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2014

'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but gain 128GB variant, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

Thursday September 04, 2014

Apple's "iPhone 6" will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.

Next-gen iPad Air with Touch ID, new gold color option may also debut at Apple's Sept. 9 event

Thursday September 04, 2014

At a media event already expected to be packed with the unveiling of two new iPhone models and a so-called "iWatch," the company may also showcase its next full-size iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new gold color option, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple's iPhone-based augmented reality navigation concept has 'X-ray vision' features

Thursday September 04, 2014

According to a pair of patent applications published on Thursday, Apple is investigating augmented reality systems for iOS capable of providing users with enhanced virtual overlays of their surroundings, including an "X-ray vision" mode that peels away walls.

Apple invents method of hardening sapphire screens to reduce cracking

Thursday September 04, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a method of implanting ions in a sapphire display structure, strengthening the already hard material without using chemical treatments.

Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6' event may feature U2 tie-in

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Bits of circumstantial evidence set the Apple rumor mill churning on Wednesday, with reports hinting U2 is somehow connected with the company's Sept. 9 media event expected to bring word of a new iPhone lineup.

Jen Taylor, voice of Microsoft Windows Cortana, prefers to use Apple's iPhone

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Actress Jen Taylor, who voiced the the Cortana AI character in Halo games as well as providing the voice of Microsoft's identically named Siri-like assistant for Windows Mobile, actually uses an iPhone.

Jony Ive reportedly says 'iWatch' will be trouble for Switzerland

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive reportedly put the entire country of Switzerland on notice in touting the company's long-rumored wearable device, suggesting a fit and finish comparable to or surpassing that of traditional watches.

Apple's rumored iPhone 6 mobile payment system seen as 'most legitimate potential threat' to PayPal

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Apple's upcoming product releases will lay the groundwork for an aggressive leap into the mobile payments sector that could eventually erode PayPal's firm foundation, according to one research analyst.

Line forms at 5th Ave. Apple Store 6 days ahead of expected iPhone announcement [u]

Wednesday September 03, 2014

While Apple prepares for its Sept. 9 media event, enthusiastic fans are already lining up at the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York, hoping to be one of the first in the world to nab an expected next-generation iPhone.

Apple, Google reopen settlement talks in Silicon Valley no-poach lawsuit

Wednesday September 03, 2014

In a joint court filing on Wednesday, Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel said settlement talks have resumed in a class action lawsuit over alleged wage-fixing arrangements.

Japanese smartphone buyers prefer Apple's anticipated 5.5" 'iPhone 6,' data shows

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Consumers in Japan -- now one of Apple's most important markets -- are excited by the prospect of a larger iPhone and the increased screen size could be a key driver of sales to new customers in the Asian nation, according to new survey data released this week.

PSW14 Deals: $600 off DSLRs, $300 off Pentax Lenses, $260 off Mac Pros, plus hundreds off lighting systems, kits & more

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Photoshop World 2014 formally kicked off in Vegas on Wednesday, delivering 72-hour deals from Apple Authorized resellers participating in the conference. Among them are deep discounts on Canon & Nikon DSLR Cameras, Pentax lenses, lighting systems & photo shoot kits, Thunderbolt storage devices, camera bags, photo accessories, and up to $260 off Mac Pros, $700 off MacBook Pros, and $300 off MacBook Airs.

Sony announces iPhone-compatible QX30 camera lens with 30x zoom, QX1 with swappable E-Mount

Wednesday September 03, 2014

The next generation of Sony's iPhone-compatible wireless camera lenses was officially unveiled on Wednesday with two new models: One with a whopping 30-times optical zoom, and another that allows users to insert any E-Mount compatible lens and connect and control it from their smartphone.

VMWare releases Fusion 7 with support for OS X Yosemite and Retina optimization

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Virtualization firm VMWare on Wednesday announced the availability of VMWare Fusion 7, the latest release of its popular consumer virtualization package that brings compatibility with Apple's upcoming OS X Yosemite as well as better performance.

Samsung's wrap-around smartphone screen concept becomes a reality with Galaxy Note Edge

Wednesday September 03, 2014

First teased a year and a half ago, Samsung's concept for a smartphone with a slanted screen edge that can be more easily viewed from side angles is set to become a reality later this year, in the form of the company's new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone.

Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Note 4, Gears S, and new Gear VR partnership with Oculus

Wednesday September 03, 2014

With Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' announcement looming, Samsung attempted to upstage its rival's showing by revealing its latest Note phablet, a new Gear smartwatch with a built-in 3G modem, and a virtual reality headset accessory -- designed in collaboration with Oculus -- at an event in Berlin on Wednesday.

Exclusive look at Apple's full-size prototype building 'slice' of Campus 2

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Apple's massive campus expansion in Cupertino, Calif., has been in active prototype development over the past year, with a full-scale "slice" of the building revealed in new terrestrial and aerial shots captured by an amateur photographer.

Nokia to take on Apple, Google maps with new cross-platform navigation app

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Following the sale of its handset division to Microsoft, Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Wednesday announced that it would expand its consumer offerings with the release of a free navigation app -- based on its Here mapping service -- for Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms.

Apple's iTunes Store hit with hours-long outage affecting music, app and e-book downloads [u]

Wednesday September 03, 2014

Apple late Tuesday confirmed an unknown issue affecting its digital storefronts has barred users from purchasing, downloading or re-downloading content from the iTunes Music Store, App Store and iBookstore.

Apple details HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight and app extension rules in App Store Review Guideline update

Tuesday September 02, 2014

After releasing a set of developer rules for HealthKit in the last iOS 8 beta, Apple on Tuesday updated its App Store Review Guidelines to restrict apps from storing user health data in iCloud, as well as add coverage for upcoming frameworks including app extensions, HomeKit and TestFlight.