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2016

Barclays adds Apple Pay support 9 months after UK launch

Tuesday April 05, 2016

After months of waiting in the wings, Barclays customers in the UK can now provision bank-issued cards for use with Apple Pay on compatible devices, as the bank finally flipped the switch on Apple's mobile payments service.

Iowa's only Apple Store to get massive $3M makeover, nearly triple in size

Monday April 04, 2016

Apple's lone retail outlet in Iowa, which has served Apple faithful for the past 12 years, is about to get a long-awaited makeover that promises to nearly triple floor space, and could introduce the "next-generation" Apple Store design language currently rolling out at international flagship locations.

Apple Stores to use paper, not plastic, bags in environmental push, report says

Monday April 04, 2016

Like many retailers looking to go green, Apple reportedly plans to phase out its familiar plastic shopping bags in mid-April, with the drawstring design to be replaced by environmentally friendly paper bags made out of recycled materials.

Siri security flaw on iPhone 6s & 6s Plus grants access to Contacts and Photos without passcode

Monday April 04, 2016

A newly discovered Siri search handling bug allows nefarious users to bypass passcode protected lock screens on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, granting easy access to Contacts and Photos data. The vulnerability is likely applicable only to a subset of devices, however.

Apple's ResearchKit incorporates more genetics through new 23andMe module

Monday April 04, 2016

Private genetics firm 23andMe has released a new software module, allowing its genetics results to be incorporated into ResearchKit apps, Apple announced on Monday.

Pebble brings iOS text replies to Verizon, adds customizable vibrations & more

Monday April 04, 2016

Pebble on Monday announced a series of service and software updates for its multi-platform smartwatches, most notably enabling the iOS text reply feature for Verizon iPhones.

Brean Capital believes iPhone sales will fall to 216M this year, return to growth in 2017

Monday April 04, 2016

Though the firm remains bullish on Apple, Brean Capital believes Apple will see total iPhone sales for 2016 drop by 16 million units, amidst a slowing smartphone market.

Sheer amount of data involved delaying EU ruling on Apple's Irish tax deals, Commissioner says

Monday April 04, 2016

There's no way of telling when the European Commission will conclude its investigation into Apple's Irish tax deals, simply because the huge amount of data involved, the Commission's competition head said on Monday.

Apple's new iPhone SE lags siblings in sales as 9.7" iPad Pro performs well, analytics data says

Monday April 04, 2016

The newest, littlest iPhone hasn't captured the imagination of smartphone buyers just yet, new launch data indicates, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has seen steady adoption following last week's debut.

9.7" iPad Pro teardown finds 12.9" model's tech crammed into smaller, less repairable package

Monday April 04, 2016

In order to compress technology from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro into a 9.7-inch form factor, Apple had to make some significant internal design changes, a teardown of Apple's new flagship tablet reveals.

Like Bo, now Apple's Siri knows baseball

Monday April 04, 2016

Apple's new tie-up with Major League Baseball seems to have brought more than dugout cred for the iPad -- the company's virtual assistant, Siri, now has access to a trove of modern-day and historic baseball statistics.

Indian smartphone sellers fear iPhone 'snob value' as Apple plans to sell used handsets

Monday April 04, 2016

Apple's application to sell used iPhones in India is reportedly being fought by executives with leading vendors and manufacturers, who are worried that it could jeopardize local industry by opening the door to used imports as a whole.

Apple's iPhone shipments 'likely' to fall below 200M in 2016, insider says

Monday April 04, 2016

With lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone 6s, a soft iPhone SE launch, and dual-camera designs from competitors expected to beat the 'iPhone 7 Plus' to market, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes iPhone shipments could fall below 200 million units this year.

Review: Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro is professional-grade, powerful & pricey

Sunday April 03, 2016

After being neglected in 2015, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad has received a much-needed professional makeover, gaining key features from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and even outperforming it in a few ways. It's a substantial upgrade, and one we find absolutely worthy of the "Pro" moniker, though the $599 starting price may deter some buyers.

Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance Day

Saturday April 02, 2016

At the release of its new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, Apple presented a video of Dillan, a young man who is both autistic and non-verbal, who was able to begin expressively communicating via apps on his iPad. Today, the App Store is featuring more of Dillan's story and a range of apps developed for autistic people.

Review: Apple's 4" iPhone SE is better than we deserve

Saturday April 02, 2016

With a decidedly classic design just like the iPhone 5 series, the new iPhone SE has been completely revamped inside in a huge way. For fans of smaller phones, the iPhone SE is just what you've been waiting for -- a capable, modern smartphone in a compact, ultraportable, proven chassis.

This week on AI: DOJ drops court order, Apple ships iPhone SE & 9.7" iPad Pro, iOS 9.3.1 fixes critical Web link bug

Saturday April 02, 2016

Apple's confrontation with the U.S. government over encryption took a major twist, thanks to the Justice Department officially withdrawing its court order. Later in the week, Apple shipped the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and fixed a critical bug via iOS 9.3.1.

Apple celebrates 40th anniversary with Beer Bash DJ'd by Zane Lowe

Friday April 01, 2016

Apple turned 40 years old on Friday, and to celebrate the company held a traditional Beer Bash in front of its Cupertino, Calif., campus shortly after the workday ended, with Beats 1 providing tunes for a crowd of more than 6,000 people.

Cellebrite again rumored to have accessed San Bernardino iPhone 5c for FBI

Friday April 01, 2016

Citing inside sources, reports this week claim Israeli data forensics firm Cellebrite provided the FBI with technology to extract information from an iPhone 5c linked to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook.

Apple files amicus brief supporting EPA's Clean Power Plan

Friday April 01, 2016

Four of the biggest tech companies on the planet -- Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon --all officially pledged their support for the Environmental Protection Agency's embattled Clean Power Plan on Friday, calling for carbon emissions from power plants to be reduced.