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Google is almost ready to bring support for Android Wear devices to the iPhone, but public availability will be dependent not only on Apple approval but whether Google decides to release it, a new report claims. Citing a source close to the project team, The Verge reported on Thursday that Google is "close to finishing the final technical details," and that in the technology's current state, Wear devices would support many of the same functions they're capable of when...
Apple on Thursday issued a new update for iTunes that takes advantage of the new OS X Photos application, adding support for syncing photos to an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For users who still sync and update through iTunes, version 12.1.2 adds support for the new Yosemite Photos application that debuted this week. The update is now available through the Mac App Store. In addition, iTunes 12.1.2 also adds "several refinements" to the Get Info window in the media...
Apple lifted its review embargo on the new 12-inch MacBook on Thursday, and the first early-access reviews began to emerge, praising some of the notebook's futuristic design traits while typically criticizing issues like weak performance and a lack of present-day compatibility. The Verge Dieter Bohn of The Verge said that in light of the new MacBooks' thin size, light weight, and Retina display, even his MacBook Air felt "like a heavy, kind of ugly throwback with a...
Apple's newly released iOS 8.3 update is preventing Touch ID from being used to make App Store purchases for some iPhone and iPad owners, according to complaints on Twitter and Apple's support forums. AppleInsider was able to verify the problem on an iPhone 6 and an iPad Air 2, but the issue is reportedly affecting most or all Touch ID-enabled devices, including the iPhone 5s and 6 Plus. Affected people are being asked to enter their Apple ID when making a purchase...
Recent reports suggesting that Apple might have to delay the Watch's launch in Switzerland over trademark issues appear to have been exaggerated, and it remains unclear whether the company is planning a Swiss launch in the near future to begin with. The trademark in question, via Bilan "Apple has nothing to fear," intellectual property lawyer Michel Jaccard told Swiss business magazine Bilan. Jaccard was responding to a story that surfaced last week, in which it was...
Apple CEO Tim Cook could be in Paris on Thursday, sources for a French website said earlier in the day, possibly for something related to the impending appearance of the Apple Watch in stores. Mac4Ever didn't have any more information on the matter, but Cook's presence in Paris would make sense given the importance of the city in the fashion industry, and luxury department store Galeries Lafayette being one of the few non-Apple outlets that will let people try on a...
Apple on Thursday confirmed that orders for the upcoming Apple Watch will be available exclusively online during the launch window, as the company expects that consumer demand will outstrip available supply of units. The company issued a reminder stating that in-store previews and preorders will begin on Friday, ahead of the April 24 launch. But preorders will be available online-only, and users who try on the unit in stores will not be able to place an order...
Apple on Wednesday updated its "Where to use Apple Pay" webpage, adding a total of ten new merchants to an ongoing list of retailers that accept the company's branded NFC-based mobile payments system [updated]. Customers can now use Apple Pay at Acme, Davis Food & Drug, Firehouse Subs, Gamestop, Luby's, Rubio's and T-Mobile locations. In addition to retail stores, Apple also notes NBA fans can use their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus -- or come April 24, Apple Watch -- to buy...
Apple Maps was updated as part of Apple's iOS 8.3 release on Wednesday, adding a tweaked "Report a Problem" tool that lets business owners claim marked points of interest in-app, while at the same time removing select TripAdvisor data that started showing up up last week. With iOS 8.3, released earlier today, small business owners can apply to manage Maps POI data directly in-app via an enhanced Report a Problem pane. The menu option shows up at the bottom of a pop-up...
Alongside Wednesday's iOS 8.3 rollout with expanded international support for Siri, Apple launched a redesigned expository webpage that helps explain how users can interact with the virtual assistant. As seen in the image above, Apple compiled a list of possible Siri interactions and tips, arranged by categories in grid style layout, to serve as an introduction to its iOS digital assistant. Apple says you can "[t]alk to Siri as you would to a friend and it can help...
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