Motorola president says Apple charging ‘outrageous prices’

By Jake Smith on Feb 18, 2015

The smack talk between Apple and Motorola continues, as Motorola president Rick Osterloh called out Apple for “outrageous prices” in an interview published by the BBC on Wednesday.

“We do see a real dichotomy in this marketplace, where you’ve got people like Apple making so much money and charging such outrageous prices. We think that’s not the future,” Osterloh said. “We believe the future is in offering similar experiences and great consumer choice at accessible prices.” Read More

 

UK banks RBS and NatWest now allow account access via Touch ID fingerprint identification

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

As reported Wednesday by BBC News, two banks in the United Kingdom will soon allow their customers access their bank accounts using Touch ID-based fingerprint identification technology, a UK first.

“RBS and NatWest customers must activate the feature with their security information, but would only need to use Apple’s Touch ID thereafter,” reports the BBC.

To protect their customers’ sensitive financial information and mitigate risk, the banks have put a number of restrictions in place to augment Apple’s existing Touch ID safeguards. Read More

 

Turn your iPhone into a Batmobile or Delorean with these crazy light-up cases

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

Folks in the market for a distinctively different iPhone case who don’t mind some bulk should check out a pair of crazy cases hailing from Japan.

As highlighted by TouchArcade, the cases turn your device into a near-perfect replica of Tim Burton’s Batmobile or a Delorean from Back to the Future II, complete with blinking LEDs and sliding plastic doors to reveal the camera lens and the physical buttons.

Though impractical in terms of daily use, these cases will sure turn heads and make you the star of every party. Created by Bandai, they’re available in Japan for 5,940 yen, which works out to approximately $50. Read More

 

February 25 Modern Family episode shot on iPhone and iPad, takes place on a MacBook screen

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Re/code is reporting that an upcoming episode of ABC’s popular television sitcom Modern Family was shot entirely on iPhone and iPad cameras and will play out entirely on a MacBook screen, showing exchanges between characters who use FaceTime to communicate among themselves.

The forthcoming episode, titled “Connection Lost,” was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 and is scheduled to air at 9pm next Wednesday, February 25, on ABC. Read More

 

You can actually hear the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2015

It’s odd to think about, but did you know that the Touch ID sensor on your iPhone makes noise? If you hold an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus up to your ear in a quiet room and touch the Touch ID sensor, then you will hear a very faint clicking sound emitting from the vicinity of the sensor. It’s just another weird fact gleaned from the /r/apple this morning. Read More

 

Report: iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of iPhone 6 users

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2015

Owners of larger smartphones tend to use a lot more data than those with smaller screens, according to a new report from Citrix. The marketing research firm found that, on average, iPhone 6 Plus users consume twice the data of those with an iPhone 6.

While it makes sense that the 6 Plus would eat more data due to its larger display, Citrix thinks the difference has more to do with user behavior. People are treating the 6 Plus like they would a tablet, playing more games and streaming a lot more video. Read More

 

Latest Samsung Galaxy S6 leak looks close to iPhone 6

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

The latest leak for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 point to the flagship smartphone looking very close to the iPhone 6 that was released by Apple last fall. Nowhereelse.fr got its hands on alleged photos of the handset’s parts, showing a metal cassis with rounded sides.

More suspect, the photos also show feature placement of the Galaxy S6 is the same on the iPhone 6 for the headphone jack, speaker, cable connector, and SIM card. There’s also similar antenna breaks, however they’re found on the bottom and top of the device instead of the left and right sides. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 5 to developers

By Jake Smith on Feb 2, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta build of iOS 8.2 to developers on Tuesday, marking the fifth build of the software.

The new software, build number 12D5480a, is available to download over-the-air and should be available through the Developer Center soon. Apple claims the new beta “contains bug fixes and improvements.” Read More

 

Apple Pay gains support at 200,000 kiosks, vending machines and more

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

USA Technologies announced on Tuesday that it will be bringing Apple Pay support to 200,000 acceptance points, which includes owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances. Read More

 

Apple has sold over one billion iOS devices to date

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

During the company’s quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company has sold its one billionth iOS device since the original iPhone was released roughly seven years ago – a huge accomplishment. Read More

 

Apple now top smartphone vendor in China for first time, research says

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Canalys is out with a note on Tuesday saying that Apple has garnered first place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first time by units shipped.

The research firm says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were behind the large amount of growth in China in the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the Cupertino-based company to the top spot. Read More

 

Here are the record numbers Wall Street analysts are expecting from Apple

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Apple is set to report its earnings for the Christmas quarter on Tuesday after the market closes. Before the numbers hit in roughly 24 hours, Bloomberg has averaged numbers from Wall Street analysts to see how the company may fare. And as Business Insider puts it, this earnings report is going to be the big oneRead More

 

Chinese thieves tunnel their way into a Beijing warehouse, stealing 240 iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2015

Nearly $230,000 worth of iPhones have disappeared through a 20-inch hole after a trio of daring thieves tunneled their way into a warehouse, Xinhua News Agency reported earlier in the month.

Three Chinese nationals were arrested on charges of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units, valued at 1.4 million yuan, or approximately $230,000. The suspects were arrested in late December after the police successfully tracked the phones’ serial numbers. Read More

 

Parallels Access gains iPhone 6 support and much more, web version debuts

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015

Parallels Access, a native iOS and Android app for remotely accessing your applications and files residing on Windows or Mac PCs, is now available as a web-based software that anyone can use on any computing device with a standard web browser.

In addition, the iOS edition of Parallels Access has received a fairly significant version 2.5 update today that brings out many enhancements such as full support for the native display sizes on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a full-blown file manager, improved audio control settings and much more. Read More

 

Another report out of Asia claims 2GB of RAM, Force Touch technology for iPhone 6s

By Jake Smith on Jan 15, 2015

The next-generation iPhone, thought to be labeled the iPhone 6s when it launches in the fall, will pack “Force Touch” technology on its screen and built-in 2GB of RAM for added speed, reports Tech News Taiwan. Read More

 

Apple knockoff maker Xiaomi takes aim at iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7″ Mi Note phablet

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015

Apple knockoff maker Xiaomi, which according to IDC is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker, has launched a new phablet-class handset.

The Mi Note takes on the iPhone 6 Plus with powerful hardware features while undercutting it on price. The inexpensive phone sports a 5.7-inch screen and a flatter camera than the iPhone.

The four-year-old company has made a name for itself producing affordable handsets that critics frequently diss as rip offs of the iPhone. Xiaomi has become the world’s most valuable technology startup after raising $1.1 billion last month, giving it a valuation of more than $46 billion. Read More

 

Nearly 1-in-5 iPhone 6 owners plans to buy Apple Watch, survey finds

By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2015

A new survey finds that nearly 1-in-5 iPhone 6 owners are planning to buy the Apple Watch when it launches later this year. ZDNet points to the data, published by marketing research firm Credit Suisse, which shows 18% of iPhone 6 or 6 Plus owners polled said they would “definitely” be buying Apple’s new wearable.

Additionally, 11% of those queried said that they would “probably” be purchasing the Apple Watch when it’s released, and another 27% described the likelihood that they would be getting one as “maybe.” Out of those in the “no” category, 27% said they would “probably not” be getting it, and 18% answered “definitely not.” Read More

 

iPhone smuggler caught in China with 94 strapped to his body

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

An iPhone smuggler was caught by Chinese authorities trying to making his way through customs with 94 iPhones strapped to his body. He had a “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension” that caused authorities to become concerned. Read More

 

iPhone’s monster December quarter brings huge earnings to Apple suppliers

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

Apple suppliers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Foxconn’s Hon Hai Precision saw record monthly revenues in December thanks to the huge fourth-quarter Apple’s iPhone saw, regulatory filings with the Taiwan Stock Exchange revealed on Monday. Read More

 

Verifone announces new point of sale hardware that could give Apple Pay big boost

By Jake Smith on Jan 12, 2015

Verifone, a company that boasts it connects more than 27 million payment devices to the cloud, has announced a new point of sale (POS) system that aims to work with any smartphone on the market, and could be a huge boost for Apple to get Apple Pay more widely adopted in stores.

The PAYware Mobile e355, the newest mPOS terminal from Verifone, frees merchants from consumer technology upgrade cycles and adapts to multiple OS options, the company says. “It is a flexible, long-lasting device that can accommodate different form factors and outlive smartphone and tablet models.” Read More