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2015

Best Buy begins taking Pebble Time preorders in retail push against Apple Watch

Monday June 22, 2015

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Monday launched preorders of the Pebble Time, signalling the first opportunity to buy the smartwatch for those who didn't back the project on Kickstarter, just days after the Apple Watch became available at Apple's own retail stores.

Rumor: Apple developing iPhone display with integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner, eliminating home button

Monday June 22, 2015

Rumors have persisted for years claiming that Apple may eventually eliminate the home button on its iPhone, and a new report suggests the company is looking into developing a new solution for moving its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the display itself.

Tim Cook says Apple now factors Chinese tastes when designing products

Monday June 22, 2015

Apple now heavily factors in the tastes of Chinese consumers when designing its products, including tailoring colors, CEO Tim Cook revealed in a new interview.

Apple will now pay rights holders during Apple Music trial period, Eddy Cue says

Monday June 22, 2015

Following widespread outcry over its policy of not compensating rights holders for streams during Apple Music's three-month free trial, Apple software and services chief Eddy Cue said late Sunday that the company has reversed course and will indeed pay royalties while users evaluate the service.

Taylor Swift praises Apple, but calls 90 day free trial of Music service 'shocking, disappointing' for artists

Sunday June 21, 2015

Apple Music's planned three-month free trial, during which users can try the new music streaming service without paying -- and under which artists wouldn't earn any royalties for those streams -- has found a new critic: pop star Taylor Swift.

Review: LifeProof Fre Power turns iPhone into a long-lived, ruggedized giant

Sunday June 21, 2015

LifeProof's Fre Power case promises to make an iPhone 6 virtually indestructible, both literally and in terms of battery life -- and in that it mostly succeeds, even if there are sometimes tradeoffs to cope with.

Next Apple Watch extremely unlikely to get FaceTime video calling

Sunday June 21, 2015

A recent rumor claims Apple's next revision of Watch hardware will include FaceTime video calling, and despite offering no actual evidence to back this up, the story has spread wildly. The idea doesn't make much sense though, here's why.

This week on AppleInsider: iPad Pro features, Apple Music deals, Apple Watch hits retail & more

Saturday June 20, 2015

With the end of WWDC the news cycle subsided a little, but was still active with news about Apple's 12.9-inch iPad, behind-the-scenes deals for Apple Music, and the Apple Watch making a long-awaited debut at brick-and-mortar stores.

Apple addresses XARA vulnerabilities, says fixes on the way

Friday June 19, 2015

Apple on Friday commented on the discovery of so-called cross-app resource access (XARA) exploits, saying it rolled out a server-side security update earlier this week and is currently working with researchers on additional fixes.

Apple spotlights accessibility, featuring iOS apps using its award-winning VoiceOver technology

Friday June 19, 2015

Apple is featuring popular iOS App Store titles making use of the company's VoiceOver screen reader technology, in celebration of its receipt of the Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for its efforts in making products accessible to everyone.

Apple will replace some faulty 3TB iMac hard drives under new repair program

Friday June 19, 2015

Apple on Friday announced that some iMac owners whose machines are equipped with a 3-terabyte hard drive may be eligible to have their drive replaced free of charge, as those drives "may fail under certain conditions."

Apple denies threatening to pull artists off iTunes for not signing up with Apple Music

Friday June 19, 2015

Despite allegations to the contrary, Apple is not threatening to remove artists from the iTunes Store if they refuse to sign up for Apple Music, a company spokesperson said.

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, designed to compete with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, shown in leaked render

Friday June 19, 2015

An image that purports to show a new, "Plus" version of Samsung's S6 Edge handset appeared on Twitter on Tuesday with an expanded footprint that suggests it may sport a display between 5.5 and 5.7 inches while keeping the industrial design largely unchanged.

New York school district converts 75% of its curriculum to Apple's iPad

Friday June 19, 2015

All students in grades 3 through 9 in the affluent Mineola, N.Y., school district have been equipped with Apple's iPad, in an aggressive and ambitious initiative that has converted some 75 percent of its students' instructional days to the touchscreen tablet.

First-gen iPad mini vanishes from Apple's store, leaving only Retina models

Friday June 19, 2015

Apple on Friday unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 9, security and very large phones

Friday June 19, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Daniel Eran Dilger as we talk about the features we're looking forward to most from iOS 9, security vulnerabilities, and some of the problems of having a very large phone. Plus, Daniel discusses Apple Music, how it affects iTunes, and what it means to consumers.

Apple, IBM to take partnership into education with app for teachers

Friday June 19, 2015

It appears that Apple and IBM have plans to stretch their mobile solutions partnership beyond enterprise and into the classroom, as the companies are co-developing an experimental app that provides teachers with real-time student data analytics.

Apple takes App Analytics service out of beta, adds features

Thursday June 18, 2015

Apple on Thursday sent out an email blast to developers notifying them of new features added to App Analytics, including data for crashes, number of paying users and a ratios tool for comparing statistics.

Apple Music to miss out on Taylor Swift's '1989' album

Thursday June 18, 2015

Despite showing up onscreen in an Apple Music demo at WWDC, Taylor Swift will not be making her latest album "1989" available through Apple's upcoming streaming service, a report said Thursday.

Apple expressed interest in 4K video streaming in 2013, leaked Sony documents show

Thursday June 18, 2015

Documents originating from last year's Sony Pictures data breach reveal Apple requested 4K content for potential digital distribution and on-demand services testing nearly two years ago, suggesting the company has been exploring ultra high-definition streaming for some time.