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2015

Apple remains institutional investors' most-loved stock with $383B in holdings

Friday February 20, 2015

Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large investors continue to make Apple a core component of their portfolios, with over 2,000 individual funds holding shares worth more than $380 billion at the close of 2014, by far the most for any U.S. company.

Rumor: Apple may open iOS pre-releases to average consumers in expanded public beta program [u]

Friday February 20, 2015

After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment.

YouTube to launch kid-friendly app exclusively on Android, ahead of Apple's iOS

Friday February 20, 2015

The prospective launch of Google's new YouTube Kids app could be a boon for families with young children, but those invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem find themselves on the outside looking in as the video site reportedly will not support the iPhone or iPad at launch.

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, Apple Pay & Sony

Friday February 20, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including: Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, new FAA proposed drone regulations, Modern Family films an entire episode on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, Sony and more.

Apple reportedly in talks to build $1.7B plant in partnership with Japan Display

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple may soon secure a more stable source for small to medium sized device displays, as the company is said to be in talks with Japan Display on the buildout of a $1.7 billion manufacturing plant.

Apple eyeing electric car production by 2020, report says

Thursday February 19, 2015

Adding to a firestorm of rumors surrounding Apple's supposed electric car project, a report on Thursday claims the Cupertino tech giant is gunning for a manufacturing start date of 2020.

Apple announces repair program for MacBook Pro laptops exhibiting video issues

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple on Thursday announced a new repair program for certain previous-generation MacBook Pro laptops suffering from distorted video, unexpected restarts and other issues, saying these faulty units will be repaired for free.

Apple Maps Connect service for small businesses extended beyond US borders

Thursday February 19, 2015

Following a brief outage on Thursday, the Apple Maps Connect Web portal returned to service with new German and French language options, suggesting the service is slowly rolling out internationally.

Rumor: Unique display to showcase Apple Watch at high-end Paris department store

Thursday February 19, 2015

In yet another sign of how Apple may market its upcoming wearable device to the high-end fashion market, the Apple Watch is rumored to be featured in a display inside Paris's Galeries Lafayette.

Lenovo bundled adware on some laptops, leaves users with staggering security vulnerabilities

Thursday February 19, 2015

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has found itself in the middle of a public relations disaster, following revelations that it sold a number of notebook computers with pre-installed software that hijacks users' browser sessions to inject customized advertisements and seriously degrades the security of encrypted connections.

Apple poaching suit potentially tied to A123's high-performance electric vehicle batteries

Thursday February 19, 2015

A123 Systems, which filed a lawsuit this month accusing Apple of unfairly poaching its engineers, is best known for creating large lithium-ion batteries used in futuristic high-performance electric automobiles, a specialty that may have played a key role in Apple's interest in its employees.

Makeovr Web app lets iPhone users create blank spaces on home screen

Thursday February 19, 2015

If you've ever found yourself despairing over Apple's insistence that home screen icons be lined up neatly in rows, but can't -- or won't -- turn to jailbreak tweaks, a relatively new Web app called Makeovr has come to your rescue.

Apple could receive up to 20 years in tax breaks for solar-powered Arizona data center

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple's forthcoming "global command center" for its online operations in Mesa, Ariz., could be the beneficiary of up to 20 years' worth of tax breaks, thanks to new rules proposed by the state legislature.

IFTTT launches trio of new 'Do' apps alongside flagship app refresh

Thursday February 19, 2015

Internet mashup service IFTTT on Thursday announced the first three in a new series of "Do" apps -- Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note -- designed to help users create quick on-demand workflows.

RBC says Apple could fund $65B+ annual capital return program, raises target to $140

Thursday February 19, 2015

Apple is set to announce an update to its capital return program in April, and investment firm RBC Capital Markets believes the company could return some $65 billion to investors annually, creating yet another reason to buy into the company's stock.

Adobe Photoshop celebrates 25 years of image editing history

Thursday February 19, 2015

Adobe's Photoshop notched another milestone when it turned 25 years old on Thursday, marking a quarter century since the venerable software brought digital image editing to the masses as a Mac exclusive.

Apple poached battery manufacturer employees for own project, lawsuit alleges

Wednesday February 18, 2015

A new lawsuit filed in early February claims Apple poached workers with proprietary information vital to battery manufacturer A123 Systems' operations in an attempt to build out its own competing battery division in California.

High-res photos reveal mysterious Apple van's equipment package

Wednesday February 18, 2015

A pair of high-resolution photographs acquired by AppleInsider on Wednesday show close-up views of a van thought to be part of a secret Apple initiative, including a highly detailed look at what are believed to be GPS, camera and other roof-mounted instrumentation.

Apple Watch makes US magazine cover debut with model Candice Swanepoel

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Supermodel Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, will be the first woman to don the upcoming Apple Watch in a U.S. magazine cover shoot with the March issue of women's lifestyle magazine SELF, suggesting Apple is quickly expanding marketing efforts beyond fashion and into fitness tracking.

Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple Pay

Wednesday February 18, 2015

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.