Several events this week pointed to Apple's future plans, including a promotion for designer Jony Ive, comments from operations head Jeff Williams, and a takeover of augmented reality firm Metaio.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
An SEC filing posted Friday reveals Apple CEO Tim Cook donated 50,000 shares of Apple stock worth more than $6.56 million to an unspecified charity, the latest gift in a flurry of philanthropic activity rarely seen with company executives.
Starting July 15, ridesharing service Uber will update its privacy policies to allow tracking of a user's location in the background, the company revealed in a blog post.
The Spaceship Ring of Apple's futuristic Campus 2 project in Cupertino, Calif. is incrementally on the rise as manufactured concrete slabs are stacked together and locked into place, as shown in a new aerial video depicting progress over the past several months.
Social network Path on Friday announced the sale of its two flagship mobile apps, Path and Path Talk, to South Korean messaging company Daum Kakao — in the process shutting down a major Talk feature called Places.
As the news from Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference will be winding down, the company will be gearing up for its next major retail opening in New York City, officially scheduled for June 13, and AppleInsider has exclusive photos of the store.
OLED displays, which can offer power savings advantages over their LCD counterparts, have been rumored to arrive in Apple products for years. But with the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has finally opted to embrace OLED technology, which could pave the way for future devices, like the iPhone, to make the switch.
Apple once again ranked highest this year on an annual Consumer Reports satisfaction survey for computer support services, the magazine has revealed in its July issue.
A logo created for the 110th anniversary of China's Fudan University — one of the country's most prestigious institutions — bears a striking resemblance to Apple's Touch ID emblem, spurring accusations of copyright infringement against the Shanghai-based school.
FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive's promotion, Apple Watch bugs & Pixelmator for iPhone
This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Shane Cole as we discuss Jony Ive's promotion, Mikey's Pixelmator review, our Watch Effect series, and Apple Watch news. Also, Shane has a word to say on Apple Watch quality assurance.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Apple on Thursday posted a support document detailing workarounds for a recently discovered bug that crashes the iOS Messages app when a specific text string is received.
Echoing findings from IDC earlier this month, market research firm Gartner this week estimated global iPhone sales hit 60.2 million units for the first quarter of 2015, in large part thanks to a surge in China.
On the first day of its I/O developer conference Google made a series of iOS-related announcements, including making Inbox available to everyone, bringing its Cardboard virtual reality technology to the platform, and announcing updates to the iOS versions of Maps and the Places API.
Apple earlier this month completed an acquisition of Metaio, a German augmented reality firm that first started life as a side project at Volkswagen, for an as-yet-unknown project.
Deals: Free AppleCare with all Mac minis; $305 off new 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare; Free Apple TV with all iMacs
This week, AI is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to knock $305 off both of Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pros with AppleCare in addition to giving away free AppleCare with all Mac minis. Additionally, readers can save between $119 and $469 on dozens of 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations, each of which also includes AppleCare and a free Apple TV.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Starting on Thursday, IBM workers will be able to choose between a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when getting a new or updated workstation, according to a company-wide memo.
During the keynote presentation at its annual developers conference on Thursday, Google officially announced Google Photos, a new photo storage and backup service that offers unlimited storage for photos and videos.
Seeking to connect everything around us, from household appliances to public parking meters, Google on Thursday announced Brillo, a low-level operating system that can run on a range of devices, as well as Weave, a communications layer that will allow devices to talk to one another.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has become the third Apple computer to ship with the ability to drive high-resolution 5K displays, but Apple's flagship 5K device — the iMac with Retina 5K display — continues to lack the popular target display mode feature.
Todoist for iOS on Thursday updated with support for the Apple Watch, while notebook maker Moleskine launched a calendar app for both the iPhone and Watch, Timepage.
Jony Ive — appointed this week as Apple's first-ever Chief Design Officer — has a long history of design work for Apple, stretching all the way back to a consulting role in the early 1990s.
Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of "systematically plundering" corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said.
Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users.
Apple's efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced.
The trend toward consolidation in the semiconductor industry continued Thursday with the announcement that Avago will acquire rival Broadcom — a longtime supplier of communications chips to Apple — in a $37 billion cash-and-stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion.
With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more.
An Apple Watch owner in Quebec was recently fined $120 for operating his wrist-worn gadget while driving, sparking debate as to whether traffic law should consider smartwatches handheld devices, and thus prohibit their use, or Bluetooth accessories.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service.
Target CEO Brian Cornell on Wednesday said his company wants to integrate Apple Pay across its retail chain, but must first install point-of-sale technology with chip and PIN or chip and signature technology to conform to the latest security standards.
Following claims that Apple Watch can be charged through a 6-pin port hidden in its top strap slot, a video published Wednesday not only proves the concept, but shows a physical connection charges faster than Apple's inductive method.
General Motors' Chevrolet division on Wednesday announced plans to add CarPlay and Android Auto support to 14 vehicles in the 2016 model year, marking a major growth in availability for the two platforms.
In an update to the Apple Store iOS app on Wednesday, Apple added integration with on-demand logistics service Postmates to offer customers same-day deliveries as an alternative to in-store pickups.
As the CarPlay rollout slowly marches on and rumors swirl around a possible Apple-branded electric car, Apple operations chief Jeff Williams on Wednesday referred to cars as "the ultimate mobile device."
At next month's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple will release a new software development kit that will allow applications to run natively on the Apple Watch, and those apps will become available to consumers this fall, the company confirmed on Wednesday.
Les Moonves, longtime chief executive of broadcasting giant CBS, said on Wednesday that his company will "probably" sign on to Apple's forthcoming streaming television offering.
Apple on Wednesday confirmed the full schedule for the 2015 Worldwide Develoeprs Conference — including the keynote presentation on June 8 — and released version 3.0 of the WWDC iOS app, introducing a new Apple Watch companion.
Amazon on Wednesday improved the look of fonts in Kindle for iOS, while Fox launched a Movie of the Day app for the iPhone, highlighting daily flash sales of Fox movies hosted on iTunes.
On Wednesday Apple's newly-minted Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive, came second to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on a Juniper Research list of the most influential technology executives in 2015, while Apple as a whole reclaimed the top spot on a Millward Brown chart of the world's most valuable brands.
- Apple's iOS drives 75% of Google's mobile advertising revenue
- Watch Effect: Apple Watch hints at a Siri who's always just a shout away
- Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a simple text
- Snapchat might abandon hold-to-view UI, takes wait and see approach to Apple Watch app
- Latest OS X beta ditches buggy discoveryd DNS service, replaced with mDNSResponder
- MLB At Bat comes to CarPlay, 1Password gets faster launch, numerous bugfixes
- Wealthy Chinese man buys two gold Apple Watch Editions for dog, prompts bizarre controversy
- Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones
- Emergency crews respond to 'large fire' at Apple complex in Mesa, Ariz. [u]
- Apple eyeing first-ever bond offering in Japanese yen worth $1.62 billion
- Apple issues fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, public with focus on Photos & Migration
- Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search, discovery, video & more
- Watch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn a new way to wake
- Charter confirms Time Warner Cable takeover in deal worth $55.33 billion
- Citing 'long tail' of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus sales, Cowen raises Apple target to $140
- Microsoft bringing Cortana to Apple's iOS via Windows 10 Phone Companion
- Apple's multitouch 'fusion keyboard' invention with multitouch keys could replace touchpads
- Apple's Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer
- Charter said to be nearing $55B deal to buy Time Warner Cable
- Apple's iPhone 6s could add 12MP Sony camera with RGBW subpixels - report
- Rumor: Microsoft interested in acquiring BlackBerry
- Watch Effect: How the Digital Crown and Force Touch could inform future iOS device design
- National Security Agency's bulk phone metadata collection program to sunset on June 1
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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