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2014

Xiaomi Showdown: Chinese upstart set to target high-end market with 'premium' metal handset

Monday July 14, 2014

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi -- known for its disruptive high-spec, low-cost Android handsets -- appears ready to make a move upmarket with the launch of an all-metal device after inviting members of the media to an event with invitations stamped from steel.

Killer Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's latest Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free (now with iMacs, Mac Pros & Mac minis)

Monday July 14, 2014

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

Renewed confidence in Apple management puts Barclays 'back on board,' sees shares reaching $110

Monday July 14, 2014

Though Barclays has been bearish on Apple stock since February, the investment firm changed its tune on Monday with a newly reestablished "overweight" rating alongside a new price target of $110 per share.

Google brings popular augmented reality game Ingress to Apple's iOS

Monday July 14, 2014

Long a favorite of Android's early adopter crowd, iOS users can now get in on the augmented reality fun of Ingress -- a game in which players battle through the real world to secure virtual portals for their team -- after Google's Niantic Labs released an official client on the App Store

Morgan Stanley ups Apple price target to $110, sees sales of up to 60M 'iWatch' units in first year

Monday July 14, 2014

Strong customer loyalty for Apple's iPhone is predicted by Morgan Stanley to drive a so-called "halo effect" for sales of the company's rumored "iWatch," prompting the investment firm on Monday to increase its price target for AAPL stock to $110.

Apple's surprising sales in emerging markets like China & Latin America keep Mac growth ahead of PC market

Monday July 14, 2014

Sales growth for Apple's Mac platform has outpaced the PC market for the 31st time in the past 32 quarters, keeping the trend alive. But surprisingly, Apple's premium-priced computers were actually driven by growth in emerging markets last quarter, new data shows.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' faces production issues, launch may be pushed to 2015

Sunday July 13, 2014

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new "iPhone 6" metal casing, which could see the device's launch pushed back to next year, leaving the smaller 4.7-inch model to debut alone this year, according to one industry insider.

Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC application

Sunday July 13, 2014

An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."

Apple shoots down Chinese state media accusations targeting iOS privacy, location tracking

Saturday July 12, 2014

Apple's website in China has published a detailed response to accusations by the country's state owned media, refuting claims that iOS tracks users' locations in a firm but politely worded statement.

Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm in "open" Android, Windows malware platforms

Saturday July 12, 2014

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

National Federation of the Blind says "Apple has done more for accessibility than any other company"

Saturday July 12, 2014

On Friday, the president of the National Federation of the Blind clarified the group's recent resolution calling on Apple to collaborate with the group's efforts to expand accessibility among third party apps, noting a "good relationship" despite a "provocative and poorly reported article" on the subject released by Reuters.

Apple's Maps team calling businesses to resolve user-reported address issues

Saturday July 12, 2014

As Apple continues to refine its in-house mapping and navigation services, business owners are reportedly receiving phone calls from Maps team representatives looking to resolve user-submitted data discrepancies.

Apple doled out more than $3B to over 7,000 US suppliers in 2013

Saturday July 12, 2014

After announcing cooperation with the White House's "SupplierPay" initiative, Apple on Friday released domestic supply chain expenditure figures for the first time, saying it spent more than $3 billion with over 7,000 U.S. suppliers last year.

Jury finds Apple did not induce infringement of video streaming patent

Friday July 11, 2014

A federal jury on Friday found Apple did not push app developers to use its proprietary HLS technology for live streaming video to iOS devices, which would have allegedly induced infringement of an Israeli company's patents.

Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire front panel destroyed by car

Friday July 11, 2014

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple's 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.

Samsung compares Galaxy Tab S to iPad in continued anti-Apple ad campaign

Friday July 11, 2014

Following up on last week's anti-Apple spot in which iPhone users were called "wall huggers," Samsung on Friday aired two ads aimed at iPad owners, touting Galaxy Tab S features like split-screen multitasking and Super AMOLED displays.

Apple's secret plans for PrimeSense 3D tech hinted at by new itSeez3D iPad app

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple has remained silent on its plans for PrimeSense, the 3D scanning firm it acquired last November. But a new iPad app based on some of the same underlying technology--which allows users to quickly capture three dimensional models for use in CAD and 3D printing via a third party peripheral--indicates that Apple may be planning to integrate the tech into future iPads as a differentiating feature.

Sharp reportedly seeks deal with Apple to retake control of iPhone LCD plant

Friday July 11, 2014

After Apple heavily invested in transitioning Sharp's Kameyama LCD plant from TVs to smartphone displays, the Japanese company is reportedly looking to retake control in a bid to diversify its customer base into China.

Apple launches developer blog for new Swift programming language

Friday July 11, 2014

Apple's march toward transparency continued on Friday with the launch of the Swift Blog, a new developer-focused blog covering the Swift programming language introduced by the company at WWDC.

Beats sues Chinese counterfeiters for billions as Apple sale nears completion

Friday July 11, 2014

Headphone maker Beats has filed suit against a number of Chinese counterfeiters, alleging trademark infringement and seeking damages that could run into the billions of dollars just weeks before the company officially becomes an Apple subsidiary.