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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

'Sons of Anarchy,' 'American Horror Story' come to Apple TV with new FXNOW channel

'Sons of Anarchy,' 'American Horror Story' come to Apple TV with new FXNOW channel
Apple on Tuesday added FXNOW, the on-demand arm of popular basic cable network FX, to the Apple TV's stable of content providers, bringing shows like Louie, Sons of Anarchy, and American Horror Story to viewers.

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Apple to address problems with keyboards, VPN, more in iOS 8.0.1 - report

Apple to address problems with keyboards, VPN, more in iOS 8.0.1 - report
The first maintenance update for Apple's latest mobile operating system could come sooner, rather than later, as the company is again said to have seeded carrier partners with iOS 8.0.1 to fixes a number of issues that have cropped up since iOS 8's release.

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Samsung still reportedly supplying 40% of Apple A8 chips for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

Samsung still reportedly supplying 40% of Apple A8 chips for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
Though Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is handling the lion's share of building A8 chips for Apple's latest iPhones, longtime partner Samsung is still reportedly a major contributor, accounting for an estimated 40 percent of production.

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Apple paces field in PC consumer satisfaction for 11th consecutive year

Apple paces field in PC consumer satisfaction for 11th consecutive year
Despite booking a modest 3 percent year-over-year decline, Apple has once again claimed the top spot in the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings of personal computer manufacturers.

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As iPhone 6 units are smuggled in 'Twinkie boxes,' Chinese government says regulatory approval coming soon

As iPhone 6 units are smuggled in 'Twinkie boxes,' Chinese government says regulatory approval coming soon
The Chinese government reportedly signaled on Tuesday that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will soon be granted regulatory approval, potentially putting to a stop the massive — and unique — smuggling efforts currently underway to satisfy demand.

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Apple says iOS 8 already on 46% of devices, nears iOS 7 distribution levels

Apple says iOS 8 already on 46% of devices, nears iOS 7 distribution levels
Less than one week after iOS 8 was made available for download, Apple on Tuesday announced the next-generation mobile operating system is now on 46 percent of devices linked to the iOS App Store.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Apple again taps Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon for new iPhone 6 ads

Apple again taps Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon for new iPhone 6 ads
Apple on Monday released two new ads highlighting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, calling back Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon to hype the new handsets' screen sizes and advanced camera functions.

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Profiteers flipping iPhone 6 units to Chinese reportedly to blame for fight at Apple Store

Profiteers flipping iPhone 6 units to Chinese reportedly to blame for fight at Apple Store
A combination of iPhone 6 launch supply constraints and a modified international rollout schedule have reportedly resulted in a fistfight at a Connecticut Apple Store, where out-of-town groups looking to profit on gray market resales vied for the short-stocked smartphone.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPad Air to debut in October, Retina iPad mini in early 2015

Rumor: Next-gen iPad Air to debut in October, Retina iPad mini in early 2015
A rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims mass production of Apple's "iPad Air 2" starts this month ahead of an October release, while the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display could be pushed back into 2015.

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Apple customer service hit by massive traffic spike one day after iPhone 6 launch

Apple customer service hit by massive traffic spike one day after iPhone 6 launch
While Apple's customer service team was able to cope with expectedly high traffic on iPhone 6 launch day, the company was apparently overwhelmed by callers a day later, causing wait times to increase to over 20 minutes.

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Apple may end Beats Music brand, to keep subscription streaming service active [u]

Apple may end Beats Music brand, to keep subscription streaming service active [u]
Apple on Monday denied rumors that it is planning to shut down the Beats Music subscription service, but a new report claims the company is looking into a branding change to more closely align the property with other first-party offerings.

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Apple's A8-powered iPhone 6 & 6 Plus impress, outperform competing phones in benchmarks

Apple's A8-powered iPhone 6 & 6 Plus impress, outperform competing phones in benchmarks
The new silicon at the heart of Apple's recently-released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has increased the company's lead in smartphone application processor performance, according to data released on Monday, with the A8 improving on the already industry-leading 64-bit A7.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shares 'optimistic' views on reversing climate change & selling green products to consumers

Apple CEO Tim Cook shares 'optimistic' views on reversing climate change & selling green products to consumers
Taking part in the Climate Week NYC kickoff on Monday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed a self-described "optimistic" outlook on his company's ability to affect climate change, saying that he believes that consumers, when given the choice, will do the right thing and buy green products.

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Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support DisplayPort, 5K video output

Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support DisplayPort, 5K video output
The new USB 3.0 reversible Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort Alternate Mode with screen resolutions of "4K and beyond," the standards setting group behind the technology announced on Monday.

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Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements

Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements
The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple's latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world's largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

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FeatureiPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart [updated]

iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, BuyBack World, Gazelle, NextWorth, uSell, Target & Walmart [updated]
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks. [Updated Pricing, Offers]

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Monday, September 22, 2014

After Apple's record setting launch, analysts predict iPhone 6 will win over Android switchers

After Apple's record setting launch, analysts predict iPhone 6 will win over Android switchers
Even without launching in China, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus got off to a record start with 10 million units sold in three days, and analysts on Wall Street reacted Monday with enthusiasm, expressing their high hopes for this year's upgrade cycle.

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Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs - report

Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs - report
In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week's software update: compatibility with the company's new HomeKit home automation technology.

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BreakingApple announces record sales of 10 million iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus units in first 3 days

Apple announces record sales of 10 million iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus units in first 3 days
The launch weekend for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was the strongest start yet for the company's smartphone lineup, reaching 10 million units sold in the first three days of availability, and topping last year's previous best of 9 million.

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Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage

Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage
Apple was light on technical specifications in announcing its forthcoming Watch earlier this month, but one analyst has checked with the company's supply chain to find component makers expect the final shipping product to include 512 megabytes of RAM, and a "mainstream version" with 4 gigabytes of internal storage.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple's decision to move to an all-new —and larger —form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means that buyers will once again be in the market for new cases. AppleInsider rounded up a selection of compatible cases from the usual suspects as well as some new entrants.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Support for Verizon's VoLTE 'HD Voice' and video calls confirmed for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Support for Verizon's VoLTE 'HD Voice' and video calls confirmed for iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
A few days after Verizon launched its first-generation voice over LTE (VoLTE) system in the U.S., dubbed Advanced Calling 1.0, it was confirmed on Friday that Apple's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models support the carrier's suite of services, including HD voice and video calling.

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Out-of-warranty repairs for iPhone 6 runs up to $299, iPhone 6 Plus up to $399

Out-of-warranty repairs for iPhone 6 runs up to $299, iPhone 6 Plus up to $399
Apple on Friday updated its repairs webpage to reflect current pricing for the iPhone models released today, revealing out-of-warranty fixes could cost up to $299 for the iPhone 6 and up to $329 for the 6 Plus.

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TSMC confirmed as manufacturer of Apple's 20nm A8 processor

TSMC confirmed as manufacturer of Apple's 20nm A8 processor
According to a report on Friday, Apple's latest 64-bit A8 system-on-a-chip, currently powering the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., not longtime partner Samsung.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear at WSJDLive conference in October

Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear at WSJDLive conference in October
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook will take top billing in appearing for an interview at the first-ever WSJDLive technology conference, to be held in California in late October.

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Goodbye, Camera Roll: Where to find your photos in iOS 8

Goodbye, Camera Roll: Where to find your photos in iOS 8
Apple has reimagined the way photos are stored on your devices with iOS 8, but it has become a source of confusion for users and causes compatibility problems with some third-party apps. AppleInsider took a look at where your photos have gone and how to find them again.

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Tim Cook unlocks the doors at Apple's Palo Alto store to kick off iPhone 6 sales

Tim Cook unlocks the doors at Apple's Palo Alto store to kick off iPhone 6 sales
As he has done in years past, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was on-hand at his local Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday to help kick off sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as take pictures and joke around with fans [updated with more pics].

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How to back up your data and move it to your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

How to back up your data and move it to your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus
Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are making their way into consumers' hands today, and one of the first tasks for iPhone owners will be moving their content to their new device. AppleInsider walks you through the process of backing up and restoring data using iCloud and iTunes.

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Siri partners with Shazam to recognize songs in iOS 8

Siri partners with Shazam to recognize songs in iOS 8
Users running iOS 8 on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can now ask Siri to listen to what song is currently playing and will identify it via Shazam, and also offer users a link to buy the track from the iTunes Store.

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