Items tagged with NASDAQ: AAPL

Through a message that's kept as succinct as possible, Apple has announced that it will be pulling the plug on the iAd App Network on June 30. If this service doesn't sound familiar, don't fret: it was designed for developers to allow advertising in their apps for other apps. If you just launched a new app, for example, you could promote it through other apps to gain exposure. A simple mechanic, but one that apparently hasn't delivered the results Apple would have liked to have seen. "The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016," Apple writes. "Although we are no longer accepting... Read more...
Back in September, Apple released a tool to the Google Play Store that helped users transfer all of their important information from an Android device over to an iOS one. To date, that app hasn't garnered the greatest of reviews, with most of the ire coming from fans of the less restrictive platform. While Apple allows users to move from Android to iOS, though, it hasn't up to this point made it easy for those who want to switch from its side over to Android. According to the EU, this could be one of the biggest reasons why we don't see many users switch from the iPhone to an Android device,... Read more...
In a brand-new interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cook doles out his thoughts on a huge number of different topics. Unfortunately, though, there really isn't that much new that's been revealed -- especially if you keep up on Apple's every move. Nonetheless, there are some snippets worth highlighting. It feels like we've been talking about the elusive Apple car forever, and still, the company remains mum on the topic. This is despite the fact that we know that the company's been poaching top engineers from other car companies (like Tesla), that Tim Cook paid a visit to BMW's Leipzig factory,... Read more...
According to a new patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is mulling the idea of using "self-healing" material in future iPhones to help prevent water from killing the device. The patent name is subtle: "Electronic device with hidden connector." Where the "hidden" comes in is with the use of an elastomer which will effectively block exposed connectors on the device when not in use. Apple wants this material to color-match with the device it's being used on; for example, black or white. Untouched, it shouldn't detract from the device's aesthetics, and it could actually... Read more...
If you were looking forward to being able to bundle various cable channels on your Apple TV, it looks like you'll need to put that desire on ice, as Apple itself has apparently stalled its streaming TV plans. According to CBS CEO Les Moonves, who spoke at Business Insider's IGNITION conference in New York this week, his company had been in talks with Apple, but he believes the Cupertino company has effectively pressed pause on its development. This long-rumored service, whenever it does arrive, would become a killer feature for the Apple TV, and offer non-Apple TV users a great reason to consider... Read more...
Much like with its iPhone, it was difficult to predict the kind of success Apple's iPad tablet would have when it was first launched. As with most products Apple preps for launch, the iPad enjoyed an enviable amount of hype leading up to its launch, but even after its launch, many may still have had that lingering question: "Why do I really need a tablet?" In recent years, that question for many was more of a statement spoken with their wallets, with sales of slates offering a solid area of growth for Apple and other manufacturers. Once again, Apple managed to take a design concept that needed... Read more...
When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, it was almost impossible to anticipate what it'd truly become. At the time of its launch, the hype surrounding it was incredibly high, and fortunately for Apple, that hype was only the beginning. Its first phone became in an instant hit, and the rest, as they say, is history. Later that same year, Google and select companies established the Open Handset Alliance, one that revolved around developing and promoting the Android OS. The first Android smartphone became HTC's Dream, released in September 2008. Before long, we learned what Apple's thoughts... Read more...
In October, we learned that Amazon is willing to do whatever it takes to help its video service succeed, even if it means disallowing the sales of competing products on its marketplace. If that wasn't enough proof that the company has grand ambitions, a rumor popped-up last week which suggests that the company will soon be partnering with third-party providers to beef up its library with more high-quality content. Of course, it's also hard to ignore that Amazon will soon be home to the three former Top Gear hosts, which could prove to be a major boon in itself.... Read more...
As we discovered just the other day, Apple's latest iPad, Pro, isn't too repairable, scoring just 3 out of 10 on iFixit's scale - 10 being the best. Somewhat humorously, that's still a lot better the 1 out of 10 score the Surface Book received earlier this month. Nonetheless, the teardown helped highlight a feature Apple kept mum on: a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port. That means that with the right cable, users would be able to enjoy transfer speeds going through a 5Gbps bus. That's theoretically ~625MB/s peak, but more accurately would top out at around 500MB/s in the real-world thanks to overhead.... Read more...
Should retail employees be compensated for the time spent waiting for their bags to be searched after work? No, says San Francisco District Judge William Alsup, who made the pronouncement on Saturday. In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Apple for not compensating those who've been forced to spend extra time after their shift waiting to go through security. This requirement is done for obvious reason: Apple's stores are loaded to the brim with high-dollar items that could be shoved into a bookbag without adding much bulk to it. While it'd seem like the massive amount of security cameras that line... Read more...
Apple's operating systems might be considered as some of the most secure on the planet, but as has been proven time and time again, nothing is bulletproof. Not even the company's latest iOS build, it seems. ZERODIUM, a firm that rewards those for finding unknown bugs, has just announced that a team has secured its rights to a bounty worth a staggering $1 million, or roughly the equivalent of 1,333x 16GB iPhone 6S Plus units. Speaking of which, if you are in the dark about what the 6S Plus brings to the table, check out our in-depth review. In order to succeed in ZERODIUM's challenge, the attackers... Read more...
At this point in time, it's difficult to predict whether the future of the Apple Watch, or any other smartwatch for that matter, is going to be bright. What we do know, though, is that sales of the Apple Watch have been quite good so far in the grand scheme of things, already competing with the top dogs, such as Fitbit. Still, it's a given that Apple would love to taste even more success, and get these expensive wearables flying off of the shelves. To help with that, the company has just rolled out an interesting promotion in a very limited number of stores, likely to help gauge possible success.... Read more...
At the start of October, it was reported that Amazon would be making the rather stark move of removing competing streaming devices from its store; namely those that didn't support Prime Video to the company's liking. This largely boils down to Amazon either being unable to get Prime Video the way it wants on competing devices, and that the company doesn't want to give a cut of its profits to a third-party. Ultimately, that lead Amazon to the decision of simply pulling those devices from its online store. While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the... Read more...
Up to this point, Apple's been quiet on the virtual reality front - no doubt due to the fact that it has some not-so-super-secretive plans to jump into the automotive market soon. Well, it seems now is the right time to show off something VR-related, and to do so, the company has called-upon the help of its favorite band in the world, U2. Apple has worked with U2 quite a bit over the years, and given the band's pull, I'm sure its services are far from being pro bono. Last fall, Apple got into hot water after forcing an iTunes download of the band's latest album to user accounts, which to this day... Read more...
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