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2017

Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job

Thursday August 17, 2017

In a German interview this week, Ireland's finance minister attacked the European Commission's ruling calling for the collection of $15 billion in back taxes (plus interest) from Apple, saying it was both unjustified and outside Ireland's responsibility.

Steve Jobs Theater given closeup in latest Apple Park drone footage

Thursday August 17, 2017

One of the last sets of drone footage while Apple Park is still under construction highlights the ever-growing landscaping taking place, and a close-up of the uncovered Steve Jobs Theater.

Alleged Apple 'iPhone 8' internal part mistakenly identified, could instead be external charging pad

Thursday August 17, 2017

A pair of pictures purporting to be from the "iPhone 8" wireless charging feature are clearly too large to be internal parts, but could possibly be part of the device's external charging pad.

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses Charlottesville, company to donate $2M to fight hate

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Responding to last weekend's demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday sent a letter to company staff deriding hate groups, bigotry and violence, while denouncing President Donald Trump's "equivalence" of white nationalists and human rights advocates.

AT&T revives free Apple TV offer for new DirecTV Now subscribers

Wednesday August 16, 2017

AT&T on Wednesday renewed a promotional plan that offers new DirecTV Now customers a free 32GB Apple TV when they sign up for a three-month paid subscription.

Video: iOS 11 introduces new Smart Invert viewing mode

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Apple is introducing a new Smart Invert viewing mode in iOS 11 that intelligently inverts all screen colors except for those is displayed media, such as photos, videos, and icons. The feature might be used to extend battery life on the upcoming OLED-equipped "iPhone 8."

Netflix to spend $7B on content in 2018

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Apple is reported to spend some $1 billion on original content in 2018, but the number pales in comparison to streaming leader Netflix, which anticipates to spend seven times that on its own offerings next year.

Apple disables Apple Pay for websites selling white supremacist goods

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Following recent events in Charlottesville, Va., Apple has disabled Apple Pay support for a number of websites selling apparel and other paraphernalia emblazoned with Nazi symbols and white nationalist imagery.

Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy

Wednesday August 16, 2017

The chip manufacturer responsible for a wide array of "internet of things" devices, Cypress Semiconductor, has announced an updated version of its development kit, adding HomeKit support and iCloud certification to the package.

Tony Fadell-backed Keyssa partners with Foxconn, Samsung on fast new wireless data tech

Wednesday August 16, 2017

A startup backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell is reportedly partnering with Samsung Electronics, Apple manufacturer Hon Hai/Foxconn, and other firms on a new short-range wireless data standard that could in some cases bypass the need for Wi-Fi or USB.

Apple Watch with LTE may not support cellular voice calls at launch, instead focus on data

Wednesday August 16, 2017

In a push to improve the user experience of the Apple Watch, a new LTE-connected model expected to arrive later this year will reportedly focus on delivering data to users faster, meaning FaceTime and apps may serve as a stand-in for cell phone calls.

Luxury carmaker Genesis adds remote start feature through iPhone Google Assistant app

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Luxury automotive car manufacturer Genesis has rolled out an update for its vehicles, allowing users to issue voice commands to start the car, lock the doors, and more -- all through the Google Assistant app.

Apple's iPhone 7 & 7 Plus top Q2 smartphone market, beating Samsung's Galaxy S8

Wednesday August 16, 2017

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus held on as the world's most popular smartphones in the June quarter, according to research data published on Wednesday, handily relegating Samsung's newer Galaxy S8 flagship to third place.

TSMC, other Apple suppliers say Taiwan power outage had little impact as 'iPhone 8' rollout nears

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Several Taiwanese companies in Apple's supply chain -- including processor maker TSMC, and assembly firm Pegatron -- are insisting that a major blackout which hit the island on Tuesday did little to disrupt production, a serious concern given the imminent arrival of new iPhones.

iDevices launches new Apple HomeKit Dimmer Switch for $100

Wednesday August 16, 2017

The list of Apple HomeKit-compatible accessories continues to expand, as iDevices on Wednesday launched its new wall-installed Dimmer Switch, offering users the ability to control and set the brightness of their lights with Siri.

Deals: 27" iMac 5K $1,399 ($400 off); 2017 13" MacBook Air $899 ($100 off); 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro for $529

Wednesday August 16, 2017

B&H Photo has Apple's Late 2015 27" iMac 5K for $1,399 ($400 off) this week with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Shoppers can also save $100 on 2017 13" MacBook Airs with prices starting at $899. Meanwhile, Apple's 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro is $529 while supplies last, and select tech is up to $50 off with coupon at eBay.

ESPN app for Apple TV update adds the ability to watch four live feeds simultaneously

Wednesday August 16, 2017

ESPN has rolled out a new update for its live streaming Apple TV app, allowing cable subscribers to catch four live feeds from the network at the same time, aimed at college football season.

Questionable, blurry pics attempt to revive rumors of a 60-inch OLED Apple television

Wednesday August 16, 2017

New pictures on Chinese social media have emerged of what is said to be a 60-inch OLED Apple television set -- but there are significant doubts surrounding the identification.

Apple to spend $1B on original content for up to 10 new TV shows over next year

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Apple is reportedly budgeting about $1 billion to secure and produce original video over the course of the next year, a figure which may soon make it a competitive force in that arena.

Apple shares 'Carpool Karaoke' ads featuring Ariana Grande, Seth MacFarlane, 'Game of Thrones' stars

Tuesday August 15, 2017

After last week's "Carpool Karaoke" debut, Apple on Tuesday posted two new teasers for upcoming episodes featuring Ariana Grande and Seth MacFarlane, and "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.