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2015

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.

Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to Twitter

Thursday June 18, 2015

Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday.

Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can sense 3D 'hover' gestures

Thursday June 18, 2015

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income subsidies for Internet plans

Thursday June 18, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.

Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps by more than 50%

Thursday June 18, 2015

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.

Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels publicly oppose Apple's terms & haven't signed on

Thursday June 18, 2015

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.

Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about Apple's Irish datacenter

Thursday June 18, 2015

Some residents in the area of Apple's planned Irish datacenter have filed objections with the Galway County Council, arguing that the company's Environmental Impact Statement is "inadequate" and doesn't address a range of concerns, a report said on Thursday.

More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple Store with UP2

Thursday June 18, 2015

On Thursday one of Jawbone's more advanced fitness trackers, the UP2, appeared at the online Apple Store, following a brief and still unexplained removal of most of the company's product line.