Contrary to remarks by carriers, one analyst firm is increasing how many iPhone 7 family devices that it thinks Apple will sell before the end of the year, but still expects fewer sales than the iPhone 6s garnered in 2015.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
This week on AI: iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2 review, McLaren buyout rumors, macOS Sierra launch & more
Fresh in people's hands, the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were of course subjects of discussion — but word about possible automotive takeovers stole some of the spotlight, as did new details on a rumored Amazon Echo competitor.
Apple on Saturday opened the doors to thousands of waiting customers at its first brick-and-mortar retail store in Mexico, the first step in a planned expansion into the burgeoning Latin American smartphone market.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Apple appears to have unintentionally weakened the security of local backups in iOS 10, as a result of offering an "alternative password verification mechanism," according to a Russian forensics company.
Equipped with a noticeably faster dual-core S2 processor, its own standalone GPS radio, and now with a waterproof design, the Apple Watch Series 2 is a worthwhile and fantastic upgrade from the first-generation model. It's also a great jumping on point for new buyers. But the biggest changes come with a software overhaul in watchOS 3, meaning early adopters will probably be happy with their existing Apple Watch for another year.
Snap, Inc., the company formerly known as Snapchat, on Friday announced its first hardware product in Spectacles, a $130 pair of sunglasses with an embedded camera that captures 10-second point-of-view video clips at the tap of a button.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Fulfilling a contract award granted in 2011, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue saw 525,000 restricted stock units currently worth $59.2 million vest this week.
According to a report on Friday, Apple is preparing to launch a new iTunes category which features audio podcast content transformed from articles, stories and other written word content from major publications.
In a strange case of tech journalism intrigue, former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was — and might still be — moonlighting at Apple, a potential conflict of interest for both companies.
For the 2016 version of its luxe Apple Watch Edition model, Apple swapped out a proprietary gold blend in favor of all white ceramic, a material that boasts a pearlescent sheen and is four times harder than stainless steel. AppleInsider gives the device a proper unboxing.
On Friday, Apple started sales of the Hermes Apple Watch, brought the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to 30 additional countries, and has commenced sales of the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2 to 20 more countries.
Sierra is still proving to be one of the less problematic Mac software upgrade in a long time, but as expected, there are some minor issues here and there, including FileMaker incompatibility problems, tracking issues with some Logitech mice, and problems with missing options on some third party 4k displays.
Several major tech corporations — Google and Salesforce among them — have allegedly expressed in buying Twitter, as much for the data the social network generates as its actual media revenue.
Apple on Friday pushed out a minor update for its newly released iOS 10 platform, squashing a handful of bugs for iPhone and iPad users, most notably one related to controls on Lightning-connected headphones.
Apple introduced a new look in Maps with iOS 10, but more importantly implemented key search and discovery features, as well as backend tools for app extensibility that make navigating everyday life a little more convenient.
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Friday, September 23, 2016
Apple has entered a direct partnership with Indian's biggest e-commerce storefront, Flipkart, in advance of the local iPhone 7 launch on Oct. 7, a report said on Friday.
Samsung has revealed that about half of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in the U.S. have been exchanged for replacement units, as part of the company's voluntary recall on the phablets after reports of battery explosions and fires.
Deals: $350 off 2016 12" MacBook; $125 off 13" MacBook Pro; DJI Phantom 4 Drone Ultimate Combo for $1,399
Heading into the weekend shoppers can pick up a 2016 12" MacBook in Rose Gold (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,240. Or scoop up the larger 13" MacBook Pro for $1,174.99. The DJI Phantom 4 Drone Ultimate Combo with three batteries and a free car charger is also $400 off on eBay while supplies last.
Wide iPhone 7 availability expected at Apple retail by Oct. 8, international freight logjam to blame
Apple retail store managers have been informed that all models, colors, and configurations of the iPhone 7 will be available for walk-in customers on Oct. 8 after an international freight logjam holding up arrival of the devices by container ship was partially cleared up.
FeatureApple's iPhone 7 camera delivers nice slice of enhancements, but iPhone 7 Plus takes the cake
Apple's latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus make significant strides in improving the quality and versatility of photos you can take, as well as in reproducing them in Wide Color. You can capture more detailed and nuanced pics in low light, you can confidently pull out your phone in wet environments, hand jitter is cinematically smoothed away and the new dual camera system on iPhone 7 Plus opens up entirely new ways to shoot.
The Japanese government is considering pursuing an antitrust case against Apple because of its local carrier deals, a report said on Friday, echoing similar complaints in other countries.
Apple appears to be stepping up efforts to combat Amazon's suite of Alexa voice recognition devices, with a Siri-based home voice assistant reportedly in the works.
This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk about Apple acquistions, both announced and rumored, and the some of the best and worst features of iOS 10.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Yahoo on Thursday announced that information associated with at least 500 million accounts was stolen in a security breach of its network in 2014, claiming a "state-sponsored actor" was behind the attack.
A video posted to YouTube on Thursday claims to show an Apple-produced television commercial promoting the new Apple Watch Series 2 Hermes model, which, if legitimate, is the company's first ad dedicated to the luxury brand's special edition.
Apple-owned Beats won't be updating its over-ear Studio Wireless headphones in 2016 due to a lack of battery life improvements, according to a report published Thursday.
Apple on Thursday added ABC News to the roster of apps supported by Live Tune-In, a feature of the fourth-generation Apple TV.
Finding local movie showtimes or viewing an artist's complete discography is as simple as striking up a conversation in Messages, thanks to expanded content-driven Data Detectors included in Apple's iOS 10.
Apple has bought out India's Tuplejump, its fourth machine learning acquisition in the space of a year, a report said on Thursday. [Updated with additional information]
This week's update of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's database has revealed an as-yet-unannounced Apple product, with screw placement and case dimensions similar to that of the fourth-generation Apple TV.
One day after the release of post-September announcement developer betas, Apple has also made available public versions of iOS 10.1 (featuring Portrait mode for the iPhone 7 Plus) and macOS 10.12.1 to eligible participants.
Some people are experiencing unusually bad sound quality from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus when taking phone calls, according to complaints received by AppleInsider and shared on Apple's support forums.
With the new iOS 10 and macOS Sierra updates Apple introduced a set of automated Photos tools, like new machine learning algorithms that automatically identify faces and places, that combine to make image search and organization easier than ever.
Apple is reportedly examining several possible retail sites in Seoul, South Korea, hoping to establish its first official outlet in the country.
A larger proportion of people are now choosing Plus-sized iPhone models, while about half of buyers are picking mid-tier storage, according to an RBC Capital Markets survey shared with AppleInsider.
Apple's latest iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are faster, sport significantly better cameras, expand system-wide haptics in iOS 10 with a new solid state Home button and Taptic Engine, introduce Wide Color and other major Retina HD technology improvements without changing their display resolutions, add new water resistance and include updates to system components ranging from RAM to storage to wireless capabilities.
Apple in a patent application published on Thursday describes a versatile technology that applies optically transparent shells filled with conductive fluid — transparent, opaque or state-changing — as flexible interconnects, interactive displays and windows for environmental or biometric sensors, among other implementations.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Apple is reportedly in talks to open a retail store and events center at Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square, a 113-year-old historic building located in downtown Washington, D.C.
- First Apple stock certificate awarded to Steve Jobs on sale for $195,000
- Apple to open first Mexican retail outlet on Sept. 24
- Apple allegedly in talks to buy self-balancing motorcycle outfit Lit Motors
- Apple to reopen stores in Arizona, California & Virginia on Sept. 24, replace Birmingham UK outlet
- Facebook Messenger adds support for iOS 10's extended CallKit controls
- Sony, Nokia proxy company awarded $3 million in latest round of patent battles with Apple
- Apple's first iOS 10.1 beta enables iPhone 7 Plus bokeh 'Portrait' mode
- McLaren Automotive denies reports of Apple buyout talks
- Apple issues first betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1, more
- Samsung, carriers pushing update with safety alert to un-exchanged Galaxy Note 7 phones
- Lowest Price Ever: Apple's 13" MacBook Air with free AppleCare for $749 (and no tax outside NY)
- Apple sees leading share of US & European smartwatch markets slip ahead of Apple Watch Series 2
- Deals: $100-$330 off 13" MacBook Airs; $20 off iPhones over $200; MovieSherlock Pro for $15
- Apple reportedly in discussions to buy sports car manufacturer McLaren
- Inside iOS 10: How to install, use and remove apps for Messages
- Apple seen building 75M iPhone 7 units by end of 2016, focusing on 7 Plus
- Inside iOS 10: Upgraded QuickType wields 'Siri intelligence' for contextual suggestions
- Google launches Allo 'smart' messaging app with Google Assistant AI