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On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, we discuss the refreshed iPod lineup, including a new A8-powered iPod touch. Neil talks about the possibility of an "iPhone 6c," Dan details gaming benchmarks for Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6, Victor tells us how he really feels about Touch ID and Apple Pay, and it's unanimous that no one should install Adobe Flash. AppleInsider staff members Daniel Eran Dilger, Neil Hughes, and Victor Marks discuss the top stories: The...
Apple on Thursday rolled out another of its limited-time-only iOS App Store sections, this time featuring 24 apps on sale for 99 cents each, including popular titles like Pixelmator and GoodReader, as well as hit games Shadowmatic and The Room Two. Aptly named "Amazing Apps & Games," the collection features a total of 24 titles spanning a range of genres, from photo taking utilities to business aids and beyond. Not including educational children's apps, half of today's...
In a video interview with Bloomberg published on Thursday, Hugo Barra, vice president of global operations at Chinese mobile hardware upstart Xiaomi, addressed accusations that his company's products are derivative and take more than a little inspiration from Apple's iOS lineup. Barra told Bloomberg's Emily Chang that all smartphones need to have certain elements to function, and because form follows function, many handsets share common features. While true to some...
A long-running lawsuit over bag searches of Apple Store workers was certified as a class action on Thursday, broadening the potential impact to over 12,000 past and present retail staff. The ruling was issued by U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, Reuters said. Apple had been fighting class action status, arguing that not all store managers were conducting searches and that any that did happen took just a short amount of time. The case traces its...
Apple on Thursday debuted four new TV ads for the Apple Watch on its official YouTube channel, continuing a strategy of depicting the device in realistic scenarios. Two of the ads, "Berlin" and "Beijing," try a tourism angle and depict two pairs of women visiting the cities for the first time. The Watch is used for tasks like finding attractions and getting directions, and in the Beijing clip, one woman uses Digital Touch to escape talking to a man at a...
Even with Apple Music advertised prominently in the iPod section of Apple's online store, neither the iPod nano nor the iPod shuffle can sync Apple Music tracks cached offline, according to a report. When users try to sync cached songs to one of the devices via iTunes, the software responds with an error message stating that "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod," iMore noted. Only tracks bought or imported through iTunes can be synced with the media...
The two largest handset makers in the world --?Apple and Samsung -- are said to be working with some of the largest carriers around the globe on a new, so-called "e-SIM" standard that would replace traditional SIM cards, and make it easier for customers to sign up for new data plans. It's expected that the GSMA, which represents carriers worldwide, will soon announce an embedded SIM standard, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. In addition to Apple and Samsung,...
Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of OS X 10.10.5, following quickly on the heels of a matching developer beta, which was issued on Tuesday. Both betas share the same build number, 14F6a, implying identical code. Apple is typically more cautious about releasing public betas however, presumably because developers need the absolute latest code and are more prepared if something goes wrong. In notes for the update, Apple says only that 10.10.5 fixes...
Finnish developer Rovio will launch its first official sequel to the ultra-popular "Angry Birds" game on July 30, debuting on mobile platforms including Apple's iOS. The company hasn't revealed any other details about Angry Birds 2, except that it will be in "app stores worldwide." The basic Angry Birds concept revolves around the player firing birds artillery-style from a slingshot, trying to blow through obstacles and take revenge on hiding pigs. Each bird has unique...
Investment firm UBS revealed on Thursday that it has high expectations for Apple's gross margins in the just-concluded June quarter, predicting they will reach nearly 41 percent on outstanding sales of the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus. Analyst Steven Milunovich believes the average selling price of Apple's iPhone lineup reached $660 in the June quarter, based on proprietary research from the UBS Evidence Lab iPhone Monitor, as well as data from Consumer Intelligence...
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