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It is only a matter of time before all of the major wireless carriers in the United States upgrade their wireless infrastructures to 5G, which will provide a significant boost in performance over 4G. In preparation for that day, Apple has begun testing next-generation wireless technologies so that its future iPhone models such as (potentially) the iPhone 8 will be ready for the high-speed revolution. We know this because the FCC made public an experimental license filed by Apple that gives the company permission to use a new wireless technology called millimeter wave. "Apple Inc. seeks to assess... Read more...
Apple and Nokia have made nice on a patent dispute, putting an end to what could have been contentious litigation. Nokia had actually sued Apple at the end of last year after failing to convince the Cupertino outfit to renew expiring licensing agreements that were inked back in 2011. At the time, Apple accused Nokia of morphing into a "patent troll," claiming the once top seller of cellular phones was trying to "extort money" for technologies it did not own. The strong rhetoric from Apple painted the company as a champion of the people. "We are standing up for inventors everywhere by fighting this... Read more...
It’s springtime, which means that iPhone rumors and leaks are ramping up at quickening pace. Last week, we were treated to speculative renders of the incoming iPhone 8 flagship, and today we are getting a look at alleged molds for the smartphone in comparison to its rumored iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus siblings. The molds that have been presented are used by manufacturers that produce cases for iPhones. They of course need device specifications well in advance so that they can have cases ready to go as soon as a new Apple product is launched. The molds show that the iPhone 8 is just slightly larger... Read more...
Apple is already winning the wearables war, but it is the next version of the company's Apple Watch that could end up a real game changer. Tim Cook, the man in charge, was seen at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California wearing a prototype blood glucose monitor connected to an Apple Watch. If such a thing could make the leap from prototype to retail hardware, it would be a boon millions of people who battle diabetes. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. And in 2012, it was estimated that 86 million Americans age 20 and older... Read more...
If you own a 2016 Ford car or truck, some new smartphone/infotainment goodness is now coming your way. The American auto giant today announced its SYNC 3 version 2.2 software, which enables both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all 2016 model year vehicles. So, if you own a lowly Fiesta subcompact or a highfalutin F-150 King Ranch pavement pounder (or anything in between), you’re covered. Getting SYNC 3 v2.2 is quite simple, and you have one of three ways to perform the update. If your vehicle is Wi-Fi-enabled, you can perform an over-the-air (OTA) update from within the vehicle to upgrade to... Read more...
It seems as though Qualcomm is hoping to put some pressure on Apple to settle a patent infringement lawsuit by going after the companies that supply components for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The savvy legal maneuver brings Foxconn into the fight, which is Apple's largest supplier of iPhones and other other products, along with three other Taiwanese manufacturers. The scuffle between Qualcomm and Apple has to do with a disagreement over royalties. Back in January, Apple accused Qualcomm in a lawsuit of what amounts to extortion by claiming the semiconductor maker withheld $1 billion in promised... Read more...
This is shaping up to be an interesting summer. In addition to the ongoing CPU war between AMD and Intel, and a GPU showdown between AMD and NVIDIA, we're going to witness a mobile computing scuffle between Apple and Microsoft. This will take place starting in June when Apple will reportedly introduce upgraded 12-inch MacBook and MacPro laptops with faster processors. Both the 12-inch MacBook and MacBook Pro family are getting bumped up to Kaby Lake, which is Intel's latest processor architecture. As it stands, Apple's 12-inch MacBook and MacBook models feature CPUs based on Intel's previous generation... Read more...
Apple introduced the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in 2012 as the diminutive counterpart to the larger, 9.7-inch “regular” iPad. With the smaller frame came a lower price tag, which enticed many customers to embrace Apple’s vision of a tablet future. However, a new report suggests that Apple has had enough of the iPad Mini, and that the tablet will be discontinued. There are likely a number of reasons for this decision, with competition from other Apple products being a key factor. The iPad Mini was introduced two years before the iPhone 6 Plus, with its 5.5-inch display, burst onto the scene. Today, smartphones... Read more...
The iPhone 8 speculation train is well underway and it shows no signs of slowing down until the flagship smartphone is officially unveiled later this year. Today, we’re getting a glimpse at new renders of the smartphone which are reportedly based on highly-detailed, leaked CAD files. According to Engadget, which is presenting these renders, its source is highly credible and this perhaps gives us our best look at what Apple has in store for us. The renders confirm the vertically-oriented rear camera setup that has been rumored for the past few months. Despite the fact that the iPhone 8 is said to... Read more...
Google apps on Apple’s iOS platform aren’t exactly a foreign concept these days. The bulk of the search giant’s productivity, communications and webmaster tools are available on the iPhone including apps like Gmail, Google+, Google Drive, Google Docs and even Google Analytics. But one particular service that has since been reserved for Android devices might soon make the leap to iPhones: the Google Assistant. This information comes from Android Police, which typically has a good track record with regards to unreleased Android software features. According to the site, the standalone Google Assistant iOS... Read more...
It looks as though Nintendo will be bringing another iconic franchise to smartphones. Following the success it had with Super Mario Run on Android and iOS devices, Nintendo is said to be working on a Zelda game for mobile handsets simply called The Legend of Zelda. This would come sometime after the release of Animal Crossing, which is expected to debut on smartphones in the second half of 2017. Nintendo has not been quick to embrace the smartphone movement, choosing instead to focus on developing games for its own hardware. That has been a key to Nintendo's success and is a big reason why the... Read more...
Apple’s flagship iPhone models have never been thought of as “affordable”, and that may be even more apparent with the upcoming iPhone 8. According to research note from Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski, the iPhone 8 could start at a wallet-busting $999. Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard that the iPhone 8 would flirt with the $1,000 mark. According to Jankowski, the base iPhone 8 will come with 128GB of storage, forgoing the 32GB SKU currently present on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This is understandable, as it would be a crime for Apple to release a $1,000... Read more...
More often than not, when someone goes out shopping for a smartwatch, they end up purchasing an Apple Watch. That leaves second place up for grabs between Tizen and Android Wear, and for the first time ever the former overtook the latter in market share. According to data collected by Strategy Analytics, Tizen jumped ahead of Android Wear in the first quarter of 2017 to grab a 19 percent share of the smartwatch OS market, edging out Android Wear at 18 percent. Those figures give Samsung reason to feel vindicated in its decision to move away from Android Wear and go all-in with Tizen in the wearables... Read more...
While the Apple TV has long been home to streaming video services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu, one company has been jarringly absent: Amazon. Amazon Prime Video, which is available as a separate $8.99/month service or packaged in with the $99 yearly cost of Amazon Prime, has been barred from the Apple TV due to disagreements between the two companies over “acceptable business terms.” That will all change next month, as it is being reported that Apple and Amazon have finally reached an agreement, allowing the Prime Video to arrive on the Apple TV platform. According to BuzzFeed, Apple will make... Read more...
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