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WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice vs. Amazon's Alexa Echo, Google Now, Microsoft Cortana

06/09/2016, 10:57:00 AM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami & UK's National Rail

06/09/2016, 09:40:35 AM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Apple on Thursday expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to the US cities of Atlanta and Miami, and to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom.

More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding surfaces on Apple website

06/08/2016, 09:05:49 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system "macOS," the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS.

Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0' payout policy without customer retention stipulation

06/08/2016, 06:55:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms -- minus the probationary period.

Apple announces it will offer App Store subscriptions to all apps, take smaller 15% cut

06/08/2016, 01:20:00 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

In the near future, Apple will be shifting to a new revenue sharing model for apps -- one that more heavily favors subscription services than one-time or in-app purchases, marketing head Phil Schiller revealed on Wednesday. The company also plans to begin allowing search ads in the App Store this fall.

Success of next-generation iPhone could rest with Siri, survey says

06/07/2016, 05:48:00 PM, Posted By Quinten Plummer

A fresh survey published ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference suggests updates to Siri and the unlocking of the digital assistant's software development kit could be a key factor in future iPhone adoption, a topic of keen interest coming off Apple's first ever handset sales contraction.

Microsoft throwing developer party at Apple's WWDC, says its iOS apps set 'gold standard'

06/07/2016, 04:05:18 PM, Posted By Quinten Plummer

Microsoft wants to inject its own software and services into the agenda for Apple's Worldwide Developers conference next week, hoping to lure attendees to an offsite afterparty with the promise of drinks and prizes.

Apple patents liquid resistant speaker port, bone conducting headphones

06/07/2016, 03:53:00 AM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering water-resistant iPhone speakers, hinting at a potential ruggedized handset, as well as a property detailing bone conduction technology that might one day deliver advanced noise cancellation to EarPods headsets.

With Touch ID rumored for Apple's new MacBook Pros, PC makers prep trackpad fingerprint readers

06/03/2016, 03:57:00 PM, Posted By David Silverberg

Apple is rumored to bring its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the MacBook Pro later this year, but Windows PC makers could potentially beat it to the punch, thanks to new technology from Synaptics that's nearing release.

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for iCloud and CloudKit

06/03/2016, 01:52:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple is often thought of as a hardware company, but an increasingly important segment of its business now relates to online services. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of iCloud and CloudKit from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

Face palm, pregnant woman among 72 new emoji coming with Unicode 9.0

06/02/2016, 09:53:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

The Unicode Consortium on Thursday announced and published samples of 72 new emoji characters set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, including what is sure to be a crowd favorite: the cucumber.

1Password Teams launches with introductory pricing after 7-month beta period

06/02/2016, 07:54:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

After seven months of beta testing, developer Agile Bits on Thursday released 1Password Teams, a subscription-based version of its popular multi-platform password and secure data management app designed to serve work groups.

Apple hires luxury car satellite navigation engineer Sinisa Durekovic

06/02/2016, 05:43:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

The software engineer who led development of satellite navigation systems for a variety of luxury carmakers including Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, has been working for Apple since October.

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple TV and tvOS

06/02/2016, 01:48:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple TV was first introduced ten years ago at the end of 2006, but unlike the blockbuster iPhone it merely remained a "hobby" over the last decade until finally getting some real attention last year with the 4th generation overhaul. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of tvOS from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

Samsung unveils 512GB postage stamp-size NVMe SSD, could see use in MacBook

05/31/2016, 07:02:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

Samsung on Tuesday announced production has started for its new PM971-NVMe, a solid state drive that crams non-volatile memory express technology, onboard NAND flash memory, DRAM and an SSD controller into a package slightly larger than a postage stamp.

Square pushes Apple Pay contactless reader with new $1/week installment plan

05/31/2016, 02:53:00 PM, Posted By AppleInsider Staff

For businesses interested in buying Square's new Apple Pay-compatible contactless terminal but put off by its $49 cost, a new $1-per-week installment plan option is now available.

Apple's iPhone is no Blackberry: a closer look at AI and the world's biggest company

05/30/2016, 07:42:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Last week, developer Marco Arment suggested in a blog posting that if Apple were to fail to grasp the potential for voice-based Artificial Intelligence to change the nature of smartphone demand, the company's core revenue generator could suffer the same fate as RIM's Blackberry, which a decade prior had similarly failed to see the importance of iPhone's advanced multitouch experience until it was too late to do anything about it.

Try these iOS grilling apps for your Memorial Day BBQ

05/30/2016, 12:23:00 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

If you're a preparing a Memorial Day barbecue -- or just planning a cookout later this summer -- here are five iOS apps that can make the process a little easier, or give you some fresh ideas.

Indian government publicly rejects Apple's desire to sell used iPhones

05/30/2016, 08:19:03 AM, Posted By Katie Marsal

Despite a recent trip by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to meet with local officials, the Indian government on Monday announced that it will not allow the company to sell refurbished iPhones in its country.

Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for Apple's Macs and OS X

05/27/2016, 07:32:00 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple has sold far more iOS devices than Macs over the past several years, but as a $20 billion business, the Mac platform remains extremely important to the company. Here's a look at where Apple's conventional computing platform is headed, and what we can expect to see at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule pulled from U.S. Apple Stores

05/27/2016, 12:50:00 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Although the products are still available online, Apple no longer appears to be selling the AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule in its U.S. retail stores, according to a Friday report and checks by AppleInsider.

Apple can add 62M iOS users in India but it won't be easy, analyst says

05/26/2016, 09:22:00 PM, Posted By Andrew Drea

Investment firm Piper Jaffray estimates India could contribute some 62 million iOS device users to Apple's user base if the company successfully ramps its presence up to China levels, but a comparatively low-income population and strict government policies presage a rough path ahead.

Apple invention turns Lightning headphones into smart walkie-talkies

05/26/2016, 05:55:00 AM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a somewhat unusual Apple invention detailing a communications platform that ditches cellular in favor of direct, point-to-point network technology.

Apple seeks lawyer with HIPAA expertise for health initiative

05/24/2016, 07:04:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

An Apple job listing on Monday reveals the company is looking to hire a seasoned attorney with health privacy expertise to take on the role of Privacy Counsel , suggesting a health and medical systems expansion could be in the works.

Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

05/23/2016, 10:40:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.