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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Attorneys general in New York and Connecticut are conducting a joint antitrust investigation concerning Apple's negotiations with record labels over its new Apple Music streaming service.
Beginning with iOS 9, HealthKit will accept a number of new data types from external apps and accessories, tracking everything from water consumption to whether protection was used during sex.
Apple is putting a 256kbps cap on Apple Music streaming, a report said Tuesday, a bitrate lower than competing top-tier offerings from Spotify and the service's own Beats Music forebear.
eBay on Tuesday released its first app for Apple Watch, while Google Maps for iOS updated with the ability to receive locations pushed from the desktop.
Better battery life is an Apple priority for iOS 9, and to that end the company is adopting extreme attention to detail, implementing things like face-down power restrictions, a Low Power mode, and a dedicated menu in the Settings app with more granular detail.
For years, the biggest omission in Apple Maps has been the lack of transit directions. But that's set to change with this year's iOS 9 update, which includes built-in support for buses, subways, trains, and more in select major cities.
General Motors' Cadillac division on Tuesday announced that it will add support for Apple CarPlay to most of its 2016 vehicles, the first group of which will launch later this summer.
While the focus this week is on iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, those won't become available to the public until this fall. In the interim, Apple has new updates for iOS and OS X that remain in testing, patching bugs and issues for each platform.
Responding to a flurry of public complaints, U.K. bank Barclays said on Twitter that it is in negotiations to add Apple Pay support, and that efforts "remain constructive."
Apple will introduce an entirely new home screen in iOS 9 that presents users with intelligent, contextually aware information, including frequently opened apps based on time of day and location, or potential destinations in Maps that a user might seek out.
Even after making Apple Music public during Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple is still negotiating some important music licenses for the streaming service, a new report says.
Apple's next-generation mobile operating system includes a number of evolutionary updates to complement its new headline features, like a new Notification Center widget for Find My Friends and user interface tweaks to Safari, Reminders, and the Camera app.
During a jam-packed keynote address at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced a slew of new iOS features set for release when iOS 9 debuts this fall. In anticipation, we took a first look at Apple's latest mobile OS and compiled a few bits and bobs worth noting.
In a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on Monday, two trade groups comprised of some of the largest tech companies in the U.S. asked the White House to reject government policies designed to undermine encryption systems built to keep consumer data private.
Monday, June 08, 2015
After Apple officially debuted its Apple Music streaming service at WWDC on Monday, industry executives blithely offered their two cents — albeit anonymously — on the latest product to come out of Cupertino, proclaiming early that it won't be a runaway success.
Apple late Monday posted to its website a full version of this year's WWDC keynote address, which clocked in at just under two and a half hours from Bill Hader's comedic intro to a musical performance by The Weeknd.
Following Apple's WWDC keynote at Moscone West on Monday, the company handed out its annual Design Awards to developers whose iOS and OS X apps "combined design and technology in powerful ways."
Apple's upcoming watchOS 2 will bring Activation Lock to the Apple Watch, the company quietly revealed on Monday via a new webpage for the operating system.
Asia has already proven to be the next major market frontier for Apple, and as such the company is catering to prospective Mac buyers with new input features custom tailored to Chinese and Japanese speakers.
With an eye on easing the transition from Android to the iOS ecosystem, Apple plans to offer switchers a special Android app that wirelessly transfers personal data, downloaded apps and other information over to a new iPhone.
The first pre-release versions of Apple's new iOS 9 mobile operating system confirm the company's plans to bring its bespoke San Francisco typeface to the rest of its product lineup, as Helvetica's short run has come to a close.
As a part of its its WWDC 2015 keynote, Apple announced that iOS 8.4 and a new version of iTunes will be available by June 30, in time for the launch of the on-demand Apple Music streaming service.
Developers will no longer be required to maintain separate memberships to develop for Apple's Mac and iOS platforms, as the company has done away with the old configuration in favor of a new, unified Apple Developer Program.
BreakingApple Music streams songs on-demand, features 24/7 'Beats 1' station, on iOS & Android for $10/month
Featuring on-demand content, curated playlists, and a new global always-on radio station dubbed "Beats One," Apple Music is a subscription service that aims to redefine how people discover and listen to music for $9.99 a month, or $14.99 for six family members. It launches on June 30 for Apple devices and Windows, but will also come to Android and Apple TV this fall.
In an update to developers at WWDC, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company recently exceeded 100 billion downloads at the iOS App Store, and has generated $30 billion for developers.
Though the Apple Watch is newly on the wrists of users, Apple is already showcasing the next major update to its wearable operating system, which will offer a number of new features, most notably the ability to run native third-party applications without the need for a connected iPhone.
Apple on Monday announced that it would make its popular new Swift programming language open source, releasing the language and toolchains for iOS, OS X, and Linux.
At its Monday WWDC keynote Apple annouced a number of planned changes to Apple Pay, including the addition of store rewards cards, and plans to launch in the United Kingdom in July.
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Monday, June 08, 2015
As expected, Apple announced transit directions integration are coming to the Maps app in iOS 9, featuring multi-modal routing, rail line information and Siri integration, among other functions.
BreakingApple unveils iOS 9 with smarter Siri, public transit in Maps, iPad split-screen multitasking
Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 9, will focus on enhanced system intelligence, numerous improvements to built-in apps, new iPad-specific capabilities, and much more, it was announced at WWDC on Monday.
At WWDC on Monday, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced Metal for Mac, which combines the power of OpenCL and graphics crunching capability of OpenGL into a unified API that reduces draw rendering times by 50 percent.
Apple's next major release of OS X will be dubbed "El Capitan," the company announced on Monday, featuring a number of tweaks and improvements, including enhancements to Spotlight, new gesture-based input methods for built-in apps, and more.
Apple on Monday is expected to announce that its Apple Pay mobile wallet will begin accepting retail store cards, allowing consumers to benefit from special offers and discounts at certain locations.
Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to kick off with a keynote presentation, unveiling the company's upcoming products, including the next-generation versions of iOS and OS X. AppleInsider is there live in San Francisco with complete exclusive coverage of the company's big event.
Apple is apparently planning to do away with its Newsstand application for iOS, instead replacing it with a Flipboard-like digital magazine that will present content from a number of sources.
Taiwanese device maker HTC recently unveiled a limited run of its flagship One M9 handset plated in 24-karat gold, showing the new device off on Twitter — using photos taken with an iPhone.
Philips on Monday announced that its Hue intelligent lighting ecosystem will be compatible with Apple's HomeKit smart home platform starting this fall.
- Tim Cook hints Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts could take stage today at WWDC
- Rumor claims Apple wants to reach 100 million subscribers for Apple Music
- Apple to spend 'billions' on private network infrastructure in bid to increase cloud capacity
- WWDC attendees greeted with jackets featuring Apple Watch San Francisco font, Swift code
- WWDC 2015 guaranteed to highlight growing gap between Apple and Google
- WWDC Deals: MacMall knocks $171 off Apple's new high-end 15" MacBook Pro, B&H offers 256GB 13" MacBook Air for $899
- Apple will unveil streaming music service on Monday, Sony chief confirms
- Apple's HealthKit has yet to realize its potential, thanks to lackadaisical third-party support
- Apple Pay to reportedly land in UK by summer
- Review: Phiaton's BT 220 NC earbuds may sound good but are awkward to use
- This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, TV delays, HomeKit & more
- Apple to allow limited WWDC streaming at AltConf
- Apple reportedly horning in on corporate bond issues, bypassing asset management firms
- Apple's iPhone gobbles up marketshare in U.S. as competitors stumble
- Apple to name streaming music service 'Apple Music,' ask users to pick favorite genres
- Apple mulling reduced App Store fees for subscriptions - report
- Apple Online Store stops offering iPhone with 2-year AT&T contract
- Apple boots contractor Skanska from Campus 2 project - report [u]
- Apple Watch tips: How to use it as an iPhone camera remote, pay with Apple Pay, take a screenshot, more
- Killer Deal: Use $100 coupons to help knock $260+ off all 2015 15" MacBook Pros with AppleCare
- Rumor: Apple taps AU Optronics to build 4-inch iPhone screens for 2016 hardware update
- AppleInsider podcast talks WWDC, Apple TV, HomeKit, Metaio & much more
- Edward Snowden hails Apple as 'pioneering' for iOS 8 security measures
- Apple expects half of top US merchants will accept Apple Pay by end of 2015
- Inside Apple UK: Lavish London stores welcome Apple Watch buyers, but so far only to look
- Apple, record labels negotiating last-minute streaming service terms days before expected WWDC launch
- Apple prohibits AltConf from streaming WWDC content
- Samsung says '6>6' in new Galaxy S6 Edge ad
- Apple TV leaps into first place as iOS dominates online video market, Adobe reports
- Yahoo to discontinue support for Mail, Contacts on older Apple devices
- Subscription music service expected to boost iPhone experience, but not Apple's profits
- Apple holds grip on 5th place in Fortune 500 thanks to iPhone, Mac sales
- Apple Watch tips: Jump to last task, delete watch faces, organize glances and more
- New charity auction offers chance to tour Apple HQ with Education VP John Couch
- Periscope adds map-based feed browsing, Sunrise Calendar hits Apple Watch
- Dish Network in talks to merge with T-Mobile US, could pose challenge to Apple TV service
- Apple's first-ever Japanese yen bond raises $2 billion US
- Apple Watch coming to retail stores, 7 more countries on June 26
- Apple, Samsung tied for highest smartphone customer satisfaction, iPhone falls behind Galaxy Note
- Jawbone UP fitness bands to return to Apple Store in June
Sunday, June 07, 2015
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Friday, June 05, 2015
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