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2016

AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7,' smart bands for Apple Watch, Apple v. the FBI, more

Friday March 18, 2016

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Shane and Victor look at the latest relating to Apple's "iPhone 7" and the unusual features it might gain, discuss the latest in Apple retail news, touch on the latest in Apple v. the FBI, and much more.

Apple's mobile Safari & Apple TV products see increased pressure in 2015, Adobe study says

Friday March 18, 2016

According to the latest statistics gathered by Adobe Digital Index researchers, Apple's mobile Safari product is being outpaced by Google Chrome, Apple TV views slumped over the holidays and the company's brand image took a hit on social media in February.

Apple plans self-sufficient cloud infrastructure with 'Project McQueen'

Thursday March 17, 2016

A day after reports linked Apple to a massive cloud services deal with Google Cloud Platform, sources have come forward with information of a comprehensive in-house data center initiative dubbed "Project McQueen."

Apple employees threaten to quit if forced to build GovtOS, report says

Thursday March 17, 2016

According to a report published Thursday, a number of high-level Apple employees would rather quit their jobs than comply with a court order compelling the creation of an intentionally flawed version of iOS, currently being sought by the FBI in its investigation into the San Bernardino shootings.

App update suggests Apple Pencil support coming to rumored 9.7" iPad Pro

Thursday March 17, 2016

A Thursday update to popular iPad drawing app Astropad Graphics Tablet suggests Apple's next-generation 9.7-inch iPad, rumored to launch as a "Pro" model next week, will bring support for Apple Pencil.

Alleged cases for 'iPhone 7' & 'iPhone SE' may support rumored features

Thursday March 17, 2016

A video posted to YouTube on Thursday depicts what are said to be two Chinese-made cases for Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" and 4-inch "iPhone SE," potentially supporting rumors about the devices' features.

IDC predicts 14M Apple Watch sales in 2016, growing to 31M in 2020

Thursday March 17, 2016

The wearable smartwatch market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, research firm IDC believes, with the Apple Watch forecast to continue earning the most sales through the year 2020.

'The Trace,' Sega's 'Sonic' series come to Apple TV's tvOS App Store

Thursday March 17, 2016

Two popular games from other platforms -- "The Trace" and "Sonic the Hedgehog" -- launched for the fourth-generation Apple TV on Thursday, with Sega promising that more Sonic titles would be making the trip shortly.

In a roadblock for Apple Pay, only 1 in 5 US retailers are using their chip card readers

Thursday March 17, 2016

A new survey has found the vast majority of U.S. retailers with EMV chip-card-compatible credit card readers aren't using that functionality, presenting a major hurdle for acceptance of tap-to-pay services like Apple Pay.

Google plans to sell Boston Dynamics robotics division - report

Thursday March 17, 2016

Those worried about a future of Google-controlled robots taking over the world need fret no more, as the search engine giant has reportedly decided to sell off its advanced Boston Dynamics robotics research division.

T-Mobile adds YouTube, Google Play Movies to controversial Binge On program

Thursday March 17, 2016

T-Mobile on Thursday added several more video services to its "Binge On" program, most notably YouTube, one of the focal points of controversy about the promotion.

Orange CEO fuels hope that Apple may grant 3rd-party apps & services access to iPhone NFC chip

Thursday March 17, 2016

The CEO of France-based carrier Orange has revealed that the company's proprietary tap-to-pay wallet Orange Cash will arrive on the iPhone in a few weeks. That's led to speculation that Apple could be preparing to allow third-party apps and services to access the iPhone's NFC chip.

Apple Pay grows US bank support, adds three new Chinese banks

Thursday March 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday added a number of financial institutions to the official list supporting Apple Pay, including three more in the service's fledgling Chinese market.

Tim Cook says he's 'offended' by government smears in latest Time cover story

Thursday March 17, 2016

In a Time Magazine interview published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook railed against the U.S. government's approach to the battle over encryption, claiming he was "offended" by statements leveled against the company, as well as the way the government is pursuing data from the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter.

Imagination Technologies says cost & job cuts linked to slower iPhone sales

Thursday March 17, 2016

Imagination Technologies, the British firm responsible for the graphics technology in Apple's iOS devices, on Thursday announced job cuts among other cost-cutting measures, hoping to stem a downturn it linked partly to slowing iPhone shipments.

Purported packaging leak claims to confirm 'iPhone SE' name, NFC for Apple's new 4" iPhone

Thursday March 17, 2016

Nefarious supply chain personnel in China seem to have once again defied their non-disclosure agreements, snapping what is said to be a photo of the specifications sticker affixed to the box for Apple's iPhone 5c successor.

Official 'Apple Events' app launches on tvOS App Store ahead of 'Let us loop you in' event

Thursday March 17, 2016

Apple on Thursday released the official "Apple Events" application for the fourth-generation Apple TV --a free download from the tvOS App Store that will let users view the company's special event next Monday.

Meizu VP debunks recent 'iPhone 7' leak as firm's upcoming Pro 6, posts photos to prove it

Thursday March 17, 2016

In an unexpected blog post on Thursday, Meizu's vice president of sales and marketing Li Nan said a recent photo purporting to show Apple's "iPhone 7" is in actuality a picture of the upcoming Meizu Pro 6.

Study seeks to prevent strokes with Apple Watch, Cardiogram HealthKit-enabled app

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, in partnership with developers of Apple Watch app Cardiogram, are conducting a study to determine whether heart rate sensing hardware in consumer devices can detect atrial fibrillation, a serious medical condition that can lead to stroke.

Apple enlists help of Cookie Monster to highlight 'Hey Siri' in new iPhone 6s ad

Wednesday March 16, 2016

Apple on Wednesday shared a new iPhone 6s ad starring Sesame Street's Cookie Monster and focusing on "Hey Siri," a new hands-free control function introduced last year.