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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...
Look out, Google Maps? Apple has just confirmed that it's begun sending out vehicles to capture street-view imagery, in effect tackling head-on one of the best features of Google's Map software. While Google Maps is available for iOS, there's little doubt that Apple would prefer its users use its own solution, regardless of its checkered past. Interestingly, Apple takes things a step further here by letting us know when (roughly) it's going to be hitting up some cities. The list for June 15 - 30 is rather stark, with many cities being visited in Ireland, England, and the US. You can hit up the... Read more...
From the "It Should Have Been In Version 1" files comes a much-needed feature in Apple's watchOS 2: an activation lock. We learned a lot about what makes watchOS 2 special from WWDC yesterday, but it wasn't until Apple put up a landing page for the upcoming OS that this activation feature was revealed. On account of the fact that the Apple Watch will be strapped to your wrist, it seems likely that iPhones and smartphones in general are at a far greater risk of being stolen, but when these things start at $349, there's no doubt that the Apple Watch will be a heavily sought-after item for thieves.... Read more...
It's a horrible feeling, that one of regret when the realization strikes that we should have been more on top of things, quicker to get something done. I'm sure we've all been there, and while it can easily happen to any one of us, it can also happen to the biggest of companies -- Google being the latest example. Had Google been quicker in finalizing the details of its Google Pay mobile payments service, it would have been able to enjoy nickel and diming the kings of nickel and diming: credit card companies Visa and MasterCard. In May, those companies updated the details to their respective... Read more...
Back in April, Apple gave us the impression that it considers Pebble to be a big threat to its own Apple Watch platform, as it began banning apps that merely mentioned the competition by name. To Apple's favor, that is something mentioned in the developer guidelines, but that doesn't make it any less sketchy. After the collective Web made a massive stink about the situation, Apple admitted defeat and began enabling such apps on its store again. As we can see today, that's continued to prove true all the way up until the ultimate source, the maker of the competing smartwatches. On its Kickstarter... Read more...
In our coverage of the latest iPhone rumor yesterday, I mentioned that it's become harder than ever for Apple to keep a secret. With the upcoming iPhone, it was UK carrier Vodafone that gave us the leak, and for Apple's upcoming music service, it's none other than the CEO of Sony Music. During an on-stage interview at the Midem Music Industry Festival in Cannes, France, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris revealed that Apple will be unveiling its music service during its WWDC event tomorrow. To Morris' benefit, the fact that Apple is set to reveal its music service at WWDC has been one of the industry's... 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...
After mainboard vendors began adopting EFI en masse in recent years, security researchers all over have dissected the many different implementations out there to find that elusive crippling bug. Sometimes, though, such bugs are not actually elusive at all, like one just discovered by reverse engineering enthusiast fG. fG starts off his report by pointing out two excellent presentations revolving around EFI exploitation, and how this new one relates to one of those. At any point while using your PC, your EFI should never become exposed to write commands, but fG notes that this isn't the case on... Read more...
We posted earlier this week about a bizarre bug that strikes when a specific text message is received by an iOS user, either via Messages or SMS. Composed of various unicode characters, receiving this specific message can lock up the device, and render the Messages app useless until the bug is dealt with. When the bug leaked to the Web earlier this week, there were some suggestions of how to fix it, but now Apple itself has jumped in with suggestions of its own. With an iPhone or other bugged iOS device at-the-ready, you'll need to ask Siri to "read unread messages". Then, with the malicious message... Read more...
Apple's OS X "Yosemite" brought a lot to the table, and while almost all of it has been good, there has been a stick in the mud. That stick is called "discoveryd", and relates to how the OS handles its networking duties. Since the release of Yosemite, many users have dealt with serious network stability issues, such as disconnections and a doubling of network names, and even full-blown computer crashes. Apple might have had good intentions with discoveryd, but it's clear that it's causing far more harm than good right now. Fortunately, the company agrees, and so it's decided to pull discoveryd... Read more...
Whenever Apple does something, it wants to do it better than the competition, rather than just deliver the bare-minimum to get by. Its upcoming TV service is no exception. Apple certainly won’t be the first to offer such a service when it arrives, and it knows it has to do something special to taste success right out of the gate. One of its biggest goals is to deliver widespread access to local programming. If successful, Apple would immediately one-up all of the competition, such as Sony and Dish, which have only been able to offer local programming in a handful of cities.... Read more...
No one except Apple itself knows when it's going to be relaunching its Beats Music service, but one thing we can feel pretty confident about is that when it launches, it's going to make a big impact. Apple doesn't do things small, and given its expertise in the digital music market, Beats Music could become a huge deal, and hit competitors right where it hurts. According to Re/code, Apple has a couple of ideas in mind that could help it stand out of the crowd. If we're talking about features that already exist, Apple simply wants to do them better better. For starters, depending on the negotiations... Read more...
The smartphone market may have four major OSes battling it out, but the real fight -- the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao -- is between Apple and Google. Given the trends we've seen in recent years, where Android shot up to command the bulk of the smartphone market, we knew Apple was facing an uphill battle to begin eating away at those percentage points. Well, there's some good news for iPhone fans: according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 32.4% of those who adopted iOS during the first quarter came from Android. It should be noted that in many cases, Apple's overall market share didn't gain - it's just... Read more...
Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some incredible hype (read our review!), and while it almost seemed impossible to not know every single little thing about Cupertino's latest gadget, the company has just one more trick up its sleeve. On one side of the watch face (beneath were you insert the interchangeable straps) is a hidden door that exposes a 6-pin port. It's assumed that this could be used for diagnostic purposes, but with an Apple Watch in hand, company Reserve Strap was able to verify that it could also be used for charging. This is both huge and strange news: why would Apple keep... Read more...
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