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2016

Apple reportedly winding down recruiting efforts, lays off all contract recruiters

Monday April 25, 2016

Ahead of Apple's earnings call, a report on Monday claims the company is reevaluating its recruiting program, a move that could potentially affect more than 100 current employees.

Apple expands iPhone Upgrade Program to include online purchases

Monday April 25, 2016

As of Monday, customers looking to purchase a new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus through Apple's website can take advantage of the company's iPhone Upgrade Program, an interest-free, two-year payment plan that lets buyers trade up to a new handset each year.

Charity auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook hits $110K

Monday April 25, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is auctioning off a private lunch at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., with proceeds going to Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

Study: Apple Watch price drop goosed sales 250%, iPhone SE popular among switchers

Monday April 25, 2016

Apple's decision to slash Apple Watch pricing paid off in a big way, as average daily sales over the last month jumped 250 percent sequentially, according to new metrics from Slice Intelligence. The firm also looked at iPhone SE and iPad Pro ahead of Apple's earnings call on Tuesday.

Box executive Karen Appleton joins Apple to bolster enterprise team

Monday April 25, 2016

Apple's latest attempt at boosting its enterprise credentials is reportedly a new hire, Karen Appleton, formerly a long-time executive with cloud storage and collaboration service Box.

Facebook allegedly developing camera-based app to spur userbase into more content uploads

Monday April 25, 2016

Facebook is quietly developing an independent camera app, hoping to kick people out of the passive approach to using the social network many people have fallen into, a report said on Monday.

Apple spotlights iPhone 6s 4K camera, Touch ID in pair of quirky new TV ads

Monday April 25, 2016

Apple on Monday launched two new television ads to promote the iPhone 6s, and courted the star power of actor Neil Patrick Harris to showcase the moviemaking capabilities of the iPhone 6s and its 4K-resolution video camera.

Apple Music to sponsor Drake's 'Summer Sixteen' tour

Monday April 25, 2016

Rapper Drake on Monday announced his upcoming "Summer Sixteen" tour, notably highlighting Apple Music as a sponsor -- the first time Apple Music is believed to have backed any concert tour.

Microsoft lets new Word Flow keyboard loose on the App Store with one-handed mode

Monday April 25, 2016

Those who have a fondness for customizing their iPhone keyboard can now do so in a Microsoft-approved fashion with the Redmond software giant's new Word Flow keyboard for iOS.

Apple supplier Pegatron still using low pay, excessive overtime, watchdog group says

Monday April 25, 2016

One of Apple's iPhone manufacturers, Pegatron, is still seeing its labor force put in excessive overtime -- something unfortunately necessary for workers to meet basic financial needs, according to China Labor Watch.

With iPad Pro and True Tone, Apple finds reason to nerd out over iOS color management

Monday April 25, 2016

Every once in a while, Apple rolls out new behind-the-scenes features that are exceptional technical achievements but receive little fanfare. With the launch of the miniature iPad Pro, that focus shifted toward the important-but-impenetrable world of color management.

'Apple Watch 2' expected to feature cellular connectivity, faster 'S2' chip

Monday April 25, 2016

The second-generation Apple Watch, expected to arrive by this fall, may boast integrated cellular data, as well as a faster next-gen custom chip, a new report claims.

Rumor: 'iPhone 7' may feature touch-sensitive home button, full water- and dust-proofing

Monday April 25, 2016

Apple's next flagship iPhone will not only be waterproof and dustproof, but possibly feature a touch-sensitive home button, new rumor claims.

MacBook teardown highlights improved battery tech, new SSD controller

Monday April 25, 2016

A teardown of Apple's 2016 12-inch MacBook suggests that the computer's better battery life stems from a mix of optimizations and a slightly larger battery, while its improved SSD speeds are linked to an updated proprietary controller.

A look inside Apple ahead of its Q2 2016 earnings report

Monday April 25, 2016

Apple -- the world's most profitable public company -- is a day away from releasing its March quarter earnings. That means that while the company itself is in an official quiet period, everyone else is free to publish false and misleading information about it. Let's take a look at some of the worst fallacies.

KGI says 'iPhone 7' won't have 'many attractive selling points,' predicts competitors to outperform Apple

Sunday April 24, 2016

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities continues to have a bearish outlook on iPhone sales through the end of 2016, telling investors on Sunday that he believes Apple will be the only top-five smartphone vendor to see shipments decline this year.

Review: Polar Balance is a great smartscale for Polar fans

Sunday April 24, 2016

Polar's first smartscale is a polished and perfectly serviceable product, but a few peculiar design decisions keep it from maximizing its potential, making it mostly of interest to people already in the Polar ecosystem.

This week on AI: New MacBooks, losing Bill Campbell, BMW & Daimler 'Apple Car' talks

Saturday April 23, 2016

There was no shortage of headlines this week, with Apple launching new MacBooks, announcing WWDC 2016, and letting slip more details about its electric car project. A long-time but recently retired Apple board member, Bill Campbell, died on Monday.

DOJ withdraws motion to force Apple to unlock NYC iPhone [u]

Friday April 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday withdrew an appeal seeking Apple's help in accessing data from a locked iPhone 5s tied to an ongoing New York drug case, saying an unnamed individual furnished the device passcode on Thursday.

Apple closes WWDC 2016 ticket lottery, sends confirmation to winners

Friday April 22, 2016

As scheduled, Apple on Friday closed ticket lottery registrations for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference and began sending out email confirmations to the lucky few selected at random to attend the event in June.