A report on Friday floated more doom and gloom sales estimates for Apple Watch, noting a key component supplier ASE failed to meet its "break-even volume" of two million units per month in the second quarter. It also doesn't plan to reach that level in the third or fourth quarters.
Friday, July 31, 2015
It was learned in May that IBM plans to deploy some 50,000 MacBooks to employees by the end of 2015, but a newly leaked video suggests the company could see adoption numbers between 150,000 to 200,000 units.
Apple and BMW have in fact held talks about a potential Apple Car, but the German automaker has been reluctant to reach an agreement, as it is afraid it could just become a supplier to the world's largest company.
Several years ago, Steve Jobs called out Adobe Flash as a trainwreck of security and performance problems, garnering him contempt from industry players deeply invested in the software platform. Today, Google's Android platform is getting same brutal appraisal, but it's coming from Android's own fans.
Facebook has finished construction of its first full-scale drone designed to provide Intenet access to remote regions of the planet, part of a larger program called Aquila.
Apple touch panel suppliers are reportedly ramping up shipments of Force Touch modules in preparation for the launch of a next-generation iPhone, according to a new rumor.
FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch at Best Buy, rumored iPads, Steve Jobs movies & an Apple car
This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Neil Hughes as we talk about Apple Watch sales expanding to Best Buy, all the Steve Jobs movies, and a possible Apple Car. Neil and Victor talk about the security issues with Android, and Mikey discusses what security issues mean as cars become rolling computers.
There's less than 24 hours left on deals that offer Free AppleCare on all of Apple's standard early-2015 13" MacBook Pros, and up to $200 on select custom configurations without AppleCare. These deals expire for good on July 31st at 11:59 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 30, 2015
A legal blog caused a bit of a stir on Thursday when it proposed Apple, along with other tech companies fielding communications services protected by strong encryption methods, might be held liable of providing material support to a suspected terrorist.
Apple on Thursday released a second beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite update to developers for testing, including what appears to be only minor tweaks and bug fixes.
Hot on the heels of Best Buy's announcement that it will start selling Apple Watch in the U.S. on Aug. 7, the big box electronics retailer confirmed its Canadian outlets plan to commence sales of the wearable one week later.
A report on Thursday claims Apple plans to unveil a next-generation Apple TV model with its own app store, revamped remote control, Siri support and more at the company's yearly iPhone event in September.
On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to stay proceedings in Smartflash's patent lawsuit against Apple, potentially paving the way for Smartflash claiming recalculated damages.
A series of parts for Apple's alleged "iPhone 6s," leaked on Thursday, appear to back claims that Apple is optimizing the internal design of its next iPhone while leaving the outside relatively unchanged.
The second pre-release beta of iOS 8.4.1, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for Apple's mobile operating system, was provided to developers on Thursday.
Starting with iOS 9, Apple has made it possible to disconnect an iPhone from a Bluetooth device without the need to "forget" the wireless accessory, making it easier to reconnect without going through the pairing process again.
Apple has reportedly signed a deal to lease 76,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, marking its first real push into the city's office market.
Taiwan-based integrated circuit manufacturers are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connector, thanks in part to Apple's early embrace of the port in its forward thinking 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.
Though slowing as a whole, the global cellphone industry — including both smartphones and feature phones — saw several platform rankings shake-ups during the June quarter, with Apple rising to second place and helping to push Microsoft into fourth place, according to Strategy Analytics data published on Thursday.
Yet another serious Android security issue was publicized this week, with the latest exploit rendering devices "lifeless," and said to affect more than half of units currently on the market.
According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Apple competitor and smartphone arch nemesis Samsung on Thursday local Korea time reported quarterly profits for the second quarter dropped 8 percent from the same time last year, a dip largely blamed on abysmal performance from its mobile unit.
After promising support for Apple's CarPlay infotainment system earlier this year, Volkswagen on Wednesday announced the first compatible 2016 model year cars will hit showroom floors this week.
Apple Music on Wednesday published a series of short videos to social media platform Snapchat showing behind-the-scenes looks at Beats 1 Radio stations in Los Angeles, London and New York, illustrating the audio division's willingness to embrace alternative forms of promotion its parent company has yet to explore.
Apple has plans to build a dedicated visitor's center at its upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that will offer views of the main "spaceship" building at the heart of the development and retail opportunities, planning documents show.
As expected, Yahoo on Wednesday officially announced a new messaging service called Livetext that features live two-way video chats for mobile device users, but with a twist.
Members of Apple's OS X public beta program can now download the third pre-release build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the company's forthcoming Mac operating system update.
Apple's upcoming operating system update does a great deal to automatically improve efficiency and extend battery life. But if a user knows that they have a long day ahead of them, they can manually enable iOS 9's new "Low Power Mode" at any point to maximize their iPhone's uptime.
While the Apple iPad held on to its position as the leading tablet brand worldwide during the June quarter, the gap with other tablet makers shrank — as did the market overall, according to IDC research data released on Wednesday.
Early reviews of Microsoft's latest operating system — released on Wednesday — have been generally positive, suggesting that it solves problems with Windows 8 while advancing the Windows platform towards the future.
By default, the Apple Watch acts as first and foremost as a watch, displaying the time when a user raises their wrist. But the settings on the Apple Watch also allow users to have the device operate more like a smartphone, resuming the last activity.
The pupa that is Nokia — the portion not gobbled up by Microsoft last year — emerged from its cocoon on Tuesday bearing a high-end 360-degree camera called Ozo, a product targeting the nascent virtual reality content creation industry.
For the next 24 hours, B&H has Apple's mid-2014 13" MacBook Pro (3.0GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,499 ($500 off), plus $500 off two 15" MacBook Pros, $200 off both of Apple's current iMac 5K configurations, and $480 off unlocked 128GB iPad Airs.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Semiconductor technology giants Intel and Micron on Tuesday announced 3D XPoint memory, the fruits of a joint endeavor into non-volatile memory technology the companies claim is the first major breakthrough in the space since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.
Livescribe on Tuesday added a new model to its digital writing tool lineup in the Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition, an all-in-one system for digitizing handwritten notes, synchronizing recorded audio and transferring it all to Mac for review and sharing.
On Monday, Apple's Beats by Dre began publishing product instruction videos directly to its customer support Twitter account, inserting brand awareness and outreach options directly into users' chosen social media streams.
Yahoo is planning to hold a mid-week press event in New York City, where it will probably announce a new messaging app, according to claims made on Tuesday.
A newly discovered security issue in the Android mobile operating system dubbed "Stagefright" has been called one of the worst vulnerabilities to date, and could present a critical issue for some 95 percent of devices in users' hands.
T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added Apple Music to the list of streaming services under Music Freedom, a perk for carrier subscribers that excludes those services from counting against monthly data caps.
- Motorola unveils larger Moto X Style and Moto X Play phones, updates Moto G
- Inside iOS 9: Notification Center streamlined with app alerts sorted by date, Apple Watch battery widget, new iPad view
- UK banks HSBC, First Direct go live with promised Apple Pay support
- Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' selected as Centerpiece of New York Film Festival
- Apple Watch 'Apps at a tap' ads focus on travel, fitness and music apps
- Supply chain evidence of 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' disappears, analyst says
- Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers [u]
- Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says
- Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on Apple Music
- Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X
- Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high praise, seen as potential OLED replacement
- Apple joins White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge
- Inside iOS 9: Apple's Maps app gets smarter with automatic directions based on user habits
- Apple to greatly expand retail presence in India with 500 'Authorized Mobility Resellers'
- Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France, Sweden in August
- Police shut down Chinese factory that produced $19M worth of fake iPhones
Monday, July 27, 2015