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Apple fans still hoping the company will adopt a scratch-resistant sapphire cover for the iPhone in the near future should temper their expectations, as one display expert believes the impressive anti-reflective glass coating on the iPad Air 2 display is instead the way of the future. In a new commentary, Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies noted that the new anti-reflection screen on Apple's iPad Air 2 has a screen reflectance level of just 2.5 percent. He...
Apple is estimated to pay suppliers $275 for each base-model iPad Air 2 -- compared to $274 for the first-generation iPad Air -- even as the company made the tablet even more slim, upgraded the application processor, and added a Touch ID sensor and NFC chip for in-app Apple Pay compatibility. The most expensive 128-gigabyte LTE-enabled model, which retails for $829, is thought to book $358 in manufacturing costs. The figures were released Tuesday by market research...
Apple's new A8X Application Processor not only trounces other Android tablets in CPU tasks, but is also advancing iPad Air 2 to the front of the line in graphics operations as well, even before considering the ten-fold boost potential of iOS 8's Metal API. Kishonti Informatics' GFXBench OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0 benchmarks for top performing tablets give iPad Air 2 a comfortable lead over the Google-branded, HTC-built Nexus 9, powered by the "Denver" Tegra K1 Application...
A pair of new content options appeared on the Apple TV Tuesday, with users gaining access to A+E's "FYI" network, as well as "Feeln" from Hallmark. Both new channels are automatically available to users of both the second- and third-generation "puck" style Apple TV. If the channels aren't appearing, users can reset their system to help expedite their availability. The FYI Network requires that users authenticate with a participating cable provider, though some free...
Apple's spending on research and development grew 35 percent to more than $6 billion in fiscal 2014, setting a new record as the company gears up for future products like the Apple Watch and beyond. With $6.04 billion spent in fiscal 2014, Apple invested a record $1.68 billion into R&D in the September quarter alone. That was slightly higher than the previous record of $1.6 billion spent in the preceding June quarter. Though total R&D spending grew 35 percent from the...
Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a multi-pronged initiative to supply developers with new Office 365 APIs and open-source SDKs, which can be used to tap into the company's cloud-based productivity platform for deep iOS app integration. Example of Office 365 integration with IFTTT. At TechEd Europe, Microsoft announced three new tools for developers in Office 365 APIs, new mobile SDKs for both iOS and Android, and access to the Office 365 app launcher. Technical product...
Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Monday said Apple's iPhone 6 Plus "phablet" is generating unprecedented demand for America's fourth-largest wireless carrier, and at one point accounted for about 55 percent of the company's smartphone sales. In an interview at the Code/Mobile conference, Legere told Re/code's Ina Fried that, while both iPhone 6 models are selling well, the iPhone 6 Plus outperformed T-Mobile's estimates. The carrier was expecting the smaller...
As part of his interview at the WSJD Live conference on Monday, Apple's Tim Cook said he anticipates Apple Watch users are likely going to need to charge the device daily because they will use it so much. In discussing the upcoming smartwatch device, Cook was expectedly tight-lipped about specifications, but did tell Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerry Baker that he believes Apple Watch will last about a day. "You're going to wind up charging it daily," Cook...
In back-to-back interviews at the Wall Street Journal's tech conference on Monday, Apple's Tim Cook and Alibaba's Jack Ma both expressed interest in discussing a partnership that could see the two companies integrate their respective Apple Pay and Alipay payment systems. Ma, cofounder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, said at the WSJD Live conference that he would be willing to sit down with Cook over a possible tie-up between Alipay and Apple's...
During his panel at the WSJD live conference on Monday, Apple chief Tim Cook explained the reasoning behind the discontinuation of the iPod classic, which remained largely unchanged for six years until last month. Speaking with Wall Street Journal editor Gerry Baker, Cook said Apple was no longer able to source parts for the capacious iPod, which was the last of its kind to integrate a spinning hard drive for storing up to 160GB worth of music. He confirmed that...
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