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2016

iOS 10 cracks open Apple's Siri voice assistance to third party apps

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Two years ago, Apple introduced App Extensions to enable third party developers to add system-wide features using a secure new architecture. This year, iOS 10 brings App Extensions to Siri, enabling developers to teach Siri how to expand its capabilities.

Apple expands iPhone "Trade Up" program to cover carrier fees, lowers maximum handset value

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Apple on Tuesday quietly updated its "Trade Up with Installments" webpage to reflect program changes that lower the cap on maximum trade-in value, but expand credit options to cover monthly carrier fees.

Apple retail employees invited to evaluate watchOS 3 wheelchair activity tracking

Tuesday June 28, 2016

In efforts to improve watchOS 3 prior to release this fall, Apple has invited retail store employees to test a new activity tracking feature specifically designed to improve the Apple Watch experience for users in wheelchairs.

Florida man sues Apple for over $10B, claiming violation of 1992 'reading device' concept

Tuesday June 28, 2016

A new lawsuit is reportedly asking for over $10 billion in damages from Apple, on the basis that the company is infringing on an "Electronic Reading Device" concept invented over 20 years ago.

Inside tvOS 10: New Apple TV Remote app for iPhone replaces your Siri Remote

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Alongside the forthcoming tvOS 10 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple will also be releasing an all-new Remote app for iOS that will replicate the functionality of the Siri Remote in almost every way.

Alleged 'iPhone 7' chassis shows symmetrical speakers, lacks 3.5mm headphone jack

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Yet another leaked "iPhone 7" part suggests that Apple will use the space previously occupied by the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack to feature a symmetrical speaker design at the bottom of the device.

Supplier ASE says Apple 'conservative' on orders ahead of expected 'iPhone 7' launch

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Apple has been a "little more conservative" when placing supplier orders in 2016, the COO of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering revealed on Tuesday.

Review: Rachio's iPhone-connected Smart Sprinkler Controller is efficient, easy to use

Tuesday June 28, 2016

With summer in full swing, scorching temperatures can wreak havoc on even the greenest of lawns. Rachio's second generation Smart Sprinkler Controller is designed to save you time and money by automating your existing sprinkler system with support for up to 16 zones.

New Apple patent backs company's interest in micro-LED for future devices

Tuesday June 28, 2016

An Apple patent application published on Tuesday backs the company's apparent interest in using micro-LED technology in future products, one possibility being the Apple Watch.

Apple's iPhone install base features growing 'powder keg' ripe for upgrades, Cowen says

Tuesday June 28, 2016

As Apple's iPhone install base continues to grow, so too do the number of customers who are likely to upgrade to a new handset, representing what one investment firm has dubbed a "powder keg" that could propel shares of AAPL higher.

New Chinese rules say Apple's App Store must track identities of users, developers

Tuesday June 28, 2016

Under new Chinese regulations, Apple will have to track the identities of App Store users while flagging anything that might violate the country's censorship laws, according to a Tuesday report.

Apple under investigation by South Korean anti-competition body

Tuesday June 28, 2016

A South Korean government body is investigating Apple over "some matters" pertaining to the company's dealings there, a report said Tuesday local time without revealing the nature of the probe.

Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2016 earnings on July 26

Monday June 27, 2016

Apple on Monday announced plans to release a quarterly earnings report for the third fiscal quarter of 2016 on July 26, which is to be detailed in a following investors conference call.

Safari 10 brings fast, native App Extensions to the macOS browser, web content

Monday June 27, 2016

Building on work completed last year to enable Web Content Blockers, Apple's new Safari 10 enables a wide range of native code App Extensions that users can automatically obtain and update through the Mac App Store, contributing to faster performance, enhanced security and better reliability.

Google may release self-designed smartphone by end of 2016 - report

Monday June 27, 2016

Google is reportedly working on a new self-branded phone over which it will exert more design, software, and manufacturing control, putting the company in more direct competition with Apple's iPhone.

Facebook launches custom-curated event picks to improve recommendations

Monday June 27, 2016

On Monday a newly-formed team at Facebook began curating lists of "featured" events, in a bid to provide better recommendations for people looking for activities around town.

Deals: $100-$290 off 13" and 15" MacBook Pros; $185-$350 off 2015 12" MacBooks

Monday June 27, 2016

The last week in June sees dramatic price reductions on 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with instant discounts, free gift offers and coupon savings of up to $250 off MSRP. Early 2015 12-inch MacBooks are also $185-$350 off at authorized resellers -- all with free shipping and no sales tax in at least 46 states.

Dreezy's debut full-length to launch as one-week Apple Music exclusive

Monday June 27, 2016

The first full-length album by up-and-coming rapper Dreezy, No Hard Feelings, will launch as a temporary Apple Music exclusive on July 15, according to Interscope Records.

Twitter photo stickers coming soon to iOS app

Monday June 27, 2016

Twitter on Monday announced plans to launch stickers in its mobile apps, letting users customize their uploaded images with premade graphics.

French talk show resorts to iPhones to continue shooting after power outage

Monday June 27, 2016

Following a sudden power outage in the studio, part of the Saturday episode of a popular French talk show was reportedly shot on Apple's iPhone.