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2016

Rumor: Apple has 'hundreds of staff' working on virtual & augmented reality projects

Friday January 29, 2016

Through a series of acquisitions, Apple has a considerably large staff dedicated to experimental virtual reality and augmented reality projects, some of whom are reportedly working on prototype headset configurations that could one day compete with the likes of Facebook's Oculus Rift.

Apple considering original TV shows to boost 'cable-like' streaming coming in Sept. - report

Friday January 29, 2016

In continuing efforts to launch a streaming TV service, Apple is now trying to pitch studios and producers on investing in exclusive TV shows, according to a Friday report.

Innovation still undecided on Sharp rescue plans as Foxconn raises bid, tries to allay job fears

Friday January 29, 2016

In the bidding war for Sharp, Innovation Network Corp. has yet to decide on a possible rescue plan, even as rival Foxconn is raising its bid and promising not to cut Japanese jobs, a report said on Friday.

AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, beta releases, Apple Music, car & more

Friday January 29, 2016

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores this week's earnings call, the decline of iPhone sales, Apple and Tim Cook's interest in virtual reality, it's relation with an 'iPhone 7' dual camera, and trouble in Apple's car skunkworks. We also talk about iOS 9.3 beta, Apple Pencil woes and the trouble with keyboards for iPad in iOS.

Apple merges iTunes Radio channels into Apple Music, Beats 1 now lone free-to-stream service

Friday January 29, 2016

As announced earlier this month, Apple on Friday discontinued free access to ad-supported iTunes Radio channels, folding the content into Apple Music as part of a broader push to grow adoption of its subscription service.

Apple culture hinders recruitment and talent retention efforts, report says

Thursday January 28, 2016

A one-sided report on Thursday claims Apple's secretive, rigid culture, compounded by a failure to introduce ground-breaking products, is shifting sentiment in Silicon Valley, supposedly prompting developers and engineers to look elsewhere when applying for jobs.

Apple could bring long-distance wireless charging to iPhone, iPad as soon as 2017

Thursday January 28, 2016

Apple is reportedly working on an advanced wireless iPhone and iPad charging technology capable of bridging longer distances than currently available hardware, with a potential launch targeted as early as next year.

Apple's third Turkish retail store to open in 2016, report says

Thursday January 28, 2016

Plans are in motion to open a third Apple Store outlet in Turkey, which according to a Thursday report will be located in the upscale Emaar Square shopping mall currently under construction in Istanbul's Asian Side.

Apple Pay support reported to arrive at Bank of America, Wells Fargo ATMs

Thursday January 28, 2016

Bank of America and Wells Fargo are reportedly working to bring Apple Pay compatibility to their respective ATM machines, meaning iPhone and Apple Watch owners might soon be able to complete transactions using provisioned debit cards.

Sharp leaning towards Japan's Innovation over Foxconn in takeover bids - report

Thursday January 28, 2016

Weighing takeover bids from both Taiwan's Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. -- a fund backed by the Japanese government -- Sharp management is currently leaning in the second direction, a report said on Thursday.

Apple acquires analytics startup LearnSprout to boost educational tech

Thursday January 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday confirmed the takeover of LearnSprout, a startup company specializing in educational analytics, particularly for tracking student performance.

T-Mobile adds Amazon Video, other services to controversial Binge On program

Thursday January 28, 2016

T-Mobile on Thursday announced the addition of four new partners to its Binge On program for subscribers, including Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision Now, and the WWE Network.

Oracle to phase out much-maligned Java browser plugin

Thursday January 28, 2016

Oracle will soon wind down support for the Java browser plugin, reflecting an evolution in Internet standards and ever-mounting concerns about Web security.

Production already underway for Apple's new 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' - report

Thursday January 28, 2016

Apple has reportedly begun mass production of its new 4-inch handset, with the device slated for release this spring in a bid to kickstart sales in important emerging markets.

Latest iOS 9.3 beta enables accessory firmware updates via iPad Pro Smart Connector

Thursday January 28, 2016

The second beta of iOS 9.3 allows iPad Pro owners to update the firmware on some accessories by way of the Smart Connector, AppleInsider can confirm.

Bug or conscious change? Apple Pencil for iPad Pro gets gimped by iOS 9.3 betas

Thursday January 28, 2016

The first two beta releases of iOS 9.3 have severely limited the navigation capabilities of the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro. Whether this was an intentional readjustment of the accessory's functionality to make it less stylus-like, or simply a bug in pre-release software, remains to be seen.

Apple recalls some AC adapters, world travel kits in parts of South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania

Thursday January 28, 2016

Apple on Thursday issued a recall for two-pronged AC wall plug adapters designed for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea over a potential risk for electric shock.

Questionable rumor claims 'iPad Air 3' will have 4K display, 4GB RAM

Thursday January 28, 2016

Apple's next 9.7-inch iPad -- commonly referred to as the "iPad Air 3" -- could sport features like a 4K display and 4 gigabytes of RAM while simultaneously offering better battery life, supply chain sources claimed on Thursday.

A smartphone was shipped for 1 of every 5 people alive in 2015

Thursday January 28, 2016

Manufacturers shipped nearly 1.5 billion smartphones to the world's 7.4 billion inhabitants in 2015 as consumers opted to replace older devices with newer LTE-equipped models or those with larger displays.

Angela Ahrendts treats Apple Store employees like execs, retained 81% of workforce in 2015

Thursday January 28, 2016

Apple Stores saw employee retention rates of 81 percent coming out of 2015, the highest ever recorded according to retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who attributes the statistic to a feeling of connectedness unique to Apple.