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2015

AppleInsider podcast discusses new Macs, Apple Watch update & Wall Street analysts

Friday May 22, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss the latest iMac, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch news. Also, Neil has a word to say on Wall Street analysts.

Steals: $300 off Apple's new 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare; Free AppleCare with each 3.3GHz iMac 5K; Unlocked iPhone 5s from $256

Friday May 22, 2015

Exclusives: AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest price anywhere on Apple's brand new 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare at $2,043.00 ($300 off) and its new 3.3GHz iMac 5K with AppleCare at $1,999 ($169). Plus, certified unlocked, contract-free iPhone 5s units from $256 and iPhone 6 units from $468.

New AT&T policy may restrict Apple Stores from selling iPhone with two-year contract, reports say

Thursday May 21, 2015

According to multiple unconfirmed reports, AT&T is on the verge of making a major change to its smartphone sales model that will prohibit third-party retailers, like the Apple Store, from selling handsets under two-year contract terms.

Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication, deeper Touch ID integration

Thursday May 21, 2015

Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

Rumor: Delayed Kanye West album could debut on Apple's streaming music service

Thursday May 21, 2015

A tenuous rumor on Thursday claims there might be a connection between Apple's unannounced streaming music service and the release of a long-delayed album from Kanye West, who recently signed a partnership deal with competitor Tidal.

Apple, IBM roll Apple Watch support into three MobileFirst apps

Thursday May 21, 2015

As part of an ongoing enterprise solutions partnership, Apple and IBM on Thursday announced Apple Watch support for three MobileFirst apps serving the healthcare, public safety and energy industries.

Apple highlights accessibility in iOS apps, Apple Watch for Global Awareness Accessibility Day

Thursday May 21, 2015

In recognition of Global Awareness Accessibility Day on May 21, Apple has showcased a series of iOS apps and published a podcast highlighting its efforts to make Apple Watch easy to use for people with disabilities.

Regent Street Apple Store to undergo major renovations for more light, street visibility

Thursday May 21, 2015

Apple is planning a major renovation of its flagship Regent Street store in London, one which will radically impact the interior and exterior appearance of the building.

Google's Chromebooks continue to make inroads in education, Gartner says

Thursday May 21, 2015

After a slow start, the market for laptops running Google's Chrome OS --known as Chromebooks --has begun to pick up steam, new data indicates, with education customers representing a sizable majority of orders.

Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch, offers video glimpse of future replacement tech [u]

Thursday May 21, 2015

Adobe on Thursday announced plans to discontinue Photoshop Touch, its advanced photo editor for iPad and Android tablets, while offering brief hints about where a successor or successors might go.

Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

Thursday May 21, 2015

As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger.

Apple Stores begin selling Watch bands in advance of device's own retail debut

Thursday May 21, 2015

Select Apple Stores are now selling official bands for the Apple Watch, according to photos and anecdotes posted on Twitter on Thursday, as Apple gears up for the product's formal retail debut.

Foxconn to handle bulk of manufacturing for Apple's 'iPhone 6s' & 'iPad Pro' this fall, insider says

Thursday May 21, 2015

Longtime Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will handle the bulk of production for the company's next-generation iPhone, and will also be the sole manufacturer of the anticipated 12.9-inch iPad, both on track to launch this fall, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple's online store outs Touch ID-equipped iPhone 5c [u]

Thursday May 21, 2015

A promotional photo posted to Apple's online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the plastic-backed iPhone 5c, largely unchanged save for the notable addition of a Touch ID sensor in the home button.

Apple's iCloud experiences hours-long global outage and service slowdowns [u]

Thursday May 21, 2015

Apple's iCloud took a hit late Wednesday night as users from around the world experienced trouble with multiple services due to an unknown issue, ultimately resolved some seven hours later.

Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display, highly portable cellular hotspot

Thursday May 21, 2015

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US since March, estimated 36M unit sales in first year

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Countering an analyst report earlier on Wednesday predicting a plateau to Apple Watch demand, investment bank Morgan Stanley says U.S. consumer interest is not just strong, but is increasing, with first-year sales estimated to hit 36 million units.

Apple Watch connects to display pedestal via 'hidden' data port with Lightning connector, photos show

Wednesday May 20, 2015

A set of images posted to the Web on Wednesday purportedly show a partially dismantled Apple Watch in-store display with attached Lightning cable, suggesting the device can be charged and fed data via a hidden data port.

Uber poaches Apple legal counsel to work on privacy issues

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Popular connected transportation service Uber has hired away Apple lawyer Sabrina Ross to work on an internal team focusing on privacy law, according to a report on Wednesday.

How to hand off Mail, Messages and more from Apple Watch to Mac

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Apple Watch relies heavily on iOS Continuity features like Handoff to ease the load, in some cases transferring to iPhone complex tasks that require a keyboard or access to a full-fledged app. Not documented in the Apple Watch user guide, however, is the ability to transfer these same tasks to Mac.