Apple Rumors

Apple speculation and gossip.

Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year's initial production run of iPhone 5s and 5c phones was in the 50 to 60 million range, Apple wants nearly 80 million bigger iPhones.

It’s not just iPhone 6 screens that will be bigger: Reported initial production will be, too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:36 pm

During a conference session, a security research called attention to what he says are several backdoor services put in iOS by Apple that may make it easier for your data to be accessed.

Security researcher suggests 600M iOS devices have Apple-created backdoors for data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 7:44 pm

Relatively unchanged since late 2010, the MacBook Air will finally get its Retina Display later this year according to news from Taiwan: Parts for the updated laptop are reportedly shipping now with production set to start in August.

August production reported for Retina Display MacBook Air with 12-inch model to follow originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:30 pm

We put Supermechanical's new iOS-connected cooking thermometers to the test and were impressed. It's Ember roasting thermometer and accompanying app combine the best elements of Silicon Valley design with actual kitchen utility.

Cooking with my iPhone: A review of Supermechanical’s Range thermometers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 20 July 2014 | 3:00 pm

On this week's Structure Show, Dan Lyons has lots to say about how Hollywood writers research and portray Silicon Valley, and what Fake Steve Jobs would think of the new Apple-IBM alliance.

ICYMI: Why Apple and IBM make not-so-strange bedfellows originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 19 July 2014 | 2:00 pm

With the help of StormTag, OpenSignal wants to open up its WeatherSignal crowdsourcing program to the iPhone as well as collect new types of climate data.

OpenSignal’s weather crowdsourcing program will get a boost from a pocketable climate sensor originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 6:51 pm

Google has made concrete moves to protect consumers -- particularly the parents of Android-toting kids -- from accidentally racking up huge in-app purchase bills. Apple and iOS, not so much.

Good Google, bad Apple — EU reports back on in-app purchase reform originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 12:37 pm

iOS developers have no lack of ad network partners to use but there's always room for more. At least that's what Amazon thinks as it now has a mobile ad API for iPhone and iPad apps.

Hey iOS developers, meet your newest ad network partner: Amazon originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:19 pm

GoTenna's little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even where there's no cellular network for miles.

No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 4:14 pm

Apple devices are flooding the enterprise anyway. Now businesses -- IBM accounts anyway -- can get help making sure they work well with others once inside.

BYOD worries drove Apple-IBM deal — and a huge win for Apple originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 16 July 2014 | 1:42 pm

"Landmark" collaboration announced by IBM and Apple will combine IBM's enterprise know-how with Apple's glitzy consumer devices.

IBM gets over its fear of Siri, joins forces with Apple to push iOS to the enterprise originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 9:00 pm

Hit an Apple Store in Japan and you can digitally purchase in-store credits for all things Apple. The new program, called iTunes Pass, could hint at Apples larger mobile payment ambitions.

Apple debuts in-store deposits with iTunes Pass in Japan originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 1:28 pm

This week we are all about internet of things standards and certifications as we welcome the head of the AllSeen Alliance to the show and discuss a new radio certification introduced by Samsung, Nest, ARM and others.

All about AllSeen, and a bit about the new Thread radio tech that wants to own the home originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 July 2014 | 7:01 am

Apple has put a dedicated beacon device through FCC testing, but as it is outlined in the documents, the product seems clunky and odd.

I hope the Apple iBeacon hardware at the FCC isn’t the real thing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 14 July 2014 | 2:00 pm

Production challenges for a 5.5-inch handset could see Apple launch just a single new iPhone model this year says one analyst. That's not necessarily a problem: Apple may not need to debut two larger iPhones for continued success.

Apple iPhone 6 may only launch in the 4.7-inch size this year originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 14 July 2014 | 12:39 pm

When planning a trip with family and friends, keeping up with each member's last minute schedule changes can be time consuming. Using the following iOS tips will help by keeping everyone well informed during the event.

How to keep in touch on long trips with your iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 July 2014 | 4:00 pm

Chinese media, which tend to toe the government line, have already cast aspersions on Microsoft's Windows 8, IBM's servers and pretty much the entire U.S. tech industry.

Now Chinese state TV says iPhones are a threat to national security originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 11 July 2014 | 3:17 pm

Apple ratted out Google to the FTC over policies that let kids make app purchases without entering a password.

Apple prodded FTC to investigate Google over kids’ in-app purchases originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 9 July 2014 | 2:08 pm

Sony's new camera phone comes with a beefed-up 5MP front shooter. It's not for video-conferencing, though, it's for self-portraits.

The new Sony Xperia throws a flash and 5MP camera on the front of the phone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 8 July 2014 | 1:52 pm

The latest beta version of iOS 8 adds a pair of new health-tracking data points to the Health app and one of them won't even need manual data entry or a wearable device if you have a newer iPhone.

Apple adds a step-counter, caffeine tracking to iPhones with iOS 8 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 8 July 2014 | 1:00 pm

Apple has opened up the Wi-Fi calling spigot on T-Mobile iPhones but you'll need the latest beta software for iOS 8 to give it a try.

iOS 8 beta 3 brings Wi-Fi calling to T-Mobile iPhones originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 7 July 2014 | 9:16 pm

Built from ceramic and American Walnut hardwood, Swich is a good looking wireless phone charger. Be prepared to pay for such beauty though as the charger and stand will set you back $170.

Swich might be the most attractive (and costliest!) wireless phone charger you’ve ever seen originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 7 July 2014 | 6:50 pm

The president of LVMH's watch division has told CNBC that the sales director for luxury brand TAG Heuer recently took a job with Apple as part of its iWatch team. The company's smartwatch is expected to launch later this year

Apple lures executive from luxury Swiss watch maker to beef up its iWatch team originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 4 July 2014 | 5:32 pm

Using Google Calendar on your Mac via the web or through Apple's Calendar app? If so, you're missing out. Take a peek at Sunrise, the popular calendar app for iOS, Android and the web, now available for OS X.

Download this: Sunrise, a great free calendar app for the Mac originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 3 July 2014 | 7:58 pm

A little known company in Hawaii is demanding patent royalties from most of the mobile device industry. Apple is fighting the demands in court, but will not be allowed to call the company a "patent troll."

Apple may not call patent troll a “patent troll” before jury, says judge originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 July 2014 | 11:20 pm

Our coverage direction remains the same, but we've decided to arrange the furniture a little differently here at Gigaom.

Gigaom site news: Meet our two new channels, Science & Energy and Social & Web originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 July 2014 | 7:00 pm

After suggesting last May that Google Voice will be integrated into Hangouts, Google appears ready to pull the trigger. A Google Voice migration tool was spotted in Android this week.

Two hints suggest Google Voice integration in Hangouts is nearly ready originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 July 2014 | 4:22 pm

Apple has simplified its AppleCare options for the iPhone. Now, your only choice is AppleCare+, which covers accidental damage and costs $99 for two years of coverage.

Now you’ve got twice as long to decide if you want AppleCare for your iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 7:32 pm

Don't be surprised if logging in to iCloud online doesn't grant you full access to the web apps: Apple appears to be rolling out two-factor authentication so you'll need an additional four-digit code from a trusted device.

Pick four: Two-factor authentication appears in Apple’s iCloud apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 2:34 pm

Apple's back-to-school promo is in full swing, adding Apple Store Gift Cards to already discounted educational purchases on Macs and iPads. iPhone prices aren't cut but they still qualify for a gift card.

Apple adds $50, $100 bonus gift cards with back-to-school discounted prices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 1:59 pm

iPhones -- and eventually Android devices -- will be able to automatically login to public Wi-Fi networks in both cities using secure connections.

San Francisco, San Jose combine their Wi-Fi networks using Hotspot 2.0 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 10:30 pm

After years of widespread use – going back to Symbian and Windows Mobile days – QuickOffice is going away as a standalone application. On its Apps blog, Google announced it will be “unpublishing” QuickOffice for both Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Google purchased QuickOffice in 2012 to […]

Google is turning off the lights on QuickOffice for Android, iOS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 3:59 pm

The iPhone parts and shells currently available from shady Chinese vendors aren't totally accurate, but do give a good idea about what to expect from the newest iPhone, according to Japanese newspaper Nikkei.

Leaked iPhone parts reportedly only provide a rough idea of the final design originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 June 2014 | 1:42 pm

It's still pretty difficult for a college student to get by using an iPad as a primary computer. Upcoming changes to iOS 8, however, could lighten the load.

How iOS8 extensions could help college students dump their laptops and rely on their iPads originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 29 June 2014 | 5:30 pm

Gigaom spoke with Nvidia automotive guru Danny Shapiro about what Android Auto will look like and why the car won’t be the next front in the mobile OS war.

Why Google and Apple’s battle to lock users into their services will stop at your car’s door originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 June 2014 | 5:30 pm

Apple has done a pretty good job of getting your various media and photo libraries on to your iPod or iOS device. Getting them off is another matter entirely.

How to move your music and photo libraries from one iOS device to another originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 June 2014 | 4:00 pm

At WWDC, Apple announced a new app for the Mac called Photos, which will be part of OS X Yosemite. Many wondered what the announcement meant for Apple’s current photo library programs on Mac, which included the consumer-oriented iPhoto and the pro-oriented Aperture. According to a statement from Apple […]

The new Photos app for OS X will replace both Aperture and iPhoto originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 10:14 pm

It may sound obvious that something called "Android Wear" works only with Android devices. But Google Glass is another wearable that does play nicely with iPhones and iPads. Here's why that's an unlikely scenario with Android Wear now or in the future.

Unlike Google Glass, Android Wear probably won’t get iOS support originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 6:30 pm

A new camera app from StreamNation offers unlimited and automatic cloud storage for photos and videos.

Shutter is an iOS camera with an unlimited camera roll in the cloud originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 3:50 pm

Apple is reportedly assembling a team of people to possibly, maybe build hardware for the smart home. If it does so, here are a few ideas for it.

If Apple releases its own smart home hardware, think connected speakers and TVs originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 26 June 2014 | 5:43 pm

On Thursday Apple cut iPod Touch prices, which now start at $200 for a 16GB model.

Apple updates the iPod Touch lineup, with price cuts across the board and a new 16GB model originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 26 June 2014 | 1:28 pm

The two rumored iPhone models coming out this fall will have "differentiating features," including different camera hardware, according to a report.

Report: The expected 5.5-inch iPhone will have better camera hardware than the 4.7-inch model originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 25 June 2014 | 2:17 pm

Samsung and its outside law firm will have to pay for an embarrassing incident involving lawyers who disclosed a confidential document.

Samsung and its lawyers must pay $2M to Apple and Nokia over leaked patent document originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 24 June 2014 | 4:11 pm

ABC News is bringing the content of its iPad app to the Apple TV -- and has a heart for cord cutters.

ABC News is coming to Apple TV originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 24 June 2014 | 2:00 pm

FireChat, an anonymous messaging app that functions without an internet connection, works on both Android and iOS but not between them. A new version of the app, however, breaks down that barrier.

FireChat bridges the platform gap: Android and iOS users can now chat without an internet connection originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 24 June 2014 | 1:01 pm

Loop's ChargeCase fits over an iPhone 5 or 5s but otherwise works exactly like it's fob. You press a button and the case emits a magnetic field that emulates the data stripe on your credit card.

Loop’s programmable credit card is now available in an iPhone case originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 24 June 2014 | 1:00 pm

Stop feeling so guilty about piling on the gadgets. Technology gains are leading to more energy-efficient gadgets.

Thanks to tablets and better TV tech, there are more gadgets but they’re using less energy originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 23 June 2014 | 7:15 pm

Having dropped Linux support around the time of its root-and-branch revamp, Opera is now offering its first developer version for Linux users in over a year.

Opera is back on Linux originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 23 June 2014 | 9:04 am

It still takes a little effort to go completely paperless; with names like iPad and tablet, the devices we use still pay homage to a paper-based world. But there are some apps for those who wish to banish paper.

How to go completely paperless with iOS originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 June 2014 | 5:13 pm

Apple's wearable device could come in multiple designs with various screen sizes, and will include more than 10 different biometric sensors, according to a new report.

Report: Apple’s wearable device will come in multiple designs, screen sizes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 20 June 2014 | 4:57 pm

In what appears to be a response to allegations of installing "backdoor" services with the intent to harvest data from iOS devices, Apple on Tuesday posted to its website an explanation of three diagnostics capabilities built in to the mobile OS.






Posted on 23 July 2014 | 4:07 am

It appears Apple's most recent EFI update for mid-2011 Mac Book Air models contains a bug that in some cases fails to install, or more seriously creates system crashes.






Posted on 23 July 2014 | 12:01 am

Speaking to analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook called the company's new Swift programming language "a huge leap forward for the iOS ecosystem" and an important contributing factor to the company's new partnership with IBM targeting enterprise app development.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:35 pm

A lawsuit being leveled against Apple was granted class certification on Monday, alleging the company's treatment of Apple Store and corporate operations employees constitute multiple California Labor Code violations.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:12 pm

With record iPhone sales in Apple's June quarter, the largest growth actually came from the company's mid-range handset lineup, which is represented this year by the colorful iPhone 5c.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 10:39 pm

Popular basic cable network FX will supposedly bring its FXNOW on-demand video service, as well as the upcoming Simpsons World, to Apple TV within the next 12 months, expanding the set-top streamer's content with shows like Louie, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and more.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 10:30 pm

It was revealed during Apple's quarterly conference call on Tuesday that the company has made 29 acquisitions since the fiscal year began nine months prior, though many of purchases remain undisclosed.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 10:10 pm

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the third fiscal quarter of 2014, CEO Tim Cook said iTunes software and services was the fastest growing segment of the company's business for the first nine months of the year.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 9:26 pm

Though iPad sales have fallen two quarters in a row, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday he isn't concerned, and teased that his company is working on new innovations that, along with the newly announced IBM partnership, could help reinvigorate growth.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 9:20 pm

Apple on Tuesday fell just short of Wall Street expectations for its third fiscal quarter of 2014 amid disappointing results for the iPhone and iPad, though the Mac continued to outpace the PC market. Following the announcements, executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 9:05 pm

Apple saw double-digit-percentage growth for the iPhone to reach 35.2 million units in its just-concluded June quarter, the company revealed Tuesday, but it still fell just shy of the market's expectations, particularly with declining sales for its iPad lineup.






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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:25 pm

Thermal imaging company Flir has announced that pre-orders for its new One iPhone case -- which will let outdoorsmen, HVAC contractors, and people who simply like to see how hot things are convert their iPhone 5 or 5s into a thermal camera -- will begin Wednesday, with the device coming to Apple retail stores in August.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:02 pm

iPad is making gains in North American tablet web usage, reaching an 78 percent share in Apple's "first quarter-over-quarter usage share gain since June 2013," notes a new report by Chitika.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:02 pm

Future basketball hall-of-famer Kobe Bryant is planning for life beyond the court, and takes it upon himself to cold-call some of the smartest minds in business for advice. Among those he's spoken with is Apple's famed chief designer Jony Ive.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:25 pm

As many as 6 out of every 10 employees at one Wall Street firm have gone back to carrying a corporate BlackBerry alongside their personal iPhone thanks to "Bring Your Own Device" trouble, underscoring Apple's teething problems in the enterprise and highlighting the importance of the company's new tie-up with C-suite favorite IBM.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 4:04 pm

UBS this week was the latest investment firm to increase its price target for shares of Apple, with a new projection of $115 ahead of this afternoon's June quarter earnings report.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:57 pm

The comprehension abilities of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant Siri continue to get better, but new testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has surpassed it in terms of accuracy when answering queries.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:53 am

In one of the clearest signs that Apple is -- and has been -- working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable with augmented strap capabilities, support for arm and wrist gestures, advanced proximity-sensing circuitry and much more.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 7:48 am

Apple on Monday published a short 30-second commercial featuring a number of MacBook Airs dressed up in stickers and decals, with each customized thin-and-light reflecting the personality of its owner.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 2:24 am

In response to allegations that Apple installs "backdoor" services in iOS that could be used to harvest and deliver personal information to government agencies, the company on Monday issued a statement denying any such activity and explains the steps taken to ensure customer data privacy.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 1:46 am

Apple has reportedly asked partner suppliers in Asia to ramp up mass production of expected 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models, with combined orders for both versions amounting to between 70 million and 80 million units.






Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:01 am

Intel on Sunday released a batch of new Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors for high-end laptops like Apple's MacBook Pro, each boasting the usual speed bumps when compared to prior versions.






Posted on 21 July 2014 | 11:34 pm

Apple on Monday posted an EFI update for its thin-and-light MacBook Air, addressing two wake from sleep issues including a rare problem that causes the computer's fans to spin at full speed unnecessarily.






Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:41 pm

As Apple heads into the next stage of software testing for its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, the company announced a second wipe of the CloudKit database serving iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas will take place on July 22.






Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:24 pm

Nice. Clear. Forward-thinking.

Posted on 14 June 2014 | 1:17 am

You may find it startling!

Posted on 21 March 2013 | 5:43 pm

An iconic Apple employee makes a move.

Posted on 15 September 2012 | 7:27 pm

LIVE!!!!!!1ONE!!!

Posted on 11 June 2012 | 5:16 pm

CrazyMicrosoftRumors?

Posted on 12 January 2012 | 3:19 pm

Predictions for 2012

Posted on 7 January 2012 | 4:00 pm

Content!

Posted on 24 December 2011 | 4:11 pm

Goodbye.

Posted on 6 October 2011 | 2:12 pm

Let's take a look at Tim Cook, Apple's new CEO.

Posted on 25 August 2011 | 12:49 am

Stanley Yankeeball, a photo by gruber on Flickr. Photo by Adam Lisagor. T-shirt by Scott Jackson. Concept by John Moltz. Gruber’s haircut by Supercuts.

Posted on 24 June 2011 | 4:35 am