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Some low hanging fruit for Apple to pick at WWDC 2016

06/12/2016, 09:44:57 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

On Monday, Apple will finally reveal an assortment of new technologies and initiatives it's been working on over the past year. Here's a look at some of the ideas Apple likely--or hopefully--has on its agenda.

Apple rumored to announce Apple Pay for the web at WWDC 2016

06/10/2016, 05:21:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Building on rumors claiming Apple Pay would see website integration this year, a report on Friday says Apple is planning to officially announce the new payment feature at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote next week.

Apple needs a reuse plan for 100s of millions of old iPhones: iOSR

06/10/2016, 04:19:31 PM, Posted By Daniel Eran Dilger

As Apple prepares to show off its latest iOS 10 at Monday's Worldwide Developer Conference, it faces a purported threat of Peak iPhone sales, potentially complicated by a lengthening replacement cycle for new smartphones. But there's also another problem: how to recycle or otherwise manage the increasingly large volume of old iPhones it has already sold. The problem itself could offer a solution: a second life for old iPhones.

MacBook Pro with OLED touchbar visualized in new concept renderings

06/09/2016, 08:58:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

Building on a foundation of recent rumor and speculation, designer Martin Hajek mocked up computer graphics renders exploring the utility of incorporating an OLED touchbar into Apple's rumored next-generation MacBook Pro, a device anticipated for release later this year.

Rumor: Apple to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC 2016

06/09/2016, 07:22:00 PM, Posted By Mikey Campbell

An unconfirmed, and somewhat tenuous, rumor on Thursday claims iMessage will be Apple's next Android release, with the company potentially planning a debut next week at its Worldwide Developers Conference.

Spotify says Apple's App Store changes omit 'price flexibility,' customer data

06/09/2016, 03:57:28 PM, Posted By Roger Fingas

Apple's planned changes to the App Store still don't address some fundamental problems, a Spotify executive said on Thursday, hinting that the music service's in-app subscription fees are likely to remain unchanged.

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.