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A couple of new supply chain rumors are floating around that revolve around the next Apple Watch, and also the iteration to the iPhone 6. On the watch front, it seems Apple is most concerned this go around with improving battery-life more than it is about increasing performance or the screen resolution. Given the sub-24-hour battery life on the Apple Watch, this is probably the right route to take. In order to fit a bigger battery in, the internals of the watch must be thinned out even more. If we do end up seeing better battery life on the next Apple Watch, even if it means we're seeing the same... Read more...
Jan Souček, a security researcher from Prague, has uncovered a vulnerability in the security of the iOS Mail application that nefarious types can deploy against users of the app to gain access to their iCloud passwords.    The method published by Souček illustrates how an email can be sent to the hapless victim that uses HTML code that mimics the iCloud login pop-up window upon receipt. Then, after said victim has inadvertently tapped their iCloud password into the window's Password field and clicked OK, an email is sent back to the sender with that critical information. Specifically,... Read more...
Remember when almost none of Apple's products had informational leaks in advance of their launch? How times have changed. Now we're seeing leaks three months in advance of a launch, with the latest victim being the next iPhone. This leak comes courtesy of UK carrier Vodafone, which sent out an email to staff to inform them that the launch date for the "next iPhone" is September 25th. Note the quotes -- that's where things get a little interesting. History would tell us that the next iPhone would be the iPhone 6S, but this wording could mean that it will instead be the iPhone 7. Of course, that... Read more...
Imagine that without any misguided action or behavior of your own your iOS device were to crash, simply as the result of receiving a text string via your iPhone or iPad's Messages app. Next, imagine that after this "What the heck!??!!" event (and device reboot, of course) you subsequently could not even open the Messages program.  Imagine no longer. A new bug has been revealed in Apple's Messages app that will crash your device and render Messages mostly unusable upon receipt of a text containing a unique text string comprised of various symbols and Arabic characters.... Read more...
Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire. And with regards to Force Touch on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus refresh, you might as well label it a 4-alarm fire. The Wall Street Journal kicked off the festivities in early March, proclaiming that Force Touch would arrive on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who tends to get these types of things right more than wrong, added further confirmation earlier this month. Now, 9to5Mac, a publication that has a pretty solid track record when it comes to Apple leaks (look no further than the site almost completely nailing... Read more...
It doesn’t happen very often, but Apple on occasion leaks upcoming products either via its website or via the App Store. The last such incident happened in October when the user guide for the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 leaked a day before the official keynote. Today, another Apple product has leaked, but this one likely won’t be officially revealed for another few months. At first glance, the image below could be easily mistaken for the nearly two-year-old iPhone 5C. However, closer inspection shows that this pink iPhone has Touch ID in place of standard home button. The image didn’t stay up long... Read more...
Do you remember that 80s flick Cocoon, where senior citizens received new leases on life (along with youthful exuberance) by taking a dip in a pool that was occupied by alien lifeforms? Well, Apple looks to have its own fountain of youth for older iOS devices in the form of iOS 9. As we reported earlier this year, Apple is looking to hold the line when it comes to adding a wealth of new features to the next version of iOS. Instead, Apple is working overtime to squash existing bugs and make iOS 9 its most stable release ever at launch. To use a past example from Cupertino, the move from iOS 8 to... Read more...
In addition to the revised 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display news from this morning, Apple has introduced a new accessory for all Lightning-equipped iPhones: the iPhone Lightning Dock. The addition of the dock is surprising for two reasons. First, why did it take so long for Apple to release a Lightning Dock compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Secondly, is Apple out of its Vulcan mind by charging $39 for a hunk of plastic? To add insult to injury, Apple doesn’t even include an extra Lightning USB cable in the box; you’re on your own on that front. For... Read more...
Relationships. Some go the distance. Others are of a more mercurial nature, such as the one between me and my iPhone. As much as I loved my iPhone, I've always found iOS to be somewhat immature and not quite serious (a problem that plagues most Apple-produced software), which probably explains why my eye has wandered towards Android phones from time to time. I resisted the urge to explore Android's potentially greener pastures for years, though, opting to stay in my comfort zone rather than navigating the travails of adopting a new OS and workflows, the exasperation of manufacturer-included... Read more...
Coming off a record performance for fiscal Q1, Apple once again knocked it out of the park with its fiscal Q1 numbers. Revenue for the quarter came in $58 billion, while net profit was a hefty $13.6 billion. This compares to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion for the same period one year ago. Gross margin for the quarter came in at 40.8 percent and international sales accounted for 69 percent of Apple’s revenue for the quarter. Not surprisingly, and as we alluded to earlier this morning, China was hugely important to Apple’s bottom line during fiscal Q2. Revenue from China... Read more...
The last holdout among the four major U.S. credit card issuers has finally caved to Apple. Discover announced today that it will allow its cardmembers to make wireless payments using Apple Pay on their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch starting this fall. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have supported Apple Pay since it launched in October 2014, so it’s nice to see Discover finally getting onboard, even if it’s going to be a year late. “As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices,”... Read more...
What is it with big technology companies putting out horrendous advertisements? Microsoft has a long history of ads that miss the mark, everything from signing up Jerry Seinfeld to go shopping for shoes to the downright bizarre that defy explanation, and it looks like HTC is trying hard to follow in Microsoft's footsteps. HTC's latest attempt at marketing its flagship phone, the One M9, is a fictional drug called Cellami, or metalidone boomsoundide. No joke. Cellami is for people who struggle with afflictions known as bi-phonal displeasure disorder, SAD (Samsung Affective Disorder, or iOS (irritable... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your HBO fix without having to first subscribe to an expensive cable or satellite TV package, today is your day of celebration. Well, that is if you own an Apple device. HBO Now, which was officially announced last month, is now available on Apple TV and via iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. All you have to do is pay $14.99 per month and you gain full access to all of HBO’s current programming as well as its extensive back catalog of movies and TV shows with on-demand access. HBO is even offering customers who sign up in April a free 30-day free trial... Read more...
Many analysts wondered aloud if Apple was pricing itself out of the Chinese smartphone market with premium devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Well, according to data from market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, those fears were unwarranted. Apple’s iPhone family was able to grab a record 27.6 percent of the smartphone market in China during a three-month period ending in February, making Apple the number one smartphone OEM. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 led the way with a 10.2 percent share of the market, which was enough to make it the best selling smartphone in China. Second place when to the... Read more...
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