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It’s been nearly a month since Apple first announced iOS 10 for its mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, etc.) and macOS Sierra for desktops and notebooks. Developers were given immediate access to the first beta of each operating system (along with a beta of watchOS 3) at WWDC, and Apple promised that the general public would gain access to the software later in the summer. True to its word, Apple is today providing the public with the first betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Both are based the respective Beta 2 dev branch builds of the operating systems, which were released earlier this week.... Read more...
If we're to be blunt, running out of storage space on a smartphone sucks, and it sucks harder when there's no convenient way to add more storage. Such is the case with every mode iPhone Apple has ever produced, all of which lack a microSD card slot. And in this modern era, including a paltry 16GB of storage on the base model is a punch to the silly bits. Thankfully that's about to change.We'd like to think that Apple finally saw the light, though it could just have easily been motivated to bump up the storage on its base model by the recent first ever year-over-year decline in iPhone shipments.... Read more...
More than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. On average, twenty-two people die a day without one. Apple is hoping to reduce this number by adding a organ donor signup button within its Health information app that comes installed on every iPhone. The button is being introduced in collaboration with Donate Life, a non-profit national organization committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation.The app update will be introduced this week to software developers who have requested early access to iOS 10. It will be available on all iPhones this... Read more...
Spotify and Apple are unsheathing their claws. Apple recently rejected a recent update to the Spotify iOS app, and Spotify claims that Apple is using its App Store approval process as “a weapon.”Spotify General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez argued that Apple rejected a new version of their app due to an anti-competitive business model. He claimed that Apple wanted Spotify to use the company’s billing system in order to sell subscriptions. Apple charges a monthly fee of up to 30% for the use of that system. Spotify charges an additional $2.99 for in-app subscriptions to avoid the “App Store tax”. The... Read more...
“Florida Man” tales are legendary, even in the tech field. He does everything from jamming cellphone signals on his daily commute to asking Siri where to hide a dead body. The Florida Man’s latest antics may well include suing Apple for $10 billion USD and claiming he invented an "iPhone"  prototype in 1992. Thomas S. Ross (of course Mr. Ross is actually just from Florida and not related to the aforementioned escapades), filed a patent for an “electronic reading device” in 1992. Ross's patent was never actually approved, because he failed to pay the appropriate fees. The application was... Read more...
Apple Inc. announced at last week’s developer conference that it will start collecting user data with iOS 10. The company wants to make Siri and iPhones better at predicting and suggesting information a user may need, but this will strictly be an opt-in feature. The company stated that it will use “differential privacy” in order to collect the necessary data. Differential privacy is a concept that aims to make queries more accurate in statistical databases while still maintaining the privacy of those who provide the data. In order to maintain user’s privacy, Apple will inject a small amount... Read more...
In what will likely be a devastating blow to Thunderbolt Display stalwarts, Apple has announced that it is discontinuing the $999 peripheral aimed at Macs and MacBooks. The display has largely been unchanged since its introduction back in 2011. Since that time, the Thunderbolt Display has been overshadowed by dozens of displays from competing manufacturers that are both cheaper and offer better screen resolutions. In a statement released yesterday, an Apple spokesman explained, “We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and... Read more...
Earlier this week it appeared that Apple had opened up some code within iOS 10. Apple refused to comment about the change at the time. On Wednesday, however, Apple remarked that it had experimented with this lack of encryption in order to optimize the operating system's performance without compromising security. iOS10 comes with 3D touch, emojification, and- an unencrypted kernel?The company previously wrapped the kernel in protections that had to be broken or worked around. This is one of the many reasons that the FBI paid an unidentified third-party to hack into an iPhone used by a perpetrator... Read more...
You know a story is going to be good when it involves Facebook, its creator Mark Zuckerberg, and the word "privacy". It used to be that Google was considered the biggest, baddest people data-fetcher, but over time, that crown has been passed to Facebook, a service that doesn't even need to try to get information from people, as those people willingly cough it up themselves. For a multitude of reasons, the lack of privacy on Facebook should be concerning to many, especially when you consider that Mark Zuckerberg can't seem to get enough privacy for himself. As we reported just the other day, Facebook-owned... Read more...
One thing we've come to expect from Apple is that every two years there's a major redesign to its iPhone device, with incremental upgrades filling the gap in between those releases. It's been a recipe for success in the mobile phone space, but apparently Apple has decided to dance out of rhythm by keeping the overall design of its next iPhone release the same as it is now.Citing people supposedly familiar with Apple's plans, The Wall Street Journal says the next generation iPhone models will stick with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays as currently found on the iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus, respectively.... Read more...
Apple has begun issuing credits and checks for millions of e-book purchases as the result of an antitrust lawsuit filed against it and five of the nation's largest publishing companies three years ago for their roles in an alleged e-book price fixing scheme. Consumers affected by the settlement can expect to receive a $6.93 credit for every e-book that was a New York Times bestseller, and a $1.57 credit for all other e-books. U.S. District Judge Denise Cole found Apple guilty of conspiring to fix e-book pricing back in July 2013 following an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. In 2014,... Read more...
Well, we didn’t see this one coming. Often times, it’s American companies that are crying foul when it comes to Chinese companies ripping off their designs. However, one of the most vocal protectors of its intellectual property is finding itself under fire in China, and that company is none other than Apple. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has found that Apple has infringed on the design patents of the Shenzhen Baili 100C smartphone. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are listed as the guilty parties in the infringement, and surprisingly, the virtually identically designed iPhone 6s and iPhone... Read more...
At its annual WWDC conference being held this week in San Francisco, Apple announced that it would be transitioning its long-running Mac OS X to "macOS". Based on the initial screenshots we've been given, there's not going to be a large departure from what we're used to from OS X, but the move is still notable considering OS X has been the chosen name for 15 years. There's a lot of history there. Well, there's also going to be history made with macOS Sierra, as Safari 10 is going to be shipping with common 'legacy' plugins disabled by default. That of course includes Adobe's much-loathed Flash... Read more...
Apple today announced the latest version of its popular mobile operating system: iOS 10. If you were looking for a drastic design overhaul of the iOS UI like we saw with iOS 7, you’re going to be disappointed. However, Apple has added a wealth of features to iOS 10 that are sure to please the faithful, but likely won’t be enough to court those firmly entrenched in the Android camp. Apple broke down the new edition to iOS 10 into ten categories, which will detail below: User Experience: Apple has introduced a Raise to Wake feature for iOS to help alleviate a problem that some people have had with... Read more...
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