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2014

Google adds iOS News & Weather app, SwiftKey boosts performance, PDF Expert 5 supports iPhone 6

Wednesday October 08, 2014

Google has added to its extensive collection of iOS apps with a new News & Weather offering, while third-party keyboard maker SwiftKey addressed performance issues in a new release and PDF Expert 5 added support for the iPhone 6 series and iOS 8.

Apple sends out invitations for Oct. 16 iPad event: 'It's been way too long'

Wednesday October 08, 2014

As it has done in years past, Apple will again hold a media event this month, as the company officially invited members of the press on Wednesday to an Oct. 16 presentation with the tagline "It's been way too long."

Apple calls GT Advanced bankruptcy 'surprising,' company committed to preserving jobs in Arizona

Wednesday October 08, 2014

In a rare public statement regarding a partner, Apple on Wednesday admitted it was surprised by sapphire maker GT Advanced Technology's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, but said it hopes to keep jobs in Arizona.

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Wednesday October 08, 2014

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Dummy unit shows expected 'iPad Air 2' design ahead of Apple's rumored Oct. 16 event

Wednesday October 08, 2014

An apparent mockup of a slightly redesigned, next-generation iPad Air has surfaced from Vietnam showing a more trim profile, recessed volume buttons, and the addition of a Touch ID sensor to the home button.

Rumor: Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook Air enters limited production, may miss holiday release

Wednesday October 08, 2014

A rumor out of East Asia on Wednesday claims Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display has reached the manufacturing phase, though production will be limited to small batches until a gradual ramp in November.

GT Advanced bankruptcy will not affect Apple Watch production, but brings iPhone into question

Tuesday October 07, 2014

According to one well-connected analyst, GT Advanced Technologies' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection raises doubts as to whether sapphire will be used as a protective cover for a next-generation iPhone, as the tech giant is unlikely to source the material from another supplier.

More evidence of Apple Pay surfaces in latest iOS 8.1 beta release [u]

Tuesday October 07, 2014

An Apple Pay setup screen discovered in the latest iOS 8.1 beta 2 suggests Apple's next iOS update will in fact debut alongside the company's much-anticipated mobile payments system, which uses NFC connectivity to conduct secure transactions via iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

Teens 'tepid' on Apple Watch as iPhone and iPad steal Android marketshare

Tuesday October 07, 2014

According to a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray, U.S. teens show steadily increasing demand for iPhone and iPad, but are ho-hum on the prospect of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch.

After incorrect report on Apple's use of sapphire on iPhone 6, WSJ claims Apple changed plans last minute

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Less than two months ago, Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "betting $700 million" on a plan to use sapphire screens on its upcoming iPhones. After being proven wrong, the writer now claims that Apple radically reversed its plans just weeks before the new devices went on sale.

Apple reportedly withheld $139M payment to GT Advanced ahead of bankruptcy filing

Tuesday October 07, 2014

As new information about GT Advanced Technologies' dire financial straits slowly comes to light, a report on Tuesday claims Apple held back a $139 million loan installment from its partner sapphire supplier for unknown reasons, possibly leading to the firm's filing for Chapter 11 protection.

AAA says Apple's Siri causes potentially dangerous driver distractions

Tuesday October 07, 2014

According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands- and eyes-free infotainment and smartphone control systems can be dangerously distracting to drivers. And Apple's iOS 7 version of Siri ranks among the worst.

Apple seeds second OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 golden master builds to developers

Tuesday October 07, 2014

After issuing the second iOS 8.1 beta on Tuesday, Apple released updated golden master candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers for testing ahead of an expected launch later this month.

Latest Apple TV update enables remote access relay for HomeKit connected accessories

Tuesday October 07, 2014

The center of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple's latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its $99 streaming set-top box.

Square Cash adds location awareness, Amazon Instant Video gets UI enhancements

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Users of popular money-sending service Square Cash can now use their iPhone's location services to quickly locate nearby recipients, while fans of Amazon Instant Video will find a number of new user interface enhancements designed to make viewing better.

Apple issues second beta of iOS 8.1, new Xcode & Apple TV builds to developers

Tuesday October 07, 2014

The second beta of iOS 8.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was supplied to developers on Tuesday, as Apple prepares for an anticipated public launch, presumably with Apple Pay, later this month.

GT Advanced CEO faces scrutiny for selling stock ahead of Apple's sapphire-less iPhone 6 announcement

Tuesday October 07, 2014

The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones.

Plastc unveils new iOS-connected payment card with e-ink touchscreen

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Silicon Valley startup Plastc on Tuesday unveiled a new, iOS-connected smart payment card with a number of innovative features -- including built-in, programmable NFC and RFID --less than a month before Apple is expected to unleash Apple Pay, its own bid to eliminate the plastic in consumers' wallets.

Even before launch, Apple Pay the 'player to beat' in mobile payments, Morgan Stanley says

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Though Apple Pay isn't even available to consumers yet, investment firm Morgan Stanley expects that Apple's mobile wallet service will become the industry standard and help drive wider adoption of NFC-based payment systems.

Apple's patented flexible device display triggers data events through bending

Tuesday October 07, 2014

Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content.