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2016

Twitter close to hiring former Apple PR executive Natalie Kerris, report says

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Twitter is on the verge of hiring Natalie Kerris -- once a major communications executive with Apple -- to take charge of its own communications unit, according to a report.

Facebook open to payments partnerships with Apple Pay, others

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday name dropped Apple Pay in a discussion about his company's willingness to partner with payments providers as a route to ad monetization, calling the fledgling service a segment innovator.

Apple enables lower App Store price tiers in Canada, New Zealand

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Apple on Wednesday announced two new App Store price tiers for iOS developers selling wares in Canada and New Zealand, enabling lower digital content costs for consumers and flexibility for app makers.

Apple R&D, property investments reach all-time highs in Q1

Wednesday January 27, 2016

In detailed earnings results for the first fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple said it spent more than $2.4 billion on research and development operations, while gross property and related expenditures grew to $51.3 billion.

Apple CFO says 'fair' outcome in Irish tax investigation would be no money owed

Wednesday January 27, 2016

On Wednesday Apple CFO Luca Maestri attacked an ongoing European Commission investigation into the company's tax deals with Ireland, claiming that a "fair" decision would find the iPhone maker owing nothing.

Intel details new Skylake chips hinting at Apple's future 15" MacBook Pro specs

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Intel has posted a new processor price list, including some Skylake-based units that could potentially make their way into a revamped 15-inch MacBook Pro from Apple.

San Jose signs off on massive new Apple development, company's plans still nebulous

Wednesday January 27, 2016

The San Jose city council has reportedly approved a development agreement allowing Apple to build up to 4.15 million square feet of space in the north of the city, even though the company itself hasn't yet decided what its interests are.

Public beta testers get Apple's second build of OS X 10.11.4

Wednesday January 27, 2016

The second pre-release beta of OS X 10.11.4, a forthcoming minor update for the El Capitan Mac operating system, is now available to test for members of Apple's public beta program.

iOS 9.3 beta 2 now available to Apple's public testers

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Members of Apple's public beta tester program can now download and sample the second beta release of iOS 9.3, with a new Control Center switch for Night Shift.

New quarterly data ranks iPhone high in China & US despite challenging conditions

Wednesday January 27, 2016

iPhone loyalty is at its strongest point in the U.S. since 2012, and despite numerous obstacles in China, Apple has managed to reclaim a position as the bestselling smartphone brand in that region, according to a new December-quarter research report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Despite past failures, case makers place early bet on Apple 'iPhone 6c'

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Being among the first to offer cases for a new iPhone is a multi-million dollar business opportunity that leaves manufacturers racing to prepare updated models based on rumors and hearsay -- a move that can easily backfire.

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Wednesday January 27, 2016

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Wall Street adjusts Apple expectations after Tim Cook 'rips the Band-Aid off'

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Though Apple had a respectable December quarter, the company's outlook for the following three months calls for iPhone sales to decline for the first time ever. Analysts on Wall Street responded by trimming their price targets, though most still believe investors should buy in.

FCC to move on set-top box regulations, could open door for expanded Apple TV

Wednesday January 27, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission will reportedly float a new initiative that would force cable and satellite providers to broaden support for third-party set-top boxes, paving the way for companies like Apple to build new experiences on top of traditional cable services.

Mac, iOS versions of Safari crashing due to search suggestions feature [u]

Wednesday January 27, 2016

A number of Mac and iOS users reported Safari crashing on Wednesday, in what appears to be a glitch related to the browser's search suggestions feature. [Updated]

Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' to sport dual-camera iSight array built on LinX imaging technology

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Apple's next-generation, jumbo-size iPhone is expected to come in a dual-camera configuration -- with optical image stabilization and zoom -- achieved through technology procured from last year's LinX acquisition, according to well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Munster: iPhone to return to growth in 2016 despite macroeconomic worries

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Explaining Tuesday's earnings call, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Apple's repeated allusions to macroeconomic headwinds might have "spooked" investors despite a better than expected guide on iPhone, but the analyst sees light at the end of the tunnel.

Apple guides first-ever iPhone sales decline in Q2

Tuesday January 26, 2016

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the first fiscal period of 2016, CEO Tim Cook said he expects year-over-year iPhone unit sales to decline in the current March quarter, the first downturn for iPhone since its launch in 2007.

Apple's Tim Cook calls VR 'cool' and not a niche

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Asked about the technology during a call on the company's Q1 results, Apple CEO Tim Cook called virtual reality "cool" and something with interesting applications, though he didn't tease any plans Apple might have.

Apple reaches global install base of more than 1B active devices

Tuesday January 26, 2016

Apple announced a major milestone as part of its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, noting that more than 1 billion devices pinged its servers over the three-month period ending in December.