A relatively quiet week was, at least, spiced up by two important Apple announcements: the arrival of Apple Pay in the United Kingdom, and a long-overdue update of the iPod touch.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
After monumental delays, the Coin "smart" credit card finally started shipping out to customers in April, offering users the flexibility of carrying up to eight swipeable credit, debit a rewards cards that — for now — are accepted at more locations than touchless NFC solutions like Apple Pay.
Apple on Friday formally objected to a financing plan by its bankrupt former sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, on the basis of provisions tied to a May fire at its one-time plant in Mesa, Arizona.
Users beta testing iOS 9 can access a new, somewhat hidden feature in the mobile Safari browser, making it easier than ever to request the desktop version of a site when browsing on an iPhone or iPad.
Some independent retailers and app developers in the U.K. are reportedly already adopting Apple Pay, just days after the service became available in the region.
New pictures claim to show a rear casing for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s Plus" in gold, and a hands-on with the part assert that it features new material for stronger construction than the current iPhone 6 series.
A teardown of the sixth-generation iPod touch published on Friday exposed new details about the device, including the presence of a marginally bigger battery, the lack of a sapphire lens cover, and which chipmakers are involved in supplying parts.
Streaming video service Hulu is reportedly exploring the possibility of a completely ad-free tier that could launch as soon as this fall, and cost about $12 to $14 a month.
The race to make smaller and more efficient mobile processors continues, with iPhone chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. revealing it remains on track to mass produce its first 10-nanometer FinFET processors by early 2017 — a timeframe that would put it ahead of rival Intel.
FeatureAppleInsider podcast talks new iPod touch, thoughts on an 'iPhone 6c,' 'iPad Pro' rumors & more
On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss the refreshed iPod lineup, including a new A8-powered iPod touch. Neil talks about the possibility of an "iPhone 6c," Dan details gaming benchmarks for Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6, Victor tells us how he really feels about Touch ID and Apple Pay, and it's unanimous that no one should install Adobe Flash.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Apple on Thursday rolled out another of its limited-time-only iOS App Store sections, this time featuring 24 apps on sale for 99 cents each, including popular titles like Pixelmator and GoodReader, as well as hit games Shadowmatic and The Room Two.
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
OpinionXiaomi VP lists intrinsic smartphone features in defense of copycat claims, proceeds to describe iPhone
In a video interview with Bloomberg published on Thursday, Hugo Barra, vice president of global operations at Chinese mobile hardware upstart Xiaomi, addressed accusations that his company's products are derivative and take more than a little inspiration from Apple's iOS lineup.
A long-running lawsuit over bag searches of Apple Store workers was certified as a class action on Thursday, broadening the potential impact to over 12,000 past and present retail staff.
Apple on Thursday debuted four new TV ads for the Apple Watch on its official YouTube channel, continuing a strategy of depicting the device in realistic scenarios.
Even with Apple Music advertised prominently in the iPod section of Apple's online store, neither the iPod nano nor the iPod shuffle can sync Apple Music tracks cached offline, according to a report.
The two largest handset makers in the world — Apple and Samsung — are said to be working with some of the largest carriers around the globe on a new, so-called "e-SIM" standard that would replace traditional SIM cards, and make it easier for customers to sign up for new data plans.
Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of OS X 10.10.5, following quickly on the heels of a matching developer beta, which was issued on Tuesday.
Finnish developer Rovio will launch its first official sequel to the ultra-popular "Angry Birds" game on July 30, debuting on mobile platforms including Apple's iOS.
Investment firm UBS revealed on Thursday that it has high expectations for Apple's gross margins in the just-concluded June quarter, predicting they will reach nearly 41 percent on outstanding sales of the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus.
The two principal manufacturers of Apple processors, Samsung and TSMC, have each begun volume production of the next-generation "A9" CPU for use in the upcoming iPhones, according to a new report.
Misfit on Thursday announced price drops for its existing fitness wearables — Shine and Flash — to make way for a new model called the Flash Link, and breathed life into older Flash models with the new Misfit Link app for iOS.
In a world of iPhones and iPads, iPods nevertheless continue to have a place at Apple, and Wednesday's update of the iPod touch — plus new colors for the Nano and Shuffle — raise the question of which iPod, if any, a person should buy.
An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday reveals continued research into alternative energy solutions, specifically as it applies to a lineup of wireless computer peripherals with embedded solar cells.
Apple will open its fourth Apple Store location in Hong Kong on Thursday, July 30, the company announced through its retail website, with the three-story Canton Road outlet expected to be one of the largest in Asia.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Following severely constrained supply at launch, Apple has gradually built up Apple Watch stock for online and in-store sales, and is now showing ship times of one business day for all aluminum Sport and regular stainless steel models.
With Apple ID responsible for iCloud, two-step verification, email preferences and basically all Apple Internet services, forgetting your password can be disastrous. Luckily, Apple built in a password reset method that involves only a few simple steps.
Following an imminent mid-month expansion to sales, the next destination for the Apple Watch will be New Zealand, which is getting the device on July 31, according to an updated product page in the Apple Store iOS app.
Wednesday's iPod touch release marked a number of firsts for Apple, including two major modifications to existing technologies in an underclocked A8 system-on-chip silicon and a communications package boasting the Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification.
Apple on Wednesday released an EMI update for Mac mini, addressing an issue that could in some cases prevent a USB keyboard from being recognized when waking from sleep.
Apple surprised on Wednesday by including its latest-generation A8 processor in the latest iPod touch — a decision that makes it a formidable and highly affordable opponent to the company's mid-range iPhone 5s.
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Google is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring its Fiber Internet service to public and affordable housing projects, the company announced on Wednesday.
All three devices in Apple's existing iPod lineup — the iPod nano, shuffle and touch — gained three new color options on Wednesday. And while the iPod touch's internal components were overhauled, the iPod nano and shuffle specifications remain unchanged.
BreakingApple launches new iPod touch with 64-bit A8 CPU, 8MP camera, M8 motion coprocessor & 128GB capacity
Apple on Wednesday overhauled its iPod touch lineup for the first time in years, debuting a new high-end $399 model with a 128-gigabyte capacity, while giving all versions a 64-bit A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor, and 8-megapixel rear camera.
As a part of Prime Day, an attempt to spur Black Friday-level sales from Prime subscribers, Amazon on Wednesday discounted a number of electronics, including several Kindle readers and Kindle Fire touchscreen tablets.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's surprising absence from Apple Pay's UK launch earlier this week will not last much longer, the bank has confirmed, with final testing under way and availability said to come within two weeks.
A questionable report out of the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple will announce a larger 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and refreshed iPad mini by the end of 2015, but will not introduce a follow-up to the iPad Air 2. Further, the company is supposedly planning to end-of-life iPad mini after this year's revamp.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Just hours after the U.S. and five world powers entered into an agreement with Iran to remove sanctions in return for a reduction in nuclear weapons capability, companies like Apple are actively looking for inroads into the starved market.
- Apple's Japanese R&D center to tap into local materials, vehicle and health talent
- Chevron rolls out first gas pumps with Apple Pay support
- Apple says recruitment of women & minorities improving, company will be more transparent
- Google unveils platform-independent alternative to Apple's iBeacon, dubbed Eddystone
- Follow NASA's historic mission to Pluto with the New Horizons app on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch
- Taylor Swift's letter on Apple Music was separate from label negotiations
- Apple issues first betas of iOS 8.4.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 to developers
- Mozilla adds every version of Flash to default Firefox blocklist
- Lawsuit targets Apple for directing 'iWatch' Google searches to Apple Watch page
- Rumor: Samsung to launch Galaxy 'S6 Edge+,' Note 5 on August 12
- Talks with major networks for Apple streaming TV service making rapid progress - report
- iPhone will outperform market expectations, pushing shares of Apple to $185, FBR says
- Pixelmator for iOS gains Dynamic Touch, faster Repair tool & more
- HSBC bows out of Apple Pay launch as Barclays vows future support
- Future Apple devices might boast personalized Maps imagery, turn audio into haptic vibrations
- Facebook researching human-powered personal assistant service to rival Apple's Siri, report says
- Stringent Apple HomeKit certification cause of slow market acceptance, report claims
- Apple Pay launches in UK with 250K stores, 8 banks participating
- Ad business startup Drawbridge snags iAd Marketplace exec to bolster user tracking services
- Led by enterprise sales, global tablet use predicted to approach 800M by 2018
- iPod shipping times slip ahead of Apple's anticipated Tuesday update with new colors
- With Apple's annual back to school sale playing hooky, Amazon Prime Day could fill the void
- iTunes 12.2.1 solves problem with iTunes Match tracks converted to Apple Music DRM
- Comcast joins fray of online-only live TV services with Stream for iPhone, iPad & Web
- Apple's iPhone reaps dominant 92% of handset industry's profits
- It's time to uninstall Adobe's Flash from your Mac - here's how
- Rumor: Apple 'cautious' in placing orders for late 2015 launch of 12.9" 'iPad Pro'
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Monday, July 13, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015