Apple Rumors

Apple speculation and gossip.

Every year, we hear the rumor that the next iPhone will get NFC support and this year is no exception. However, there are two important differences that could mean the time is right for NFC in the iPhone 6.

Two reasons now might finally be the right time for iPhone to gain NFC originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 29 August 2014 | 2:48 pm

After months of speculation, Apple sent out invites on Thursday to a event on September 9. The event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, which is the same venue where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Macintosh back in 1984. We’re expecting new […]

It’s official: Apple is holding a launch event on September 9 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:09 pm

Wireless charging from electromagnetic fields using wire coils isn't anything new. Using wire coils for multiple purposes such as charging, speakers and NFC would be however and that's one possible vision has for its expected iWatch and other handheld devices.

Apple patent application shows unique wireless charging method for an iWatch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 1:33 pm

Apple is planning to launch its long-rumored wearable wrist device alongside the iPhone 6 on September 9, suggests a new report from Re/Code.

Will Apple unveil the iWatch at the same time as the iPhone 6? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 6:42 pm

T-Mobile appears to be making some early preparations for the iPhone 6 launch this fall. It's discounting all of the current generation iPhone models by about $50 in a move likely intended to clear inventory.

Ahead of the iPhone 6’s launch, T-Mobile discounts the 5s and 5c originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 3:59 pm

After reports of adding carrier financing plan support in stores, Apple's online marketplace now lets you choose AT&T Next with zero down for your new iPhone. Wait, where is Verizon's Edge and T-Mobile's Jump plans?

Apple adds AT&T Next iPhone buying option in the online Apple Store originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 3:20 pm

Box brings on Villi Illtchev, a former Salesforce.com and Lifelock exec, to help make buying decisions.

Box brings in new exec to make M&A moves originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 12:58 pm

With iPad sales slowing, now might be a good time to boost them with a bigger iPad. The idea makes sense for several reasons and Bloomberg's sources peg early next year as the date for a 12.9-inch Apple tablet.

Why it would make sense for Apple to debut a larger iPad in 2015 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 26 August 2014 | 8:08 pm

California finally passed a kill switch law for cell phones. Here's a quick explanation of how it works, and why not everyone is thrilled about it.

Mobile phone “kill switches” to be law in California, but critics worry about misuse originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 26 August 2014 | 1:25 pm

Google updated two of its Google Apps for iOS on Monday while also adding a third new title. Docs and Sheets get the updates that the Android versions gained in June: The ability to open Microsoft Office docs and spreadsheets. Google Slides is new for iOS, […]

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides for iPhone, iPad updated with Office compatibility originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 25 August 2014 | 8:09 pm

A judge ordered Typo to stop selling a keyboard for iPhone because the product appeared to violate BlackBerry's patents. Ryan Seacrest's company kept selling them anyways, a court order shows.

Ryan Seacrest’s Typo sold thousands of BlackBerry-style keyboards in defiance of court order, faces contempt charge originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 22 August 2014 | 5:38 pm

Nearly 2 out of 3 U.S. smartphone owners don't download a single app in a given month. Isn't this the age of the mobile app economy? It is, but most of the growth is long over at this point in the cycle.

Are we in a mobile app glut? Report says most US phone owners aren’t downloading apps originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 22 August 2014 | 3:14 pm

With so many little moving parts to the machine that makes iPhones, a supply issue can easily affect production schedules. Reuters says a display challenge could impact early availability of the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 could arrive later than expected or be in short supply due to screen production originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 22 August 2014 | 12:41 pm

Need a portable phone battery that isn't bigger than your phone? Check out Charge Ninja, a low-cost credit-card sized battery with keychain cable that's enough to get you through the rest of the day when your handset battery dies.

Recharge a phone with Charge Ninja, a $29 credit card–sized battery originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 7:42 pm

The iPhone 6 is expected to debut next month and we already know that it will support Wi-Fi calling. Voice over LTE might not be far behind as Apple is seeking experience engineers to help add VoLTE support. It could be a software update away.

Apple job postings hint at a possible VoLTE surprise for iPhone 6 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:57 pm

There's another piece of good news on the patent troll front as a new Patent Office appeals system appears to be doing its job. This month, it agreed to invalidate a map-related patent challenged by Apple and Google.

Apple and Google crush map patent in early test of Patent Office’s new appeal system originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 11:48 pm

This is not your dad's walkie-talkie. OnBeep wants to produce beautiful wearable devices that will let consumers communicate with select colleagues without staring down at their phones

OnBeep snags $6.25M to push pretty, heads-up push-to-talk devices originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 3:00 pm

Fitting in with early pics of reported dummy cases for the iPhone 6, a schematic drawing suggests the iPhone 6 camera ring could slightly protrude outward: It's not easy to make a thin camera sensor with improved quality and lenses.

Why it makes sense that the iPhone 6 could be thinner than its camera sensor originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 1:12 pm

An effective resolution of 414 x 736 was discovered in a file describing the home screen in the latest iOS 8 SDK beta. This implies that the iPhone 6 could be packing a screen with a 828 x 1472 or even a 1242 x 2208 resolution.

Another possible iPhone 6 resolution discovered in iOS 8 files originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 19 August 2014 | 8:36 pm

Photo spheres aren't a type of picture you'd use on a regular basis but thanks to their immersive 360-degree imagery, they're handy for sharing a detailed view of nearly any location on the planet. And now you can snap them on an iPhone or iPad.

Yet another Google app comes to iOS: Photo Sphere Camera for 360-degree pics originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 19 August 2014 | 8:21 pm

The force has been lobbying handset manufacturers to include passcodes out of the box, according to a report in The Register. The Met told me it would prefer it if users set their passcodes at the point of sale.

London police want all phones to come with preset passcodes originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 19 August 2014 | 3:43 pm

Among 48 granted Apple patents published on Tuesday is one that could easily pertain to a wearable device, such as the rumored iWatch. Patently Apple notes that U.S. patent 8,808,483, originally filed in 2010, covers a method to create a curved touch panel. No current Apple products […]

One less potential barrier to an iWatch: Apple granted curved touch display patent originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 19 August 2014 | 1:29 pm

An increasing number of leaks and rumors are pointing to Apple revamping its Lightning cable for its product launches this fall. The new cable, according to leaked photos, could have a reversible USB Type-A connector on the side opposite from Apple's proprietary reversible Lightning connector.

Lightning cords for the upcoming iPhone could be sporting a reversible Type-A USB connector originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 17 August 2014 | 3:55 pm

There are things you can see and things you can't see when you gaze up into the sky. With a little help from an app or two, you can identify all of them.

How to spot birds, planes, and maybe even a superhero with your iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 16 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

A Chinese state agency told the country's three main carriers they're spending too much on phone subsidies. Now the largest of these, China Mobile, is reducing its budget for subsidies by $2 billion, which could steer customers to lower-priced handsets.

Why it’s about to get tougher for Apple to grow iPhone sales in China originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 August 2014 | 8:58 pm

Buying a Kindle Paperwhite? Make sure you get the latest model — which is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. As pointed out by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader, the international product page for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite started sporting […]

The Kindle Paperwhite quietly gets a hardware update with doubled internal storage originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 August 2014 | 2:49 pm

The move will result in a better user experience for Chinese customers, while potentially also mollifying the authorities.

Apple reportedly starts storing Chinese iCloud data in China originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 15 August 2014 | 10:15 am

It's a pretty safe bet this year's new iPads and the iPhone 6 will have a Touch ID sensor. Apple may not stop there, however, based on this patent which opens up possibilities for Touch ID on Mac computers or other devices.

Apple’s Touch ID: It’s not just for iPhones and iPads based on this patent originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 14 August 2014 | 6:36 pm

In a blog post, Apple environmental head Lisa Jackson published a specification outlining which substances cannot be used in Apple products and packaging, as well as details on Apple's investigation into whether the chemicals benzene and n-hexane were being used in final assembly factories.

Here’s the list of banned substances you won’t find in Apple products originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 14 August 2014 | 2:26 pm

Amazon's Local Register has a lot in common in Square's Reader, but Amazon is hoping to set itself apart from its rival by dropping its transaction fees to 1.75 percent for the next 16 months.

Amazon launches its own credit card reader, undercuts Square on transaction fees originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 13 August 2014 | 3:13 pm

With carriers changing up their handset upgrade and hardware subsidy strategies, Apple looks ready to keep you coming to its own stores to buy that new iPhone. Why? More foot traffic, exposure to other Apple products and a seamless buying experience.

Apple Stores reportedly ready for iPhone carrier financing this month originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 13 August 2014 | 12:41 pm

Apple released its internal diversity numbers in an open letter from CEO Tim Cook. Seven out of 10 Apple employees are male, and 55 percent are white.

Apple’s retail stores helped its employee diversity stats, but it still employs a lot of white guys originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 August 2014 | 5:25 pm

Android made gains in the workplace this last quarter according to Good Technologies but I doubt Apple is too concerned: It still leads by quite a bit and has a new IBM enterprise deal. Microsoft, however, is blip on the radar.

Apple loses 5% of mobile enterprise share to Android, but it’s Microsoft that should worry originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 August 2014 | 3:57 pm

Microsoft's gaming console is taking another step towards fulfilling its promise as a centralized entertainment system: After the next software update, the device will be capable of streaming live television to phones, tablets and computers around the home.

Thanks to TV streaming, the Xbox One is about to get more useful to your phone or tablet originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 August 2014 | 1:07 pm

The new full-size iPad Air has reportedly entered production, with the new iPad Mini to follow shortly, for a release later this fall.

Report: This fall’s iPads are in production with a new anti-reflective screen coating originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 August 2014 | 12:52 pm

The VMBeacon technology gives shoppers more information on what the mannequins are wearing while also giving the shops more information about their customers.

UK stores start putting Iconeme’s shopper-tracking beacons in mannequins originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 12 August 2014 | 10:52 am

Hoping to rely on a tablet as you (or your kids) head back to school this fall? Consider some of these tips.

It’s back to school time: Here’s how students can get the most of our their tablets originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 10 August 2014 | 4:00 pm

Judge Lucy Koh surprised Silicon Valley by rejecting a $324 million settlement over tech companies' scheme to fix wages.

Judge rejects Apple and Google wage-fixing settlement, suggests $380M as minimum originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 8 August 2014 | 8:53 pm

New iPhone component photos show an intriguing protruding camera lens as well as a metal Apple embed for the device's back-side cutout.

New iPhone part leak: Sorry, the Apple cutout on the back isn’t going to light up originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 8 August 2014 | 1:40 pm

Catcher Technology posted sales in July that were nearly 37 percent higher than last year, which indicates that it may be filling a big order for aluminum iPhone cases.

Big revenue jump at longtime Apple supplier points to an order for aluminum iPhone casings originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 7 August 2014 | 5:40 pm

Safari is typically the browser of choice on Mac OS X but there are some that use Google's Chrome. Now, a new 64-bit version is available, bringing a speed boost and stability to Google's browser.

Chrome Show: Get a 25% performance boost on Chrome for OS X originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 7 August 2014 | 2:36 pm

How much more power will the battery have in Apple’s iPhone 6? About 45 percent more capacity than the power pack in the iPhone 5s suggests analyst Sung Chang Xu, who expects a 2100 mAh battery in Apple’s next phone notes GforGames. This rumor contradicts earlier reports of an […]

Analyst suggests iPhone 6 battery to have 45% more capacity than iPhone 5s originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 6 August 2014 | 4:43 pm

In some Apple Stores you can now have that cracked iPhone 5s display replaced in under an hour; expect to pay $149 if you don't have AppleCare.

In-store, $149 screen replacements for iPhone 5s reportedly begin originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 5 August 2014 | 1:37 pm

Apple's latest splashy hire, Musa Tariq, comes from Nike, where he worked on marketing for the Fuelband. Previous to that, he worked alongside current Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts at Burberry.

Apple’s latest hire: A social media expert for the company with almost no social media presence originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 4 August 2014 | 7:52 pm

Add a metal, chamfered edge to a Samsung Galaxy phone and what do you get? The purported Galaxy Alpha, which has a very familiar-looking casing if you've ever seen a recent iPhone; or an iPad, for that matter.

Metal-edged Samsung Galaxy Alpha pic leaks, looking a lot like (you guessed it) an iPhone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 4 August 2014 | 12:47 pm

If you're concerned about your privacy and security while using a mobile device, here are a few tips.

How to increase security and privacy on your Android or iOS device originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 2 August 2014 | 5:30 pm

Apple's content delivery network shows how dedicated the Cupertino company is to digital products -- giving them the same care and attention as its physical ones.

With the launch of its CDN, it’s clear Apple is just as webscale as Facebook or Google originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 1 August 2014 | 7:34 pm

Apple's content delivery network is starting to push OS X updates, and reportedly has multiple terabits per second of capacity.

Apple’s content delivery network is reportedly live and it’s huge originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 6:06 pm

ScratchJr is a programming language customized to help very young kids build interactive games and storage. Now a new iPad app brings it to that audience.

Yes, your pre-schooler can program too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 3:42 pm

FreedomPop today started selling the iPad mini and the Samsung Tab 3, offering the same free voice and data plans available to its smartphone users.

FreedomPop starts selling tablets with free data and voice plans originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 1:00 pm

Apple's anticipated "iWatch" may carry a price of around $400 when it goes on sale, though the wearable device is likely to be offered at a range of price points, according to a new report.






Posted on 30 August 2014 | 11:10 pm

For all of the time and effort Jony Ive & Co. have spent crafting their oft-imitated MacBook Pro designs, there is one problem that they've yet to overcome: laptop ergonomics are, by their nature, terrible. AppleInsider took a look at the latest accessory attempting to right this wrong, BlueLounge's new Kickflip stand.






Posted on 30 August 2014 | 4:45 pm

Apple stock reached an all-time high in trading on Friday, and also finished the day at its highest-ever closing price, as investors and customers alike are clamoring to see what the secretive company has up its sleeve for a Sept. 9 media event.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 9:08 pm

A series of photos of a component that appears to be a logic board bound for Apple's next-generation iPhone appeared Friday, bearing a small chip -- said to be an NFC controller from NXP -- that professes to confirm the feature's presence in the so-called "iPhone 6." In addition, a new video of assembled parts seems to show a fully functional unit, though it won't boot past the "Connect to iTunes" screen.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 6:21 pm

Though Apple is expected to unveil its hotly anticipated "iWatch" at a forthcoming Sept. 9 event, the device won't actually ship to consumers for some time, potentially missing the holiday season entirely and arriving in stores in early 2015, according to a new report.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 3:48 pm

In a new spot posted to its YouTube account on Friday, Samsung took to the streets of New York City and asked consumers to compare the Galaxy Tab S to the iPad Air, with the results predictably skewed in favor of the Samsung tablet.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 3:33 pm

With the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone less than two weeks away, a new set of photos that emerged on Friday offer a look at what is said to be a near-final rear shell and cover glass elements for the forthcoming handset.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 1:04 pm

Adding to the pile of rumors suggesting NFC hardware will be built into the next iPhone, a report on Friday narrows down the as-yet-unannounced component's source to Dutch chipmaker NXP, the same firm that supplies Apple with the M7 coprocessor.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 6:37 am

Building on rumors that Apple will release an iOS-based mobile payments solution with its next-generation "iPhone 6," the well-connected John Gruber claims the new handset will feature NFC hardware and a new secure enclave to store credit card information.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 1:57 am

Adobe on Thursday issued the first update to its Creative Cloud-connected Photoshop Mix app for iPad, bringing hooks into Photoshop Express and Dropbox, as well as a few UI tweaks to the on-the-go image editing tool.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:37 am

A set of rules discovered in the latest iOS 8 beta show Apple is already taking steps to ensure sensitive user health data harvested by the upcoming HealthKit API remains private, especially as it applies to firms wanting to harness the information for targeted ad campaigns.






Posted on 29 August 2014 | 12:00 am

Seemingly corroborating recent claims that Apple will launch its long-awaited "iWatch" wearable at an upcoming iPhone special event, Bloomberg on Thursday reported that the company decided to pair the two hardware announcements in order to "manage expectations" of the hotly anticipated wearable.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 10:04 pm

Following Apple's announcement that it would move its September media event -- at which both the "iPhone 6" and "iWatch" are said to be unveiled -- from the company's typical event stage in San Francisco to much larger space in Cupertino, new photos show that they have also constructed a bespoke two-story building on the grounds likely dedicated to the event.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 7:43 pm

Sports fans now have new ways to keep up with scores and stats on the go following the latest update to ESPN's SportsCenter app, while users of anonymous sharing app Secret can now create impromptu polls and insert images from Flickr.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 6:09 pm

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with a teaser sent to members of the media showcasing the date and a teasing tagline that reads: "Wish we could say more."






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:05 pm

Last week, Gazelle began offering customers the ability to lock in cash trade-in prices ahead of Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 "iPhone 6" unveiling, and for the next 48 hours, AppleInsider readers can get an additional $10 cash bonus on their iPhone 5s trade in thanks to an exclusive partnership.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 2:59 pm

Near-field communications chips have been rumored to become part of the iPhone lineup for years, but this year's anticipated "iPhone 6" may see Apple finally take the plunge, according to a new report.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 2:02 pm

On the heels of a report suggesting that Apple's long-anticipated "iWatch" could be unveiled within the next two weeks, a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows that the company has continued to contemplate wireless charging solutions for just such a device.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 1:45 pm

The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:11 pm

After years of rumors and speculation, developer 2K Games on Wednesday released a universal iOS port of BioShock, finally bringing the critically acclaimed first-person shooter to Apple's portable devices.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 4:00 am

In a possible bid to get word out before an expected Apple iWatch announcement sucks the air out of the room, LG on Wednesday took the wraps off a circular display-toting G Watch R, while Samsung touted a new cellular 3G-equipped Gear S smartwatch.






Posted on 28 August 2014 | 2:51 am

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Wednesday handed down an order denying Apple's motion for a sales ban against Samsung products a jury found to have infringed on three patents in May.






Posted on 27 August 2014 | 9:04 pm

With sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 flagging, Samsung has turned toward hyping its upcoming Note 4 stylus-based phablet using teaser ads targeting the same "for the colorful" characters Apple presented last year using iPhone 5c.






Posted on 27 August 2014 | 6:41 pm

Swedish streaming music provider Spotify on Wednesday announced the addition of multimedia hardware companies Bose, Panasonic, and Gramofon to its list of partners for Spotify Connect, a wireless media streaming platform similar to Apple's AirPlay.






Posted on 27 August 2014 | 6:37 pm

Apple's hotly anticipated "iWatch" may be introduced to the public sooner than expected, with a new report claiming the device will be formally unveiled at an anticipated Sept. 9 event, where the next-generation iPhone is also expected to debut.






Posted on 27 August 2014 | 5:24 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