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2015

Apple concept would improve iPhone camera quality with use of mirrors

Thursday February 12, 2015

In its quest to build smaller phones that still somehow offer better photo taking capabilities, Apple has revealed a new concept that would offer improved optical image stabilization using mirrors.

iOS users can now install apps directly from Pinterest with new 'app pins'

Thursday February 12, 2015

Apple and social network Pinterest on Thursday rolled out "app pins," a new type of enhanced pin that lets users of Pinterest's iOS app install pinned apps on their device without switching to the App Store.

Apple offers closer look at Campus 2 as the City of Cupertino ponders diversification

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Apple's spaceship-like Campus 2 project was shown from a new angle Wednesday as the company allowed members of the media on-site, while Cupertino leaders have begun to reconsider ways to diversify the city's Apple-dominated tax base.

New rules requiring U.S. carriers to unlock out-of-contract phones now in effect

Wednesday February 11, 2015

America's top wireless providers can no longer refuse to unlock devices for customers who have paid financing plans in full or completed their contract term under a new set of industry rules -- agreed to over one year ago -- which go into effect today.

Apple releases 2015 Supplier Responsibility Report, targets the end of 'bonded servitude' practices

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Apple on Wednesday issued its annual Supplier Responsibility Report, covering a range of issues from factory overtime to the environment, including new rules for factories wishing to be a part of its global supply chain that prohibit those firms from charging "recruitment fees" to employees.

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus drives double the data consumption of any other iPhone

Wednesday February 11, 2015

The phablet-sized iPhone 6 Plus sees data usage closer to a tablet than a phone as users consume more mobile video content, according to a new report, while iOS continues to dominate the enterprise market around the world.

iPhone users can now reload their Starbucks Card with Apple Pay

Wednesday February 11, 2015

The official Starbucks application for iOS was updated on Wednesday to add support for Apple Pay, allowing users to quickly reload their Starbucks Card with the press of a fingertip.

Android Wear stumbles out of the gate with just 720K units shipped in 2014

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Though Google and its manufacturing partners hoped to get the jump on the Apple Watch with the debut of its own wearable platform last year, it didn't translate into blockbuster sales to consumers, according to a new study.

Apple's $848M, 25-year solar agreement is the largest of its kind, will provide 130MW of clean energy

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Apple's landmark solar power deal, announced by CEO Tim Cook this week, is a long-term sustainable energy solution that should generate enough to power essentially all of the company's California operations, including the upcoming "spaceship" Campus 2, by the end of 2016.

JP Morgan raises Apple price target to $145, forecasts sales of 26M Apple Watches this year

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Investment firm J.P. Morgan on Wednesday revised its estimates to accommodate for the April launch of the Apple Watch, a product it believes will help push shares of AAPL to $145 before the end of 2015.

Apple's Activation Lock drives iPhone thefts down 40% in San Francisco, 25% in New York

Wednesday February 11, 2015

Once a hot item for thieves and pickpockets, Apple's iPhone is becoming a significantly less attractive target as the company's Activation Lock prevents the devices from being easily wiped and re-sold, a new report indicates.

Smartphones apps equal to fitness wearables for step tracking, study says

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Consumers searching for the best way to automatically log their daily activity may need to look no farther than the App Store, as a new study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that data collected by dedicated fitness wearables is generally no more accurate than that from a smartphone kept in a pocket.

Tim Cook talks Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and IBM partnership at Goldman Sachs conference

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook was among the guests of honor at Tuesday's annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, where he discussed a range of topics including the Apple Watch's role in life, Apple Pay's growth, and the symbiotic partnership with enterprise giant IBM.

Apple gearing up for early-2015 MacBook Air refresh, begins pruning inventory & halting shipments

Tuesday February 10, 2015

With the launch of new MacBook Air models featuring Intel's latest-generation Broadwell processors just around the corner, Apple has begun taking steps to prepare its international distribution partners for the updates, and to sell off remaining inventory of existing Air models, AppleInsider has learned.

Apple becomes first U.S. company in history with $700B market cap after shares close at record high

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Shares of Apple reached a new all-time high on Tuesday, closing at $122.02 per share, with a record breaking market capitalization level of $710.74 billion -- the largest closing value ever for any U.S. company.

Apple to buy $850M worth of energy from solar farm in Monterey County, Calif. in 'ambitious' deal [u]

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Calling it his company's "biggest, boldest and most ambitious project ever," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed a massive new $850 million investment in a California solar farm -- one that will generate enough electricity to power virtually all of its operations in the Golden State.

VESA's new DisplayPort standard will enable ultra-res 8K displays, improve battery life

Tuesday February 10, 2015

The latest Embedded DisplayPort standard will help pave the way for future ultra-high resolution displays and better battery life when it adds support for 8K screens starting in 2016.

Apple's next iPhone to include updated Touch ID sensor for safer, superior Apple Pay experience

Tuesday February 10, 2015

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor will get an upgrade this year with Apple's next-generation iPhone, according to well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo, who said on Tuesday that the new model will improve the Apple Pay experience with fewer reading errors.

Apple to raise at least $1.08 billion from two-part Swiss bond sale

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Apple today is expected to complete a two-part sale of Swiss-franc bonds, raising at least $1.08 billion U.S. to help fund its massive ongoing capital reinvestment program.

JetBlue to begin accepting Apple Pay for in-flight payments next week

Tuesday February 10, 2015

Some frequent flyers will soon be able to use Apple Pay to order drinks or upgrade their seat for extra legroom, as U.S. airline JetBlue announced on Tuesday that it would start accepting Apple's mobile payment service on select flights next week.