Posts tagged with: Apple

Founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Apple is the most valuable tech company in the World. Apple started as a computer company but today it has become one of the largest smartphone producing companies in the world. Other than iPhone, Apple is well known for its products such as iPods, iPad, iTunes, and Macs. The company's latest smartphone was iPhone 4, that is widely praised for its hardware as well as software. Apple's portable devices are powered by iOS mobile operating system. Read our Apple coverage for the latest iPhone news, reviews and videos:

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    Traditional computers are dead dying, tablets have gone out of style, smartphones are starting to stagnate due to saturation, and smartwatches remain “a category waiting for a market”, lacking a clear focus and compelling use cases. Unsurprisingly therefore, everybody in the tech business is scouting for the “next big thing”, which many analysts seem to believe lies in virtual or augmented reality. Enter Google Glass, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, and… nothing from Apple? That’s sure odd, although Cupertino’s made it a habit of very carefully exploring the ...

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    Imagine a world where, aside from Windows Phones featuring Bing as their default search engine, both Androids and iPhones would at least offer their users a choice between Google and its counterparts upon setting your device up. Or how about if iOS products used, say, Yahoo’s services for your initial online search needs? If you’re thinking the company currently dependent on Alphabet would lose hundreds of millions of dollars, you may want to add a couple of zeros. That’s because, following Android income figures, Google’s ongoing legal war with Oracle has just revealed how much ...

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    Microsoft seems to be a diligent player in another company's walled garden. With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro, two new iOS interaction methods have changed up what it means to be an app on an Apple device. And Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on it. All three apps are taking up new features, including: "Annotate with Ink," accessible via the new Draw tab and now takes the Apple Pencil A 3D Touch menu which allows you to immediately create or open a project Download fonts from the cloud on demand Files are now searchable on Spotlight (iOS 9) PowerPoint also now ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your RSS/iTunes/Xbox feed starting January 24 at 3:00am Eastern. It's also down below right now. We would've liked to feature some fanart this week, but we'll have to wait until next time to show it off. HTC Nexus phones, a free smartwatch with your smartphone and iOS apps coming to Windows Phone. Who says the post-CES lull has to be dull? All of the above –plus a special announcement from Pocketnow's Editor-in-Chief and your listener mail– awaits on episode 184 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So put on your Perfume and varnish up your Islandwood; we're ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    First, Apple was all like “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone”, trying to get the point across that the iOS user experience simply has no rival. But as usual, it didn’t take Samsung long to hit back, via a series of commercials with the tagline “it’s not a phone, it’s a Galaxy.” Of course, the two tech giants aren’t just duking it out in the handheld, tablet and smartwatch arenas, also engaging in a high-stakes mobile payment war that Google would very much like to be a part of as well. For the time being though, Apple Pay seems to have the edge in both on and ...

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    It's a small phone that's become the big topic for Apple for this half of the year. So big, in fact, that it's been called three names over the span of its rumor-dom. We may now have our first eyes-on video of what the new 4-inch iPhone may look like. The 40-second video with no narration shows off what could easily pass off as a gold-colored iPhone 6s or iPhone 6 on a paper tray. The home button gets a trim while the plastic antenna inlays remain in place just beside the 3.5mm headphone jack. The video uploader purports that the device is one of the first demo units straight from ...

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    CES this year was all about accessories, and out on the show floor we saw no shortage of headphones, keyboards, and tools ready to turn your mobile device into a music-creation powerhouse. You don't always need fancy hardware to cook up some compelling tracks, though, and today Apple brings its users both one new and one updated tool to keep them cranking out some of their own hot tunes. The new player is an app called Music Memos, and it gives musicians the ability to quickly and easily capture some off-the-cuff jams in a high-quality lossless format. Beyond simple recording abilities, ...

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    You might not be swimming in enough money to afford a $10,000 smartwatch. Heck, you might not be rich enough to toss in $1,800 for a watch. But if you still want some special tech to strut on your wrist for $1,100, well, you don't have to travel far to get it. In the case of the Apple Watch Hermès up until this week, you did have to travel to a select few Apple and Hermès outlets to even check out the extravagant takes on the device, much less take it to checkout. On Friday, Apple's and Hermès's online stores will have the watches available for purchase. Prices remain unchanged ...

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    Connectivity options for smartphones are going through some big changes right now. USB type-C is making its presence felt on Android and Windows 10 Mobile alike, and while right now that means some bumpy periods of adjustment (how many times have you needed to charge your type-C phone and couldn't find a suitable adapter lying around?), that's one change that promises to bring us into a bright future full of broad cable interoperability. Apple users may be facing some serious shifts in cable connectivity, as well, and one of the most prolific (to say nothing of controversial) rumors ...

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    Apple's most recent iOS work has been proceeding with at least two simultaneous forks: Beta builds of iOS 9.2.1 started headed out to devs back in mid-December, and earlier this moth we saw the first test release of iOS 9.3 land. We were hoping that meant that a final iOS 9.2.1 public release could be right around the corner, and today we come back from lunch to find just that waiting for us, as Apple begins sending iOS 9.2.1 out to its users. The name of the game this release is “bugfixes,” and while Apple isn't yet providing a comprehensive list of what unwanted behavior's being ...

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    Aside from new 3D Touch shortcuts, more Siri languages, better Apple Pay – Wallet interaction, and the adoption of a cool Night Shift mode for smart screen color adjustment in low-light conditions, iOS 9.3 should bring a fair share of your typical bug patches to the table as soon as it’s ready to move out of beta. Of course, the ninth major version of Cupertino’s acclaimed operating system is far from unstable, especially after its .2 December maintenance update, but at least one vexing glitch will need to be thoroughly repaired before long. For the time being, you can dodge it by ...

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    The US Dollar is stronger than ever before, inching closer and closer to parity with the Euro, and while the global financial implications are a little too intricate to discuss on a tech-centric website, gadget enthusiasts will certainly be upset to hear they’re looking at costlier iOS app purchases very soon. Within the next 48 hours or so, App Store prices should be “updated” in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa to better reflect the current conversion rates between local currency and the USD. Expect slightly higher fees charged for both apps ...

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    Apple's thrown injunction after injunction at Samsung during the course of its drawn-out patent war. Some sales bans happened. Some didn't. This is the story of Schrodinger's sales ban. Samsung asked for a rehearing on an injunction based on three patents including one regarding "quick links," but was denied by the Federal Circuit court of appeals. Apple's original injunction was to allow Samsung to "sunset" the features for 30 days before a sales ban on relevant products took hold. The company hastily requested that the sales ban take hold upon ruling. Northern California US District ...

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    Cobalt. It doesn't just strike your eyes with a certain pitch of blue: it's a key component of our smartphones' lithium-ion batteries. But it seems that the labor used to obtain this mineral has been poorly regulated. And Amnesty International is implicating Apple and Samsung — both companies having their own shares of labor problems — as well as Sony, Microsoft, Huawei, LG, ZTE, Lenovo and eight other multinationals for being complacent to child labor in their supply chains. All of those manufacturers, while they don't necessarily share battery providers nor battery part providers, do ...

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    Long before Apple owned Beats, and long before we had Apple Music, there was iTunes Radio. Launched alongside iOS 7, the streaming service gave users access to free ad-supported content – or ad-free for those also paying for iTunes Match. With the arrival of Apple Music, it's been clear that change was coming to older streaming offerings like iTunes Radio, but how, and on what timetable? Apple's just shared some of those details with its users, and it looks like the clock has just about run out on iTunes Radio. In just a couple weeks, the iTunes Radio we once knew will be no more, as ...

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    Waiting with bated breath for an Apple Watch 2 capable of delivering better bang for buck than its predecessor? Standalone cellular connectivity, maybe, some extra health functionality, superior activity tracking, those kinds of things? Unfortunately, while rumors of a new wearable model might hold true, this is unlikely to be a “full 2.0” version. Instead, insiders quoted by Techcrunch now claim, you could be merely looking at the same old hardware with a FaceTime camera added in the mix and “not much else.” Worse yet, not even that minor-sounding rehash is confirmed for a ...

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    Nothing can be truly original in this day and age as far as technology goes, on both the hardware and software fronts, but that still doesn’t make Apple’s treatment of acclaimed sleep-improving app Flux very fair. Flux, alternatively spelled f.lux, is currently available as a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, while on iOS, it was never accepted in the official App Store, also being forced out of the Xcode-enabled side loading channel after an unusual wave of initial popularity. Cupertino is now cooking up its own Flux, which will likely be baked into iOS 9.3 by default, and ...

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    Overall 2015 global smartphone sales numbers are in, at least from research firm TrendForce, and the single-digit growth predicted by IDC just last month was exceeded. Not by a lot, but it’s pleasing to hear almost 1.3 billion intelligent handhelds were shipped worldwide in the past 12 months, despite mature markets reaching saturation and many formerly emerging countries looking to follow suit. That represents a year-on-year progress of 10.3 percent, and it was all mostly due to fast-rising Chinese brands, which reportedly seized no less than seven of the top ten manufacturer slots. ...

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    Samsung Electronics may not be making the guts that will go into the next iPhone, but it will be making the Snapdragon 820. But applications processors aren't the only components the manufacturer makes; it's also into displays. And with Apple looking to change up its display technology come the year after next, what better time than now to prepare for things. Reports from inside sources say Samsung will invest up to $7.5 billion in facility expansion and new equipment to produce flexible OLED displays per month for future iPhones. Apple will order between 30,000 and 45,000 displays a month ...

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    If Microsoft is able to make good on all the promises we heard in the months leading up to the release of Windows 10, we're looking forward to a future where app availability is no problem at all for the company's platform, as it provides developers with tools to quickly and easily bring their existing code to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Unfortunately, things haven't been looking too great on the Android-porting side of it, but at least progress with iOS apps was coming along nicely. Back in November we got an update on where things were headed next, and heard about plans to launch an ...

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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    You like charts? Tech analyst Horace Dediu likes to craft charts for "idle amusement" on occasion and, based on data from market research firm Gartner, has found that iPhone shipments have surpassed Windows PC shipments in 2015. Furthermore, if we extrapolate current trend lines out to 2027, we might see Mac shipments up above PC shipments. Idle amusement. pic.twitter.com/Kiyj3Vr5Hx — Horace Dediu (@asymco) January 13, 2016 Of course, the PC space has been contracting in favor of smaller or more physically-versatile devices for productivity's sake (at least, the buzzword right now is ...

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    Advertising is such a pervasive part of our mobile device experience, yet one that's all too easy to take for granted: there are tons of ads out there, they pop up in our apps and mobile browsers, but who are the players behind them? On iOS, Apple's been holding the reins with its own iAd platform, giving developers a convenient way to embed advertisements within their App-Store-sold titles, making even free-to-download apps a potentially hugely profitable endeavor. But last year we started to pick up on some changing attitudes at Apple when it comes to the company's relationship with ...

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    Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model's performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone's sheer processing power measures up against another's. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu's looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the ...

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