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Inside Metal: How Apple plans to unlock the secret graphics performance of the A7 chip

06/16/2014, 05:12:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Among the surprises that Apple unveiled at WWDC 2014 is the company's new Metal framework and shader language, aimed at radically enhancing the hardware accelerated graphics potential of the A7 Application Processor powering the company's latest iOS devices.

Yahoo Finance frets that Apple's iPhone, iPad "only" grab the majority of all mobile shopping traffic

06/12/2014, 08:28:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple's iPhone accounted for 58 percent of smartphone shopping traffic while iPads took an overwhelming 86 percent share among tablets, but Yahoo Finance is warning investors that Apple's dominance of shopping is "slowly losing share."

Developer uses hidden iOS 8 code to show off rumored split-screen iPad UI

06/11/2014, 10:17:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

After discovering code in Apple's iOS 8 beta pointing to a split-screen iPad user interface, developer Steven Troughton-Smith on Wednesday hit on a way to make the feature work and published his findings to YouTube in a type of proof-of-concept video.

Pebble's iOS-compatible Steel smart watch hits Best Buy with leather band-only bundle

06/11/2014, 04:07:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Pebble's high-end Steel smart watch is now available at Best Buy's online shop, and will hit the retail chain's brick-and-mortar locations this Sunday, both at a price of $229.99 with a leather band.

TouchPal shows off third-party sliding keyboard input in Apple's iOS 8

06/11/2014, 01:49:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

With Apple set to open iOS 8 to third-party keyboards when it launches this fall, TouchPal on Wednesday showcased its own upcoming text entry software, with a sliding style of text entry that allows users to keep their finger on the screen at all times.

Sony's $99 PlayStation TV set to battle Apple TV in U.S. and Canada this fall

06/10/2014, 01:28:00 AM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

At a press event during the E3 gaming conference on Monday, Sony revealed plans to release the $99 PlayStation TV in the U.S. and Canada this fall, taking aim at set-top streaming devices like the Apple TV.

Code in iOS 8 points to multi-sized split-screen windows [u]

06/09/2014, 04:43:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Newly discovered code in Apple's first iOS 8 beta strongly suggests the company is planning to add a split screen feature to its mobile operating system, possibly allowing multiple sizes in the process.

FDA says Apple feels a 'moral obligation' to improve health tracking data

06/09/2014, 03:22:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Apple's new "Health" application in iOS 8 was apparently driven by what the company feels is a "moral obligation" to help its users live healthier lives, it disclosed in conversations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SteelSeries announces Stratus XL full-size game controller for iPhone, iPad

06/09/2014, 12:33:13 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

SteelSeries will expand its Made for iPhone gaming controller lineup with a new, larger second model dubbed the Stratus XL, offering wireless connectivity to both Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Project management 'failure' behind absence of Apple Maps updates at WWDC - report

06/09/2014, 09:42:00 AM, Posted By Sam Oliver

A number of improvements to Apple's mapping service that were slated to hit the stage at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference did not appear after poor planning and "internal politics" caused deadlines to be missed, a new report alleges.

Latest leak purports to show closer look at back panel of Apple's 'iPhone 6'

06/08/2014, 05:08:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

The latest pictures claiming to show the back panel of Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6" are consistent with previous parts, showing a redesigned metal frame with space for a lock button on the upper right side.

Apple's new iCloud storage plans: Cheap for consumers, even cheaper for developers

06/07/2014, 08:28:00 AM, Posted By Sam Oliver

At this week's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple announced a restructuring of its iCloud storage and computing services as part of an apparent bid to stem the tide of user data flowing from iOS and OS X to competitors like Dropbox and Facebook.

Apple's 'first wearable device' affirmed to be on track for October debut

06/06/2014, 01:23:00 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Apple is reportedly planning to hold an event in October where it will introduce its "first wearable device," an accessory widely anticipated to be a wrist-worn "iWatch," to presumably go on sale before this holiday shopping season.

Rumor: 'iWatch' to sport curved OLED touchscreen, Apple 'confident' and building up to 5M per month

06/06/2014, 08:08:33 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Apple's fabled iWatch is likely to launch in October, a new report claims, sporting a curved organic light-emitting diode touchscreen and collecting health-related data ranging from sleep activity all the way to blood oxygen levels.

Philips teases concept for Hue smart bulb control widget in iOS 8

06/05/2014, 04:10:17 PM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Smart LED bulb maker Philips on Thursday offered a preview of what its planned iOS 8 Notification Center widget could look like when running on an iPhone.

Apple's top secret Swift language grew from work to sustain Objective C, which it now aims to replace

06/04/2014, 04:12:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Work on Swift--Apple's surprise new programming language unveiled at WWDC--started development four years ago in conjunction with efforts to keep Objective C relevant. Swift now aims to quickly replace Objective C for modern Cocoa development on iOS and OS X.

Fleksy offers sneak peek of its third-party keyboard running on Apple's iOS 8

06/04/2014, 11:46:00 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

Popular alternative keyboard Fleksy is already running on the first beta of Apple's forthcoming iOS 8, and developers can sign up now to be among the first to test it out.

Razer unveils slide-out iPhone gamepad as Apple plans iOS 8 controller forwarding support for iPad, Mac

06/04/2014, 08:43:36 AM, Posted By Sam Oliver

Accessory maker Razer is the latest to release an Apple-sanctioned Made for iPhone controller, but its new accessory boasts a unique and thin slide-out design. And gamepads like Razer's new Junglecat will become even more powerful with iOS 8, gaining the ability to remotely control titles on iPad and Mac.

Apple's Tim Cook uses WWDC stage to lob grenades at Android, sets up China showdown with Google

06/03/2014, 01:50:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple CEO Tim Cook poured lighter fluid on the already-heated rivalry between Apple and Google during his keynote presentation at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference, calling out a recent mass defection of Chinese Android users to iOS and signaling the start of a new Asian offensive.

Wall Street expects Apple's WWDC announcements will leverage strength of connected platforms against Google

06/03/2014, 10:42:56 AM, Posted By Neil Hughes

With Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference highlighting tight integration between the upcoming OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 platforms, market watchers on Wall Street saw the announcements as a direct shot at Google's competing Android platform.

Latest Xcode 6 beta hints at large screen iPhones and iPads

06/02/2014, 06:09:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Alongside the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 developer preview releases, Apple on Monday issued Xcode 6 beta with a number of interesting features including the ability to code for "resizable" iPhones and iPads.

Apple announces cheaper iCloud storage plans, Photos for Mac coming in early 2015

06/02/2014, 02:27:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple's dedicated Photos application will be making the leap from iPhone and iPad to the Mac early next year, giving users the ability to view all of their pictures synced with iCloud, which will also see a price cut with new, cheaper cloud storage plans.

WWDC 2014 preview: Apple's interest in home, health & headphones

05/31/2014, 02:01:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple has been relatively quiet since late last year, and the company is expected to break the silence with a bang by unveiling a slew of new initiatives at this year's edition of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. AppleInsider takes a look at what could be in the cards when Tim Cook takes the stage on Monday.

Apple planning locally targeted ads for iTunes Radio, iAd promotion of iTunes - report

05/30/2014, 01:01:20 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Apple's mobile advertising efforts are expected to increase this year, when the company is reportedly planning to have locally targeted ads air on iTunes Radio, and will also begin promoting iTunes content through its own iAd network.

Apple touts progress in sourcing conflict-free minerals

05/29/2014, 05:04:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

In a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Apple details its conflict free minerals program that looks to push human rights on smelters and refiners by removing unaudited firms from its massive supply chain.