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2016

Sketchy 'iPhone 7' pricing rumor points to 'Pro' models, 32 & 256GB capacities

Thursday June 23, 2016

A questionable rumor on Thursday reiterated the claim that Apple will sell 256-gigabyte versions of its upcoming "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus," while further suggesting there could be an even more expensive "Pro" lineup.

Apple polls customers for feedback on streaming video & Apple TV

Thursday June 23, 2016

Apple is hunting for feedback on streaming video, presumably to help decide on a future direction for the Apple TV and/or video in general, AppleInsider learned on Thursday.

T-Mobile thanks customers with hour of in-flight Gogo access, free European roaming

Thursday June 23, 2016

T-Mobile on Thursday launched a pair of initiatives aimed at American travelers. In the first, the carrier is giving an hour of Gogo in-flight internet service to all domestic U.S. fliers, including what the company calls "those long-abused AT&T and Verizon customers."

Apple to open fifth Hong Kong store on June 30 as Chinese expansion continues

Thursday June 23, 2016

Apple's will debut its fifth store in Hong Kong on June 30, reflecting the importance of both the city and the Chinese market in general.

Apple shows interest in expanding True Tone color accuracy beyond the 9.7" iPad Pro

Thursday June 23, 2016

While True Tone technology is currently exclusive to Apple's latest flagship iPad, a new patent application signals it has interest in expanding the color management capabilities to other devices, potentially ranging from as small as an Apple Watch to as large as an iMac.

Fueled by Apple Watch, smartwatch prices surge as basic activity trackers tumble

Thursday June 23, 2016

Though prices on activity trackers continue to drop, average selling prices on wearable devices still saw a major increase in the first quarter of 2016, boosted in large part by the availability of the premium-priced Apple Watch, according to new research.

Apple designer Jony Ive receives honorary doctorate from University of Oxford

Thursday June 23, 2016

Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, was one of nine "distinguished" people to receive an honorary doctorate on Wednesday from the University of Oxford.

Apple invents stylus with touch-sensitive body, ambidextrous 'Reachability' UI for iOS

Thursday June 23, 2016

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday indicate research into alternative input methods for iOS, namely a touch sensitive stylus and a device capable of customizing a user interface based on whether a user is holding it in their left or right hand.

Apple intentionally left iOS 10 kernel unencrypted to optimize system performance

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Responding to speculation as to why the iOS 10 beta kernel was left unencrypted, Apple on Wednesday confirmed the move was made deliberately to streamline system performance.

NASA's tvOS app brings live HD video, photos and more to Apple TV

Wednesday June 22, 2016

NASA on Wednesday added a tvOS app to its growing stable of digital media properties, bringing high-definition video streams, satellite and telescope imagery, mission updates and more to the living room.

Updated ambient light, proximity sensors in 'iPhone 7' prohibit use of legacy cases

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Unlike past tick-tock iPhone refresh cycles, Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" is expected to feature a design largely similar to the current iPhone 6 series, but internal component changes like a "dual specification" ambient light sensor could render existing cases and protective films incompatible.

Ex-Apple employees aim to revolutionize open-source network standards

Wednesday June 22, 2016

A team of ex-Apple employees, led by former global data center network manager Jason Forrester, are aiming to overturn the ancient regime of proprietary standards for basic switches and routers and replace it with truly open-source standards that any user can customize.

Inside iOS 10: Multilingual typing eases autocorrect woes

Wednesday June 22, 2016

One subtly important improvement in iOS 10 is support for multilingual typing, letting people use several languages in the same sentence without unwanted autocorrections.

Samsung, Sharp plan to ramp up OLED production ahead of Apple's rumored all-glass 2017 iPhone

Wednesday June 22, 2016

With rumors continuing to suggest Apple plans to introduce an all-new iPhone design with an OLED display next year, it's likely not a coincidence that display suppliers Samsung and Sharp are both indicating they plan to expand OLED shipments before the end of 2017.

Dropbox introduces new productivity tools including text scanner for Apple's iOS

Wednesday June 22, 2016

New capabilities were launched by cloud storage service Dropbox on Wednesday, including an update to its official iOS app that allows users to quickly scan text-based documents and convert them into files.

Chinese firm that had iPhone 6 sales suspended in Beijing 'barely exists,' investigation finds

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Shenzhen Baili -- the company that recently won a Chinese patent ruling over the iPhone 6 -- is now a shadow of its former self, a report said on Wednesday.

Amazon launches thinner, lighter $80 Kindle e-reader with double storage

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Amazon on Wednesday announced its latest entry-level black-and-white Kindle reader priced at $79.99, featuring a more rounded design than previous models, for easy holding in one hand or at any angle.

Apple's HomeKit smarthome platform picks up new device types & controls

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Even though it was first announced in 2014, Apple's HomeKit is only now starting to establish a solid foothold in the home automation market. The platform should make some real strides towards the end of 2016, not the least because of new kinds of supported accessories and control options.

Inside iOS 10: Control Center expands to three panes, offering quick access to Music & Home

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Apple's quick-access Control Center has seen a number of significant improvements in iOS 10, most notably the ability to swipe over for new menus dedicated specifically to music controls and smart home accessories.

Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a killer app for teaching code

Wednesday June 22, 2016

At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a "revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun." A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.