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Apple on Monday announced a multi-billion euro data center project that will add new state-of-the-art facilities in County Galway, Ireland and Denmark's Jutland peninsula to the company's roster in 2017, with both locations powered exclusively by renewable energy. Apple's datacenter in Maiden, North Carolina The new data centers will measure some 166,000 square meters each, and Apple says they will serve content for the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps, and Siri...
Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple's CarPlay initiative, Japanese marque Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future. "We may all eventually wind up [with CarPlay or Android Auto], but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions," Toyota spokesperson John Hanson told the New York Times. Hanson limited his comments to the U.S....
Just in time for the Academy Awards, Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial focusing on the filmmaking process featuring footage captured on the latest iPad Air 2 and a voiceover by acclaimed Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese. The minute-long spot, aptly titled "Make a film with iPad," was shot entirely on iPad Air 2 and throws a spotlight on student filmmakers attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, who scripted, shot and edited three...
For iPhone users seeking a wrist-worn fitness tracker with GPS, heart rate monitoring, and multiple-day battery life, the Fitbit Surge is a good "tweener" device -- not quite a smartwatch, but much more functional than a basic wearable. AppleInsider has been testing the Fitbit Surge for a few weeks now, using it for daily step counting, run tracking, heart rate monitoring at the gym, and even while skiing. We're generally pleased with the performance of the device,...
In an announcement posted to Apple's developer portal on Friday, the notified app makers that all Mac App Store submissions will soon be restricted from using garbage collection in favor of the Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) compiler feature. Source: Apple The announcement calls for developers to migrate upcoming and existing Mac apps away from garbage collection memory management, which was deprecated with the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, to the more...
Hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large investors continue to make Apple a core component of their portfolios, with over 2,000 individual funds holding shares worth more than $380 billion at the close of 2014, by far the most for any U.S. company. Institutional positions in Apple, via Whale Wisdom. Apple beat on-and-off rival Microsoft by over $100 billion to take the top slot in the fourth quarter, according to regulatory filing data collated by fund tracking site...
After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment. Adding iOS to the public beta program would represent another step in the recent trend toward openness for Apple, which has seen the company slowly bring its software projects out of the darkness. During the...
This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including: Apple Car rumors, Apple Watch pricing, new FAA proposed drone regulations, Modern Family films an entire episode on iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple Pay, Sony and more.   This week, AppleInsider staff member Mikey Campbell, Victor Marks and Stephen Robles discuss the top stories:   Apple Car...
The prospective launch of Google's new YouTube Kids app could be a boon for families with young children, but those invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem find themselves on the outside looking in as the video site reportedly will not support the iPhone or iPad at launch. A screenshot of the forthcoming YouTube Kids app, via The Verge. Update: While Google is readying an iOS version of YouTube Kids, it's not expected until a later date. The eventual launch timing, as well as...
Apple may soon secure a more stable source for small to medium sized device displays, as the company is said to be in talks with Japan Display on the buildout of a $1.7 billion manufacturing plant. Japan Display -- the result of a 2012 merger of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba's display divisions -- is mulling an agreement with Apple that could see the Cupertino, Calif., company cover a substantial portion of costs on the buildout of a 200 billion yen (about $1.68 billion)...
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