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2015

As Apple doubles down on maps data, Microsoft bows out with sale of some Bing Maps assets to Uber

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Uber is set to acquire the imagery collection unit of Microsoft's Bing Maps division --giving the ridesharing service a leg up as it seeks to lessen its dependence on mapping products from Apple and potential rival Google --in a deal that will see Microsoft end its own in-house mapping data efforts.

Samsung Galaxy S6 'fastest smartphone,' if using phony benchmarks and ignoring iPhone 6 real world performance

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Last Friday, Tom's Guide published an article calling Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 the "world's fastest smartphone," writing that it came in "first in 6 out of 9 real-world tests and synthetic benchmarks." Unfortunately, that claim relied on cherry picked figures and ignored the real world entirely.

Apple Camp 2015 enrollment begins with moviemaking, e-book creation workshops for kids

Monday June 29, 2015

For the 2015 summer season, Apple is again inviting children aged 8 through 12 to participate in Apple Camp, a series of three-day retail store workshops designed to teach inquisitive young minds how to create rich digital content on iPad and Mac.

AppleCare for Mac now covers batteries retaining less than 80% charge

Monday June 29, 2015

In a minor change to its AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac policy on Monday, Apple is now replacing non-removable MacBook batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original charge.

AC/DC to join subscription streaming bandwagon in time for Apple Music debut

Monday June 29, 2015

According to a report on Monday, rock legends and longtime streaming music holdouts AC/DC are primed to offer their tracks through subscription services, including Apple Music, as early as Tuesday.

Apple to reveal fiscal Q3 2015 earnings on July 21

Monday June 29, 2015

Apple on Monday announced it will reveal financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2015 on July 21, to be followed by a conference call potentially offering insight into the sales performance of the company's newest product category, the Apple Watch.

Samsung jockeying to supply NAND for next-gen iPhone as Apple looks to boost storage, report says

Monday June 29, 2015

Samsung is reportedly looking to regain its role as a major NAND flash supplier to Apple's iPhone lineup, a lucrative deal that could bear fruit with year's expected hardware refresh.

iOS tips: Reopen recently closed tabs in Apple's mobile Safari browser

Monday June 29, 2015

Apple's Safari browser for iPhone and iPad features a somewhat hidden but incredibly useful feature, allowing users to quickly reopen tabs they recently closed. Here's how to access it.

As Apple's iPhone turns 8, Force Touch and Touch ID are ready for the future

Monday June 29, 2015

Eight years after redefining the mobile computing experience with multitouch, Apple is laying the groundwork for yet another revolution with Force Touch and deep investments in biometric authentication technology that could make future iPhones even more secure and easier to use.

Lab tests show sapphire Apple Watch display suffers worse in ambient light than Ion-X glass

Monday June 29, 2015

Although the sapphire used in most Apple Watch displays is more durable than the Ion-X glass in the Apple Watch Sport, it comes with penalties to image quality -- especially in ambient light, according to lab tests published on Monday.

Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' to making streaming debut with Tuesday's Apple Music launch

Monday June 29, 2015

One of the most famous rap albums of all time -- Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" -- will reportedly make its premiere on streaming services with this week's launch of Apple Music.

First look: Lutron's HomeKit-compatible Caseta Wireless smart lighting dimmer

Monday June 29, 2015

One of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible products on the market is the Lutron Wireless lineup. AppleInsider was given the opportunity to test out its new smart lighting dimmer, and we found that while HomeKit shows plenty of promise, our initial experiences show there's still a lot of work to be done.

Buyers opting for higher capacity iPhones, likely boosting Apple profits, RBC survey finds

Monday June 29, 2015

RBC Capital Markets has raised its Apple revenue forecasts for 2015 and 2016, arguing that iPhone demand could beat expectations for some time into the future, and that people are skewing towards buying more expensive, higher capacity iPhone models.

Average selling price of smartphones in China jumps 37% thanks to popularity of Apple's iPhone

Monday June 29, 2015

Following years of race-to-the-bottom pricing in China, the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus --which introduced larger displays to Apple's lineup --prompted an apparent shift in consumer habits that has seen the average selling price of a smartphone jump by nearly 40 percent in the Asian nation.

New iOS 8.4 will enable Apple Music, Beats 1 on Tuesday; Sonos, Android support coming later this year

Sunday June 28, 2015

In a blog post (that has since been removed), Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers--the former CEO of Beats Music--noted that Apple will make iOS 8.4 available at 8 AM Pacific Time on Tuesday, two hours earlier than the company's typical release time, in order to allow users to hear the inaugural broadcast of Apple's new Beats 1 radio programming and begin using Apple Music.

After crushing rival smartwatch sales, Apple Watch portrayed as doomed by CNBC

Sunday June 28, 2015

CNBC has issued a stream of flawed reports suggesting calamity and doom for Apple Watch--already the world's most commercially successful wearable--with each article twisting data to say the opposite of the truth in order to deliver sensational clickbait.

Apple's iTunes U course on Swift is watershed in high school computer science education

Sunday June 28, 2015

In a groundbreaking first, Apple at this year's WWDC conference in June published an iTunes U course that provides educators with first party tools to teach the Swift programming language to high school students.

This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music royalty reversal, iPhone rumors, Confederate controversy & more

Saturday June 27, 2015

News about Apple Music dominated the week, especially a decision to reverse course on trial royalties, but other items grabbing headlines included future iPhone plans, expanded Apple Watch sales, and deep controversy over a ban on Confederate flags in the App Store.

Apple kicks off production of next-gen iPhone with Force Touch, report says

Friday June 26, 2015

Apple has started early production of its next-generation iPhone models that will retain 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors and integrate Force Touch technology, a report said Friday.

Apple reinstates select games with Confederate flag art to iOS App Store

Friday June 26, 2015

Apple on Friday reinstated a number of games recently stricken from the iOS App Store for bearing references to the Confederate battle flag, a polarizing symbol that some equate to slavery in America.