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2014

USPTO denies Apple's 'Touch ID' trademark, cites possible confusion with timecard system

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Apple will not be granted a trademark for the Touch ID authentication system introduced alongside the iPhone 5s, according to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision revealed Monday, because it could be confused with an earlier Touch ID trademark assigned to timekeeping company Kronos.

Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' will come in two sizes, three models when it launches this fall

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Apple is said to be planning to release a wrist-worn device this fall with touchscreen sizes of 1.6 and 1.8 inches, with the larger having an option for sapphire, according to the latest "iWatch" rumor out of the Far East.

Apple rolls out 'iTunes Pass' for Passbook in Japan, lets customers reload funds at any Apple Store

Tuesday July 15, 2014

Apple on Tuesday unveiled iTunes Pass, a new Passbook-based service that allows customers to refill their iTunes account by purchasing credit in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores.

Adoption of Apple's iOS 7 hits 90% ahead of next-gen iOS 8 release

Monday July 14, 2014

After being available for ten months, Apple's iOS 7 is still growing and is now running on 90 percent of iPhones, iPads and iPods visiting the App Store, up from 87 percent in April.

Apple takes iPhone and iPad trade-in program to Australia with credit up to A$250

Monday July 14, 2014

Apple on Monday announced an expansion of its iPhone and iPad trade-in program to cover customers in Australia, who can now bring older iPhones and iPads to receive up to A$250 to put toward a new device purchase.

Apple's new PR chief may be former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, report says

Monday July 14, 2014

A report on Monday revealed former White House press secretary Jay Carney is not only in the running to take on a job for a communications and public relations expert at Uber, but also for a similar role at Apple.

Shazam gets in-app music streaming with Rdio integration

Monday July 14, 2014

Music and television show discovery app Shazam on Monday rolled out an update that integrates Internet radio service Rdio, offering in-app track streaming to users of both products.

Email to Tim Cook prompted change of Apple's 'on hold' music quality

Monday July 14, 2014

In a recent thread on Reddit, one Apple customer describes an experience in which he effected change in Apple's daily operations, specifically as it pertains to "on hold" music, after contacting CEO Tim Cook via email.

Apple may ditch longtime ad agency TBWA, look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine for marketing

Monday July 14, 2014

A report on Monday says ad industry executives are speculating that Apple's longtime relationship with agency TBWA\\Media Arts Lab is near its breaking point, with some insiders predicting the tech giant will look to Beats' Jimmy Iovine to revitalize its marketing magic.

Model number for Apple's mystery iBeacon device may hint at upgrade to existing hardware

Monday July 14, 2014

A new Apple device revealed earlier this week in certification documents filed with the FCC appears to be the first in a new line of iBeacon-specific hardware, but the mysterious product's model number suggests that it may instead be an extension of one of Apple's existing products.

Mobile shopping to reach near $50B in 2014 as Apple, Inc. iPad retains 80 percent share of online orders

Monday July 14, 2014

Apple continues to dominate as the platform of choice among mobile buyers, with iOS representing 54 percent of all phone orders and 80 percent of tablet transactions as the market approaches $50 billion this year.

Eddy Cue latest Apple executive to offer up lunch date for charity, throws in MacBook Air

Monday July 14, 2014

Apple fans have another chance at a sit-down with a member of the company's senior leadership, as internet software and services chief Eddy Cue has put one hour of his time up for auction -- and sweetened the pot with a 13-inch MacBook Air -- in the Fortune 500 equivalent of a charity dunk tank.

Xiaomi Showdown: Chinese upstart set to target high-end market with 'premium' metal handset

Monday July 14, 2014

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi -- known for its disruptive high-spec, low-cost Android handsets -- appears ready to make a move upmarket with the launch of an all-metal device after inviting members of the media to an event with invitations stamped from steel.

Killer Deal: Save up to $250 on Apple's new Macs plus get a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan for free (up to $749 off 2013 MacBook Pros)

Monday July 14, 2014

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's Macs and iOS devices, AppleInsider's is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans with the purchase of each Mac during the month of July. When combined with instant discounts of up to $250 on the Macs themselves, plus added tax-savings benefits in 48 of 50 states, the average savings from this promotion range from $300 and $800 off MSRP.

Renewed confidence in Apple management puts Barclays 'back on board,' sees shares reaching $110

Monday July 14, 2014

Though Barclays has been bearish on Apple stock since February, the investment firm changed its tune on Monday with a newly reestablished "overweight" rating alongside a new price target of $110 per share.

Google brings popular augmented reality game Ingress to Apple's iOS

Monday July 14, 2014

Long a favorite of Android's early adopter crowd, iOS users can now get in on the augmented reality fun of Ingress -- a game in which players battle through the real world to secure virtual portals for their team -- after Google's Niantic Labs released an official client on the App Store

Morgan Stanley ups Apple price target to $110, sees sales of up to 60M 'iWatch' units in first year

Monday July 14, 2014

Strong customer loyalty for Apple's iPhone is predicted by Morgan Stanley to drive a so-called "halo effect" for sales of the company's rumored "iWatch," prompting the investment firm on Monday to increase its price target for AAPL stock to $110.

Apple's surprising sales in emerging markets like China & Latin America keep Mac growth ahead of PC market

Monday July 14, 2014

Sales growth for Apple's Mac platform has outpaced the PC market for the 31st time in the past 32 quarters, keeping the trend alive. But surprisingly, Apple's premium-priced computers were actually driven by growth in emerging markets last quarter, new data shows.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 5.5-inch 'iPhone 6' faces production issues, launch may be pushed to 2015

Sunday July 13, 2014

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch "phablet" iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new "iPhone 6" metal casing, which could see the device's launch pushed back to next year, leaving the smaller 4.7-inch model to debut alone this year, according to one industry insider.

Apple's first iBeacon hardware revealed in FCC application

Sunday July 13, 2014

An FCC filing discovered on Saturday reveals in-depth details on Apple's first dedicated iBeacon-compatible beacon hardware, suggesting the company may soon introduce the micro-location technology to consumer spaces like so-called "smart homes."