Once again, Apple probably won't rock the boat with any new MacBook Pro, and will likely stick with Intel integrated graphics and lower end next-generation discrete GPUs rather than giving macOS users faster options.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The "iPhone 7" may still be just around the corner, but the focus of news is already beginning to lean more heavily on future Apple products, including 2017 iPhones, new Macs, and potential health technologies.
Britney Spears debuted her ninth studio effort, "Glory," on Friday as a non-exclusive streaming release despite reports, and a highly suggestive tweet from Spears herself, that it would land only on Apple Music.
Friday, August 26, 2016
After receiving a sizable bonus of vested restricted stock units (RSUs) for five years of success as Apple's CEO, Tim Cook on Wednesday cashed in nearly a third of his existing stock cache for a $35.8 million payday.
While Apple is buying exclusives to keep music off rival streaming services, its main competitor — Spotify — is reportedly firing back by "burying" content from artists who sign those deals.
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Beta testers of iOS 10, both public and registered developers, have a new build to test as of Friday, as Apple pushes towards next month's anticipated release of the next-generation mobile operating system. In addition, tvOS 10 beta 7 is also available for developers.
The decision by Universal Music Group to end exclusives may have also quashed an Apple Music deal involving Lady Gaga and Universal's Interscope label, a report claimed on Friday.
As Apple gears up to launch its next-generation iPhone, key components reportedly face production issues, with low yields allegedly seen for the new dual-lens camera expected on the "iPhone 7 Plus."
As Intel looks to muscle its way into the smartphone CPU business, the chipmaker has reportedly set its sights on competing with TSMC, the firm currently responsible for the A-series processors found in the iPhone, iPad and more.
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Fox on Friday released a tvOS version of Fox Sports GO, with a unique interface allowing Apple TV owners to watch up to four games simultaneously — if they already have authenticated access to the associated channels.
Starting next month, U.K. carrier EE and Germany's Deutsche Telekom are both expected to launch promotions in which customers will get six free months of Apple Music, a report said on Friday.
This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Victor talk acquisitions, Apple Health, Tim Cook's tenure as CEO, and catch you up on all the latest 'iPhone 7' news.
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Friday, August 26, 2016
More than nine months after Apple first announced plans to expand its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, and amid an EU probe into questionable tax practices, the company was recently granted approval to add 1,000 people to its workforce over the next 18 months.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Apple is again rumored to be on track to remove the iconic physical home button from its flagship mobile product, the iPhone, when a next-generation version of the device launches next year.
Apple is reportedly working to release a special iPhone model for the Japanese market that will integrate a specific iteration of Sony-developed FeliCa technology, a longstanding tap-to-pay solution for smartphones.
Apple's repeated demands that suppliers cut costs have reportedly prompted "iPhone 7" manufacturing partner Pegatron to skirt the tech giant's audits with covert decreases in effective pay and increases in illegal overtime amid worsening working conditions, according to frequent critic China Labor Watch.
The motherboard believed to be amongst the first hand built prototypes for the Apple-1 fell short of million dollar estimates, but still reaped $815,000 with a portion going to charity.
Apple's Siri — and other voice assistants from the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft — are being held back by the state microphone hardware, a report noted on Thursday.
More details have emerged about the need for the iOS 9.3.5 patch, which looks to have terminated a trio of exploits capable of a remote jailbreak and mass exfiltration of data from a target's iPhone, including device and account passwords.
J.D. Power on Thursday published a new customer satisfaction survey for paid video streaming services, ranking Apple's iTunes below three major competitors.
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Apple on Thursday pushed out yet another important update for its iOS 9 operating system, addressing serious security holes apparently exploited by an Israeli hacking firm, in what could be the final patch ahead of the release of iOS 10.
Case manufacturing company Spigen appears to be the first to deliver protective cases for the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" to the consumer market, though whether they will actually fit the rumored devices remains to be seen.
DJI on Thursday revealed the Osmo+, a new version of its handheld iPhone-controlled gimbal camera with several upgrades, most notably built-in zoom functions.
Apple is reportedly improving the detail of its train/subway station mapping for Tokyo and other Japanese cities, preparing for the long-awaited arrival of public transit directions.
Apple is expected see consistent sales of its high-end offerings in the third calendar quarter of 2016, while other companies like Samsung and Amazon will be greatly impacted by the flood of "white box" generic tablets from Chinese manufacturers.
Apple is said to be looking to tiptoe into the social media space again, both expanding social media sharing within its OS suites, and building a Snapchat-like video and image sharing service for a 2017 launch.
An Apple patent application published on Thursday describes a method of storing an unauthorized user's biometric information, which can help strengthen security management or assist in device recovery and criminal prosecution in the case of a theft.
Apple on Thursday announced the full lineup of its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off on Sept. 18 in London, where music industry icons like Elton John and Alicia Keys will take the stage at the historic Roundhouse theater with up and coming stars including Chance the Rapper and The 1975.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
After four years out of the spotlight, Frank Ocean last week debuted not one, but two new albums on Apple Music. And while the rare double release delighted fans, it raised the ire of one of the world's biggest record labels, potentially marking the beginning of the end for streaming exclusives.
Apple on Wednesday stopped signing code for iOS 9.3.2 and iOS 9.3.3, meaning device users who upgraded to the most recent iOS 9.3.4 version, or who have not yet upgraded from iOS 9.3.1, are no longer able to access the release.
As the Unicode Consortium evaluates a proposed update to emoji standards that includes new Google-recommended characters representing various professions, Apple in August submitted its own suggestion to add another five jobs to the list.
Upcoming Macs may support USB 3.1 Gen 2, enabling peripheral speeds up to a maximum 10 gigabits per second, code discovered in macOS Sierra suggests.
A noted smartphone product leaker known for collecting data from Chinese manufacturers has published an assembly sheet for the "iPhone 7," but there does not appear to be any clear designation on the paper that directly points to Apple as the client.
The U.S. Treasury Department issued a special white paper on Wednesday, threatening that it will "consider potential responses" should the European Commsission demand that Ireland collect billions of euros in back taxes from Apple.
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- Siri's voice to benefit from machine learning improvements in Apple's iOS 10
- French & German interior ministers call on EU to enable access to encrypted data
- Tim Cook's crucial role at Apple extends well beyond his 5 years as CEO
- Tim Cook's fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton set for tonight
- Unlikely photos of "iPhone 6 SE" packaging appear, contain some questionable details
- Retailers, payments association side with Australian banks over Apple Pay negotiations
- ITC judge rules Fitbit did not steal trade secrets from Jawbone
- Spotify looks to squeeze record labels over streaming rights ahead of IPO
- Pinterest absorbs offline reading service Instapaper
- UK supermarket giant Asda tests support for Apple Pay
- Sony brings wireless PS4 DualShock 4 controller support to Mac with new $25 dongle
- Touch controllers on iPhone 6, 6 Plus failing in specific way for some users
- Pyle launches low-end attack on GoPro with iPhone- & Apple Watch-connected $80 4K camera
- Apple to reopen Thousand Oaks store on Saturday, close Cambridge shop for renovations
- Lyft president says ridesharing service isn't looking to sell, blames Uber for rumors
- Facebook tests new autoplaying videos with sound for iOS users
- Deals: $400 of 21" iMac; $270 off 13" MacBook Pro; 8GB 13" Air for $800; $120 off 12.9" iPad Pro
- Primax tipped to be building dual-lens camera modules for 'iPhone 7 Plus'
- Apple-licensed iPod navigation patent invalidated by US regulatory agency
- Apple patent details visual-based AR navigation, confirms Flyby Media acquisition
Tuesday, August 23, 2016