple accessories and incorporates a display, advanced gesture controls, wireless communications and even inductive charging.

Apple Inc. has acquired 26 firms in 15 months while pursuing increased diversity, a confident Tim Cook tells shareholders

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Riding high the day after detailing a series of new products at its Spring Forward event, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook recapped the company's progress at its annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday, with a particular focus on acquisitions, partnerships and achieving the kind of diversity that reflects the company's growing, global audience of employees and customers.

Banks ING and OCBC launch new apps with support for Touch ID logins

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Dutch bank ING and Singapore's OCBC Bank recently integrated Touch ID compatibility to their respective iOS apps, marking the first time Apple's fingerprint recognition system has been used to protect mobile banking apps in those countries.

Apple removes Nike FuelBand, Jawbone UP from stores ahead of Apple Watch debut

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Apple has phased out fitness bands like Nike's FuelBand and Jawbone's UP from its retail store offerings as the company prepares to enter the wearables market with Apple Watch.

Intel to reportedly supply LTE chips for 2016 iPhone

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Apple will reportedly turn to Intel's new XMM 7360 LTE modem when it launches a special next-generation iPhone model in 2016, suggesting the company is looking to diversify baseband chip suppliers.

Nokia's HERE maps returns to iOS App Store after 15-month hiatus

Wednesday March 11, 2015

After being pulled from Apple's iOS App Store in 2013, Nokia's HERE mapping and navigation app is back up for download, complete with offline caching, traffic information, public transit data and more.

Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson to appear at Conde Nast luxury conference

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Key Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson will be opening up the first ever Conde Nast International Luxury Conference, scheduled for April 22 and 23 in Florence, Italy, according to an announcement made on Wednesday.

Teardown shows new 2015 MacBook Airs sticking with non-adhered batteries

Wednesday March 11, 2015

A teardown of the latest 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs shows few differences over their 2014 counterparts, and in fact demonstrates a rare decision by Apple to continue using non-adhered batteries.

DODOcase, Twelve South join rush to announce Apple Watch stands

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Two more Apple accessory makers have each announced third-party stands for the Apple Watch: DODOcase this week unveiled the Charging Stand, while Twelve South is developing the HiRise.

Apple on track to sell record 54M iPhones in March quarter, Morgan Stanley says

Wednesday March 11, 2015

The latest data from Morgan Stanley suggests Apple is on target to set a new record and sell at least 54 million iPhones in the current quarter, which concludes later this month.

Apple issues apology as iTunes & App Store outage persists for 7+ hours

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Apple on Wednesday issued a rare public apology to customers, as the company's high-profile digital storefronts continue to suffer hours-long global outages sparked by what Apple is calling an "internal DNS error."

Google takes bigger step into retail with branded London store

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Google is taking a deeper step into the retail world with a newly-launched "store within a store," located in London, that will give the company a venue to promote products such as Android phones, Chromebooks, and the Chromecast.

Over 10K participants sign up for Stanford medical trial after ResearchKit debut

Wednesday March 11, 2015

The number of participants in a Stanford University cardiovascular study conducted using Apple's new ResearchKit medical research platform ballooned to more than 10,000 overnight, researchers say, after the trial was featured on stage during Apple's "Spring Forward" event earlier this week.

Apple seen shipping just 450K 12" MacBooks in 1H of 2015, as radical design may temper demand

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Apple's latest notebook may need some time to meet the lofty sales bar set by its siblings, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as the relatively high price and unconventional port arrangement could temper demand at the outset.

New Apple Watch models with different casing materials expected to launch this fall

Wednesday March 11, 2015

With the Apple Watch set to ship in aluminum, stainless steel and 18-karat gold, Apple could launch as many as three additional casing materials in time for this fall's holiday shopping season, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Swiss watchmakers gear up to compete with Apple Watch, could see sales boost

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Although Swiss watchmakers have sometimes been passive or even resistant in response to smartwatches like the Apple Watch, the companies are said to be working on smartwatches of their own and could even see a boost to sales of traditional luxury models.

With Apple Watch prices set to top $20,000 in China, factories churn out knockoffs

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Mainland Chinese consumers looking to purchase an Apple Watch will face credit card bills far higher than their counterparts in Japan or Hong Kong thanks to the nation's oppressive luxury tax scheme, setting the stage for China's impressive counterfeiting industry to flood the streets with copycat devices.

Extended downtime for Apple's iTunes, App Store and more lingers for hours [ux2]

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store and App Store, experienced an extended outage Wednesday morning, stretching for hours, even though Apple's official system status page suggested all services were online.

Apple adds 14 new merchants to Apple Pay website including Jamba Juice and Office Max

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Following big MacBook and Apple Watch announcements at Monday's "Spring Forward" event, Apple updated its running list of merchants that support Apple Pay to include 14 new stores.

Next-gen iPhone rumored to include Force Touch, possible pink color option

Tuesday March 10, 2015

A report on Tuesday reiterated claims that Apple plans to integrate Force Touch features into its next iPhone model, and at the same time floated new rumors about an upcoming pink version of the handset.