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It's been rumored for what feels like forever that Apple is planning to can its iPod lineup, and it's not hard to understand why. With the iPhone, and now, Apple Watch, Apple's lineup is becoming a bit vast, and fewer and fewer are picking up a device that's essentially an iPhone without phone capabilities. The same could be said about the iPod nano - it's hard to want to buy a dedicated device when our phones fill that void quite easily. It's interesting, then, that as soon as Apple Music was announced, earlier this week, Apple changed the iPod option on its site's menubar to "Apple Music". Clicking... Read more...
You know your chess opponent is in trouble when he has to hit the restroom after every turn. That was Tigran Petrosian’s thinking when he accused a fellow chess player during the Dubai Open this weekend. As it turned out, he seems to have been right: officials found an iPod in the bathroom running an app that displayed the chess moves from the game. Image credit: Dubai OpenAccording to the Telegraph, the tournament director got involved after people observed that Chess Grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze, of Georgia, was partial to a particular stall for all of his emergency bathroom breaks. A search of... Read more...
A case against Apple regarding antitrust violations for the company’s iPod restrictions has been going on for roughly a decade. However, the case was finally closed today when the jury unanimously voted to clear Apple of the charges.  Plaintiffs, representing a group of consumers who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, claimed that Apple had forced its users into iTunes software and locked out competitors. During that time period, the plaintiffs claimed that Apple had deleted songs from rival competitors and went on to use email correspondence from Steve Jobs to... Read more...
As Steve Jobs’ emails are being used against Apple in an antitrust lawsuit, the company is also being accused of deleting songs from consumers’ iPods that were purchased from rival music services between 2007 and 2009. During a court session at the U.S District Court in Oakland, California, Apple confirmed that it had deleted non-iTunes music but argued that it was a legitimate security measure. During this time period, consumers who tried to sync their iPods, which had non-iTunes music on it to their iTunes library, would receive an error message that would instruct them to restore their device... Read more...
Steve Jobs has been dead for three years, yet despite that fact, he is causing problems for the company he helped to build because of emails he previously sent that have been made public. The emails have been used against Apple as it defends itself against various lawsuits. This month, Apple is once again preparing to go to trial for its third major antitrust lawsuit since Jobs died. Scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Oakland, California, the latest class action lawsuit revolves around the company’s older iPods, which were limited to playing songs sold in the iTunes store or downloaded from CDs.... Read more...
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers the world over who let their little charges play with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have probably all at one time or another experienced the cold sweat that comes with the fear that Junior may have gone crazy making in-app purchases in whatever game he’s been into lately. It’s happened enough that Apple has had to deal with a class action lawsuit over kids racking up purchases on an iTunes account that belonged to a parent or caregiver. Now Apple has offered a settlement in which affected users can opt for a single $5 iTunes... Read more...
When it comes to Apple products, discounts are few and far between. The company just doesn't offer up coupons and price slashings on any sort of regular basis, and in fact, most of the retailers certified to sell genuine Apple products don't offer any discounts, either. Walmart has typically shaved a few dollars from iPod and iPhone products, but not much else. Unless, of course, a new product is en route. There has been no formal indication from Apple that a next-generation iPhone is on the way, but Walmart has just taken the axe to the MSRP on its iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 handsets. The iPhone 5... Read more...
Prices for Apple iPads and iPods have shot up sharply in Japan amid desperate attempts by the country’s financial leadership to stop deflation. According to Reuters, Japan’s economy is struggling as the yen has fallen 20% against the U.S. dollar in a matter of months. While the Bank of Japan is promising to pump billions into the economy to try and achieve a small inflation rate, several foreign companies companies have raised prices on their goods to make up for the falling exchange rate. The 64GB iPad is now at 69,800 yen compared to 58,800 yen just days ago (about $691/$583), and... Read more...
It has been over six years since Apple introduced the iPhone. Millions of apps have been written for the platform in that time, with collective downloads into the billions. Apple's App Store is a thriving marketplace with a huge amount of software available on virtually any topic you can think of. But not Microsoft Office. There are plenty of third-party applications that handle Word and Excel files, but no apps from Microsoft itself. Office documents can be viewed through the SkyDrive application, but there's no editing capability. There's a version of Office for iOS supposedly in the works, but... Read more...
With Microsoft trotting out Windows 8, Apple is trotting out some huge, huge numbers in a bid to steal back some of that spotlight. The company's Q4 2012 earnings report just came out, and while some of the figures missed Wall Street's debatable inflated expectations, it's hard to argue with what it has going on. It managed to record revenue of $36.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.0 percent compared... Read more...
For a company that knows how to dish out the lawsuits, it's pretty funny to think what would happen if the tables were turned. Of course, it doesn't look like it's coming to come to that in this particular case. Shortly after iOS 6 hit the iPad, Swiss Federal Railways recognized that the clock icon in the new Clock app looked a lot like a clock that it has a patent on. Too alike. So much alike, that it quickly sought out Apple and informed it that it best pony up. Now, it looks as if the two companies have reached an agreement on the use of SBB's station clock on certain devices such as iPads and... Read more...
If your appetite for Apple rumors isn’t currently sated, here’s another. According to (the poetically named) iMore, Apple has scheduled an event for September 12th, at which time the company will unveil the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and possibly the next-generation iPod nano. The iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple will call it) will then be released on September 21st, nine days later. There’s no firm word on release dates for the iPad mini and iPod nano. The iPhone and iPad releases are of particular interest, as rumors have indicated that Apple has been experimenting with alternative screen... Read more...
It wasn't that long ago that Apple's iPod line sold like gangbusters, taking the MP3 player market by storm and creating a frenzy that other companies have been unable to replicate. Fast forward to 2012, a time when iPad and iPhone sales are booming, and some are wondering if the iPod is on the verge of obsolescence. A peek at Apple's latest financial report reveals that iPod sales are down 10 percent sequentially and have dropped 17 percent in the past nine months. Monetarily, Apple notes that "iPod net sales decreased by $256 million and $1.6 billion during the third quarter and first nine months... Read more...
As was the case with every iOS release before it, Apple is promising some fairly major enhancements and new features with iOS 6. iOS 5 was a major release in its own right, but a year has past, and at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, the veil was removed from iOS 6. Apple apparently has a thing for offering "200 new features" in their operating systems; iOS 6 seems to be following Mountain Lion in that regard. 200 tweaks may sound like a lot (and it is), but there are a few key additions, updates and changes with iOS 6 that deserve a closer look... Apple's... Read more...
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