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Apple introduced its mainstream iPhone SE earlier this year to fill a sizable gap in its smartphone lineup. Priced from $399, the iPhone SE crams in the brainpower from the iPhone 6s (Apple A9 processor, M9 motion processor) into the body of the iPhone 5s. Given that the iPhone 6s starts at $649, the iPhone SE represents a pretty good bargain if you’re firmly entrenched in iOS land. The latest research from Kantar confirms the iPhone SE’s popularity, at least in two regions around the globe: Europe and the United States. During the second quarter of 2016 in Great Britain, the iPhone SE managed... Read more...
The MacBook Pro is long overdue for a major refresh, having not received one in over four years, and rumor has it Apple's planning some big changes. One of those changes is the addition of a secondary Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display nestled above the keyboard in place of the standard row of Function keys.That bit comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who says the OLED strip will serve up Function keys as needed. What Apple wants to do is make keyboard shortcuts for specialized tasks easier to access and more intuitive. They'll be dependent on the application that's open—fire... Read more...
The next version of the Apple Watch isn't likely to look much different than Apple's first generation wrist wearable device, though it will boast some fancy (and requested) new features, the biggest of which is GPS tracking, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a research note to investors over the weekend.While just predictions, Kuo has sources in Apple's supply chain, so these are more like highly educated guesses. Based on what Kuo's been told, the Apple Watch 2 will launch sometime in the second half of the year wielding a faster System-on-Chip (SoC) built by TSMC. And in addition... Read more...
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be revealed for all in roughly a month, but details on Apple’s next generation flagships continue to leak at a furious pace. Last week, we saw the iPhone 7 Plus in a stunning shade of blue via a prototype mockup. Today, the always reliable Mark Gurman is shedding some more light on both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Both new models will reportedly feature the biggest change to the home button since the arrive of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s. Instead of having a physical “switch” that is activated with a button press, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature... Read more...
Apple is obviously trying to up its AI game to compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. The company just acquired Turi, a machine learning platform startup, for $200 million USD, which should help bring in some much needed IP. Turi began as an open-source project at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, under the watchful eye of Professor Carlos Gusterin. Gusterin relocated to the University of Washington where he received an endowed professorship in machine learning from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He eventually turned the open-source project into an independent business... Read more...
Even Apple's software isn't immune to security holes and vulnerabilities. An admission of such by Tim Cook and the gang comes in the form of a new bug bounty program Apple announced at the Black Hat conference today in Las Vegas, Nevada. The program kicks off in September and will offer cash rewards for certain exploits. Apple's interested in vulnerabilities that affect iOS, it's mobile operating system, as well as any that might be present on its latest hardware devices. This is the first time Apple's offered a public bug bounty program with cash rewards, and those who participate stand to earn... Read more...
Well this is a little awkward. Apparently Samsung invented the Apple Watch design, or so it would seem based on the South Korean electronic maker's recent patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent is for a wearable device and included in the filing are several sketches that look remarkably like the Apple Watch family. The discovery was made by Patently Apple, a site that focuses on Apple products and services, but that doesn't diminish the finding. You can check things out for yourself by directing your web browser to Samsung's patent filing and clicking... Read more...
Last week we reported that Apple’s self-driving car project, code-named “Project Titan”, was experiencing a big shakeup. This week, however, it seems that Apple is trying to get the ball, or should we say tire rolling. Apple, has hired former QNX co-founder and chief executive officer Dan Dodge in order to further the project. Dodge is now part of a team headed by former Apple hardware chief Bob Mansfield. Dan Dodge at DevCon 2010Dodge co-founded QNX in 1980 as a student at the University of Waterloo in Canada. The company was sold to Harman International Industries Inc. in 2004 and then Blackberry... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple wants a piece of the streaming TV pie, but negotiating terms with big media firms has proven less than easy. That's especially true with Apple unwilling to budge on certain things, such as its insistence with Disney that the monthly rate per viewer it would pay to license the company's channels wouldn't change for several years.According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney was shocked by some of Apple's hard line stances, the cost of licensing per viewer being one of them. Disney, which owns lucrative channels such as ESPN and ABC, essentially told Apple to take a hike,... Read more...
Apple sold roughly 7 million less iPhone devices last quarter than it did in the same quarter a year ago, but that didn't stop it from reaching a significant milestone. During an employee meeting in Cupertino on Wednesday morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the sale of the one billionth iPhone, an impressive feat no matter how you slice it. "iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day," said Cook.... Read more...
Apple’s sales across the board are continuing to slump, and that was on full display in the company’s Q3 earnings report. But despite downward-trending sales, its revenue and profit totals for the quarter are nothing to scoff at. The company reported quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and net income of $7.8 billion — this is compared to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion respectively for Q3 2015. “We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We had a very successful... Read more...
You're not supposed to know this but Apple is not-so-secretly working on an autonomous, electric vehicle project codenamed Project Titan. While Apple wants to keep its efforts on the down low, inside sources frequently spill the beans on the company's progress, and what they're saying now is that Apple's brought in Bob Mansfield, a former top executive, to lead the project.Mansfield's been involved with several hardware releases at Apple. He joined the company in 1999 and led  the development of products such as the MacBook Air and iMac before leaving the executive team in 2013. He had actually... Read more...
Famed tech informant Evan Blass, known as @evleaks on Twitter, claims Apple is gearing up to release its iPhone 7 model to retail on the week of September 12, and most likely on that Friday, September 16. And to be clear, he's referring to when you can actually go out and purchase an iPhone 7 model, not the launch event, which will take place sometime beforehand.There's no reason not to believe Blass on this one. Even ignoring his more than favorable history with leaking inside information that later turns out to be accurate, including Apple leaks, the time frame generally fits with Apple's past... Read more...
If you’re one of those folks that lollygags around when it comes to updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, you might want rethink that strategy. Apple released iOS 9.3.3 last week, and tucked inside the software update were some operating system tweaks and the usual bevy of security patches. One security patch in particular fixed a rather nasty vulnerability that can leave your Apple device open to attackers using a simple iMessage. The exploit allows an attacker to send a seemingly innocent TIFF image file via iMessage that actually contains a rather malicious payload. Cisco Talos... Read more...
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