KGI: Kaby lake processors and more RAM coming to Mac laptops this year

By Cody Lee on Jan 16, 2017

Apple is planning updates for its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines later this year, according to a research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The noted analyst says the new notebooks will feature Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and updated RAM options.

Kuo says the refreshed 12-inch MacBook models will enter mass production as early as March, and may offer a new 16GB RAM option (currently capped off at 8GB). As for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, he doesn’t see production starting until early third quarter. Read More

 

Following software fix, Consumer Reports now recommends the new MacBook Pro

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2017

Following Apple’s software fix, Consumer Reports has updated its review of the new MacBook Pro, stating that it now recommends the laptop. The publication says the fix corrects the erratic battery behavior it saw during its initial testing, and all MacBook Pro models now fall “well within the recommended range” in its ratings. Read More

 

Apple executives miss out on cash incentives as company falls short of sales goals

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2017

Tim Cook and other executives received less revenue in 2016, as Apple failed to hit its revenue and profit goals for the year. The Wall Street Journal points to a regulatory filing, which says the miss kept the leaders from hitting some cash incentives.

Apple said its annual sales were $215.6B, 3.7% below its target of $223.6B, and its operating income of $60B was 0.5% short of their $60.3B target. As a result, Cook received $8.75 million in 2016 compensation, down from $10.3 million in 2015. Read More

 

Report: next iPhone to feature Tap to Wake and fast charging

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

The next iPhone may feature Tap to Wake, fast charging and other new features, reports Forbes. The outlet spoke to noted tipster Sonny Dickson, who laid out what he expects from Apple’s next handset.

First Dickson says the new iPhone will include a “Tristar 3, Hydra” chip, which manages the charging port and supports fast charging. He doesn’t offer up any additional details, though, and notes that just because it supports the tech, doesn’t mean Apple will utilize it. Read More

 

Hulu reaches deal with CBS for upcoming streaming service

By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2017

Hulu has struck a deal with CBS for its upcoming streaming service, reports The Wall Street Journal. The agreement includes live streaming and on-demand content from CBS Corp.’s various channels at a rumored rate of ~$3/month per subscriber.

Hulu Chief Executive Mike Hopkins announced the agreement at an investor conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, saying the live-streaming service will cost “under” $40 and include Hulu’s current video-on-demand library that starts at $8/month. Read More

 

Apple removes New York Times apps from Chinese App Store

By Cody Lee on Jan 4, 2017

Apple removed news apps created by The New York Times from the App Store in China late last month. The Times itself says that it spoke with the iPhone-maker, and it was told that the removal was in response to a request from Chinese authorities.

The Chinese government began blocking NYT websites in 2012, following a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of then-prime minister Wen Jiabao. This latest move limits access to one of its few remaining channels in the country. Read More

 

Intel announces Kaby Lake processors for Macs and more

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

Intel on Tuesday officially announced its full 7th generation Intel Core processor line, known by many as Kaby Lake, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. There are over 40 new performance-class processors in the family, which are based on Intel’s 14nm+ process technology, that offer more speed, productivity and security than previous generations. Read More

 

Report: new Apple Watch coming this fall with better battery, similar design

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

Apple plans to introduce a next-generation Apple Watch in the third quarter of this year, reports Economic Daily News. Citing market watchers, the Chinese outlet says the new wearable will feature better performance and longer battery life.

The Watch is expected to be manufactured by Quanta Computer, who was responsible for building the first and second-gen models, and their focus will be improving the battery. The hardware will not likely see much change, the report added. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple seeding first iOS 10.3 beta on January 10 with new ‘Theatre’ mode

By Cody Lee on Jan 2, 2017

Apple is going to begin seeding iOS 10.3 betas next week, reports Sonny Dickson. The noted tipster tweeted out over the weekend that iOS 10.3 beta 1 is currently scheduled to be released to developers on January 10 with an all-new ‘Theatre’ mode.

Dickson doesn’t go into detail on exactly what ‘Theatre’ mode is, but does say that it will feature a popcorn-shaped icon in Control Center. It’s possible this is a stealth mode of sorts, with either a dimmed display or dark UI assets for less distraction. Read More

 

Why Apple shouldn’t pass on the rumored Jet White iPhone 7

By Steffen Reich on Dec 30, 2016

On Tuesday, Apple afficionados were treated to a new wave of white shell iPhone 7 mock-ups and purported leaks hitting the internet, advancing the notion that the Cupertino-based company could plan to release a white counterpart to their Jet Black coating some time around March 2017.

From an aesthetic standpoint, everyone is going to have their two cents on the necessity of it in the grand scheme of things. Simply by moving the discussion from the fashion sphere to the finance department though, the ambivalence in regard to whether or not this iPhone release is genuinely necessary quickly crumbles and clearly comes down on one side of the fence.

As we will learn in late January, Apple’s first quarter of the fiscal year 2017 is going to look after itself nicely, but in view of the Q2 figures and a long summer following, Jet White definitely needs to happen. Two key reasons must be paid attention to in order to understand the imperative of a Jet White iPhone for a healthier bottom line in the fiscal year of 2017. Read More

 

Report offers insight into Apple’s internal Mac struggles

By Cody Lee on Dec 20, 2016

Following comments made by Tim Cook regarding the importance of the Mac, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman today issued a far-reaching report that offers insight into Apple’s internal struggle with its laptop and desktop lines.

In the scoop, Gurman says that employees he’s interviewed feel like the Mac is getting far less attention these days. They also say it’s lost clout with Jony Ive’s design team, and lacks a clear direction from senior management. Read More

 

Tim Cook: we have great desktops in our roadmap

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2016

Apple has “great desktops” in its roadmap, CEO Tim Cook said in a recent posting to an employee message board. TechCrunch has the transcript, where Cook fields a question regarding whether or not Mac desktops are still strategic for Apple.

The comments come after the company’s MacBook Pro event this October, where iMacs and Minis were noticeably absent. It’s been over 430 days since Apple updated the former, and nearly 800 days for the latter. The Mac Pro is 3+ years old. Read More

 

Tim Cook explains why he met with President-elect Donald Trump

By Cody Lee on Dec 19, 2016

In a recent Q&A on Apple’s internal info web service, Tim Cook explained to employees why he met with President-elect Donald Trump last week. Cook was one of many executives that participated in a high-profile roundtable with Trump to discuss a variety of tech-related issues.

The meeting inspired a lot of negative reactions from folks in and around Silicon Valley, who felt like it was hypocritical of the tech leaders to meet with Trump, given their public condemnations of his comments and actions. But Cook explains that open communication is important. Read More

 

New report says iPhone 8 will feature curved OLED display, new sensing tech

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2016

All iPhone 8 models will feature curved OLED displays, reports The Korea Herald. Citing sources familiar with the plans, the outlet says Apple has placed large orders with Samsung Display for plastic (not glass) OLED panels—similar to those used on the Galaxy S7 Edge—to use in its next handset. Read More

 

Apple gives employees t-shirt and credo print for the holidays

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2016

Apple this year is giving each of its retail employees a special edition t-shirt and credo printing gift for the holidays. MacRumors has photos of the presents, which show a gray t-shirt featuring a two-circle design made up of all of Apple’s retail locations.

As for the credo, it’s printed on what appears to be glossy, heavy paper and it even comes in a protective envelop. Apple introduced the 6-paragraph statement earlier this year, which starts off “we are here to enrich lives, to help dreamers become doers.” Read More

 

Apple will charge you $69 to replace a lost AirPod

By Cody Lee on Dec 15, 2016

Apple will charge you $69 to replace a lost or broken AirPod, according to the company’s iPhone Service Pricing support page. The wireless earbuds went on sale online earlier this week, and will be available in Apple Stores starting Monday.

It doesn’t look like Apple will be offering its extended AppleCare warranty on the AirPods, so it has laid out a simple pricing table for what repairs and replacements will cost. Battery service, for example is $49 in the 1-year warranty, $69 out. Read More

 

Report: Apple close to striking major partnership with NHL

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2016

The National Hockey League has informed teams that it is in late-stage negotiations with Apple over a major partnership, reports TSN. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Canadian sports outlet says the deal could see iPads and other technology come to NHL team benches.

Apparently the League has been in talks with Apple, and competitor Microsoft, for several years, but discussions with the iPhone-maker accelerated after a similar deal with the NBA fell through. The source says this pact could still dissipate, but it’s pretty far along for that to happen. Read More

 

Apple Music now has more than 20 million subscribers

By Cody Lee on Dec 6, 2016

Apple Music has surpassed 20 million paid subscribers, the company’s SVP of Internet software and services tells Billboard. That marks a 15% jump in the last 3 months, when Apple announced it had passed 17 million users during its iPhone event in September.

That’s impressive considering the streaming music service is less than two years old and up against veterans like Spotify with much larger user bases. Cue attributes some of Apple Music’s growth to its string of exclusive deals with artists like Drake and Travis Scott. Read More

 

Apple pens letter to NHTSA regarding autonomous vehicle policies

By Cody Lee on Dec 3, 2016

Apple in November penned a letter to the NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) regarding autonomous vehicle polices and other concerns. VentureBeat unearthed the letter, which was signed by Apple VP of Product Integrity and former Ford safety executive Steve Kenner. Read More

 

Fitbit said to be buying Pebble for around $40 million

By Cody Lee on Nov 30, 2016

Fitbit is set to acquire troubled smartwatch-maker Pebble, according to a report from The Information. The deal is said to be mainly about the company’s intellectual property and software, and will likely result in the end of Pebble hardware.

In a subsequent report, TechCrunch says a source close to the startup pegged the deal in the neighborhood of $34 to $40 million, and it will just barely cover its debts. In the past, it was rumored Pebble received offers as high as $740 million. Read More

 
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