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2015

Apple bans selfie sticks, monopods from WWDC 2015

Tuesday April 14, 2015

In an update to the rules for Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is banning 2015 attendees from using selfie sticks or any other kind of photo monopod within the bounds of either Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens.

iOS 8.4 moves audiobooks to iBooks, adds separate CarPlay audiobook access

Tuesday April 14, 2015

Apple's newly released iOS 8.4 beta relocates audiobooks out of the Music app into iBooks, and it adds a separate launcher for them in CarPlay, AppleInsider has discovered.

Apple to show 'the future of iOS and OS X' at WWDC June 8-12

Tuesday April 14, 2015

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it historically has unveiled the next-generation versions of iOS and OS X, will kick off on June 8 this year, the company announced on Monday.

Future iPhones might automatically broadcast IM-style operating status data to contacts

Tuesday April 14, 2015

iPhone owners may soon have an easier way to determine whether a friend is available to take a call, as a new Apple patent describes a system in which devices automatically send out IM-style system status information that can be viewed dynamically by other users.

Chinese Apple Pay launch in limbo as iOS 8.3 fails to deliver expected UnionPay support

Monday April 13, 2015

Negotiations between Apple and China's state-owned credit and debit card processor UnionPay to launch Apple Pay services have hit a wall, according to a report on Monday, suggesting iPhone 6 owners in the region may not be able to use Apple's mobile payments service anytime soon.

First look: Apple's streamlined Music app in iOS 8.4 beta

Monday April 13, 2015

Earlier on Monday, Apple released iOS 8.4 beta with what it calls a "sneak peek" at a redesigned Music app featuring all new content browsing tools, user interface navigation and persistent MiniPlayer.

Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta to developers with new Music app

Monday April 13, 2015

Following the release of iOS 8.3 last week, Apple on Monday issued the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers featuring a "sneak peek" at its revamped Music app.

Apple partners with IBM Watson Health Cloud to bring secure cloud, data analytics to HealthKit and ResearchKit

Monday April 13, 2015

IBM on Monday announced a new cognitive computing platform called Watson Health Cloud that will, in cooperation with partners Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, offer custom tailored data analytics services to healthcare professionals.

Artist sues Apple over alleged copycat work in 'Start Something New' marketing

Monday April 13, 2015

Artist Romero Britto earlier this month filed a lawsuit against Apple and an artistic duo, Craig & Karl, claiming they violated trade dress through artwork featured in Apple's "Start Something New" marketing campaign.

Garmin takes another swipe at GoPro with revamped, iOS-connected Virb action cameras

Monday April 13, 2015

Electronics maker Garmin, best known for its handheld GPS units, continued to expand its product line this week with the launch of the Virb X and Virb XE, miniature action cameras designed to challenge market leader GoPro.

Google at work on major battery improvements with help from former Apple expert

Monday April 13, 2015

A small Google team is at work on developing batteries to overcome some of the obstacles of modern devices, under the leadership of a former Apple expert, according to a recent report.

Apple halves revenue share to 15% for Apple TV apps - report

Monday April 13, 2015

In what could be a bid to entice content owners, Apple has reportedly agreed to take just 15 percent of revenues earned through subscriptions on the Apple TV, rather than the 30 percent cut it takes from its other digital storefronts.

Strong preorder demand for Apple Watch could signal 5M sales in June quarter, RBC says

Monday April 13, 2015

With some new Apple Watch orders scheduled to ship as late as July, Apple already has another smash-hit product in its lineup, RBC Capital Markets believes.

WebMD, CareEvolution, other firms announce healthcare apps for Apple Watch

Monday April 13, 2015

WebMD, CareEvolution, and a variety of other healthcare companies today announced new apps for the Apple Watch, capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

Apple's Swift takes crown of most-loved language among developers

Monday April 13, 2015

Less than a year after its unveiling, Apple's Swift programming language has not only received widespread acceptance but has also become one of software developers' favorite tools, data from a recent survey shows.

Apple targets video pros with major updates to Final Cut Pro X, Motion & Compressor

Monday April 13, 2015

Apple on Monday issued a series of significant updates for its trio of apps geared toward video professionals, adding features like new 3D titles, support for more camera formats, and more to Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion.

InstaMed brings first application of Apple Pay to healthcare industry

Monday April 13, 2015

A payment service provider, InstaMed, on Monday announced it is integrating Apple Pay support, marking the first application of Apple's mobile payment platform in the healthcare industry.

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

Monday April 13, 2015

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple's closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company's slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.

Nearly all Apple Watch retail try-ons are resulting in preorders, Cowen says

Monday April 13, 2015

Customers who schedule an appointment to try on the Apple Watch are extremely likely to walk away with a preorder for the device, according to a new informal poll of retail employees conducted by an analyst.

Launch day Apple Watch orders estimated at 1M in US, skews toward Sport model

Monday April 13, 2015

Initial Apple Watch numbers are trickling in and among the first to report was research firm Slice Intelligence, which estimates nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on Friday.