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2015

Apple is making the Watch better by making it even more realtime

Sunday June 14, 2015

Apple is set to introduce two new features in the second generation of watchOS --internet connectivity independent of the iPhone and push-capable complications --that promise to make the company's first wearable an even better companion.

At WWDC, Apple profiles efforts to invite girls into male-dominated tech, engineering jobs

Saturday June 13, 2015

The overwhelming majority of WWDC attendees continues to be male, but Apple its stepping up its own efforts to encourage more women--starting with young girls--to take prominent roles in tech. That included prominent stage time for female executives in leadership roles, and the featuring of GoldieBlox, an effort to interest girls in engineering careers, starting early on in the toy isle.

Apple opens Upper East Side NYC store with unique design elements, including VIP bank vault

Saturday June 13, 2015

Apple's somewhat controversial new store on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side opened for business this weekend, and photos of the remodeled bank reveal a number of one-off design flourishes including a dedicated Beats display wall and a bank vault-turned-VIP room.

This week on AppleInsider: WWDC blowout, antitrust investigations, mystery vans & more

Saturday June 13, 2015

The lion's share of the week's Apple news occurred during Monday's WWDC 2015 keynote, when the company unveiled OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and Apple Music. The rest of the week was not uneventful however, with word of antitrust investigations and the real story behind Apple's mapping vans.

Apple releases 'San Francisco' system fonts for iOS, OS X and watchOS 2 to developers

Friday June 12, 2015

Apple on Friday made downloads of its San Francisco system font available to developers working on next-generation apps for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2.

Beats axed plans for Sonos-esque Wi-Fi speaker system after Apple acquisition

Friday June 12, 2015

A report on Friday claims Beats had plans to build a Wi-Fi-connected speaker system similar to product lines from market leader Sonos, but ultimately killed the project following Apple's purchase of the company.

Rumor: LG to be exclusive OLED supplier for second-gen Apple Watch

Friday June 12, 2015

A report out of South Korea on Friday claims Apple tapped current Apple Watch plastic OLED supplier LG Display to handle panel production for a second-generation model, which could see release next year.

iOS 9 hardware keyboard shortcuts bring Apple's iPad world closer to the Mac

Friday June 12, 2015

New hardware keyboard capabilities for the iPad in iOS 9 make it easier than ever to switch apps and access shortcuts, pushing Apple's tablet to become more like a traditional computer than ever before.

Inside iOS 9: Apple's Notes app is greatly enhanced with drawings, lists, pictures, links & more

Friday June 12, 2015

Apple's native Notes application is getting a major overhaul with iOS 9, allowing users to sketch ideas, insert pictures, include links to external apps, and more, making it a fully featured note taking solution.

Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality to HomeKit with Event Triggers

Friday June 12, 2015

With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple is getting ready to add new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful --including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers.

Rdio responds to Apple Music with statement satirizing Apple reaction to IBM PC

Friday June 12, 2015

Rdio on Friday responded to this week's announcement of Apple Music, satirizing Apple marketing from 1981 as part of an argument that the company is doing nothing fundamentally new.

Parrot refreshes iOS-controlled minidrone lineup, adds new Airborne and Hydrofoil models [u]

Friday June 12, 2015

Parrot on Friday announced several changes to its minidrone line, showing off updated jumping bots, new flying drones, and revealing its first-ever water drone. [updated]

AppleInsider podcast talks WWDC, privacy, Metal, Swift and more

Friday June 12, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Daniel Eran Dilger as we discuss Apple's WWDC keynote, Apple Music, Apple News, Wallet, privacy and Apple's apps for Android phones. Daniel gives us a view into what's important to Apple, how it changes the industry, and what matters for consumers.

Apple posts 'Backstage' parody sketch from WWDC 2015

Thursday June 11, 2015

With WWDC 2015, Apple chose to kick things off with a humorous sketch video lampooning the lengths to which companies go to produce gala keynote presentations. The video is now up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to resign, 140-character limit lifted for direct messages

Thursday June 11, 2015

Twitter announced two major, albeit unrelated, developments on Thursday, noting the departure of Dick Costolo as CEO and a crucial service change that raises direct messaging limits from 140 characters to 10,000.

Twitter launches 'Experiments' program for iOS, Google brings AirPlay to Slides

Thursday June 11, 2015

Twitter is launching an "Experiments" beta-testing program for iOS, a report said on Thursday. Google meanwhile updated its three iOS Docs apps, most notably adding AirPlay and Chromecast support to Slides.

European Commission probes Amazon over e-book publishing contracts

Thursday June 11, 2015

The European Commission on Thursday began an antitrust investigation into Amazon's e-book business, addressing concerns the company is unfairly using publisher deals to undercut competition -- mirroring earlier cases brought against Apple.

Apple leases 26K-square-foot space in Pittsburgh for unknown project

Thursday June 11, 2015

Apple has leased one and a half floors, or about 26,000 square feet of floor space, of a mixed use development currently under construction in Pittsburgh, though the company's plans for the facility are unknown, a report said Thursday.

First look: iOS 9's new cursor-controlling gesture keyboard on iPad

Thursday June 11, 2015

One of the headline features in Apple's next-generation mobile operating system is the ability to turn the iPad's on-screen keyboard into an ersatz trackpad, an extremely useful addition that power users will love.

Expiring Deal: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) for $1,799 ($700 off)

Thursday June 11, 2015

In yet another unbelievable WWDC deal from Apple's Authorized Resellers, readers today can take advantage of an offer that delivers a $700 discount and the lowest price we've ever seen for Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) model MGXC2LL/A at $1,799.99 (or $1,949.99 with AppleCare) with free accessories. [Update: The $1799 price on this deal is set to expire soon.]