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Manufacturers of "connected home" devices that wish to integrate with HomeKit reportedly could not begin seeking certification for those products under Apple's MFi program until November, some six months after the initiative was announced. Adding to the delay, chipmaker Broadcom --?long a supplier of authentication processors for Apple's MFi programs --?has yet to finalize the software for its HomeKit chips and has been working to enable HomeKit on previous-generation...
Record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus propelled Apple to a dominant position in the U.S. smartphone market over the holidays and demand continues to reach record highs, twin reports issued Friday indicate. One out of every two mobile phones activated in the U.S. from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 were iPhones, according to a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners survey of 500 buyers. Second-place Samsung took 26 percent of the market, with fellow South Korean firm LG in third...
An internal software security research team at Google has publicly revealed three of recently-discovered zero-day exploits in Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system, though the severity of each vulnerability is unknown. Update: Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10.2 update will contain patches for the IOKit vulnerabilities reported on Friday, according to iMore. At issue are OS X's networkd and IOKit, which is responsible for two separate cases. The disclosures --?which...
Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again. Building upon How Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple,...
Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou. Two days ago, Apple took the wraps off its latest retail outlet in Hangzhou, China, tearing down protective barriers bearing original artwork commissioned from noted calligrapher Wang Dongling. To commemorate the event, a video was...
A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices. The images come from Chinese language Apple blog iFanR, which claims the "spy shots" depict an unreleased Apple laptop's display -- with pre-production identifiers obscured -- thought to be a 12-inch MacBook Air model. If the pictures...
According to a new study published on Thursday, usage rates of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. are positively correlated to users' level of education and population density, with northeastern states seeing a relatively higher concentration of iPhone owners. Source: Chitika Insights As illustrated in a report and white paper from ad platform Chitika, the firm's Chitika Insights research arm saw highly variable iPhone usage rates in a state-by-state study, but discovered a...
The yearly earnings of Apple's board members was revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, including CEO Tim Cook who received compensation of over $9.22 million in 2014, more than doubling his pay from 2013. Source: SEC According to the document, Cook's $9.22 million in earnings includes $1.75 million salary, $6.7 million in non-equity incentives and other company contributions. Apple notes Cook was paid out nearly $57,000 in...
Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler announced intentions to retire at the end of his current term, which will end in March at the company's annual shareholders meeting, leaving seven candidates for election to fill his place. Millard "Mickey" Drexler. | Source: Business of Fashion Apple announced Drexler's retirement in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday, noting the 70-year-old has served on the company's board of directors since...
Apple is targeting 19 hours of battery life under mixed usage conditions for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable, consistent with Apple CEO Tim Cook's estimate that users will want to charge the device daily. When Cook unveiled Apple Watch in September, he was careful to paint in broad strokes, revealing a wide range of features, but little in the way of device specifications. The Apple chief later commented that that owners will "wind up charging it daily," though the...
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